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I've been everywhere That was the title of a hit country-and-western song from the late 1950's, originally sung by Hank Snow, and made famous by Johnny Cash. I resemble that! My 26-year career in the Air Force took me to more than sixty nations on five continents - sometimes only for a few minutes, other times for as long as four years at a time. In all that travel, I also managed to find the perfect partner, help rear three children, earn more than 200 hours of college credit, write more than 3000 reports, papers, documents, pamphlets, and even a handful of novels, take about 10,000 photographs, and met a huge crowd of interesting people. I use this weblog and my personal website here to document my life, and discuss my views on subjects I find interesting.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

It's NOT Focus on the Family

The headline in the Metro Section of Monday's Colorado Springs Gazette screams:

700 protest Focus' stance on gays


"Focus on the family is polluting the country with toxic lies about homosexuality, gay Christian activists charged Sunday as they rallied outside the ministry's Colorado Springs Headquarters.

An estimated 700 people attended the protest, designed to challeng Focus founder James Dobson's teachings as hurtful to people struggling to reconcile their sexuality with their faith."

The stance FOCUS takes? How about the stance GOD takes!

Leviticus 20:
13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is within them. He created Man and Woman, and male and female, and established that this was how He intended man to live. He has said unto the Jews that if two men lie together as man and woman, they have committed an abomination. They have sinned against God by profaning what God created - Man as a bisexual creature. The same strictures apply to lying with a beast - it is a profaning of God's design of His creation.

Jesus showed us what we must do about sin: He confronted Mary Magdaline, and said to her, "Go, and sin no more". God/Jesus can forgive, but only for repentance. Repenting means both "seeking forgiveness" and "turning away" from what was considered a sin: a practicing homosexual Christian is a contradiction in terms. There is no repentance of the sin - homosexual behavior - so there can be no forgiveness. Remember the words of Jesus: "Lest ye repent, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven".

It isn't James Dobson that's saying this, it's God. It isn't Focus on the Family that made this rule, but God Himself, who set down what it meant to be His chosen. Yes, sin can be forgiven, but only through true repentence, and refraining from committing the same sin again and again.

You cannot be a Christian and a practicing homosexual. The two are mutually exclusive. You cannot wilfully lead a sinful life and expect the fruits of forgiveness. God doesn't work that way. Anyone who says He does is a false prophet, and as guilty of sin as the sinner he lies to.

While we can forgive - even love - our homosexual friends, we cannot absolve their sinful behavior. They are welcome to come to listen to God's word, but they cannot participate in the eucarist, or any other holy offering, as long as they continue to live a sinful life. There can be no "membership" for practicing homosexuals. Their behavior forbids it. This is the teaching of God, and the Church follows that teaching or is in mortal danger of being cut off from God.

There are plenty of false prophets today that welcome homosexuals as equal to any other congregant. Theirs shall be the reward God shall give them. God Himself will decide if He shall pity them. If I were them, I would be very, very afraid. It's not Focus that shall face an angry God, but those churches - and "Christians" - that have turned from His Commandments.

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