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Anglican clerics face split over homosexuality

The Church of England is convening a summit of 38 church leaders from across the world to ‘resolve’ issues over gay rights and same-sex marriage. A major split is in the making Biblically correct African leaders are expected to walk out if the rest side with the homosexual movements agenda.  For run of the mill evangelicals, like we in Truth Watch, this is a non-issue.  Debating homosexuality and its place in any Christian communion is an oxymoron.  Common or garden Christians like us and you are justifiably perplexed.  Why on earth does this need to be debated at all?  James 4:4 springs to mind: friendship with the world that defies the commands of God is enmity towards him.  To love God is to hate evil; period, no debate.  In Galatians 5:19 Paul is explicit: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious and anyone living by them cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

It is tiresome repeating the well known biblical facts about homosexuality ad nauseum.  At no point does the Bible refer to homosexuality favourably.  Everything said about it is negative and condemnatory.  It should therefore  be entirely unnecessary to debate this issue within any denomination.  Unfortunately, there have always been elements within the Church who vie with each other to distort God’s revelation.  Their gnostic arrogance has never known any bounds.  They have always stood condemned.

Homosexuality carries the death penalty under Old Testament law.  Jesus said he had not come to do away with the law (God’s moral commands) so homosexuality is still a sin.  We can argue over the death penalty, but homosexuality is sinful nevertheless.  Some say it is no worse a sin than any other.  That is true to the extent that if we commit any sin, under God’s perfectly holy watch, we effectively break all his commands.  But, some sins carried a heavier penalty under the OT code. God clearly regards some sins as more reprehensible than others.  Sexual sins pollute our bodies – the temple of God dwelling in us.  For this reason they carried heavier penalties.

The New Testament tells us homosexuals will not enter heaven and God uses homosexuality in Romans 1 to illustrate the lengths to which we humans will go when we deny and disobey God. Sodom and its sister cities were an earlier case in point and God destroyed them.

It seems that liberal theologians either read into Scripture what they want it to say, by completely distorting the plain meaning of the text, or they make some other broad claim. Their condemnation is assured. They often appeal to natural justice, or resort to the claim we are not to judge.  Either argument is illegitimate.  No Man-made call to justice can override God’s established standards.  God tells us to love him is to obey his commands.  True justice can only stem from God’s commands. We are also perfectly free to judge on matters on which God has already issued his judgment.  If we choose to ignore, or re-interpret any clear command, our love for God must be called into question and our right to speak on matters Christian is abrogated.  Likely as not, any ‘rank-holder’, in any Christian denomination, who plies the lie about homosexuality, is almost certainly not a Christian.  Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that anyone who flagrantly commits a sexual sin should be turfed out of fellowship until they had renounced and repented of the sin.  Homosexual advocating clerics are no different and must, due to their position be judged more strictly. Two courses of action are open to them; repent and be born again, or leave the Church.

Some argue homosexuals are born that way and resort to an unfounded claim to genetic propensity.  This is arrant biological nonsense, quite apart from the fact that no such genetic connection has been found.  Because homosexuals cannot reproduce any such gene would have long since passed out of the human genome.  Of course, it would never have been there in the first place, since to put it there God would have to have contradicted his commands.  God never makes mistakes.

Jesus prayed for unity in the Church.  When church leaders risk that unity over homosexuality, related to only a small percentage of the population (1-4%),  when the plain meaning of Scripture is clear, they are defying the will of God the Father and the Son.  Such people prefer the lie to the truth and the Holy Spirit is foreign to them.

Moral and cultural cowardice

The Christmas and New Year period 2015-16 was marked in Europe by rampaging Muslim males sexually assaulting numerous women in Cologne, Germany.  They burnt Christmas trees in Belgium and violently assaulted people in an Oslo suburb.  The last one is nothing new.  Muslims have declared no-go zones across western Europe and regularly assault people who do not respect their sharia in those areas.  Don’t forget the British soldier with his head hacked off in England or the mass killings last year in France and the USA.

Where are all the westerners out protesting against all of this.  They protest the G8, climate change, the TPP and anything to do with the ‘infringement’ of homosexual ‘rights’, but remain silent on terrible atrocities.  Even when Muslims rampage through Paris and San Bernardino all we see are candle light vigils.

