Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chuck Missler on the Gay Issue

This article by Bible teacher Chuck Missler was so good that I am reposting it below.
This link will take you to his website.


SAME-SEX ATTRACTION, CAUSES AND CURES
by Chuck Missler

Dozens of gay and lesbian couples were married in California Monday evening, starting at 5:01pm when same-sex marriages officially became legal in the state. Some of those who rushed to sign up for marriage licenses were from out-of-state; unlike Massachusetts, California has no law requiring residency to obtain a marriage license. All of the new unions may yet be nullified, though. California voters can go to the polls in November to overturn the state Supreme Court’s ruling, and reinstate the state ban on same-sex marriages.

The promotion of gay marriage pulls from two basic assumptions, that:
1) homosexual attraction is inborn and genetic;
2) homosexual attraction, though found in a relatively small portion of the population, is still normal and harmless.

If people believe that homosexuals are normal and are truly “born that way”, then it is easy to argue that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry just as other minorities are allowed to marry. These consider discrimination against same-sex couples as a cruel denial of basic human rights.

The gay and lesbian political machine has been working hard for decades to promote those two assumptions. Neither, however, is close to having been proven. While a significant number of gays and lesbians truly feel that they were “different” from birth, there is little to prove that same-sex attraction is purely genetic. Homosexuality flies in the face of basic laws of procreation, and cannot therefore be considered “normal”, and there is plenty of evidence that the lifestyles of gay men tend to be anything other than harmless.

In July, 1993, the magazine Science announced the existence of the “gay gene.” Of course, what the research actually determined was more like, “There could possibly be maybe a chance that this particular gene could conceivably have an influence on being gay. Sort of.” Unfortunately, many people in the public assumed an actual gay gene had been found, and the idea that people are “born gay” took off.

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from the list of psychiatric illnesses. According to a survey reported in the journal Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality in 1977, though, 69 percent of psychiatrists still considered homosexuality a disorder.

The fact is that the “experts” don’t know exactly what causes homosexual attraction. The APA does see it as a combination of nature and nurture. Certain trends pop up, though. Sensitive personalities, poor relationships with fathers, forceful mothers, trauma in childhood, early sexual activity and/or molestation, early rejection by peers – things that leave small children longing for love or acceptance, or that create an extreme sense of inadequacy – are the sorts of things in the backgrounds of many unwilling homosexuals. Then there is the spiritual aspect, which is even harder to nail down in politically correct America.

Ex-Gays

Perhaps the biggest arguments against the “born that way” mantra are the many men and women who have changed. The process is often difficult and takes a long time and careful, loving therapy. When the foundational causes of the same-sex attraction are addressed and dealt with, however, significant numbers of once-homosexuals have become heterosexual. They have been freed from something that was a chain around their necks and hearts, and have rejoiced in becoming whole.

Former lesbian Debbie Thurman says, “I can count myself among the growing numbers of men and women who have overcome a significant struggle with same-sex attraction. While our stories and the degree to which we have found wholeness may be different, the central themes are often similar. Frequently, you will find we came from broken homes, were alienated from one or both parents, were sexually abused as children, are sensitive by temperament, and suffered from depression.

"…Sticky problems arise when a number of those who have 'always felt' homosexual begin moving along the continuum of feeling less so, and at the same time, actually begin feeling better about themselves. How dare we forsake the gay cause célebrè? Like crabs trying to escape from a bucket, gay activists begin dragging us down.

“Detractors insist that measurable results must be quick, and that change 'isn't change' if it requires a long process. These same people generally see life as a continual 'journey' in all other respects. But if someone gives up during the long process, that is somehow 'proof' that change is a sham. Never mind that overeaters, alcoholics or drug addicts fall off the wagon every day. The standard for sexual identity change remains 'all or nothing'!

“So where are the mental health professionals who will stand up and challenge these untruths? Why do they allow the APA to hijack the truth?”

Regardless of what the politically-charged APA accepts, the Bible consistently condemns same-sex sexual intercourse as wrong. At the same time, Jesus Christ specifically came to save those who were lost. That’s all of us. He loves us. He died for our sins, and through the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, we can all be freed from the various chains that hang around our necks. According to Paul in Romans 1:18-32, homosexuality has a root cause in a culture’s turning away from God the Creator. It’s easy to attack people lost in same-sex attraction, but we are all responsible as a culture to truly put Christ first in our lives, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we do that, maybe we will have fewer young people falling prey to the lie of homosexuality.

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." - 1 Cor 6:9-11 (NKJV)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Missler is dead on, as I most always agree with his opinion pieces. After the supreme court ruling a few days ago, myself and a friend were discussing the ramifications the decision rendered from the slanted bench. The ramifications are huge, This changes everything about America, and redefines who we are. We both agreed that we don't hate gays, or are we in the business of harming anyone, but as Missler referenced Romans 1, so did we. One glaring point that Paul makes in Romans is not so much the definition of, or condemning of homosexuality--making the larger point that the specific behavior and ACCEPTANCE OF IT, is a very dire indicator that God has given them (a people) up. To be "given up" or "given over" is a game changer, the likes of which most of us have never seen. I am not a doomsday prophet, and consider myself to be an optimist most times, but I foresee dark days ahead for America in light of both Missler's commentary, as well as Paul's.

Solameanie said...

Thanks for commenting. I normally don't allow "Anonymous" comments to remain, but as your comments were relevant and respectfully submitted, I'll leave them.

The thing that tires me the most on this issue is the re-definition of terms that the gay lobby has managed to foist on the public, with the aid and comfort of the media, and to some extent the psychological establishment. Anyone with a brain and honest ears to listen knows that true Christians espousing a true biblical Gospel does not "hate" homosexuals. The Gospel is preached to all sinners out of love as the motivation. Unrepentant sin of all stripes will separate man from his Creator, and Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead to set His people free from sin - ALL sin.

The gay lobby has managed to successfully co-opt the word "phobia," which by definition is an irrational fear. False usage, as Christians do not oppose homosexual behavior due to irrational fear, but out of moral and religious convictions. They know that, but "phobia" is a bludgeon word.

The same thing with "bigot." Bigotry properly applied deals with racial/ethnic prejudice, not behavior. But the gay lobby has managed to equate their behavior in the public mind to hold the same level as ethnicity. I won't let it pass unchallenged, but many do.

One other interesting observation. For some time, some in the gay movement wanted so desperately for scientists to discover a "gay gene" to prove that they were "born that way." They won't find one, of course, but let's say they do for the sake of argument. Guess what may happen then? Couples who discover that one of their unborn children carries the "gay gene" may elect to abort. Many of the gay rights crowd are also on the pro-abortion rights side. Will that make them change their tune on that issue? It remains to be seen.

As you say, God's judgment can't be ignored on this matter. If our society is being "given over," that ought to horrify folks, and at least spur the Church on to be more effective witnesses with the Gospel. But we seem asleep.