Posted Jun 03, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

More than 15 years ago, God called me to “reach out and resist,” meaning, reach out to the gay community with compassion and resist the gay agenda with courage. From that moment on, I knew that I would be branded a hater. But I do understand why.

For some, of course, it’s a matter of using a tried-and-true strategy. Demonize your opponents. Don’t deal with the actual issues but attack the people. Brand them Nazis and haters and homophobes and bigots. Don’t allow them to be taken seriously.

But for others, this is not a matter of strategy. They genuinely feel that we hate them or, worse still, that our God hates them.

After all, the vast majority of gays and lesbians would say that they no more asked to be homosexual than we asked to be heterosexual. They would say that their romantic attractions and sexual desires are as natural for them as our attractions and desires are for us.

Who are we to call their desires “unnatural”? Isn’t that hateful and judgmental?

And what about their loving relationships? Why are our relationships valid but theirs are not? Why is our love legitimate but theirs is not? Why is our commitment to our children beautiful but theirs is not in the best interest of their kids? Is this not hateful?

As for using the Bible, why is our citation of scripture so selective, ignoring (or reinterpreting) the passages that seem to challenge our own lifestyles while emphasizing the passages that condemn homosexual practice? Isn’t this just another example of religious hypocrisy and spiritual bigotry?

Why are we fine with no-fault divorce in the church, even though they tear up marriages and damage the children, but we will not accept a “married” same-sex couple with their adopted children? Isn’t the very fact that we put gay “marriage” in quotes a manifestation of our hatred?

More than 10 years ago, while flying to Rome, I had an extended conversation with an out and proud gay flight attendant. He was off duty for a few days and was using his flying privileges to visit his partner in Italy, and during our 8-hour flight, we talked openly and candidly.

His parents had rejected him because of their Christian faith, at one point, reaching out to him with the help of their pastor, who sent him a very gracious, even compassionate letter. At least, that’s the way the letter sounded to me when this man repeated its contents.

I thought to myself, “This pastor did a really good job. He was biblical, but so full of love, and he hit the right notes with the right tone.”

The man then said to me (after recounting the contents of the letter), “It was so full of hate!”

What I perceived as a gentle, loving outreach was perceived by this gay man as hate.

This was not some rhetorical strategy or an attempt to win a point with me. The letter stung this man until that very day, many years after the fact.

Recently, I wrote an article rebuking the Church of Scotland for giving their clergy the right to perform same-sex “marriages.” I also urged the faithful clergy to issue one last word of warning and then to leave en masse, forming a new denomination.

But as my tweet linking to the article started to circulate, it drew some animated responses from gays and lesbians and their allies. They were celebrating the Church’s decision and proclaiming that once again, love won. And they were asking me pointedly, “Why do you have a problem with the Church accepting people?”

After all, marriage is the ultimate expression of a couple’s desire to make a lifelong, loving commitment. Shouldn’t I be celebrating that, especially for two Christians? And isn’t it good that these gays and lesbians want to marry in the Church?

Isn’t it also true that, in the past, many Christians used the Bible to sanction slavery, segregation, and the suppression of women? Isn’t that exactly what Christians are doing with the Bible today when it comes to homosexuality?

From that point of view, of course we are viewed as bigots and haters and homophobes. Why else would we treat other human beings like second class citizens?

When I first began to focus on LGBT issues in 2004, it was because of the gay agenda. I immediately saw that this was the principal threat to freedom of religion, conscience, and speech in our nation. I also saw that this was  an issue that all of us would have to address someday. We would not get to sit this one out.

At the same time, I understood that we were dealing with both people and issues. And if I was to be in harmony with the Lord, I needed to have His heart of love and compassion for the people.

I understood that the rejection so many of them had experienced (at the hands of family and religion) had deeply wounded them. Consequently, what I perceived as loving and tactful would be perceived by them to be hateful and harsh.

That’s why I sat with local gay activists and asked them to tell me their stories face to face. That’s why I immersed myself in their literature, wanting to understand the world through their perspective. That’s why I even bought their theology and commentary books, reading every argument they brought in support of same-sex relationships.

That’s also why I would sometimes pray for them in tears, saying, “God, I don’t want to hurt people. I just want to help them.”

And that’s why I understand why I and others like me are perceived as being hateful.

At the same time, I am absolutely convinced that God’s design for marriage and family is heterosexual. That two mommies or two daddies can never equal a mommy and a daddy. And that the LGBTQ+ agenda must be resisted in the best interests of our society.

