What ever happened to Black Preachers actually following the command in the Bible to study to show themselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15)? I found myself asking this question today as I endured, a rather interesting sermon for Mother's Day.
For starters, the preacher started of totally wrong when she began preaching against Gay rights, which are human rights. To add insult to injury she started advocating that the hookah phenomena that has taken off in the US is the new version of Marijuana.
After that unintelligent beginning, I began thinking of how important it is to know what the hell you are talking about when you are making a public speech!!!
I'm sure many of you have heard about this, but an Orange County, California attorney has filed a ballot initiative with the California Attorney General's Office asking voters to push the criminalization of homosexuality and the execution of Gays.
Filed by Attorney Michael G. McLaughlin on February 26 and received by the initiative coordinator, the ininitiative will allow him to begin collecting the required 365,000 signatures to put the measure on an upcoming ballot for California voters.
The proposed "Sodomite Suppression Act," states "The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.”
Here's another sick part of the proposed bill “The People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” Here's the full proposal text here: https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/15-0008%20%28Sodomy%29.pdf
This is some backwards thinking. I hope this doesn't even make the light of day
Juan Varona feels a new anti-gay policy at his school, Erskine College, is harmful.
Last year Juan Varona and Drew Davis found acceptance with their college volleyball team after coming out as Gay in the rural South Carolina College, Erskine College.
Well, Since these two athletes have come out, Erskine College has issued a heavily worded denouncement of homosexuality that many read to be a behavorial ban. As you know Erskine College is one of those backwoods, bigoted, fundamentalist Christians Schools in the backwoods, Jim Crowe, South Carolina.The Document titled "Statement on Human Sexuality,"was issued by the Student Services and Athletic Committee and adopted by the board of trustees last Friday. This does create an unsafe environment for LGBT Students and Faculty alike. The hilarious and bigored Statement Reads:
“We believe the Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage.
“Sexual relations outside of marriage or between persons of the same sex are spoken of in scripture as sin and contrary to the will of the Creator (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-11).
“Therefore, the Erskine community is advised to practice humility and prayerfulness when engaging in any conversations or other actions related to these topics. Erskine’s conduct policies and procedures seek to uphold biblical standards, promote repentance and grace, and point people to Jesus Christ.
“As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decision will be made in light of this position.”
This document will be added to the school's official manual and used in procedural rulings. Erskine officials say the ban will not ban individuals from attending the college, but it will make LGBT people feel very uncomfortable.
Juan Varon Took to twitter to voice his opinon:
"The release of this statement makes me disappointed because I have never received anything but kind treatment from everyone at this school, and my sexual orientation is no secret. So it took me by surprise.
"I feel that in the time that we are living right now, where even in the conservative state of South Carolina same-sex marriage is legal, the school took several steps back instead of progressing towards a future where everyone can be treated as an equal, which is a future most of the country is moving towards.
People outside of the college have denounced this ban and have criticized it as a step backwards in a state that has already legalized Same-Sex Marriage. Its funny though, they won't come up with a ban for making their athletes compete on the Sabbath in sports. Good old classic bigotry.
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In the wake of the Ferguson riots, all Pro-Black people have come out of the woodworks. My question is where are all the religious leaders? Where are all the preachers and evangelists at a time like this? Where are the supposed to be Peacemakers? Where are they?
Many of them are so busy being pimps in the pulpit instead of helping their community. They are also trying to have the next megachurch. Did you know that the church is outside of the four walls and that's where real ministry is? Did you also know that the Bible Tells us that we are supposed to stand up for the civil rights and civil liberties of others?
Instead of preaching against homosexuality and sex, it's time to preach against injustices, racism, sexism, hatred, and discrimination. These are the things that are really destroying the community. Forget about who isn't tithing and paying an offering, what about the lives of young people lost to a corrupt justice system. I guess they forgot about that part of the Bible.
It's Sunday and Time to relax and rest. However, I have something to get off my chest. Yes, I am a homosexual. I am Gay, Black and Proud. My sexual identity is just a part of who I am. It doesn't dictate my talent, worth, or where my soul will lie after I die.
I have a strong, solid relationship with God and I know that I will NOT be going to hell for me walking in my truth. There I've said it. I am homosexual.
One thing that I cannot stand seeing with Bisexual or Downlow men is the fact that they often marry women in order to hide or cover up the fact that they are homosexual or same gender loving. There are also cases where obviously gay men have married women, through force or their own stupidity, believing that it will make them straight. This is often taught by fundamentalist Christians and other religions that in order to not be damned to hell for loving the same gender you must marry the opposite sex and that you're cured.
