Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73
In my previous column I wrote that the gay rights lobby would soon begin working to strip churches of their tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization if they speak out against homosexuality. I think there is little doubt that such a strategy will be the next big move to further their radical, fascistic agenda. Some of their fanatics are already saying this is only the beginning.
I have been thinking, praying, and reflecting upon how this might be done, legally speaking. And I think I might have stumbled upon a possible strategy they might employ – that is by re-intrepreting the Bible.
In a recent post at the Uber-liberal site Huffington Post, a self-professed Christian lesbian, Whitney Kay Bacon, who lives in Britain with her “spouse,” has informed us that she knows God’s Word better than those of us who hold “old beliefs,” to use Justice Samuel Alito’s phrase, and she knows how to better interpret it. She also advocates the use of government to ensure “equality” for gay people, as do all fascists, by forcing those who disagree with the lifestyle to embrace it.
She writes, “Christianity and gay rights will always butt-heads. Luckily, we have the Equality Act 2010 in the UK, where we’ve seen it in the favor of gay rights; e.g. where a gay couple were wrongly turned away from a B&B due to the owners Christian views, to in favor of Christianity; e.g. the nurse who was wrongly fired for telling her lesbian colleague she’s committing a sin.” [crappy writing in the original]
This shows us exactly where the “Big Gay Hate Machine” is headed. They want that same level of government intervention on our side of the pond and they will continue to agitate until they get it, that is if we let them. Of course we do have the First Amendment in America but that’s never stopped leftwing judges from setting it aside in favor of “tolerance” and “inclusiveness.”
Bacon continues to school us:
“If the sole reason you feel that gay marriage is wrong because it’s a sin, and the Bible tells you this is wrong, then I sure as hell hope you don’t have bacon with your eggs or indulge in shrimp. Oh, or better yet, do you have any tattoos? Ever been drunk, told a white lie or been divorced? Yep, whoops. Those are all sins, too. And all sins are equal, right? I don’t see anyone going off the handle because of any of these ‘sins’ and I most certainly don’t see protests or hurtful propaganda against those. Just because you disagree with something — and we all have the right to do so — it is an absolute disgrace to treat the LGBT community the way you do. What if we treated all sins in this way? Bacon eaters would be doomed.”
This is how almost all homosexuals, as well as their defenders, respond when challenged – with self-righteous condemnation. This is a clever ploy but not accurate nor factual. For you see, all sins are not the same. It’s one thing for me to eat a bowl of shrimp (which I don’t eat by the way, nor do I have any tattoos, etc.) or to use a curse word in a post (which I don’t do either), but quite another for me to commit murder or engage in an active homosexual lifestyle.
To engage in an act of homosexuality would be a sin, yes, one for which can be forgiven, just as one can receive forgiveness for eating crawfish or getting a divorce. But it’s a horse of another color all together to become a committed homosexual, just as it would to become a committed serial killer, thief, or adulterer.
Let’s face facts: God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because they were having crawfish boils, eating sausage, cheating on their taxes, and or getting tattoos. No, he destroyed it because of their sexual immorality, and, yes, most notably homosexuality (See Genesis 18 & 19). Where do you think the word “sodomy” comes from?
When God’s Angels visited Lot in Sodom, informing him to get his family out of the city because God was going to destroy it, a gang of men came to Lot’s door and began pounding on it. They wanted Lot to send his visitors out so that “we may know them.” The word “know” in Hebrew is the same one that means intercourse. It’s quite obvious that they wanted to gang rape them. Lot offered his virgin daughters instead but these wicked men did not want the girls, just the men. For their depraved efforts, they were struck blind. Lot and his family left and God then leveled the city to the point that it ceased to exist, and archeologists have never found any remains of it.
As for eating bacon or shellfish, Peter and Paul debated those issues, which you can find in the Book of Acts. Peter believed all Gentiles should become Jews and adopt Jewish ways, including circumcision and the dietary restraints. Paul, whose mission it was to bring the Gospel to the Gentile world, disagreed and won the argument. In fact, in 1 Timothy 4:1-5, Paul writes,
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
That knocks out the bacon/shrimp argument right there. But unlike bacon cheeseburgers or a shrimp salad, homosexuality is a serious sin and must be repented of. You can’t engage in an active homosexual relationship, or live a gay life, anymore than you can live the life of a murderer and expect to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The sin is listed in the Book of Leviticus, not once but twice. In Leviticus 18:22 it says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” That’s the most quoted passage. But in Leviticus 20 the prohibition is repeated yet adds a punishment, “If a man lie with mankind, as he lies with womankind, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” That, folks, is straight out of the mouth of God Himself.
