God’s heart breaks over our moral demise

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What a month it’s been for the gay agenda. Vice President Joe Biden propelled gay marriage into the presidential campaign by stating on “Meet the Press” that he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

Later that week, President Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts that he thinks “same sex couples should be able to marry.”

It’s amazing how far the gay agenda has come in one generation. Behavior that once was in the closet is now presented as mainstream. What previously was considered deviant is today pressed upon us as a normal lifestyle choice.

This cultural shift happened very strategically and incrementally through the years. The media played a key role. Between movies like “Brokeback Mountain,” and television sit-coms like “Modern Family,” viewers see homosexual relationships pushed to the forefront of modern life, and gay marriage as just another way to express commitment. Impressionable young viewers wonder “What’s wrong with gay marriage if that’s what they want to do?”

Then the clever tactic of promoting an atmosphere of tolerance helps portray anyone who opposes homosexuality and gay marriage as a homophobic bigot. Who wants to be labeled a “gay basher?”

One foundational problem with the effort to legitimize homosexuality is the blatant ignoring of biblical authority. In Genesis 2, God instituted His design for marriage and the family. God created male and female and put them together as husband and wife. He created the gift of sexual intimacy and clearly designed that intimacy to take place in the context of a marriage relationship between a man and a woman.

As James Emory White wrote, “This means that femininity and masculinity are at the heart of God’s design. They form the basis of marriage, the two becoming one. Both genders reflect God’s image, and together reflect and honor God as they join in union with one another. God created men and women, and marriage, so that their differences would complete one another in every conceivable way . . .”

Homosexuality, therefore, departs from God’s design by embracing same-sex sexuality rather than male and female, and takes that activity outside of the bounds of biblical marriage.

In addition, the Bible clearly forbids homosexuality (Lev. 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:25-27; I Cor. 6:9, 10; I Timothy1:8-11). This is not a grey area open to interpretation. Homosexual behavior is seen as deviant, sinful, and outside the will of God. God calls it an “abomination.”

God wants what is best for our lives, and He gave us the Bible not only to know Him, but also to have guidelines and guardrails for daily life.

Deliberately stepping beyond God’s plan for marriage and venturing into what He clearly prohibits is a slap in the face of a Holy God. We are basically saying, “I am smarter than God. He doesn’t know what He’s talking about.” That’s pride and arrogance at its worst. God is God and we’re not, but we try to be.

One of the more interesting aspects of this firestorm that received minimal press coverage was the reaction of African American clergy. The next day, after the president shared his evolving opinion on gay marriage, more than a dozen pastors and civil rights leaders in Memphis gathered and called on President Obama to reverse his position and to tell him that gay marriage activists are hijacking the civil rights movement.

“I marched for civil rights and I can tell you: I did not march one inch, one foot, one yard, one mile for same-sex marriage,” said Rev. Bill Owens. “No right is a civil right if it’s not square with God.”

Owens and other members of the Coalition of African American Pastors issued a statement that included, “We cannot and will not remain silent while marriage, the most fundamental institution of our and any nation, is undermined by our own President while using Christian language and relating it to civil rights. . .”

All the while, God’s heart breaks as we continue this moral slide. I’m afraid eventually our nation will reap what it sows.

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Dr. David L. Chancey is pastor, McDonough Road Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia. The church gathers at 352 McDonough Road, just past the department of drivers’ services. Join them this Sunday for Bible study at 9:45 and worship at 10:55 a.m. Visit them on the web at www.mcdonoughroad.org.

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I couldn't take even one

I couldn't take even one paragraph of this seriously. What on earth has any kind of marriage got to do with you, or with your particular religious cult? What you do in the confines of your church is, of course, entirely up to you - but please don't inflict this garbage on rational human beings. It does not hold water.

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It seems God feels however

It seems God feels however you want him to feel. If you're a homophobe, then you imagine God finds this a really big deal. Otherwise, you find a way to cope.

Look, there are plenty of people who manage to reconcile some of the Bible's harsh and primitive edicts (specific to a certain people at a certain time?) with what's necessary to be a decent, compassionate human being. You seem to have failed. Has God hardened your heart, perhaps? No matter - the good news is you're in a steadily shrinking minority, and soon (if not already) you'll seem as foolish as people who opposed mixed-race marriages. There's still time for you to realize God isn't as small-minded as you imagine.

