Where does the Good Life End and the "other life" end? I'm not sure that came out right. Days are so complicated, it seems. With The Obama running our country into the ground now, homeschooling was enough of a challenge before but now, writing EVERY Congressman in the country and staying on top of legislation (like they really care) and trying to keep from letting this all make me crazy is quite a challenge. I'm sure that others like me are trying very hard to maintain some sort of "balance" in life and trying to keep their homes as a sanctuary from the craziness.
Today I read an article that made blood shoot from my eye sockets.
(CNSNews.com) – President Obama has named to his faith-based advisory council a self-professed Christian who holds that the New Testament's teaching that homosexual behavior is unnatural and wrong--which is found in St. Paul's letter to the Romans--“is not true."
The appointee, Harry Knox, has also said that Obama's decision to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to say a prayer at the Inauguration "tainted" the ceremony and that Pope Benedict XVI is a "discredited leader."
Harry Knox, a professed gay Christian who is director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, was named to President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Monday. The advisory council gives federal grants to faith-based organizations.
The appointment came after Knox criticized Obama prior to the Inauguration for selecting Warren, a California megachurch pastor and best-selling author, to deliver the invocation. Writing in The Huffington Post blog, Knox said to Obama, “We don’t feel hopeful anticipation of a new day in our country, and we don’t feel optimism. We feel betrayed.”
Knox said in the December article that Warren’s invocation would make the Jan. 20 Inauguration a “tainted” event because Warren supported the ballot initiative in California to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
On the PBS News Hour in December, Knox said that Warren “has in fact leveraged homophobia to get ahead in his career. … This is the worst possible choice the president could have made. This is a divisive choice. … We said to the president-elect today in very strong language, the strongest we can think of and be respectful of the office, you have really slapped us. And we want you to think about that and think very hard what your actions will be going forward because this very symbolic, early decision has sent the exact wrong message.”
Knox could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Other members include Bishop Charles Blake of the Church of God in Christ in Chicago; the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, president-elect of the National Council of Churches USA; Dr. Frank Page, president emeritus of the Southern Baptist Convention; the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of the liberal Christian group Sojourners; and the Rev. Joel C. Hunter of Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.
Knox has been a long-time gay activist focusing on the faith community. He previously worked for the New York-based Freedom to Marry group, for Georgia Equality and Equality Florida. He has won awards from liberal religious organizations.
In a debate with the Rev. Gino Jennings recorded Nov. 28, 2004 at the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Philadelphia, the two men sparred over various biblical verses references homosexual behavior.
This included the Book of Romans, in which St. Paul wrote, “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
After reading the scripture, Jennings asked, “Do you believe that?
That if a man lie with a man or a woman with a woman it is against nature?”
“I do not believe it,” answered Knox, who at the time was the program director for the group Freedom to Marry.
Jennings responded, “So this is a lie?”
Knox affirmed, “That is not true.”
“Paul did not have any idea of the kind of love that I feel for a partner when I am partnered. He didn’t know what that was about,” Knox said. “The straight man, the heterosexual man who got the privilege of writing the book, the educated, rich, heterosexual man, Paul, who got to write the book, didn’t think it was natural because for him it must not have been.”
Jennings later responded that Paul was not the sole author of the writings. “So you are saying Paul was just closed-minded. I totally disagree because the book says this, the book tells us that all scripture, all of the scripture, not some of it, but all scripture are given by the inspiration of God,” said Jennings.
Before starting at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2005, Knox also worked as development director of Equality Florida and was the executive director of Georgia Equality. While in Georgia, his groups successfully lobbied corporations such as Coca-Cola, Bell South, Delta, and Cingular to extend same-sex benefits to employees.
At the HRC, Knox established a weekly preaching resource that provides scriptural commentary to pastors interested in homosexual perspectives on the Bible. He also helped create a network of 22 “progressive state clergy coalitions” around the country, according to the HRC Web site.
Knox has the potential to be a polarizing figure, said the Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman of the conservative Traditional Values Coalition.
“Everything he says will be front-page news,” Sheldon told CNSNews.com. “He will be a political liability to the president. All the good that the faith-based office does will get buried by a loose cannon that fires over the bow. But that’s what Obama wants.”
Last month, Knox was quoted in a gay newspaper criticizing the pope and the Catholic group Knights of Columbus, mainly because the Knights supported the traditional marriage amendment to the California constitution.
Knox told the San Francisco-based gay newspaper the Bay Area Reporter, “The Knights of Columbus do a great deal of good in the name of Jesus Christ, but in this particular case, they were foot soldiers of a discredited army of oppression.” In the newspaper, he included among the “discredited leaders” Catholic bishops and Pope Benedict XVI, as “A pope who literally today said condoms don't help in control of AIDS."
In a brief interview Monday with CNSNews.com, Knox stood by his comments on the pope.
“The pope needs to start telling the truth about condom use,” Knox told CNSNews.com. “We are eager to help him do that. Until he is willing to do that and able, he’s doing a great deal more harm than good--not just in Africa but around the world. It is endangering people’s lives.”
