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Can you be Gay and Christian?

Before you read on, please understand that we at RTG truly love those who identify as LGBT etc.  We do not hate you, and we never will.  Please read on.

Those who identify as gay face many struggles.  There is a high suicide rate and many difficulties they face from day to day including rejection from family, being ostracized in the church/community/workplace, and many mental health and substance abuse issues.

The causes of homosexuality are multi-faceted, and there is no “one answer” to the causation because it is a case-by-case basis.  This post is not written to discuss causations, but I have researched this topic for well over a decade if not longer, and from my findings, homosexuality is not genetic and it is not something you are born with  However, in scientific journal, “The New Atlantis” ( August 2016), an interesting and undoubtedly controversial article stated there was no genetic cause to homosexuality and:  

  • The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property – that people are “born that way” – is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • The belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex – so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ – is not supported by scientific evidence.
  • Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behaviour will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.
  • Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.

You can read the article in full here.

At the bottom of this page, along with this the same topic, is information about those who were formerly identified as transgender but found salvation in Christ, turned back to their original gender, and are living a joyful life.

I encourage you, whether you are gay, straight, or unsure, to watch these videos at YouTube where people tell their stories of how they became gay, and how they left the lifestyle:









There are many more videos out there, but this is a start.

I would like to list ministries that help people struggling with same-sex attraction:

http://desertstream.org/

http://www.ha-fs.org/ (Homosexuals Anonymous)

http://peoplecanchange.com/

https://www.sbmworldwide.com/tools/lp/sbm

I also want to list a few of the many books on this topic that can be found on Amazon.com:

“Is God Anti-Gay,” by Sam Allberry

“What does the Bible really Teach about Homosexuality,” by Kevin DeYoung

What you will find is that people identifying with LGBT grew up with rejection issues, child molestation, early exposure to pornography, and other harmful things that shaped their identity.  Yet, through the power of Jesus Christ, they were able to overcome it and leave the lifestyle. You won’t hear about this type of healing in the mainstream media for many reasons, however the truth is out there if you seek it.

All sinners have a chance of redemption and salvation.  Change is possible, and we read about this very thing in the New Testament:

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 tells us that homosexuality, drunkenness, swindlers, and a list of other types of sin were present even then.  But, they were justified by God and abandoned their sins.

Such were some of you, but you were you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

God changes people every day.

God tells us in both the Old and New Testaments that homosexuality is a sin  Some have tried to reinterpret these passages, but by doing so they take the verse out of context and it no longer means what the author intended. Romans 1 gives us a clear picture of homosexuality:

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

In summary, Paul tells us in this first chapter of Romans that homosexuality is a judgement on mankind resulting from people rejecting God.  Because of the rejection, God gave them over to their shameful lusts and unnatural sexual relations.  The chapter finishes out describing the other sins committed by people who reject God.

Now, the question has yet to be answered: Can you be a Gay Christian?  The short answer is “no.” You CAN be a Christian struggling with same-sex attraction.  Similarly, you can be Christian struggling with alcohol abuse, anger, hatred, fornication, lust, pornography, resentment, unforgiveness…the list goes on.  But, we cannot identify ourselves as Christian Alcoholics, Christian Spouse Abusers, etc.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and repent of our sins, we are Born Again.  We are no longer the same person. We are Christians, and although we will still struggle with sins, we are not sold out to those sins.  We don’t live in the very sins that separate us from God.  The Holy Spirit convicts us when we sin, and that is how we recognize our failure and are prompted to go back to the Cross to repent yet again.

This is the normal Christian life.  We don’t live in our sin, but when we fail, we pick ourselves up, humbly repent, and try again.

In conclusion, I want to again remind you that I never hate gay people and I never will.  You are experiencing a specific struggle, but the healing power and grace of Jesus Christ can intercede for your life and make you new.  Please visit the above listed ministries and watch the videos of those who have left the gay identity.

People can change.   Do not be misled by the media as the media will not always tell you the truth.  I close the post with this encouraging video from a former homosexual:

Transgender links and videos

http://www.ibelongamen.com/  (website of former transgender/homosexual who was miraculously cured of a life threatening illness).

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/promos/transgender-resources   (Various resources to help understand gender dysphoria)

Here are video testimonies from those who were former transgender.  Visit these websites for more information:

 




How can I know God is Real? 

 

A building has a builder and a painting has a painter.  Although we may not have watched the building be constructed or the painting be created, we know an intelligence was behind it all, and we would never consider the option that the building or painting were formed through natural processes.  From the smallest life form to the vast expanse of the universe, we see design, and such design could only come from a designer.  In Romans 1:20, we read that God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, and it is understood from the creation.  Creation is our evidence of God.

