When it comes to rebuttal against all the various attacks against the Biblical teaching on issues related to gender, sexual morality and marriage, there is no shortage of Christian responses. Folks like Drs. Robert Gagnon, Michael Brown, James White, Albert Mohler, etc. have provided the Christians with no shortage of scholarly and popular level apologetic work against the onslaught that is coming against the Bible from the “Christian” QUILTBAG mafia.
In reality though, the type of rhetoric that one runs into on Facebook is pretty simplistic; it’s not the stuff that Gagnon and Brown are responding too. Those guys are writing stuff that engages the arguments from writings like James Brownson’s book Bible, Gender, Sexuality.
Though many of the popular arguments come from guys like Brownson, not a whole lot of people you’ll be talking to will have actually read guys like Brownson. In the internet game of telephone, once the ideas pass from person to person they’re often changed, watered-down, or simply misunderstood.
I was recently tagged into a Facebook interaction where a rather large load of long-standing Christian friends were passionately engaging the topic. A fellow had commented on how 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and 1 Tim. 1:8-11 clearly articulated that homosexual practice is sin. Then someone posted this “tear-down” response: Continue reading
I was in a Facebook interaction today and spent a few minutes drafting a comment that I figured I’d share (just to toss something on here). I was going back and forth with a good friend on the whole Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson/GQ Interview/American Media melt down and tossed out a some thoughts that I’ll share, mostly because as I was looking around the internet for an article, I found out that around 98% of the articles on the internet that address the term arsenokoites show that almost all the intellectual defenders of the whole “gay and Christian” movement don’t really know how to do a serious word study (or are willful liars). Here’s my comments on the term, preceded by comments on another issue that comes up all the time:
How about those of us who claim to be Christians derive our theology of sin from the scripture and talk about sin like Jesus did?
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:17-20
In that one passage, Jesus affirmed the entire OT law…including Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Continue reading