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  • May 05 / 2015
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The Theology on Homosexuality: The Church Must Speak, Part 9

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  • Apr 28 / 2015
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The Theology on Homosexuality: The Church Must Speak, Part 8

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Welcome to episode #8 of The Theology on Homosexuality podcast and the Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s “Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series.” This Lecture Series is in honor of E.V. Hill, Erwin Lutzer, and Dwight McKissic for standing for God, truth and righteousness down through the years without compromise. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast was created primarily to inform the Christian church about why it must stand against homosexuality, homosexual marriage, homosexual parenting, and the homosexual agenda. The biblical portrait of marriage, family and sexuality has sadly come under attack in our society and it is time for the church to stand up and to educate our culture about the dangers of same-sex marriage and the same-sex agenda while at the same time to promote God’s idea of marriage between one man and one woman, God’s view of the family structure, and God’s view of sexuality as being permissible and pleasurable within the safety and sanctity of marriage. The normalization of homosexuality and everything that pertains to it is probably the greatest danger facing our world today. Thus, it is imperative that the body of Christ choose to stop ignoring this prevailing issue and stand up for what God says on this matter before it completely destroys our country. This broadcast/podcast is designed to equip pastors, church leaders, and Christians everywhere to take a firm stand for God against homosexuality and the homosexual agenda, in the spirit of love, grace and truth, so that we will not be responsible for allowing this nation to implode on our watch.

Our Theology on Homosexuality passage from the Word of God today is Romans 1:27 which reads, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from “Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible”:

To what were they given up? To uncleanness and vile affections. Those that would not entertain the more pure and refined notices of natural light, which tend to preserve the honour of God, justly forfeited those more gross and palpable sentiments which preserve the honour of human nature. Man being in honour, and refusing to understand the God that made him, thus becomes worse than the beasts that perish. Thus one, by the divine permission, becomes the punishment of another but it is (as it said here) through the lusts of their own hearts — there all the fault is to be laid.

Those who dishonoured God were given up to dishonour themselves. A man cannot be delivered up to a greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Such are given over, like the Egyptians, into the hand of a cruel lord. The particular instances of their uncleanness and vile affections are their unnatural lusts, for which many of the heathen were infamous, against the plainest and most obvious dictates of natural light.

The crying iniquity of Sodom and Gomorrah, for which God rained hell from heaven upon them, became not only commonly practised, but avowed, in the pagan nations. Perhaps the apostle especially refers to the abominations that were committed in the worship of their idol-gods, in which the worst of uncleannesses were prescribed for the honour of their gods.

See what wickedness there is in the nature of man. How abominable and filthy is man! Lord, what is man? says David. What a vile creature is he when left to himself! How much are we beholden to the restraining grace of God for the preserving of the honour and decency of the human nature! For, were it not for this, man, who was made but little lower than the angels, would make himself a great deal lower than the devils. This is said to be that recompence of their error which was meet. The Judge of all the earth does right, and observes a meetness between the sin and the punishment of it.

Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and E.V. Hill:

Dwight McKissic said, “Every Evangelical church needs to be prepared to provide rational and biblical answers for the following questions before 2015 ends:

  1. Are acts of homosexual behavior sin?
  2. Is it discrimination to fail to perform a wedding ceremony between two people of the same sex?
  3. What will we do if a same-sex married couple seeks to join our church next Sunday?
  4. What will we do if a same-sex engaged couple wants to rent our facility for a wedding?
  5. What would we say and do if we are asked to perform a wedding for a same-sex couple?
  6. What would we do if the legal spouse of a same-sex partner wants to be recognized by name in a funeral program because they are related to a deceased family member?
  7. What would you do or say if you are asked to allow your facility to be used to hold a funeral service for a same-sex married partner?
  8. What if you’re asked to perform a dedication ceremony for a same-sex couple who adopts a child?
  9. Do you already have policies in place to address these inevitable scenarios that are going to become real life, real soon?
  10. What are the legal ramifications of the decisions that we make, if any?

Orthodox evangelicals who hold to a biblical view of marriage are going to have to answer these questions soon, and very soon.”

