"'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."
The following is a small portion of an article which I found in the "West Michigan Christian" newspaper.
The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the City of San Francisco was within its rights to fire a human rights commissioner for making anti-homosexual remarks. The Court rejected an appeal by the Rev. Eugene Lumpkin, a Baptist pastor who was removed from the Human Rights Commission in 1993 after he told reporters that the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin.
"It's sad that people have AIDS and what have you, but it says right here in Scripture that the homosexual lifestyle is an abomination against God," Lumpkin told the San Francisco Chronicle.
But the High Court refused to review a U.S. appeals court ruling which said that although Lumpkin is free to state his views, the First Amendment does not guarantee "job security when he preached homophobia while serving as a city official." (Emphasis added)
Did you catch that? Lumpkin was accused of making anti-homosexual remarks and preaching homophobia! What was his horrible crime? He quoted God!!
Would he have been fired if he had quoted Hitler as saying that homosexuals are an abomination? I doubt it. This is a direct attack on God by Satan. You can't read it any other way. I admit that I am taking what the paper has written at face value, but if they correctly reported the facts, then this is on its face a direct attack by Satan.
Can you name any other book that a person would be fired for quoting? If he had said, "In his book Freud said homosexuals are sick," would he have been fired? Would they say he said homosexuals are sick, or would say that Freud said it? (Let me say here that I don't believe Freud ever said that, but I was using it as an example).
The laughable part of all of this is that we as Christians are told we must be more tolerant. We should not judge others. All lifestyles are acceptable, none is any better or any worse than the others. Yet they are not tolerant of the Christian lifestyle at all. We are not even allowed to say what we believe because it is intolerant.
If you say that stealing is wrong are you a thief-aphob? Or if you say that murder is wrong are you a murder-aphob? Way too many Christians are afraid to stand up and call right, right and wrong, wrong anymore. They don't want to be thought of as intolerant. They won't even teach their children what is right and what is wrong.
What makes us the judge of others? What makes us able to say what is right and what is wrong? Nothing and we don't have to, we can let God do it. In fact He already has! That is what Lumpkin's terrible crime was, he told people how God thought about homosexuality. Whether you like how God feels about it or not, don't deny that it is how He feels. God said homosexuality is detestable. In case you missed it the first time He says it again a couple chapters later and adds punishment this time as well: "'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." Leviticus 20:13 Now before anyone tells me that this was Old Testament law and we are exempt from it, let me say that I agree that we live under a new covenant. That does not mean that we should not still follow the commandments God gave the Israelites. I do believe it means we should not take all homosexuals out and stone them, but we should not condone their lifestyle either. It is still detestable in God's eyes!
It is very popular now to try to explain everything as not being a choice. Some poor souls are just born that way, they can't help it. Well I won't try to counter that argument here, but I will give you a link to a site that has the testimonies of many former homosexuals. http://www.stonewallrevisited.com/ No matter which side of this you are on, this is an enlightening page. It takes a lot of guts to write out your testimony and say I was a sinner, I was detestable in God's eyes, but now by the Blood of Jesus I am white as snow.
We were all detestable in God's eyes and would be still if it were not for the cleansing power of Christ's shed blood, which covers our detestable sins. No one is a worse sinner than we were, no sin is worse than those we committed, some are just unforgiven and therefore still detestable in God's eyes.
These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.
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