Approximately fourteen years ago I was speaking in Orlando for the yearly convention of a
large mainline denomination. There were over 17,000 people in attendance. My assigned topic
was related to the process of evangelism (which I soon found this group defined as gaining members not conversions) in a growing post-modern society (now we are i a clearly anit-christian environment).
One of my major points was that the sexualization of our culture has presented us with some
significant hurdles in getting our message heard. And that sexual addiction issues were causing us
to deal with some extreme challenges for conversion and as well the need to heal up the wounds of
a perverted and sexualized life.
I made the comment that one of the proofs we were in a sexualized distortion as a nation was the fact
that an entire segment of our population was gaining militancy and identified itself solely on the basis of a sex act. And this was unprecedented in ancient or modern society. And the statement is and was true. I couldn’t see because the television cameras were so bright but I heard about 500 people make noise and leave and a few shouted at me.
I was accosted by three denominational leaders back stage after my session. They were furious that I had offended their “gay” constituency. Several of my friends were defending me. The outcome was they cancelled me for the rest of the event packed my books up and offered to change my airline ticket to get me home asap. And that I should apologize to their “gay” contingent at a meeting they would call. I said I would be glad to answer questions and allow them to experience my heart as well as my thoughts. But I couldn’t apologize for gently and respectfully stating my conviction based on exegesis of scripture and basic logic and rational. My friends wisked me out of the convention fearing some kind of
And friends that was my first exposure to the militant homosexual culture. And I decided I had better make sure I had it right and could find a way to state what I believed.
Now anyone who truly knows me knows that I major on Jesus. I have no hatred toward anyone or any group. I am gentle and understanding and caring. I have carried myself in this manner for 40 years of ministry. Some have called me soft on sin. Others say I am too accepting. And no one has ever called me bigoted, harsh or caustic and attacking…ever.
My concern on this issue is the “homosexual life-style” is dangerous. life shortening and avoidable. I also feel the Nazi like tactics that are used by our mainline culture against anyone who holds to a different opinion such as me is wrong headed. I am not wanting gays to be arrested, fired from their jobs, kicked out of church or shamed out of society. I do believe they need healed. And I believe in an intellectually honest culture stating a counter opinion to 3% of the population calling me homophobic or practicing a hate crime is just about as unwarranted as anyone can get.
I don’t have time to go into exegesis and all that. There is some very faulty use of scripture out there from the positively disposed toward homosexuality culture. But I will spare you for now. This has made for interesting discussions with some of my friends.
Quickly let me give you just a few quick reasons I think it dangerous the trend toward same-sex marriage.
- Homosexual men die at least 20 years younger than heterosexual men. And there are many medical and health reasons that I won’t go into here due to not wanting to sound indiscreet or inflammatory.
- It is a fallacy that there is a “gay-gene”. There is absolutely no scientific evidence and in fact there is mounting evidence mounting that it is impossible for such a gene (I will spare you here and just say this position is supportable solidly)
a. If genes were the case there would not be such a wide range of homosexual practice from society to society.
b. Divorce in your family makes you twice as likely to be homosexual than blood line.
c. There are many more homosexuals in larger cities than small ones. This can not be explained in any other way than choice and enculturalization.
d. The nature of genetics is that if there were a gene it would have bred itself out of existence long ago.
- Ex-gay practitioners significantly out number the 3% gay population. So behaviors must be able to be changed.
4 No honest person could say anything other than that homosexual behavior is unnatural even in the design of the human body and purpose for sex as procreation.
5. Stating that “gay” is the new “black” in the oppression practices of our society is insulting and stupid. And I know is very offensive to Afircan Americans.
So my conclusions are three fold in my concern for same sex marriage. One, I do believe homosexuality is a “choice” and/or product of environment and cultural nurture. Therefore doesn’t constitute the status of a “third-way.” And as I have stated even as late as last month s substantial scientific organization stated conclusively that there was no genetic component to homosexuality but that it is a function of nurture and practice.
Two, same sex marriage is a frightening experiment in my opinion and that is all it is an “experiment.” For 3,000 years marriage has been between a man and a women. We have no historical reference to even predict how this experiment will end. In the state of Mass. the last year three women married one another. In my yes biased opinion this is a sign of things to come and a fast slide into who knows what.
My third concern is that just for writing my thoughts here which are well researched, biblical in the opinion of hundreds of years of theological thought I could and will be said to be spreading a hate crime. I fully expect in my remaining life time I will be attempted to be forced to perform gay weddings or be charged with a hate crime.
So many of my evangelical friends have either joined in the approval of same sex marriage and bought into the idea that homosexuals are unable to be anything else is frightening me. I had for years a good number of practicing homosexuals attend my church. They were for most part seeking kindness and loving help. They all knew I didn’t approve of their lifestyle from a concerned rational point of view. But in todays militant gay world one is not allowed a counter position. And hence there is a serious breach in our society.
And many of my remaining friends are either in a “moratorium” on the topic or of fear reprisal and loss of attendance that they say nothing.
i have never written on this topic until now. I have rarely spoken on the topic. But I fully expect this topic to be the major point of persecution of Christians. I don’t think my friends would categorize me as a right wing conservative. I like to think of myself as a hard thinking person when it comes to politics and frankly my call is such that I don’t get to these topics much. And I am certainly not hateful or dangerous for any gay person. I just disagree with their lifestyle.
I know many with my position try and come up with metaphors or parallels and such to state their case. I have none. This is a stand alone issue without comparison. And I predict will grow. Right now I helped a group get an artist and agent to design a billboard offering help to homosexual folks. This city has billboards advertising “gay hook-ups,” escort services and clubs and yet require their national headquarter’s attorneys to review the website and board fearing reprisal. This stinks! And I believe is only a mild taste of what is to come.