E.V. Hill said, “I believe that God’s judgment is becoming clearer and clearer by becoming more severe. And I don’t know of anything that should speak [more] loudly to us than the problem of AIDS, that God is dissatisfied and is very definitely warning us that He can get rougher.” He added that he felt Christians have an obligation with regard to AIDS, saying, “Raising funds? Trying to help? Trying to counsel? Count on me. [But] I have also said [to people with AIDS], ‘There is a responsibility on your side not to indulge in things that can bring AIDS.'”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “The Church Must Speak” part 8 from “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake” by Erwin Lutzer. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you appreciate this podcast and lecture series, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake.” It is available on our website, TorchLeadershipFoundation.com, for just $20.

Dr. Erwin Lutzer goes on to say…

Are We Misreading the Bible?

Many within the radical homosexual movement do not pretend that their lifestyle is consistent with the Bible. But others argue that the church has “misunderstood” what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. For example, some claim that since Leviticus 20:13, which calls homosexual relations among men “detestable,” does not mention lesbian sex, then it must be permissible. I must agree with Ronnie Floyd, author of The Gay Agenda, who responds to this by saying, “This ‘argument from silence,’ that if a particular subject is not addressed it subsequently is not prohibited, is faulty in the extreme.”

In November of 2008, Newsweek’s cover story was about the biblical basis of same-sex marriage. The title and subtitle say it all: “Our Mutual Joy: Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.” As you can guess, the article focuses on how Jesus loves everyone, no matter what they have done. The author also tosses out any objections to homosexuality based on two arguments. The first argument is that the Bible doesn’t really promote “traditional marriage” — that between one man and one woman — because so many of the main stories are about polygamists such as Abraham, David, etc. The second argument is this: “The Bible does condemn gay male sex in a handful of passages. Twice Leviticus refers to sex between men as ‘an abomination’ (King James version), but these are throwaway lines in a peculiar text given over to codes for living in the ancient Jewish world.” So the basic summary is that since the people in the Bible were sinners, since times have changed, and since Jesus loves everybody, we can do whatever we want.

In the face of these and other so-called arguments, we must point out that the Bible does not speak about homosexuality with a muffled voice. In their book, The Same-Sex Controversy, authors James R. White and Jeffrey D. Niell do a careful study of all the different methods of interpretation used in a vain attempt to insist that homosexuality is compatible with the Scriptures. They point out that any fair reading of the book of Leviticus proves that God calls homosexuality an “abomination,” and these opinions cannot be set aside as we do the dietary and civil codes of the Old Testament. What is more, the New Testament speaks with the same clarity as the Old on the subject.

The strong condemnation of sexual sin in the Bible — whether homosexual or heterosexual — is further proof that we as fallen creatures are prone to deception in matters of sexuality. Here as nowhere else are we often subject to the error of arguing from our passions back to what God must or must not approve. We are tempted to fall into the “My feelings are right about this, and therefore the people around me in general and God in particular, had better agree with me” syndrome.

Let those churches committed to the Scriptures ask themselves: What should our stance be toward same-sex marriages? Can we afford to remain silent? Since God has not been silent on the subject it is difficult for us to justify our own penchant for looking the other way. Yes, the church must speak, but what does it have to say?

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Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, may God bless you and keep you!

  • Apr 21 / 2015
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The Theology on Homosexuality: The Church Must Speak, Part 7

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Welcome to episode #7 of The Theology on Homosexuality podcast and the Torch Leadership Foundation Institute’s “Hill, Lutzer, McKissic Lecture Series.” This Lecture Series is in honor of E.V. Hill, Erwin Lutzer, and Dwight McKissic for standing for God, truth and righteousness down through the years without compromise. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast was created primarily to inform the Christian church about why it must stand against homosexuality, homosexual marriage, homosexual parenting, and the homosexual agenda. The biblical portrait of marriage, family and sexuality has sadly come under attack in our society and it is time for the church to stand up and to educate our culture about the dangers of same-sex marriage and the same-sex agenda while at the same time to promote God’s idea of marriage between one man and one woman, God’s view of the family structure, and God’s view of sexuality as being permissible and pleasurable within the safety and sanctity of marriage. The normalization of homosexuality and everything that pertains to it is probably the greatest danger facing our world today. Thus, it is imperative that the body of Christ choose to stop ignoring this prevailing issue and stand up for what God says on this matter before it completely destroys our country. This broadcast/podcast is designed to equip pastors, church leaders, and Christians everywhere to take a firm stand for God against homosexuality and the homosexual agenda, in the spirit of love, grace and truth, so that we will not be responsible for allowing this nation to implode on our watch.

