There are some intense social issues today facing our nation, our families, and our churches. This is ‘my opinion’—-and not ‘to convince you’—-but to stimulate you to search the Scriptures for truth—-but be careful the Scriptures you choose to base your perspective are ‘addressing the issue’—-and ‘not taken out of context.’
So often, these issues are camouflaged with emotions to switch our focus off going to the source of our moral principles, the word of God, the Holy Bible.
Then there are those—-who ‘seemingly use’ their scriptural perspectives to ‘create this emotion’—-by taking ‘out of context’ the biblical illustration they use to make their points.
Two that I can point out which has huge emotional issues are: 1. Abortion, which I will not cover in this writing; and 2. The gay issue, ie., gays in our society, gay marriage, and gays in the church.
Let me start out by saying, if one of my children were ‘gay,’ I would still love them, pray for them, and they would still be my child——–but, I would not ‘condone’ their ‘life-style’ nor would I socialize with their ‘partner’—-their significant other.
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July 15, 1996 (re-edited July 14, through August 6th, 2003
With the elevation to Bishop of an actively “gay” priest by the Anglican/Episcopal Church, this month of August, 2003, this subject is one that is really being brought into our lives, our homes, and into our churches for consideration in our nation. To me, it further reveals the damage (it is shocking to even think this would ever be a topic of national or legal debate—–much less religious debate in churches calling themselves “Christian”), and further tears the moral fiber of our nation, our families, and our churches, as this is being editorialized and opinionated by so many, and especially the liberal press—-as they encourage us to be “acceptable and all inclusive” of this deviant lifestyle—–which now has “protected status” in our nation. Thus, I have also been exercised to address it. And in this, I bare my own darkness while a youth in rebellion to my Lord—–so no one can say this is written by someone who feels they are “self-righteous.” Again, my writing is not to “convince you”——I am not your pastor, or your Holy Spirit. I am not a scholar. I am a sinner——a vile sinner “who is a trophy of God’s grace in Jesus Christ!” So, what I write is not infallible, but is my understanding of this——to stimulate you to seek your own truth.
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