Sunday, December 21, 2014

Can Same-Sex Attraction be Cured? Medical Experts say, NO. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod still says, YES.


Q:  What is the Missouri Synod's response to homosexuality?

A:  The Missouri Synod believes the Bible teaches homosexual behavior is contrary to God's Word and will, and the LCMS seeks to minister to those who are struggling with homosexual inclinations. In 1992, the LCMS adopted Res. 3-12A To Develop a Plan for Ministry to Homosexuals and Their Families. This resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Many voices in our society as well as in various church bodies are expressing the view today that homophile behavior is acceptable alternative lifestyle; and

Whereas, The Word of God clearly condemns homophile behavior in Lev. 18:22, Rom. 1:26-27, and 1 Cor. 6:9; and

Whereas, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in convention in 1973 stated: "That the Synod recognizes homophile behavior as intrinsically sinful"; and

Whereas, The Commission on Theology and Church Relations document on Human Sexuality: A Theological Perspective, states, "Whatever the causes of such a condition may be ... homosexual orientation is profoundly 'unnatural' without implying that such a person's sexual orientation is a matter of conscious, deliberate choice. However, this fact cannot be used by the homosexual as an excuse to justify homosexual behavior. As a sinful human being, the homosexual is accountable to God for homosexual thoughts, words and deeds." (Human Sexuality, A Theological Perspective, p. 35); and

Whereas, The redeeming love of Christ, which rescues humanity from sin, death, and the power of Satan, is offered to all through repentance and faith in Christ, regardless of the natures of their sinfulness; and

Whereas, The need exists to make available a carefully developed Law/Gospel ministry plan to congregations and other institutions in order to minister to those who are troubled by their homosexuality; and

Whereas, It is necessary for the church to expose and resist the sexual idolatry of our society; therefore be it

Resolved, That The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, in convention, reaffirms the position it stated in 1973, "That the Synod recognizes homophile behavior as intrinsically sinful"; and be it further

Resolved, That the President of the Synod direct the appropriate boards and commissions to develop a plan for ministry usable by congregations, campus ministries, institutions, and agencies in the Synod, for the purpose of providing biblical and Gospel-oriented ministry to persons troubled by being homophile in their sexual orientations and to their families; and be it finally

Resolved, That the goals to be pursued by such a plan for ministry be
  1. to offer to our world biblically alternative models of sexual celibacy outside of a committed, permanent heterosexual marriage and same-gender social, but not genitally sexual, deep friendships;
  2. to confront the individual with his/her sinfulness, and call him/her to repentance;
  3. to help the individual recognize that God can rescue individuals from homosexual orientation and practice;
  4. to assure him/her of forgiveness in Christ, contingent upon sincere repentance and faith in Christ, and to assure him/her of the love and acceptance of the church;
  5. to assist the individual to rely on Christ's love and strength to abstain from homophile behavior;
  6. to help the individual to bear his/her burden without fear of recrimination and rejections by his/her sisters and brothers in Christ;
  7. to find ways of ministering to families which include persons of homophile orientation;
  8. to do all this patiently, persistently, and compassionately in the love and Spirit of Christ, who says, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."
                                                        ---website of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod


Gary:  Let's summarize the position of the LCMS on homosexual orientation (same-sex attraction) from the above Church statement taken directly from the LCMS website today:

1.  The LCMS does not know for sure the cause of same-sex attraction.
2.  Regardless of its cause (even if it is an innate characteristic or genetic tendency, as say, alcoholism), and even if it is not a choice, same-sex attraction is "profoundly unnatural".
3.  But..."God can rescue individuals from homosexual orientation..."

Would anyone in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod be willing to publish its statistics on the number of same-sex attracted (homosexual oriented) LCMS Lutherans who have been successfully "rescued" by God from "homosexual orientation"?

Medical studies have determined that the success rate of turning a same-sex only attracted person into an opposite-sex attracted person is ZERO!  Men who have only been attracted to other men their entire lives do not suddenly develop raging erections upon seeing bare female breasts and pictures of exposed female genitalia!

Celibate, lonely, and miserable, yes.  Heterosexual or even asexual, no.

Wake up, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod!  You are teaching the ignorant equivalent of invisible demons and goblins causing seizure disorders.

It is just plain DUMB

You are making yourselves look like the ignorant, hayseed hicks that many liberals accuse you of being.




Orthodox Christianity and the New Testament REEK of Anti-Semitism

From:  Salon magazine





Jesus died around the year 33. Thirty years later, the Romans began killing Jews in a more systematic way. Between 67 and 136, over the course of a three-phase war, the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and killed thousands, perhaps even millions, of Jews, in communities across the Mediterranean.

It was during this period that the Gospels were written, offering the first accounts we have of Jesus’ life. Somehow, we tend to forget this, but Christianity was born as a Jewish sect, during a time of terrible violence. We read about Jesus’ life through a prism of strife. “The Christian movement,” James Carroll told me, “is stamped with a case of communal PTSD.”

Carroll is a journalist, columnist, novelist and scholar. A devout Catholic, he used to be a priest. In his new book, “Christ Actually,” Carroll chronicles how the Roman war pushed early Christians to define themselves in opposition to Judaism, and to divorce Jesus from his Jewish roots.

That antagonism would lead to other wars against the Jews centuries later, one of which would outstrip even Rome’s. For Carroll, the Holocaust is a defining moment for Christians, one that requires a new look at the religion’s history.

Carroll isn’t interested in pinning down the exact historical details of Jesus’ life, though. Instead, in “Christ Actually,” he seeks an interpretation of Jesus that isn’t quite so warped by hostility and war. The interpretation that emerges is of a resolutely nonviolent, wholly Jewish figure—a figure, in short, who offers little traction for anti-Semitism and holy war.

Reached by phone, Carroll spoke with Salon about religious violence, Pope Francis and why Christians should bring their Jewish friends to church.

Originally, Christianity was a Jewish sect. Eventually, it became something religiously distinct—and, often, hostile to Judaism. Where exactly does that divergence begin?

It is not a specific historical point. Into the third century, there are some people who are observing Shabbat on Friday evenings and also going to the eucharistic table on Sunday. There are some Jewish people who are observing kosher but also remembering Jesus as Messiah. The final and complete break is with the conversion of Constantine [in the fourth century], which is the conversion of the Roman Empire to the Church—when the Empire begins to enforce the boundary with violence.

That’s part two of the break. Part one of the break, I’m arguing, is the Roman war against the Jews. Let’s say there were five separate parties of Judaism in the 60s of the first century. Sadducees, Pharisees, the priesthood, the Essenes, the Jordan Valley—multiple ways of being Jewish. All of them were destroyed in the Roman war except two: the party associated with the rabbis, who left Jerusalem and refused to be part of the war against Rome. And the other party, the Jesus people, who also split from Jerusalem and set up in Galilee. It’s because they refused to be part of the violent resistance against Rome that they survived at all. Two new religions come out of the destruction of the Temple [during the Roman war].

And begin to diverge.

