I have only visited Hillsong at the Hills area Sydney once only, some years ago as a very young teenager. My christian walk took me a different journey and i never had the chance to attend any of the Hillsong Conferences despite frequented a dozen times by many gay christian friends. Voting against gay rights might sound holy and moral, but is actually blasphemy when no one question their right to straight marriages, nor is their marriage and morality perfect. When there is so much doubt, it is always better to show mercy, and love. God looks at our heart, how soft it is, our humanity and a sense of being fallible.
Rom 2:24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
Pastor Brian Houston has urged Christians in Australia to vote against Gay marriage in the postal plesbicide saying that Paul’s stance was clear in Romans on homosexuality and that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Why one, when in Asia, in certain faiths, one man can have more than one wife? In the bible, even King David had a few wives and Solomon far too many. Brian said correctly that whatever goes the vote, the rights of the church will not be impacted. He is of course right practically but wrong spiritually. Wrong because the devil wants to bind the church, put it into a box without power just as it has done to the ecumenical liberal churches.
In Romans 1, Paul was criticizing the pagan faith scene in Romans, then he turned around to the Jews and said you are no different, and have blaspheme God’s name by the Law. What is the foundation of the Law, to love God by being faithful and not engage in adulterous pagan worship.
Jesus never once sided with the Pharisees, the advocates for the law. What was an unknown distant God of divine mystery and creativity became very close, known to our hearts, His nail pierced hand touchable in Jesus Christ. He came not to condemn but to love, for really our only sin is unbelief. If we are of the Spirit of Christ, then we should know the spirit that called for fire on the Samaritan village in religious zeal. If we were so concerned about gays, why don’t we banned all worship of other gods! Aren’t they committing spiritual adultery. In Romans, Paul was mirroring their worship of Satan with their sexually explicit acts in the name of this faith worship. This was no same sex loving relationship.
What is the widespread impact claimed by Brian if gay marriage was legalised? Straight people will continue the abuse the traditional definition of marriage to include adultery, divorce and abortions. Straight people will not be forced to marry gay people. After all, King Henry the 8th had all his wives killed or locked up the traditional way!
Pastor Brian shared that a select few ie the parliament shouldn’t decide on this matter even though they are elected representatives. When does the majority have the right to decide the basic freedoms of a small minority who cause them no harm. Would atheists one day, and those without faith or the Nones have a right to limit basic Christian religious freedom. You would not want a postal vote to decide your marriage, would you?
The same measure we apply to others will be applied to us. If we give grace, grace is returned. If we insist on the letter of the law then we too are bounded by the judgement of the law. If same-sex relationships was so abhorrent, it should have been mentioned in the Ten Commandments. It wasn’t.
Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Paul angst was against the religious abomination of the worship of Cybele which involves anal sex between straight men and brutal castration. The pagan priests would exchange their manhood and become women to worship their pagan queen. When Christianity emerged as the predominant religion, their religious symbolism became the cult of Virgin Mary.
Even then for Paul, the Jews have no right to consider themselves more holy, for even under the law, their forefathers had worshiped Baal and Ashtoreth. So they were as guilty as the Romans and even worst since they were committing spiritual adultery since they belong to the God of Israel. It was expected that the Romans will worship the Sun god and later have the sun halo around the head of the Virgin.
The Apostle Paul was obviously aware of the rampant idol worship of Aphrodite and Cybele in Rome, and in an insult to the Jews, he associated this with the idol worship of Molech by the Jews from the time they came out of Egypt. His message was that the Jews have not changed their stubborn ways despite insisting on the law of God for their righteousness which never resulted in any tangible change. They claimed to be righteous by the law, yet was found repeatly to worship idols and engaged in lewd sex acts on account of ther worship.
In the concluding statements, Paul then lists all their current unrighteous acts of the Jews in Rom 1:29-31 implying that under the law they were no different than those who were currently engaged in idol worship in Rome, or to their ancestors in worshiping Baal and Molech. They could not judge others (Roms 2:1-3) because they were no different. The association by Paul of the very macho and masculine patriarchal Jewish culture to men castrating themselves and exchanging their sex to become a women (Rom 1:26,27) was particularly insulting to the Jews, yet they could not respond because they knew that their ancestors were thus.
Jer 2: 11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.
