Letter: God rejects homosexuality

Letter: God rejects homosexuality

There are 49 comments on the Green Bay Press-Gazette story from Oct 26, 2012, titled Letter: God rejects homosexuality. In it, Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that:

It is appalling to think that Episcopal Bishop Russell Jacobus would even consider blessing same-sex relationships when they totally go against God's Word ...

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“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”

Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#48 Feb 12, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>No, it is harder for me to pretend to like you. I AM A CHRISTIAN.
I have been civil to you. I have extended my hand to you. I have offered over and over again.....heck, for Lent 2 years ago, I gave up posting/commenting on TOPIX.
I pray for you Joe. I can't believe that you think it is OK to speak to a woman, a stranger the way that you do to me. You remind me of the MOB who wanted the men/angels from Lot. You have the same intent....to rape me in public for your own personal satisfaction.
You speak of sinning and repenting. Maybe THIS Lent, you will try some of the season. GOD HELP YOU!
Amen, if the man ever spent a fraction of the time he spends hating here in prayer, he'd be humbled.

If he had an inkling of God's love and compassion, he would be humbled.

Unfortunately, Joe's pride keeps him from God...

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#49 Feb 13, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
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No, it is harder for me to pretend to like you ...
Then don't.
Real Christians aren't supposed to pretend.

“Plays well with others.”

Since: Jun 07

LIVING WELL*THE BEST REVENGE

#50 Feb 13, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
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Then don't.
Real Christians aren't supposed to pretend.
Did you read the LITURGY for Ash Wednesday this morning Joe...at church? NO, because you don't GO TO CHURCH...any church. I'll be praying for you Joe.

“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”

Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#51 Feb 13, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
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Then don't.
Real Christians aren't supposed to pretend.
How would you know, you are no Christian, just a lonely man of one, with no community, no life and no faith.

You are empty in the Love department.

I feel so sorry for you, doesn't matter if you want it or not, you have my pity Joe, from the bottom of my heart.

We do indeed pray for you....

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#52 Feb 14, 2013
MiddleWay wrote:
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How would you know, you are no Christian ...
Better remove that TEC plank from your eye before you operate on mmy splinter (Matthew 7:3).

“Plays well with others.”

Since: Jun 07

LIVING WELL*THE BEST REVENGE

#53 Feb 14, 2013
ON HOMOSEXUALITY, MANY CHRISTIANS GET THE BIBLE WRONG
Rev. Adam Hamilton Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas Author of “When Christians Get it Wrong”(Abingdon, 2013)
Homosexuality is one of the most divisive issues within churches and across our country today. The issue has become, for some, a litmus test on fidelity to God and the scriptures. The divide is not just between the progressives and conservatives. It is also a generational divide, with younger Christians generally seeing this issue differently than older Christians.
I recently delivered the sermon for the National Prayer Service at the presidential inauguration. While in Washington I took my family to the Lincoln Memorial. This iconic structure stands as a reminder of America’s great dream of equality and President Lincoln’s role in the emancipation of America’s slaves and the abolition of slavery in America. The words to Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address are inscribed on the north wall of the memorial’s interior. In them Lincoln noted that at the center of the conflict over slavery were very different interpretations of the Bible. Lincoln said of the two sides in the war,“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.”
Southern preachers and slave owners believed the many references in the Bible permitting and regulating slavery (well over 100 verses), in both the Old and the New Testaments, were clear evidence that the institution was a part of God’s social and moral order. Abolitionist preachers argued in their sermons that the verses related to slavery in the Bible were a reflection of the cultural context and times in which the Bible was written and did not reflect God’s endorsement of slavery. They argued that there were “weightier” scriptures on justice, mercy and love that superseded those on slavery. This was the position that Lincoln himself adopted.
At the center of the divide over homosexuality today is the Bible. Conservatives and progressives “read from the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.”
There are a handful of Scriptures that specifically speak of same-sex intimacy as unacceptable to God. Conservatives or traditionalists see these as reflecting God’s timeless will for human relationships. Progressives look at these same scriptures in much the same way that progressives in the nineteenth century looked at the Bible’s teaching on slavery. They believe that these verses capture the cultural understandings and practices of sexuality in biblical times, but do not reflect God’s will for gay and lesbian people.
It was both reading the Bible’s passages on same-sex intimacy in the same light as passages on slavery and coming to know gay and lesbian people that led me to see this issue differently, particularly children who grew up in my church who loved God and sought to serve Christ. As I listened to their stories I saw that they did not fit the stereotypes I had been taught about gay and lesbian people. The love they shared with others looked very much like the love I share with my wife --a deep friendship and companionship. And their faith was as authentic as that of anyone else in my congregation.
For many Christians today the handful of Bible verses related to same sex intimacy seem more like the 100 plus verses on slavery than they do the teachings of Jesus and his great commandments to love God and neighbor. Their gay and lesbian friends are people, just like them, in need of love and community. I believe that in the years ahead an increasing number of Christians, not only progressives, but also conservatives, will read the Bible’s passages regarding homosexuality as all Christians today read the Bible’s passages on slavery. And the sermons preached from America’s pulpits decrying the rights of homosexuals today will sound to future generations much like the pro-slavery sermons sound to us today.

“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”

Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#55 Feb 14, 2013
Amen Sel!

Unfortunately those who NEED to read it, won't....

“The Kingdom of God Begins NOW!”

Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#56 Feb 14, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
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Better remove that TEC plank from your eye before you operate on mmy splinter (Matthew 7:3).
Ddrinkking aagiin?

Since: Aug 09

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#57 Feb 14, 2013
MiddleWay wrote:
Amen Sel!
Unfortunately those who NEED to read it, won't....
The Holy Spirit effectively works through the subconscious realms. The fact that this writing exists places the seed of awareness to its message in a prayer that reaches many, who, as you say, would not otherwise read it.

Rev. Ken

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