Saturday, June 16, 2012

An open letter to homosexuals

This article hit on several points that many conservatives have always tried to get out. Unfortunately I usually end up dealing with the "Professsionals".

I write this not to professional homosexuals. That is to say, not to members of the well-funded, politically powerful homosexual activist lobby. They will mock and reject my words outright. They will twist and misrepresent what I say to further their own socio-political agenda. That’s fine. It’s to be expected. It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.

Instead, I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.

It is my hope and prayer that you will consider what I have to say and take it at face value. My intentions are pure and my motives upright. If I can plant the seed of truth in just one person, and that seed begins to sprout, then I consider this letter a success.

I pray that you are that person.

What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.

Still, to love someone and to lie to them is to hate them – especially when that lie inevitably leads to a tragic and hopeless end.

If you have a loved one, blindfolded and running full speed toward cliff’s edge, do you not yell, stop! Would you not run after them, even tackling them if need be to prevent them from plummeting to certain death? What would we think of the person who said: “Keep running; all is well.”

All is not well, and you know it. On this path, “it” decidedly does not “get better.” It only gets worse. You will fall and you will die – perhaps not physical death, straight away – but certainly, an emotional and spiritual death. Homosexual activists, “progressives,” Hollywood, the media, academia and popular culture are telling you to keep running.

I’m yelling, stop!

Your lifestyle – homosexuality – is always and forever, objectively and demonstrably wrong. It is never good, natural, right or praiseworthy. If you have “gay pride,” you have “sin pride.” Although homosexuality is not the only sexual sin, it is, indeed, sin. Scripture is unequivocal on this fact throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

But this reality is manifest beyond the pages of Scripture. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. So-called “homophobia” is not responsible for the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-in-five “gay” men and adolescents in major cities across America have been infected – through bad behavior – with HIV/AIDS.

Sin is responsible.

In almost every category – disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide – those who call themselves “gay” live and die with consequences that have nothing gay, in the true sense of the word, about them.

Is this you? Be honest.

At least be honest with yourself
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The entire artice is well worth the read.

27 comments:

  1. I can't believe you posted this. You really are attacking the LGBT community endlessly.

    Please stop bringing shame to Knoxville.

    (I know you won't post this reply)

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  2. The average, garden variety Gay American is never going to read Matt Barber's little sermon. As for the more politically active Gay Americans like myself (who he snarkily refers to as "professional homosexuals," even though we don't get paid), we don't really care. We're quite accustomed to his disdain. Matt's been venting his spleen toward Gay people for a long, long time. At least HE gets paid to do it.

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  3. I like the part of the article which says, "The truth is that you have immeasurable value. You are a beautiful, unique, priceless human being. The very Creator of the universe, in the person of Jesus Christ, took such an interest in you that He meticulously wove you together in your mother’s womb. He loves you with a love that no human can fully grasp."

    God has a purpose for the life of each of us, whether gay or straight. We are to live chastely, seeking that purpose. Only life in relationship with our Lord will bring us happiness and fulfilment. There's no other way.

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  4. "...disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide..." These are the symptoms of a people who have been hated, reviled, targeted, and feared by larger society.

    You've got it all wrong Stacey.

    Thankfully it isn't up to you. As a politician, you may have a louder voice. But your voice has become similar to the voices of the segregationist from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

    You no longer represent a clear majority. And the young people who are coming of age now do not share your beliefs.

    It's a different world than when you and I grew up. Hopefully you'll find a way to embrace it, because I believe you'll only continue to be frustrated by it if you don't.

    Tom Cogburn,
    Knoxville, TN

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    1. Mr. Cogburn, I'm afraid you've got it all wrong.

      What Stacey is going by is the truth, which is stated in the Bible.

      The truth of the words of the Bible never change. Those words are everlasting. They have not changed and will never, ever change.

      All of this recent talk about the LGBT community is just a fad which is passing through. Whenever the newness of it dies down and we don't hear about it so much, the word of the Lord, the Bible, will still be the truth.

      Each of us will be judged according to our obedience to God, at the end of our lives. We won't be judged by society, but by the truths given in the Bible.