NEWS FLASH: IT DOESN'T!!!! You're still a Gay or Bisexual person that ended up marrying someone to make it look like your heterosexual, but you are still attracted to the same sex!!!
Why am I writing this you may ask? Well Over the course of the week I've seen men who have just this very week tried to bed me or want to have an escapade with me announce over Facebook that they are engaged to a woman. Now, don't get me wrong I'm not upset because they are engaged and that I'm single, but I'm repulsed at the fact that they are living a lie and bringing an innocent soul into their lie. It sickens me to see anyone use the guise of marriage to cover up their actions. Marriage is sacred and the way that you desecrate marriage is that you use it to make yourself "fit in" with the status quo.
Just last night, I was watching a video of an obviously gay man who is married to a woman. The woman looked unhappy, but the man acted like there was nothing wrong. Apparently the wife is not happy because the husband had been caught in a scandal. She wouldn't even look at the camera during the video. The wife remained quiet, but it is obvious that the husband was attempting to cover up the fact that he is infact same gender loving. In relationships like that, there will be infidelity because the man is not attracted to the woman whatsoever. They are both living a lie. The wife is pretending to be happy while the husband is literally gay and happy living a lie.
If you are gay, why get married? Why are you worried about people's opinion? It is 2014 be proud of who you are. Stop hiding. You are not in one of those countries that will kill you under law for being who you are. There is NOTHING wrong with being Gay or Bi. Don't get fooled into thinking that marrying one of the opposite sex will make you straight. It doesn't. I've been there done that.
I've allowed church people to force me to date women, when I knew that I wasn't desiring a woman. That caused depression not only with me but also hurt the young lady that I was dating. How so? Because everything was built on a lie. That's what happens when a knowingly Gay man attempts to go straight through marriage. There is no love.
NEWS FLASH: MARRIAGE DOES NOT MAKE YOU STRAIGHT!!!!
Many of you are familiar with the Salem Witch Hunts that took place in the earlier part of History in which people in the Puritan Colonies would be called a witch and be put through water boarding tests and tortured which would force them into confessing.
In today's society the witch hunt is in the Black Church and it is thrown at the Gays, Bisexuals, Down Low Men, and especially Transgender. It is nothing new to hear a pastor in the pulpit say "I'd rather have a son that's a murderer than a sissy," or my personal favorite "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve." These are all things that I've grown up hearing all the time. When I was younger I didn't understand it, but now that I'm older and I am who I am, I've learned a lot more about myself and life in general.
As I've grown and have left and have come back to the church, I've learned that in most traditional churches, there is a witch hunt much like that of the Salem Witch Hunts. Only it isn't with witchcraft, it is with homosexuality. It seems as if the church has forgotten about all the other sins such as fornication, adultery, lust, envy, hatred, lying, stealing, covetous behaviors, just to name several. However, homosexuality is the biggest of these.
I find fault with this because the Bible clearly says that no sin is greater than the other. It's all an abomination to God. So why, pray tell, that people always wants to call out the Gays and Lesbians? Didn't God create them and doesn't he love them as much as the thief, the liar, the adulterer, the whore, the deceiver? Through all of the religious doctrine and ex gay therapy, and I can say this from experience, there is often times where LGBT Christians are taught to hate themselves because of something that they couldn't control. As a result we have suicides and people getting married and forced into relationships in order to be accepted by so called "Christian People."
This is not Christ like at all. The Bible teaches that we are to help and approach people out of love and not out of hate. Why go up to a person and tell them that they are going hell, when they really just need to be told that God loves you as you are?
It's nothing worse than coming into a church and being called a "faggot"or a "sissy" because you aren't super masculine or because you wear an earring in each ear. Not only that being called gay because you did the latest fashion trend, but the other guys in the church can do it AFTER you've done it.
It seems today that a lot of, and I hate to say it, Self hating, Gay, Down Low Pastors and Prophets are looking to "expose" people for being gay if they listen to Lady Gaga, Beyonce, wear skinny jeans, or is the least bit androgynous for their gender. Really? I didn't know fashion or taste in music determined your sexuality. It even goes down to if you say certain words or if you even hang out with someone who is LGBT? So the church has reduced itself to a judging house? Last time I checked the Bible says not to judge lest we'll be judge in the same manner in which judged. Yes I said it!!! I don't understand how the church became such a place where people can't come as they are without church folks looking at them side eyed and whispering or the Pastor throwing stones. Not to mention all of the "Pastor Said this and that." Honey you better study for yourself and stop listening to the Pastor like he's God himself. The Pastor is a mere man who can wrongly divide the word of God.
I guess that's all I have to say...for right now.