One verse answer (Jesus and Homosexuality)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Jesus and homosexuality. It is often said by homosexuality advocates, especially when the advocates believe the behavior is not sinful, that Jesus never said one negative thing about homosexuality. Other than the fact that this viewpoint becomes null when one simply realizes Jesus never said anything positive about homosexuality, the fact of the matter is that Jesus’ thoughts on homosexuality can be known by simply reading John 10:30 when he said, “I and my father are one.

Jesus never directly mentioned homosexuality because the will of God had plainly been given through the Law of Moses, and Jesus endorsed the will of the Father that could be found in the scriptures – a will that said marriage and sexuality involved a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-6) and that homosexuality was as sinful as other sexual perversions including the infidelity of married heterosexuals.

In the New Covenant, Jesus introduced a standard in regards to the use of righteous judgment when it comes to the condemnation of sin, including those of a sexual nature. This standard means we can repent and find forgiveness with God through his mercy (John 8:11); but nonetheless, a sexual sin is a sin that can and will cost us our soul, and, as John 10:30 reveals, Jesus’ viewpoint can be known about each of them.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV)

#homosexuality, #jesus, #one-verse-answer

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8-31-2015 University of Tennessee’s Neutral Pronouns

In Knoxville, The University of Tennessee’s Pride Center Director, Donna Braquet requested on their website “that teacher, rather than calling roll, will instead ask each student to provide the name and pronoun he or she—or “ze”—wishes to be referred by. She says it relieves a burden for people expressing different genders or identities.” (The [Nashville] Tennessean, “Tennessee students asked to use gender-neutral pronouns,” August 30, 2015). Why would anyone send their children to be educated by people who don’t even recognize basic pronouns? In English, a noun is “the name of a person, place, or thing,” and a pronoun takes the place of a noun. What noun are these manufactured pronouns replacing? Try paying U.T. with checks signed by “ze!” “Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes” (Proverbs 26:5 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#homosexuality, #transgender, #u-tn-neutral-pronouns

Hugh’s News & Views (June 26, 2015 . . .)

JUNE 26, 2015: A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN (IM)MORAL INFAMY!

June 26, 2015, is a day that will live in (im)moral infamy in the United States of America! On that day, by a vote of five to four, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states. For God-fearing, Bible-believing, self-respecting people, this brought our country to a new low, morally speaking. One wonders if it can get any worse? Perhaps the only bright spot to be seen is that now we have only one way to go and that is up! Continue reading

#homosexuality, #hughfulford, #supreme-court

What should be the proper response by faithful…

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.

#gay, #homosexuality, #just-a-minute, #lesbian, #same-sex-marriage

How do you go about converting America to…

How do you go about converting America to accept homosexuality as an alternate sexual norm. Back in 1989, a psychologist and an advertising executive set out to redefine the homosexual movement. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen outlined their plan in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s. They spelled out a strategy that is now being followed that is calculated to make the aberrant behavior appear as normal as possible. Judging by the television network shows, their plan is being followed to the letter. Not a night goes by that at least one TV show and often several broadcasts this corruptness. It has become so commonplace that I find myself turning the channel or the TV off more than ever before. While that works for me, I know that in most homes the perverseness will be allowed to run its course and the result over time will accomplish a climate of acceptance to that which has always before this generation been contrary to nature and deserving of condemnation. I object but I doubt my solitary voice joined with others here and there will make much difference. But of one thing I am confident, America is begging for judgment! “Wherever the corpse is, there will the vultures circle.”

#homosexuality, #just-a-minute, #tv

I am fed up with the ACLU protecting…

I am fed up with the ACLU protecting my rights, with Hollywood redefining our morals, with left wing activists demanding center stage, with a president who doesn’t know the difference between what is natural and what is perverse. As homosexuality gains increasing acceptance in America, one wonders how big a closet they emptied out of. OK, I grew up with Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet. The current generation believes they have progressed beyond these old-fashioned stereotypes, but what they claim is progress is actually a free fall towards hell! What’s wrong with Ozzie loving Harriet instead of Harry? What’s wrong with a marriage that strengthens and a love that deepens as the years pass by? What’s wrong with a mother who focuses first on her family and home? If you ask me, I’ll go with the old-fashioned stereotypes! This is Just-A-Minute.