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David Chancey, you break my heart.

You are breaking God's heart by spewing your nonsense. Don't expect me to darken your church's doorstep anytime soon.

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Again, respectfully and lovingly...

Again, I respectfully and lovingly add one more comment...
This time I would ask all of you readers who may be following this discussion to read my 3 articles on the "Manhattan Declaration" (1,2, and 3)which are on my blog here in The Citizen...
I believe they can be found at
http://www.thecitizen.com/blog/56?page=1
I do not expect to change the mind of the critics who have commented on Dr. Chancey's article, but if you are anywhere open to knowing the "Biblical and traditional" grounding on this subject, I believe these 3 articles will help you.
The Peace of The Lord be with you.
Pastor Justin Kollmeyer

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You quote Bible Verses

Do you also believe that Non-Virgin Brides should be stoned to death?

IT'S easy to quote Bible Verses you agree with, but in doing so, you also seem to say that we should agree with them all. Or is it just the ones that YOU believe?

What say you?

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Spyglass, and you raise a silly point
Spyglass wrote:

Do you also believe that Non-Virgin Brides should be stoned to death?

IT'S easy to quote Bible Verses you agree with, but in doing so, you also seem to say that we should agree with them all. Or is it just the ones that YOU believe?

You question an aspect of Levitical Law that a Protestant preacher would recognize as superseded by Christ's teachings and the New Testament and place it on the same plane as marriage that is confirmed in New Testament teaching? Come on now. Argue from a disbelief in the Bible that you may have, not on a silly inconsistency that you believe exists that in fact does not.

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i stand by my point

He believes in the part of the Bible he wants to believe in.

You disagree?

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Thank you, David

Thank you, David, for standing strong on Biblical and traditional Christian theology in this controversial issue. We know it's not about hating gays or denying civil rights. We are doing neither. God does love EVERYBODY, but does not condone any-and-every behavior. It's about honoring our Creator and submitting our human desires to His Will and Authority (and this is only possible by the Grace and Power of God working in our lives through the Holy Spirit). This goes for heterosexuals as well, and we are correct in calling all people to align with God's Plan for human sexuality -- that is in the sacred marriage of one man and one woman. We can and will respectfully and lovingly stand strong together for Biblical Marriage.
Pastor Justin Kollmeyer
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Fayetteville

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Dr. Chancey is right,

we must stop the moral slide being driven by committed homosexual couples. The sanctity and bounds of biblical marriage must be preserved for the likes of Kim Kardashian, Brittany Spears, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Larry King, Tony Curtis, Newt Gingrich, Jimmy Swaggart, Warren Jeffs, Ted Haggard, and our own Lucy Caudill. The list goes on and on, but we heterosexuals value marriage.

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I think God's heart is stronger than you give Him credit for...

Seriously, I think God would be more concerned about the hatred man perpetrates on his fellow man for selfish reasons. Wars, crusades, genocide come to mind. If God created man in his own image, then surely it is evident by now that homosexuality is part of the blueprint.

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I don't think so

The idea that "God's heart breaks" is silly. This type of theology is like Disney cartoons. Trying to milk an emotional response by humanizing the subject is a poorly concealed attempt to gain power. We are created in God's image, not the other way around.

As for the gay marriage thing - is it better for gay couples to live unmarried? I would think anyone who has family values would want to see people in committed relationships.

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If only..

heterosexuals would quit having Gay children, the problem would go away.

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That's funny right there..

I don't care who you are.

Unfortunately, many that need to "get the joke" won't get it at all.

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Give me a break. I used to go

Give me a break. I used to go to this church. I'm so glad I don't anymore. A lifestyle choice? Why would someone CHOOSE to face discrimination, to be denied the rights that heterosexual couples have, to be bullied, mocked, belittled, and even assaulted? It's not a choice. While the causes of homosexuality may not be fully understood, there is scientific evidence to support the notion that gay people are born that way. So tell me, why did God create gay people then?

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