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Tithing (by Mary)

Well I can't imagine anyone voluntarily selecting to read an article about tithing, but it was on my heart, and so I sent it out as part of one of my Newsletters. If you are about to read it, then I know that God is speaking to you, so I pray that you will be blessed. 

ON MY HEART 

Very often people ask how God can allow such poverty in the world. I have long had the dream that if I ever had big money, my mission would be to at least provide clean water to all of God's children. It is just such a basic need. Of course there are so many needs around the world, including within our own cities, for affordable housing and even for sufficient food and health care for all. 

Well I was blessed to go to my daughter's church on Sunday and I learned something that truly astounded me. I have always heard that there is enough money in the world to provide a comfortable living for every person on earth if it were divided evenly, but we have such extremes of the very rich and the desperately poor - the first world and the third world countries - such a dichotomy. Many of us are doing what we can by supporting ministries that work to make the world a better place for those less fortunate, but what I heard on Sunday broke my heart. 

According to Barna Research Group (U.S.) Surveys, 

"Born again adults, who represent 38% of the nation's population, also sustained a decline in generosity during the past couple of years. In 2000, 12% of all born again adults tithed. The percentage rose to 14% in 2001, but dropped to only 6% in 2002." 

(See The Barna Group for details.) 

Read that again and grasp it! Only 6% of people who claim to be born again Christians are tithing! 

If all the born again Christians in North America just tithed, there would be an extra 143 BILLION DOLLARS to feed, provide health care and house the poor! What is wrong with this picture!!!!! 

Understand that God does not need our money. Tithing is not to meet God's needs, or the church's needs, but to worship God - to put Him in His rightful place - FIRST! Everything we have is from God. It is not our own. Money is an opportunity that God gives us to express tangibly our love for God and God's creation. Now it's my nature to go off on a tangent here and talk about the preservation of our earth as well, but I'll try to stick to the point. 

Old Testament suggests that a tithe is 10%, however, the Jews were to tithe for other things as well, and their tithe could be as much as 30%. A person's attitude toward tithing really reflects their attitude about God. Tithing is just a starting place - not a maximum limit. How much do you love Jesus? Do your tithing habits indicate that much love? 

Many of us are on limited budgets, and we think that there isn't enough money left over to tithe, but we need to stop that thinking right now! God doesn't want our leftovers. He wants our first fruits! He wants that top tenth (or more) from EVERY paycheque that comes into our houses. Our tithe must be the first "bill" that gets paid! 

Why Christians Do Not Tithe 

1. Unbelief 
2. Fear 
3. Greed, Selfishness 
4. Lack Of Right Teaching 

There is not much direct teaching in the New Testament concerning tithing. One reason may be because the Lord wants a love relationship with us, not just a legal obligation from us. However, that surely does not mean we should do less in a love relationship than they did in the Old Testament under the Law. 

The money and time you give to Jesus are the best indicators of how much you love and trust Him to provide for your needs. One of my daughters was advised that if you are on welfare or unemployment insurance or social assistance, that you are not obliged to tithe. Well, I'm no authority on tithing so I will leave that with you, but my sole income is Old Age Pension, and if I didn't tithe that, I would have no money to tithe, so I choose to tithe everything that comes into my house, because I love Jesus, and I want to express that love. It is with great joy that I tithe. 

I will tell you from personal experience that no matter how poor we have been - and I'm talking to the point of not having enough food the next day for my four little children, I have still tithed whatever came into the house, and I have had the most blessed, miraculous experiences as a result. God has NEVER allowed us to go hungry or without shelter, and truly, the most miracles have happened in my life when I was really down and out. It was then, that I had no choice but to trust, and God came through every time! 

My income last year was about $12,000, but I live like it was $50,000! I have no debt and God provided two wonderful (all expenses paid) holidays, babysitting my grandson, first for a month in British Columbia and then for a month in Alberta. I am going back for the month of July to Alberta again this year. My brother bought me an (almost) new iBook (Mac laptop computer) for Christmas, and I have just bought myself a new 7.1 megapixel camera with my income tax refund. A person on $12,000 would not normally be blessed with these wonderful toys and holidays that I get such enjoyment from, but God says: 

"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts. "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10 

God has proven to me that my faithfulness in tithing to Him over the years has not gone unnoticed. God blesses me in so many practical ways. You will have to read my biography (once it's published) to grasp even a portion of the miracles that have happened in my life. 

