Posted Feb 11, 2020 by Michael L. Brown

It is certainly politically incorrect to say this. In fact, in the eyes of many, what I’m about to say is a classic example of extreme religious bigotry. But I will say it nonetheless. Choosing an out and proud “married” gay man to run for president, let alone become president, would contribute to the further degeneration and moral confusion of our society along with further attacks on our most fundamental rights.

When I tweeted this statement out on February 8, it received far more retweets and likes than my average tweet. Far more. So, it obviously struck a chord. The support was strong and consistent.

Also, as expected, there were words of condemnation and rebuke, including this tweet from Bible teacher Gilbert Gonzalez Jr. He wrote: “Please tell me this tweet is from a different century. There is no way that anyone today that has any education would ever write something so generally uninformed, childish, and biblically ignorant. This is why people don’t take Christianity seriously. Its leaders refuse to learn.”

Obviously, I fully expected responses like this. That’s why I began my tweet by saying, “Call me a homophobic bigot, but I'll say it anyway.”

What else could I expect? The moment you say a word about Mayor Pete being “married” to another man, all while flaunting his deep Christian faith, you will be called a homophobic bigot.

So be it. I’ve been called worse things than that.

Come to think of it, Jesus Himself, our perfect Savior, was called far worse things.

And He told us to expect the same: “It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul [basically, the devil himself], how much more the members of his household!”

According to Prof. Randall Rauser, however, to call me a homophobic bigot is not out of line. (Prof. Rauser is a moderate Canadian evangelical and a constant basher of President Trump.) As he wrote in his blog, “Behavior and reasoning like this provide very plausible evidence that Christians like Brown have an irrational fear of and/or antipathy toward gay people.”

Indeed, according to Prof. Rauser, “Evangelicals like Brown fall over themselves to excuse Trump’s grotesque immorality. . . . Among his latest egregious actions, last week he mocked the words of Jesus at the National Prayer Breakfast while evangelical pastors laughed in the audience.”

But that’s where Prof. Rauser misses the point, as do Gilbert Gonzalez and other critics. (See also this excellent response to Rauser by Steve Hayes.)

First, I have never excused the president’s past immorality. In fact, I probably called attention to it as much as any evangelical leader during the primaries. To say, I “fall over [myself] to excuse Trump’s grotesque immorality” is to speak a lie.

Second, to this day, like a broken record, I draw attention to aspects of the president’s behavior that I find destructive and harmful. In fact, shortly after the National Prayer Breakfast, I wrote an article addressing the very issues Prof. Rauser mentioned regarding Trump’s response to the words of Jesus.

So, to brand me hypocritical for speaking out against Mayor Pete’s proud homosexuality is to be either misinformed, dishonest, or both.

But there is a much bigger issue that the critics are missing.

President Trump is not flaunting his past immorality, nor is he pushing it presently. Instead, when the ugly tape of his lewd comments went public, he said, “I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize . . . . I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.”

In stark contrast, Mayor Pete has talked about how his homosexual relationship to his “husband” Chasten has brought him closer to God. He has kissed his partner at public rallies. He is pushing his homosexuality, not apologizing for it.

You better believe that he will do everything in his power to normalize homosexual relationships even more in the eyes of America. He will also do his best to marginalize those who are convinced that these relationships are contrary to the will of God.

And this leads me to the primary reason for my tweet (and for this article).

It is not so much that homosexual practice is worse than adultery or fornication. Rather, it is the fact that there is an aggressive, gay agenda that has systematically undermined biblical morals for decades. It has also sought to silence all dissenting voices, becoming the principle threat to our religious and moral freedoms.

That’s why I’ve been active in resisting LGBT activism since 2004, reaching out to individuals with compassion but resisting the agenda with courage.

And so, it is not the people whom I oppose. (God forbid. I’ve made that clear hundreds, if not thousands of times.) It is not even homosexual acts which primarily concern me (although issues of health and safety should not be ignored.)

It is an aggressive agenda that I oppose, one that I and others have tracked carefully for many years. (See already the important 2003 volume by Alan Sears and Craig Osten, The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today.)

It is an agenda that would only be fueled with great intensity by an out and proud gay president.

And so, just as President Obama’s administration pushed radical trans activism on our nation’s schools, under severe penalties, things would only intensify under a president who would flaunt his “husband” being the country’s first “First Gentleman.”

In the end, this has nothing to do with having “an irrational fear of and/or antipathy toward gay people.” (How is it that Christian leaders end up repeating the world’s talking points?)

Instead, it has everything to do with recognizing where gay activism has taken us in the last 50+ years and recognizing where it wants to take us next.

I, for one, will continue to sound the alarm in advance.

Things are confused enough already. We don’t need to make things any worse.

Calling me a homophobic bigot will only avoid dealing with the real issues at hand.

We avoid them to our own demise.