And we know from Scripture (Malachi 3:6) that God said, “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” So that tells us that there is no New Testament approval of homosexuality either, even if it were not mentioned. But it is.
The latter part of Romans 1, written by the Apostle Paul, lays out God’s wrath for unrighteousness, specifically those that exchange God’s truth for the lies of this world. Verse 18-19: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.”
Picking up with Verse 22, it says,
“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man….
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
And if we continue, in Verses 28-32, we see that sexual immorality, which would include homosexuality, is listed right along with other vile sins:
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
These people deserved death, said Paul, including those who approve of those who practice these wicked acts!
Paul brings up the same issue again in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
“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.”
Yes, homosexuality is a sin, Paul writes to the Church at Corinth, but there is forgiveness in Christ Jesus!
In 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul again brings up homosexuality as a sin against God:
“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.”
So it’s quite obvious that homosexuality is a sin against God, ranked right along with those sins that are not in dispute, like murder, lying, and all the rest. But this is where the gay rights crowd begins their work, namely by re-interpreting what Paul said in his Epistles.
Paul uses two Greek words for homosexuality, “arsenokoitēs” and “malakos,” which describe both the active and passive partner in a homosexual relationship. And it has always been interpreted that way. Bible scholar Robert A. J. Gagnon, who teaches at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and wrote the book The Bible and Homosexual Practice, has said these two words mean exactly that and nothing else.
Yet gay rights activists, who either falsely masquerade as Christians or who actually think they are righteous, are re-interpreting these two words to mean “morally weak” and “promiscuous.”
There also seems to be a movement to declare that the Apostle Paul was a homosexual, just as “scholars” have tried to paint Abraham Lincoln as gay. One Episcopal Bishop, John S. Spong, has been spouting such nonsense about Paul for decades. Any basic Google search will show you all you need to see in just a few minutes.
I believe the gay rights movement will use these “facts” in court cases against Christians, to say that it is Christians, not homosexuals, who are misinterpreting and bending the Scriptures in order to engage in hateful speech and actions. So in the future we are going to have courts interpreting the Bible for us. Mark my words, the Bible will be the next “hate speech” battleground.
And our plentiful unrighteous, leftwing judges will go along, gaining support from a variety of sources. The failed former President Jimmy Carter said this week that Jesus would approve gay marriage, although he admitted that he had no Scripture to back it up. That’s because there are none.
Other gay rights advocates seem to want to use the Lord’s silence as an endorsement. But Jesus not speaking out against it is not the same as approving of it. Jesus never spoke out against slavery either, so does that mean slavery is okay? Certainly not. For he said, in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
But, Biblically speaking, why would homosexuality be wrong? Let’s look at Genesis to find an answer. In Chapter 1, as God is creating the Heavens and the Earth, he sets out to create mankind on Day 6. Look at the commands he gives Man in verse 26-28:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
So notice the first thing God said to Man, in this case Adam, was to “be fruitful and multiply.” How can two men or two women do that? How can gays reproduce? They can’t, so they are in violation of the very first commandment God gave to Adam, the first human being he ever created.
God created the nuclear family, consisting of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Any manmade change in God’s Word is a perversion by the workers of iniquity.
In closing I will point out Ms. (or is it Mr. or Mrs.?) Bacon’s ending rant “So, my dear fellow Christians, from one Christian to another, please mind your own business and PLEASE make sure that your hands are clean before you point your finger at me and my community. Amen.” Again, more self-righteous indignation.
A year or so ago I had a liberal fanatic say something similar to me on social media. She said, “I wish you Republicans would leave gays alone.” I responded by saying, “Leave gays alone? When are they going to leave us alone?” This just shows how they are twisting the truth, by making us out to be the intolerant ones, all while they are forcing Christian businesses to serve them.
But we are not trying to impose our will on the gay “community.” We are commanded by our Lord to walk in love and all true Christians do. All we want is to be able to freely practice our religious beliefs, and protect thousands of years of Christian and Western traditions. It’s the homosexuals who are trying to force us to accept their lifestyle. And that’s something no honest Christian should ever do, for the Word of God is on our side in this fight.