I do not suggest that you tithe for what you will get from it. That's wrong thinking, but I do suggest that you tithe because you will be blessed beyond imagination by the loving relationship that you will develop with Christ as a result. Put God first in ALL things and God will open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it." 

I urge you today to commit to tithing to your church. If you don't have a church, find another ministry and commit to it. I am not blessed to have a church, so I tithe to Marsha Stevens' ministry, a very worthwhile cause specifically ministering to our GLBT family. If you are not familiar with Marsha's ministry, please view the BALM Ministries (Born Again Lesbian Music) website. I'm sure she would really appreciate the financial support if you feel so led. 

I have also supported a foster child for many years through World Vision, another ministry which I can recommend for helping with world hunger. If you want more ideas of where you can send your money, please visit the pages at Gay Links and/or pray about what God would have you do with His first fruits, and of course, the ChristianGays.com ministry is always most appreciative of any Donations

The point is not so much who you are tithing to, but that you ARE tithing with a loving heart to God's children, that you are making a difference in the world and in yourself. I can absolutely guarantee you that your heart will be blessed with happiness and inner joy, miracles will abound, and your trust and faith will increase to a much deeper level! 

Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you.." (Luke 6:38). Only when your hand is open, can you receive more from God. The practice of giving on a regular basis prevents you from being owned by what you own. Money is called currency because it's supposed to flow through you. When you withhold out of fear or greed, you limit what God wants to give you. Want to keep the flow of blessing going in your life? Become a river, not a reservoir. 

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UPDATE ON MY TITHING "SERMON" 

I received feedback on my last newsletter about tithing from someone who has tithed to TV preachers who were multi-millionaires, and she says: 

"I have totally regretted it, for living in poverty all my life." 

This really saddens me because it sounds like she was tithing to have her money problems solved and it didn't work. I can't imagine that the amount that she tithed would have created the poverty, and so it sounds like God is getting blamed for not coming through when she did her part. If this is the situation, (and perhaps it is not), the problem here is that the tithing was not given out of love and worship, but out of need/greed for money and/or a desire for God to "fix the problem". 

It is a reality that many of these televangelists are living an exorbitant lifestyle while so many people live in poverty, and the evangelists are still crying "poor me". As much as I would love to be financially rich, I have asked God not to give me any more money than what I NEED (not want) IF it would, in any way, separate me from my First Love, Jesus Christ. I have such honourable desires for the use of lots of money if I had it, but only God knows what I would end up really doing with it. I would rather be poor WITH God than rich WITHOUT God. BUT, if He thinks I could handle it OK, then I'm perfectly willing to receive it. LOL 

Many people think that there is a scripture that says that money is the root of all evil. In reality, scripture says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. I believe that money is probably the largest factor on earth that can be used for good or evil, and that it is easier to tithe when you are poor than when you are rich. You may remember the story of the rich young ruler who told Jesus that he had obeyed all the commandments - i.e., he was a good guy - and he wanted to know what he had to do to get into heaven. I suspect in his heart, he was expecting Jesus to tell him he was a good guy and no prob, but Jesus told him to sell everything he had, and give it all to the poor, and the rich young ruler was unable to do it. I wonder, if I were the rich young ruler, if I would have been able to do it, and I consider myself blessed that it is not an issue for me. 😉 

Unfortunately there are people who abuse others in the name of Christianity - many even say that if you give to their ministry, God will give you riches, heal your ailments and solve all your problems. But just because these people exist and abuse, that is not an excuse to not tithe! 

First, if you have been hurt by these people, and your motive in giving was pure - let it go. God will judge them at the appropriate time. Allow yourself to heal from the pain of being "used", and start fresh. 

If your motive was to have your problems solved, then I don't believe that God will reward anyone who tithes with that motive. 

Tithing is our expression of love - of giving, not for the reward, but for the joy of giving, and as a form of worship. If you tithe with a heavy heart out of obligation, or expectation of reward, other than a closer walk with Christ, then I think it's better not to tithe at all. 

Remember that the act of tithing is to benefit your relationship with God - to say, "Yes God. You are First in my life. I love you God and I want to express my love to You by giving back a small portion of what You have given to me. Thank you Jesus!"

