I'm sure you've received many responses to the July 1 quote from Frank Schaefer: "The church is changing and that is good news for everybody", and I'm equally sure that several were vitriolic.
I have no desire to be that way. I don't hate homosexuals and I'm not afraid of them. I even count some of them my friends(though a few of them have rejected me because I wouldn't say what they wanted me to).
My contention is with Schaefer's use of the term "the church". In the New Testament, the Greek word is "ekklesia", meaning basically, "called-out assembly". Over the centuries, the word has been twisted and corrupted imply everything from cults to buildings.
Over the past 60-odd years we've even seen Madalyn Murray O'Hare found "The First Church of Atheism", and Anton LaVey start "The Church of Satan".
God has always had a "remnant" of true, Biblical believers, i.e. the Church. But they're always a minority, and usually misrepresented and oppressed. From pagan emperors through medieval religious hierarchies to the present politically-correct thought police, it's been vanilla, chocolate and strawberry of the same poison.
Genuine Christians don't hate people, though we must take a stand on the things of which God disapproves. And disapproval, when we express it, is not the same as hate or fear.
First Corinthians 6:9-11 tells it the way it is:
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor catamites, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will 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 same of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." (emphases mine).
Frankly, I believe we can all see ourselves somewhere in that list.
The "church" that's changing to Schaefer's delight, I'm sorry to say, is apostate. It's referred to in I Tim. 4:1-3, II Tim. 3:1-7 & 4:3 &4, and Jude 4, 10-13 & 17-19. It's becoming the one mentioned in Rev. 18:4 & 5: "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities."
That's the "church" that's changing to please unsaved people.
I'm not saying this about all homosexuals; just the militant ones. As Phil Robertson said, "I love them more than I fear them, so I tell them the truth."
The easiest way to get away with something is to accuse someone else of doing it. We don't hate them; they hate us. And they want you to join them in their hate, by convincing you that we're the "haters".
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