November 5, 2014
Thorner: Americans fall victim to gay lifestyle lies
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Thorner: Americans fall victim to gay lifestyle lies
By Nancy Thorner –
Americans have fallen victim to two great lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do, but both are nonsense.
Instead of clarifying the gay rights issue, the Supreme Court, in a surprise move on October 6th, ducked making a same-sex marriage decision and announced instead that it would not take up any of the seven cases on the issue that were pending before the court. This move seems to have paved the way for gay marriage. Read what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to say on the issue less than a month before the October Supreme Court decision: “There is no urgent need to take up the question of state gay marriage bans because all three appeals courts that have decided the issue have agreed that the bans are unconstitutional.”
Must convictions be compromise to be compassionate? Not really, but if you stand firm and refuse to compromise your religious convictions, you may experience the heavy hand of the law. Noted are three recent examples of those who are paying the price for not compromising.
People of Religious Conviction
1. Kahnh Huynh fled Communist Vietnam with his children in a rickety boat to come to a country that recognized human rights of speech and religion. Kahnh, now a U.S. citizen and Christian pastor, had his sermons and communications about homosexuality subpoenaed by the lesbian mayor of Houston under the city’s “non-discrimination” law Mayor Annise Parker said was all about her. Because of a national firestorm, Mayor Parker has withdrawn her subpoenas aimed at five local pastors, thus upholding the First Amendment, at least for now, which protects the right of pastors to be free from government intimidation and coercion of this sort.
2. A Christian couple in Oregon, former owners of Sweet Cakes bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, were forced to close their bakery after declining to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony. Melisa KIein and her husband support the fundamental belief that marriage is for a man and a woman. When they chose to step out in accordance with their faith, they were punished. They are now facing the threat of having to pay $150,000 in damages. The same is happening to other Christian bakers, photographers, caters, etc., who as a matter of religious conviction decline to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies and celebrations. They are facing the heavy hand of the law.
3. On Monday of this week, October 25, Peter LaBarbera of AFTAH, only two days after hosting the Saturday, Oct. 25 event that featured Dr. Brown as Keynote Speaker, was allowed a provisional entry into Canada for a ‘Mischief’ trial that was scheduled to take place later in the week stemming from a peace pro-life/pro-family protest in April protest at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. His violation in April of this year was that he and AFTAH “incite hate” in violation of the Canada’s “Hate Propaganda” law. Confiscated on Monday, Oct. 25, after an intense search of LaBarbera’s phone, laptop and belongings before issuing his provisional entry, was the new Russian film, “Sodom,” which was deemed as potential “hate propaganda.” It made no difference that this video is easily available Canada.
In Canada some parts of the Bible constitute “hate speech.” In America we still have “Freedom of Speech” as set forth in our “First Amendment.” We must make use of the First amendment while we still have the chance to do so. LaBarbara’s trial in Canada was held on Thursday, October 30. After a day of testimony from both sides, the judge reserved her verdict until Dec. 22. Testimony from the University of Regina Provost and its vice-president claimed that the materials the two men displayed were discriminatory and violate the institution’s “respectful workplace” policy.
Designated Hate Groups for opposing same-sex marriage
Here in this nation The SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) is making it difficult for groups to operate who oppose same-sex marriage, despite our First Amendment rights. The SPLC classifies as hate groups those that “…have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Hate groups listed as active anti-gay (LGBT) hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center includes LaBarbera’s “Americans for Truth About Homosexuality” and Linda Harvey’s “Mission: America.” Other well know organizations targeted by the SPLC include: “Illinois Family Institute” (David E. Smith); “Family Research Council” (Tony Perkins); “Family Research Institute” (Paul Cameron); and “Traditional Values Coalition” (Reverend Louis P. Sheldon, is its current chairman).
Sexuality has been a legitimate concern of Christian pastors at least since the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. It has only been in recent years that the Left has managed to turn these matters into political fodder, using the Civil Rights issue to go trolling for votes and financial support to promote the homosexual life style and gay marriage.