God may choose to reward you with wealth, but more likely, initially, He will reward you with a greater portion of Himself, and that is a treasure of untold value! He may then provide you with a new job or other means of solving your financial problems, including a more mature attitude toward spending and saving. God has ways that are beyond our imagination. He can certainly rescue you from your financial woes in the twinking of an eye, but in most cases, He will not rescue you until you have learned the lessons so that you won't get into the same problem again. 

Now find a ministry that needs your tithe. If you go to a church, you need to support it. If you don't have a church home, perhaps you will choose to help a women's shelter or a soup kitchen - and then give joyfully from EVERY paycheque. Remember from my last newsletter that: 

"If all the born again Christians in North America just tithed, there would be an extra 143 BILLION DOLLARS to feed, provide health care and house the poor!" 

We have an obligation to do our part to end world hunger - to end the disparity between the rich and poor - and I'm not talking about the poor of us who may live in low-income housing. I'm talking about the poor who are starving to death and don't have clean water to drink. 

Please consider your relationship with God and pray about how you wish to express it tangibly. Then make a commitment to God and DO IT faithfully! 


GOOD SAYINGS ABOUT MONEY AND GOD 

"The purpose of tithing is to secure not the tithe but the tither, not the gift but the giver, not the possession but the possessor, not your money but you for God."     Anonymous 

"Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man's real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man's true character. All through Scripture there is an intimate correlation between the development of a man's character and how he handles his money."    Richard C. Halverson 

"There are three conversions necessary: the conversion of the heart, mind, and the purse."    Martin Luther 

"Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God, and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others."    Oswald Chambers 

"Theirs is an endless road, a hopeless maze, who seek for goods before they seek for God."    Bernard of Clairvaux 

"You're rich if you've had a meal today."    Billy Graham 


HUMOUROUS SAYINGS ABOUT MONEY AND GOD 

"When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing." 

"With the price of everything else going up these days, aren't you glad the Lord hasn't increased the tithe to 15%?" 

"When it comes to giving until it hurts, most people have a very low threshold of pain." 


JOKE 

An elderly lady was well known for her faith and for her boldness and talking about it. She would stand on her front porch and shout, "Praise the Lord!" 

Next door to her lived an atheist who would get so angry at her proclamations he would shout, "There ain't no Lord!!" 

Hard times set in on the elderly lady and she prayed for God to send her some assistance. She stood on her porch and shouted, "Praise the Lord!! God, I need FOOD!! I am having a hard time. Please, Lord, send me some groceries!!" 

The next morning, the lady went out on her porch and saw a large bag of groceries and shouted, "Praise the Lord!!" 

The neighbor jumped from behind a bush and said, "Ha Ha!! I told you there was no Lord. I bought those groceries. God didn't." 

The lady started jumping up and down and clapping her hands and saying, "PRAISE THE LORD!!! He not only sent me groceries, but He made the devil pay for them!!"

Got Financial Problems? - Count It A Blessing! by Mary

Two things I asked of You. Do not refuse me before I die: 

(1) Keep deception and lies far from me, 

(2) Give me neither poverty nor riches; 

Feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, "Who is the LORD?" Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.    - Proverbs 30: 7-9

So many people write to me asking for prayer about their personal finances. Many are over their heads, at the end of their rope, and just don't know what to do, so now they are asking for prayer. 

How often do we wait until we have no other resources except God before we come to Him? For that reason, I look at financial problems as a blessing and an opportunity of drawing people closer to God in their relationship with Him. 

I wrote this article in response to a person who was asking for prayer about their finances, not from the perspective of a financial consultant, but as someone who has experienced the humiliation of declaring bankruptcy, not once, but twice! Yes, I'm a slow learner and it has taken a long time to learn the lessons, but I offer them to you now as one who has experienced what it's like to be in desperate financial crises, but also as one who has learned to make the necessary lifestyle changes to survive, and to totally trust in God for ALL my needs. 

My response: 

You know that we have already discussed this by email and I've told you how I feel about personal finances and tithing, so my prayer for you would be that those who are praying for you would pray that you get your priorities right, which means putting God first in ALL things, including your money. 

