Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Clueless Clergyman

If you were hoping the homosexual marriage issue would just go away, forget about it. It isn't going to go away.

Part of the reason that the voices pushing it are growing louder is because of apostate clergyman such as the one in this news article, who is losing his church over the issue.

I applaud the membership of the church, who appear to have retained their biblical moorings more than their pastor, who uses the fig leaf of "civil rights" to cover his support of homosexual marriage—despite what the God he claims to serve and represent thinks about the issue. And on this issue, God's Word—the Bible—is abundantly clear. But then, we have to assume that the Bible is first being read and preached, and then believed. Here is what said pastor had to say on the subject when the St. Paul, MN, CBS affiliate interviewed him:

White said two-thirds of his followers left after he said he supported same-sex marriage, and said he was against the marriage amendment that will be up for a vote in November.
“I think people are scared — scared of change, and what has been in the closet is finally coming out, and too many people are not willing to accept it,” White said.
He argued they have to accept it, adding that it’s a civil rights issue.
“It’s time for our society to do as Rodney King did and say, ‘Can’t we all get along?’ That should be the 11th commandment as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “We should not try to legislate morality, in terms of who should get married and who can’t get married.”

"Should not try to legislate morality?" Um, a significant chunk of legislation already on the books legislates quite a lot of morality. You know, things like "thou shalt not murder," or "thou shalt not steal." Those are in the biblical 10 Commandments, but they are also on the statute books of every state in the Union. A specious argument in my humble opinion. You cannot legislate race or gender, it just is. And that is really what is behind this argument over sexual behavior.

The activists are trying their darndest to move it beyond behavior and into the same category as race or gender. The gender thing is interesting, because those who insist that they were supposed to be other than the gender they were born in have to have themselves surgically and hormonally altered to achieve their goal (and as an aside, I don't think God buys into their forced change of the gender He elected for them). Homosexuals insist they were born that way, and have vainly tried through the years to find a "gay" gene to prove it. They won't find one. All they will find is that man has a sin nature that manifests itself in different ways in different people. Homosexual behavior is just one of the manifestations, albeit a more serious one in the eyes of God.

The hope of the Gospel is that we can be saved from our sins, and that we can be changed through the power of God to live lives pleasing to Him. But that involves recognizing that we are indeed sinners who need to change, and need a Savior. Denial means damnation. And "men of the cloth" who deny the clear teaching of God's Word will face double the condemnation.

It's sad, really. But altogether predictable. God's Word prophesies what those who would remain faithful to Him will be facing in these latter days amid growing compromise and apostasy. The Apostle Paul sends the message in his second and last letter to his beloved young protege and disciple, Timothy . . .

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5). 

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