During Dr. Michael Brown’s interactions with gay Christians so he could understand where they were coming from, Brown read and heard stories from gay Christians that broke his heart. Dr. Brown considers homosexuality this generation’s great moral and spiritual issue for the church. In his new book, “Can You Be Gay And Christian?”, Brown walks readers through the debates, arguments, and varying viewpoints to arrive at a place that is compassionate, honest, and holds fast to God’s Words. As founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry, Brown also serves as a professor at the King’s University, Denver Theological Seminary, Southern Evangelical Seminary, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Brown is committed to seeing a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution in America.
Dr. Brown was presented with the “American Truth Tell” award for 2014 by Peter LaBarbara, president of “Americans for Truth,” at its “Teaching Banquet” on Saturday ay, October 25,
Seven insights by Dr. Brown as to the truth about the Bible and homosexuality:
1. No new data (or ancient texts) has been found to change the interpretation of the Bible as to its teachings on the issue of homosexuality. It was the social revolution that sought to and has succeeded in changing the public’s Biblical view of homosexuality that dates back to the Old Testament
2. The Bible is fundamentally a heterosexual book. In Genesis 2:21 to 25: Man plus man does not equal man. God created man and woman to compliment each other. They became one when joined together, but there is still only one man and one woman in the union. Consider number five of the Ten Commandments given by God from Mount Sinai: “Honor thy father and mother. . .” In reading the Bible, all Scripture presupposes a man and a woman relationship. There is not a single hint of a homosexual relationship.
3. The Bible is misused to sanction slavery. While Christians wrongly used the Bible to overturn slavery, it is rightly being used to condemn the practice of homosexuality.
4. The Bible in Chapter 8 of “Leviticus” sets forth universal prohibitions, including homosexuality that should not be practiced by mankind. The ban against homosexuality is found in verse 22 of Leviticus, which refers to homosexuality as an abomination.
5. Jesus himself addressed the issue by revealing that He alone can see into the hearts of man. In ‘Matthew’ 5 Jesus preached “His Sermon on the Mont” (The Beatitudes) in which Jesus declared that the attitude of men toward the principles set forth will determine their place in His kingdom, which are the principles of His kingdom. Verses 17-20 of Matthew 5tell of the “Relation of Christ to the law.”
6. Jesus practiced transformational inclusion, not affirmations inclusion, as when he raised Lazarus from the dead. Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus, sent a message to Jesus to come quickly as Lazarus was sick, but Jesus waited two days and didn’t arrive in Bethany until Lazarus was already dead and in the tomb for four days.
7. The writings of Paul mean just what we always thought they meant. Paul looked at homosexuality as a direct result of humankind’s rejection of God, something contrary to His created order. There is no doubt that Paul condemned the practice of homosexuality. Paul further believed that the blood of Jesus could save people from homosexual sin. “Romans I” tells of the overall descent of the human race. Homosexuality is “contrary to nature” and to God’s creative design for human beings, just as the feet are made to walk and not to write. See vs. 24 – 27 of Romans I for what Paul has to say about homosexuality.
For review here are “Bible Passages about Homosexuality and Gender Confusion” compiled by Rev. Stephen Back’s organization, Mission America.
Time to act to protect free speech and freedom of religion
It was encouraging to read how hundreds of Michigan pastors and Christian leaders from across American held a press conference last week to proclaim that they have had enough of the homosexual agenda’s latest push to make gains through an LGBTQ-inspired civil rights movement. Church leaders contend that newly imposed nonincrimination laws are allegedly designed to protect homosexuals, while they unlawfully discriminate against people of faith.
In that civil rights organizations and the media have been able to convince the general public that 25% of the population is gay or transgender — among young people the percentage is 30% — when in truth the percentage of gays and transgender individuals in this nation represent only 2.5% of the population, should be a stark reminder that if we don’t speak up to protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion, both will be taken from us under the guise of so-called gay rights.
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