John 8: 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Deuteronomy 8: 6 ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 7 ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.
Deuteronomy 8: 18 ‘You shall not commit adultery.19 ‘You shall not steal.
In the above scene, they bought the adulterer to Jesus for stoning practice. The focus by Pharisees was the Law, and the punishment and justice if the law was transgressed. Despite what the elite theologians would say, the foundation of the law is loving God and the Ten commandments. The law is primarily the law written on stones and not the other laws written on paper.
Prostitution in the bible is sin because it is actually committing adultery because the men supposed to be married. But where was the man?
The Orlando Massacre resulting in deaths of at least 49 GLBT people at a gay club was motivated by religious faith. Many “Christians” would be in denial claiming that faith is about love even when thousands of gays being killed by faith regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia. This is not some kind of radicalized faith, but rather common as newspapers in Turkey were celebratory of the killings. Even the murderer’s father was hinting that it was God’s religious judgement. To claim that this is only about hate or homophobia is a sad denial of truth.
The mass killing in Orlando is mostly young people. We are shocked at the lost. At the end, their deaths will not be in despair, for it will bring us closer to the basic freedom and rights for GLBT communities all round the world suffering from religious oppression. We reflect too on our own lives, the many years that we have lost, denied of love, to love and be loved, denied of basic rights, relationships, and family, and forced to live in closets as if a tomb stone.
John 3: 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
In some faiths, we have repeated pleadings to their gods, chants that follows ancient scripts and traditions. The pharisees also prayed with eloquence and people would see how good and holy their prayers were. They are educated prayers I guess, but from a carnal exalting self. Prayer is extending the kingdom and power of God in our lives, and our geographical and social domain. It is the extension of the Kingdom of God, the proclamation of the good news of salvation in Christ, that we are bringing down.
It is therefore very curious that Love Singapore does prayer walks around Hong Lim Park to call down rain for the Pink Dot event the next day, when our prayers should be in accordance to God’s will, so that God has a legal right to act in the situation. God’s will is often centered on the good news, and the good news is about God’s mercy, grace and love in Jesus Christ. When we instead, chose condemnation like the sons of Zebedee asking for fire, we have the wrong spirit and not of the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
1 Cor 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
1 Cor 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
1 Cor 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
We have many wise people talking about not going to church rather be the church by their own wisdom or that the church of the old time religion is something old and passing away and dead. I have got news for you friends, Jesus our Lord and Savior is alive and has risen, and will revive us again. We will not die and go to dust but be with Him one day in eternity in heaven. Our hope is not in vain for Christ has been made real to us by the Holy Spirit of God.
What is a gay church? The church is not a building. A true Christian church is a body of believers not necessarily in some human faith tradition and sacraments, but believers in Jesus, His life, death, resurrection as the Son of God and the Messiah. We gather together to seek God and to strengthen and encourage one another in the Christian walk of faith. If Christ is not the center of our faith and redemption, we play church whether gay or straight. Gays are looking for peace, and often they find no peace with God in the “church” for real eternal peace comes only through Jesus. Continue reading
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
The Pink Dot event was celebrated in Singapore on the 05 June 16 with placards of messages of peace and love for all. The wear pink was a public event with major international sponsors including google. The capacity of the venue Hong Lim Park was already exceeded last year, hence this year the emphasis was on the message of love and truth. But I do miss last year’s pink dot where they had lit lights, each person representing a light in the darkness of condemnation facing the gay community. Continue reading