Homosexuality Message Given At United Methodist Church.


Homosexuality & the Bible Presentation

 

1/20/19:  my message at the 1st Methodist Church in Port Jefferson.

 

 

THIS JUNE 28TH MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF A POLICE RAID ON THE STONEWALL INN, A GAY CLUB LOCATED ON CHRISTOPHER STREET.  NEW YORK’S GAY COMMUNITY HAD GROWN WEARY OF THE POLICE TARGETTING GAY CLUBS AND FOUGHT THE POLICE, THROWING BOTTLES AT THEM.

 

THIS EVENT IS REGARDED AS HISTORY’S 1ST MAJOR PROTEST ON BEHALF OF EQUAL RIGHTS FOR HOMOSEXUALS.

 

SINCE THEN THE CHURCH HAS REVED UP THEIR RESISTANCE; HOLDING FAST TO THEIR BELIEF THAT GOD CONDEMNS HOMOSEXUALITY.

 

BACK THEN AND INTO THE 90’S, GAYS REMAINED CLOSETED.  SOME MARRIED THE OPPOSITE GENDER, HAD FAMILIES AND LIVED A LIE, HURTING THEIR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN IN ORDER TO “FIT IN”.    MOST OF THESE MARRIAGES ENDED IN DIVORCE.

 

OTHER GAYS STAYED CLOSETED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, FINDING SAFE HAVENS, WHERE THEY COULD BE THEMSELVES – USUALLY A GAY BAR.    BUT WE COULD NEVER BE FREE FROM THE CONDEMNATION OF THE CHURCH.  YEARS OF CONDEMNATIONTION COULD NOT BE EASILLY ERASED.  MANY GAYS CRUMBLED UNDER SUCH PRESSURE, ESCAPING INTO ALCOHOL, DRUGS, PROMISCUOUS SEX AND GENERAL EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL RETARDATION, REINFORCING CHURCH BELIEF THAT NO GAY PERSON COULD BE A DESCENT, GOD FEARING CHRISTIAN, HEIRS TO GOD’S KINGDOM.  MOST WANTED A LONG TERM, LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE PARTNER, BUT THEY USUALLY WERE SHORT TERM AND NOT MONOGAMOUS.  THE FEW WHO COULD ATTAIN SUCH A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WERE NOT KNOWN BECAUSE THEY KEPT IT A SECRET.

 

IN 1973, THE YEAR I RECOGNIZED I WAS GAY, THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIATRIC ASSOCIATION STATED THAT HOMOSEXUALITY WAS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS.  BUT THAT DID NOT LIFT THE STIGMA OF “SIN” FROM US.

 

OF THE MANY CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES THE CHURCH FACES, NONE HAS GROWN FASTER THAN THE ISSUE OF HOMOSEXUALITY.  FROM A SUBJECT “CLEARLY” BELIEVED TO BE A SIN TO A STATE OF CONFUSION AND DIVISION AMONG THE MOST LEARNED CHRISTIAN SCHOLARS, HOMOSEXUALITY IS, PERHAPS, THE LAST MYSTERY TO BE SOLVED.  AND, IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, THE SIDES ARE CLEARLY KNOWN.

 

IS HOMOSEXUALITY A CHOICE?  IS ONE BORN HOMOSEXUAL?  IS HOMOSEXUAL LOVE A SIN?  ARE GAYS GOING TO HELL?

 

MANY DENOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN DEBATING THIS ISSUE.  OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES SOME PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE, BUT STILL THE CHURCH, AS A WHOLE, IS DIVIDED.

 

THE CHURCH MUST UNITE AS ONE ON THIS ISSUE OR LIVES AND SOULS WILL BE LOST.

 

HOMELESS TEENS, A LARGE PORTION BEING GAY, THROWN OUT OF THEIR HOMES, REJECTED BY FAMILY, BEING BULLIED AND COMMITTING SUICIDE RATHER THAN ENDURE THIS TORTURE.  EVEN IN FAMILIES WHO DO NOT THROW THEIR GAY CHILD OUT OF THE HOME, LOVE IS OFTEN WITHDRAWN AND THE CHILD FEELS THAT GOD TRULY DOES NOT LOVE HIM/HER EITHER.

 

BOTH GAY PERSON AND STRAIGHT PARENT/FAMILY NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE IS TRULY SAYING ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY.

 

I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT I NOT ONLY SURVIVED, BUT THRIVE AS A GAY WOMAN BROUGHT UP IN THE DAYS WHEN NOTHING POSITIVE WAS WRITTEN OR PREACHED ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY.  WHEN I FIRST “CAME OUT” I WAS TOLD BY A BAPTIST MINISTER THAT “YOU’VE GOT TWO CHOICES;  “YOU GO TO THE PRAYER ROOM AND ASK GOD TO MAKE YOU STRAIGHT OR YOU WILL GO TO HELL.”

 

I TRAVELED TO “TEEN CHALLENGE” IN BROOKLYN, A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPED THOSE ADDICTED TO DRUGS & ALCOHOL AND, ALSO, COUNSELED GAY PEOPLE.   I NEEDED A CHRISTIAN MINISTER TO TELL ME I WAS NOT GOING TO HELL, BUT ALL THEY DID WAS QUOTE THE “CLOBBER PASSAGES” AND TELL ME I WAS GOING TO HELL; THAT I COULD BE CHANGED AND BE MADE STRAIGHT, BY THE POWER OF JESUS.”

 

I DIDN’T SLEEP TILL DAWN, PONDERING & PRAYING AND WHEN I WOKE I KNEW –  THE LOVE I WANTED WITH ONE WOMAN WAS NOT A SIN.  I WAS GAY AND GAY WAS HOW I WAS GOING TO LIVE AND LOVE AND I WOULD BE WITH JESUS, IN HEAVEN, WHEN I DIED.   GOD, NOT MAN, HAD LED ME TO PEACE.