#aclu, #father-knows-best, #homosexuality, #just-a-minute, #stereotypes

NFL player Michael Sam announces he is gay…

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.

#gay, #homosexuality, #just-a-minute, #lesbian

Live tonight: GBN discusses Houston mayor's curb on religious liberty

Mark Teske, Director of Operations at Gospel Broadcasting Network shares this news:

Earlier this year, the city of Houston, Texas, led by its openly homosexual mayor, passed an ordinance that requires any public restrooms to allow either men or woman to use the restroom of their choice. Many citizens of the city were outraged by the ordinance and several local denominational preachers organized a petition drive to have the new ordinance repealed by the people in accordance with the city codes. Continue reading

#homosexuality, #houston-mayor, #religious-liberty

They want to see their papers

In a disturbing move, a group of “pastors” have been given subpoenas that demand that any sermon or other shared forms of communication dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker (who is the city of Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor) be turned in to authorities or face contempt of court charges.

Is it just me or does anybody else hear someone with a German accent saying, “Let me see your papers.”

On a “related” note, the Catholic Church (i.e. the Vatican, from where no wrong can come I’ve been told) isn’t worried about such news at all since it sounds like they may soon be requesting their own “pastors” to do the same.

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 6:15)

 

#catholic-church, #homosexuality, #politics

Ashby Camp on the Bible and homosexuality

Ashby Camp has added a new study in PDF format about “The Bible and Homosexual Conduct” to his Bible studies page. It can be accessed here, along with others:

http://www.theoutlet.us/miscellaneousbiblestudies.html

Ashby is a thoughtful student of the Word. You’ll be benefited by his material.

#bible, #homosexuality, #morality

Hugh’s News & Views (Stoning Adulterers)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

ON STONING ADULTERERS AND NOT EATING SHELLFISH

Periodically, at least three or four times a year, someone feels compelled to demonstrate his or her lack of knowledge of the Bible by writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper railing against Bible-believers who oppose homosexuality. (Capital punishment of convicted murderers is another popular target of such uninformed railing.) Their argument regarding homosexuality runs as follows:

“If you are going to condemn homosexuality because the Bible condemns homosexuality, then you also must condemn eating pork and shellfish because the Bible also condemns that. And the Bible also commands that adulterers be stoned, so why don’t you do that?” Continue reading

#biblical-covenants, #homosexuality, #hughfulford

Hugh’s News & Views (Cafeteria-Style Religion)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

CAFETERIA-STYLE RELIGION

In our increasingly eclectic, “many options,” postmodern world, religion is being reduced to a cafeteria-style approach. Just as one can go through a cafeteria line picking the food items he or she wants to eat and rejecting the rest, so many people approach religion in the same fashion: they pick from the Bible (and even from various World Religions) those ideas, notions, commands, and practices they personally like and agree with and reject the rest.

George Barna, in his book If Things Are So Good, Why Do I Feel So Bad?, has correctly captured the contemporary attitude toward religious faith. He writes: “The prevailing concern of people is no longer, ‘Is my faith pure and true?’ The dominant concern today is ‘Does my faith make me feel good and help me understand the world in a way I find reassuring and personally beneficial'” (page 91). Continue reading

#homosexuality, #hughfulford, #religion, #religious-experience

How many states does it have to be before the foundation is gone?

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The scripture reference above wasn’t written to the nation of America, but America should pay attention to the whole principle of the chapter, not to mention the single verse!

You want to destroy a nation? You don’t need bombs or bullets. That only affects the outside. Destruction comes from hitting the underpinnings that strengthen the core. Go for the family. Go for the spirit. Go for the moral compass and make it spin till north is south and south is north. Put light for darkness and darkness for light; put sweet for bitter and bitter for sweet – you know, the tried and true stuff (Isaiah 5:20).

From the first state that began the 50 (Delaware) to the last state that entered the union (Hawaii) there are now 15 states (plus D.C.) that have legalized homosexual marriages. That’s the wrong alpha and omega my friend!

But how many states does it take to constitute the foundation? I guess it depends upon which end of the pyramid is touching the ground!

