Gay quotes to encourage and inspire
Dr. Robert Gagnon
In August of 2015, I had a friendly one and a half hour phone conversation with Dr. Gagnon. I found him to be friendly and an interesting guy with whom to converse. The leading anti-gay evangelical scholar of our time, Dr. Robert Gagnon, a tenured Professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, admits on page 130 of his book, The Bible And Homosexual Practice, that:
“homosexual cult prostitution appears to have been the primary form in which homosexual intercourse was practiced in Israel.”
Dr. Gagnon devotes pages 100-110 of his book to supporting his thesis that cult prostitution was the primary form in which homosexual intercourse was practiced in Israel.
In spite of his startling admission, Dr. Gagnon believes that verses which in context, refer to shrine prostitutes who worshiped the fertility goddess, also condemn committed, faithful, same sex partnerships and marriages between born again Christians. Now think about that for a minute.
If Dr. Gagnon could find even one verse in the Bible which in context, condemns a committed, faithful, intimate, non-cultic lesbian or homosexual partnership, he would cite that verse to support his viewpoint.
Unfortunately for Dr. Gagnon, there are no verses (zero, zip, nada) anywhere in the Bible which in context, condemn committed, faithful, intimate, non-cultic same sex partnerships. If such verses exist in the Holy Bible, my statement can be easily refuted by citing Bible verses which, IN CONTEXT, condemn same sex relationships.
Please note this: By implication, (based on his statement above), Dr. Gagnon admits he can find no historical evidence which indicates that homosexuality apart from cult prostitution was a problem in ancient Israel. Isn't that an incredible admission?
Despite the amazing lack of verses to support his anti-gay viewpoint, Rob Gagnon still believes that all intimate gay and lesbian partnerships are sinful. He maintains his belief sola fide (only by faith), because no verse of scripture supports his belief. Read again his amazing scholarly conclusion.
“homosexual cult prostitution appears to have been the primary form in which homosexual intercourse was practiced in Israel.” Gay Quotes.
"If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. There is no part of the world that is outside of His Lordship. That means there must be no part of my life that is outside of His Lordship. God's Holy character has something to say about economics, politics, athletics, romance–everything that we are involved with." -R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God
Theologian Paul Jewett Rebukes
The Church For Not Treating
“We are left with the feeling that the church has overdone it, no matter how you cut it, and that homosexuals have certainly suffered more wrong than they have committed, and that there must be flaws in whatever theology of nature or hierarchy of sins has made homosexuality be viewed as the nadir of depravity... This feeling increases when one becomes acquainted with responsible, Christian, homosexual people.” Gay Quotes.
- Fuller Seminary theologian Paul King Jewett
Dr. Marten Woudstra
Of The NIV Committee,
On The Bible And Homosexuality
In the mid-1980s, Dr. Woudstra was asked by fellow conservative evangelicals for his insight on homosexuality and the Bible. As chair of Old Testament translation for the NIV Bible, President of the Evangelical Theological Society, longtime professor at Calvin Seminary and author of the New International Commentary on Joshua, Woudstra was a recognized evangelical scholar. Dr. Woudstra said:
“I do not think the O.T. and N.T. texts are all that clear to warrant a strongly negative stand of the Christian church.”
Woudstra also said: “I think, as those who love the inerrant Word of God, we want to be doubly sure that we read that Word correctly. Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden light. Let us make sure that as we put a burden on anyone such as complete celibacy we do so because we are 100% sure that this is Jesus’ burden. Otherwise we should leave this to the individual conscience.” gay quotes
The REAL Gay Agenda
“You go to work; you do an excellent job; you mow your lawn; you pay your property taxes and you go to bed at 10 o’clock at night. That’s the gay agenda.”
- Kurt Jacobowitz-Cain, a former ex-gay leader, now happily same sex partnered. Gay Quotes.
What Is A WACKO?
- Wants only what is good for his/her group.
- Angry; hot-button issues oriented.
- Christian in name but not Christlike in nature.
- Knocks others who are different.
- Only interested in winning, not in spiritual growth.
The WACKO list is right on target and applies equally to many on the religious left and right. Both antigay Christian conservative WACKOs and gay liberal WACKOs share similar, less than thoughtful tendencies.
InterVarsity Press Author
"Surely we are all meant to enjoy our sexuality, whether we are heterosexual or homosexual. All too often homosexuality is thought of as a blight, a disease, something that needs to be hidden from all but those few who can share at a deep level. Yet it is often the case that the homosexual is a very loving and lovable person with a tremendous contribution to make." She urged reflection on a Christian homosexual’s relationship with God and potential for becoming more fully human in a loving relationship with another person of the same sex and concluded:
"If homosexual friends can, with real honesty, answer these questions to their entire satisfaction and peace of mind, then they have nothing to fear."
- Margaret Evening, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship author, 1975, Gay Quotes.
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“Paul never addresses the subject of human sexuality in a systematic manner” and yet, in “Paul’s most extended discussion of sexuality [he] lays the groundwork for a suggestive and flexible Christian sexuality.”
- Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, 1993, InterVarsity Press, gay quotes
Don't Let Anti-Gay Rhetoric
“In the twenty first century many Christians confuse modern homosexuality with sexual abuse of slave in the ancient world, pederasty or child sexual abuse, rape of foreigners and pagan sexual worship of false gods. Those ancient practices are not analogs of modern homosexuality.”
- Rick Brentlinger, Gay Quotes.
Christianity Today Editorial
"Homosexual men and women will not return to the collective closet, the centuries-old practice of culturally imposed silence. Nor should they. Homosexual activists rightly insist that they not face verbal and physical abuse... because of their sexual orientation...