That being said, I will do whatever I can to remove any stumbling block from my message, not engaging in name-calling, not speaking in derogatory terms, and not repaying hatred with hatred.

In the end, love does win – God’s unconditional, supernatural, transformational love. And that love calls us to reach out and resist.

When we are called haters and bigots, let’s extend an open hand, saying, “Let’s sit down and talk together.” Then let’s show our new friends the love of God, face to face.

That’s what happened on that long flight to Rome.

As we were getting off the plane, I asked this man (after exchanging email addresses), “If you met someone who held to my convictions, would you consider that person a homophobe?”

He answered, “Absolutely.”

I then asked him, “Do you consider me to be a homophobe, he said, “Absolutely not. I heard your heart.”

Let your heart be heard too.

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OT posted a comment · Jun 12, 2022
I have ZERO problem in saying that scripture is spot on, pretty clear about the consequences of sin and rebellion. Have you actually READ the bible, and will you deny the inerrancy of the Bible. God have mercy on those who struggle with SSA bring healing open eyes and hearts!
OT posted a comment · Jun 11, 2022
Really Now you are capable of more “BS” as you call it than most here, this describes you and your tactics in a nutshell: “Those who challenge the normalcy and equivalence arguments of GLBT advocates are predictably met with the jamming tactic of being labeled bigots, haters, and homophobes so as to pre-empt reasonable debate.” You believe your campaign imbues people with dignity( it doesn’t) to say God is this confused old ancient that messed up makes me cringe!
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 07, 2022
I have ZERO problem in saying that scripture can be pretty twisted. Have you actually READ the bible, and can deny that sentiment??
Deancooper posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
In case you didn't understand, I was quoting scripture. 2 Peter 1:3-11 to be exact. If you want to say scripture "sounds pretty twisted" to you, that's you're prerogative. But personally, I think it makes a lot of sense.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Haha you are funny deancooper. You say this is ‘Not as hard as you think’, and we merely have to ‘do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’. Wow, so you very much paint this version of Christianity as being a bunch of things you have to do, not mess up, get things right….and THEN you will be deeply rewarded. The good ol quid-pro-quo logic. Sounds pretty twisted to me, but hey…. I’m not going to convince you of my perspective, and you won’t have any luck with me, so probably best to just move on….
Deancooper posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Peter explains how to do it Really Now. It's not as hard as you think: By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Well deancooper, you’ve made it blatantly clear. God WANTS PURITY, MORALITY, and PERFECTION. This, of course is balanced by the FACT that this is utterly and completely unattainable. But, in the meantime, let’s keep trying/pretending so that Christians can AT LEAST create the illusion that they are separate and superior. Makes perfect sense to me….
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Well JC - sounds like you’ve got a LOT of prayer ahead of you. Or….to assist in the elimination of those evil evil democrats….likely thru violence, aggression, and ‘war’. Christian nationalism. You are well describing the rhetoric behind the single greatest threat to US/world democracy. So prayer or violence, which will it be?? Can’t be both I don’t think….
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Really now, Leftists want to normalize pedophilia. have you seen that TEDx talks video with the woman speaker who wants to normalize pedophilia? you have people calling pedophilia a sexual orientation and giving pedophiles short prison sentences. we know that that democrats want to lower the age of consent. when you normalize one perversion how long til next one gets normalized? this has everything to do with the normalization of homosexuality because if homosexuality didnt get normalized then neither would pedophilia.
Deancooper posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Regarding John 3:16, it is almost universally misunderstood. We were all taught that God "sooo" love the world, i.e., that He loved it so incredibly much. But that's not what it says in the Greek. He certainly does love us, but that particular verse is referring back to the John 3:14, where it says, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up". The Greek word translated "so" means "in the same way". In other words, God loves the world in the same way He loved the Israelites back in the days of Moses, when they had sinned and God sent snakes to kill them. Their sin brought death, but He brought a solution. Just look to the serpent that was lifted up. Jesus came very much to love us, and because of that love, He came for the purpose of being lifted up on the cross so that we can live and be saved from our sins. He doesn't save us so we can keep sinning. He saves us so we can stop sinning. Or as Paul says, "Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God." God is serious about wanting a spotless bride for His Son.
Deancooper posted a comment · Jun 06, 2022
