What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?

What Does the Bible Teach About HomosexualityThis morning I preached on one of the most pressing religious liberty issues facing the world today, “What does the Bible teach about Homosexuality?”

The big idea is that “Homosexuals struggle with the same root sin that every son and daughter of Adam struggles with, namely rebellion against the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”

We explored three specific implications of this overarching truth 1) Homosexuals need the gospel, 2) Sexual orientation does not define you, 3) Marriage is the sacred union between a man and a woman.

You can listen online here.

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August 18 2013 | Blog | Comments Off on What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?

Is God Anti-Gay?

Homosexuality is going to be one of the defining issues of this generation and the way that the church responds to this issue will have radical ramifications for generations to come. We need more responses like the one below.

As Al Mohler says, “We need to be the people who love homosexuals more than homosexuals love homosexuality.”

August 02 2013 | Blog | Comments Off on Is God Anti-Gay?

Rosaria Butterfield’s Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

In January Marvin Olasky interviewed Rosaria Butterfield, the author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Butterfield’s story about coming out of a homosexual lifestyle and the power of the gospel is compelling and well worth listening to.

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Here is the publishers description of the book:

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department’s curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a “train wreck” at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could. Conversion put me in a complicated and comprehensive chaos. I sometimes wonder, when I hear other Christians pray for the salvation of the “lost,” if they realize that this comprehensive chaos is the desired end of such prayers. Often, people asked me to describe the “lessons” that I learned from this experience. I can’t. It was too traumatic. Sometimes in crisis, we don’t really learn lessons. Sometimes the result is simpler and more profound: sometimes our character is simply transformed.

April 12 2013 | Blog | Comments Off on Rosaria Butterfield’s Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Is it a Sin to Eat a Cheeseburger?

Newspaper%20sectionsYou never know what you’re going to find in a small town newspaper. Here in Cool we have a newspaper called the Georgetown Gazette, which arrives every Thursday for our reading pleasure. The Gazette is a great newspaper that I love to peruse in order to learn more about the community and what’s happening here on the Divide.

A few weeks ago I was perusing my favorite small town newspaper when a letter to the editor jumped off the page and almost knocked me over. Since the Gazette doesn’t have an online version, I’ve included a copy of the letter below.

It’s a sin to eat a cheeseburger

Editor –

I have been reading letters from folks who cherry-pick passages from the Bible to justify a political point of view. They seem to believe that not following their selected biblical scripture is a sin.

Did you know that eating a cheeseburger is a sin? Also it is a sin to eat sirloin steak, leg of lamb, barbecued spareribs, shrimp, lobster, crab, clams, oysters, scallops, duck, goose, catfish and sturgeon. If you don’t believe me, look it up in Leviticus, Chapter 11. I must confess that I am a sinner because I have a fondness for scallops and crab.

Please folks, use the holy book to to restore your soul and to find faith. Using the Bible to validate your political agenda and then inferring that others who do not comply with your politics are sinners is nonsense.

By the way, you can eat mac and cheese with a glass of chardonnay, that’s okay.

Harry N. Zelinka

Diamond Springs

Having had some experience with these things, I decided to respond to Mr. Zelinka’s letter. The following is my response, which was published in the Gazette this week.

Dear Editor,

The August 2nd edition of the Georgetown Gazette contained a surprising letter from a Mr. Harry N. Zelinka. The letter was surprising on a number of counts. 1) It was surprising to find a theological conversation in the pages of our small town newspaper. 2) It was even more surprising to read Mr. Zelinka’s claim that it is a sin to eat cheeseburgers.

I’m sure that we’re all aware that Mr. Zelinka’s remarks are not intended to steer people away from the evil of consuming cheeseburgers. I’m quite confident that the last place Mr. Zelinka would like to direct fast food patrons is to Chick-fil-A. Rather, his letter is an attempt to undermine the authority and the sufficiency of Scripture by attacking it’s integrity.

