The Christian Post recently ran the headline, "San Francisco's Largest Evangelical Megachurch to Allow Non-Celibate Homosexuals to Be Members." Apparently, the Elder Board of City Church announced that they would end the practice of preventing LGBT people from becoming members if they are unwilling or unable to practice lifelong celibacy.
"Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long 'celibacy,' by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing," Sr. Pastor Fred Harrell writes in a letter "on behalf of the Board and for the Gospel."
The pastor cites social science research, saying it points to "skyrocketing rates of depression, suicide and addiction" among the LGBT people. But will encouraging this sin by our silence help to prevent depression, suicide and so on? No, it will not. What these people need is what all of us need - HOPE! We can't excuse and validate sin...this will only lead to further isolation. more >>
By an almost 2-1 margin, Americans in a recent poll declared they agree that "States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn't force all 50 states to redefine marriage."
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and her eight other colleagues on the high court — would do well to take notice.
Justice Ginsburg seems oblivious to this strong current in public opinion, however. In an interview with Bloomberg News on Feb. 12, she was asked if she thought "that there are parts of the country that would not be able to accept" a Supreme Court decision declaring "a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry." more >>
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, of the famous Italian luxury industry fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, and who were at one time in romantic relationship with each other, declared that they believe in "the traditional family." Singer Elton John and gay activist groups are reacting by calling for a boycott of the designers.
"The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging," Gabbana told Panorama magazine, according to First Things.
Dolce added that procreation has to be "an act of love." more >>
We recently had a guest contributor at BarbWire.com link to an article that, to our disgust, calls for the "lawful execution" of homosexuals. It went unnoticed by our editors and was removed once discovered. As we fully expected, a handful of especially virulent homosexual and atheist bloggers had a heyday with it nonetheless. They implied, knowing full well that it wasn't true, that Christians in general and BarbWire in particular want homosexuals executed.
Of course, Christians, as does the Christ to whom we belong, desire nothing of the sort. We want nothing short of eternal life for all humanity, including homosexuals. We are "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (see 2 Peter 3:9).
Now, Muslims, on the other hand … more >>
Today's question is: "Is sex a human right?"
I think it's really important to clearly state what we mean when we say "human right." So many arguments dividing both the church and the culture are rooted in miscommunication and careless use of language. And this could be easily avoided if we'd just make sure that the things people hear us say are the things we are actually saying. more >>
Today's question is: "Should Christians attend the gay marriage ceremonies of their loved ones?"
This is a really tough question, and it's not one that I'm going to pretend even for a second to have the universal 'right' answer to. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least two ways that a devout Christian could be motivated by seemingly good intentions to attend their loved one's gay marriage ceremony. So I really do understand the thought processes of those who do. more >>