Regarding age of consent, take a look at this latest bill in California: https://sd11.senate.ca.gov/sb145 Note, this webpage is from the supporters of the bill. They don't like that judges are forced to put people on the sex offender list in certain cases, and want to give judges leeway. What they don't say is that more and more crimes are not even being prosecuted under leftwing prosecutors, and the judges in CA are predominantly leftwing and will frequently want to give offenders a pass. So it is really a first step in the direction that certain people in the gay community want things to go.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Thanks JC. Hmmmm…see ‘prayer’ sounds like a good thing, but some real tangible ‘action’ is important too. Do you have any queer friends or family members?? We just spent the weekend camping with a few of our gay friends - they have adopted two beautiful little kids and are the best 2 moms ever. They want EXACTLY the same things in life as any other couple. Family. Togetherness. Belonging. Love. Acceptance. And NORMALCY. And I really would relax a bit with the pedophilia worry. Consent is a massive issue, and as I said - will not be changing any time soon in ANY civilized society.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Really now, You can just call me JC and what's my solution? pray for them, that's my solution, just like we should pray for everyone else and hope that they come to repentance and also, pedophilia is being normalized, we are seeing it being pushed more and more in the media, there's a videos talking about how we shouldn't be mean to pedophiles.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
So JUSTJC…aside from your ‘put these people on an island’ idea, what’s your end game here?? Like if JUSTJC was in charge, how would you make this pesky problem go away?? Go back several decades to when queer folk were jailed, chemically castrated, or diagnosed with mental illness?? Or, like Mikey brown, would you just try to pray that dang gay away?? Tell me. How is this problem solved in your mind?? And just to ease your mind regarding playing the ‘what’s next’ card, pedophilia will NEVER be accepted in a civilized society as it involves the rather massive concept of ‘consent’. So just put that fear to rest, k??
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
or that you can be no gender at all* sorry. I should start proofreading more.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Really now, put these people on another Island by themselves and come back after a few years and let's see how ''normal'' homosexuality really is and also you say that ancient people weren't educated like we are? last time I checked ancient people weren't going around saying 57 genders exist and that men can give birth and that men can be women and vice versa or that you no gender at all and just because God doesn't change someone still doesn't mean that they're born that way or that God made them that way, leaving sin isn't as easy for some people as it is for others, some people are meant to struggle and homosexuals exist, so what? just because they exist means we have to accept them? like I told another person on here, it's this kind of thinking that will eventually get pedophilia accepted because pedophiles exist too.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Deancooper - Jesus came to earth out of love. PERIOD. If it was purely out of a fixation on ‘our dirty rotten bad deeds’, John 3:16 would likely have sounded much different. And Jesus himself was NEVER that upset about ‘sin’. He was, however, VERY HARSH towards those who claimed they were better than, or more pure than others. A fixation with ‘sin’ merely sets up a false notion that ‘some’ are good enough, while others are not. Which of course is complete BS.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
JUSTJC - ancient man had a poor understanding of the natural world, including human behaviour. That is why homosexuality is talked about in the way it is. Another biblical example of this would be claiming ‘demon possession’, instead of our current understanding that these people were likely suffering from mental illnesses. And btw, PLENTY of gay people - who have been brainwashed by fundamentalist Christianity - beg and plead with God to ‘make them straight’. Time after time after time, however, they remain gay. And I’m not making the claim that people are ‘born gay’. Some may be, but not all. Plus, who cares….being queer is NORMAl, and that’s all that matters. NORMAL. Time to move on from this issue. Just give it up. Queer people exist, and ALWAYS have. They aren’t going away. Stop picking on people who are different than you are. JUST. STOP.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Really now, ''Plus, homosexuality is a NORMAL variation of human sexuality,'' not really. the reason why homosexuality exists is because sin exists, if sin didn't exist, then homosexuality wouldn't exist. if people were born gay then God wouldn't change them but yet people have been saved from that lifestyle, if homosexuality was from God then why is it talked about so negatively in the Bible? because it didn't come from God. the idea that a person is born gay is man-made, it has no support from the Bible at all, it was created by secular society and pushed on people and for some reason some of the church started buying into it despite the Bible clearly saying that this is sin and not from God.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Swkh310, oh, ok. thank you.
Deancooper posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
