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The nation’s most famous/infamous “ex-gay” researcher today renounced his best known study, work that is heavily cited by anti-gay and [Conservative] hate groups.
Way for him to gain back some of his humanity!
I should approach the Bible on the matter in chronological as the Bible addresses homosexuality. Genesis 19 is often used to condemn homosexuals (where the term ‘Sodomites’ comes from). Often people assume Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for homosexuality, but this is false. Ezekiel says, “…This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them when I saw it. (Ezekiel 16:46-50)” Not a word mentioned about homosexual acts (let alone homosexual orientation)! However, we can assume the lust and intent to rape seen in Genesis 19 was one of the ‘abominable’ things mention in Ezekiel.
Then we have the Levitical texts, Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13. Both deal with homosexual acts, yes, but within a context! Leviticus 18 is prefaced with “’You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes. (Leviticus 18:3)”. This give a further context to the condemnation of the cult of Molech in 18:21, where child sacrifice is forbidden on both an ethical and religious level, and pagan practices in general. But it is also interesting that the Cult of Molech involved cult prostitution and temple rape, which is then condemned in Lev. 18:22 and 20:13. The acts committed within a non-consenting and pagan context were what were (and still are) condemned.
Next we see, 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 used to condemn homosexuals. But we that there was no word for “homosexual/ity” in any language until 1868 when it was coined by German Psychiatrist Helmut Thielike in a critical response to a Prussian sodomy law. The word mistranslated as ‘homosexual/homosexual offender’ in certain Biblical translations, is ‘arsenokoitai’. A word meaning ‘man-bed’ (literally). It has been translated throughout history as ‘pervert’ (*the most accurate), ‘child molester’, and ‘masturbator’(during Martin Luther’s era; but that is also a mistranslation). ‘Pervert’ or ‘perversion’ is the best translation as the last time it was used in the Classical era (and specifically by a Classical church leader) in the 2nd Century AD to condemn men who were having anal sex with their wives. Not homosexual acts or homosexuality itself!
In fact it wasn’t until 360 years after Christ that homosexuality was condemned (specifically against “born/natural eunuchs” in the official document that did so. Also seen in Matt. 19:12, where Christ briefly but does in fact, affirm the nature of male-homosexuals). This was done by St. Ambrose who blamed “natural/eunuchs” for civil unrest in Cisalpine Gaul and Milan. He suggested they be burned alive for their “sin” and, with Emperor Theodosius I under penance to him, had it so. Then the decree was posted to the Roman Hall of Minerva. So began an era of homophobia in the Church for the next 1800 years.
This is the story and exegesis of Homosexuality and Christianity.
"Bless their hearts, they think they’re right. We have to love those people out of their ignorance. God made me gay, and God loves me. The verdict is in: Homosexuality is not a sickness. Homosexuality is not a sin."
Fascinating article about Mel White whom we have mentioned many times. He is such an inspiration to me!
It was such a scary thing to me (which is an understatement) to take a step forward and declare that I would be queer and pursue God regardless. I look back on my trepidation now with something of a chuckle — what was I going to do: ignite upon the mere utterance? I was afraid that in the process…
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While it is important to extend grace, love, and compassion to Conservatives who believe that our/our friends’[for Hetero. allies] feelings are an abomination, that same humility must coincide with firmness! Because remember, if their stance is not against just you. Rather against every man, woman, and child that feels romantically for the same sex (or are transgender/both)!
Matthew 18:15-20 sums up how to handle the matter perfectly:
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
In this way, defend those hurt by Bible-Abuse.
You don’t understand how much I love you and appreciate your support. You truly cannot comprehend how much I actually love you.
Gay, Straight, Queer, white, black, off-white beige: I love you. I try to, and do , as Christ does (given my, sadly, limited ability).
I do not post what I do in order to self-vindicate my sexuality, or to feel good about myself, or crusade fer’ JeSuuuusS. No. No I don’t.
I post and support LGBTQ Christians because of the Holy Spirit induced urge to vomit my entire phsycal being when I think of the pale, lifeless faces of young boys who couldn’t live with themselves any longer because of their God-given sexuality being an "an abomination"/"unnatural"/"an affront to God”. To see the bloody and scarred faces of a woman in South Africa who was raped for “corrective” purposes. To have your head ring with the envisioned or imagined, yet almost real SHRIEKS and SCREAMS of men bound together to a pole being cooked alive "in the name of Christ" from almost 1,500 years ago.
Those nightmares, those crimes are not of Christ. It is not Love, it is not God.
They are atrocities, they were begun by the lies of evil, ignorant, corrupt men(while, yes, Christ extends His love to them as He did to Saul/St. Paul) in an attempt to consolidate their power and justify their own predjudices using the veil of “Christianity”. The hurt and gut-wrenching pain they commited then, proliferates still today.
To me, I would be criminal to let it go unaddressed. I feel that it’s every Christian’s duty to defend the oppressed and to love them. Especially, if circumstances had been less kind, you’d be just as miserable.
Yes I am Gay. Yes I am Christian. Yes I love you. Yes I love Christ.
NO, homosexuality is NOT A SIN.
I feel that it is my job, in this tiny respect, to let you know that, LGBT kids and adults, God loves you. Straight friends, He loves you too.
And if I don’t change a single Conservative’s mind on here, so be it. If no one shares about what they read on here, so be it. Thats Christ’s job to touch hearts, I’m just a simple servant. No more.
And if I DO, please tell that I may know!
But my faith doesn’t hang in the balance for it.
Thanks for reading =)
*all info regarding my beliefs can be found in my ‘about me’ section to the left hand side of the screen.