I received a call out of the clear blue from a fellow who simply introduced the call with “I am from Indiana and looking for someone to do a wedding in your area.” I suspect that it was a call that is related to the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage. I replied that I only perform ceremonies for our local members and he promptly hung up. While I have no evidence, I suspect that this is an example of pushing an agenda and let the unsuspecting beware.
What should be the proper response by faithful Christians who respect the word of God towards the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage? I suppose some judge that I hate gays and lesbians or at the very least hold them in contempt. But don’t hasten your prosecution. I believe that we need to preach the love of God for all, as well as encourage righteousness and purity in every phase of life. I understand that some tell us they are troubled with same-sex attraction. To these we should offer emotional and spiritual support, just as we do to others who struggle with alcohol, anger, or any other sinful proclivity. But what we mustn’t do is cave-in to the claims of Hollywood, the ACLU, left wing activists, Supreme Court justices, the president, and even some churches. . If God declares a certain behavior deviant and perverse, let not man claim it is normal and acceptable. This is Just-A-Minute.
Have you noticed that every television show somehow works in a gay or lesbian couple nowadays? At the rate things are going, a straight couple or should I say normal couple will soon be as hard to find as A-1 in a Heinz ketchup factory. That Hollywood closet must be a big one. They look at me and say I’m homophobic. But I’m not homophobic, I’m a believer in the word of God. They look at me and compare me to a racist or anti-Semite bigot. But I am not a bigot, I am simply biased towards the Bible as God’s word. They say, look, some churches have practicing homosexuals as pastors. What another church chooses to do is their business, but what I choose to do is decided with one eye on the scriptures and the other on the Judgment Day. If God declares a certain behavior deviant and perverse, let not man claim it is normal and acceptable. This is Just-A-Minute.
NFL player Michael Sam announces he is gay and there is a tsunami of support. NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay and makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Boy Scouts of America votes to allow openly gay boys into its ranks. The US Supreme Court gives federal recognition to same-sex marriage. The president of the United States scolds the president of Russia for signing into law a ruling that restricts homosexuality. Not only have gays and lesbians come out of the closet, they have managed to convince many that their agenda is a matter of civil rights. But there is nothing civil and nothing right about sodomy! It is shameful, perverse and contrary to nature. Rather than upbraiding Russia for trying to restrict the spread of homosexuality among its young people, our president would fare better taking his stand alongside Russia and the word of God. This is Just-A-Minute.
The Christian Chronicle begins this month: “NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay and makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Boy Scouts of America votes to allow openly gay boys into its ranks. The US Supreme Court gives federal recognition to same-sex marriage, As homosexuality gains increasing acceptance in America . . .” The article raises the question of the proper response to all of this by faithful Christians. The article mentions some congregations that have begun programs providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are troubled with same-sex attraction. I certainly believe that we need to preach the love of God for all, as well as encourage righteousness and purity in every phase of life, and support those who struggle with a particular sinful proclivity. On the other hand, I believe there is no better time to be perceived as taking a strong stand against this groundswell support of the sin of homosexuality. Are congregations struggling with declining attendance? Here is an opportunity to appeal to people in our communities that share solid moral values and are fed up with the direction Hollywood, the ACLU, left wing activists, the president, and even some churches are leading America. While other churches are seen as accepting homosexuality, we need to proclaim God’s word and let it be known that we will not cave in!
The homosexual influence in America has spread to theological circles and gay ministers and scholars have begun to re-evaluate Scripture in the light of a “homosexual hermeneutic.” Chief among these is John Boswell’s work, Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality (1980).