You're right about our own sin. Unfortunately, sin is rampant in the church and that's one area I disagree with Dr. Brown, as I think his view of salvation (and how hard it is to lose) means Christians don't really have all that much to worry about concerning their sin. The mindset permeates the church. Every time I used pornography, I would repent and think God would just forgive me again. Well, after years I even stopped repenting. I knew I needed to stop, but it was always easy to put it off. And then God exposed me, and while that was quite painful, I'm glad He did because it set me free of my addiction. I've been truly free for over seven years now, and what I've found is that very few other Christian men can say the same thing. And while that's a tragedy, my view is that we're in need of a new reformation. One where we see how serious sin is. And one where we actually start walking the way God expects us to. Exodus says, "Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear; for God has come in order to test you, and that His fear may be before your faces, so that you won’t sin.'” For me, this is what we need. Here's my own paraphrase of what God is saying in that verse: "Be courageous and draw near the Lord, for God has come to test and purify you. For when His fearful holiness comes before you – for when you see the majesty of the King of all Kings before your very faces – you will be changed – for His power and might are beyond imagining – and you will know that truly nothing can be hidden from Him – for all the blemishes of your flesh will be clearly seen – and you will know what He requires of you – and what He expects you to die to. For by coming face to face with the Refiner’s fire – sin, the desires of the flesh, and all excuses will be burned away." I for one, am ready to walk right into His fire. I'm dead serious.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
JUSTJC - other people’s ‘sin’ is none of our business. Jesus would not say ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’, he’d say ‘love the sinner, hate your own sin’. Plus, homosexuality is a NORMAL variation of human sexuality, so the point is moot anyhow in that regard… And EVEN IF it was a ‘sin’, I bet I wouldn’t have to dig too deep to find some sexual sin in YOUR life. So again, take care of cleaning your own house, and let others do the same.
OT posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Response to “ Why the absolute FIXATION on ‘overcoming’ sin?? If this was so important to God,” Jesus sacrifice was a big deal! Sin cost Jesus his life. The Bible calls the act of homosexuality a sin …. You( RN) and many others in the world say it’s not . It is central to this debate.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
I don't think it is possible to "edit" or "delete." Or, if so, I've never figured it out.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Does anyone know how to delete comments on here? my last comment somehow got posted three times.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Really now. you think you are loving your daughter by telling her that her sin (and it is a sin I will debate anyone on that) is okay? do you know what will happen to her if she does not repent? how are you loving her? you are condemning both yourself and your daughter because instead of doing what Christians are supposed to do which is getting people to turn from sin. you are telling her that her sin is OK and that there is nothing wrong with it. I would rather offend my kid by telling them the truth than lie to them and say that their sin is okay sending them to hell in the end.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Really now. you think you are loving your daughter by telling her that her sin (and it is a sin I will debate anyone on that) is okay? do you know what will happen to her if she does not repent? how are you loving her? you are condemning both yourself and your daughter because instead of doing what Christians are supposed to do which is getting people to turn from sin. you are telling her that her sin is OK and that there is nothing wrong with it. I would rather offend my kid by telling them the truth than lie to them and say that their sin is okay sending them to hell in the end.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Really now. you think you are loving your daughter by telling her that her sin (and it is a sin I will debate anyone on that) is okay? do you know what will happen to her if she does not repent? how are you loving her? you are condemning both yourself and your daughter because instead of doing what Christians are supposed to do which is getting people to turn from sin. you are telling her that her sin is OK and that there is nothing wrong with it. I would rather offend my kid by telling them the truth than lie to them and say that their sin is okay sending them to hell in the end.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 05, 2022
Hmmmm - OT says: “With God’s help, and by following the principles of His Word, we can progressively overcome sin and become more and more like Christ.” Why the absolute FIXATION on ‘overcoming’ sin?? If this was so important to God, wouldn’t the 2 great commandments reflect this?? Don’t you think it’s significant that ‘overcoming sin’ is NOT a great commandment, but love for self and others IS???
OT posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
GOTQUESTIONS.ORG “The Bible presents several different resources to aid us in our effort to overcome sin. In this lifetime, we will never be perfectly victorious over sin (1 John 1:8), but that should still be our goal. With God’s help, and by following the principles of His Word, we can progressively overcome sin and become more and more like Christ.”
Deancooper posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
