Gay Christians?


Protodeacon Brian Patrick Mitchell has written an interesting, and rather thought-provoking article about the dangers posed by “Gay” Christians, or rather those who “come out” and self-identify as “gay”, agree with their church doctrine regarding homosexual relations as sinful, and perhaps choose celibacy.  It’s long, not quite what you are thinking, but well worth the read…

Excerpt: “Conflict makes people uncomfortable, so in mixed company, people watch what they say. Instead of speaking their minds on controversial issues, they trim their opinions to fit those around them—sometimes out of charity, sometimes out of prudence, but often out of cowardice.

Coming out therefore poses a special danger to Christianity, but not in the way many might think.”
Read more: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=28-01-031-f#ixzz3ehdj26nU

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3 thoughts on “Gay Christians?

  1. We know a Liberal woman who has some gays in her family and who identify as Christian. We were talking to her on the “historical’ day of the 26th and when asking her how she could think homosexuality is alright, when the Bible is so clear about it NOT being okay, she simply said that “The Bible can be interpreted many different ways.” it’s so sad to see people like that. They don’t know that the best possible thing they could do for their gay friends and family is LOVINGLY tell them the biblical truth about their conditions!

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    • I can often find myself similarly frustrated with people who claim that homosexuality and Christianity are compatible. The Holy Bible is not open to interpretation as many people would have us believe. I’ve written before that you wouldn’t expect to take a university degree by simply reading the textbooks, but would be expected to sit at the feet of a master who can explain and clarify the subject matter. Much of the protestant part of the Christian world subscribes to “sola scriptura” or “by the word alone”, which holds that the source of all Christian teaching is found only in the Holy Bible. This doctrine is rejected by the rest of Christianity, including the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches because, among many other reasons, it rejects the patristic writings handed down from the early church fathers, those desert-dwelling early monks, saints, and early theologians who left behind a large body of written work which helped form our Holy Tradition. Their work helps us understand the context of much which is found in the Bible. The early fathers (and mothers) are very clear in their condemnation of homosexual sex, knew very well our human weaknesses, and tendency to fall into sin through lies, self-justifications, and delusions.

      In recent years, a cottage industry has sprung up of newly enlightened theologians and exegesists who keep discovering novel and heretofore unknown truths in our Holy Scriptures that were apparently missed by everyone else in the early centuries. When people are allowed to offer their own interpretation of church doctrine, I’m usually tempted to ask what other parts of parts of Scripture and Holy Tradition they have decided to reject because it doesn’t fit their predetermined outcome. I found myself locking horns with just such a misguided soul within a few months of opening this blog.

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      • Yes,I’d like to ask them why they don’t try the same hair-splitting tactics on the adultery, fornication, and theft passages. And murder. Of course, they won’t try to legalize those. It would be interesting to see a “Thievery Acceptance Movement” in a few years. Either accept theft or you’re a HATER!

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