Although we can see the evidence of God, sometimes we may feel like He’s not there.  Our belief in God should never depend on our emotions.  When things are going well for us, we can find ourselves thanking God and be content.  During these times we would rarely if ever doubt His existence.  But what about the hard times?   Sickness, bankruptcy, failed relationships…does your belief in God then become questionable?

As Christians, we are not guaranteed happiness, prosperity, health, or our “best life now.”  In fact, we are more likely to encounter struggles, friends and family abandoning us, job loss, persecution, mockery, and other problems.  It is true that Christians go through a “spiritual desert” where we feel like God has abandoned us.  That happens to many believers and it is a beneficial problem although it may be painful and difficult at first.

God knows what happens to you, whether good or bad, and God is never surprised by such things.  Romans 8:28 tells us that God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose.   There is a theological term called “sanctification.”  This is a process where, after you have repented of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ, you will now go through a “cleaning process,” for lack of a better word.  Most likely, for the rest of your time here on earth, you will experience sanctification.  When we died to our old selves and became born again, we experienced spiritual rebirth, but God continues to work through our lives to help us exemplify the life of Christ.  You will still have times when you fall back into sin, the old habits, and the old way of thinking.   God will discipline you, or, hopefully at the very least, your conscience will remind you of your offense against God.  God works in us, and he takes us where we are at and makes us more Christ-like.  It can be a painful process, but we learn a lot through bad experiences.

As a Christian, the one sure thing you know is eternal bliss with our Savior awaits you after death.  We will also have good times while here on earth, our temporary home.  Remember that with good also comes bad, and with bad eventually comes the good.  Let your faith be in the almighty creator God who knows all things planned for you and is never surprised by what happens.  He’s got the whole world in his hands.  I encourage you to rest in those hands where you will be carried by the one who gave you life by dying for you.

Are you Good Enough to go to Heaven?

What can I do to be saved?

The Bible presents a clear path to eternal life. First, we must recognize that we have sinned against God: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We have all done things that are displeasing to God, which makes us deserving of punishment. Since all our sins are ultimately against an eternal God, only an eternal punishment is sufficient. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). However, Jesus Christ, the sinless (1 Peter 2:22), eternal Son of God became a man (John 1:1, 14) and died to pay our penalty. “God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ died on the cross (John 19:31-42), taking the punishment that we deserve (2 Corinthians 5:21). Three days later He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), proving His victory over sin and death. “In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). By faith, we must change our mindset regarding Christ – who He is, what He did, and why – for salvation (Acts 3:19). If we place our faith in Him, trusting His death on the cross to pay for our sins, we will be forgiven and receive the promise of eternal life in heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Faith alone in the finished work of Christ on the cross is the only true path to eternal life! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation. “God, I know that I have sinned against you and deserve punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”   

(Copied from http://www.gotquestions.org/eternal-life.html)

Are you Good Enough to go to Heaven?

Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven!

How is the Created World different from the New Heavens and New Earth?

The created world was “very good” when God finished it, but it soon took a turn for the worse when Adam rebelled against God’s command.  Ever since then, curse, suffering, disease, and death have infiltrated the Earth, causing it to be far from “very good.”  Christians have the hope of eternal life in heaven where everything will be restored and we will live with God forever in a curse-free environment.  Compare the created world with heaven below:

How can dinosaurs be used to spread the Gospel message?

We know about dinosaurs through the fossil record, and fossils are, of course, dead animals.  These fossils are found worldwide in sedimentary rock layers.  The majority of these fossils and rock layers were formed during Noah’s Flood.  The flood was an act of God’s judgment, showing that he does not tolerate sin forever.  We can use fossils to remind people of the deadly effects of sin.

 

Dinosaurs, animals, and people buried in sediment and fossilized after the flood (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

What did God mean by “very good?”

At the end of each day of creation, God said that it was “good.”  At the end of the creation week, God said that it was “very good.”  If his creation was very good, then there was no suffering, no disease, no sin, and no death.  It was paradise on earth and possibly a representation of our heavenly home

 

It was Very Good (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

After Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s commandment and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, sin entered into the world.  Death is a result of sin, and suffering, sickness, and disease are a form of death.  We suffer now because of Adam’s rebellion.   God’s world is not very good anymore, but our heavenly home will be.

 

How could it be Very Good if death, disease, and suffering were already occuring? (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

 

What was created on each day of the creation week?

