Doctrine likened to “Cod Liver Oil.”

“And the beat goes on!”

“The beat goes on; the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da.” (Sonny & Cher)

The drums are pounding in hopes of getting the rhythm to the brain of homosexual lifestyle as accepted in Scriptures.  The well-worn phrase “Jesus never spoke of homosexual sexuality anywhere in the New Testament.” Is being lambasted everywhere it can find a liberal ear. It would seem that if spoken enough, heard enough the beat will find its way into the brain.

Mr. Sullivan is one among many appearing in major publications, he writes for Newsweek. In a recent article, he says:

“It would also, one imagines, baffle Jesus of Nazareth. The issues that Christianity obsesses over today simply do not appear in the original New Testament. Jesus never spoke of homosexuality or abortion, and his only remarks on marriage were a condemnation of divorce (now commonplace among American Christians) and forgiveness for adultery.”

“Again, we must look at the context of Jesus’ historical situation. Apparently, homosexuality and abortion were not problems to Jesus’ audiences otherwise I am convinced that he would have addressed them. Homosexuality was relatively common in the Greek and Roman worlds but Jesus was not sent to them. His followers were, however, and they did speak about homosexuality.”

“The Old Testament addresses homosexuality in ways that are not convenient to our modern culture, but since Jesus followed the Law of Moses, which condemns homosexuality, we can also infer that Jesus would have spoken against it too.”

Mr. Sullivan’s statements are examples of situation ethics and a false belief system; one propagated by many professing Christianity as clearly taught to us from the Bible. Not so, in my post on “An Angel Worshipped” it is clear that Jesus Christ was and is God manifested in the flesh the very same God who brought down fire on Sodom.

The Bible speaks well for itself, if we will here and understand what is written.

Quoting from Kenneth S. Wuest in his Greek Word Studies Heb.13:8 “This verse as it is commonly translated and interpreted, teaches that Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And yet, in light of the historical background of this book, the unchangeableness of Jesus Christ cannot be the subject of the faith of its recipients, although that doctrine is true. The thought of the writer is “Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, and today, and forever.”

The word “Christ” is the transliteration of the Greek word meaning “anointed,” which in turn is the translation of the of the Hebrew word meaning “Messiah.” That is the Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of Nazareth of the New. And that Person is the Messiah, the unchangeable One.   

For example, Feminist Theologian Dr. Susannah Cornwall who has written a piece entitled:” We can’t be sure Jesus was male.” Pardon me while I laugh out loud!

I would present Scripture, which clearly speaks for itself. “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, (Savior) for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.  “And when eight days were completed for His circumcision of the child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” Luke 2:21. Last I heard circumcision is not for females.

To quote a Theologian who exemplifies the very best in Christian academia Dr. R. C. Sproul  “The goal of theology is not to confuse but to clarify. Just because one has a degree it does not follow that the person understands the Scripture well enough to expound it “.

My third beat for today involves a former President Jimmy Carter.  “Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.”  Carter goes on : “Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned.”

“I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies,” Carter said. “I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.” Quoted from an interview with R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

I think it should be said, no true Christian condemns gay people, gay people choose to condemn themselves. We hate the sin that brings so much deception. We love the sinner but not the sin.

I would ask this in view of all these people and their varied statement’s. “Who is Jesus?” Was He around when Moses spoke to the burning bush? Did Jesus exist in the New Testament as one unaware of such sins that were happening around Him? What does “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I  AM.”  That is the Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of Nazareth of the New. And that Person is the Messiah, the unchangeable One.   

Therefore, Jesus then according to these statements is a Christ of compromise who can redeem no one.

Or let me put it another way. If sodomy is ok, and same sex marriage is also, then God owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah.

P.S. Mr. Sullivan is openly Gay.

 

 

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 20:15:40

    The Bible is very clear on this subject. When someone says, “Jesus didn’t speak against homosexuality” they are ignoring so much of God’s Word. Do they throw out Paul’s letters? 1 Cor. 6 clearly states that the “effeminate” will not inherit the kingdom of God. Christians need to read that chapter and repent. Homosexuality isn’t the only thing on the list. It is a list that helps me evaluate myself.
    God’s created a man and a woman. Isn’t that simple enough? God calls the church his bride and he calls himself the bridegroom. I won’t even get into O.T. verses.

    The acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle (including it’s celebration on the United States Secretary of State Clinton’s website), is an indication of where we are spiritually. It is another reason I think Jesus may come during my lifetime.

    Another great post, Manny.

    God’s blessings my friend.

    P.S. I am sorry for all of those who have been in Mr. Carter’s Bible study class.

    Reply

    • Mannyr
      Oct 01, 2012 @ 16:31:12

      I agree Chris, it is very sad when people make statements like those quoted. They give their opinion based on their bias. i think a person with a sixth grade education can and should read the Word of God for themselves. Meaning it is written for simplicity’s sake. Of course the ideal is to have the Holy Spirit in oneself and have the help of the author.

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