Tuesday, July 31, 2018

LATEST INTERVIEW ON THE NEW NORMAL

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

SATURDAY: AFTER REVOICE

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I will make a video a little later tonight after the kiddos are asleep. For now, I just want to speak from the heart a little.

The Revoice conference generated a bigger backlash than anything LGBT-related I've seen, in the church. This is good in one sense because evangelicals have woken up. For years Christians have assumed, without reason, that the LGBT tidal wave would never reach them. That they see the wave pounding against their attic windows means they are at least not blind.

At the same time, many people's feelings were hurt. I do not mind if powerful people like Karen Prior or Russell Moore must deal with some criticism, since these brethren in Christ are in shepherding positions of one kind or another, and they know they must contend with tough standards. I am glad, at least, that the pressure from believers has led to badly needed clarifying statements from leaders in the SBC. We need follow-through, certainly.

Other people, such as Eve Tushnet, pose somewhat more of a dilemma. Some Revoice participants really have a struggle that they wanted to find common ground about. Many of them do want to follow Christian chastity even if, from what I can gather, they are confused about what that must look like for them. But the fact that the LGBT groups in St. Louis rose up and denounced Revoice must give me a little pause. I want people who have a gay history to make the difficult but possible journey to being straight--as I have done and many others have done. I want them to avoid the pitfalls of the false argument for so-called spiritual friendship or gay celibate holiness.

Still, I pray that the backlash against Revoice does not end up sweeping up people like me. I run this blog as sincerely as I can, to help men go from gay to straight. I am sure that things I post discomfort people on my right and left. But I hope people can continue to support what I do out of my deeply felt Christian convictions. And I want to leave the door open to conversation with the Revoice people. I must close the door, though, on the Revoice philosophy, which I see as a stealth intrusion of what it will eventually lead to, total LGBT infiltration of the church and expulsion of people like me deemed anti-gay.

Let's move forward. Revoice was a hill to die on, but there are other hills the survivors of the Revoice wars will have to die on as well. Next up, ex-gay counseling. A battle that may get nuclear. Let's get ready and put Revoice behind us. 




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

INTERVIEW ON PRIORITY TALK RADIO

With Tom Littleton on Alabama radio:

http://prioritytalkradio.com/podcast/2018/7/18/listen-to-wednesdays-edition-of-priority-talk-7182018

TUESDAY (2): REVOICE'S HOLE GETS DEEPER WITH A GREG JOHNSON PRESS RELEASE. JUST STOP DIGGING!

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I felt bad for the Revoice people at the beginning. They got ripped apart every which way by people all over the spectrum and the gay community seems not all that supportive of what they are doing. But the latest salvo from Greg Johnson just melted away my last sympathy for them. This newest press release answering four "misrepresentations" continues more of the same games. These four "misrepresentations" bear no resemblance to anything I've stated as an objection to Revoice, or to what I've seen most people state as objections. Anyway, the biggest problem people have with Revoice is not their official positions, which they change and camouflage, but with the growing suspicion that they have ulterior plans and are simply not trustworthy. Here is Greg Johnson's Facebook post:



And here is the link to his press release, which seems to be nothing but hot air blasting at nothing anybody said in the first place:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T1r7dZ4PR1BbYWGVgYBoncy7gE9_BrHn/view

The last two paragraphs say this:


These are the two paragraphs we should concentrate on? Oh, brother. My problem with these paragraphs are the disingenuousness I perceive here. He says "Revoice is not actually a conference about sin" but he says it is about a class of sinners--same-sex-attracted people--needing to know how to thrive in churches. Why would they have an issue thriving in churches? Because they live with a sexual sin that the churches forbid. So is it about sexual sin or is it not about sexual sin? If it is not about sexual sin, then why not just have a conference for Christians to thrive in general? Why not organize a potluck for the people at Memorial, or a picnic, or a Saturday night dance?

He states that a homosexual's biggest struggle might not be with lustful thoughts. I get that. I agree. But why tailor the conference for people who are homosexual then? And as for the last paragraph, it's total nonsense and I am tired of hearing about it. I've never heard churches tolerate nasty gay jokes about people in the congregation. Tom Littleton and I break down why this press release--and indeed the whole Revoice phenomenon--is s0 frustrating.

INTERVIEW ON THE NEW NORMAL WITH FAITH RADIO, THE MEETING HOUSE

Monday, July 23, 2018

MONDAY TIP: WHY THIS IS NOT A MOMENT FOR US TO STAY SILENT

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In the video below I explain why I cannot fall into silence at this moment. The LGBT movement of 2018 has shifted and bears little resemblance to the LGBT movement that focused on getting gays in the military and securing so-called "marriage equality." While I did not agree with the gay movement when they fought to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and to gain marriage "equality," I could still see some honorable facets of the gay movement in those days.

Now the gay movement has indulged a pathological obsession with imposing its sexual obsessions on children: adoption of children, LGBT curriculum in young children's schools, forcing churches to lie to youth about what the Bible says on sexuality, and finally, forbidding anyone from telling young people the truth that sexuality is fluid and they can choose to leave homosexuality at any time if they have fallen into it. 

