Keller: Human Reason vs. Biblical Authority
"We live in a
post-modern world, and postmodernism is about relativism. My truth is
your falsehood, and your falsehood is my truth. But there is such a
thing as the plain truth."
Barukh Binah captured
succinctly one of the pillars of postmodernism, the suspicion of
truth. In accord with postmodernism, current culture proclaims the
death of objective truth. Thus, no one can refer to an external
source for truth nor claim that (s)he possesses it. It does not
“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Homosexuals, Christians, and the Church
In recent years, society’s attitudes on homosexuality have changed. Previously, people regarded it as an unmentionable topic, seldom, if ever, discussed among Christians or in the Christian Church.
Even today, with increased awareness, many Christians refuse to discuss it. They respond with hatred or indifference toward homosexuals, who strive for full acceptance from Christians and the Christian church.
Because of the discord between homosexuals and the Christian Church, Christians must reassess their beliefs and practices. They must endeavor to recognize God's design for humanity. Christians and the Church need to respond in a loving, Biblical manner to those who suffer same-sex attractions. (1)
The following steps, though not all-inclusive, outline the foundation for Biblical responses to homosexuality from Christians to this divisive issue.
“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: The Apostle Paul Condemned Homosexuality
Currently, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community asserts forcefully that the Apostle Paul did not denounce homosexuality in his writings.
In their minds, their interpretation of Paul’s comments confirms their attempts to legitimize, even Biblically, homosexuality. Despite extraordinary efforts, their attempts fail.
Paul wrote three different passages in which he commented on homosexuality, a prominent practice in his day. The following sections evaluate the LGBTQ opinions.
“Clobbering Biblical Gay Bashing": Jesus Condemned Homosexuality
Jesus’ Commentary on Marriage, homosexuality and same sex marriage
Currently, the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community asserts forcefully that Jesus never spoke against same sex marriage nor homosexuality.
They allege that since Jesus never spoke against these issues, he clearly found them irrelevant. This group asserts that since Christ found them unimportant, people today should respond favorably to the LGBTQ agendas.
They believe that the Church must follow Christ's example of noninterference and indifference toward homosexuality.
“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Homosexuality: Orientation Or Abomination?
When confronted with Biblical commands, the LBGTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer) community responds as one would expect.
They cannot dismiss these commands flatly; the Scriptures speak too clearly to the issue.
To legitimize their homosexual lifestyles, they must overcome the obvious meanings of these verses.
To deny the application of Biblical texts to the present day the homosexual community employs several methods. These methods fit into three categories.
“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Sodom’s Behavior: Homosexuality Or Gay Rights?
Many people attempt to reconcile homosexuality with the Bible. However, such efforts fail.
You cannot reconcile truth with error. The battle to legitimize homosexuality begins with an all out attack upon the Biblical record of Sodom.
This assault changes the story of Sodom from homosexuality to in-hospitality. It further misinterprets the other references to Sodom in the Bible to refer to acts other than homosexuality.
“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Verbal Terrorism?
"Mark Sandlin wrote an article title "Clobbering 'Biblical" Gay Bashing" in defense of homosexuality. (1) In his article, Sandlin emphasized the necessity of love from the non-homosexual community toward homosexuals (commonly abbreviated LGBTQ: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). In particularity, he stressed the lack of love shown them from professing Christians.
As part of Sandlin’s commentary, he referred to Jesus Christ. He opined that Christ loved and welcomed everyone equally. To explain his views further, Sandlin mentioned Rob Bell’s provoking book on love (Love Wins), not by name but by its emphasis. Bell and Sandlin agree that love always wins. (2)
“Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing”: Biblical Authority?
"Mark wrote an article titled “Clobbering ‘Biblical’ Gay Bashing” in defense of homosexuality. (1) In recent years, this subject has increasingly captured the attention of people of all lifestyles. Sandlin remarked upon attitudes frequently associated with this subject and expanded them to include other issues commonly abbreviated LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer).
In his article, he commented upon several passages from the Bible that address same sex issues. Sandlin attempted to deny that these Biblical references had any anti-homosexual or LGBTQ concepts in them. He concluded his article with the assumption that he had clearly proved false all of the references that he analyzed."
"The Bible TV Miniseries:
Fact or Fancy?"
"Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey produced the History Channel’s Miniseries blockbuster, The Bible. Millions of viewers have watched the series, perhaps including you, providing it with epic ratings. This dramatic presentation attempted to condense the Bible’s message from Genesis to Revelation into five two-hour segments. It has received acclaim from viewers and critics alike."