Look to politicians to lead a nation and you get politics – politics that destroy! But America thinks that she’s immune to such ends. America best think again. Two-hundred and some odd years are nothing in almost any scheme of things. There are toilets in Europe older than America! But we won’t be outdone will we? Instead of paying attention, it seems as if we’re more than happy to become the leading spiritual toilet of the western world. Go ahead and let politicians lead, but don’t be surprised when they flush it all away.

What will be the outcome of the not-so-United-States? When will the cracks give way to the sink hole? It’s not for me to say, but America will speak for herself. And what she’s saying isn’t sounding too good.

But I do know this for sure – the LORD is still in his holy temple. He still reigns no matter how wild the eagle may want to become. For the foundation of a nation can be washed away, but the word of God will live forever (1 Peter 1:23-25).

The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalm 11:4-6)

#america, #ethics, #god, #homosexuality, #morality, #politics, #sin

In the news…

Here are some stories that may be of interest to some. Just remember that I do not endorse all stories that appear on these websites; I only wanted to bring attention to the linked story in particular due to its content.

So you think the days of people needing “signs” to believe are over? Unfortunately it’s not even close, as you’ll find out in this “tear jerker” of a story.

For years the homosexual movement has been claiming that their efforts revolve around tolerance, and for years I’ve been saying it has everything to do with acceptance. Read this story for another example of how their anger-driven agenda closed down a small business with their demand for acceptance while showing great intolerance towards those who disagree with them.

So you think if your state says that marriage is between one man and woman that settles the issue? Not according to a federal judge in Ohio who says the state of Ohio must recognize the “marriage license” of two homosexuals that was issued in another state. He thinks their “bond” should be “binding” upon the people of Ohio according to this story.

Need to read about some good news? Here’s a story about some people who got a “little tip” that helped to keep them going.

#current-events, #homosexuality, #miracles, #news, #politics

Hugh’s News & Views (Lime Green Cars)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

LIME GREEN CARSAND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

For several years I have been a member of an internet discussion group dedicated to a study of the history of the Restoration Movement, a movement that began in the early 1800s and that has as its aim a return to the Bible alone as the authority in religion and a restoration of the church as set forth on the pages of the New Testament. We are a diverse group, made up of a wide range of people whose notions about what it means to restore and be the New Testament church in the present age are by no means uniform. In addition to our main objective, we sometimes wander far a-field into other areas that are interesting to talk about but have little direct bearing on our main purpose. We have been known, for example, to discuss where the best barbeque is to be found (North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas); foods unique to different parts of the country; which college football conference is the best (as if there is any real question about that!); favorite Christmas music; moves, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries, travel plans, and speaking engagements of various group members; what it means to be chic; what it means to be a part of the “Old Guard” elite, as well as a host of other matters. All in all, we have a lot of fun, and as one of my old college professors, W. Claude Hall, used to say, “If one is not careful, one will learn something!”

A few weeks ago in a rather rhetorical fashion, I asked, “If some of the early leaders of the Restoration Movement men such as Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, Walter Scott, “Raccoon” John Smith, and Samuel Rogers, or later leaders such as David Lipscomb and T. B. Larimore, should return to the scene today what might be their reaction toward homosexuality and the growing phenomenon of same-sex marriage?”

One list member was quite forthright to say that he had no doubt but that they would be greatly shocked by these things.

Imagine my surprise, however, when he went on to say that if Henry Ford should come back today he also would be greatly shocked to find that the cars marketed under his name were being sold in colors such as lime green rather than the uniformly black of Ford’s day.

I find it utterly amazing that anyone would make what Moses the prophet of God called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) and what Paul the inspired apostle of Christ labeled as being that which “is against nature” (Romans 1:26-27) analogous to lime green cars! I hardly see how it would be possible for anyone to more egregiously trivialize such a serious moral matter! Lime green cars and same-sex marriage on an equal level?!

Recently, Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop (Anglican Church of South Africa) of Cape Town, made international headlines when he went on record as saying he would not worship a homophobic God, would “refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” and, instead, would choose “the other place.”

I wonder how long the Bishop would have to be in “the other place” before he decided that he would like to leave that place and be allowed to enter the “homophobic heaven”! Has he ever read the story told by Jesus and recorded in Luke 16:19-31? Continue reading

#homosexuality, #hughfulford, #restoration-movement