      I speak all of this to you in a spirit of love...

      As far as Stacey's being a "segregationist," his own father was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, participating in the dangerous sit-ins at lunch counters, in order to help African-Americans have the rights they so truly deserve. Stacey is not a segregationist.

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  5. I cannot think of any individual that the people of Knoxville are more proud of than Senator Stacey Campfield! Those who feel differently are a very small percentage of the population.

    Won't you please stop resisting and accept the great love which our Lord has for you? He will give you a brand new life, where you will find complete happiness, once you turn to Him and ask for His forgiveness. Your sins will be forgiven and your purity will be restored. Won't you please try and trust in Him...

    Please keep in mind, it is not a sin to be gay, but it is a sin to live the homosexual lifestyle.

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    1. What exactly IS the "homosexual lifestyle?" It's as absurd as talking about a "heterosexual lifestyle." Some people are sexually promiscuous, other people have a committed and monogamous relationship with one other person, and still other people prefer not to have sex until "Mr. Right" or "Ms. Right" comes along. None of this is particular to one's own sexual orientation.

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    2. The homosexual lifestyle means having sexual expression with a person of the same sex.

      All throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, it says, in different ways of explaining it, that homosexual expression is a serious sin.

      The Bible says that marriage is between one man and one woman.


      Does that not mean anything to you? Are you not wishing to conform with the wishes of the one who created you?

      Have you no desire to know the purpose for which he placed you on this earth?

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    3. I thought I lived in the United States where the government didn't force people to follow a religion.

      Maybe we don't live in the US anymore.

      Stop mentioning God in every post. I'm a Christian and I hate that you attack Christians who are LGBT, they are your brothers and sisters in Christ.

      You need a legal reason to deny someone a right. So stop saying "The Bible says" because in America that doesn't cut it.

      Want to live under religious law? Move to the middle east.

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  6. I have read this and while I hear the words "we don't hate you, we love you, god loves you but you're going to hell" I hear these words. I hear it said the bible says it's a sin. I also hear the words of the bible say spread gods word, do not judge, kill or hate thy neighbor. And I hear countless people of the cloth preach to people put gays on islands, kill them for they are evil. Gods word days not to do these things. These people are not god. You sir, I heard your message. I recognize your beliefs and respect them. I concede you have done your duty, you have spread the word. You follow as you believe you should, as your book demands. You have fulfilled your obligations under god. Those who do not hear you, those who disagree, have decided under free will you are wrong. With that said, if they are wrong, god says he will judge on the day. You are not to judge, period. Hence he tells you not to hate anyway. This means he requires you to except this to be how it is, that he will deal with it on judgment day. You are to except and pray, nothing more. Speaking his word and following it is all you are permitted to do. Preaching to force those to conform via oppression by legislation, crusification and fear of execution are actions of judgment and is forbidden. It is a sin. Committing this sin falsely under his name is blasphemy. I'm willing to bet that god will say to homosexuals "you have sinned, you ignored my words." and he will say onto those who uses his words to hate. "you have sinned. You ignored my word. You used MY word to to break the commandments and spread the word for others to do the same!" I would imagine the destination to be much worse if the penalties of sin were to equal the sin. I'll pray you get sunscreen. I forgive your trespass against us.

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    1. As Christians, we are merely being obedient to our Lord, when He asked us to preach the gospel to all people, all over the world.

      If you had a little child that was about to run out into the road, in front of an oncoming car, would you not care enough about the child to try and stop him from running out there and getting killed?

      This is how Christians are about people who think they can live the homosexual lifestyle and that it is not seriously morally wrong. It is out of love that you hear Christians calling you to come back in out of a road where you will be destroyed.

      If you have any question about this, and, if you have any idea that there is a God, why don't you pray about it and see what kind of an answer you will get, from your loving Heavenly Father...

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  7. Does anyone out there follow the New York Stock Exchange?

    You might want to go to their website and observe that, in the past several months, since J. C. Penney has begun their "gay" advertising campaign, their stock has fallen to around one-half of its value, when many other stocks have experienced pronounced increase in their value.

