March 15, 2017 – Rick Grenell, an openly-gay man and ‚Äėgay Christian‚Äô advocate, has been chosen by President Donald Trump to be the United States Ambassador to NATO. Though widely reported, the appointment has yet to be confirmed by the White House and will make Grenell the highest-ranking openly-gay member of the current administration. Read … Read more
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – This is an overview of the Bible Verses that are often used against gays. The Bible was never intended for this purpose; to break the heart and soul of humanity, or to cause people to run in fear from the Christian faith and from those who were at one time their brothers and sisters in Christ. There’s another way and another message; the message of the Gospel and of grace.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – All ancient religions and cultures developed creation stories including the Amorites, Canannites and Babylonians, all which predate the creation story found in Genesis 1-2. These ancient stories tell of how the world came into being, who their deities were and how their deities played a part in the forming of the world and in relating to humanity. The Israelites needed their own story to answer the basic questions of how did we get here and why are we here. Even more they needed to not only explain how the world came into being and their God‚Äôs relationship with humanity but to explain God‚Äôs unique and exclusive covenant with them, the people of Israel.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – We all know about Sodom. People who‚Äôve never picked up a Bible have used the story of Sodom and its fiery demise as condemnation against homosexuality and here‚Äôs just one example from an email I received from someone who had a less than favorable view of homosexuality:
‚ÄúThere is a story in the bible, i would find it if i had the time, but it talks about this really sinful city. I believe it was around Abraham‚Äôs time. God talks about how he turned his back on these people because of their wicked sins. One of the sins He talks about is homosexuality.‚ÄĚ
Nope. God never talks about homosexuality or same-sex anything in reference to Sodom.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – ‚ÄúYou shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.‚ÄĚ ~ Leviticus 18:22 ‚ÄúIf a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.‚ÄĚ ~ Leviticus 20:13
Within the very nature of any group of individuals is the necessity to define itself in a way that describes those who belong while separating itself from those who don‚Äôt belong. Boundaries of distinction are used to separate the ‚Äúus‚ÄĚ from ‚Äúthem‚ÄĚ and more often than not this boundary language describes the other in negative terms, negative terms that are most often exaggerated or completely false to the actual reality of the other. In ancient Israel, to be a Jew meant to belong to a particular people and while the same could be said of other nations at the time Israel stood out among them in the degree to which it separated itself from other nations through it‚Äôs distinctive traditions and avoidance of the traditions and behaviors of foreign nations.
Anita Cadonau-Huseby – … even before looking at those verses we need to recognize that 1:26-27 don’t stand alone and when people quote them as though it’s the definitive word on a biblical condemnation of homosexuality then they’re engaging in the practice of proof-texting. Simply, proof-texting is when an individual scripture or selection of scriptures is used to support a position without regard for the context that held the scripture, often giving the words of the scripture different meaning than was the original intent of the writer. To use any scripture to support ones own ideology without consideration of the context in which it’s placed and the intent of the writer dishonors the scripture as a whole.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – Before we jump into Romans, I Corinthians and I Timothy which are all attributed to Paul and contain the only passages in the New Testament that refer to homoeroticism, let‚Äôs stop for a moment to look at the man Paul. In Homoeroticism in the Biblical World, Martti Nissinen offers some needed perspective:
‚ÄúIn various Christian communities, what Paul once wrote has subsequently been perceived as the word of God. Paul himself was flesh and blood, an educated male of Hellenistic Jewish origin whose worldview and moral standards, even after his conversion to Jesus Christ, had much to do with his cultural environment. Paul was a man of considerable self-awareness, whose letters were meant to be authoritative, indeed; nevertheless, when writing his letter to the Romans, he was scarcely aware that he was participating in the making of Holy Scriptures. His words in Romans 1:26-27 concerning female and male same-sex interaction, however continue to affect the lives of lesbian and gay persons at the turn of the third millennium C.E.‚ÄĚ
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – If the word homosexual appears in your Bible in either passage then you have a version that was written after 1946. Prior to the 1946 Edition of the Revised Standard Version, the words that homosexual had begun to replace in many modern versions included boy prostitutes, effeminate, those who make women of themselves, sissies, the self-indulgent, sodomites, lewd persons, male prostitutes, and the unchaste. Daniel Helminiak writes that ‚Äúuntil the Reformation in the 16th Century and in Roman Catholicism until the 20th Century, the word malakoi was thought to mean masturbators‚ÄĚ
April 6, 2017 – The Rise and Fall of the Ex-Gay Movement – A little over a century ago, the nascent science of psychology took an interest in the origin of same-sex desire. Up until that point homosexual sex was seen as a vice to which a person might be habituated for any number of reasons. Psychologists, however, construed it as a mental disorder which had roots in early childhood development. Both the notion of a sexual orientation itself, and the idea that sexual orientation could be altered by treating childhood trauma, originally derived from this foundational supposition.
by Rev Bruce Lowe – This is, in my opinion, without a doubt, the BEST researched, easiest to read, article about Christianity and homosexuality on the internet! It is LONG and detailed. If you want something less intensive, read “Some Simple Facts About The Bible and Homosexuality” by the same author.
Hello Momma Mary, I don’t know if you remember me, but I was a part of Christian Gays about five years ago when I lived in Kitchener, Ontario. Once upon a time in your chat room, I met Scott and Kelly. Scott and I have since adopted each other as brother and sister, and Kelly, … Read more
by Rick James – For someone who has not lived this life, it is impossible for that person to fully understand. I am sitting here trying to think of some other current condition in life to which closeted homosexuality can be compared – I cannot think of one other condition that comes close.
Nevertheless, I tried to put some things down on paper because I wanted to help you understand to some small degree what life is like for people like myself, people who because of the position of society, their family, and the Church feel they have to hide their true nature.
God, bless this group with love and peace May joy and laughter never cease to lift us when we meet. If, at times, there’s passing tears Let there be friends and comfort here for the soul that longs to weep. Give us faith and courage to share Give us time for earnest thought and prayer … Read more
Be a fundamentalist. Make sure FUN always comes before the MENTAL. Have a good laughsitive twice a day and that will insure regularhilarity. I know great earth changes have been predicted for the future, so if you’re looking to avoid earthquakes, my advice is simple. When you find a fault, just don’t dwell on it.
by Mary PearsonWe 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.
On her radio show recently, Dr. Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, author unknown. It’s funny, as well as informative:
by Mary Pearson – 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 ‚Äúsigns‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúseasons‚ÄĚ. He calls them by name (Psalm 147:4). However, I believe that the term ‚Äúsigns‚ÄĚ 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.