Not saying its common and sure coming right is a longshot. Likely forever disqualified from being an elder. Jimmy Swaggarts sex scandal 1988.KingJ....Where do you get this idea?: I'm trying to understand how you think that a drunken, wife-beating, divorced pastor is a common thing and will "come right"....
Jimmy Swaggert? Which scandal? Which time? Which confession?
You have the tool for sex with a woman whether you marry or not. You said somewhere that people can be born gay. But a baby's thinking is not on sex. A baby however is NOT born neutral either....it is born hetrosexual as God MADE the baby straight. God even gives most people eyes and hands to confirm their sex. No Christian should entertain the homo-gene rubbish.Friend, what makes you think everyone has been called to have a sex life in the first place? If someone has been called to NOT marry, then they are also called not to have a sex life as a sex life comes after marriage.
We're not talking of elders, friend, but pastors and in this case a world famous one.Not saying its common and sure coming right is a longshot. Likely forever disqualified from being an elder. Jimmy Swaggarts sex scandal 1988.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swaggart#1991_scandalOn October 11, 1991, Swaggart for a second time was found in the company of a prostitute, Rosemary Garcia, when he was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in Indio, California, for driving on the wrong side of the road. According to Garcia, Swaggart stopped to proposition her on the side of the road. When the patrolman asked Garcia why she was with Swaggart, she replied, "He asked me for sex. I mean, that's why he stopped me. That's what I do. I'm a prostitute." This time, rather than confessing to his congregation, Swaggart told those at Family Worship Center that "The Lord told me it's flat none of your business." Swaggart's son Donnie then announced to the stunned audience that his father would be temporarily stepping down as head of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries for "a time of healing and counseling."
You have the tool for sex with a woman whether you marry or not. You said somewhere that people can be born gay. But a baby's thinking is not on sex. A baby however is NOT born neutral either....it is born hetrosexual as God MADE the baby straight. God even gives most people eyes and hands to confirm their sex. No Christian should entertain the homo-gene rubbish.
Our gender is a ''coin toss'' dependant on an x or y chromozone from our father.You bring up an interesting point, because I do agree with you that a baby is born neutral, but is heterosexual neutral? I remember having this discussion with my mom a year or so ago (she's an OBGYN). Both her, the multiple institutes for NIH (with whom I do work for--I'm providing public domain info) express that because the default gender for fetuses is female, when the fetus becomes male, hormones are released into the baby otherwise the body will reject the foreign object (a male fetus). Sometimes an abundance of these hormones are released and this can cause people (when they develop and get a little older) to have more female qualities, and sometimes this means sexual orientation.
What scripture says tendencies?I think it's just food for thought, especially since the scriptures expresses being against homosexual PRACTICES vs. homosexual tendencies
Unless you are blind and have no hands a sexual attraction that goes against the natural purpose of your body IS your decision. But lets have some mercy for the unsaved. As for the saved....NO excuse!But here's an example -- when I was 5, I knew I was straight, I wasn't neutral. I remember having little kid crush's on girls. Granted, they were immature because there was only so much I could understand, etc, but I knew that I was attracted to the opposite sex. This wasn't a decision of mine--I never looked at both boys and girls and said "I think I'm going to like girls more." That never even crossed my mind. It was instilled.
Our gender is a ''coin toss'' dependant on an x or y chromozone from our father.
The process on how we become our respective sex is an amazing work of intelligent design. God planned you to be a male. The means to achieve that is thus a rather pointless discussion.
More female qualities NEVER means sexual orientation!!!
The tools you have for the job the moment you popped out your mothers belly = sexual orientation = God's will. So if I was born with genes that made me an aggressive goliath.... I am automatically going to be a bully? That reasoning is terrible. You have to understand that.
What scripture says tendencies?
Friend, don't take this facetiously, but you're confusing practice with tendency. This is why I said it's simplistic (not to be confused with simple).
