Homosexuality: Greatest threat to evangelism
February 25, 2003
I am not ashamed to be called a Southern Baptist. Southern Baptists, in our annual conventions, are not ashamed to take stands for clear Biblical truth and tell the world about our Scriptural convictions. I like that.
Today, there is a small group of Baptist people who take GREAT issue with the BF&M 2000’s Family Article. It seems to me that there is one word in this article that “sticks in the throat” of dissenters. That word is “submit”. As I read the Family Article, it seems to me to be a direct plagiarism of scripture. I believe focusing on the word “submit” misses the fundamental purpose of the article.
Might I be so bold as to say that the major reason for this BF&M Family Article was not to counter the feminist movement in our society. The major reason was to take a clear stand in defining what a family is. Today, the homosexual agenda is actively trying to change the definition of “family”. It’s already happened in Canada!
A Canadian Court just struck down the democratically enacted marriage laws that define marriage as the union of male and female. This means that Ontario must now recognize homosexual "marriages". In addition, public and parochial schools are now being forced to teach acceptance of “homosexual marriages”. It could happen to us. Read this e-mail message I received…
Yesterday, a special court in Canada struck down the democratically enacted marriage laws of Ontario that define marriage as the union of male and female. Based on an outrageously distorted reading of the Canadian constitution (sound familiar?) the court held that Ontario must now grant marriage to homosexual couples.
In a separate news story from Canada, the gay activist who serves as Ontario’s Commissioner of Human Rights, has now called for measures to force all private schools in Ontario to cease teaching children that marriage is the union of male and female. In his press conference, the Human Rights Commissioner specifically called for government measures against all private and religious schools (my emphasis) – including Catholic parochial schools – to "force compliance" with the views of the Ontario courts regarding marriage.
“Of course, this is more evidence that gay activist rhetoric about simply seeking to participate in the institution of marriage is really cover for larger effort to change the social and moral fabric of our culture. And their civil rights rhetoric is strangely one-sided. In the pursuit of their manufactured "right" to marry, gay activists are prepared to ignore basic civil rights – like freedom of conscience – if they present an obstacle to their vision for remaking society in their image.
“At present, American law still makes a clear distinction between homosexual conduct and the social institution formed by the union of a man and a woman in marriage – largely because of the unique social, emotional, and moral benefits that children derive from being raised by a married mother and father.
“In addition, in contrast to Canada, our nation offers a unique opportunity to resist the destruction of the legal status of marriage because of the presence of so many large and vibrant communities of faith in the United States. If we work together, there is hope that the American people can be moved to reaffirm the legal status of marriage and the family before we reach the point that Canada is fast approaching at the hands of the courts.
The alliance’s Web site, www.allianceformarriage.org, is an excellent source of additional information on this issue.
Homosexuals are trying to get the whole world to abandon 6,000 years of God’s clear design for marriage and family in order to gain acceptance of their perverse lifestyle.
Remember, Christian marriage is a physical picture of our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. I don’t want to do anything that soils that image to the lost world around me.
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband,” (Ephesians 5:31-33)