It was depressing to read the comments by Swkh310 and Really Now. Swkh310 seems to be blinded by hate of "Born Agains and Evangelicals", and while some of the leaders certainly deserve criticism, the large majority -- like me -- are quite sincere in our political opposition to the things we believe are a moral stain on our country. In a democratic country, if we don't stand up for the things we believe in, then what's the point of even having a democracy? But Really Now seems to have sunk to a depth of deception that is scary. Perhaps he has read the Bible, I don't know, but if he has, he has certainly read into it things that it doesn't say -- and skipped the things that it does say. Jesus said, "“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea." To me, sending your children to be indoctrinated in the ways of the world seems to get pretty close to this. Rationalizing this away doesn't make the warning any less real. But don't listen to me. Ask God yourself what is the truth. And then read the Bible as if your soul depended on it. For surely it does, as it does for all of us.
czarpaul posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
Problem with love the sinner hate the sin is so many lgbt whatever people seam to make there sexuality or gender SO much of their identity that they ARE homosexuality, they ARE transgenderism, etc so that if you take that away they seem to have no identity. I am willing to admit I am INTOLERANT. Question is are they??????? They claim to be tolerant BUT don’t tolerate those who disagree. They try linguistic gymnastics saying not tolerating intolerance is not intolerance. But the PARADOX of tolerance is to be tolerant you must tolerate even that which you find intolerable including people you find intolerable. They too are INTOLERANT it’s just what and who they are intolerant of is different then what or who others are intolerant of. Reading what you said about what was written to him by the pastor and how he only saw hate make me feel these lgbt whatever people have been taught from a young age to see Christians and Christianity as hateful. They have been brought up by activists in groups schools and in homes to see ANYTHING but complete and utter acquiescing acceptance as hate. They have to hold a mirror to themselves too. We should look at ourselves to make sure we aren’t using hate in any way. But they must too look at themselves and see they’re hatred, they’re bigotry, the darkness THEY are full of. At the end he mentions that because he knows you, your heart, he knows you aren’t a homophobe but if he met others with the same views he would consider them homophobes. Now think about that and think of this if someone said to black person, not regarding sexuality just in general, I know you so I like you but if I must others like you I wouldn’t like them because I think they’re bad people we would RIGHTFULLY condemn that as racism yet because this is being said to Christian it isn’t considered bigotry. There millions of bible believing Christians out there and thousands of lgbt whatever people if each of us has to meet each of them to have them STOP hating us that would take decades at best. And why should it have to be that way????? Shouldn’t a person be able to drop hatred and bigotry without having to meet the people they hate???? They don’t want to deal with their hatred and bigotry which makes dialog impossible for most.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
So JUSTJC, why would Jesus say ‘go and sin no more’, when he knew that is literally impossible for humans?? Hmmmmm almost makes you think that there may be a deeper meaning or understanding of ‘sin’ apart from evangelical obsession of ‘the things we do to make God angry at us’ notion.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
Since the 1970s, Born Agains and Evangelicals are nothing more than a political action committee with an agenda based on hate, condemnation and self-righteousness. They have nothing to do with the foundations of the Christian faith. By targeting abortion, LGBTQ rights and other "radical" forces in society, evangelical leaders have made billions and acquired massive political clout. None of that is based on the Bible -- and, in the process, they gleefully and cynically sold what was left of their soul to an amoral demagogue.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
Really now, Jesus told the woman to ''Go and sin no more'' her didn't tell her ''I accept you in your sin, keep doing it'' that right there shows you that Jesus is intolerant of sin, you really think that he would tell someone who practices homosexuality something different?
OT posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
@ Severiano David, Thank you for bringing a concise encouragement , I say well stated ! it begins and ends with God .
OT posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
God has something to say about the world ! ———————————— 1 John 2:15-17. 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. ___________________________ There is a reason to be separate in in the world to avoid what the world is doing ! Flesh, pride of life. ___________________________ Those who have been born again by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus will continually put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:12–14). We will not allow the lust of our flesh to control our lives; rather, we will choose to consider ourselves “crucified with Christ”. ___________________________ Some say the Bible clearly calls homosexuality a clear example of following lust of the flesh, the pride of life.
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Severiano David posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