In his exegesis of Romans 1:26-27 Boswell uses three arguments to trivialize the sexual aspect of these verses. (1) One, that idolatry (which he associates with temple prostitution) is not the point of this passage. Secondly, that Paul simply rebukes Gentile behavior. They could have seen evidences of God in the powers of nature, yet, they turned to idols (1:19-23). Therefore, Boswell posits, “the reference to homosexuality is simply a mundane analogy to this theological sin.” (2) Thirdly, Boswell argues that Paul is condemning “homosexual acts by apparently heterosexual persons.” (3)
Boy Scouts hear the word of the Lord: 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, Romans 1:26, 27. If anyone does not understand that homosexuality is condemned by God’s word, it is because they don’t want to understand. They may gratify themselves with the perverse in this life, but not with impunity. God has appointed a day in which He will judge every man according to the works that he has done in this life. Before you cast your future to the wind, why not discover that the greatest fulfillment comes living in harmony with God. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
I was once a Boy Scout. I began as a Cub Scout and worked my way through several merit badges. Before I could become an Eagle Scout, we moved back to town and away from the Scouts of which I had been a part. I was always proud that I spent years in Scouts. However, with the recent developments, I wonder if shortly I will regret it and be ashamed to admit to it. Boy Scouts has been for years an ally of the church, staunchly resisting the rising flood of intimidation by the movers and shakers supporting homosexuality. However, not only has Scouts become infiltrated, but many denominations have caved in as well. Where this ends I do not know. But one thing I am sure of: God’s word remains the same: For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
According to the latest poll nearly half of gay men and lesbian women met their most recent date online, 48%. That compares to only 20% of straight couples. I wonder why there is such a significant difference. I believe it points to the astonishingly high rate of unfaithfulness among homosexual couples when compared to straight couples. It doesn’t take long to run through acquaintances and it then becomes necessary to broaden the field. It also underlines the fact that homosexuality does not lead to a contract of commitment and fidelity but is an aberrant behavior of faithless indulgence. While some will object and point to exceptions, both the general statistics and the Word of God testify that it is no more than deviant gratification of unnatural perverseness. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
This is Just-A-Minute. Thus says the Lord God, “Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” The last days of heaven and earth as we know it will be marked by a steep decline in morality and a sharp increase in self-love, boasting, pride, blasphemy, and other such earmarks among the irreligious and duplicity and glibness among those who claim godliness. Does November 6th mark the beginning of the last days? I, for one, would not be the least bit surprised. The political party with a pro-same sex marriage platform won. For the first time in a state election a gay marriage referendum won; not in one state but four. Two states voted to legalize marijuana for casual use. Evil men wax worse and worse. But the Holy Spirit also declares, “they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all.” If these are the last days, may I remind all that the last days have a last day!
This is Just-A-Minute. A June 6 CNN poll showed that a majority of Americans support gay marriage being legalized at 54%, while only 42% are opposed. There was a time when marriage was held as a sacred bond between a man and woman for life. Then easy and no-fault divorce shook its foundations. This was followed by couples living together openly with no shame. Now same-sex marriage threatens to destroy it altogether. Proponents claim they are only redefining marriage to include alternate lifestyles. But calling an apple an orange does not make it one. There has been too much redefining already. History is overhauled, the constitution is emended, morality is revised and sin is ignored. But one day when we stand before the great Judge, I doubt he will consult our dictionary, but will judge us according to our works.
I was told that if I didn’t like homosexuality, then I hated homosexuals and wanted them to die.
So, I went to a restaurant with a buffet and selected the foods I liked, then took my plate back to my table. Returning to the buffet, I screamed, “I hate you! I hope you die!” to all the foods I didn’t like. The owners quickly called the police.
Guess I’m confused about this concept of hatred.
. The latest census figures say that there are 131,729 same-sex marriages in America. While that is far fewer that they anticipated, it is still 131,729 too many! God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve! Moreover, when Sodom and Gomorrah got into the same-sex business, God put an end to it by raining fire and brimstone on their heads. The way the US is going, if God does not step in soon, He will have to apologize to the cities of the plain. Men burning in lust for men and women committing shameful acts with women, is both debased and perverse. It is not natural! If it were natural, children could be conceived from it. Had it been Adam and Steve, mankind wouldn’t have lasted long. This is Just-A-Minute
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was thrown on the trash heap of history recently. It was a so-called temporary solution about what to do with gays in the military. The fact is it didn’t solve a thing. A lot of us folks wished things could return to normal. The trouble is that we have lived with subnormal so long, that if we became normal, many folks would accuse us of being abnormal. I used to say that society was going to the dogs, but I had to quit saying that out of respect to the dogs. I have yet to see two canine bitches pairing off or two male dogs marrying. But America today has gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah and it is only a matter of time before The Lord steps in. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
The newspaper heading proclaimed “Marriage is good for gay health”. Research was cited and psychologists quoted and in the end it was obviously another push to encourage same-sex marriage. Now I don’t wish negative effects on anyone’s psychological well-being, however, I must state that there are some things that are right and some things that are wrong. Some things are sinful and some things are not. Some things are depraved and some are not. A mother and a father – that’s right, good and healthy. But two mothers or two fathers married to each other – that is wrong, sinful and depraved. No amount of official proclamations by federally funded sociologists, university professors or even left-wing religious leaders is going to change what God has declared. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess.