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It isn’t just about love and hate, but about truth and lies and right and wrong

The Left reflexively plays the hate card when dealing with LGBTQ issues.  Sadly, too many  Bible-believing people fall prey to the trick and it silences them.  But it isn’t just about love and hate, but about truth and lies and right and wrong.

Consider these four possibilities:

1. You believe homosexual behavior is a sin and you share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
2. You believe homosexual behavior is a sin and you do not share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
3. You believe homosexual behavior is a not a sin and you share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.
4. You believe homosexual behavior is not a sin and you do not share what you think is the truth, as appropriate.

Before you can talk of love and hate, you’d need to understand right and wrong — or at least the perception of it by those in question.

Options 1 and 3 would be be acting in love (defined in the sense of having people’s long-term best interests at heart and not in the worldly sense of pampering people). Options 2 and 4 would be acting out of hate, or at least selfishness or indifference.

So it if you think homosexual behavior is a sin and don’t speak the truth, then you are acting hatefully — even if you were wrong in assessing the Bible (which you wouldn’t be).

The Bible couldn’t be more clear.  Even non-Christians and two out of the three types of pro-gay theologians can see these truths:

  • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
  • 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
  • 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
  • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.

So even in some bizarre hypothetical where the Bible actually supported homosexual behavior and Leviticus, Romans, all the verses on parenting and marriage, etc. stated the opposite of what they do, it wouldn’t be hateful to describe LGBTQ behavior as sinful. It would only be hate if someone “knew” the Bible said homosexual behavior was acceptable and taught otherwise.

In the same way, it is loving to remove false teachers from the church when they are advancing falsehoods with pro-gay theology.  It is a virtue to protect people.

And it would be un-loving to reject people just because they struggle with a sin that isn’t a temptation for you.  If people recognize that homosexual behavior is a sin and aren’t teaching the opposite, they should be welcomed in church. You should be willing to pray for them and be friends with them.

The hate card assumes motives and judges the hearts of others.  In some cases it is probably accurate to define people as haters, such as with Democrat Fred Phelps and his “church.”  But it is a cheap trick to use it against everyone you disagree with — and especially right after all your other arguments have been exposed as faulty.

The real haters are those that know what the Bible really says yet value their own popularity over the physical, emotional and spiritual health of others. They would rather be politically correct than tell you the truth. That’s love of self, not love of others.

The truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth.

Also see Responding to Pro-Gay Theology.

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Roundup

A Lesson for the GOP: Chris Christie Makes Tough Choices and Wins Public Opinion by Doing the Right Thing – the title says it all.  Why can’t more conservatives trust their principles more?  They spend so much time pandering to the Left when they could be making changes for the better AND getting re-elected.

If Chris Christie can make the hard choices in a blue state like New Jersey and no suffer from it, then national Republicans need not worry about making the hard choices when they take control of Congress. The American people have pretty much figured out that the bill for decades of reckless spending has come due. They are pretty much ready to take the harsh medicine needed to put our financial house in order. All that is required is a dose of honesty from Washington and change in the national narrative.

How universities block conservatives in the admissions process — Sad but predictable.  Maybe we need home schooling for college as well.

False teachers support hate crimes against the unborn — from my other blog — what if pro-lifers just used the same tactics that the Left does?

Ignore this if media inconsistency doesn’t matter to you — Reminder: Obama’s Played More Golf in 2 Yrs. Than Bush Did Both Terms

I’ve been going through the P90X exercise program (more on that another time), but feel like a real whiner complaining about how challenging it is when I think about the 10th Basic Week 3 that Mike is going through.

Imagine crawling through prickers, vines, poison ivy, etc on your belly at an ex-treme-ly slow pace.  In fact, it’s so slow, you’re only moving about 6 to 8 inches at a time.  So as you’re lying flat on your front side with a sniper rifle and backpack slung over your back, you’re performing what amounts to a “pull-up” along the ground.  The workout is in the lats and abs…slithering away in the heat of the sun.  All in efforts to not be seen.

Mike is an amazing policeman who does great things for his family, his community and the Lord.  Stop by to encourage him!

Ground Zero Thought Experiment — read it all. (Hat tip: Mark’s Facebook)

A friend poses the following: Imagine that there really were these fundamentalist Christian terror cells all over the United States, as the Department of Homeland Security imagines. Let’s say a group of five of these terrorists hijacked a plane, flew it to Mecca, and plowed it into the Kaaba.

Now let’s say a group of well-meaning, well-funded Christians — Christians whose full-time job was missionary work — decided that the best way to promote healing would be to pressure the Saudi government to drop its prohibition against permitting non-Muslims into Mecca so that these well-meaning, well-funded Christian missionaries could build a $100 million dollar church and community center a stone’s throw from where the Kaaba used to be — you know, as a bridge-building gesture of interfaith understanding.

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I enjoyed this quote posted by thinkerup.  Read it and guess when it was written before you see the author and date at the bottom.

At the present day, I am afraid that nine people out of ten do not believe in the God Who is revealed to us in the Bible. I can point you to newspapers, to periodicals, and also to pulpits by the score in which there is a new god set up to be worshipped–not the God of the Old Testament; He is said to be too strict, too severe, too stern for our modern teachers.
They shudder at the very mention of the God of the Puritans. If Jonathan Edwards were to rise from the dead, they would not listen to him for a minute; they would say that they had quite a new god since his day. But, brethren, I believe in the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob; this is my God, the God Who drowned Pharoah and his host at the Red Sea and moved His people to sing, “Hallelujah!” as He did it; the God Who caused the earth to open and swallow up Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and all their company.

A terrible God is the God Whom I adore–He is the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, full of mercy, compassion, and grace, tender and gentle, yet just and dreadful in His holiness and terrible out of His holy places. This is the God Whom we worship, and He Who comes to Him will take Him to be his Instructor, and so shall he learn aright all that he needs to know.

––Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Do you worship this God, or one of your own creation?

“Hate crimes” are bad, but punishing people for thoughts is a terrible idea

False teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie parrots the Liberal talking points in Christians Must Condemn Portland Hate Crimes Against LGBT Persons.

Of course crimes against LGBT persons are bad.  So are crimes against straight people.

Thankfully, last year saw the passage of the bi-partisan Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act. Stiffer penalties are now in effect for hate crimes.

This is where Chuck stops thinking.  First, Matthew Shepard’s murder was not because he was gay.  The killers admitted that.  Even if it was, false teachers like Chuck would have you believe that the killers just came from a Focus on the Family “Love Won Out” conference.

And James Byrd’s killers were sentenced to death while people like Chuck oppose the death penalty.  Meditate on that: President Bush and others like me approved of the death penalty for the killers of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd.  Got that?  The death penalty.  But if Chuck & Co. think that is wrong, how are his penalties stiffer?

Fact: Liberals  fight for lesser penalties for these “hate” crimes than conservatives.

Even today those in the far Religious Right – in groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council – promote active discrimination against the LGBT community nationwide by fighting for the reversal of federal hate crimes laws and other civil rights protections using language that is comparable to language the Nazi Party the used to dehumanize Jews.

Odd to see Chuck standing up for Jews, since he is too gutless to share the Gospel with them.

Groups fight the hate crimes bill because we know what they really mean: Thought crimes and restrictions of religious liberty.  Chuck likes those laws because he thinks it will silence real Christians.

Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are my family, you did it to me (Matthew 25:40

Chuck predictably trots out one of the three Bible verses he knows, but of course it always mocks him and his pro-abortion agenda.  What does Chuck do for the “least of these” in the womb?  He declares open season on them.

Those who help or hurt another do it not just to the one rescued or victimized but to God.

Yes, which is why this blood is on Chuck’s hands.

