Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Below is a ten statement post entitled, “Ten Things I wish the Church Knew About Homosexuality” by Humanist Jim Rigby who parades as a Christian Minister in Austin, Texas. The last line of his most recent article should demonstrate the level of Biblical discernment before us:

“Long before Marx or Feuerbach., Jesus was advocating humanism when he said, “religion was made for human beings, not human beings for religion.”

Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, came to earth to teach Humanism and not to teach us to love God with all our “heart, soul, mind, and strength”? (Luke 10:27)…and not to die for the sins of the world?? (1 Corinthians 15:3)

That my friends, is blasphemy of the highest order and not the Gospel of Christ!

My rebuttal below in bold to “Ten Things I wish the Church Knew About Homosexuality”.

Ten Things I wish the Church Knew About Homosexuality

1. If Jesus did not mention a subject, it cannot be essential to his teachings.
2. You are not being persecuted when prevented from persecuting others.
3. Truth isn’t like wine that gets better with age. It’s more like manna you must recognize wherever you are and whoever you are with.
4. You cannot call it “special rights” when someone asks for the same rights you have.
5. It is no longer your personal religious view if you’re bothering someone else.
6. Marriage is a civil ceremony, which means it’s a civil right.
7. If how someone stimulates the pubic nerve has become the needle to your moral compass, you are the one who is lost.
8. To condemn homosexuality, you must use parts of the Bible you don’t yourself obey. Anyone who obeyed every part of Leviticus would rightly be put in prison.
9. If we do not do the right thing in our day, our grandchildren will look at us with same embarrassment we look at racist grandparents.
10. When Jesus forbade judging, that included you.

1. “If Jesus did not mention a subject, it cannot be essential to his teachings.”

Exactly.

Therefore, since Jesus did not teach us the virtue of practicing homosexuality, he clearly did not intend homosexuality as a lifestyle for us.  Don’t you think if Jesus took the trouble to become a human being and come to earth to teach us God’s ways that he would have included homosexuality which supposedly ranks so high on His list?  If homosexuality was God’s perfect plan for our lives, you would think that Jesus would have mentioned it one time in His three and a half year ministry.

According to the logic laid out in this poorly constructed disjunctive syllogism, you judge a teacher according to what they omit rather than what they commit.

This is how a child reasons.

What DID Jesus teach about sexuality?

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’” (Matt. 19:4.)

2. “You are not being persecuted when prevented from persecuting others.”

False. This assertion, constructed on a false premise is intended to paint the Bible Believer as the Persecutor and the Bible Violator as the Victim. Only an enemy of Christ would paint the Biblicist in such light. This statement contains a built-in straw man fallacy to boot. Nice touch.

However, this argument is so weak that I will go ahead and accept the general premise. This type of persecution can and does exist! Consider the Federal Government’s HHS mandate which  declares war against religious freedom by forcing Catholics and Christians to provide birth control, abortions and sterilization services to their employees when they outright reject it on religious grounds?  Those who want contraception, abortions and/or sterilization can feign persecution, but the real persecution is occurring against the Church who is being forced to act against conscience.  Therefore, this kind of persecution is not only absolutely possible, it is in progress.

3. “Truth isn’t like wine that gets better with age. It’s more like manna you must recognize wherever you are and whoever you are with.”

Exactly. So why deny the truth that the Bible has always condemned homosexuality? (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:17; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

4. “You cannot call it “special rights” when someone asks for the same rights you have.”

If homosexuality is the “same right” I have, then my Wife would be a man.

If homosexuality is the “same right” as heterosexuality, then how come it is not protected under the same law?  Must be because they are NOT the “same rights.”

Is man/boy love also considered enjoying the “same rights” as heterosexuals or would man/boy unions constitute “special rights”?

5. “It is no longer your personal religious view if you’re bothering someone else.”

False. We as Christians are not called to have “personal religious view”(s). We are called to read, believe and obey the teachings of Scripture with one mind and one accord.

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:9-11)

I love how this guy determines who the victim is in each case.  Notice how it is always the opposite of the Biblical standard?

Also, since when are we protected from being “bothered”? I’m routinely bothered by homosexuality.  Who’s running to my rescue?  And who gets to validate or decide what constitutes “bothering”? I’m sure fighting to fend off a murderer or rapist might prove bothersome to them. Perhaps the appropriate response instead would be to not defend oneself and thereby not be a bother

When the Bible outright condemns a practice such as men having sex with men, they pretend they cannot find the passages.  When the Bible does not contain their own home-spun wisdom such as “Thou shalt not bother”, they just write it in.

6. “Marriage is a civil ceremony, which means it’s a civil right.”

False.  Marriage was ordained by God in Genesis Chapter 2 as one man and one woman.  Therefore, God defines marriage, not the State.

7. “If how someone stimulates the pubic nerve has become the needle to your moral compass, you are the one who is lost.”

False.  The only one who is lost are those who have rejected Jesus the Messiah, which clearly, Jim Rigby has done.

8. To condemn homosexuality, you must use parts of the Bible you don’t yourself obey. Anyone who obeyed every part of Leviticus would rightly be put in prison.

False.  To begin with, only an unbeliever would mistake the motivation of the  Christian life as fearful obedience rather than a loving relationship

Secondly, 75% of the New Testament was written by the Apostle Paul.  Why do you ignore his lengthy writings on the topic?  This wolf in sheep’s clothing obviously has no concept of the difference between the old and new covenants or Leviticus’ unique place in the lives of the ancient Israelites. Perhaps if Rigby understood what Christ actually accomplished, performed and provided for him, he wouldn’t be out helping Lucifer wipe out this generation.

9. If we do not do the right thing in our day, our grandchildren will look at us with same embarrassment we look at racist grandparents.

False. The “right” thing to do is never determined by what “day” a person lives in and should not be motivated by the gain or loss of embarrassment. We should always “do the right thing” because that it pleasing to the Lord.  (Isaiah 1:17)


10. When Jesus forbade judging, that included you.

False. This of course, is the one verse all unbelievers know and never quote within context.  Judging is at the very heart of spiritual discernment.  To deny the gift and admonition of judgement is to not understand the redemptive plan of God and His desire that we judge and choose life over death; judge to select heaven over hell; judge to embrace spiritual life over spiritual death.  If we didn’t have the ability to judge or better, distinguish and discriminate, we could never rightly discover that we ourselves for instance are in need of a Savior.  Nor could we rightly divide or judge false teaching like ““Ten Things I wish the Church Knew About Homosexuality” from correct Biblical exegesis.  Without judgement, how could you decide between the broad and narrow paths?;  And yet we’re commanded to judge and judge rightly.  If you want to split theological hairs, Paul goes on the state in Roman’s 14 that we’re not to judge the service of a Brother, since, “by his own master (God) he will stand or fall.” (Romans 14:4), but says nothing about not judging an unbeliever.  It certainly does not mean that we are not to judge between good and bad behavior.  Paul further asks, “Can light have anything in common with darkness?”  Such a question makes obvious the required expectation and use of judgement.

In conclusion, The Bible is the Authority over the critic, the homosexual and the false teacher, not the other way around.  This is proven by the fact that they themselves acknowledge the importance and relevance of convincing folks (in error) that the Bible and Jesus supports their position.  There are hundreds of other books that support a positive position on homosexuality.  Why isn’t that enough?  Why do they feel compelled to  write Jesus and the Bible in as an accomplice?  Because according to Romans 1 they know the word of God is true and that they are suppressing this knowledge in unrighteousness.

“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”


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