    Regarding Mr. Cogburn's comment that young people, coming of age, do not share Mr. Campfield's beliefs, maybe a quick check of the New York Stock Exchange's information will let you know that you are wrong about this.

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  8. Just to be clear, homosexuality is only mentioned once in the new testament, and all old testament was wiped away by Jesus. So, I don't know how "unequivocal that is. What is unequivocal is Jesus telling his followers not to hate the needy, to help them, not to yearn for money, but to give it away.

    Read your bibles people. You will see the errors in this hate speech. Then vote him out.

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  9. Homosexuality is condemned in the Old Testament many times, however it is condemned in the New Testmanent many more times:

    But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man separate. (Mark 10: 6-9)

    Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

    But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching. (1 Timothy 1:8-10)

    Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, He stated: "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on Earth." (Matthew 28:18). In Genesis 2:24 we read: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Thousands of years later, Jesus quoted this passage to uphold God's plan for marriage: one man with one woman. (Matthew 19:4-6)

    Several scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments warn us not to add to or take away from what is written in the Bible: Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Revelation 22:18-19.

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  10. In 1989 God and I had a conversation. I was 23. For well over a decade I had been praying to God--begging Him to change my attraction to guys. I tried dating girls. I tried negative reinforcement (that was complicated). I went through counseling. I tried everything that I could think of to change my orientation.

    But one Fall day in 1989 I stood in my parent's garden and began talking to God. This was different than all of my communication with Him in the past. As I said, previously I had essentially been begging/demanding that He change me into a heterosexual man.

    On that day, instead of begging to be changed, I said, "God, whatever Your will is, let it be done." The response was instantaneous... It wasn't verbal--I couldn't hear it, but I felt God tell me, "Tom, I made you the way that you are. You are how I meant for you to be." This message was accompanied by an incredible feeling of warmth, relief and love. It is one of THE most amazing moments of my life.

    Some of you will say that His response wasn't real--that I was actually feeling satan's influence. But I know it was God.

    See, God speaks to us today. He didn't influence a group of people to write a collection of books, stories, and letters eons ago and then stopped talking to mankind after the book of Malachi was written.

    God hasn't only spoken to me about this. He has spoken and continues to speak to people around the world about equality for LGBT people.

    Fighting God on this issue is like fighting him on racial, gender, and other types of inequality. He's going to win.

    Stacey and others may use what they believe are God's words against the LGBT community, but I do not believe that they do so with His support.

    If God didn't want homosexuals to exist, then He would have stopped making us a long time ago.

    Tom Cogburn
    Knoxville, TN

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    1. Well said! Love your post.

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    2. Tom, God wants each of us, whether we are gay or straight, to live lives of purity, to live without sin.

      Just because you are attracted to men doesn't mean you have to have sex with them. Why can't you just use the gifts and the energy God has given you to do some very special kind of work, to help others, to channel those feelings into something constructive?

      Do you not believe that the above scripture readings actually came from God? Do you believe these writings have been around for two thousand years, but that they are not true? They are true and will always be true.

      Tom, many people make mistakes when they are younger and their hormones are surging. But you must be 45-46 years old by now, and maybe it is time to ask the Lord to come into your life and to save you from your sins. He will forgive you and He will enable you to get through the rest of your life in purity, without sin.

      Please remember, it is not a sin to be attracted to people of the same sex, no more than it is a sin to be attracted to people of the opposite sex. What is a sin is to have sex with someone outside of Christian marriage between one man and one woman. Lots and lots of single people, gay and straight, live lives of purity, simply by channeling their energies into doing good. Life can be very, very good, even without sexual expression, Tom! God gives us peace and happiness which can never be known, when one is living in sin.

      Stacey and other Christians don't hate you, they are looking out for you, out of love for our fellow man. What I am telling you is the truth. Why else would we care what goes on in people's lives. It's like when Christians were active in the Civil Rights Movement. It's like when many of us Christians, in the present day, fight for the right to life of unborn babies. We stand up for what we know to be right and true. We feel called by God to do this, out of love for others!

      Please know that I will be praying for you. Please try and believe what I am telling you, as I know it is true.