@Really Now. Jude, our Lord's brother in the flesh, completely eviscerates your reasoning and puts doubt to rest. Jude 1:22–23 says it as clear as day is from night: “Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” According to this, our approach to this complex scenario should actually be straightforward: We should be characterized by mercy for the sinner but have a healthy hatred of sin and its effects. as Christians, we cannot love perfectly, nor can we hate perfectly (i.e., without malice). But God can do both of these perfectly, because He is God. God can hate without any sinful intent. Therefore, He can hate the sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still lovingly forgive the sinner at the moment of repentance and faith (Malachi 1:3; Revelation 2:6; 2 Peter 3:9). The Bible clearly teaches that God is love. First John 4:8–9 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Mysterious but true is the fact that God can perfectly love and hate a person at the same time. This means He can love a homosexual as someone He created and can redeem, as well as hate him for his unbelief and sinful lifestyle. We, as imperfect human beings, cannot do this; thus, we must remind ourselves to “love the sinner; hate the sin.” How exactly does that work? We hate sin by recognizing it for what it is, refusing to take part in it, and condemning it as contrary to God’s nature. Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly. We love sinners by showing them respect (1 Peter 2:17), praying for them (1 Timothy 2:1), and witnessing to them of Christ. It is a true act of love to treat someone with respect and kindness even though you do not approve of his or her lifestyle or sinful choices. It is not loving to allow a person to remain stuck in sin. It is not hateful to tell a person he or she is in sin. In fact, the exact opposites are true. Sin leads to death (James 1:15), and we love the sinner by speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We hate the sin by refusing to condone, ignore, or excuse it.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
The second biggest commandment is to love PEOPLE….and not just people you like or that are similar to you. ALL PEOPLE. ‘Protecting’ your kids from people who are different (‘these people’ as you’ve put it) teaches them to exclude, judge, separate, divide, and see themselves as ‘better than’. Tell me….are these things Christlike, or un-Christlike??
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 04, 2022
I still don't see how that's un-Christian, do you really think that Jesus would want Christians to send their kids to public schools were they are being lied to about gender and are being taught that there's nothing wrong sin and taught that evolution is the reason why we exist. eventually destroying their faith? why do that? Jesus didn't have kids, he didn't have to worry about his kids being lead astray but we do and we don't want them being lied to.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
JUSTJC1992 - you seriously can’t see my point?? Because Christ himself was in the mess, amongst real people, and NEVER shied away from the ‘sinners’ (aka mankind), or the ‘impure’. He loved us - ALL OF US - that much. Coddling your kids, keeping them home, and ‘protecting’ them from the ‘impure’ world is the exact opposite of what Jesus did. He was very much out there in the real world. (Not to mention that MANY Christian homes have JUST as much ‘impurity’ as any other place…you just like to create the illusion of otherwise).
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
Really Now, how is homeschooling un-Christlike? why would you want your kids to be raised in public schools where they will be taught lies? and what's this ''misunderstanding'' that you're talking about?
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
As much as ol Mikey brown’s ego was plumped by the guy on the plane, I’d say he was being far too gracious. Here’s a definition of homophobia: ‘Homophobia can take many different forms, including negative attitudes and beliefs about, aversion to, or prejudice against bisexual, lesbian, and gay people. It’s often based in irrational fear and misunderstanding. Some people’s homophobia may be rooted in conservative religious beliefs. People may hold homophobic beliefs if they were taught them by parents and families’. Hmmmmm….sorry, but Mikey sounds like a raging homophobe to me.
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Really now posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
Well OT, ‘homeschooling’ is likely one of the most un-Christlike things one could do. Jesus himself - fully man, fully God - came to earth to interact, relate, love, and live amongst PEOPLE. Imperfect, dirty, messy PEOPLE. Did he shy away or hide from the world?? No, he became part of it.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
Don't flatter yourselves. It is not "normal" Christians who are considered hateful. It is the fringe, ultra-right, Republican, Evangelicals/Born Agains who are regarded with well-earned disdain and disgust.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
But even when talk to them in a loving Christian manner a lot of them still call you hateful. so it really doesn't matter how you talk to them.
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JUSTJC1992 posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
Women are born that way, so are blacks, there is no evidence that gays are born that way, so it isn't unChristian or unGodly or unbiblical to be against homosexuality because there's no evidence of homosexuality being biological. so it really makes no sense why people compare homosexuality to blacks and women.
OT posted a comment · Jun 03, 2022
I have to say Dr. Brown I don’t think most People of faith go around looking for a fight! What we are seeing is a big slight of hand that is playing out in the public policy. A strategic manipulation. By groups you mentioned in this article there sole objective is influence, policies, they go after children , why? they are the future! Home schooling/ private education are alternatives, parents are choosing to home school! In 18 states that shared data through the current school year, the number of homeschooling students increased by 63% in the 2020-2021 school year, has increased 6%to 8% a year!