And then they begin to argue with each other over who can claim the legacy of Israel. Who is the true Israel? And the argument, as you know, becomes ferocious, which is what informs the conflict in the Gospel between Jesus and the, quote, Jews, unquote. The Gospels are written over three decades. You can track the increased levels of hostility between those two groups of Jews by the number of times the polemical phrase “the Jews” shows up in the text. In Mark, the oldest Gospel, it shows up a few times. By the time you get to John, written 30 years later, it shows up dozens of times. In the Acts of the Apostles, all of it is laid at the feet of the Jews—quote-unquote “the Jews.”

Jews become a symbol to push back against.

Absolutely, yes. That’s why, decades later, when the Jewish Christians are gone, the gentiles read these texts, and it’s easy for them to imagine that Jesus isn’t a Jew, which is the beginning of the problem.

Christians go to church week in and week out and hear gospel passages read, and they don’t even understand that they’re getting a kind of anti-Jewish propaganda. Take, for example, the parable of the Good Samaritan. Sweet story, right? No, actually. The parable of the Good Samaritan could also be called the parable of the Bad Jews, because it’s a non-Jewish guy who’s coming along who rescues the poor schmuck who’s laying on the side of the road, having been beaten by thieves. Before he gets there, it’s the priest, the scribe—the Jews—who won’t rescue the guy.

The Good Samaritan assumes the Bad Jew; it’s a bipolar structure of the imagination. Good Christians, bad Jews. New Testament, Old Testament. Grace, law. Generosity, greed. Mercy, revenge. The God of love versus the God of judgment, the merciless God from whom Jesus’ God rescues us. You see what we’ve got here? It’s a bipolar, anti-Semitic structure of the imagination. If I get one thing out of the publication of the book, it’s that a few more people understand that’s how deep into us this problem goes. That’s what I’m after here.

You write in the book that you hear sermons every week in church that promote this kind of polarized thinking.

I heard one last week. The scripture put before Christians and Catholics was about Jesus’ attack on the Temple. That’s a classic case of this problem. Jesus is understood as going into the Temple and defending what he calls “my father’s house” against the avaricious Jews. He upends the tables of the money-changers as if the money-changers are medieval Jewish lenders. That’s the way the story is heard.

It’s an outrage to imagine that Jesus was in any way opposed to the normal business of the temple. If there was money-changing going on at the Temple, it was because people, Jews from all over the Mediterranean world, were showing up there regularly, and they all had different currencies. In order to have the currency required to buy the sacrificial offering, they had to have a way to change their money. It was a service, in other words. There’s no way Jesus would have regarded that as offensive. So if Jesus committed some disturbance at the Temple—and scholars seem to agree that he did—it has to be understood in defense of the Temple, not in opposition to it.

That’s a subtlety that Christian preachers don’t have. They don’t get it.

I imagine that the people with you in church on Sunday are perfectly kind to their Jewish neighbors. When you’re sitting in church and hearing a sermon like this, is it almost as if there are two distinct ideas of Jewishness?

Here’s what I recommend for every Christian: bring your Jewish friend to church with you, and let your Jewish friend listen to the text, and then ask your Jewish friend how they felt. Jewish folks listening to these very common texts—the Good Samaritan parable, the attack on the Temple, any number of them—or the way that polemical phrase, “the Jews, the Jews, the Jews” keeps showing up …

Think of all of this as a bug in the software of Christianity; how do we de-bug it? Number one, we have to understand how the texts came to be written this way. Number two, we have to hear the anti-Jewish texts as if we’re Jews; we have to learn how to do that. Number three, we have to measure everything we say and believe about Jesus against the fact that he was authentically, fully an Orthodox Jew until the day he died.

I have a theology professor friend at Boston College, where you have to have very high SATs to get in. He would ask, at the beginning of the year, a set of questions to get a sense of where people were coming from. One of them, typically, was “What religion was Jesus?” And the answer, overwhelmingly, comes back, “Christian.” Just a basic question.

Another version of the question was, “What religion were the Romans?” and one student raised his hand and said, “The Romans killed Jesus, right?” The professor thought, “Well, that’s progress. At least he knows the Romans killed Jesus,” and he said yes, the Romans killed Jesus. And the kid replied, “Well, then they were Jews.”

Ouch.

I’m lifting up the level of education we’re confronted with.

That seems like a daunting task. Just the other day, a Catholic in a large Mexican city shied away from me and said, “Oh, you killed Jesus!” when he learned that I was Jewish. That experience is not unusual. Where will this kind of education have to come from?

In Latin America, that myth still holds to a larger extent than in English-speaking countries.
A tremendous religious educational revolution did take place in the Catholic Church over the last generation, even to get rid of the Christ-killer myth. I’m a baby boomer, but people younger than me in the Catholic tradition have never heard this Christ-killer business. There was a tremendous religious education revolution after the second Vatican Council in the early ’60s. It’s possible. It just hasn’t gone far enough.

The way the English language uses the word “pharisee” as a synonym for “hypocrite”—that’s a slander. The Pharisees were not hypocrites. They’re put in the role of villainous hypocrites in the conflict with Jesus in the Gospels, but that’s fiction. Christians should stop using the word “pharisee” as a synonym for “hypocrite.”

Last month, the Latter-day Saints received national attention for acknowledging controversial details of their history that they’ve been downplaying for decades. Do you feel like we’re entering a more self-critical period of religious life?

Absolutely. We’re living in a time when religious violence has put the question to all of us religious people, to what extent is our religious faith implicated in violence? For Christians, there’s a very basic question: Does God will violence? Does God will the violent death of his son as a way of redeeming the world?

This is your second book that involves anti-Semitism and the Church. There are many atrocities of which the Church has been guilty over the years. What makes anti-Semitism seem especially toxic?

Anti-Semitism is the godfather of this entire problem. That bipolar structure of mind I was defining a few minutes ago, positive vs. negative, that informs the imagination of Christianity in the Constantinian period, is then the grounds on which the culture of Christendom is constructed. The bipolar positive/negative, Jewish vs. Christian structure of imagination defines the European mind, and in the era of the Crusades, that positive/negative structure is expanded to include Islam, so that Europe can define itself positively against Islam.

What I’m suggesting is that this bipolar structure of mind begins in anti-Jewishness, expands to Islamophobia, and then, in subsequent centuries after the crusades, continues in the adventuring, colonizing period, when Europeans set out to establish plantations in the far reaches of the rest of the planet. What you get in the colonizing period is a new version of the positive/negative bipolarity. Only now it’s white Europe over people of colors everywhere. That bipolarity is the invention of racism. Edward Said argues that Orientalism, which is his word for this phenomenon, begins in anti-Semitism.

I think your book does a good job of outlining a larger liberal religious project, the chief question of which would have to be something like, what of my own religious inheritance can I believe without being dishonest? And yet you still see these historical specters popping up…

It’s true, and of course the bottom line is that no matter how we purify or criticize it, we’re still human beings involved with a human institution. That doesn’t exempt us from the responsibility to judge it and to change it.

It seems like you’re searching for a way of talking about Jesus that’s in conversation with history, but also outside these old binaries. Is that accurate?

