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Gay Pride

I happened to be in close proximity to the Gay Pride march in Oxford earlier in the month. Some things struck me.

How acceptable this all is.

I noticed a bank and business society displaying the rainbow insignia in their windows. To not be an adherent to the LGBT+ agenda is now seen as being out of touch. And if your business is not with the LGBT+ agenda then you are considered discriminatory and bigoted.

How normal this all is.

Looking at the people taking part it seemed that so many were just your average families with parents and kids. Yes there were those who were more “odd”, but the normality of the participants I saw struck me. It was as if you are not part of the in-crowd if you are not participating. How much has changed in twenty-five years; in fact probably ten years.

On 18th September 2003 s28 of the Local Government act 1988 which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools was repealed. This seems like another age completely from where we are today. But that is only fifteen years ago.

How dangerous this all is.

The whole agenda of LGBT+ is a rejection of two fundamental creatorial principles as established in God’s Word. These are:

  • We are made male and female.
  • Sexual relationships are to be between one man and one woman in marriage.

Such principles are the bedrock of a society to function healthy. Moreover, the throwing aside of these standard leads me to ask what other standards will go next. I suggest the driving force in it all is that of establishing a consensus rather than maintaining established principles.

When  consensus drives the agenda we can end anywhere, You might be interested to hear what happened in Rwanda when consensus led to the slaughter of thousands. Listen about that here. In this programme Alan Little uses the eerie phrase “democratisation of evil”. Mmmmmmh makes me wonder about what is going on in our own society.

Homosexual Inclination

Sexual activity, according to the precepts of the Lord, is to be only between a couple joined together in marriage. That couple is to be made up of one male and one female. According, to God’s pure and established order the sexual inclination of the male is to be towards a woman and vice versa. The full physical expression of this inclination is be be enjoyed within marriage.

Our Lord Jesus gives an important nuance on all this teaching, when he observed that not only is the physical expression of sexual lust outside of marriage sinful, but so also is the expression of this in the heart. So we read in Mathew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” 

Alas the way of our beings has been marred by the fall. We are malfunctioning beings. This is clear for anyone to observe, given that we all gets colds and suffer in our bodies in many ways. Even Christians suffer in this way. However, the suffering is not just in our bodies. Our minds are affected as well, as also is our sexuality. One of the ways that our sexuality malfunctions is when people experience same-sex attraction. Their inclination deviates from the norm as established by God.

To give expression to their warped sexuality physically is clearly wrong, given what we have said already. It is also wrong for lust to veer into lusting in our hearts.

However, is the inclination wrong in itself? I would argue that it is as wrong as it is to have a broken leg. Both of them are manifestations that we live in a fallen world. Creation does not function as it was originally intended to and we, as humans, are part of that creation. However, to say that it is sinful to someone to have a same-sex inclination has to be viewed in the light of someone having a broken leg. If having a broken leg is not wrong then neither is having same-sex attraction.

Now there can be cases where people move on to be freed from same sex attraction in the same way that a broken leg can be healed, However, others have to live with this for the whole of their lives. Like someone with arthritis, for example, they have an affliction which they have to live with.

To have the affliction is not sinful. To give expression to that affliction is sinful.

This being the case, means that there should be great sympathy in the church for those who suffer in this way. Harsh, insensitive attitudes towards those with same sex attraction should be banished.

Those who commit themselves to celibacy because of their endemic same-sex attraction, are, in a sense, those who are described in Matthew 19:12b as eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Such are to be admired for their courage to commit themselves to this course. They should never be despised, mocked, rejected or ignored. Their lives are modelled by a daily taking up of the cross and following Christ, their Lord.

The Rains Have Come

After the drought of the summer (I wrote about that here) the rains have come. What is our reaction to this? For many it is assumed that this is just what happens. We have sun and cold; we have dry and wet. It all evens itself out in the end and all is well. Our crops grow and there is water in our taps and there is no problem

However, I am left wondering about how such a presumption does not entertain God in the calculating of things. It is, after all, God who sends the weather. He is in control of all things. Continually He sends his blessing on these islands of the British Isles, just off mainland Europe. But will it always be so?

I am left wondering about the advance of so many God dishonouring ways among us. The Word of God is not considered in the making of legislation by our leaders and in the living of lives by the people. The God who is the living Lord is ignored and despised.

We live in a country under the judgement of God. This is seen in Romans 1:21-32  in the swift embracing of all things homosexual. In that passage we see people rejecting the Word of God and embracing idolatry in its place. As a result, in His judgement, He gives them up to dishonour themselves with their bodies; men with men and women with women. From that the society degenerates into all kinds of moral chaos.

The rejection of marriage as the fundamental building block of society does not bode well. Neither does the continued onslaught of transgender dogma in our society, Both of these are examples of our God-rejecting ways.  How long will the Lord continue to send the cold and heat and the rain and sun? We are in His hands and we cannot presume that it will always be that way.

More Stomach Churning.

I wrote previously here about a bout of stomach churning. The affliction returned last Thursday upon the news that the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, is due to have a baby – see here.

So here are some thoughts.