      It would be good if you could start attending a church somehwere, where you will learn and grow, spiritually, and develop a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus. People will accept you and welcome you. Okay?

      With much love in the Lord...

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  11. You all can feel any way you want about gays. So can your "god." Please remember that not everyone believes in your "god," and we don't live in a theocracy, where anyone's "god" decides the law. Outside your bible and the teachings of your "god," there isn't anything "objectively and demonstrably wrong" about being gay. Homosexuality occurs in most higher animals at about the same rate as in humans. It's perfectly normal and expected part of nature.

    Many people in this country will never be in a "christian marriage," because we are not christians. Here's a scoop for you: we'll still be having sex and we don't care what your god--a god we don't believe in--thinks about that.

    And BTW, christians were not big in the civil rights movement. In fact, the KKK was and remains an unabashedly christian organization. The biggest opponents of equal rights for people of color in this country were also fundamentalist christians. Christianity has a rich history of opposing human rights, so it's really not surprising you're not supporting them again this time.

    Pray for us if you want to, we know it won't hurt us any. Be aware it can't help anything either. We don't really care if you or don't. But stop trying to deny us civil rights, 'cause we're not gonna take that lying down.

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    1. What if you are wrong?

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  12. All you good Christians that are so concerned about the souls of everyone else should remember the Bible states:

    "Let ye without sin be the first to cast the stone."

    We should all be checking our own sins before we go after what we think the sins of others might be. From my understanding all sins are equal in the eyes of God.

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    1. Admitting that we are sinful is part of coming to the Lord Jesus and asking him to save us from our sins.
      Christians are the first to admit their sinfulness.

      Please understand that we are not judging you, we are trying to help you find your way in life, to lead you to eventual eternal life with the Lord.

      I'm not sure where you heard that "all sins are equal in the eyes of God," because that simply is not true!

      I would encourage you to research these questions, in order to try and learn what the truth really is...

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  13. What I find amazing is all these people who are experts at quoting the Bible. Do they realize that they are idolators, worshiping the Bible. It is Bibliolotry. You say that God wrote the Bible. How did He do this? Did God's arm come out of the sky and write the King James Bible? Did the King James Bible drop out of the sky? No. The Bible was written by fallible men. In Hebrew (Old Testament) and in Greek (New Testament. All English Bibles are translations. Why are there so many English versions? How do you know that your translation is the correct one. There are many contradictions in the Bible such that it has been said that even the Devil can quote the Bible to his own advantage. How do you know that you are correctly interpreting what was written? The Old Testament was written with the best science around 3000 years ago. If the Bible is inerrant, would you like to be treated by the methods written in the Old Testament or would you prefer modern medicine? Are you idolators living by the standards given in Leviticus? Be consistent.

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    1. What if the Bible is right and you are wrong?

      Where would that leave you?

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  14. I do not understand how people like this can preach hate as acceptance. Who are you to tell anyone about their religious state?! The bible and scripture are written and changed by man through time. Who are you to say the lord will hate anyone? We are given free will to make decisions in life and not be judged by anyone but the almighty above.
    How can you preach that the lord is all forgiving and then turn around and say you will not be forgiven for loving and embracing who you are? The bible which you apparently hold so dear and close states "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR". No matter what the important thing is that all people are encouraged to love themselves as much as the almighty loves us all.
    Rather gay, straight, bi-sexual, A-sexual, or lesbian we are all brothers and sisters in this life. Always stand up proudly and express who you are. As long as we each worship in our own way the lord will hear our prayers and answer when we need.

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    1. The Bible does not say we are to worship in our own way.

      The Bible says that God loves us so much, he has laid out a path for us to follow to get to be with him at the end of our lives...the path to salvation, through Christ, who has died for our sins.

      He loves you so much, and so do I!

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    2. How about we shift our focus to those who have sex before they are married, those who are not faithful to their husband or wife, those who are overweight, those who smoke, and those who don't even believe in Jesus.

      The fact that THIS is constantly the issue Christians target on a consistent basis proves that they target the easiest groups. Why not target a bigger population of sinners? Oh yeah.. too many of us commit those sinful acts, we can't possibly do that!

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