Yes. Disarming the memory of Jesus is what I’m trying to do.

Who are the exemplars of that disarming?

I lift up a couple of people in the book. [Social reformer] Dorothy Day is an example for me. What I love about Dorothy Day is that she comes out of my tradition and gives me a way of reclaiming it. She’s an example of it; a women who, in her 30s, was the founder of  Jewish-Christian reconciliation group because she was responsive, early on, to what she saw happening to Jews in Germany.

I would say Pope John XXIII exemplifies this for me, too. A pope, of all people, but somebody who saw with his own eyes what was happening to Jews under the Third Reich, and one of the few Catholic prelates to do something about it. Who, when he was the Papal Legate in Turkey, supplied the credentials escaping Jews needed to get out of Europe. Then he became pope, lo and behold, and one of the first things he does is require the Second Vatican Council to take up the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people. He’s like a foretaste of Pope Francis.

Is the Church under Francis capable of moving in the direction you envision?

I think the time is right for a much fuller reckoning by the Church with all of this history. One of the most creative things that’s happened to the Catholic Church in America has been this vast exodus of Catholics from the church. Everybody who leaves the church, whether it’s women who are impatient, fed up with the second-class status of women, or whether it’s people who are fed up with this clerical sex abuse scandal, whatever it is: everybody who leaves the Church is a challenge to the church to do a much fuller job of reckoning with the truth of this situation.

The beginning of that is living in the truth, which is a Vaclav Havel phrase. That’s what Pope Francis is forcing. I can’t say where his reforms will go, but people find him irresistible because he’s a truth-teller.

Looking beyond Catholicism: right now, there is seem to be a growing Christian fascination with Jewishness, and with the historical origins of Christianity. There’s also a strong engagement, especially among Pentecostals, with Jewish and early Christian traditions. Is this a promising shift?

What I understand in my own life is that the thick crust of the Church has gotten to be too much.
Before people say no to it altogether, there seems to be an impulse to look at how it all began, and it doesn’t take a lot of looking to see, again, this extremely compelling figure of Jesus.

The divinity of Jesus for me is a promise about where the human species is headed, that the human species was put here to surpass itself. It makes me believe that history has a purpose, it’s not absurd. It makes me believe that getting up every day and trying to move things a little bit towards a more humane solution while faced with all these daunting problems staring us in the face—whether it’s climate change or the breakdown of American Constitutional democracy or the gulf between the rich and the poor—these problems seem entirely insoluble. Well, my relationship to Jesus is part of what gives me the hope to continue to show up, and I think showing up is pretty much what it’s all about.

What would it mean to act like Jesus in today’s world, or to be a modern imitation of Christ?

The biggest single thing I can think of is nonviolence. The thing that I most value about Jesus was his clear commitment to nonviolence in a very violent world. That message has never had more importance, especially for me as an American. The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does, and that boils down to our refusal to disarm after the end of the Cold War. This unchecked, monumental national security establishment that is defining our nation in terrible ways—the nonviolence of Jesus speaks directly to the American condition.
Obviously, this is defining for me because of my life history. I’m the son of a military man; I see everything through his eyes in some way.

You were involved in anti-war activism during the ’60s and ’70s, right?

I was part of the anti-war movement. I was a Catholic priest and chaplain at Boston University, which was a center of the anti-war movement, and those were defining years for me. My father was an Air Force general, very much involved in the administration of the Vietnam War. He was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, charged, among other things, with picking targets for our bombers in Vietnam. The war was the occasion of my break with my father. But my dad gave me my love of this country and he gave me my love of the Church, and those two things remain defining for me.
I’ve been working all these years to rescue, to protect my faith as a Catholic, and “Christ Actually” is the latest effort to do that. I’ve been working all these years to rescue my love of America, despite my dread of its unchecked militarism.

Looking to history can be a way to do that.

Absolutely. History is a great source of hope. There’s two things about history: one, you keep learning that the bad things that happened didn’t have to happen. History could always have gone another way. The conflict between Jews and Christians could have gone another way if it weren’t for the Roman War. We don’t know what it would have been.

History is a series of forks in the road, and it’s very creative to imagine the roads not taken, because that suggests that at the fork in the road ahead of us we can take the better road. History is a source of hope. That’s why we study it. For me as a believer, history is the way God makes himself known in time.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Comments on this Blog

 




Peddler of Hate


Purveyor of Hate
The focus of this blog has changed. 

In the past, the focus was sharing my deconversion story from Fundamentalist Christianity.  The new focus is as an online campaign to defeat religious Fundamentalism, in particular, to shed light on religion-inspired Hate Speech.

My current focus is the demonization/vilification of gays and lesbians in the websites and blogs of fundamentalist Christians.

I am not at war with the Christian religion. The majority of Christians in this country are not fundamentalists.  I am at war with the Purveyors and Peddlers of Hate, Discrimination, and Bigotry in the ugly, ugly world of Fundamentalism.
 
 

Prophet of Superstition and Ignorance
 

The majority of Christians in this country are good, caring people who do not favor legislating their holy book's morality and superstitions onto everyone else in society.

So, I have decided, not to allow any commenting.  Why?

Several reasons:

1.  It gives a free public forum for Haters to publish more hate speech.
2.  Debating, arguing, and condemning the Haters takes valuable time away from the battle against Religion-inspired Hate.
3.  Having daily "food fights" with Haters and Bigots has a negative psychological toll.  The purpose of most of their comments is not to debate the issues, but to tear down and silence their critic.  By allowing them to comment I am aiding and abetting the enemy.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Fundamenalist Christian blames American Public Schools for the Success and Acceptance of the Gay Lifestyle

Comment left on this fundamentalist Christian website:

 While you make very good points and the comparison of the acceptance of evolution and the rise of the acceptance of homosexuality is correct, not enough emphasis is placed on the main reason for those acceptances- public education. What you say about the celebrity examples is spot on, but coming up with celebrity” creationists will never work as a way to change the ideas about creationism as long as the majority of our population is educated in government schools.

It is through two or three generations of public education that acceptance of homosexuality has come about. There are far, far fewer Christian or parochial schools operating today than there were decades ago. Christians have seemingly abandoned Christian education and are subjecting their children to the indoctrination of god-less government schools in greater numbers.

While homeschooling has increased, the numbers of our population indoctrinated by government schools still outnumber the Christians/creationists. Until there is a revival among Christians in who they allow to educate their own children, nothing will change in these end times- no matter how many prominent creation scientists you can come up with.

My response:

“What you say about the celebrity examples is spot on, but coming up with “celebrity” burqa-wearing actresses will never work as a way to change the ideas about the immoral and immodest dress habits of American women as long as the majority of our population is educated in government schools.”

"Muslims have seemingly abandoned Muslim education and are subjecting their children to the indoctrination of god-less government schools in greater numbers.”

"Until there is a revival among Muslims in who they allow to educate their own children, nothing will change in these end times- no matter how many prominent burqa-wearing actresses you can come up with.”