"Rob Bell Affirms Gay Marriage.
Will Affirmation Of Adultery, Rape, And Pedophilia Follow?"
"Rob Bell publicly confirmed what many concluded from his earlier statements: he affirms gay marriage.
“Whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man — and I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs to just — this is the world we’re living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are,” he said.
All of them deserve affirmation by the Church, he said. Rob stated that he came to this conclusion based upon events in our culture."
"Progressive Christianity Is As Broken As Evangelicalism: Here’s How to Fix It"
"In a recent article entitled, “Progressive Christianity Is As Broken As Evangelicalism: Here’s How to Fix It,” Frank Schaeffer highlighted his views on the status of the protestant Church in North
According to Schaeffer, the Church has become apathetic and impotent, despite attempts at inclusiveness and vulnerability. His list of faults described it as unloving, homophobic, and misogynous.
In Frank’s opinion, the broken evangelical and emergent protestant Church has failed to make Christianity interesting and has become weaker."
"Revival in Judges:
Victory Over Pluralism, II"
Reference: Judges 3.1-11
"After Othniel's death, we find Israel pursuing sin, choosing idolatry, choosing to intermarry with the Canaanites instead of among themselves. God had warned them that if they did not destroy them, they would intermarry with them. As a result, their enemies would lead them astray."
"Revival in Judges:
Victory Over Pluralism, I"
Reference: Judges 3:1-11
"Chapter three of Judges follows Judges one and Judges two. You say, “Well, I know that. I can add. I can follow numbers.” Well, I don’t mention that to check out your mathematics skills. I mention it because of what happened as recorded in Judges chapter one and two have a bearing on chapter three.
A quick review of chapters one and two so that you can see how it blends in with chapter three. Chapters one and two describe the death of Joshua, their faithful leader who led them into the Promised Land. He directed them in conquering the enemies that they encountered when they came into the Promised Land.
Joshua died, and they did not have a leader."
"Tragedy In Israel, II"
Reference: Judges 2.14-23
"When the children of Israel in doubt and disobedience failed to obey God and destroy the people in Canaan and their altars, they ended up just as God said they would. They worshiped the gods about them and joined in the worship of false gods along with the Canaanites whom they refused to destroy as God had commanded them."
"Tragedy in Israel, I"
Bible Text: Judges 2:1-23
“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
"Does that phrase sound familiar to you? Charles Dickens made that statement famous in his book A Tale of Two Cities. Written in the mid 1800s he described in story format the economic and political conditions in Paris and London just prior to the French Revolution…a time of great uncertainty, a time of great evil as well.
That phrase also describes the condition of the children of Israel throughout much of their history. It particularly applies to them in their record in the book of Judges. It as the best of times. It was the worst of times. Notice verses one through five of Judges chapter two. "
"Foundation of Apostasy, II"
Bible Text: Judges 1:1-36
"Big gates swing on little hinges. The first chapter and the rest of the book of Judges describe the severe consequences that Israel suffered because they failed to believe God. It started with their failure to believe that God would drive out the chariots of iron their enemies possessed. The consequences of that partial victory went further than that one battle."
"Foundation of Apostasy, I"
Bible Text: Judges 1:1-36
"Big gates swing on little hinges. You knew that, didn’t you? If you look at a door, you can see along the side usually three hinges, not that big. If you took all of them collectively in contrast to the size of the door, you would find that those hinges comprise a very small part of the size of the door, and especially the weight of the door. Big gates swing on little hinges."
"Moses and the Golden Calf, II"
Bible Text: Exodus 33:1-17
"The children of Israel sinned a grievous sin against God when they made the gold calf and worshiped it. How did God respond to all of this, their gross sinfulness? We find this truth recorded in Exodus 33, the chapter that describes God’s way of restoration."
"Moses and the Golden Calf, I"
Bible Text: Exodus 33:1-17
"One of the darkest moments in the history of Israel came when they demanded that Aaron make them a golden calf."
"Revival: Jacob At Bethel, II"
Bible Text: Genesis 35:1-15
"While at Bethel God spoke to Jacob again, a fourth time. What he said to Jacob is very revealing in the panorama of Scripture. He said to him, “Be fruitful and multiply.”
"Revival: Jacob at Bethel, I"
Bible Text: Genesis 35:1-15
"In an earlier session, we examined a story from the life of Jacob when he fled from his brother Esau. He stayed over-night in a barren spot where he dreamed of a ladder that went from earth to heaven. We studied that dream because it pictures for us the Lord Jesus who himself spoke of that occasion from the life of Jacob."