  • Who’s the father? Does anyone ask that question in these situations? Men, who used to have a direct role in every procreation, are now, very often, just some anonymous sperm donor.
  • Where’s the father? Children need fathers. By force of circumstances it sometimes does not happen, but to choose for there to be no father in the child’s upbringing is harmful for that child.
  • Are we all happy? Apparently we are all supposed to be; everyone was tweeting their joy and good wishes concerning her pregnancy. Alas, i have to confess my stomach turned for this all seems so wrong.
  • Do we know something is wrong? I think we do. In the march of progress, so-called, we have all been corralled into thinking this is a good thing. But I suggest in our hearts we know that it is unnatural. This is what the Bible says: Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error (Rom. 1:26-27).
  • Is it only private? No it is not. It affects the whole atmosphere in which we live. All the publicity encourages more and more to feel that this is normal.
  • We are venturing into a great social experiment of which there is very little revelation of the outcomes. What will be the impact on children, families in fact of everyone with this elasticizing of what constitutes a family?
  • What about the money? I don’t know who funded Ms. Davidson’s IVF, but the over-pressed health service is pouring significant resources into these treatments. And all because of peoples’ personal lifestyle choices.
  • Is my choice all that matters? “There should be no limitation on choices for women as a consequence of maternity” is how Ruth Davidson opines on the matter. So “my choice” trumps everything else it seems. Which all reminds me of teh time of the Judges in scripture when Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit (Judges 21:25). If you read Judges 17-21 you will see what a complete mess the nation of Israel were in as a result. Oh that we might submit to God’s choice for our lives.

Is Gay Sex A Sin?

Apparently last week Archbishop Justin Welby had difficulty giving a definitive view on this question. Here is one report on his encounter with Alistair Campbell. Here are three observations.

1)   The experience of Tim Farron, the former Liberal Democrat leader earlier in the year surely gives a salutary warning here. In equivocating and adopting a “ducking and weaving” approach to this question regarding gay sex, you always are set for a “lose, lose” outcome. Those of a morally liberal bent do not respect you because of your lack of conviction. Those with conservative biblical convictions despair because they can’t understand how you can equivocate on an issue where the bible is unequivocal.

2)   The Bible is very straight on this matter. Sex outside marriage is wrong whether that be sex with another person whilst married, sex before marriage, sex with a person of the same-sex or sex with animals. Any sex outside the marriage is wrong, damaging to human beings and, above all, an offence to God. Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral (Heb. 13:4) seems pretty clear.

3)   In taking the line Justin Welby does, he does much service to Islam. There are many in the West who are despondent about the state of our society, with its moral chaos, infidelity and general moral madness. This is particularly the case with women. When they hear the Anglican church regurgitating such stuff like Mr Welby does here they feel that Christianity provides no solid moral framework. As a result they look elsewhere. They see Islam with all of its strictures as a safe place to go where they can seek moral purity. This is the reason why so many, particularly women in the West, turn to Islam.

So why do it Archbishop? You achieve nothing and you deny the faith you profess. Lives are harmed by your the lack of direction which you give. Please think about what you are doing.

Colonialism is Back

Colonialism is back! This colonialism is not in the form of the political subjugation, economic exploitation or military conquering of another country. Rather, it is back in the form of the imposition of ideological dogmas on other “inferior” countries. I use the word “inferior” deliberately to indicate how pride is at the heart of this process. Here is one article reflecting on this how this happens.

So what am I specifically referring to? The ongoing adoption of the LGBT agenda into law in this country is all assumed to be part of progress; in doing this it is assumed that we are moving to a higher level of civilization. That being the case it is assumed that all other nations will similarly ascend to a higher level of civilization if they follow the lead of the UK. David Cameron, the former Prime Minister whilst in office was determined to support same-sex marriage around the world. Here is a report of his speech on 2013.

I am not going to be a defender of the original colonial thrust back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but I do want to say there is something that does not seem right here. It seems all based on a great delusion. The delusion focuses on how progress is understood. As we have moved on from where we were in to this great new age of “equality for all” it is assumed this is great progress.

I am left musing that there seems to be not some sniff of the impact of evolutionary dogma here. Inherent in evolutionary teaching is the thought that through natural selection and then survival of the fittest things are getting better. And the West being at the vanguard of the LGBT movement means that we must be ahead of those who have not yet become as enlightened as us.

The implicit agenda that prevails, particularly as regards to Africa, is that they need to be enlightened. “We must pass on our views to these poor benighted souls and they will be so much better” is the thinking undergirding this. Here is a fascinating interaction which shows Africa fighting back against this patronizing attitude and it is good to see.

This attitude of cultural superiority is discerned in the Western version of Anglicanism as they deal with the “lesser” version thereof in Africa. I make big generalizations of course, but the resistance of the African church to embrace the LGBT agenda is seen as indicative of their lack of progress. “Of course they are only lesser because they have not come as far of us” is the unstated inference.

In fact they are far more wise and advanced because they have cleaved to the Lord and His Word. We are always on the right side of history when we do that.

May we, as Christians in the West, stand with our brothers and sisters worldwide and not countenance this ideological imperialism.

 

Mrs May: Where it all Changed.

I am left wondering if it was in the Andrew Marr interview on 30th April where everything started to change for Mrs May. Up until taht date her position was unassailable. She was to all intents and purposes the queen awaiting her re-coronation. The June election was anticipated as a day of unmistakable triumph. And then she said this in the Andrew Marr interview (see here). Professing Christ she completely denied the truth that is in Jesus.

It just seemed from that point on things gradually changed. The wheels came off her campaign. There were the embarrassments surrounding the manifesto and finally the unexpected election results.  This all is quite interesting to me.

If you profess to know God, but deny that sin is truly sin you put yourself against the God you profess. A cautionary tale I feel.

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