It has been my experience that it is easiest to tithe if you do it without thinking, as soon as you get your paycheque. So write that cheque (and remember to write it in your chequebook so you don't bounce it) or take that cash out of the bank IMMEDIATELY, and put it in an envelope. Put the envelope away, and don't touch it until it's time to hand it over. Remember that God wants your first fruits, not your leftovers - or your "no leftovers" as seems to be the case. That tithe is God's. It is not yours to spend, even on a bill. 

It seems so difficult for so many people to tithe, but I think that this is a real opportunity for you to see how God can work in your life IF you give Him FIRST place with everything, especially your money. Since you don't have enough to pay all the bills anyway, then why not give God what is due Him and then see what happens? 

When my husband and I became Christians, we started tithing right away, but God did not relieve us of our responsibilities for the mistakes that we had been making, which involved self-indulgance, instant gratification and greed. We had to go through a terrible bankruptcy, which was so humiliating, but we still tithed, even our welfare cheques when my husband couldn't get a job, and within a year, my husband got his "dream job" and we were able to buy a brand new house without even needing a co-signer. 

Now who ever heard of anyone being unemployed, declaring bankruptcy, and then becoming a home-owner within the year? It just doesn't happen! The bankruptcy stays on your credit record for seven years, but God did some really creative banking and we were able to buy a brand new, five bedroom house. (Actually it was a four bedroom house when we moved in, but I'm a renovator, and it didn't take me long to make it five bedrooms). It was just a basic house, but it had a bedroom for each of the kids and we lived there for 18 years. 

God is a worker of miracles, but you have to learn to trust, and trusting means acting without the knowledge of the outcome. Just know that God wants to give you the desires of your heart, but you may have to go through some rough times before you are able to appreciate how He works in your life. Just remember that ultimately "All things work together for good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." Rom. 8:28. 

If you are called according to His purpose and are living your life with God in charge, then trust Him to care for you. If that means declaring bankruptcy or having to move to a smaller place, or getting a second job, or whatever, know that God will give you the support that you need. He may provide a really good deal for you on a new place to live, or He may make your car go further on each tank of gas. God is a worker of miracles and He will never ask you to bear more than you are able, but He probably is not going to just lift you out of your troubles either. 

In most cases, it is the choices that we made that got us into this situation, and we need to take responsibility for those choices. But the good news is that tomorrow is always a new day, and with God on your side, you know that ultimately things are going to be good IF God holds His rightful position in your life. 

I speak from experience. God has worked so many miracles in my life regarding caring for me when I had nothing, that I am writing a book about it. God will do the same for you. This is the opportunity of a lifetime! God is available to you if you want Him, but be prepared that it isn't going to happen overnight. You need to put God first in your life, including your tithes, for however long it takes you to learn the lessons of trust. 

I believe that once the lesson is learned and becomes a reality for you on a permanent basis, that you will start to see miracles happening. The sooner the lessons are learned, the sooner you can move on. If you don't learn the lessons, be prepared to stay in the situation. God wants to refine you into pure gold and that only happens in the valleys. We don't learn the lessons on the mountaintops. 

If it sounds like I've got it all together re tithing, don't be fooled. God has given me the gift of generosity, and tithing money for me is a real joy. I get great pleasure out of giving, and it has never been a problem for me, but as I was doing my devotions this morning, I was realizing that I totally struggle with tithing my time. I really have to make myself set aside the time to do my daily devotions. 

I am a really hyperactive old broad who has trouble sitting still, so I don't even watch movies on TV. I just can't sit still that long, so to take the time to stop and pray and study the Word requires great discipline from me. It does not come easily, and yet, I know that if I don't spend that time with God each day, where I am totally in His Presence and without distraction, then I drift spiritually. 

Oh I talk to God all day long, but it's not the same thing as setting time aside to do devotions, so perhaps while I pray for you to learn to tithe your money, you could be praying for me to learn to better tithe my time. 

God bless, 
Mary

Same Sex Marriage - Terminology by Mary

Note: This "letter to the editor" is in response to an article in the Kingston Whig-Standard, Kingston, ON, Canada suggesting that same-sex marriage have a different name such as "civil union". 

"Re Whig Article "Report calls for new terms to describe same-sex unions". . . . "This helps avoid potential confusion over whether the message is talking about marriage by the state versus religious marriage." 

