Tag: same-sex marriage

January 21, 2013

Obama on Gay marriage in Inaugural Speech: the sad state of Christianity in America

If you aren’t a Christian then ignore this post. This is for anyone who calls themselves a follower of Christ and believes that the bible is their guide for life. Discussion about gay marriage only makes sense if you believe in God and trust his Word the Bible as a book of wisdom for direction, correction and spiritual supplication.  This is Christian family to Christian family and regarding our Christian president.

During this inaugural celebration, President Obama had laid his hands on three bibles (one family bible at a private ceremony and a bible that Lincoln took an oath on and one that was the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King used later at the public swearing in).  After reviewing his speech, I had to only shake my head at the oath he made on those three bibles while he pumped up support for Gay “love” while ignoring the words from those very bibles.  There were a slew of other things that bothered me but the most important to me that directly affects my freedom as a Christian to believe, speak and teach God’s word is Obama’s stance on gay marriage.  To throw his support fully behind it (no wonder Pastor Louie Giglio had to be excused from the inauguration) is sending the message to Christians who are against gay marriage to “LOOK OUT!” (See “Tolerance Tyrants Strike Again” – on Pastor Giglio)

Here is Obama’s part of his speech where he shows his support for homosexual love:

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” (14:51 minutes into video)

We are all created equal but aren’t there any boundaries to what’s considered sexually immoral? Who are we to change what God has deemed as sin? I do believe that it is very important to treat each gay person as any human being should be treated but redefining marriage and the family is treading dangerously upon God’s territory. We are steadily growing as a nation of folks who call themselves Christian but have rendered the Bible unnecessary and outdated.

But for those of us who take the Bible seriously, most are quite aware of the scriptures that teach against homosexuality – passages known as “clobber” verses by homosexual supporters (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and Romans 1:26-27 and Jesus on marriage at Matthew 19:3-6). But there are strong warnings from the apostle Paul for those of us who even SUPPORT those who practice homosexuality and other sinful lifestyles shown in verse 32 below:

 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32

Thankful to God’s grace and mercy that although we are deserving of death for the practice of those sins, He has spared most of us from it – for now.  Obama did show that he’s that type of supporter, a Christian who approves of a lifestyle contrary to God’s purpose.

I do believe in prayer and praying for our president is what I have been doing and will continue to do.  My prayer is that President Obama starts caring more about what God thinks and not what people think and to take God’s word very seriously.  To call one’s self “Christian” is telling the world you are a follower of Christ, one who has been saved from sin by the shedding of His blood and will show love for Christ by obeying Him! There are many many people in this country of spiritual compromise that are too fearful of man to take a stand on what God says about how we should live.

Obama may be the President of the United States and president to all who live in this country, but he should be most importantly a child of God through Jesus Christ and never, never compromise God’s word!  Is Obama a friend of Christ? Who are the true friends of Christ? Who really loves Him? Those of us who trust and obey Him!

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.John 15:14

November 4, 2009

Maine is 31st state to vote against same-sex marriage

Maine voters repealed the same-sex marriage law that was set in place by state lawmakers, again showing the country that when put to a popular vote, same-sex marriage does not survive. Not one state where people can legally marry their same-sex partner was it ever determined by the people, but rather by politicians with an agenda – or politicians fooled into believing that the will of the people was being served.

Sadly, those who support same-sex marriage just don’t get it that people are all for tolerance but don’t support the re-engineering of marriage. Social scientists who dare to speak the truth rather than support an agenda, will attest to the facts that families fare better with a mother and a father.

Thirty-one states believe that and the question remains, will that trend continue?

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See post: The Negative Effects of Same-Sex Marriage

September 9, 2009

tonex

Gospel Singer Tonex (aka B. Slade) admits to being Gay

Almost a year since my first post on Tonex, aka Anthony Williams, and it is still one of the most popular articles on my blog:  Tonéx has 4Gotten God.  People are constantly searching the Internet for this popular and controversial singer/pastor and my blog is just one of several that have been critical of his questionable  lifestyle.  That still hasn’t changed.

Being a San Diegan (he’s also from San Diego) and a past HUGE fan of Tonex’s, I took a particular interest in knowing more about him.  Why? Because I absolutely loved his music (was my favorite) and was just waiting for him to turn the corner and truly start representing Christ the way he should be (especially since he is a pastor of a church)!