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B.W. posted a comment · Mar 02, 2020
Oreopagus posted a comment · Feb 18, 2020 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Pete Buttigieg exposes the Christian right's moral contortions................................................... Oreopagus - Pete's gone thank God
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Oreopagus posted a comment · Feb 18, 2020
Pete Buttigieg exposes the Christian right's moral contortions https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/04/17/pete-buttigieg-exposes-christian-right-moral-contortions/7sip0pO8wzV3GplXr3batO/story.html
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neptune posted a comment · Feb 17, 2020
Agreed, Alan. Perhaps one reason that some homosexuals claim to have been "born that way" is that the psychological injuries that can lead to same-sex sexual attraction often occur at a very early age. For instance, typically lesbians have experienced a trauma that interrupted bonding with their mother during their very first year of life. So, ever since they can remember, many lesbians have only been attracted to other women. But of course, the homosexual condition is not genetic, and to claim that God created you that way is completely false. In addition, the homosexual lifestyle is basically a defense mechanism to ward off the terrible pain of inner emotional deficits. It's a lot like abusing drugs or alcohol—makes you feel good in the moment, but in the long run does a lot of harm. Anyway, the good news is that God can heal the homosexual condition. For those who want to learn more, the book "The Broken Image" by Leanne Payne is a great resource that describes both the causes of the homosexual condition and how to pray for individuals suffering from it.
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Alan Dodd posted a comment · Feb 17, 2020
Claiming to be gay, and saying you were born that way, is an affront to God who creates us all. Yes we are flawed as a result of the fall, but that is no excuse to violate the clear Word of God which states that such persons will not inherit the kingdom of God. To live in a delusional world living contrary to obvious human nature is a form of mental and emotional illness. During those quiet times of reflection all homosexuals are plagued by that reality.
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Prodigal48 posted a comment · Feb 14, 2020
I honestly did not hear the President say anything that was mocking to the words of Jesus. He's a man of the world, an unchurched man, if he he said anything like that, I really don't think he meant it that way. I'll still go with the old sinner who is trying to change his ways, rather than a smooth-talking liberal who said he believed in real marriage, and did everything he could to undermine it, along with working against Christians every day for 8 long years. As far as those here who still cannot understand Dr. Brown's clearly-explained position, you are completely correct, Dr. Brown, and I thank you for saying what the rest of us can't say on social media because we will be destroyed. You will never convince those people, their consciences are seared. The worst ones are the ones who say they are Christians, but chew you out for condemning what is clearly spelled out in God's Word as a sin. But, you still have to tell the truth. The words of God will be the judge against them on That Day. What is heartbreaking, is the "christian" leaders who condone sin, and lead people into everlasting judgment. Matthew 15:13-14 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
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Anne posted a comment · Feb 14, 2020
We believe that our values are better and more loving than those of God, clearly expressed in His word. They are not.
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nonewworldorder... posted a comment · Feb 14, 2020
A homosexual leader is a big bad example to the world! I don’t believe in mistreatments of any homosexuals or lesbians but I do feel is a type of mental illness and bad behavior. Even if there is no religion of any kind homosexual behavior and abortion is not normal.
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tjbailey posted a comment · Feb 13, 2020
Thank you Dr. Brown for standing firm on the Word of God. I do not refer to myself as a christian because of the many swine and wolves in the churches today; across many denominations. I see the compromise and the tossing of God's Word out the window. Compromise widely excepted: LGQBP refer to self as christian, denominations refer to self as christian, non-believers refer to self as christian. Just look at the questionable negative comments by those who are “enlightened” and “identify’ as Christian. According to the Word, one in a relationship with the One and only true God of all eternity has the power to "discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” Today there is a remnant who serve the living God. Small ‘c’ christian intended.
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Feb 12, 2020
Yet Dr. Brown enthusiastically supports a 3xs married, 2xs divorced serial adulterer who bribes porn stars to keep quiet. Tell us again that you’re no homophobe, Dr. B.
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Skeptic posted a comment · Feb 12, 2020
According to you Dr. Brown, the “stark contrast” to Trump’s behavior is that “…he has kissed his partner at public rallies”… and even worse, he did not apologize for being a homosexual? Showing compassion and love for another human being is just intolerable for you, while the complete lack of compassion and basic human decency is fine as long as the right judges are put on the bench. I think Rauser is spot on. And yes, your ideas should be marginalized since they kill people.
B.W. posted a comment · Feb 11, 2020
I have to resist that unsettled feeling when it seems the world is letting go of it's moors. Lord Hear Our Prayers! Come Lord Jesus Come!
B.W. posted a comment · Feb 11, 2020
We are faced with "This Present darkness" a battle for souls, darkness is the enemy! how it moves, How it hides in plain sight! Lord shine your light in the shadows and open our Eyes! ........Lord Let Your grace come over us!