What Do Gays Really Want From The Church?

HomoGlassby Patricia L. Dickson   11/2/14
After a federal judge in Idaho recently ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, ordained ministers Donald and Evelyn Knapp who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city of Coeur d‘Alene, were asked by a gay couple to perform their wedding ceremony. According to Fox News, the ministers declined to perform the wedding due to their opposition to same-sex marriage. However, because the Hitching Post wedding chapel is registered as a for-profit business rather than a church or place of worship (although the wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible”), they must comply with a local nondiscrimination ordinance that was passed last year. The question that is most puzzling to me is why did the gay couple choose to do business with that particular wedding chapel? Were there not any other places that they could have gone (such as the Justice of the Peace) to have their wedding performed? Why did the gay couple in Colorado approach the Christian Bakery? Were there no other bakeries in their city or town? It appears that the gay community is targeting Christians and the Christian church. If that is indeed the case, what do they want from the church?[pullquote]The gay community is constantly attacking the church as if the church were singling them out. However, it is the other way around; the gay community is singling out the church.[/pullquote]

We were assured by President Obama after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act that he wouldn’t try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages. However; I think that the slippery slope metaphor is appropriate for this issue. I have always contended that the goal of the gay rights advocates is to somehow get the church to approve of the homosexual lifestyle by forcing churches to perform gay marriages. If gay couples were to win every court case against Christian business owners or if the law somehow changed so that every Christian pastor is forced to perform same-sex weddings in the church, would they be satisfied? I do not believe that they would because their battle is not a political one, it is a spiritual one. Spiritual issues need to be addressed with God, not fought in the courthouse. Neither man nor woman (through the court system or through his or her approval) can win a spiritual battle for an individual.  Gay couples know that Christian ministers pray for God’s blessing over heterosexual couples when performing church weddings.  They are seeking what man cannot give, God’s blessing and approval of their lifestyle.

The gay community is constantly attacking the church as if the church were singling them out. However, it is the other way around; the gay community is singling out the church. How else do you explain gay couples running straight to Christian business owners as soon as their state lifts the ban on same-sex marriage?  The church does not single out the homosexual lifestyle when preaching against sexual sins — as though the Bible rates sin on some scale from one to ten. God rates and rejects all sin equally (lying, adultery, theft, fornication). On the other hand, God has love and compassion for sinners so much so that He sent His son Jesus to die and pay the price for sin so that all could be free from the bondage of sin and   receive salvation.

1 Corinthian 6:9-10

Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,

Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

Romans 6:10-12

For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].

Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.

Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.

When I read about Christian business owners being targeted and sued by gay couples, my emotions swing from one extreme to the other. My first reaction is righteous indignation when I consider the political implications of the same-sex marriage issue and the agenda against the church and the people of God. However, when I turn my focus to the individuals, my anger turns to compassion. When I look at the photos of gay individuals marching with signs and scowls on their faces, I am willing to believe that underneath all the anger lies a soul yearning for God’s approval of their lifestyle.

Yes, I know that many homosexuals and lesbians claim that the Bible is outdated and that Christians are bigots; nonetheless, the first place they run is to a Christian business owner or minister. If they really believed that Christians are bigots, why would they suffer being in their presence? Who do you know chooses to be in the presence of bigots? What these individuals know is that the safest place to be is in the company of God-fearing people.  The Washington Times reported on the Christian ministers in Idaho: “On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined.”  Not everyone that opposes the homosexual lifestyle does so because of a religious faith. Some individuals are just plain bigots. True bigots are full of hate and have no problem verbally and physically attacking the target of their bigotry.

It is my belief that the church is the only place where gay individuals can truly find compassion. The gay advocate groups do not care about the individuals. They are just using them to further their political cause in the same way as the abortion advocates use women and young girls. When and if these individuals decide to seek counseling, the church should be the first place they turn. When they turn to the church or any Christian, we should welcome them while at the same time teach them what the Bible says peppered in love as Jesus Himself would do. As Ephesians 4:15 states, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”


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10 Responses to What Do Gays Really Want From The Church?

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Gay couples know that Christian ministers pray for God’s blessing over heterosexual couples when performing church weddings.  They are seeking what man cannot give, God’s blessing and approval of their lifestyle….When I look at the photos of gay individuals marching with signs and scowls on their faces, I am willing to believe that underneath all the anger lies a soul yearning for God’s approval of their lifestyle.

    An interesting theory, Patricia. I can’t blame you for seeing the glass as half full.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    One thing to note here is that several of these cases occurred at a time when homosexual marriage was “banned” in the states in question. (In reality, of course, the use of “banned” was always a lie used to pressure the courts into forcing states to recognize homosexual marriages.) Another is that the homosexual activist groups can only accomplish their pressure by persuading ordinary homosexuals to persecute the various Christian businesses they target. The basic error has been to come up with the right to perversion, usually justified by calling it a “sexual preference” — as if it would be possible to discriminate against a homosexual inclination without some way of knowing about it (usually from behavior). This is made even worse by proposed (or actual) laws that ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity, which allow dirty old men to pretend to self-identify as women to get into female bathrooms — and then molest the normal users of the facilities.

  3. Rosalys says:

    Some homosexuals are seeking acceptance; they are miserable and pathetic, but I wonder if they are really the ones targeting Christians. But for the activist, it is a direct attack on Christianity, to get them to compromise and therefore become ineffective and irrelevant. It is a hateful, spiteful, and arrogant action on their part and they must be vehemently opposed and not given into – regardless what the so-called “law” says. Both groups are to be pitied because they are on the road to perdition and they need to be given the Gospel and told they need to repent. No one has to scream or be obnoxious or act like the pastor from the Westboro Baptist Church. The truth can be given in love and still be firm and without compromise.

  4. GHG says:

    Not to be flippant – but with all things liberal, the phrase give them an inch and they’ll want a mile applies. What started out as a compassionate plea to treat homosexuals with the respect due a fellow human being has become a militant demand to give up contrary views and personal convictions. They first wanted liberty, now they want equality. To quote Don Colacho “Liberty is the right to be different. Equality is a ban on being different.”

    • Timothy Lane says:

      It’s the Overton Window again. Liberals never really accept any compromise as final, which is why one should never accept any undesirable provision in any compromise with them.

  5. Rosalys says:

    “They first wanted liberty, now they want equality.”

    They won’t be content with equality. The next step is the desire for supremacy, which they are already trying to implement.

    • GHG says:

      The next step is the desire for supremacy, which they are already trying to implement.

      That’s what I meant by Equality is a ban on being different. They demand that we not be different – everyone must believe what they believe.

  6. I must have hit a nerve with this article. There are over 600 comments and counting over at the American Thinker.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/11/what_do_gays_really_want_from_the_church_comments.html#disqus_thread

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Homosexuality, Libertarianism, and Atheism seem to be the topics that guarantee a lot of hits. Not sure what the commonality is there, although it’s likely due to the mindless zealousness of the adherents. But if one were to write an article about a homosexual libertarian atheist, you might surely hit the jackpot.

  7. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It appears that the gay community is targeting Christians and the Christian church. If that is indeed the case, what do they want from the church?

    They still hold a grudge about Sodom and Gomorrah.

    The Leftist homosexual community wish to remake the Church the same way Obama wishes to remake America. In other words they wish to destroy it as it is presently constituted. The destruction of Christianity has been a clear goal of the Left for almost 300 years.

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