Pastor Voddie Baucham Says Gay Is Not the New Black: 'Ethnicity Is Innate and Unchangeable; So-Called Sexual Orientation Is Not'

(Photo: Screenshot/desiringGod)Pastor Voddie Baucham of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas.

Texas pastor Voddie Baucham has appeared in a video produced by the desiringGod ministry, responding to the oft-repeated claim that "gay is the new black." He argues that some similarities between the two movements cannot undermine significant differences between ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Similarities exist because "there are some things that we accepted philosophically in the civil rights movement that were not based in biblical truth," which are being applied in the so-called gay rights movement the exact same way, says Baucham, pastor of preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas.

The video was posted on the desirigGod website the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees same-sex marriage across the country. President Barack Obama hailed it as "a victory for America."

Baucham explains that both movements use the idea of seeing people as constituencies and seeing rights as rights for constituencies of people. "We've embraced a hyphenated understanding of ourselves as opposed to a view that sees us as one people."

The homosexual community is "latching onto some of those very concepts," which are rooted and grounded in cultural Marxism, he adds. "Divide people up into constituencies, and then the way you gain power is by making promises and representing particular constituencies. … So even when gains are made, you have to downplay those and go looking for other things that are problems."

The homosexual community has identified itself as "a constituency deserving of our attention and pity," intentionally using the AIDS crisis, he argues. "The direct result is they now have achieved a one-to-one correlation that we are finding it very hard to move away from."

But differences between ethnicity and so-called sexual orientation cannot be overlooked, Baucham underlines. "Ethnicity is innate and unchangeable. So-called sexual orientation is not innate and is changeable."

There is 2,000-year-old evidence in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 that people can stop being gay, the pastor says.

Verses 9 to 11 read: "Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

"However, if all you are doing is using the language of the culture and the idea of people as constituencies, then you end up right where we are, and it is hard to stop that train," Baucham concludes.