I believe this speaks to the foundation of the controversy.  Terminology is of the essence, but equality is also our Canadian heritage, so perhaps a greater change is necessary to accommodate the differences between church and state. 

When I was married, almost 40 years ago, I had no faith but I did go to church, so the banns were read and that resulted in my marriage being legalized by the province. There has always been a crossover between church and state on this issue. 

As a person without a faith, the religious aspect of my marriage held no significance for me at the time, although I was married in a church. What was important to me was the legality of the marriage, and it was the "traditional thing to do". I wanted a big wedding with all the trappings, just as many people do today. 

I believe that many people get "Married" in a church now, not because it has anything to do with a religious experience, but because, up until now, there has not been a good alternative. The term "Civil Union" has not been part of our everyday vocabulary, and currently it does not carry the same recognition or respect as the term "Marriage". 

Now, as a person of faith, "Marriage" in the church is of utmost importance to me, so I suggest that we make the distinction for both homosexual AND heterosexual couples. I believe that instead of "Marriage" we should now require ALL partnerships to be performed as "Civil Unions" by the state/province, NOT by ministers/priests/rabbis! At this time, it would be possible to have all the trappings of the ceremony without the religious component, if the couple wishes. The "Civil Union" could be followed by a religious service, "Marriage" if they wish on another day. 

"Civil Unions" would be for the legalities, including all the benefits, which now accompany "current traditional marriage". "Marriage" or "Holy Union" would then be intentionally for the religious aspect for those who wish it, both gay and straight. 

Those who choose not to have a religious service should not have their relationship any less valued than any other legal union by society. 

This clearly separates church and state and should eliminate much of the controversy of how children will be regarded as they grow up. It would give ALL the legal benefits and respect of a committed relationship to ALL people regardless of gender, but it would allow all churches the option of "Marriage" within their own belief system. 

We are a changing society. Canada is known as a country which encourages diversity, and welcomes people of other cultures and faith traditions. Perhaps it is time to prepare for our ever-burgeoning population with open arms and with the reputation of love and acceptance for ALL.

 

by Mary Pearson
May 11, 2004
(Before Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal in Canada)

Mary Pearson – Confessions of a Christian Lesbian

Christian Gays has come about as a result of many years of turmoil and depression at being unable to reconcile my sexuality with my Christianity. It is a labour of love with the mission of reaching other hurting gays who believe that they cannot be Christian if they are gay. Trust me. It IS possible to be gay AND Christian! I am a born again Christian lesbian!

At the age of 12, I fell in love with my swimming counselor at camp and from that time on, I knew I was “different”. This incredibly wonderful (straight) woman has remained a faithful friend to me for over 60 years now.

Read moreMary Pearson – Confessions of a Christian Lesbian

Jesus Loves Me. This I Know . . . Even If I'm Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered

"Jesus loves me. This I know, for the Bible tells me so . . . " unless you are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Intersex or Queer, in which case you are told that Jesus loves everyone EXCEPT me. Well it's time to set the record straight - if you'll pardon the expression. Jesus loves ESPECIALLY His GLBTIQ children - for the Bible tells me so!

The Protestant Bible is like a library consisting of 66 books, written by about 40 authors over a period from about 2000 BC to about 70 AD. It is divided into the Old Testament (before Christ) and the New Testament (after Christ). In these 66 books, there are 1,189 chapters containing about 31,273 verses. The final divisions into chapters and verses occurred only about 500 years ago for ease of referencing. They are not part of the original texts.

Read moreJesus Loves Me. This I Know . . . Even If I'm Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered

Gay by God. Proud by Choice!

Gay by God

PRIDE in being gay is not something that comes naturally when we live in a world that tells us we are “evil” and “immoral”. For most of us, it is first a road of self-awareness, and then of self-acceptance. We then need to take a further step to determine the consequences of our “Coming Out” to family, friends and co-workers. For many, the losses are not worth revealing the truth and so they remain closeted. This is understandable.

For those who are able to accept themselves for who they are, and have risked the consequences of being “Out”, there is deserved PRIDE in acknowledging the truth

Read moreGay by God. Proud by Choice!