The pope’s comments were mischaracterized by Knox, said Catholic League President Bill Donohue.
“When Pope Benedict XVI recently said that condoms are not the answer to HIV/AIDS, he was simply voicing common sense: the promiscuous distribution of condoms has coincided with a precipitous increase in HIV/AIDS,” Donohue said in a statement Tuesday. “But to gay activists like Knox, the pope is a liar. Indeed, he instructed the pope to ‘start telling the truth about condom use,’ holding the Holy Father accountable for ‘endangering people’s lives.’ He never explained how calls for abstinence could possibly jeopardize anyone’s life.”
In 2000, Knox won the Cordle Award for Promoting God’s Diversity, and the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s 2005 Robert V. Moss Medal for Excellence in Ministry.
I have to ask myself again and again, "what have they done, what have they done?" Those who voted for Obama must have had their consciousness seared by The Holy Spirit because so many people KNEW that he was the wrong candidate and that the change he spoke of was false change, the wrong change. I pray that he will be exposed for the fraud that he is before he completely destroys our country. Our country was a Godly country. Those who believe in God should be on their knees right now.....praying for mercy for and for forgiveness. The day of the Lord is at hand.
Well, Knox may be a "self-professed Christian" but there's only one way I know of to be a Christian. That's to CONFESS one's sins to Jesus, our great high priest. And, if Knox is "gay", then that behavior is a sin in God's eyes. So continuing that behavior is not quitting his past behavior and walking in the spirit as Jesus commands us all to do. I'm not judging this man, I'm simply stating facts here. He can distort them all he chooses. He is not fooling anyone but those who do not know and Obama. It makes me wonder how others can't sit on the "council" with him.
Here are scriptures I know of that are very plain about how God feels about sexual relations with the same sex:
In Leviticus Chapter 18 verse 22 says "Do Not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable." Later in Leviticus Chapter 20 verse 13, it says "If a man sleeps with a man as one sleeps with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable." And what is their punishment? Well according to the old testament laws, their punishment for the sin is death. For the book of laws (Leviticus) says "What they have done is perversion, their blood will be on their own heads."
Romans Chapter 1 verse 26 and 27, Paul says "Even their women exchanged their natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way, Men also abandoned their natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."
The Bible says that a man who sexually defiles himself breaks God's law and "sins sexually aganist his own body" (1st Corinthians Chapter 6 verse 18). The same is said for bestiality and lesbian behaviors in the Bible.
So what is so controversial? There are news headlines of Gay Priests in the Churches (as if the Boy lovers were not enough trouble already) and Gay pastors. In fact, there is huge controversy going on as to whether a homosexual man can be ordained and it is threatening to split many churches apart. Let me spell it out for you, if you claim that you are a bible teaching biblical church then there should be NO so called "controversy." The Bible clearly spells out that God does not like Homosexuality and it is WRONG. Such acts of improper behavior and sexual immorality should not be allowed in the church.
Sure you are going to upset some of the homosexual activists and a small part of your congregation but hey, Jesus never said everyone will make it to heaven. God does not issue group visas to get into Heaven. Its a individual commitment and journey and a church is supposed to play a supporting role and to act as a community of believers. But if the church is going aganist what the Bible is teaching, then you have to make a choice. Either go with them down to the pits of sinful rock bottom or stand up for your beliefs and leave.
If Jesus was here today, he would tell these homosexual activists in the Church the passage from Luke 19:46. Jesus would say "My house will be called a house of prayer but you have made it a den of robbers." Homosexuality does not belong in the Church.
So yes, Christian Churches should teach that homosexuality is wrong. The bible and the apostles all clearly made the statements numerously and over and over again that Homosexual behavior is not tolerated in the Church. Any Church or community that allows homosexual behavior to take place or gives precedence to any non-biblical teachings that are clearly wrong ARE NOT Christian. They may claim to be Christian or be christian - but in name only. They are far from God and the real commandments given to us by our lord.
And of course, i will get labeled as a Homophobic or a racist or anti-human rights or some other convenient label but that's fine because the truth hurts. In America or Western countries you can claim your rights and be homosexual - that's your freedom granted by human laws and constitutions. But divine law is not something humans are allowed to manipulate or twist. Divine law forbids it and places a punishment of such behavior. And what happens in the Church is supposed to follow Divine law and that makes Homosexuals the law breakers and thus cannot participate in Church unless they repent and discard their foolish behaviors. God does not allow sexual immorality and perversion.
And i believe no one is born Gay, for we are all made in the image of God. We always have a choice and if you really wanted to get a substance to your life or find a purpose in your life, then i ask you to seek God. Even if you do not enter a church, seek him in your heart and you will find him. The ultimate question is, Why are you placed on this earth, what is YOUR purpose for existence. Is it to pass time doing whatever you want, pursuing vain goals in life and wasting your health in sexual and spiritual immorality? Or is there a higher purpose for your life?
Quote of the Day
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.