Gary's Summary:  The greatness of the American nation is our ability to blend, to mix, to melt, peoples from all over the world, of different ethnicities, cultures, customs, and religions into one united people. And what has historically been the most effective tool to do that “mixing”?
Answer: the American public school.

If we all divide off into our own little ethnic and religious communities, living in an almost closed environment of our church/mosque/synagogue and our parochial school, instead of a united people and nation, we become a collection of warring tribes. Tribes who are so unfamiliar with neighboring (American) tribes, that they see each other as the “enemy” and not as compatriots.

If you want to make this great democratic nation even greater, support and assist your local public school: it is the ultimate tool in the Great Melting Pot that is our United States of America, and the ultimate weapon against ethnic and religious sectarianism.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod Pastor, Paul Harris of Austin Texas, declares that Same-Sex Attraction itself is Evil and Immoral

Failing Homosexuals


March 12th, 2014 Post by
Copied from:  The fundamentalist Lutheran blog, The Brothers of John the Steadfast
 
Rev. Paul Harris
Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS)
Austin, Texas

Preach the Law as if there is no Gospel; preach the Gospel as if there is no Law,” is a Lutheran dictum, and it is here we have failed homosexuals.

law
Should this document replace the
United States Constitution as the highest
authority in the land?  Many fundamentalist Christians think so.


The LCMS’s latest foray into our society’s blitzkrieg of accepting sexual deviancy is found in the October 2013 issue of The Lutheran Witness.  There is hope yet, but not if we don’t break from our past. True to bureaucratic thinking there is no formal backing away, let alone repenting of, the 1999 “A Plan for the Ministry to Homosexual and Their Families” prepared by The Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals and Their Families.  Yet the Witness only has one reference to once a homosexual always homosexual and the myth that there is such a thing as a Christian homosexual.  There can’t be anymore than there is such a thing as a Christian murderer, liar, thief, or adulterer.

The 1999 Plan said both. Homosexual orientation is not a sin, and that you can be a homosexual and still be a Christian.  On page 21 we read, “If homosexual orientation and behavior are not differentiated in public preaching and teaching, the person with a homosexual orientation will perceive himself or herself as condemned before God without redemption.” Wait a minute isn’t that what a heterosexual oriented toward his neighbor’s wife, a teen oriented toward his girlfriend, or an adult toward a child ought to perceive?  Isn’t that preaching the Law as if there is no Gospel?

Later on it said this, “Sexual orientation does not invalidate Holy Baptism. God’s grace and the inclusion of the baptized into the family of God are fully present in the person of homosexual orientation.  God does not love someone less because he or she is homosexual” (28).  Insert “Orientation towards violence to others” and “oriented toward violence,” and “a murderer” in the italicized portions above.  And if you can’t do that with the Fifth Commandment, you can’t do it with the Sixth.

In reality, the position expressed in the 1999 Plan is the same position the ELCA had in the 90s: you can be gay as long as you are celibate.  This is the first step on the path to where the ELCA is today.  It begins with distinguishing homosexual feelings from acts (Again try doing that with heterosexual lust and adultery; Jesus says you can’t in Matthew 5:28.).  Step two is accepting celibate homosexuality.  Step three is to accept homosexual acts.  The reasoning that leads to this is as follows. We deny celibacy is a command from God in regard to heterosexuals, so how can say it is in the case of homosexuals?  This in turn leads to the necessity of Step Four the acceptance of gay marriage.  That’s the only acceptable way for homosexuals not to have to live a life of enforced celibacy.


You can tell that the Plan started from a foggy understanding of the issues by the fact that one of their resources according to footnote 6 was “A communication from a homosexual Christian to the task force” (38).  Well computer companies use hackers and home security companies use thieves why shouldn’t we be using homosexuals to understand homosexuality?  Hackers and thieves are not used to better understand them but to better defend against them, and companies use them with the understanding between criminal and company that the criminal is wrong.  Not so the Plan. Here is how they used their homosexual resource. “’If you want someone who is creative, is hardworking, gets along well with people, and has extra time and an abundance of love to share, then find a homosexual’” (26).

Only one author in the October 2013 Witness takes a similar approach.  He too cites words “from a fellow LCMS Lutheran.”  “’I am gay but believe the only God approved place for sex is marriage between a man and woman.  For this reason, I have chosen celibacy….’Unclear Law is not the problem.’  At age 10, when kids called me ‘fag,’ ‘sissy’ and ‘queer,’ it was not a traditional way of proclaiming Law and it was not done in a Christian manner.  But it was still Law.’”  The self-identified gay man goes on to recount how in 8th grade a hand was held over his mouth till he turned blue and everyone laughed at him, how in high school a teacher greeted him ‘Hello, princess,’ how adults told fag jokes.  Our gay friend is right; all of these are the Law.  He says he has had enough Law.  He needs hope, not hope “’that I will be straight – that’s never going to happen – but hope that somewhere out there is someone who truly is a friend of sinners. Can you give me that hope’” (10)?

Preaching the Law as if there is no Gospel says there is no hope for anyone who defends any sin.  I can’t stand before God and defend my heterosexual lusting anymore than he can stand before God defending his homosexual lusting. But what about orientation?  If we accept homosexual orientation we have no grounds for rejecting pedophile or bestial orientation.

Is there hope?  Of course there is! Paul trumpets it in I Corinthians 6:9-11: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”  No more than the unrighteous, fornicators, adulterers, thieves, drunkards, or swindlers can inherit eternal life can homosexuals.  But the Gospel is that no one is bound to their sins by genes, by addiction, by fate, by chromosomes.  Jesus living the perfect life we can’t, and dying the guilty death we should broke the bonds of not just Death, not just the Devil, but Sin too.

We have to repent of approaching this sin differently than we do all others.  One, it is a very ancient sin.  St. Augustine in the City of God says, “These effeminates, no later than yesterday, were going through the streets and places of Carthage with anointed hair, whitened faces, relaxed bodies, and feminine gait, exacting from the people the means of maintaining their ignominious lives” (VII, XXVI, I, NPNF, II, 137).  Luther knew of this sin asking, “Whence comes this perversity? Undoubtedly from Satan, who, after people have once turned away from the fear of God, so powerfully suppresses nature that he blots out the natural desire and stirs up a desire that is contrary to nature” (LW 3 255).  In some ways this is remarkably close to a conclusion reached by Jerry Satinover, M.D. in Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth and Adolf Koberle in The Quest for Holiness.  Koberle, the Christian, speaks of how repeated sinning against one’s conscience leads to ever thickening chains to a sin so that one no longer regards it as sinful. Satinover, a psychiatrist, speaks of how a person by repeatedly doing something can change their “hardware,” so they regard deviant behavior as perfectly normal.

As far as the poor gay man or lesbian woman having no choice because they are made that way, the Marquis de Sade also believed that.  Writing in the late 1700s he said, “Laws, morals, religions, paradises, hells, gods, and gallows, all will collapse when it is found that perversions are due to differences in blood, nerves, and organs, factors over which man has no determining voice” (Jurjevich, The Contemporary Faces of Satan, 275).  Writing in the 80s when most think homosexuality was still in the closet, George Gilder said, “The most powerful tool of the homosexual culture is the myth that homosexuality is a fixed and immutable condition, like the color of one’s skin, is widely taught in sex-education programs, in secondary schools, and in college psychology and social science courses and endlessly repeated in all the media” (Men and Marriage, 73). The view of homosexuality accepted by the world ought not to be accepted let alone parroted by the church.