Bible Translation Errors - The Long Version

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On May 5, 2001, when Pope Paul II begged God's forgiveness for sins committed by Roman Catholics against Jews, heretics and women, he acknowledged that the "Church" has been wrong in the past. It also took the Catholic Church 359 years to admit that they were wrong when they accused Galileo of heresy, condemning him to death, unless he recanted that the earth rotates around the sun. It was considered heresy to challenge the belief that the Earth was the centre of the universe. (Read Galileo's Story.)

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Bible Translation Errors - The Short Version

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"Proud as a peacock" - The phrase comes from the glorious fan-shaped, multi-coloured (not quite rainbow-coloured) plumage of the male peafowl when he is courting his mate.

Thus, just as the peacock, someone who is "proud as a peacock" is similarly "strutting his or her stuff".

As gays and lesbians, for years we have hidden our "tail feathers" in closets, hidden the beauty of God's creation in us, afraid to "strut our stuff" because "the church" said that we were an abomination to God. That mindset infiltrated society in general, and many of us adopted that belief for ourselves.

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The Sin of Sodom Was NOT Homosexuality! - Original Article

This is the original article, written as a "letter to the editor" before same sex marriage was legal in Canada, by Mary Pearson.

If you wish to read a more condensed generic version which is suitable for magazine publication, please Click Here.

Note: This "letter to the editor" is in response to an article in The Kingston Whig-Standard regarding Bill C-250 (same-sex marriage).

In response to the article about Bill C-250, Presbyterian minister Rev. Tristan Emmanuel suggests that "legislation that allows gay marriage identifies Canada as the North American equivalent of ancient Sodom", I would like to suggest that although current tradition suggests that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality, a more thorough investigation of Scripture indicates this isn't the case. Since this is so fundamental to Rev. Emmanuel's opinion, if he is wrong in the interpretation of his basic premise, mightn't he also be wrong in his whole position of discrimination against gays?

Read moreThe Sin of Sodom Was NOT Homosexuality! - Original Article

The Sin of Sodom Was NOT Homosexuality! - Shortened Version

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For years people have accepted without question, that the sin of Sodom was homosexuality. A more careful examination of the story itself, combined with other passages in both Old and New Testaments, will indicate this not to be so.

Read moreThe Sin of Sodom Was NOT Homosexuality! - Shortened Version

Adam & Steve? - A Quick Look At Genesis 5:1-3

We gays often hear that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Well if God didn't create Steve, who did? Many gays believe that we were created by God, with the same love that God created Adam and Eve.

It is my contention that it is very possible that God did indeed create Adam and Steve, and Louise and Sue, at the same time or after He created Adam and Eve. The reasons that I hold this belief are many.

First, Cain was the son of Adam and Eve, but where did Cain's wife come from if God did not create her? If God did not create her, then she would have to have been his sister or his mother (Eve) if Adam and Eve were the only ones "begetting" - i.e. an incestuous relationship no matter how you look at it. It only stands to reason that God created more than just Adam and Eve. Just because his other "created" children aren't mentioned doesn't mean that it didn't happen.

Read moreAdam & Steve? - A Quick Look At Genesis 5:1-3

The Book of Romans - Some Background & A Little Insight

Many of us are painfully aware that two of the most-used Bible verses against gays are Romans 1:26,27.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

It's important to know the truth of these verses, first for self-acceptance, and then to educate those who would use them against us.

Read moreThe Book of Romans - Some Background & A Little Insight

Astrology and the Bible

The subject of astrology and spirituality based on input from "The Universe" has come up a few times in the Chat Rooms and within the List Serve so I have chosen to add this Article so that others will know how the Admin of Christian Gays feels about it.

I believe that the Bible teaches that God created (Genesis 1:14, Psalm 8:3), and arranged the stars into recognizable groups (constellations) (Job 9:9, 26:13, 38:31,32 and Amos 5:8) for "signs" and "seasons". He calls them by name (Psalm 147:4).

However, I believe that the term "signs" has been misinterpreted to substantiate things like astrology and horoscopes, when the real meaning is that they were to be navigational indicators for people to chart their courses around the earth and through the galaxies, and for a guide to the seasons, tides, weather, etc.

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Moral Issues? Family Values? I Think NOT!

