Pastor Gregg Matte's message on Sun, Sep 18, 2022, looked at Romans 1:22-32. In this passage from Paul's letter to believers in Rome, he addressed homosexuality among other topics.
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As Pastor Gregg references in his message, major societal shifts have taken place in recent decades and understanding them helps us see how we arrived at a place where homosexuality is more widely accepted today. This is far from an exhaustive list, but this will help us understand our current culture:
Question to ask: Has this societal soil produced a rose of superior sexual morality?
The following quotes illustrate some of the points listed above:
From We Cannot Be Silent by R. Albert Mohler Jr:
“Conservative Christians far too quickly accuse the proponents of same-sex marriage of being the enemies of marriage, believing that marriage was in great shape before same-sex couples started clamoring for the legal recognitions of the unions. This is intellectual dishonesty, and the record must be set straight. The previous damage to marriage can be traced to the intellectual, sexual, legal, and therapeutic subversion of marriage by heterosexuals.” — p. 89
The following passages from After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the '90s by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen are quoted in Albert Mohler’s book, We Cannot Be Silent.
From Strange New World by Carl Trueman:
“Trans ideology increasingly shapes corporate policies too. The banning of Ryan T. Anderson’s calm, thoughtful, and well-researched book, When Harry became Sally, by Amazon in February 2021 was an interesting move. Mao, Hitler, and Stalin remained authors in good standing. The company sent out numerous emails in that very month encouraging customers to purchase Technological Slavery by Theodore Kaczynski. Kaczynski is better known as the Unabomber, the Unites States’ most infamous home-grown terrorist. This work (and his earlier Manifesto) are still available via Amazon. Yet even in the worst-case scenario, Anderson’s book is unlikely to cause a world war, lead to millions of deaths by famine, or inspire a domestic bombing campaign. Somehow, Anderson had committed a more serious crime in the modern therapeutic world: he had challenged the dominant narrative of the trans revolution and called into question whether it really was delivering on the promises it made.
The L, the G, and the B now look remarkably passé, assuming as they do the importance of biological sex for the gender binary. The T and the Q, denying this, have proved both parasitic upon the gains made by the LGB and ultimately destructive of the LGB, as well as of traditional feminism. The civil wars we now see opening up on the left over trans ideology bear witness to this.
More significant, however, is the fact that these radical forms of expressive individualism, allied to powerful narratives of victimhood and oppression, are set to change all of our lives. It is to that we turn in the next chapter, where we will see that two of the most unquestioned freedoms of Western liberal democracy, those of speech and religion, are now in serious jeopardy." — p. 146-147
From The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray:
"The manner in which people and movements behave at the point of victory can be the most revealing thing about them. Do you allow arguments that worked for you to work for others? Are reciprocity and tolerance principles or fig-leaves? Do those who have been censored go on to censor others when the ability is in their own hands?
In doing so they contradict the claims made by gay rights activists from the start of the battle for gay equality, which is that it should be no business of anyone else what consenting adults get up to in private. If that goes for the rights of gay groups then surely it ought to apply to the rights of Christian fundamentalists and other groups too." — p. 16
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