Wednesday, February 13, 2013

BILLY GRAHAM EA GLBT Series 2013

The Bible provides God's blueprint for marriage and for His good gift of sex in Genesis 2:24. The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman. 

There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behavior whenever it is mentioned.

The Old Testament states, "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable" (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13). The New Testament agrees, listing "homosexual offenders" among a list of people who "will not inherit the kingdom of God" unless they are cleansed through Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). 

Other passages are Genesis, chapter 19; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; and Jude, verse 7. However, it is important to note that the Bible speaks only of homosexual behavior (which would include lust—choosing to fantasize about behavior), not unchosen feelings. God will not judge a Christian guilty for his or her involuntary feelings.

Sometimes it is said that the Bible does not record any words of Jesus about homosexuality, and therefore it must be acceptable to God. However, the Bible does not record sayings of Jesus about a number of other specific sins either. When people asked Jesus about marriage, He told them to remember what Genesis said about God's plan for marriage (Matthew 19:1-12). So, in this sense, Jesus did have something to say about homosexual partnerships. God only blessed sex within the committed marriage relationship of a man and a woman. 

Some have tried to reinterpret what the Bible says, in an effort to approve homosexual relationships. For a reply to such efforts, read "Straight and Narrow" by Thomas Schmidt or "A Strong Delusion" by Joe Dallas. These books are available through most Christian bookstores or through Regeneration Books, P. O. Box 9830, Baltimore, Maryland 21284,

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for placing this on the blog. Simple, straightforward and sensible. Mankind has been created with certain obvious physical attributes, we see with our eyes, we hear with our ears, we walk on feet etc. These things are obvious and instinctive. We make no attempt to do things any other way. A man's body and a woman's body are made to fit together. Simple, straightforward and sensible.

Former
UK

Anonymous said...

Former UK

Yes it seems so "simple, straightforward and sensible", but unfortunately that's what's wrong with it.

Not everyone who is born into this world alive is born like Adam and Eve. Everyone taking part in this dialogue needs to read "Far from the Tree" by Andrew Solomon.

It is a voluminous book with over two hundred pages of footnotes, and tells the story of all the variations of humanity that God has created. It is an eye opener.

I think of some of the ministers in our denomination who have spent their lives in male bodies but have thought themselves from the word go as being female, and others with female bodies who have thought themselves to be male.

Now some of them in their fifties, one a former Pentecostal minister with three sons, is going through the transition of becoming a woman, and another has concluded, and continues to live with long-time wife and mother of children.

What does Billy Graham have to say to these people?

It is my understanding that TSA is not so simple as Billy is. I remember reading some time ago in another Army site, that transgender people like those I have described have been given permission by IHQ to become soldiers. That is not to say that they have been warmly received by their SA peers, as their testimonies on the Discussion Forum verified.

To say as many fundamentalists say that "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" is a shibboleth. Apparently God has created a number of people in this world who would have chosen to be an Adam or Eve, but weren't given that choice.

God isn't "simple, straightforward and sensible", but God is love, and as Christians we are called upon to love one another, even those for whom it is hard to love.

Please have the courage to read "Far from the Tree", you will discover it to be a life-changing experience, and when you come to the end of the book, there will be tears in your eyes, as the wells of compassion for all of God's creatures will be overflowing.

Albert Orsborn had it right when he wrote: "Unless I am moved with compassion, how dwelleth thy Spirit in me, in word and in deed, burning love is my need, I know I can find it in Thee.

Grace and Peace, <)))><

Former
Canada and Bermuda