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You must know that in time these people will flow right into society. Accept them, who knows the church may discover that they people make wonderful additions to the congregation. If the media the the religious hate mongers would only practice what the bible says the world would be better off. Think about this, we have a supposed Evangelistic President and more then an alarming number of lawyers from questionable Law Schools placed into our Justice Department and the results of almost eight years is worst then before.Get rid of the hate, I'm a lifetime Catholic and I don't think I knew or cared what a Muslim or a Born Again Christian was until the religious right started preaching their hate of others.
All true churches seeking people to help lead them to Christ so they can spend an eternity in Heaven after their life here on earth has ended should welcome all people. It shouldn't matter what their lifestyle is. It doesn't mean the church thinks their lifestyle is correct. We are all sinners. We go to hear the reverend preach so we can learn that through Christ is the only way to Heaven according to Christ's words in the Bible. We should seek God's forgiveness for our sins each and every day whether we know whether we have sinned or not. We may have sinned and not even realized it.
Everyone is a sinner. Some people are just more forward about their sins, but no one is perfect. God wants to change peoples lives, he does not reject them or turn them away. Man, in his imperfect way of dealing with moral issues, reacts without thinking about the heart of the matter. How is one to change without hearing the word of God. God loves the sinner, he just does not love the sin. When you realize the truth and live it with passion you cannot continue in your sin without knowing that something is not right with you. That is when you realize you cannot change on your own. Only God can change a "willing heart."
Churches should be a place where everyone feels safe and welcome knowing that God created everyone. The Bible tells us not to judge therefore what gives anyone the right to judge the love two people have found.
Christian Churches should, and are morally bound to admit gays. But those who join have to understand Christianity's position on homosexuality. The Bible says quite plainly in both the Old and New Testament that homosexuality is an abomination, and a sin. No matter what anyone says to me, they cannot circumvent God’s Word. I think homosexual tendencies are a cross to bear, and He will not put more on you than you can bear. In a nutshell, homosexuality angers God.
Does that mean that we are to condemn, chastise, ostracize, and ridicule gays? God Forbid. It means that in the eyes of God, no matter which way you try to spin it, it is against God's Law. However, saying that a lifestyle is a sin is not spewing hate. It becomes hate, when people let their own fears, or their own religious zeal get in the way of what God wants. God does not want us to beat them, but to love them. Even we in the clergy do not sit on such a high horse, that we have the right to judge others.
Everyone has their own issues to deal with, and no one is without sin. Just because a sin is accepted in some societies, and growing in popularity in others, it doesn't mean that it is not sin. However, God is love, and love is kind, and unconditional. There are examples in the Bible of when Jesus intervenes on the behalf of a sinner who has been verbally (or even physically) attacked by a group "believers".
All sin is sin, regardless of the perceived magnitude of the sin. All sin will keep you out of heaven. Not just homosexuality. To have the audacity to look down on someone for their lifestyle is laughable, when we have SO many of our own flaws. "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." Matthew 7:5
To make my point plain, God loves the sinner, but not the sin. We should do the same.
The right wing coalition likes to put out that they do not judge yet they do. These churches who say its wrong to be GAY or LESBIAN should look up Luke 6:37, about judging others and condemning us. Then maybe if they were perfect creatures they would understand that we are all created in the image of God. God intended for us to be Gay. Studies have been performed time and again proving this yet the rightwingers debunk it, well lets just say they are no more right in interpreting the word of God. God loves us all just as we are.
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