In 2005 I completed my Master of Divinity, concluding over seven years of theological studies. I’ve also had the privilege of serving as a full time pastor for over 10 years, so I feel qualified to speak to this issue. The passage that Mr. Zelinka is referring to is found in Exodus 23:19 where it says "You shall not boil a kid [baby goat] in its mother’s milk." Even a cursory glance over a study bible will tell you that this command has nothing to do with mixing dairy and meat products, rather it is a command for the Israelites not to participate in the gross idolatry of their Canaanite neighbors. Canaanite ritual, according to excavations at Ras Shamra (ancient Ugarit), called for sacrificial kids [baby goats] to be boiled in milk.

Further, Mr. Zelinka fails to take into account that the Christian Theistic world view holds that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17). In Mark 7:18-19 Jesus said, "Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled? (Thus he declared all foods clean.)" Even the laws recorded in Leviticus 11 have been fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ, so feel free to eat as many oysters, scallops, catfish and cheeseburgers as you would like. If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ you are free from the curse of the law.

Pastor Drew Buell

 

Cool Community Church

August 24 2012 | Blog | 7 Comments »

What Does Polygamy Have to do with Homosexual Marriage?

Time magazine has a fascinating article on the rising movement to legalize polygamy and polyandry. The movement is directly connected to the rising demand for gay marriage. Belinda Luscombe writes:

wpolygamy_0806Proponents of defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman have long argued that if we entertain variations on that theme, like gay marriage, the institution will soon become unrecognizable. “If you think it’s O.K. for two [men to marry], then you have to differentiate wit me as to why it’s not O.K. for three,” said former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on the campaign trail, echoing a common refrain. Even though there’s no historical precedent linking one to the other, growing public support for gay marriage has nonetheless gladdened the hearts of polygamists. “If people are open to gay marriage, it impacts on how they look at plural marriage,” says Darger, who lives with his three wives and 18 of his 23 children in Herriman, Utah…”You can’t talk about gay marriage and still criminalize us for who we love and how we organize our families.” [emphasis mine]

Make no mistake the movement to legalize gay marriage is a movement to obliterate the definition of marriage and nothing less.

August 20 2012 | Blog | Comments Off on What Does Polygamy Have to do with Homosexual Marriage?

Homosexuality

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about or even thought about the issue of homosexuality.  The other day I ran across the following three videos from Matt Chandler, which were very helpful for me.

Culture and Theology: Homosexuality – Part 1 from The Village Church on Vimeo.

Culture and Theology: Homosexuality – Part 2 from The Village Church on Vimeo.

Culture and Theology: Homosexuality – Q&A from The Village Church on Vimeo.

September 10 2010 | Blog | Comments Off on Homosexuality

Gay Marriage Debate

This is an excellent short debate on gay marriag (7 minutes)

May 20 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on Gay Marriage Debate

What Role Do Fathers Play in Developing their Children’s Sexual Identity?

It’s almost impossible to overstate how important father’s are in the lives of their children.  When I read the following statistics from the book “Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would” by Chad W. Thompson, I was strongly reminded of my need to invest into every aspect of my boys lives.

In a survey of 117 homosexual men the following was discovered:

  • 86% spent little or no time with their fathers
  • 50% believed their fathers did not love them
  • 45% said their fathers humiliated them
  • 44% were neglected by their fathers

April 02 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on What Role Do Fathers Play in Developing their Children’s Sexual Identity?

Al Mohler on Gay Marriage

Al Mohler was recently interviewed on NPR along with Lisa Miller of NewsWeek who recently wrote a cover story for NewsWeek on the religious case for Gay Marriage (find Mohler’s response here). The interview is about 30 minutes and is well worth the listen if you’re at all intersted in the subject. You can find it here.

December 19 2008 | Blog | Comments Off on Al Mohler on Gay Marriage

Letters to the Editor (Part 3)

I just checked the Skagit Valley Herald website and found another letter about myself. You can find it here.

July 24 2008 | Blog | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor (Part 3)

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