When Paul went back to the beginning of time (Rom 1:20-22), for the Jew, it was a poignant reminder of the worship by ancient Jews of Egyptians and Canaanite gods where they worship the god molech and sacrificed to it. The god Molech just as the goddess Cybele in Rome was very sexual in nature requiring its male priests to be castrated and “become” a woman so that they could be the recipient of the anal sex from the straight men and wear women’s clothing. They had to, for these were macho straight men who only had sex with women. In Rom 2:1, Paul was hinting that the Jews practiced the same unrighteous actions for their ancestors had done so.Paul was quoting the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 2:7, 2:11) and reminded the Jews how they had not changed and had continued to worship idols just like their forefathers even though claiming to worship God.
Rom 1:25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Understanding the Roman and Jewish pagan history of worshiping the creature rather than the creator, who are we to say we are righteous and holy? Who are we to condemn gays whose relationship is based on love and not pagan abominations. Same sex relationship and marriage based on love was never in Paul’s consideration.
In the context of pagan worship in Rome and Judah, the context of Romans is very clear. There is a very strong doubt that Pastor Brian Houston interpretations of Romans against gays are correct and consistent. What if his interpretation was wrong? Instead of looking at gays why don’t we see the symbols of the occult and abomination that is in many denominations, faiths, sects, and ancient lodges? When innocent blood is shed, Satan comes in.
If Pastor Houston’s interpretation was wrong, then when they cast the vote against gays, irrespective of the outcome of the vote, a judgement of the law against false witness of four fold punishment will fall upon the church. Therefore, the vote is a trap by Satan.
If the vote had failed this occasion , it will ultimately get through in the next few years. For animosity and false rethoric in the name of religion in the Catholic universal church has been going on for too long, a thousand years.
We are going to have same-sex marriage in Australia. It’s a matter of time. But the witness of the church, its righteousness and moral standing will be impaired. A gateway for the law comes into the heart of the church to kill its witness of the Good News which will now be about gays rather than Jesus Christ.
Why did Jesus healed the officer injured by Peter whilst trying to arrest Jesus? Because it would taint the significance of His trial, death and resurrection to be remembered as one of a struggle rather than Jesus willingly gave His life for us. Jesus chose to die. They didn’t kill Jesus. There was only one blood to be shed that day, it was His blood.
Satan made mistake in orchestrating the persecution of Jesus by the Jewish religious leaders and by the Romans. He thought that killing Jesus would end the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth. He didn’t know that Jesus dying at the Cross, an accursed place would bear all the curse and condemnation of God. Hence, Jesus had disarmed the power of darkness by regaining power over death.
Therefore, the Cross of Calvary is sacred. It is to be left an empty Cross for Jesus rose again. We can’t put the gentle gay lambs on our Crosses to be crucified for our ignorance of Roman and Jewish Pagan history. To do that, would tain our witness for the blood of injustice always cries out for vengeance. That is what the devil always wanted, to undermine the finished work of Jesus at the Cross that it may be of no effect.
It is such a trap for the church, a land mine yet the pastors are walking right in. Not only the ministry of the church will be undermined but the innocent have a right to raid our stores for compensation. The church will one day loose something of great value, their integrity, good name, and consistent witness.
Rom 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Therefore in the name of God’s love, grace and mercy, i beseeched you to cause no harm that we might be known to be bearers of the Good News of the Gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. We are not free to vote based on our conscience as Brian Houston has suggested because ultimately we represent Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Don’t throw the first stone at the innocent that our hands may not be tainted but remain pure so that our hands could be lifted high to praise God and bring the scripture to the lost. For by our hands, we bring the Word of Eternal Hope, Faith and love forth to a Lost and dying generation. It is all about Jesus and no other agenda.
The postal vote is about engaging in judgement against the weak, by taking their rights away. Do we have any right to judge? when they want to love and straight people have undermined love and marriage? when straight people have worshiped pagan gods and committed spiritual adultery?
Having same sex relationships out of mutual love and desiring marriage is far more holy than going to worship (ie spiritual sex) with a pagan god! Who are straight people to judge gays? Are we perfect and Holy under the law? or do we need mercy and grace because of Jesus Christ. Of all peoples, we Christians should know the Truth, and not undermine the Truth, for it is the power to save, to heal and deliver us from the Kingdom of Darkness.
Putting gays on the barbie simply will not do.