There are dissenting voices to popular culture’s universal acceptance of homosexuality and pitying of homosexuals. Professor George Reekers, at the time in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina said that there was no such thing as a homosexual child (Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, 84).  And James Nelsen exposes the concept of homosexual orientation for what it is.  “Nowhere does the Bible say anything about homosexuality as a sexual orientation…Our understanding of homosexuality as a psychological orientation is a relatively recent development” (Embodiment, 181-182).

The last mentioned book was published by Augsburg Books in 1978, the ALC publishing house.  In thirty years those in the ALC went from dismissing homosexuality as an orientation at all, let alone a legitimate one, to embracing and celebrating gay pastors and homosexuality.  The second person down a slippery slope goes all the faster because the path is well worn. The second church goes faster still.


Associate Editors Note:  The following was offered by Pastor Harris to clarify some concerns from commenters.  I am posting it here since the comments have gone to multiple pages.

“Homosexual orientation is part and parcel of original sin; it’s out of the heart, so it’s in all of our hearts mine and yours included. But there is no such thing as homosexual orientation that is not sin, that can be excused by upbringing, genes, or even abuse. (No more than I can defend the beating of my child by the fact I was beaten by my father.) Same sex attraction has to be treated the same way that other-spouse attraction is treated. Sometimes it comes unbidden from the heart, i.e. the birds flying over our heads, and sometimes it is a sin of volition, i.e. we let them nest there and enjoy it. You willfully undress that spouse. I quoted the Augsburg book that said homosexuality as a psychological orientation is recent and the Bible says nothing about it.

Homosexual orientation is the hill that homosexual activists must die on (N.B. I’m not saying our would be apologists is one of them.) because that makes it never a matter of choice which as I say in the article it can be and once it is and is accepted it is reinforced until the person really believes it is normal.

Of course, it’s also true we are all children of wrath by nature, i.e. by orientation. If a person can say that we’re all children of homosexuality by nature and therefore, as such we’re under His wrath, I would agree. But they only began to speak about homosexual orientation in order to distance it from homosexual acts. This in effect took homosexual orientation out from under the Law, and therefore, out from under the forgiveness of the Gospel which is the whole point of my piece. We are failing homosexuals because we are not letting the Law be Law and the Gospel be Gospel. It is St. Paul not me who said such “were some of you but you have been washed, you have been sanctified, etc.” I can say at one and the same time I am oriented toward other people’s spouse and I am not. Our possible apologists doesn’t seem to understand the simultaneous saint and sinner concept. The cure for sin is not changing behavior, but being forgiven. Change in behavior, I turn away from the other man’s spouse and look somewhere else, is a result of being forgiven. But no one wants to be forgiven for what they don’t believe is sin. I want to be forgiven for my orientation to other women other than my wife, of all my lusting heterosexual, homosexual, and asexual. I don’t want to be forgiven for being male, being bald, or being handsome.”

Top Official of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod compares loving Gay Relationships to Pederasty and Bestiality

From:  Concordia Publish House
Official publishing house of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Paul T. McCain, Publisher and Editor
August 8, 2003

 
McCain
The Reverend, Paul T. McCain
Publisher & Executive Director of Editorial,
Concordia Publishing House
 Official publishing house of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
Ordained minister and a member of leadership in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod


Greetings:

Where This Begins . . . And Ends

Some reflections on the week's events at the Episcopalian Church USA's
convention.

The one very important thing to note that has not been clearly pointed out is that the ECUSA headed down this slippery slope when they approved the ordination of women years ago. And of course this was all made possible when they embraced the higher critical method of Biblical interpretation decades before. When the binding authority of the Sacred Scriptures is rejected, the result is nearly inevitable. The ECUSA has given aid and comfort, for decades, to heretics like Bishop Spong.

Therefore, the level of "shock" at the most recent turn of events in the ECUSA is really not justified, given their history over the past several decades. Why any church that calls itself "Lutheran" would even think of full communion with the ECUSA is simply beyond my ability to comprehend.

The ordination of women as pastors has led, yes, even demands, the ordination of homosexuals. If Scripture's clear statements that prohibit the ordination of women as pastors can be ignored, or reinterpreted, so  also every verse that speaks negatively about homosexuals.

What's next? One shudders to think. What is there in Scripture that would prohibit a loving, consenting relationship between boys and men? Or who can now judge the love shared among multiple couples of various genders, all sharing a group marriage? Who dares to impose their interpretation on such things? Who can say such things are sin if love there is enjoyed and expressed? As the homosexual bishop put it, who could say all these expressions of love are not gifts from God and hence sacramental? What about bestiality? Can we say that this is not also an avenue for God's sacramental love expressed between his creatures? The same thinking, the same principles, the same presuppositions and logic, require all these things to be accepted as well. Otherwise, how could they avoid the charge of being close-minded, treating Scripture as a rulebook, practicing "proof texting" and the like.

The ordination of women in the church is a failed experiment of monumental proportions. It is responsible for the importation into the church of alien doctrines of theology (the doctrine of God), anthropology (the doctrine of man) and Christology (the doctrine of Christ), etc. It has introduced a feminist world-view that twists and distorts the Biblical text. The qualification for the pastoral office, that the office holder be a male, is very clear. Discarding this Biblical mandate has led to a whole host of other theological distortions, errors and heresies...

Source:  here


Note:  It is true that this statement by Rev. McCain was made more than ten years ago.  The question is:  Has Rev. McCain recanted this vile statement?  Has Rev. McCain apologized to gay and lesbian Americans for implying that their adult relationships are the moral equivalent to the molestation and rape of adolescent boys and with bestiality?

An Appeal to LCMS President Matthew Harrison to end the Hate Speech in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod


Rev. Matthew Harrison
President, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod




Rev. Matthew Harrison
President, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, Missouri   63122


Dear Pastor Harrison:

I am a great admirer of yours.  As a member of the LCMS and as an LCMS blogger, I have been a witness to your leadership through several crises in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod during the last few years.  I have admired your calm, compassionate, humble, and forgiving demeanor in leading the LCMS.  Your behavior is a wonderful reflection of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

Today, I am no longer an LCMS Lutheran.  I am no longer an orthodox Christian.  But that is not why I am writing to you.  I am writing to you to appeal to you as a good man, a good human being, and as a good disciple of the loving, compassionate Jesus, to put an end to the campaign of Hate against Gays and Lesbians that permeates the blogosphere on the websites of several LCMS pastors.

Neither I nor my organization has any intention of trying to tell you what to believe.  If you choose to believe and teach that it is immoral for women of your Faith to be seen in public without being fully covered from head to toe, that is your constitutional right.  If you choose to believe that it is immoral to work or travel on your holy day, that is your constitutional right.  And, if you choose to believe and teach that same-sex sexual activity, relationships, and marriage is immoral, that is your constitutional right.  We support and would defend your right to believe as you choose.

