Homosexuality: Greatest threat to evangelism
January 28, 2003
Editor’s note: This is the second of four columns concerning the greatest threat to evangelism in America today — homosexuality.
JEFFERSON CITY – The greatest threat to evangelism in America today comes from the political activism of the homosexual movement. I want to address this issue from a Christian world-life view, not a culturally or politically correct world-life view.
Last year, I spent two days at Focus on the Family Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colo., and heard MANY presentations from as many people on this subject. All persons virtually said the same thing when it came to the strategies used by homosexual activists.
Homosexuals are well organized, determined and absolutely ruthless in their activism to get our culture to embrace their lifestyle. If we attempt to stand against them, then they diligently work to silence us. Here is the basic five-point strategy employed everyday to advance their agenda:
1. Victimization. With assistance from the news media they always have themselves portrayed as "victims" in need of protection. This will enlist the public’s emotions and empathy.
2. Tolerance. Acceptance of this lifestyle is to become a sacred value embraced by our society (and anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle will be demonized as intolerant).
3. Acceptance. This includes a legal acknowledgement of their "rights." To be counted among these so-called "rights" are: recognition of domestic partners, adoption of children, legalization of same-sex marriages, promotion of their lifestyle through parades and at any other venue that will entice the public to accept them as a "normal" part of the culture.
To gain acceptance in the next 20 years, they are in a very active "indoctrination" program in our public schools. This is a foundational attack to change the thinking of children who will become voters in the next 10 years. An 8-year-old today is a registered voter in 10 years.
4. Financial support. They gain finances through corporate support of "domestic partners". Then they pressure the government to follow the lead of the corporate sector. Already corporations like Xerox and Disney have "domestic partner" employment benefits. They advance by singling out and then "picking-off" one CEO of a major corporation at a time, building a case for other CEOs by establishing precedents.
5. Punishment. Ruthlessly SILENCE all opposition through economic, legal and simple intimidation. Purposely bankrupt people who oppose homosexuality and attack them with lawsuits to silence them through financial intimidation. For the church, this means they must silence us at all costs. A law was passed in June 2002 by the government of Sweden that makes it a criminal act for a pastor to read Romans chapter 1 from his pulpit and/or call homosexuality a sin. The penalty is prison.
The Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children even today is in a landmark legal battle with homosexual activists. The issue: Can the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children legally dismiss homosexual social workers? It may be the biggest case on the national scene right now.
The homosexual activists have one simple belief: Perseverance! They really believe that the Church will give up over a period of time. They are counting on us getting lazy.
Remember what Scripture teaches us: "Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:3-4)." Also, (Romans 5:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; Hebrews 12:1; Revelation 2:2,19)