Luke 9:51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.
Mark 6:11 And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”
The 377a debate is coming back to Singapore after the Indian Supreme Court effectively scraped it and called it totally unjustified and against basic human rights. The just doesn’t operate based on majority opinion. If so, countries which have few evangelical christians may called upon the banning of evangelism due to strongly felt views contrary to basic religious freedoms.
I am reminded in the bible that the disciples really despised the Samaritans and Jesus bought us an example of James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven to destroy the Samaritan village. Why the incredible angst? because the Samaritans also worshiped the God of Israel albeit on a different mountain. Why Jesus showed us the example rather than say a pagan village worshiping pagan gods? for Jesus himself called the Canaanite woman, a temple dog!
Amos 5:23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king,
the pedestal of your idols,
the star of your god—
which you made for yourselves.
One of the favorite verses of my liberal friends is Amos 5:24. However, the opposite of justice is not injustice, it is not satisfied by appearances of religion with all its sounds and cymbals worshipping God. Because God sees our heart. When the formal restraints are not there like the children of Israel, we will worship idols if we are not sanctified with Christ. And these idols are powerful spiritual deities represented ultimately by the fallen star. And as one worship Molech and Baal, whom the Jews worshipped in the desert, there was great evil – the sacrifice of babies. The men even joined themselves to the priest in anal sex. So sex is related to harvest and blood sacrifices, and now 3,000 years later, there is injustice towards gays because the straight community is hiding the sins of their heart. The church says that gays are struggling from same-sex attraction but isn’t the reality a struggle for opposite sex attraction with widespread adultery and more than 10,000 abortions every year.
Justice will not flow down until we examine of hearts. For outwardly we may worship God but inwardly is our heart and conscience clear towards Jesus or are gays just the scapegoat to cleanse the straight community. Justice will ultimately flows down from the mountain top, and when it reaches down, it will reveal our hearts. For the treatment of the weak is a reflection in our hearts.
At Pink Dot, what scared the Christian anti-gay activist was an unsaid declaration by each in the gay community – “I am who I am”. I am ready to make my voice known and be heard.
It was claimed by the Christian anti-gay activist in Singapore that “there is diversity of experiences in the LGBT community – not everyone believes in the same thing or behaves in the same way”. They had conveniently defined gays into Activist, Moderates, Seekers, and Overcomers based on their anti-gay agenda. This is of course a lie, for the vast majority if not almost all of the GLBT Community knows what is like to be denied basic rights, denied the opportunity to love, with the Church leading the charge to throw the key away and put them in the closet.
It is true, not everyone believes the same, but 99% do have a strong angst against the Christian Right in Singapore, because deep in-justice is not a matter of opinion but a practical reality where gays are denied to right to be, the right to love, and share life long relationships with whom they loved. To define gays simply based on same-sex attraction and attendance of Pink Dot is to deny gays of individual sacred worth and dignity. The remaining 0.9% are gay activist who will call out the church for coming against love, God’s love. The church can only deceive 0.1% but not for long.
Sex joins two together eg in marriage, and in the bible it became a religious abomination when men had anal sex with the temple priest of Baal so that through this act, they can receive the demonic spirit. This is not the same sex orientation as we know it today. God destroyed Sodom including all the women and children (they were obviously not gay) because once the men were involved in this deep pagan occult, the spirit comes into all their families. They become one with Satan. They acted as one when the angels visited Lot. When Lot offered his daughters, it is a reminder of the days of Noah when the seed of mankind was corrupted. So let the truth sets you free that whether gay or straight is not the issue, but your allegiance to the God of Israel.
“to Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ Our Saviour” Titus 1:4
“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and acknowledgement of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time begin” Titus 1:1,2
If our lives were to be bonded, what is our message or manifesto? the conservative may proclaim a Trump like support whilst the liberals will rage on about Clinton. But the manifesto for Paul is that he is a servant, a bonded servant for life ie an eternal slave to the cause, and this cause is to be an Apostle, to preach the Word of God of salvation, of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Paul was upward looking, whilst the modern the church is downward looking, condemning the sins of those outside the church as if these sins are far greater than those within the walls of the church.
There was quite a furore of a 3:16-church located at various locations – auditorium 115 Eunos Avenue 3 #02-04 Singapore 409839, 178 Payar Lebar Road 409030, 19 Toronto Road Singapore 574440 with their gay conversion ministry. The description by many liberal Christians of how disgusting this is and deceptive using the rainbow imagery. But really, the church is kicking against a rock which will not move and will hurt them. But, they too are part of the Body of Christ, a body which by enlarge has rejected the gay community. This is no “safe” space but a very dangerous manipulative endeavour who cares not for the people but just to maintain their theological construction irrespective of harm.
After the forum on homosexuality and Christianity in Amara Hotel 2007 debated amongst the esteemed pastors even from Trinity, i saw young gay guys holding hands in the quiet alleyway outside the Amara hotel as i was leaving. God was talking! And today after reading the reports from the gay activist against the 3:16 church, i again saw young gay guys holding hands in the busy public places in Somerset. God is again speaking. There is no turning back…
It is just over 3 years that Gay marriage was legalised in the US, on 26 June 2015. And coincidentally, it was 15 years ago, on 26 June, 2003, that same-sex activities was legal. The major Gay denomination in the states, the MCC, has been a great blessing to the Gay Christians but the battle now starts to find meaning and purpose for existence in an increasingly left-wing mainline Christianity. Will the Rainbow bring something different to the highly polarised state of Christianity.
The recent fracas in Other Sheep (an outreach for Gay Christians) whereby the MCC members had muscled in and replaced the Executive Director, Stephen Parelli formerly of MCC and First Baptist Church just because he is a Trump supporter is reflective of the ever-increasing liberal radicalization of Gay Christianity. The MCC had started being more inclusive with their founder Troy Perry even having Pentecostal roots. But MCC churches are now more akin to the liberal alt left of Christianity after decades battling with the Christian Right. They had become as dogmatic and narrow as those they had opposed. The outrage at the Other Sheep’s former Executive Director’s manifesto was almost universally felt by the liberal Gay clergy including the likes of Rev Darlene Garner and Rev Rachelle Brown. Has the Gay church lost its mission in a changing world? to be inclusive? instead of an exclusive hyper liberal club.