What we take issue with, however, is when persons of Faith attempt to impose their beliefs (beliefs based entirely on the teachings of ancient holy books, not on Science or Medicine) on society as a whole.  And we take even greater issue with persons of Faith who attempt to vilify and demonize law-abiding members of society who refuse to abide by the standards of these ancient holy books.  The supreme document of authority in the United States of America is the United States Constitution, not the Jewish Torah, not the Muslim Koran, and not the Christian Bible.

One only has to peruse the blogs of LCMS pastors to find the most vile, hateful comments directed at Gay and Lesbian people.  Most of these vile comments are made by readers of the pastors' blogs, but sometimes they are even made by the pastors themselves.  We believe that LCMS pastors who monitor their blogs (most do) should reprimand, delete, and ban commenters who use hate speech.  The reality is, this is rarely if ever done on these LCMS blogs.  Gays are regularly referred to as sodomites, perverts, and deviants.  Allegations are made that Gay men prey on adolescent boys.  Allegations are made that Gay men in positions of authority (teachers??) use their power in attempts to seduce the adolescents under their supervision into illegal sexual activities.  Statements have even been made by leaders in the top echelons of the LCMS equating loving, adult, gay relationships as the moral equivalent of the molestation and rape of adolescent boys and with copulation with farm animals.

However, as a physician, the most disturbing teaching being promoted on several LCMS pastors' websites---unchallenged by the leadership of the LCMS--- is the idea that not only are same-sex acts immoral, but same-sex attraction itself is immoral...and not just immoral, it is labeled by the ministers of the LCMS as deviant, perverted, wicked, evil, and diabolical.  Therefore, the LCMS teenager who is doing his very best to follow the teachings of your Faith, is still "evil", just by the fact of who he is, not by what he does!  This is horrific psychological abuse, Pastor Harrison.  This teaching is evil!  This teaching causes good kids to shoot themselves in the head or hang themselves in the back yard because they have never experienced what they have been taught is "God-sanctioned" opposite-sex attraction but only "evil and sinful", "Satan-inspired" same-sex attraction, indicating to them, that THEY are evil, and therefore their very existence is evil.

Please speak out against this uninformed, harmful belief that permeates the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and as of today, a belief that no leading official in the LCMS has publically denounced.  Please do what is right, Pastor Harrison.  Denounce the teaching that same-sex attraction is in itself evil and diabolical.  Doing so may save the life of a struggling, confused LCMS teenager...and that teenager whose life is saved just might be your son, daughter, nephew, niece, grandson, or granddaughter.  Do what is right, Pastor Harrison, and speak out against the Hate Speech in the LCMS.





Update, 12-17-2014:

A copy of the above letter to President Harrison was sent to all 35 LCMS district presidents (bishops) by US mail.

Update, 12-17-2014;

A copy of the above letter to President Harrison was sent to the leadership staff of Concordia Publishing House, whose names, photos, and emails are copied and pasted from the Concordia Publishing House website below:

Our Leadership

Dr. Bruce G. Kintz

Dr. Bruce G. Kintz

President & CEO
bruce.kintz@cph.org
Jonathan D. Schultz

Jonathan D. Schultz

Vice President & Corporate Counsel
jonathan.schultz@cph.org
Tim Agnew
Tim Agnew
Director of Graphic Design
tim.agnew@cph.org
Peggy Anderson
Peggy Anderson
Executive Director of Finance
peggy.anderson@cph.org
Peggy Anderson
Paul Brunette
Director of Sales
paul.brunette@cph.org
Peggy Anderson
Karen Capps
Executive Director of Production Control and Quality Systems
karen.capps@cph.org
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
Executive Director of Innovation Technologies
steve.harris@cph.org
Rev. Paul T. McCain
Rev. Paul T. McCain
Publisher & Executive Director of Editorial
paul.mccain@cph.org
Dana Neuhaus
Dana Neuhaus
Director of Human Resources
dana.neuhaus@cph.org
Loren Pawlitz
Loren Pawlitz
Director of eCommerce and Communications
loren.pawlitz@cph.org
Bob Rothmeyer
Bob Rothmeyer
Director of Operations
bob.rothmeyer@cph.org
Tony Shimkus
Tony Shimkus
Director of Facilities
tony.shimkus@cph.org
Brett Singleton
Brett Singleton
Director of Marketing
brett.singleton@cph.org


Update, 12-17-2014:

Copy of above letter to Pastor Harrison sent to the Board of Directors, Concordia Publishing House






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's position on Homosexuality is Uneducated and Immoral

If you read the Position Papers on Social Issues of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), a conservative Christian denomination in the United States, you will read that homosexual activity is a sin, never to be condoned or tolerated.  However, along with this statement you will read a lot about Jesus' love for all human beings (sinners) and that Christians too should love all sinners...including homosexuals---"those sinners" who "suffer" with same-sex attraction.  In other words, "Hate the Sin, but love the Sinner".

This statement may seem "tolerant" on the surface, but in reality, this is not the practice of a significant percentage of LCMS pastors and churches.  The statement below characterizes the attitude of many LCMS pastors and laypersons on the issue of homosexuality:

"There is nothing healthy about unnatural desires (homosexual attraction), and there is nothing healthy in pursuing them or indulging them. The people who suffer from these desires need the same help that alcoholics need, support to abstain and channel their energies into healthy activities that interest them."  (read full post with this and other comments here)

   ----from the blog of LCMS pastor, Larry Peters, Grace Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Tennessee:

This comment was made by an anonymous Christian reader, but Pastor Peters, who moderates the comments on his blog, makes no attempt to correct or reprimand this comment. 

And this is not the first time that I, as a (former) member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, have run across this appalling belief.  Here is a second post, written by another LCMS Lutheran pastor, echoing the same belief---same-sex attraction is a sin, not just homosexual acts---a post which I found so "un-Jesus-like", so mean-spirited and cruel, that my intense condemnation of this position ultimately resulted in my banishment from commenting further on this blog, The Brothers of John the Steadfast, probably the most popular, and most vicious, anti-gay, ultra-conservative Lutheran website on the internet.  Here is a link to this post, entitled  Failing Homosexuals  and below are a couple of excerpts:

LCMS Pastor Paul Harris, contributor to The Brothers of John the Steadfast confessional Lutheran blog:

"The LCMS’s latest foray into our society’s blitzkrieg of accepting sexual deviancy is found in the October 2013 issue of The Lutheran Witness.  There is hope yet, but not if we don’t break from our past. True to bureaucratic thinking there is no formal backing away, let alone repenting of, the 1999 “A Plan for the Ministry to Homosexual and Their Families” prepared by The Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals and Their Families.  Yet the Witness only has one reference to once a homosexual always homosexual and the myth that there is such a thing as a Christian homosexual.  There can’t be anymore than there is such a thing as a Christian murderer, liar, thief, or adulterer.