I am so saddened to report that Tonex has not improved, but has become reprobate in his thinking and his living.  This was witnessed by watching videos of “The Lexi Show” broadcasted on The Word Network. A show where Tonex opens up about past molestations when he was a child.  I did think he showed great maturity by admitting that he doesn’t blame his current sexuality upon his past.  He says he accepts full responsibility for what he’s encountered in life since his molestation.

Listening to the whole interview I couldn’t help but shake my head at Tonex’s constant misinterpretation of scripture.   For example his understanding of the saying, “the truth shall set you free” he understood it to be “honest” with onesself and then you’ll be free  – a deadly belief that honesty is all that God requires of us.  Also his belief that he’s free from responsibility of NOT practicing homosexuality until God draws him out of it.  He reasons since God hasn’t taken the desire from him yet, then it must be ok.

At least he’s brutally honest right now.  Honesty that most can appreciate but is honesty what God desires from us?  Yes, and no.  Yes, he wants us to be honest enough about our sin that we’ll admit it – then forsake it!  So it’s not enough just to be honest.  To be honest and then do nothing about breaking God’s laws is just a complete waste and spiritually dangerous to one’s soul (as in never being born-again to begin with)!

Well, I’ll highlight a few of the headshaking comments pulled from that talk show that I felt was done very very well by Lexi.  I commend her for being brave enough to ask the questions that everyone wants to know about Tonex, things that’s he’s been very vague about in the past, that he’s finally opening up about now.  Lexi played the journalist’s part very well.  I just hope that after the camera’s stop rolling, she played the part of the praying and concerned sister in Christ!

Part 1 |Part 2 | Part 3

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*UPDATE 9/2/11: See also post “Beyonce, B Slade, Chaz Bono, SB48 and more hot topics!”

*UPDATE 11/15/09: See my follow up post on this topic at: Can you be a Christian AND a homosexual?

Other blogs of interest:

DASOUTH.COM – B-Slade (Tonex) and Dejuaii Pace: Homosexuality in Gospel and in the Church (added 11/6/11)
GCMWATCH – Sad Day for Tonex and
Tonex interview fallout: is this “hate”?
Gospelpundit.com –  On TV: The Lexi Show Premieres With Tonex
TheblogofStuartMcDonald.com –  Thoughts on Tonex

Real Christianity – Tonex-The Lexi Interview

Chester Street –
There is a way that seemeth right to a man…
Anthony Estes Musings – A Case for a Christian Homosexual?


(This list updated as notable blogs come through.)
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Below are written excerpts from Lexi’s interview with Tonex.   The conversation of homosexuality began with Tonex’s discussion of his molestation when he was a very young boy:

Lexi: “Have you struggled with homosexuality?”
Tonex: “Not struggled. There was no struggle. People like to blame the struggle on the molestation. No just say you were attracted to men. Be honest and quit blaming it on that experience.

Lexi: “Is your being attracted to men under control?”
Tonex: Under control... (repeating Lexi’s question but he doesn’t give an answer).

Lexi: “Do you sleep with men?”
Tonex: “I don’t sleep with MEN.”

Lexi: “Is homosexuality a thing of the past for you?”
Tonex: repeats Lexi’s question: “Is homosexuality a thing of the past.” (pondering the question).  “I think that when someone understands who they are sexually and they know that they are a free spirit and they understand who they are as a person, it’s really difficult to label that…

“There’s still times where I’m like, ‘hmmm… I do want kids and I very much love women.’  But at the same time, I think we have to be honest with ourselves as to what it is that we have affinity for at the time.  And I think, because of the situation that I experienced with the first marriage, that I would have to say that I lean more toward the same sex.

Not so much that I feel that women are not created for men, or that man is not created for woman, I feel that it’s a matter of energy and people’s honesty and a matter of love and I believe that God doesn’t honor promiscuity in either hetero or homosexual lifestyles – same gender loving.

I think it’s important for people to not be so caught with who I’d like to be sleeping with as much as I’m practicing safe sex or I’m in a monogamous relationship no matter what that would be now.  Now when you have those who would say well that should be under the guise of marriage. Well I believe covenant period is marriage.  I don’t think that same-sex marriage – I never really could  wrap my mind around same-sex MARRIAGE?  But same-sex covenants I can definitely wrap my mind around.”

Lexi: “Can you help the way that you feel?”
Tonex: “I tried.”