The Bible is very VERY clear on where it stands with immoral practices. In at least 12 books of the Bible, it is blatant about not committing the practices of homosexuality. But let's say for argument's sake that we had two men who both lived chaste lives, though since both are men, both still have a natural temptation to sin...one would be tempted to have lustful thoughts about women. The other had lustful thoughts about men. Both of them prayed to God to redirect their temptations toward goodness, and God answered their prayers. Now because one of them happened to have a homosexual temptation but prayed out his thoughts, would this make him straight? And in the same light, because the straight man prayed out his own lustful (and straight) temptations, does this mean he is not straight?
"But Shapiro, heterosexuality isn't a sin." Of course not, but the point is that doesn't mean free game to do with our heterosexuality what we want. It becomes a question of what is the definition of homosexuality and where does sin begin (in other words, when has the temptation crossed over to sin).
Rehearsing the verses that express disapproval for homosexuality, I'm reading from the old text that it's referring to practices vs. tendencies. We recognize that alcoholism in excess is a sin, but we don't consider alcoholics to have sinned until they've pursued their own tendencies (this is only an analogy, mind you).
I think the discussion on homosexuality and where the line has drawn is a very important one because it means the souls of our brothers and sisters, but let's not shut out the discussion with "it's simple" -- this is a very careless approach to a pretty important topic. This doesn't mean I think your position should be thrown out the window either, but I think it's important to get to the bottom of it.
Not speaking on Rusty's behalf, but...
1 Corinthians 7:10-11, Luke 16:18, Matthew 5:32.
The Bible has expressed a great concern with divorce, and part of that is due to it involving God so closely which can be found in Matthew 19:6. This is why the release of that binding is not through divorce, but through death (Romans 7:2). But that's further why when one gets involved with another who is divorced, it is seen as adultery in the eyes of our Lord.
No my friend, I am not confusing anything. You on the other hand are assuming Bible directions allow something that it does not allow. You seem to be trying to accuse me of being "simple minded" because I have a literal understanding of God's Word.
If you do not agree with my understanding, that is fine with me. BUT I find no reason to imply that because I disagree with you, my comments are simple. That is not the way to grow friendships.
See. You once again say that heterosexual activity is not a sin. My friend, sex is for married people. It is what God gave men and women to do inside of marriage. Heterosexuality is the way God demanded men and women to react to one another in order to "multiply". That was His command in Genesis 3.
All of the other things that you are bringing up are smoke screens to try and cover what God has said. Now, I am not a simple man but I do say that God has given us His Word to live by and His words are really very simple. When WE begin to add to His Word to make it more acceptable to all who may not follow His Word, then we see the problem develop.
I've never once disagreed with this, friend. I'm afraid you're misreading what I have written.
What is a homosexual? What makes a homosexual a homosexual? I understand this may sound like a stupid question, but indulge me. Be precise. Explain how one becomes a homosexual, what entails being one, and how one can not be one.
Also, what is a heterosexual, how one becomes one, and how one can stop being one.
I'm not trying to be snarky, but I think you brought up an interesting point--we should get to the bottom of this one.
But......where is the verse that says a divorced man is unfit to serve God???
The verses you listed, which I am familiar with, do not say that a divorced man is unfit to serve God and do not apply to the question that was asked.
WE are not talking about divorce but is a divorced man able to serve God?
I don't think you're simple minded at all. I don't want you to take what I'm saying facetiously or insultingly. We also agree that the Bible means what it says about homosexual practices as being a sin. However, I think we're at a disagreement on when something becomes a sin.
Well I do believe that your earlier statements weren't simple, but rather simplistic. I didn't mean it to be harsh or insulting, but I take my faith very seriously. I would die to defend the faith and I was expressing my opposition to what you said in defense of the faith. I certainly meant no offense.
I'm not refuting that at all, nor am I suggesting that heterosexuality is a sin. However, people do commit sin by fornication, adultery, lustful thoughts, etc. I'm not even suggesting that these are because of our heterosexuality, but just because these acts might be straight doesn't mean they are now no longer sinful.