God created everything in six literal days.  On Day 1, the heavens and Earth were created.  This includes light, matter, time, and energy.  On Day 2, the atmosphere was created.  Some of the waters covering the Earth were brought into the sky while the rest remained on the Earth as ocean.  On Day 3, dry land appeared out of the ocean, and vegetation began to grow.  The text implies that there was one super-continent at the time as opposed to the 7 continents we have today.  Secular scientists also affirm that in the past there was only one continent.  On Day 4, the sun, moon, and stars were created.  On Day 5, fish and flying animals were created.  This includes the dinosaurs of the sea like the plesiosaur.  On Day 6, land-dwelling animals (including dinosaurs) and man were created.  On Day 7, God rested from His work.

 

Creation Days 1 through 6 (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

There are some apologists that believe the universe, earth, plants, animals, and people were created with maturity.  In other words, Adam and Eve were not created as babies but instead were adults.  They may have had the appearance of someone in their twenties or thirties, for example, while only being a few days old.  If they were already mature, then they would be able to fulfill God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply.”  The same goes for the animals and the plants as well.  People and animals would be eating plants, and this would be their only source of food.  Therefore, the plants would have to be mature so they could produce fruit for consumption.




A response to the thinking atheist.

RTG is sharing this recent blog from Eric Hovind of Creation Science Evangelism.  It has some interesting points.  The full article along with an accompanying video can be found at this link.

The “Thinking” Atheist

Eric Hovind January 3rd, 2012

I was asked to listen to a YouTube video of podcast #12 from TheThinkingAtheist channel, where the show is devoted to asking atheists this question, “Are atheists wasting their time debating the existence of God?” I couldn’t help but respond to that question.

In short the answer is, YES.

Think about it: For an atheist to be consistent with the very idea of atheism means that debating is absurd. The whole concept of debate assumes someone is right and someone else is wrong; so right away you are assuming a standard by which this truth can be measured, i.e., absolute truth. However, the atheist will deny absolute truth from the onset. To be a true atheist, you must eventually deny all knowledge.

The concept of atheism eliminates the very need for debate. If the atheist’s worldview is correct, then we are nothing but the result of accidental chemical processes and our thoughts are merely chemical reactions that take place in our brain. Therefore, nothing you ever do, or say, or even believe, matters. In the end, we all go back to “star dust.” So, why argue? Why waste your time talking to someone about the truth or falsehood of something when it doesn’t matter in the end?

Atheists will respond to this accusation in a couple of different ways. With incredibly shallow logic, the atheist may reply, “Well then, why do you argue for the existence of God?” Thinking that they’ve really pulled one over on you, but in fact, all they’ve done is commit a logical fallacy called the “Too Quote” fallacy or “You Too” fallacy.  In essence, what they are saying is, Well you argue for your view so I can argue for my view. When this response is given, you know that the atheist does not understand the argument you are putting forth. They are not giving a valid reason for why an atheist should argue in the first place. You see, since God exists, it is right for us to argue for his existence. However, if atheism is true, then arguing has no purpose.

Some atheists might respond, “I argue so that America will not be a Christian nation. The idea of a Christian nation means that we would kill homosexuals, stone our disobedient children, and all have to wear long skirts and cover our heads.”

The very idea of arguing for atheism shows that they do not really believe what they claim they are saying they believe. The premise is that atheists have no reason, no basis, and no foundation for arguing. And in response to that accusation what will they do? Argue.

Atheist Evangelicals

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in elves, fairies, unicorns or Santa Claus (St. Nickolas was a real historical figure, but the fairy tale person that comes once a year on a sled is not real).  That is all—I don’t believe it, so I have no reason to continue discussing them.  I do not focus on what I don’t believe in. I instead spend my time focusing and further understanding what I do believe in.  Don’t we all do that? 

Before I go any further on this topic, let me define some terms.  As said in an earlier post, atheism is defined by the absence of a belief in God.  Some atheists will say that there is no God, as though they have searched all of creation to verify He isn’t there (what evidence are they looking for?  What in the natural would affirm the supernatural?)  Others say they “lack a belief” in God.  By that definition, my cats lack belief in God.  Lacking a belief at least keeps the door open so that an atheist could eventually believe in God, but if someone continually rejects God, He will give them over to their unbelief and they will be blinded (Romans 1).  It is God who grants us the ability to believe in Him (Phil 1:29).  How He chooses to grant belief to some and not others is not fully understood. Christians are not an elite group of select individuals.  It’s not a club.  It is actually quite humbling that God in all His glory and holiness would reach down to save one of His creations, despite how sinful we are. 

