Foreword

Acknowledgements

Julie

Visible Problem Indicators

Stewardship

Agents of Change - Issues

Institutional Dynamics

The Institutional and the Local Church

Operative Theology

Prognosis for the Future

Revival - What is Needed?

Closing Remarks

Appendix H
A Snapshot of the Gay Lifestyle

1. Scripture Talks about the Gay Lifestyle:
"...every passage which speaks of homosexual behaviors is clear, unambiguously negative and morally hostile towards them (the actions themselves)....Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:15-32, I Corinthians 6:9-10 and I Timothy 1:8-10 condemn them directly, while Genesis 19, Judges 19, I Peter 2:6-10, and Jude 7 do so indirectly.

- "Blessing the Unblessable", by Professor David A. Seamands, Good News Magazine, November/December 1992.

God's standard for the human race in terms of sexuality
- Genesis 1:27; 5:2: "male and female created he them"....It was God's plan for sexual relations to be in the form of man-woman union, man and wife becoming "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24).

- "Is Homosexuality an Alternate Lifestyle?", by David Jeremiah, The Rebirth of America, The Arthur S. Demoss Foundation, 1986.

- "Because man's sexual identity is defined by God, because his orientation is ordained by God, and because his sexual activity is circumscribed within a heterosexual marriage context, homosexuality cannot be viewed merely as a variant sexual preference or accidental variation within creation (akin to left-handedness)... Instead, it represents a choice, in some sense, to set one's desires and satisfy one's physical drives in a way contrary to God's appointment and creation. There is no natural homosexuality, for homosexuality is precisely a perversion of nature (understood as God's design for human relations). Homosexuals are made, not born; their disorder is developed contrary to their God-given identity, learned in opposition to the created order." - Homosexuality - A Biblical View, Greg L. Bahnsen.

2. Fruits of the Gay Life:
Source of the plague of AIDS in the United States; average life expectancy is 41; with AIDS factored in, age is 39.1(1); a study of 15,565 gay men has determined that, independent of HIV infection, homosexual men are 24 times more apt to get anal cancer than men in the general population(2). 43 percent of homosexuals have had over 500 encounters; 28 percent have had over 1000(3). With the threat of AIDS, sexual contacts average 47 per year, 76 during pre-AIDS years(4); six times more likely to attempt suicide(5); 35 percent are alcoholics(6); 78 percent have been infected by some form of STD(7); 67 percent of all AIDS cases are directly attributable to homosexual conduct, and 50 percent of male homosexuals in San Francisco are now infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS - up from 7 percent in the early 1980s(8).

3. Biblical Compassion for Gays:
"Like Christ, we must have compassion on the sinner while at the same time we are condemning the sin... Dr. Melvin Anchell said that whoever decided to call homosexuals "gay" must have had a terrible sense of humor. They are lonely, guilty, often depressed people. Their only hope is Jesus Christ, and we must be His caring ambassadors to them... The hope of the homosexual today is the same as it was in Paul's day. Jesus Christ can and will wash away any sin. The sin of homosexuality is not a stain too deep to respond to the cleansing power of his blood." - Jeremiah, Rebirth.

Observation #1: There are now more ex-homosexuals than there are active homosexuals(9).

Observation #2: The average age of the first homosexual experience is age 13 (Dr. Paul Cameron, The Family Research Institute)

Observation #3: There is no credible study that shows homosexuals are born with an innate predisposition toward that lifestyle.

Observation #4: Even if there were a credible study that shows homosexuals are born with a predisposition toward homosexuality (which there, assuredly, is not), that still does not justify behavior that is so deleterious to their health - just as if it were possible for someone to be born with a predisposition toward alcoholism, that does not mean that he has to drink and become an alcoholic.

Observation #5: Since the publication of Albert Kinsey's book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male had touted the figure of "10% of the male population being homosexual" there have been numerous studies discrediting that figure. A 1990 study of more than 10,000 persons by the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that homosexuals and bisexuals combined total approximately 1.5 percent(5, 10). Different studies we have seen at Concerned Methodists of varying male populations show the percentage to be between .8% and 2.4%.

Notes:

  1. Dr. Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute, P.O. Box 62640, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80962-2640.
  2. Ibid., Family Report, January-February 1997, p. 2.
  3. Kinsey study, as reported in Homosexualities; A Study of Diversity among Men and Women, by Alan P. Bell and Martin S. Weinberg, (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1978).
  4. S.A. Seward, USA Today, November 21, 1984; L. McKusick, et. al., "AIDS and Sexual Behavior Reported by Gay Men in San Francisco," American Journal of Public Health, 1985, pp. 193-196.
  5. Commander Eugene T. Gomulka, USMC, "Homosexuality in Uniform: Is It Time?", as reported in Good News Magazine, March/April 1993, p. 33. The original article appeared in the December 1992 Proceedings of the U.S. naval Institute. Commander Gomulka is a past Deputy Chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps based in Washington, D.C.
  6. Robert J. Kus, "Alcoholics Anonymous and Gay American Men," Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 14, No. 2 (1987), p. 254.
  7. American Public Health Association, as reported by Enrique T. Rueda, The Homosexual Network (Old Greenwich, Conn.: Devin Adair, 1982), p. 53.
  8. Center for Disease Control, as reported by the Family Research Council, Robert G. Morrison, editor, "The Last Bastion," Washington Watch, June 1992, p. 1.
  9. Dr. D. James Kennedy, "The Spiritual State of the Union," Coral Ridge Ministries, P. O. Box 40, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33340.
  10. Deborah Dawson, "AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes for January-March 1990: Provisional Data from the National Health Interview Survey"; Joseph F. Fittle and Marcie Cynamon, ibid. for April-June 1990; Pamela F. Adams and Ann M. Hardy, ibid. for July-September 1990, in Advance Data, nos. 193, 195, and 198, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for disease Control, Public Health Service, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, p. 11 in all three documents.

    "I'm very scared to die such a young man. I'd like a little more time. I lived in the fast lane. If only God will give me a break."
    - 28-year-old man infected with AIDS, TIME, August 12, 1985


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