We both know this--but I guess I'm trying to get forward motion on this discussion.
I completely agree that it is wrong to add to his word. However, I think one major thing that has divided our position is because you believe in Sola Scriptura as a protestant and I don't as a Catholic (though I used to when I was a protestant). I believe it is sinful to add to the scriptures, but I don't believe the scriptures are the only infallible authority of Christian practice.
Perhaps that is for another forum
Friend, I will conclude though that I certainly didn't mean for anything I said to offend. You're more important to be as a brother than that.
If I could answer your question......."What makes a homosexual a homosexual", I would be a really smart man.
I have no answer for you, only what I have experienced in my life. I have spent many years listening to others who have problems and I can promise you that the problems never end.
But to focus on your question, I would say that at least three answers seem possible.
1. Homosexual behavior is a bad habit that people fall into because they are sexually permissive and experimental. This view holds rat homosexuals choose their lifestyle as the result of self-indulgence and an unwillingness to play by society rules.
2. The second position is held by a number of psychoanalysts (e.g., Bieber, Socarides). According to them, homosexual behavior is a mental illness, symptomatic of arrested development. They believe that homosexuals have unnatural or perverse desires as a consequence of poor familial relations in childhood or some other trauma.
3. The third view is "biological" and holds that such desires are genetic or hormonal in origin, and that there is no choice involved and no "childhood trauma" necessary.
Which of these views is most consistent with the facts? Which tells us the most about homosexual behavior and its origins? The answer seems to be that homosexual behavior is learned. The following seven lines of evidence support such a conclusion.
Research by Paul Cameron, Ph. D. of the Family Focus Group has said.............
1) No researcher has found provable biological or genitic differences between heterosexuals and homosexuals that weren't caused by their behavior
Occasionally you may read about a scientific study that suggests that homosexuality is an inherited tendency, but such studies have usually been discounted after careful scrutiny or attempts at replication. No one has found a single heredible genetic, hormonal or physical difference between heterosexuals and homosexuals - at least none that is replicable. (9, 12) While the absence of such a discovery doesn't prove at inherited sexual tendencies aren't possible, it suggests that none has been found because none exists.
2) People tend to believe that their sexual desires and behaviors are learned.
You're right--you didn't claim that divorce wasn't a sin, but rather that the scriptures never said that divorced men are unfit to serve God. Nor would I disagree with you on that.
Where is there a verse that says a homosexual man is unfit to serve God?
Establishing that all sins, little and small, must be brought forward in asking for forgiveness since they all offend God of course.
I appreciate that my brother and my the Lord bless you for your sincerity. I have been not feeling to well lately for some reason and I was probably more sensitive than I normally am.
All in all, I don't think any of this is wrong. Actually, much of this sounds very spot on. Keeping it brief, the NIH nor any private medical institute has found evidence of some hereditary gene like some claim. That's certainly not my position. But there is reason to believe that much of it is biological...but that doesn't mean it is always ONLY biological.
I think you and I have forward motion here
I agree that all sins, not matter what must be confessed and repented of for forgiveness.
I was responding to a comment Rusty made in #24.............
"KingJ: I see a preacher with these bad traits as unfit, as did Paul, and preaching a warped message:"
Preachers and deacon are servants of God and he seems to be saying that a divorced man can not be a preacher or a deacon.
- heavy drinkers
- money oriented
- violent or promoting violence as a "Christian solution"
- spoiled or rebellious kids
I just wanted to know what verse of Scripture says that a divorced man cannot be a preacher or a deacon to serve the Lord.
Blessings to you, too. Please, if I ever cross the line somewhere, call me out on it. I don't want to offend anyone here, and despite out doctrinal differences, we both have the same goal in mind in glory of the same Father. Hopefully we can better understand each others positions on these topics.
Why haven't you been feeling well? Everything OK?