Now back to the topic: Why is it that atheists pursue those that believe in God?  Atheists don’t believe in God, so why do they care about the topic?  In their minds, he doesn’t exist, so why think anymore about it? Move along.  Nothing to see here.  Atheists don’t investigate the non-existence of unicorns and elves, etc. as mentioned above do they? 

But with God, it is common knowledge that He does exist (Rom 1:19).  The law of God is written on everyone’s hearts (Rom. 2:15).  We all have an inherent knowledge of right and wrong. Technically, there is no such thing as an atheist—all people believe in God (granted there are many false religions that worship different gods that are nothing like the Christian God, but that is for another article).   However, people suppress the knowledge of God and He gives them over to their rejection (Rom 1:26, 28).  In other words, the atheist tells God that he doesn’t believe in Him, so God blinds them to His existence.  Now they cannot even see the evidence for him, and they are not indwelt with the Holy Spirit and cannot even understand the things of God. 

Atheists have become evangelical in their belief, er…non-belief.  They have their mind made up that God doesn’t exist (or do they?) and peruse various media regarding the existence of God.  A multitude of books, websites, YouTube videos, etc. have been created to prove the non-existence of God.  I’ve made a website, videos, and published a book, and these were not easy tasks.  It’s very time consuming and exhausting.  But my website and book are about what I believe in, not what I don’t believe in.

Are atheists questioning their non-faith?  Do they doubt their non-belief?  Are they worried that some two billion confessing Christians might be right?  Why would an atheist care so much as to do research on their non-god belief and let other people know about it?  Why would they want to look up texts from a book that they don’t believe in [i.e., the Bible] and use it to fortify their non-belief?  Why would they care at all what other people think or believe it?  How would it affect the atheist at all if someone else believes in God? 

If the atheist believes in the evolution theory, then he/she has no reason based on their worldview to care about someone else.  Every thought in their brain is the product of chemical reactions.  One person’s chemical reaction is different from another person’s chemical reaction, therefore we have subjective truth and subjective morality.  What is true and right for one is not true and right for the other, and that is okay.  If someone’s chemicals make them believe in a Sky Daddy, as the atheists call God, then why is it wrong?  Is there something wrong with that person’s chemicals? Should we ostracize people for being different?  They can’t help it—they were born that way.  Whatever happened to tolerance?  Or does tolerance only apply when we agree with each other, in which case tolerance would be the wrong word to use.  With evolution theory, everyone is just an advanced animal.  The goal is to survive and spread your genes.  Steal, kill, and destroy if necessary.  Do what thou wilt, as Aleister Crowley said.  Aleister kept that philosophy, but now he has nothing good to show for it.

As a Christian, I do believe in God and the Bible, and I know that those who don’t believe in God, repent of their sins, and accept forgiveness, will face an eternal torment in hell.  Hell is a reality that I wouldn’t want even the worst person in the world to face.  I have a reason to defend the Bible and I have a reason to witness to others.  Atheists have no reason to defend their non-belief. 

A Simple Truth

Regarding the Creation/Evolution debate: The argument is not about the evidence, it is about the interpretation of the evidence. When this concept can be understood by both parties, a simple truth is revealed: The argument is about the origin of the evidences. Are the evidences the product of natural selection and random mutation without any intelligent force behind it, or was the evidence a product of an Intelligent Creator? The arguments for evidences will be fruitless and time consuming because both evolutionists and creationists have an answer to explain the evidences. Instead, arguments for God or non-god get to the heart of the matter.

The Theory of Evolution and Atheism are too separate concepts, but often times an atheist is also a believer in the evolutionary theory, which states we all have a common ancestor and humans are advanced animals. Humans have no purpose in life except to survive and they have no destiny when life is over. As an animal, we can do whatever we want or need to do in order to survive. Animals are selfish by nature, and evolution requires that behavior.If there is a God, then we will one day be held accountable for our actions and therefore have a reason to do what is right. An offense to a Holy God requires and infinite punishment. God has revealed Himself through his creation (Romans 1) and through his Word. Rejection of God’s Word will lead to rejection of Him. Rejection of God will lead to an eternal punishment. God is loving, but he is also just. Otherwise, all of the Adolph Hitlers and Osama bin Ladens of the world would be in Heaven and not have to be accountable for their actions on earth. If that were true, we could all do whatever we wanted to and forget about being responsible. It’s not like that though. Eternity is a long time to think about where you went wrong.