Our Theology on Homosexuality passage from the Word of God today is 1 Timothy 1:8-11. It reads, “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

Allow me to share with you some important points regarding this passage from the “David Guzik Commentary on the Bible”:

Paul’s condemnation of legalists is not a condemnation of the law itself.

The purpose of the law is to show us our sin, not to lead us to righteousness. It wasn’t made for the righteous person (who walks by faith according to Galatians 3:11) but for the lawless and insubordinate, to show them their sin.

The idea isn’t that the law has nothing to say to the righteous person, but that it especially speaks to the ungodly. On the phrase, “The law is not made for a righteous person,” Adam Clarke observes that the word for made “Refers to the custom of writing laws on boards, and hanging them up in public places within reach of every man, that they might be read by all; thus all would see against whom the law lay.”

In Paul’s mind sound doctrine and right conduct are vitally connected. These sinful actions are contrary to sound doctrine.

Many people will condemn anyone with standards — especially higher standards — as being a legalist. Having standards and keeping them does not make us legalists and obedience doesn’t make us legalists. We are legalists when we think what we do is what makes us right before God.

The implication is that in Ephesus, the church existed in a culture marked by these sins here listed and that those teaching false doctrine in some way allowed or promoted this sinful lifestyle.

“The apostle took no delight to mention more of this cursed crew; but leaves them to the law to handle and hamper them, as unruly beasts, dogs, lions, leopards, are chained and caged up that they may not do mischief.”

The apparently sinful environment of Ephesus shows us another reason why it was important for Timothy to remain in Ephesus. He should remain there because it was a difficult place to serve God and further the kingdom. He had to break up the fallow ground there, instead of running to an easier place to plow.

Though the law cannot bring righteousness, the glorious gospel of the blessed God can — a gospel that, in the words of Paul, was committed to his trust. He sensed his responsibility to preserve and guard the gospel.

Our Theology on Homosexuality quotes today are from Dwight McKissic and Greg L. Bahnsen.

Dwight McKissic said, “The major social question that had spiritual, theological, ecclesiastical, and political ramifications that America faced for the first 200+ years of her existence—that took a war to partially resolve—was the question of civil rights for people of color. The next major social question that America and her churches will face for the next 200+ years, if the Lord tarries His coming, is the question of should the LGBTQIA community be recognized by churches and in every realm of society as a distinct social category deserving the same kind of constitutional and ecclesiastical rights that people of color are entitled to? Resolving this question will not result in another civil war, but I predict it will produce a social/ecclesiastical war the likes of which we’ve never seen.”

In his book, Homosexuality: A Biblical View, Greg L. Bahnsen said, “The opening chapters of the Bible present us with God’s original norm that sexual activity was to be within the context of marriage, and they present marriage as exclusively heterosexual in nature. This is true totally apart from any thought that sex and marriage serve solely a procreative function. Man needed a companion and suitable helper, and in response God fashioned a woman from the man; there was unity and distinction. She was called “woman” precisely because she was taken out of “man”; there was common humanity with sexual differentiation. These two creatures were made for each other; their union and interdependence were grounded in the natural order that is, in their God-given identities and functions.”

Our Theology on Homosexuality topic is titled “The Church Must Speak” part 7 from “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake” by Erwin Lutzer. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you appreciate this podcast and lecture series, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Need to Know About What’s Really at Stake.” It is available on our website, TorchLeadershipFoundation.com, for just $20.

Dr. Erwin Lutzer goes on to say…

Eric Young of the Christian Post stated in a May 2009 article:

“[Recently], the Senate introduced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, just as the House passed its version of the expanded Hate Crimes bill by a 249-175 vote. The legislation is intended by its sponsors to protect homosexuals and transgendered people from violent hate crimes by expanding a list of federally protected groups to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. But critics say Christian broadcasters and even pastors covering culturally unpopular views, such as preaching homosexuality as sin, could eventually face prosecution just for expressing their religious views because their teachings could be blamed for inciting violence.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the following to say about Christians’ fear about this legislation:

“The bill DOES NOT limit First Amendment rights of free speech and religious expression. The bill only applies to bias-motivated crimes of violence and does not impinge freedom of speech or religious expression in any way. Some churches have stated that with passage of this bill, ministers may be arrested for speech and words said in the pulpit. This is false. This bill is about violent crime. It is not about and does not prohibit thought, speech, or expression protected by the First Amendment.”