 

GOD IS CONTINUING TO LEAD OTHERS, GAY & STRAIGHT, CLERGY & NON CLERGY, TO THE SAME TRUTH.

 

OH, I STRAYED FROM GOD’S PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THE FIRST 3 YEARS AFTER I “CAME OUT”.  BARS EVERY NIGHT AND SEXUAL PROMISCUITY.  BUT I NEVER STOPPED PRAYING, REMEMBERING MY CHRISTIAN REARING BY MY PARENTS AND A WONDERFUL CHURCH.  AND GOD NEVER LEFT ME; TEACHING ME, IN MY SIN, THE TRUTH I CARRY IN MY SOUL TO THIS DAY.  THERE IS NO SIN IN HOMOSEXUAL LOVE/MARRIAGE.

 

GOD BROUGHT A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN WOMAN INTO MY LIFE.  WE FELL IN LOVE AND IN 1976 WERE MARRIED BY A UNITARIAN MINISTER, IN FRONT OF GOD & FRIENDS.  MY MOM WAS MY “BEST WOMAN”.  UNFORTUNATELY, OUR MARRIAGE ENDED AFTER 16 YEARS, BUT WE ARE BEST OF FRIENDS TO THIS DAY.

 

WHAT IS MARRIAGE?  I DEFINE MARRIAGE AS A “SELF SACRIFICING, LOVING, COMMITTED, MONOGAMOUS, LIFE LONG UNION OF TWO NON BLOOD RELATED PEOPLE.”

 

THE PROBLEM LIES IN OUR MISUNDERSTANDING AND MISTRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE.  IT COMES FROM OUR INSECURITIES AND PREJUDICES WHICH LEADS US TO READ THE BIBLE OUT OF CONTEXT, “CHERRY PICKING” VERSES TO JUSTIFY OUR BELIEFS AND OUR SINFUL BEHAVIORS.

 

SO LET’S LOOK, BRIEFLY, AT THESE “CLOBBER PASSAGES”:

 

GENSIS 19 & JUDGES – SODOM.   THESE ARE BOTH ACCOUNTS OF RAPE & HUMILIATION, FOR TO RAPE A MAN, IN BIBLE DAYS & NOW, IS MORE HUMILIATING THAN RAPING A WOMAN.

 

LEVITICUS 18 & 20:  PAGAN RELIGIOUS RITUALS TO APPEASE THEIR gods.

 

1 TIMOTHY:  MANKIND OR MAN MEANS MALE & FEMALE.  WHERE DO WE SEE HOMOSEXUALITY?  KEY WORD:    ABUSERS

 

1 CORINTHIANS 6:  THE ONLY TIME THE WORD “HOMOSEXUAL” IS USED AND WILL NOT BE FOUND IN ANY BIBLE VERSION PRIOR TO THE MID 1800’S BECAUSE THE WORD DID NOT EXIST.

 

ROMANS 1:  “AGAINST NATURE”.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

 

IN ALL THESE PASSAGES, ASK YOURSELF:  “WHO IS COMMITTING THESE ABOMINATIONS?”    IT IS HETEROSEXUAL MEN & WOMEN.

 

LET THIS RESONATE IN YOUR MINDS, REMEMBERING THAT THE ALL INCLUSIVE WORD “HOMOSEXUAL” WAS NOT IN ANY BIBLE TRANSLATION UNTIL 1946.

 

JESUS NEVER SAID A WORD ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY AND HE IS THE DEFINTIVE “WORD”.  JESUS HAD THE PERFECT CHANCE DURING HIS “SERMON ON THE MOUNT” WHEN HE SPOKE OF ADULTERY & SEXUAL LUST.  THIS WAS THE PERFECT TIME TO BRING UP THOSE WHO WERE HOMOSEXUAL, BUT HE SAID NOTHING.  JESUS, WHO BROKE SOME JEWISH RELIGIOUS LAWS AND CALLED PHARASEE’S HYPOCRITES, SAID NOT A WORD.  SURELY, JESUS WOULD HAVE.

 

THEN WE TURN TO THE CREATION ACCOUNT.  GOD CREATED MALE AND FEMALE AND TOLD THEM TO “BE FRUITFUL & MULTIPLY”.  CERTAINLY, ADAM & EVE WERE HETEROSEXUAL OR NONE OF US WOULD BE HERE DEBATING THIS HOMOSEXUAL ISSUE.

 

“IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED”.  YES!!!!  BUT BEGINNINGS ARE NOT STATIC.  THEY ARE OPEN TO DEVELOP.  FOR EXAMPLE:  DIFFERENT RACES CAME FROM TWO PEOPLE.  SO, TOO, DIFFERENT SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS.

 

I DID NOT CHOOSE TO BE GAY.  WHO WOULD CHOOSE A LIFE OF EXCLUSION, HATRED AND VIOLENCE. I WAS BORN GAY AND WOULD HAVE IT NO OTHER WAY.  I NEVER ASKED GOD TO CHANGE MY ORIENTATION.  I ASKED HIM TO GUIDE ME IN HIS TRUTH.

 

“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE SENT HIS ONLY SON, THAT WHOSOVER BELIEVES, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.  IT DOES NOT SAY “WHOSOEVER IS HETEROSEXUAL AND BELIEVES”.

 

I AM A CHRISTIAN, GAY AFFIRMING HOMOSEXUAL, WHO, BY GOD’S GRACE THROUGH FAITH AM SAVED, AS WE ALL ARE.

 

Read my entire life in “Is God A Gay Basher?” available on Amazon.  Or contact me at mamasgirl422@verizon.net to speak.

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