The 1999 Plan said both. Homosexual orientation is not a sin, and that you can be a homosexual and still be a Christian.  On page 21 we read, “If homosexual orientation and behavior are not differentiated in public preaching and teaching, the person with a homosexual orientation will perceive himself or herself as condemned before God without redemption.” Wait a minute isn’t that what a heterosexual oriented toward his neighbor’s wife, a teen oriented toward his girlfriend, or an adult toward a child ought to perceive?  Isn’t that preaching the Law as if there is no Gospel?

Later on it said this, “Sexual orientation does not invalidate Holy Baptism. God’s grace and the inclusion of the baptized into the family of God are fully present in the person of homosexual orientation.  God does not love someone less because he or she is homosexual” (28).  Insert “Orientation towards violence to others” and “oriented toward violence,” and “a murderer” in the italicized portions above.  And if you can’t do that with the Fifth Commandment, you can’t do it with the Sixth.

In reality, the position expressed in the 1999 Plan is the same position the ELCA had in the 90s: you can be gay as long as you are celibate.  This is the first step on the path to where the ELCA is today.  It begins with distinguishing homosexual feelings from acts (Again try doing that with heterosexual lust and adultery; Jesus says you can’t in Matthew 5:28.).  Step two is accepting celibate homosexuality.  Step three is to accept homosexual acts.  The reasoning that leads to this is as follows. We deny celibacy is a command from God in regard to heterosexuals, so how can say it is in the case of homosexuals?  This in turn leads to the necessity of Step Four the acceptance of gay marriage.  That’s the only acceptable way for homosexuals not to have to live a life of enforced celibacy.

...Preaching the Law as if there is no Gospel says there is no hope for anyone who defends any sin.  I can’t stand before God and defend my heterosexual lusting anymore than he (the same-sex attracted person) can stand before God defending his homosexual lusting. But what about orientation?  If we accept homosexual orientation we have no grounds for rejecting pedophile or bestial orientation.

Is there hope?  Of course there is! Paul trumpets it in I Corinthians 6:9-11: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”  No more than the unrighteous, fornicators, adulterers, thieves, drunkards, or swindlers can inherit eternal life can homosexuals.  But the Gospel is that no one is bound to their sins by genes, by addiction, by fate, by chromosomes.  Jesus living the perfect life we can’t, and dying the guilty death we should broke the bonds of not just Death, not just the Devil, but Sin too.

We have to repent of approaching this sin differently than we do all others."


Gary:  What ignorant nonsense!  This may not be hate speech (although I believe it comes pretty close), but it is stupid...really stupid...speech.  It is also very harmful speech, especially for teens and young adults dealing with same sex attraction while at the same time confronting persisting social stigma attached to that attraction.

So as much as LCMS Lutherans and many other fundamentalist Christians may say in their official documents that it is homosexual acts that are the sin, in reality, these self-appointed judges and juries of Good and Evil believe that it is the attraction itself that is evil!

Medical studies have proven for a fact that the overwhelming majority of same-sex attracted persons do not choose to be same sex-attracted.  Most persons who are same-sex attracted cannot remember ever not being attracted to persons of the same sex!  In other words, most same-sex attracted persons have always been attracted to members of their own gender and have never been attracted to persons of the opposite gender.

So is same-sex attraction "unnatural" and "unhealthy" as these fundamentalists state above?

I am a physician.  I can tell you as fact that no medical specialty society in the United States, including pediatricians, family physicians, internists, psychiatrists, and geneticists believe that same-sex attraction is "unnatural" or "unhealthy".  None.  This unanimous position among all medical specialty societies regarding same-sex attraction is based on science, not on ancient holy books and the sexual behaviors and morality of Bronze Age nomads, as is the position of the LCMS and other orthodox/fundamentalist Christian churches, ultra-orthodox Jews, and fundamentalist Muslims; religious groups that have been demonizing same-sex attracted teens and adults for millennia .

Same-sex attraction is not a disease, such as alcoholism.  This is the ignorant thinking and teachings of clerics who should stick to their field of expertise...ancient holy books, superstitions, and religious rituals...not science, medicine, or psychology.

This ignorant fundamentalist teaching is the direct cause of dozens if not hundreds of American teenagers committing suicide each year.  This teaching tells the young person that he or she, as a human being, is innately evil; how could he or she not be innately evil since he or she has never experienced  "God-given and ordained" same-sex attraction, but has only experienced "sinful, wicked, unnatural, diabolical", same-sex attraction?

Fundamentalist Christians, Jews, Muslims and other religious groups are free to believe whatever ancient superstitions and standards of morality that they choose.  However, when they try to impose these ancient beliefs upon society as a whole, today in 21st century America, all freedom and liberty loving Americans must stand up and say, "Keep your superstitions to yourself!  Don't try to force us to comply with your Bronze Age belief systems.  Keep your superstition-based morality in your homes, churches, and private schools but don't attempt to impose them by legislation or intimidation upon the rest of us.  We will not remain silent and will fight you with every ounce of patriotism to defend our constitutional liberties, if you attempt to do so!"

For the last three years, until June of this year, I was a devout, LCMS Lutheran and internet blogger, author of Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals, trumpeting the "truths" of confessional/orthodox Lutheran Christianity to the world, as my part-time "hobby".  However, I slowly began to see so many inconsistencies, gaping holes, and downright ugliness in this belief system, that I left orthodox Lutheranism and even orthodox Christianity, entirely.  One of the most offensive issues is the horrific, mean-spirited manner in which fundamentalist LCMS Lutherans and other conservative Christians treat gays and lesbians, and even treat same-sex attracted members in their own churches who are trying to follow the "rules" and have chosen a life of celibacyIt is truly an ugly, disgusting, and ignorant belief system and I am truly ashamed to have ever been a part of it.

The closeted, same-sex attracted teenager sitting with his parents in an LCMS church Sunday after Sunday, listening to how evil he is just for existing, has no real voice to speak out against this terrible injustice.  He has two choices:  Keep quiet or be ostracized by his family, church, and church friends.

The same-sex attracted woman, faithfully attending the LCMS church she grew up in, listening to gays and lesbians being referred to as perverts and fags (yes, LCMS pastors and laypersons really do use those terms.  I myself have heard them, even in a men's bible study, in the church building itself, with two LCMS pastors present, and no one, including the LCMS pastors, raised a single word of objection), struggling with the conflict between her love for Jesus and her devout faith, and, her desire for love and intimacy, also has no voice.  She must either keep quiet or be ostracized by her family, church, and church friends.

I have a voice.  I have a blog that is viewed on average, 750 times per day, many of those views coming from LCMS Lutherans (It has a new name, however:  Escaping Christian Fundamentalism). And I am a physician.  I know the medical studies that disprove and shine the light of truth and science on the ignorant statements of pious, scientifically and medically ignorant clergymen who peddle this nonsense:  nonsense that causes massive psychological suffering in this country and around the world.  These same fundamentalist Christians are responsible for imposing a Christian form of "Sharia Law" on the people of Uganda, treating gays and lesbians as if they are vile, predatory criminals.

