At the invitation of The Christian Post, I am answering the 40 questions put forward by "gay Christian" advocate Matthew Vines, after which I will put two simple questions to Matthew (and his allies). What is absolutely stunning, though, is that in these 40 questions, he failed to ask the only one that really matters, namely, "What does the Bible say about homosexual practice?" The reason for that is self-evident, namely, it is impossible to make a case for homosexual relationships using the Word of God alone.
That's why, for the last decade (and until this moment), I have offered to debate the issue of the Bible and homosexual practice with any qualified representative of the "gay Christian" position, yet I have had no takers. (Matthew and I did engage in a brief debate hosted by Moody radio, but as is well known, Matthew agreed to do the broadcast before realizing he would be debating me, after which he felt it would be worse publicity to drop out rather than do the show. Those interested can watch the debate here. For a relevant follow-up article, go here.) I also address many of the questions Matthew raises in my book Can You Be Gay and Christian?, but for the benefit of those who don't have the book, and so as to answer all the questions conveniently in one place, I've responded to each of them here.
Before addressing the questions, it's important to address Matthew's premise, namely, those of us who uphold Scripture "oppose marriage equality." Actually, we oppose redefining marriage; as for so-called "marriage equality," as I have pointed out, advocates of "same-sex marriage" represent just one group clamoring for changes in marriage laws, including polygamists, polyamorists, and adult incestuous couples. That's why the Marriage Equality Blogspot calls for "Full Marriage Equality," specifically, "for the right of consenting adults to share and enjoy love, sex, residence and marriage without limits on the gender, number or relation of participants." So, from that point of view, Matthew also opposes "marriage equality." more >>
Franklin Graham, the son of renowned evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, suggested that God might strike the White House with lightning for celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage with rainbow lighting last month. Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday that President Barack Obama might want to install "extra lightning rods" on the roof of the people's house.
"Just three years ago, the president was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can't say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda — and right after the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate," wrote Graham.
"This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House," he asserted. more >>
This is the first of a three-part commentary on the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote to impose so-called "gay marriage" on all 50 states. The White House celebrated with a rainbow lightshow. What can I say? I say this: It's a shame.
It seems like a long time ago, but in 1997 when Ellen DeGeneres rehearsed her "coming out" television scene, she welled up with tears each time she said the line, "I'm gay." According to The New York Times, in a later interview Ellen said that crying was because of "shame" that came from society telling her that she was "wrong." Should Ellen have been ashamed? Was she wrong? more >>
On June 30, 2015 the Washington National Cathedral's hosted a service entitled "Honoring the Road of Love and Justice," an act of thanksgiving for the Court's legalization of gay marriage.
Considering the theological setting, there was little new or unusual about the service. Rainbow flags were waved and the liturgy honored gay rights "heroes" such as Harvey Milk, Hillary and Julie Goodridge, Barbara Gittings, and James Obergefell.
The service featured two speakers. The first was Brandan J. Robertson, the twenty-two year old board member of Evangelicals For Marriage Equality, a group dedicated to convincing churches to sign on to gay marriage. The second was the Reverend Allyson Robinson, a Baptist transgender minister. more >>
A Kenyan politician has reportedly said that U.S. President Barack Obama needs to "shut up and go home" with his "gay agenda," ahead of an official state visit later in July. Dozens of demonstrators marched in Nairobi on Monday to "protect the family" and the traditional definition of marriage.
"We are telling Mr. Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home," lawmaker Irungu Kangata told demonstrators outside parliament, Reuters reported.
Kenyan politicians and pastors of evangelical churches have said that Obama should not push America's pro-gay marriage stance on the African country where the practice is criminalized. more >>
Twenty: the number of minutes that Esther had to meet her husband before she was engaged and married off by her parents. Seventeen: the age that Esther was when she was married. Ten: the number of years that Esther was abused by her "husband." During that span of time, not only did he rape her, but he allowed other men to rape her as well.
As a mother, my heart breaks for young women like Esther. My daughter is 17, and her current worries are over things like graduation and prepping for her first year of college. A forced, abusive relationship is the furthest concern from my daughter's mind. Yet, at her age (and even younger), some girls are literally fearing for their lives. The sickest part about Esther's story is that it was perpetrated by the people that a young girl should be able to trust: her family.
Or there is the story of Ali Irsan, a Jordanian immigrant to Houston, who together with his wife and son was charged with capital murder. Apparently, the family gunned down an Iranian activist because she was thought to have played a role in their daughter's conversion to Christianity. Irsan was also charged with killing Coty Beavers, his daughter's husband. According to Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, more >>