The condemnation by some Christians against gays is typically summed up by a view that homosexuality is an abomination according to the Word of God. Despite being ordained, the bible colleges they come from would not have been particularly biblical.
Not all sins are equal. Jerusalem had pride in their over abundance, and didn’t care for justice for the weak, yet for God their greatest sin was spiritual abominations and being the harlot going after other gods and demonic beings. Because ultimately, God looks at our heart, our loyalty to Him which is the first and primary commandment.
In Eze 8:9, the Lord asked Ezekial to go in to the temple to see the wicked abominations they were doing there. But there were no gay orgies by gay people in the temple!
Instead, when Ezekiel went to the temple in Eze 8:10, he saw all the idols and abominable beasts. They were rather inclusive to accept all the gods.
What was surprising was that the 70 elders of the house of Israel were leading the worship of the idols in the temple of God itself. There was a failure in leadership to lead the people in the way of righteousness. Continue reading
Homosexuality was still framed as a sin to be “struggled” and “not God’s intention”, and to be wrestled against with a need to be celibate by the likes of Wesley Hill, an assistant professor, in his book “‘Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality”. But the church is about 20 to 30 years behind?
Summing God’s gay agenda as an attraction to be resisted and struggled with in a supportive church community is what has led to the destruction of the faith of many innocent people. Such distorted notion of the church as “safe place” is a closet which has failed spectacularly in the ex-gay movement.
In a time where the ex-gay movement is at death kneel, the feeble attempts of compassion by the church summed up in articles such as “Focus of God’s gay agenda” in Blog Pastor is an uneasy conscience disturbing the church. Continue reading
In Singapore today, the flashback of City Harvest Pastor Kong’s sermon that God said sorry to him for all his innocent sufferings has sparked a controversy.
Pastor Kong was telling the crowd that he was innocent, and unfairly persecuted by the dogs for the sake of the Gospel yet had to go through this suffering that the church may be glorified just as Jesus was crucified so that we might be saved.
The incident reflects the root of all the issues:
a. We believe that we are the innocent sufferer like Jesus, being of integrity and had abide with all the laws.
b. Like Jesus, even though sinless, we have to bear the sins of others and now at the Cross alone being judged but with no presence of God
c. God is saying sorry because we have to become little messiahs and sacrificed ourselves just like Jesus so that the entire church is lifted up to another level.
d. We are thrown to our enemies just like Jesus being given up to the Roman dog pack tearing him up of clothing, and dignity, until naked at the Cross.
Pastor Kong had wanted to portray the image of an innocent sufferer just like Jesus to the Australians at the Presence Conference in Sydney who may not have been aware that the strong factual evidence has been stacked against Pastor Kong that he has misappropriated at least 25 million. Continue reading
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Mat 13:23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Mat 13:24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
When I was a young Christian, I had so much zeal to understand the bible that I attended three services a week at different churches. After 25 years, that zeal is no longer there even though I have much more knowledge.
Experiences and struggles have dampened the fire for the Bible which I once loved dearly. There is a call to return to studying, enjoying, resting and reflecting on the bible.
The bible is after all, the Word of God. Continue reading