“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.” – Romans 1:24
Hello, friends! There are a few things that I want to make sure are crystal clear. First, to the dearest family and closest friends who share in my same love for the Truth: please know that I would never, Ever, EVER! intentionally, consciously, or conscientiously say anything negative about the Truth. In fact, I can’t even imagine what I could possibly say because I don’t ever conscientiously think anything disparaging or offensive about him. I think very highly of him and hold him in high regard. He is a wonderful person, as I discussed in Hard Solid. He’s my hero. That’s why I am as taken aback as are you. I don’t even know where the accusations come from. It’s nothing I have control over, what other people do or say. I don’t even remember or have any inkling of any conversations like that or any others.
“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” – John 14:6
My main goals in life are to 1) Serve God faithfully and make it to heaven, and 2) Honor the One who sacrificed everything for me. That’s it. Anything else doesn’t really matter. I don’t know what may have been said or what may have transpired before you heard whatever you did, family, but I do know that there are people who seek to thwart the goals of others, especially when they have to do with Christ and something good. For example, if I received a message from someone stating that they want me to lose everything or another one saying that their “goal is to turn family and friends against one another to inflict maximum damage,” then that would be indicative of someone trying to purposely get in the way of me achieving my goals.
By the way, just in case anyone like that is reading, I’ve already lost everything. Jesus said that we must lose our lives in order to follow Him. It’s the Lord’s will over mine. His word over my ways. Take the world, and give me Jesus.
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it. For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?” – Mark 8:35-36
The other thing I want to make clear is my stance on homosexuality and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. I discussed at length my views and where I stand against homosexuality in You Can Choose. God condemns homosexuality in any form as an abomination (Lev. 18:22) and as unnatural (Rom. 1:26), and I stand with God. Many people who support the LGBT community argue that them seeking to be accepted by society is a civil rights issue. That bothers me. Choosing a homosexual or transgender lifestyle is not the same as someone being born a certain race, gender, or with a physical impediment and being mistreated or discriminated against because of it. Those things are not in the same category. All people should be treated with respect and decency. But the struggle to gain rights taken away from you because of your skin color is much different than you choosing to live a homosexual lifestyle and expecting all societal norms to change to suit you because of it.
If a company has a policy for no tattoos or piercings, yet you choose to get a visible tattoo and wear piercings, then you are the one going against the natural order of operation. No one would expect a company to change those specific rules just because an insignificant percentage of employees, in relation to the entire number of employees, decided to act in opposition to the established rules and guidelines. Likewise, God has established the natural order of how people are born – either male or female, how marriage is supposed to be – between a man and a woman, and the kind of homes in which children should be raised – with a father and mother who are husband and wife. Why should the rest of society be expected to diminish the sacredness of marriage by allowing marriage to occur between two people of the same sex? Why should children be allowed to be subjected to an unnatural way of living in being adopted by homosexual couples? They shouldn’t. It’s not the way God intended or wants it to be.
I’m fully heterosexual, and I stand against homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and transgenderism. I don’t need to explain myself any further. However, I do want to expound on an interesting article that I read about the science available on the topic.
In “Homosexuality and Transgenderism: The Science Supports the Bible,” Dr. Dave Miller details the science that supports the biblical view of homosexuality. Notice his opening comments on the topic:
“As is always the case, when human beings decide that they want to pursue certain behaviors that have always been considered deviant and illicit (particularly in God’s sight), they will do everything possible to bully and intimidate the opposition (cf. Genesis 19:9). A careful analysis of history demonstrates that the tactics that have been used the past several decades to advance sexual aberration in America are reminiscent of propaganda schemes that have successfully transformed other societies, including Nazi Germany and other totalitarian regimes.” – “Homosexuality and Transgenderism The Science Supports the Bible”, Dr. Dave Miller
Dr. Miller discusses the findings of Drs. Lawrence Mayer and Paul Hugh from the report: “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences.” He notes the following:
“These scientists found that the most frequently heard claims about sexual orientation and gender identity are not supported by scientific evidence. They found that the LGBT community suffers from ‘a disproportionate rate of mental health problems compared to the population as a whole’.”
It also details that non-heterosexuals that comprise the LGBT community are at greater risks of anxiety, depression, suicide attempts, and completed suicides than the heterosexual population. From the report findings, of Mayer and Hugh, Miller describes the following:
“In view of the finality of such drastic surgeries and their impact on mental health, the report insists that ‘nearly all children ultimately identify with their biological sex. The notion that a two-year-old, having expressed thoughts or behaviors identified with the opposite sex, can be labeled for life as transgender has absolutely no support in science’.”
Some may argue that social stressors are the reason that homosexuals and the people in the LGBT community have higher rates of mental health issues than heterosexuals. While that may be true, as Dr. Miller notes, social stressors “do not account for the entire disparity.”
It just doesn’t make sense that God would create people in a way that is contrary to His commands and His natural order. God gives us choice to live how we want to live – in sin or in righteousness, immorally or morally. And He has condemned all non-heterosexual lifestyles as abhorrent. God wouldn’t make someone in a way that does not allow them to make the choice to live righteously. Women should live as women. And men should live as men (1 Kings 2:2).
God gives us choice. Ultimately, we can choose life or death. He has granted us eternal life through His Son Jesus. We just have to choose to believe that Jesus is the Christ (Mark 16:16), confess that Jesus is Lord (Rom. 10:9), repent of our sins (Acts 2:38), be baptized for the forgiveness of out sins (Acts 2:38), and choose to live righteously (Rev. 2:10).
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Miller, Dave. “Homosexuality and Transgenderism The Science Supports the Bible,” http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?article=1011.
Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh (2016), “Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” The New Atlantis, 50:10-143, Fall, http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/number-50-fall-2016.