Phil Robertson, the star of a A&E’s hit TV series quoted the Bible recently when talking about homosexuality. It stirred up the censorship police (A&E suspended him for stating what he believed), and it sure brought the verse to the public’s attention. That’s good news. Here is the passage:
“Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Homosexuals were deeply offended, and no wonder. The Scriptures clearly say that they are not going to make it to Heaven. However, it also says that fornicators (those who have had premarital sex), idolaters (those who make up false gods to suit themselves), adulterers, thieves, and the others mentioned in the list won’t make it either. So all these folks should be just as offended as homosexuals.
But it gets worse. Jesus said that if we as much as lust, we commit adultery in our hearts (see Matthew 5:27-28), and who of us isn’t guilty of that? So the rest of humanity should be deeply offended by the message of Christianity…and they are. Despite this, God means what He says about Hell. He will have His Day of absolute justice, despite the offense.
As Christians, we care enough to warn about Hell’s reality, and we care enough to tell this sinful world that God is rich in mercy, willing to forgive and grant everlasting life to all who repent of sin and trust alone in Jesus. See www.needGod.com for details.
Pastor Greg Laurie interviews Duck Commander Phil Robertson
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
What do I mean by returning the yuck factor?
Consider how many times you’ve read the word “gay” or “homosexual” in this post without thinking about the actual behaviors those terms represent. “Gay” and “homosexual” are polite terms for an ugly practice. They are euphemisms. In all the politeness, we’ve actually stopped talking about the things that lie at the heart of the issue–sexual promiscuity of an abominable sort. I say “abominable” because that’s how God describes it in His word. I think we should describe sin (and righteousness) the way God does. And I think it would be a good thing if more people were gagging on the reality of the sexual behavior that is now becoming public law, protected, and even promoted in public schools.
So what are we talking about? (Warning: Obscene descriptions follow. If sensitive in conscience, skip the block quotes below and go to the conclusion)
We are talking about one man inserting the male organ used to create
life into the part of another man used to excrete waste. We are talking
about one man taking the penis of another man into his mouth, or
engaging in penis-to-penis grinding.
We are talking about a woman using her mouth to stimilute the nipples,
vulva, clitoris or vagina of another woman, or using her hand or
other “toys” to simulate sexual intercourse.
We are talking about anilingus and other things I still cannot name or
That sense of moral outrage you’re now likely feeling–either at the descriptions above or at me for writing them–that gut-wrenching, jaw-clenching, hand-over-your-mouth, “I feel dirty” moral outrage is the gag reflex. It’s what you quietly felt when you read “two men deep kissing” in the second paragraph. Your moral sensibilities have been provoked–and rightly so. That reflex triggered by an accurate description of homosexual behavior will be the beginning of the recovery of moral sense and sensibility when it comes to the so-called “gay marriage” debate.
My commentary continued...
I agree with Pastor Anyabwile, that maybe what we need is to return to the "yuck factor". For so long the homosexual activists have been furthering their agenda by getting people to not think about the homosexual act itself, but only about the emotional - two people "in love". It is the same tactic that the pro-abortionists use -- don't dare think about the gruesome act of abortion (the dismemberment and destruction of a human being), only think about the mother and her right to "choose". Or the evolutionist who highly esteems Charles Darwin -- I like to point out that Darwin was a sexist and a racist and his evolutionary philosophy made the way for a monster like Hitler to do what he did. Sometimes a little reality is in order, you know.
Now, is this always the case? Should we always bring the "yuck factor" into a conversation? Not necessarily. In fact I would say probably not most of the time. It really depends on who we are talking to - the average homosexual or the militant homosexual activist - and who the audience is. Use Christian discernment: "Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16b). The most important thing is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost person (homosexual or otherwise), without being unnecessarily offensive. We are always striving to have that perfect balance of grace and truth.
Christians may have differing opinions on this (and that's fine), but personally I'm more offended by Drew Magary - the writer for GQ (a gentleman's magazine?) - who wrote the article "What the Duck?", than I am by Phil. His article is filled with profanity and even blasphemy (OM_), but the homosexuals that are outraged by Phil's comments do not have a problem with that. I excerpted an example of his "fine work" below (I used dashes to edit the profanity and blasphemy):
The ecology here has been so perfectly manipulated that it feels as if two giant hands reached down from the sky and molded the land itself, an effect that I’m sure would please Phil. Whatever you think of Phil’s beliefs, it’s hard not to gaze upon his cultivations and wonder if you’ve gotten life all wrong. This is life as summer camp. It’s gorgeous, in a way that alters you on an elemental level. I feel it when I breathe the air. I feel it when I survey the enormity of the space around me. I shouldn’t be sitting around the house and b----ing because the new iOS 7 touchscreen icons don’t have any f---ing drop shadow. I should be out here, d----t! Killing things and growing things and bringing dead things home to cook! There is a life out in this wilderness that I am too chickens--- to lead.
As we speed along, a speck of mud gets on my shirt—OM- MUD EWW SO GROSS!—and I flick it away. Meanwhile, Phil sits next to me, and his whole life is caked in mud. He’s been out here plunging his hands into the earth and ripping the heads off ducks while I’ve been in suburbia with my thumb up my a--. I feel both inadequate and ungrateful. There’s only one way to absolve myself, I figure, and that is to shoot the f--- out of this crossbow.
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