1) When a religious denomination declares that they accept homosexuality, well good for them.
2) But when a religious denomination declares that they are true, loving, rightly guided Christians and that Christianity accepts homosexuality, they are in effect accusing every other Christian denomination of being false, hateful and wrong on Scripture and doctrine for not accepting homosexuality.
Steve Oh sums up my views nicely in this letter in Malaysiakini, specific excerpts:
Gay or straight we all have to deal with our sexuality
Sep 29, 10
Malaysiakini writer, Helen Ang, commented in one of her columns, ‘My take: If Bangsar Malaysians want to puff out their chests like roosters and point everyone to admiring their tail feathers of ‘Liberal Compassion’, go right ahead. But in the case of them bashing conservative Christians as being ‘fundamentalists’ and ‘full of hate’ for objecting to the gay Reverend’s insistence that Christian teachings have no issue with homosexuality, I, (even as a non-Christian) find it to be too much to stomach.’
I am not interested in discussing the gay issue, only setting the record straight on Christianity’s view on homosexuality… My primary concern is to correct the gay Christian heresy not homosexuality, an ancient practice already denounced by Christianity and even Islam, the country’s official religion. Hong said many left Christianity implying they could not stomach its traditional stand against homosexuality.
Well, many also forsook Jesus when he told them things they could not accept. And that is the litmus test of faith – shape up or ship out. You can’t change religious dogmas to suit yourselves. But you can be saved from the wrath of God if you repent. My views were published in a letter some weeks ago. Ultimately gays with spiritual needs and who find comfort in Christianity will do better to adopt sound teaching than the fluffy faith of a false Christianity.
It is one thing to be gay, as it is a fundamental right to be whatever people choose to be, but it is another matter to misrepresent Christianity. If gays are not prepared to pay the price of discipleship by following sound teaching they should examine themselves and see if they are really in the faith.
I am a friend of gays and want those who want to be Christian to have the real thing not a counterfeit Christianity of which there are many in the world today.
The Bible is not a sex manual but a book of religious truth and moral guidelines and we know it says homosexuality is wrong because God created a man and a woman and gave them the command to procreate. Sex is not only for procreation but recreation as the Bible also suggests but within the sacred institution of marriage between a man and a woman.
If people enjoy anal sex, that is their business but it does not negate the scientific view that the anus is not made for sex and there is the risk of damaging the body part and anal intercourse makes one more vulnerable to catching an infection from the act, gay or straight.
Before we lose sight of the real debate it is not about gays. It is about the hijacking of Christianity by certain gays.
His points gel with my arguments in Bible Passages That Oppose Homosexuality – Including the Words of Jesus and God Himself (particularly the parts about procreation and recreation within marriage, under ‘THE MAN HIMSELF – JESUS CHRIST’ section).
The context of his letter is to do with what I debated with Yuki over a long time ago.
On infection rates thru anal sex, see the statistics at Public Health Hazards That Should be Banned: Smoking vs Homosexuality.
And as for my post title, it’s inspired by similar themes in Who Is Hijacking Whose Christianity?.