The fact is the western world has so wrapped itself in self-loathing and liberal multicultural newthink that it has lost its moral compass.  We have been told it is politically incorrect (verboten) to speak ill of another culture, even if it is a theocratically Islamic and contradicts all the West used to stand for.  Westerners have become cringing moral cowards.  So, lets put the record straight with a few home truths:

Western civilisation reached the pinnacle of human achievement in just about every area of human progress.  We in the West may have some blotches on our record, but they shrink to the size of pinheads when arrayed against the vaunting successes in science, medicine, agriculture, human freedoms and the institutions of good government and justice.  There is no other culture to match it in the past or the present and no better culture waits in the wings.  In fact it is quite the reverse, that is why much of the world has copied the West in many ways.  It is not racist to point this out.  It is simply a fact that does not bear on ethnicity but on a set of Judeo-Christian values that made the West possible.  If any other ethnic group had embraced the same values they would have been as equally successful.

Islam is a pervasive, aggressive and expansionist death cult and a cultural system that reduces all those who are enslaved in it to a mediocre existence.  The fact that many Muslims do not rally around the jihad flag changes nothing.  Islam has no redeeming features and will, if allowed to go unchallenged, become progressively more violent.  What’s worse the evidence for the veracity of its very teachings is missing. One point six billion people are living under a religious system that only exists because a 7th century murderous maniac claimed he had heard from God.  There are no lines of evidence that comport to verify his claims.

The West is set on a course, under the liberal elite dominating politics, corporations, academia and the media, that must inevitably lead to either moral and cultural capitulation to the Mullahs of oppression and death, or a bloody fight back to reclaim Western civilisation’s values and right to survive.  The longer we leave it the more certain we can be that death and violence will escalate.  We can’t run and there is no-where to hide.

The Israelites fell under God’s judgment and lost their martial strength because they invited foreigners with false god’s in, celebrated the multicultural diversity in those gods and made alliances with the nations that worshiped them.  The Israelites lost their cultural compass and they defied the laws of God to do it.  The West is doing much the same today. The consequences will be similar – bloodshed and misery.

Admonishing the director of the NZ Christian Network

Glyn, On behalf of Truth Watch NZ I wish to register our dismay at the letter you sent to GayNZ.com in which you thank them for their fair reporting. We object to your letter on three grounds (To read the letter, go to http://www.nzchristiannetwork.org.nz/family/1067-nzcn-letter-to-gaynz-newspaper-.html) .

Firstly, the second paragraph obfuscates the true reason for opposing same sex marriage. Christians should be against ‘gay’ marriage because it is opposed to the commands of God. Marriage is mandated by God for union of a man and a woman in a life long monogamous union.

Secondly, homosexuality is a sin, but not just any sin. It goes to the heart of Man’s rebellion against God. We go into this in more detail in our article ‘A Terrible Thing has Happened: Church Leaders and Homosexuality : http://truthwatch.info/articles/a-terrible-thing-has-happened/ .

Thirdly, you imply in the closing paragraph, that the Church is not anti-gay or anti gay marriage. If the Church is not opposed to gay marriage or is not opposed to homosexuality then it is certainly not the Church of Jesus Christ. Here is a quote from our article referred to above, under the heading: ‘Where should the Church stand:’

They should be saying that the Church cannot support homosexuality at any level, least of all when it is linked to God’s most basic of institutions – marriage. Homosexual civil unions are still opposed to the commands of God. They should be saying that the only position Christians can take, if they truly love God and love their neighbour, is to express in the strongest terms that without repentance homosexuality dooms its adherents to a dark eternity. They should be saying God’s commands preclude homosexuality and the Church cannot accept or countenance homosexual relationships or unions, other than to acknowledge that they are recognised by government in legislation.

The failure of the Church to speak out loudly and authoritatively against same sex marriage confirms that Christians have traded their love for God’s commands for a secular entente. The parallels with pre-exilic Israel and Judah are disturbing. This has been apparent now for decades as the homosexual lobby has pursued its agenda with little effective opposition from the Church. In allowing this situation to continue, across the full spectrum of moral decline in the West, Christians have consistently demonstrated a blind and unjustified trust in their leaders, despite the consistent refusal of many to defend God’s commands against the advances of moral relativism.

Glyn, we can assure you that you do not represent the Church of Jesus Christ when you claim, in your letter: “I do want to thank you for not portraying it as the church being anti-gay marriage or (worse) as anti-gay.” We suggest you give some serious thought to your theology, for you are out of step with God’s commands – as are those in NZCN who endorsed your letter. Perhaps you should follow Job (23:11), who said: “My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.” Then read the whole of Psalm 119 and remind yourself of the importance of God’s commands. Follow that by reading Psalm 19. Then turn to the New Testament and find the verses that talk about how obeying God’s commands is love for God.

This letter will be posted on our web site and has also been sent to your board chair

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Spokesman for Truth Watch NZ