Daily Devotional for Friday December 3, 2010
Why Won't the News Report the Fact that Sgt. Bradley Manning is Gay
(Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Why won't the news, even so-called conservative leaning news, report the FACT that Sgt. Bradley Manning, whose job in the army was as an "information specialist," is GAY! Manning is currently under arrest by the military for being the prime suspect in leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Julian Aussage who has been posting them over the past year on WikiLeaks. Though I rarely offer my personal opinion on issues, let me take this opportunity to say Manning is a traitor and should be tried as such, and if found guilty, executed. Aussage should be hunted down like the rat he is, tried for espionage, and if found guilty, receive the harshest punishment the law allows.
I find it amusing that as the most pro-gay friendly President ever pushes Congress to repeal "don't ask don't tell," the poster boy for not changing this policy is Manning. It has be widely reported that he was upset how the armed services treated practicing homosexuals, and that was the root cause of his treasonous activities. Of course, this is how the homosexual activists have been operating for the past 30 yrs, and why this CHOICE of unnatural, unhealthy, perverted sex is now accepted, even glorified, by our society.
Sadly, the church, which is supposed to influence our culture, is now being influenced by the culture. You had the head of the NAE, Denver-based mega-church Pastor Ted Haggard caught a few years ago having homosexual relations with a gay masseuse. Just recently, Bishop Eddie Long, Christian TV start with a huge church in Atlanta, planes, buildings, exotic cars, several mansions, charged with sexual activities with a long line of young men. Just a week ago, another Atlanta-based mega-church Pastor, 52-year-old Jim Swilley who is married with 4 children, announced he was gay.
WITH THIS TYPE OF PERVERTED, DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR IN THE CHURCH, HOW COULD WE EVER EXPECT SOCIETY TO BE ANY DIFFERENT???
I have clearly stated in many past Devotionals that homosexuality is a sin, and that FACT is not even debatable. But today I MUST speak out on "churches" that support this sexual choice, and ANY denomination or ministerial organization that would even consider having someone who has chosen this as their sexual preference to be ordained into their fellowship. Let me say right up front, that the Bible clearly teaches there is NO division of sin. Sin is sin in God's eyes. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT TO GOD, ALL SIN IS EQUAL. Those who commit the sin of homosexuality commit a sin no greater, and no less, than someone who chooses to commit the sin of gossiping. Sin is a choice! The two greatest lies the pro-homosexual community has put out are that 1) homosexuality is something that you are "born with", 2) 10% or more in our society are homosexual.
First, modern science has CLEARLY rejected and been unable to prove that ANYONE is "born gay". IT IS A CHOICE!!!! PEOPLE CHOOSE TO ENGAGE IN HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR!!!! LIKE ALL SIN, ONCE YOU DO IT LONG ENOUGH, IT MAY SEEM 'NATURAL', BUT IT IS STILL A CHOICE THAT YOU MAKE. Also, all legitimate studies done by the non-homosexual community clearly show that less then 1% of the population EVER engage in this type of sexual choice.
To have a "church" that accepts this sinful choice, to have a ministerial body that accepts people as clergy who make this choice, you MUST reject the inspiration and inerrancy of God's Word. There is no difference in having a "church" that accepts those who make the choice to engage in homosexual behavior, as a "church" that would accept those who make the choice to commit adultery. How popular would THAT church be!!!
To have an institution represent God, to have people represent God, who have clearly REJECTED God, is an ABOMINATION!!! It makes me sick every time that I hear of a "church" that accepts homosexuality as an acceptable sexual choice, and even more sick when I hear of a denomination or ministerial organizations that accepts people who choose to engage in this type of sinful sexual behavior to be in spiritual leadership!!!
Sadly, the voice of sin in our culture has almost an unlimited national platform in which to try and get people to accept that their view is correct. The Bible is our ultimate authority in ALL matters. The Bible clearly says that God condemns the choice of homosexual behavior as sin, and an abomination. You either believe God, or reject God. The choice is that simple. Can those who choose to engage in this behavior go to Heaven? Of course!!! Just like those who chose to commit murder, those who choose to commit adultery, those who choose to engage in ANY sin can go to Heaven.
It is your faith in Jesus Christ that saves you. But IF you choose Jesus as your Savior, it is hard to believe that you can engage in continual sinful activity. It is hard to believe that you can blatantly sin against the God that you proclaim to love. While your faith in Christ may save you eternally, your rebellion against God will make you an instrument that God can never use to reach others for the Kingdom, and you will go through this life without knowing the true joy, the true peace, the real abundance that this life can offer when you are living in accordance with God's word.
I love you and care about you very much. Churches that tell people it is OK to engage in habitual sinful activity like homosexuality are an abomination to God. To have any denomination or ministerial organization accept those into the ministry who are living a life of blatant rebellion to God makes a mockery of the ministry. You can't cut out the parts of the Bible that you don't like. Once you start down that road, you have made yourself God.
However, we live in a free society. If people who have chosen to engage in homosexual activity want to have their own church, they have every right to. Just like those who worship satan can have their own church. As those who follow Christ, we have a responsibility to pray for them, for God to open their hearts to the truth of His Word, and to turn from their sin. Only God can change hearts, and for those who are in bondage to the sin of homosexuality we must pray for them to open their hearts and turn from their sin.
Until Jesus returns, we will always have those who choose a perverted form of sex with those of their own gender, just like we will always have those who choose to pervert sex by having it outside of the bonds of marriage. While we can never accept their choice since it is clearly against God's Word, we must pray for them, just like we must pray for everyone who is battling any sin in their life.
For those reading this who are currently fighting homosexuality, let me tell you that God has never stopped loving you, and is simply waiting for you to turn from your sin and come back to Him. We serve a God of deliverance from sin, a God of forgiveness, and a God of restoration. Millions have turned form the sin of homosexuality and found complete restoration and fulfillment in living a life according to God's plan. What He did for someone else, He can do for you! I pray today that you hear these words, and choose to find freedom from your sin today. That freedom is only a prayer away!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller