Hey, here’s a notion: Let’s go learn about holiness, crucifying the self, and obedience to God from a person who is blatantly defying God’s laws by being homosexual.
Next, we can attend services focusing on honesty by a convicted white-collar criminal.
And then leave our children at Sunday School run by Michael Jackson who claims to have been born again, hallelujah!
It is my opinion, and the opinion of the VAST majority of mainstream REAL churches, that homosexuality and pastoring do not mix.
Let me be clear that I am all for acceptance of people who lead homosexual lifestyles. However, the homosexual lifestyle itself should be renounced and left behind.
The correct way of dealing with this is to accept homosexual persons, but to show them God’s love for them and how God does not want them to live life short of what He intends for them. Visit this link to ex-gay Edmund Smith of Real Love Ministry for how homosexuals can be accepted without condoning sinful homosexuality.
If that doesn’t make you stop feeling homosexul inside, then supress it. I was an angry and horny young man, and I survived 25 years without beating people up or having illicit sex. That’s what self-denial is all about, you can’t break a habit by accepting and feeding it.
The bottom line: You can be gay, but you can’t be Christian and gay.
Or go ahead and remain gay. Open a new religious-congregation building – just don’t call it a church.
Lead the worshippers in prayer - just don’t call yourself a pastor.
And teach your version of religion – just don’t call it Christian.
By professing to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus for our sins yet continuing to live in wilful sin, you seriously grieve the Holy Spirit. (See the bottom of this post on homosexuality and the Bible for Biblical mentions against homosexuality.)
UPDATE: This blog has a critique of my post: http://yuki-thejourney.blogspot.com/2007/08/finally-something-that-gets-us-thinking.html
It doesn’t allow comments from non-Blogger members, so I have placed my reply to that in this post: Comment to Yuki’s Remarks on my Gay Pastor Post
From The Star 10 August 2007:
Gay pastor sparks uproar
KUALA LUMPUR: A controversy has erupted among the Christian community over what they claim is an attempt by a self-confessed gay pastor to set up a church here.
For the past week, protest e-mail and SMSes have been sent to Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng, a Malaysian pastor who serves at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in New York. He has been back here for about a week.
According to the MCC homepage, the church is part of an international movement of Christian churches reaching out to all, including homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals.
Ou Yang, 37, has drawn much flak from Christians for his plan to hold a Sunday service at a hotel this week.
He came out of the closet about his homosexuality last year and is said to be the first pastor in Malaysia to do so.
A columnist in Sin Chew Daily, Ou Yang went to further his studies in the United States on the daily’s scholarship in the 90s.
When contacted yesterday, Ou Yang said he was merely trying to set up a church “where everybody felt safe and welcomed”.
It is unfair to label it a gay church, he said, adding that the hate-mail had hurt him.
“This church is not limited to gays but serves all people. This will be an active church. We have so many community-centred plans, such as assisting the poor, charity work and upholding justice,” he said.
Ou Yang noted that the New York church served food to 5,000 homeless people and hoped to launch similar programmes here. He plans to return to Malaysia for good in 2010.
He credits his former wife for giving him strength to be true to himself, acknowledging that she had endured much anguish during their seven-year, childless union.
Asked if his church would solemnise same sex marriages, he replied: “Same sex marriages are illegal in Malaysia, so how can I perform them? However, I will bless the union.”
Ou Yang said that his talk in Penang last week received much opposition from “faceless parties”. However, the talk saw a full house of about 200 people instead of the initial estimate of 60.
“Many are just curious about me. They ask me many things about homosexuality and my life. They just want to know more and not to be converted by me,” he said.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship Malaysia secretary-general Rev Wong Kin Kong, when contacted, acknowledged the proposed worship on Sunday had sowed anxiety among Christians.
“One of the reasons for the emotional reaction is because Christians do not want others to assume they condone such a thing,” said Wong.
He added that the churches could not accept Ou Yang’s version of the church because “it is clear that the Bible prohibits a sexual relationship between people of the same sex. If a person condones same sex marriages, it is definitely violating Christian principles.”
Wong said the churches had always welcomed all kinds of people, including homosexuals.
“It is the deviant sexual behaviour we do not condone. We cannot stop him wanting to set up such a kind of church, but the evangelical churches will inform followers of our stand and advise them not to follow this teaching,” he said.
SCOTT’S NOTE: While I maintain my personal convictions – based on Scripture – regarding this issue, I apologize for any hurt or offense I may have caused with my remarks.