Today’s the day. I’m heading down with my pastor to Conway Arkansas to attend our State Baptist Meeting at Central Bible College. I hear it is a beautiful campus with some of today’s top scholars. It humbles me to be in the presence of such great men who serve an even greater God. This will be my first state meeting since coming into the BMA. I look forward to meeting new people, and networking with other pastors. We can learn a great deal from one another. I will also get the opportunity to see some of the pastors within our local association whom I have already had the pleasure to meet. I think my favorite part about these out of town meetings and seminars is the quality time spent on the road with your fellow ministry partner.
I know I shouldn’t mention it because it probably will only add fuel to the fire, but I have been known to be a pyro. The so called Gay Christian Organization “Soulforce” is going to be protesting at CBC the same day we are suppose to be there for the state meeting. This organization has been active for over 10 years protesting at different colleges, universities, and churches throughout the United States. They call it American Family Outings or The Equality Ride. Below is one of their posts.
“The American Family Outing succeeded in getting LGBT and straight-ally families sharing the power of love, commitment, and dedication to Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church in Houston, The Potter’s House (Bishop T.D. Jakes – Senior Pastor) in Dallas, Bishop Harry Jackson and Hope Christian Church outside Washington, D.C., Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta, Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, and Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.” – Soulforce
I just don’t understand how they can justify their actions, and how people can support this kind of behavior when the Bible clearly states it is a sin.
One of their foundational beliefs is that “The Biblical authors are silent about homosexual orientation as we know it today. They neither approve it nor condemn it.” – Soulforce
Umm let me see here. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there is any way to misinterpret 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 where the author God, and the writer Apostle Paul speak out against it loud and clear. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV)
Soulforce has been deceived by their own hearts.
Now don’t misunderstand me. We ALL fall into one of these categories, and if you don’t think you do I can prove it and inside you will admit it. The only thing we have going for us is the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It’s not about us, but about Christ. That is one thing I do agree on with Soulforce, however this verse clearly states that homosexuality is a sin which hinders people from inheriting the kingdom of God. Does that mean that they cannot be saved? NO, however when one is saved they MUST – TURN & TRUST. They must TURN from their ways, and TRUST in God. If they truly TRUSTed in God they would TURN from their sin, and that is what it is. People need to stop justifying their sin, and get down on their knees for a Savior.
“Whatever some people believe the Bible seems to say about homosexuality, they must not use that belief to deny homosexuals their basic civil rights.” – Soulforce
All I have to say is their Civil Rights are not going to be worth a thing when Christ Comes back, and they are living a life filled with sin.
Besides all of that, the organization even if it was scriptural (which it is not) is not acting Christ like in their actions. They take pride in being arrested, and they even have their own little watch list which reminds me of a hit list. Here are just a few names, groups, and organizations on the list:
- Southern Baptist
- United Methodist
- Focus on the Family
- Real Family Life
- Jerry Falwell
- A long list of seminaries, colleges, & universities
Final thought, they do have a point when it comes to hatred. People’s hatred is fueled by their fear. The Bible has called us to love one another. We are not to speak out or act out in hatred toward the homosexual community. We should love them for who they are, not what they do, and pray for them that their deception may become unclouded and that they might repent. (TURN)
If your bitter, and angry after reading this then maybe you need to search your heart.
You might be an angry homosexual. That is ok, because I love you, and am praying for you.
You might be a frustrated biblical scholar, pastor, or minister. That is ok, because I love you, and am praying for you too.
Be praying for this meeting, soulforce, and the gay community.
These are my personal views, and do not reflect the views of my church.