Holy Scripture has been misused to dehumanize gay and lesbian people and that sinful behavior has helped to create a climate where violence against one who is “other” is acceptable.

How odd to hear a false teacher refer to scripture as holy, especially since he denies much of it.  And how ironic that homosexual behavior is clearly described as sinful in the Bible, but Chuck is too much of a homophobe to teach that (he fears the gay lobby more than God).

You can really feel the love and tolerance

I wouldn’t judge the pro-gay lobby groups on just a few comments of their followers.  But I would judge them for how they react to these comments.  See ‘Gay’ threats target Christians over same-sex ‘marriage’ ban.  Where are the proponents of hate speech laws now?  What could be more hateful and likely to incite violence against someone for their beliefs?

Of course if the opposite of this happened then the mainstream media would be all over it.  I’ll be watching to see how they cover – or don’t cover – these threats.

Decisions by voters in Florida, Arizona and California to join residents of 27 other states with constitutional protections for traditional marriage have prompted threats of violence against Christians and their churches.

“Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers,” wrote “World O Jeff” on the JoeMyGod blogspot today within hours of California officials declaring Proposition 8 had been approved by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. Confirmation on voter approval of amendments in Florida and Arizona came earlier.

On a blog website, “Tread” wrote, “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.”

Another contributor to the JoeMyGod website said, “While financially I supported the Vote No, and was vocal to everyone and anyone who would listen, I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our equal rights. But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one. Perhaps that is the only thing that will affect the change we so desperately need and deserve.”

A contributor identifying himself as “Joe” said, “I swear, I’d murder people with my bare hands this morning.”

“This is not just a matter of some people blowing off steam because they’re not happy with a political outcome. This is criminal activity,” he said. “The homosexual lobby is always calling for ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and ‘hate.’ Here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians.”

On the “Queerty” website, “Stenar” asked, “Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.”

“I’m going to give them something to be f—ing scared of. … I’m a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they’ve done,” wrote “Jonathan.”

Liberty Counsel’s Barber said, “This is not free speech; these are ‘hate crimes’ under the existing definition. Imagine if Christian websites were advocating such violence against homosexuals. There’d be outrage, and rightfully so. It’d be national front-page news. Federal authorities should immediately investigate these threats and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.”

On yet another site, “Americablog,” “scottinsf” wrote, “Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics … I warn them to watch their backs.”

“I hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil! BAN RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM,” wrote Angelo.

One contributor went so far as to threaten to take out his frustrations on his own family.

“You want me to come back to Idaho for Christmas? Oh wait, my partner and I can’t share the same bed? We can’t show any affection or any outward sign of our love for each other? Well sorry family … no Uncle Adam and all his expensive gifts and delicious cooking for you. Your childrens’ presents will now be donations in their name to the equal rights organization of my choosing. As will their and your birthday presents, wedding presents, graduation presents, and everything else I give going forward.”

The writer continued, “Remember, I’m angry. And I’m strong from my years at the gym and really am ready to take my frustration out on someone or something.”

Barber said the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and “other leaders within the homosexual lobby” should call immediately for an end to such threats.

There were suggestions of a different type of violence, too.

“Hope the gay waiters at their hotel p—ed in all the drinks they served these cretins,” “Jake” wrote about protectors of traditional marriage.

“If you’re planning a heterosexual wedding in California … be prepared for picketers. Designate someone to watch the parking lot … You’re going to have lots of unexpected expenses. Add $500 to your budget for security. … Be prepared for the flowers not lasting to the reception or the tuxedos showing up two sizes too small or the music at the reception being a way too loud or the cake tasting a little funny,” stated another threat. “Be afraid. Be very afraid. We are everywhere.”

Another even listed addresses of Mormon facilities. Mormon, Catholic and other religious groups were active in supporting the marriage definition.

“I do not openly advocate firebombing or vandalism. What you do with the information is your own choice,” wrote Jeremy.