I grew up not only with a gay parent but also in a highly left-wing environment. When I came to Texas in 2016, for the first time I got to know the Bible Belt's culture. In some ways I can understand why so many people who moved from middle America to big cities like New York reacted against their Christian upbringing and became pro-gay as part of their rebellion. But even with its flaws, Christian America is still right to resist the normalization of homosexuality since God made us heterosexual and no other sexual "orientation" truly exists.

For a very long time, I wanted to believe the best about the gay community. I thought that even if I disagreed with them there still existed a lot of good in the community's heart. But the turn toward children and youth on all these fronts has hardened me regarding LGBT culture. I feel "woke" about it, and not in a positive way. The fact that so few active homosexuals have the courage to stand up to gay leadership and call out the abusive practices toward children has caused me to lose all confidence in the gay community. People who have taken this on as their identity should be standing up and screaming against the abuses of children perpetrated in their name.

Instead, gay people have agreed with or abetted the troubling turn toward children in massive numbers. In this video I explain what a tragedy this is, and why this is not the time to be accommodating to gay demands.


Monday, July 16, 2018

TEN SIGNS THAT THE LGBT ISSUES MAY BE TURNING AROUND

Ten Weak Links in the LGBT Chain
Robert Oscar Lopez

For Christians this year’s events offer mixed signals. On the one hand, the LGBT movement has indicated its plan to infiltrate Christian churches. They have gone “gangbusters” after two of the big ones, the Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist denominations in the United States. The smaller but extremely influential Presbyterian Church of America seems caught in the spider’s web too. And even the Orthodox church, long considered untouchable, has shown some breaches in its defenses.

On the other hand, I can spot at least ten signs that we may have passed the Peak LGBT Moment. Often we hear about abortion and homosexuality as the twin worries facing Christian orthodoxy. Abortion looms as a more visceral atrocity. Homosexuality, on the other hand, poses the greater theological danger. Why? Those who affirm homosexuality typically have to re-interpret the most basic tenets of Christianity to find some justification for their position.

Hope springs eternal, however. For Christians worried about the ongoing damage caused by the LGBT movement, consider these ten “weak links” in the LGBT movement. We have solid reasons for hoping things may turn around soon. I go over all ten reasons in the video below.

1.    Social media seems to have shifted.

2.    People freak out about children.

3.    Too many people have disproved “born this way.”

4.    The theology is breaking down.

5.    Their war against Trump stands as obvious politics.

6.    Their dirty tactics will catch up to them.

7.    MeToo will eventually hit the gay community.

8.    They won cultural power but lost their cultural allure.

9.    They will run out of money.


10. They are making themselves miserable.


LAUNCH OF THE NEW NORMAL! FIRST AUDIO ON THIS

The book the New Normal has come out via the Wilberforce Press.  I am proud to be one of the contributors to this volume! Here is a link to the book page:

http://www.wilberforcepublications.co.uk/project/the-new-normal/

I recorded this interview about it with a radio station in Detroit:



I am going to be posting a lot more information about The New Normal, which is a great text that provides some badly needed correctives to the discussion of sexual ethics in the postmodern Christian churches.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

TUESDAY (2) TIP: GETTING BACK IN ACTION, WELCOME TO PHASE 5

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I am back from a hiatus and ready to go into Phase 5 with readers. Let's get back to work. A quick re-intro:

 

TUESDAY TIP: WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

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UNRELATED RANT: "WHO CAN YOU TRUST?"

As a bonus, I recorded this rant a few days back and thought I'd share it with you. The question that was on my mind was, "who can you trust?" Enjoy:


Monday, July 9, 2018

MONDAY: ALL THE SODOM THAT'S FIT TO PUBLISH

Hello, readers! I took a much needed break from blogging as July 4th came along. To ease back into my routine, I am republishing, in full length, my five-part series on Sodom that ran in January. You can catch a lot of these published individually also on Culture War Resource. Here is the full-length Sodom file:

PART I: CHARTING SODOM IN 2018

Veronese, Lot & Daughters Fleeing Sodom
The dawn of 2018 marks twenty years since a life-changing event that changed me from obnoxiously pro-gay to staunchly pro-chastity. To draw from an overused allegory, I would like to say I fled Sodom twenty years ago. You see, on January 2, 1998, I was rushed into surgery in a Bronx hospital, about a mile from the apartment I lived in. I had a cancerous tumor that was severely malignant. Rushed into emergency operative care, I experienced a level of pain greater than anything I had ever felt prior. The vicious nurses, whose faces I will never forget, hounded me until I agreed to be discharged. They threatened to prevent my father from seeing me if I did not leave the ambulatory recovery hall and go home. I do not know why they were so determined not to admit me to the hospital for recovery, but I left. It was exceedingly cold that night and my apartment was a fifth-floor walk-up I barely reached.

I was twenty-seven years old. Up until that time in my life, I had never had any strong inkling that homosexuality was wrong. I called myself homosexual though I had known since the beginning that I felt strong attractions toward women. Membership in the gay community, even back then, brought with it certain advantages: shortcuts to jobs, fabulous if not glamorous social events, easy sex, endless wit and diversion. By 1998 I had made peace with the physical act between two men, which I never came to like very much. I used poppers and got myself extremely drunk to get through it, trying wherever possible to avoid the most unpleasant act of them all.