This belief system is not from any loving God.  It is pure, uneducated, ignorant, nonsense!  It is unadulterated bigotry and hate. 

And I intend to continue speaking out for those whose voices are not being heard.

Those in positions of power in the LCMS are very much aware of my blog and my criticisms, from LCMS President Matthew Harrison, to popular LCMS WorldView Everlasting "rock star" Rev. Jonathon Fisk, to Pastor Tim Rossow, blog editor of The Brothers of John the Steadfast blog, to the staff members of Concordia Publishing House, the official publishing house of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the pastors and work associates in St. Louis of Rev. Paul T. McCain, Publisher and Editor of the LCMS; a man who has equated loving adult gay relationships as the moral equivalent of the molestation and rape of adolescent boys.

They are all very much aware of my blog, my "deconversion" from orthodox Lutheranism, and my deconversion from the orthodox Christian Faith; and they are all aware of my condemnation of their absolutely evil behavior.  And they are circling the wagons instead of "repenting".  They want to evade my criticism and the effect my criticism will have on the image of this two million member Christian Church.

They will fail. 

The Internet is the doom of religious fundamentalism, of all persuasions.  Superstition and ignorance are rapidly withering away; melting away under the Internet's spotlight. Truth is now available to anyone with access to a PC or laptop.

I have formed an organization to monitor hate speech coming from the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and from other fundamentalist religious organizations, entitled, Citizens United Against Religious Hate Speech.  I encourage you to join my fight against religious bigotry and discrimination.  This is how you can help:

I cannot monitor the websites of every fundamentalist Christian, Jew, and Muslim.  I barely have time to monitor the fundamentalist Lutherans.  I ask you to monitor your former fundamentalist religious group, or the fundamentalist religious group of your choice.  Shine the light of Truth, Science, and Reason on them.  Write emails and letters to them letting them know that they are being watched and monitored.  Send letters to prominent members of the city or community in which they are located and from which they operate their hate speech.  Let these communities see the true identity of these very ugly purveyors of hate. 

We must stand up to these judgmental people!  Together we can make a difference.  YOU can make a difference!  Join me.

Pastor Larry Peters, Grace Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, endorses "keeping perverts (gays) in check"

 
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Larry Peters
LCMS pastor, Grace Lutheran Church
Clarksville, TN


Pastor Peters:  here

The media has taken great pains to include gays in ways that mask the very small minority GLABT people are in comparison to the whole of American society.  Why there are those (do you have a reference to a source for this statement, Pastor Peters?) who believe there are as many GLABT folks out there in the American population as there are Black or Hispanic in the American ethnic mix.  GLABT make up well below 10% of the population -- some would argue no more than 5% -- yet their voice and their presence in the media belies that small number.  Here a news show gives significant coverage to what is an anomaly, an oddity, or miniscule minority among American families.  Yet, the very showing of this story (about a polyamorous family) gives it a presence and credibility larger than life.  Just because you can find someone doing it, does not make it normal and does not portend the future shape of the American family.  Lets be honest here.  That is all I ask. 

Comments:

Cafeteria Lutheran

-Good point. Most people are tired of having homosexuality pushed in their faces. It builds resentment. What happened to the powerful voices of the Evangelicals that kept these perverts in check.  (hate speech!)

Why do public schools and public universities spend so much time and taxpayer money advocating the gay agenda. Are there federal grants that are funding them. What does this have to do with learning how to read, write, and how to do Math?

What is the LCMS doing to ensure that its (younger) members choose to reject homosexuality and strive to embrace the traditional family. How are young people supposed to respond when confronted with immoral values being pushed on them as "normal." In addition to catechesis, perhaps a required unit on marriage, relationships, and the family is in order.

Lutheran Desert Rat

-While I get your point about the media pointing to the most extreme as normal, those who struggle with homosexuality I do not think are to the right of the decimal point. While unscientific, among my friend family acquaintances, I calculate the number at about 3%. A couple of them are by choice, celibate, four of them have been in long term partnerships (15 years or more) without children and one is a single parent. One is the "flamboyant" parade type. I guess my point is not so much what the percentage is, but to recognize that a significant portion of the population does have to struggle with the reality of homosexuality.

Anonymous

- I do understand that Lutheran pastors teach that a sin is a sin is a sin, and we are all worthy of damnation regardless of the sin. God supposedly does not have a slide rule system ranking some sins to be worse than others. Yet I wonder if Sodom would have been spared if all of the people in it were not homosexual.  (Stupidity alert!  The Bible does not say that every man, woman, and child living in Sodom was homosexual.)

Gary:  Note that Pastor Peters does not delete or reprimand the comment above by one of his readers that "perverts need to be kept in check", which sounds an awful lot like this statement, repeated frequently by bigots of another era:   "Those Coloreds need to be kept in their place."

Attention Pastor Peters:  If you operate a moderated blog (which you do), and you allow your fellow conservative Christian readers to leave comments containing hate speech; hate speech which you, as blog owner, author, and moderator, do not reprimand, flag, hide, or delete,  then you, sir, are enabling, endorsing, and publishing Hate Speech.

Citizens United Against Religious Hate Speech will make sure that every member of your community is aware of your hateful, un-American activities, unless you immediately apologize, cease, and desist from your despicable behavior.

Pastor Larry Peters, Grace Lutheran Church, Clarksville, Tennessee, says that being "Queer" has become a "Badge of Pride"

 
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Larry Peters
LCMS pastor, Grace Lutheran Church
Clarksville, TN


 Pastor Peters here

...the rise of cohabitation lent some sense of normalcy to what every previous time had found an aberration and oddity.  With sex free from the constraints of pregnancy and disease, marriage was deemed less essential to the blossom of human relationships.  Free sex gave birth to the destruction of every constraint upon consensual sexual activity.  The right of privacy meant that laws against sodomy fell and no one could regulate what happened behind closed doors.

Even the onset of the scourge of AIDS and HIV infection could not restrain the movement to bring homosexuality to the forefront.  Queer soon became a badge of pride and the TV networks began including gay characters and even devoting whole series to pushing the gay agenda.

Again the legal system advanced the cause of gay marriage more quickly than the legislative process and, to the surprise of many, states enacted laws favoring gay marriage as quickly as courts began to strike down prohibitions as unconstitutional.  This happened not merely in the expected bastions of liberal politics but also in the heartland of Iowa.  Unbeknownst to the populace, however, gay marriage was not simply about opening the door to gay couples what had been available to straight couples.  Instead the very institution of marriage is being redefined by those so new to its legal access.  Sex is in.  Children are out.  Marriage is optional.  Fidelity is a choice that may or may not come with marriage.

Now we have found polygamy struck down in Utah and gay marriage allowed -- surprisingly among those who first favored polygamy and then became the most strident against homosexuality.  Where will it all stop?  That is the point.  It will not stop.  The genie is out of the bottle.  But what remains so difficult is that the pace of this change has left us with a reengineered society that had little in common with its forbears and in less than two generations.  It is as if we are all panting from the completion of a sprint none of us expected to run but we cannot pause too long or we will find ourselves hopelessly behind.