Let us not be duped by promises that freedom of speech for churches will be protected. The same assurances were given when Canada adopted its hate speech legislation. WorldNetDaily reports the following about the situation in Canada:

“Alan Borovoy, general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, [said] he never imagined human rights commissions would ultimately be used against freedom of speech, because they were launched in an effort to eliminate discrimination in pay and housing. But after ‘sexual orientation’ was added as a protected class, the tribunals have been exploited in pursuit of a ban on anything or anyone with less than a full endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle choice. Canada Family Action Coalition spokesman Brian Rushfeldt said, ‘The majority of the complaints have been related to homosexuals claiming that they’ve been offended, that hate is being propagated against them. The majority being targeted are religious sectors of society.’”

Lorne Gunter, a columnist with the Edmonton Journal, states the following alarming news in his article “Freedoms Lost in the Name of Free Speech”:

“All you need to know about how rotten the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) is — how undemocratic and anti-freedom it has become — is that in hate-speech complaints, the commission has a 100 percent conviction rate. No one who has ever been hauled before it for allegedly uttering hate speech has ever been acquitted. Such a rate is impossible for a democratic institution because the state is never always right and the defendant never always guilty. This happens in dictatorships where those in charge control every aspect of the judicial system and there is no impartiality or independence. But it should not happen in a purportedly open, unprejudiced tribunal.”

Should we be worried? Yes. But please don’t misunderstand: Even if freedom of religion is taken away from us, the church will continue to fulfill its responsibility of representing Jesus Christ in the world. Study church history and you’ll discover that almost always the church has had to cope in a hostile culture with virtually no freedom. Repeatedly, the church has proved that it does not need freedom to survive. Ultimately the church is in the hands of Jesus — not the ACLU.

In the meantime, the “mainstream” media continue to demonstrate astonishing bias against orthodox believers — bias that would not be tolerated against gays themselves. In my own city, newspaper columnist Richard Roeper wrote an opinion piece in 2004 that was critical of then-President Bush’s announcement supporting a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. He sarcastically wrote, “Thank God for Bush’s stance in favor of constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Because of course, God hates the gays. And we can’t go around legitimizing their depravity, or God might come to hate us too.”

He mocked the phrase of “sanctity of marriage” and the idea that it should apply to heterosexuals only. He described “hundreds of gay couples joyously celebrating their love, and lots of protesters showing up at such ceremonies to voice their loathing of the homosexual lifestyle.” He also said that he receives emails from people who hate gays.

I wrote a detailed reply, pointing out that his article is a good example of the strategy that is often used to silence opposition to the gay agenda: portray those who are opposed to the imposition of gay values as hatemongers, and portray the gay community as the loving, caring part of our society. Unfortunately, such tactics have intimidated many people who don’t want to be branded as hateful and vindictive. I concluded the letter by saying:

“Let those religious people who ‘hate gays’ repent of their sin; let those who foment hate against those of us who oppose gay marriages come to their senses. Those who disagree with what I have written are free to do so. But let them respond with thoughtful respect rather than with the smear tactics that have so often been used in this controversy. We do after all share this planet with diverse people, and our responsibility is to show love and respect despite our deeply held disagreements.”

Interestingly, no part of my letter was printed in the newspaper.

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Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, may God bless you and keep you!

  • Apr 14 / 2015
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The Theology on Homosexuality: The Church Must Speak, Part 6

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  • Apr 07 / 2015
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The Theology on Homosexuality: The Church Must Speak, Part 5

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  • Feb 27 / 2015
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Christian Citizens of America, Beware of Politicians in Sheep’s Clothing

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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #16

While most in the media were either criticizing or mocking Brian Williams and his lying about events that did not happen to him during his reporting for NBC Nightly News, David Axelrod, former adviser, friend, and campaign strategist for President Obama, revealed that the president told several lies of his own regarding his views on homosexual marriage. Continue Reading

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