Lexi: “So what’s your conclusion?”
Tonex: “My conclusion is – I’m waiting to see what God wants to do.  Because I don’t know who he’s allowing me to experience this walk of life to minister to later on.

Lexi: “So are you waiting for deliverance from being attracted to men?”
Tonex: “I’m not sure that’s something I have to be delivered from.”

Lexi: “You’re not sure?”
Tonex: “Yeah”

Lexi: “But you’re pastoring!”So shouldn’t you be sure of (undecipherable)
Tonex: “Pastoring is me being the undershepherd pointing them to the cross – not to Tonex.  It’s me preaching the unadulterated word of God towards repentance and the cross. I don’t get into people’s bedrooms; I don’t get in people’s clothes closets … God’s not looking at that.  Their posture and their heart is the most important thing and for me to point them to the cross is the most important thing.

Lexi: “If you die right now would you go to heaven?”
Tonex: “Yes, because I told the truth. A liar should not tarry in His sight.” (Not sure of the last phrase).

One of the last statements Tonex made before this was over is the following:

“before I say ‘this is what I am, this is the only thing I’ll be,’ I’ll say AT THIS STAGE, this is what it is.  So everyone can just breathe and relax on your show and say, Tonex said, ‘yes, he’s attracted to men. Yes, he has experienced gay sex before.  But that’s the least of who this man of God is.”

Lexi appeared on camera following the interview with her own closing statement:

I would like to take this time to thank my friend and brother Tonex for a very open and honest and candid interview.  It is my belief that a man is made for a woman and a woman made for a man. I believe that the bible speaks very clearly  about this.

However, as a journalist it is my job to tell the story. And as a Christian, it is my job to love absolutely everybody and I do that unequivocally and unapologetically.

So until next time, watch and pray!


May 26, 2009

Prop 8 upheld: Anti-gay marriage but not anti-gay

Pastor Miles McPherson on CNN discussing Prop 8: glad for the ruling but feels bad for the 18,000 that stay married creating further confusion; says he’s anti-gay marriage but not anti-gay.

Update 5/27: Pastor Miles vs Comedienne Carol Leifer on Prop 8 on the Larry King Show

By a 6 to 1 vote the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of Proposition 8 while maintaining as legal the 18,000 gays who did marry before the law took effect. And why am I not thrilled about this decision? Is it because of the fighting legally, politically, socially, and spiritually that will continue forever?

I don’t know about many of you who read this, but I’m tiring of the fighting. But I will always be against gay marriage no matter how mentally and spiritually drained I become because of this ongoing conflict. Gay marriage is immoral and no matter the cry for equality, there will never be an acceptance by the general population of those immoral unions.

Should legally married gays be accepted in the Christian church?

A San Diego pastor, Jim Garlow was asked on TV news if Prop 8 would be overturned, would he recognize gay marriages in his church. His answer was rightfully no! His reason he gave was because simply it was not acceptable biblically and no gay couples would be welcomed in his church as a marriage, but would be quite welcomed as individuals.

That’s the stance any pastor should take whether or not gay marriages are legal in their state/country or providence. Any pastor should have the courage that the young 21 year old beauty queen (now 22) Carrie Prejean took that day she decided it was better not to compromise God’s standard for marriage to win an earthly crown. Too many pastors are shying away from God’s clear principles regarding marriage. Many are turning their backs completely on God’s word with their concern to please people rather than God.

Can a person be anti-gay marriage without being anti-gay?

Totally! I just completed two-weeks of traveling which included dining with my lesbian cousin and her live-in girlfriend.  I also treated my gay nephew for dinner while visiting San Francisco to bring my daughter home from college.

These individuals know my stance on their lifestyles very well as we have had some pretty heated discussions regarding homosexuality but that didn’t change the fact that I love them very much!  Anti-gay marriage, anti-homosexuality doesn’t mean we hate the person involved and this is something that many people don’t understand.

Of course, many LGBT people will always believe that if you don’t accept their lifestyles, then you automatically hate them.  Nothing much we can do about that no matter how kind we may treat them otherwise.  And if we don’t watch ourselves, we too can get caught up in bitterness and hate if we allow the animosity of the “haters” to affect us.

So yes, after seeking spiritual replenishment through God’s word, the bible and much prayer, I will continue my effort in supporting marriage between a man and a woman only while not being hateful towards the LGBTQ person!

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