As a born-again Christian, I listen to Christian radio and TV and I hear daily about "moral issues" and "family values". They don't mean "morality" or "family". They mean gay marriage, so why not call it what it is - anti-gay prejudice! They're talking about keeping their "club" reserved for only those who fit their qualifications.

Traditional marriage, according to the Bible
- Consists of one man and one or more women, and concubines
- Women are the property of their father until married, and then become the property of their husband
- If a woman is not a virgin at the time of marriage, she shall be stoned
- A rapist must marry his victim
- If a man dies childless, his brother must marry the widow
- Inter-faith marriages are forbidden
- Divorce is forbidden

So let's stop referring to this subject as if the Bible supports the concept of only one man to one woman! It does NOT!

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My Parents Won't Accept Me

This article is the result of a letter to a dear man who requested counseling about the fact that his father will not accept his homosexuality, even after 30 years. His father has told him that he can't be Christian if he is gay. Since this is such a universal problem for us all, I decided to print my response to him, in the hopes that it may help others.

First, there is no way that you are going to change your father's mind about homosexuality. Only the Holy Spirit can do that, so stop trying. Instead, accept that he doesn't accept you, as hard as that is, and then change YOU. I'm not talking about changing your orientation of course. I'm talking about changing your attitude about needing your father's acceptance. We all want to be accepted by our parents, but sometimes that just doesn't happen, so we need to live our lives in the reality of today, not in the hope that someone else will change in the future.

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Fear of Same-Sex Marriage

While sitting in Church this morning, I was subjected to a message of prejudice, hatred and bigotry from the pulpit, directed against homosexuals regarding the upcoming legislation which would allow marriage by people of the same sex. As an "OUT" lesbian Christian - YES! It IS Possible! - I feel an obligation to speak out for my brothers and sisters who would be subjected to persecution for taking a stand against this behaviour. So many of us must sit silently in your congregations every Sunday but you are hurting us.

To summarize this message, it was a call, indeed a plea, accompanied by literature in the bulletin, for Christians to take action against this movement to "protect conventional male/female heterosexual marriage".

My first question would be, "What exactly does heterosexual marriage need protection from?" Is there a shortage of love? If two gay people love each other, does that mean that there will not be enough love to go around to "straights"?

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"The Lord's Prayer" Translation From Aramaic - NOT!

This beautiful poem is being presented on the internet as "A translation of 'The Lord's Prayer', directly from the Aramaic into English - rather than from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English", but please read on after the poem for the truth.

O Cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration!
Soften the ground of our being
and carve us a space within us
where Your Presence can abide.

Fill us with Your creativity
so that we may be empowered
to bear the fruit of Your mission

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Straight Teacher Asked To Step Down Because She Will Not Condemn Gays!

Kingston West Free Methodist Church has asked Lauren Min-Pearson to step down from her involvement with the teens at her Church. First and foremost, Lauren is a committed born-again Christian with an intense desire to serve the Lord in her personal life and in her Church community life. She also graduated with distinction as a Child and Youth Worker and has taught English in Korea for 3 years. She is a full-time employee at Pathways For Children and so is not only well qualified to teach these teens but also has a love and understanding of their needs. Perhaps no one is more suited than she to bring the necessary requirements to the position she once held.

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Letter to Betty Robison of Life Outreach International

Dear Betty,

On May 5, 2001, Pope Paul II begged God's forgiveness for sins committed by Roman Catholics against Jews, heretics and women. By doing so, he acknowledged that the "Church" has been wrong in the past.

This morning, your husband, James, and your guest, Joyce Meyer, acknowledged that within the different denominations, we all think we are right, but that we are going to be in for some surprises when we get to heaven. They both acknowledged that perhaps they could be wrong in some areas.

I contend that the church is wrong once more, and that Christian leaders have a responsibility to investigate another travesty perpetrated against its people.

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Gay AND Christian? Yes! It IS Possible! A Beginner’s Guide

by Mary Pearson

God is perfect.  People are not. 
 
This article (small book) will explain how incorrect translations, misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the Original Scriptures have lead to unjustified prejudice against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and intersex people.
 
No disrespect for God or God's Holy Word is meant or implied by this booklet. The Bible is the foundation of my faith in Jesus Christ, and my intention is to honour Scripture with ACCURATE information, and through that information to explain that God's love is for ALL.