We dare not send homosexual Christians back into closets of self-loathing and terror... Too often our [evangelical response] begins and ends with referring people to a chapter of an ‘ex-gay’ ministry like Exodus International and bidding them Godspeed... insisting that all homosexual Christians must change their orientation is... reckless."
- Christianity Today, September 4, 2000, Gay Quotes.
Good News From Fuller
"We acknowledge that some gay Christians may choose to commit themselves to a lifelong, monogamous homosexual union, believing this is God’s best for them. They believe that this reflects an authentic sexuality that is congruent for them and their view of Scripture. Even though we hold to the model of a heterosexual, lifelong, monogamous union, our compassion brings us to support all persons as they move in the direction of God’s ideal for their lives."
- Jack and Judith Balswick, Authentic Human Sexuality: An Integrated Christian Approach. Gay Quotes.
Christ Has Set Us Free
The Real Reason Jesus Died
"Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, 'I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.' Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross."
- John R. W. Stott, The Message of Galatians, page 179.
The Absolute Wonder
Of Jesus Christ, Our Savior
“Infinite and yet an infant.
Eternal and yet born of a woman.
Almighty, and yet nursing at a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in his mother’s arms. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised Son.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-1892, English Baptist Pastor
Ravi Zacharias Speaks About Justice And Equal Rights For Gay People
“Justice is not part of virtue, it is virtue entire, nor is the contrary, injustice, a part of vice but vice entire.”
- Dr. Zacharias quoting Aristotle.
Then Zacharias asks:
“Suppose you say you love someone [like a gay person] but you are unjust in your dealings with them. How would that [gay] person respond to your words, ‘But I love you’?
If heterosexual Christians fail to identify with homosexual Christians who are chained by ecclesiastical homophobia, as though chained with them, how will the enchained [gay people] respond to: 'But I love you!'”? Gay Quotes.
Dr. Marten Woudstra
(A Gay Christian)
Was A Recognized Conservative
In The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Dr. Howard commends an Old Testament scholar, the late Marten Woudstra of Calvin Seminary, as “a conservative evangelical” who was “clearly committed to the authority and integrity” of Scripture. “Woudstra,” he writes, “is very sensitive to small nuances in the text missed by many commentators [and] his is one of the very best commentaries on the text of Joshua.”
Yet Woudstra believed that nothing in the Old Testament corresponds to homosexuality as we understand it today. Dr. Howard, of course, is not addressing Woudstra’s remarks on the Bible and homosexuality but his affirmation of Dr. Woudstra’s careful, conservative evangelical scholarship should caution against the wooden assumptions of a biblical negativity on homosexuality per se.
- from an article by Dr. Blair
The Bible Speaks To The Modern Homosexual Debate
From The Christian Century, May 2, 2006, Dr. Gaiser, a Luther Seminary Old Testament professor, applies Isaiah 56:3-8, to the modern debate about homosexuals in the church.
“the promise [to eunuchs] comes not by right but as gift... God is gathering ‘others’ to ‘the outcasts of Israel’ that God has ‘already gathered.’ The people of Israel can accept the inclusion of others because they know themselves to be outcasts and sinners, welcome in God’s house because of who God is and what God has done, not because of their own righteousness.”
In the same way, the church can accept gay Christians who are welcome in God’s house because of who God is and what God has done in saving them. Gay Quotes.
The Strong Analogy Between the Church On Slavery (quoted scripture to oppress blacks) And the Church On Homosexuality (quotes scripture to oppress gays)
In an interesting article in The Christian Century, May 2, 2006, “Battle for the Bible” by Mark Noll, we find an excellent discussion of the Bible verses used to support slavery. Although Noll does not address homosexuality, there is a striking analogy between slavery and homosexuality.
Dr. Noll, Professor of History at Wheaton College, perhaps the leading evangelical college in America, traces the torturous trek of pro-slavery arguments, with their chapter and verse rebuttal of abolitionist arguments, which focused on the love of God for all mankind. Noll writes:
“the stronger [the abolitionists’] arguments based on general humanitarian principles became, the weaker the Bible looked in any traditional sense. By contrast, rebuttal of abolitionist arguments from biblical principle increasingly came to look like a defense of scripture itself.”
Noll explains that those who “defended the legitimacy of slavery in the Bible had the easiest task.” Their line went like this:
“First, open the scriptures and read – at say, Leviticus 25:45 or, even better, at I Corinthians 7:20-21. [Compare Lev 20:13 and I Cor 6:9]
Second, decide for yourself what these passages mean. Don’t wait for a bishop... or a meddling Yankee to tell you what the passage means, but decide for yourself.”
Third, if you can find any unorthodox bit in whatever the abolitionists say, you must conclude they’re asking you to abandon “the entire trust in the Bible that made the country into such a great Christian civilization.”
Doesn’t today’s debate over homosexuality echo that earlier debate over slavery? Anti-gay Christians pull a few verses out of context, mistakenly interpret the verses as referring to committed, faithful gay partnerships and then opine that its a horrible sin to be gay. Gay Quotes.
-from an article by Dr. Blair
Its A Question Of Human Rights
Referring to Christian debates over slavery and race, Charles Finney, the great 19th century evangelist said:
"Revivals are hindered when ministers and churches take wrong ground in regard to any question involving human rights."
The same reasoning holds true in the Christian debate over homosexuality. Gay Quotes.
An Evangelical Christian
The Ex-Gay Issue
"If anyone believes that the experience of [Christian] conversion will take away homosexual desires and lead to a normal attraction toward the opposite sex, then he is mistaken... I have met no single case of a man being set free from them by spiritual measures."
- Dr. Ernest White, an evangelical Christian Psychiatrist. Gay Quotes.
First Century Christians
Our Pattern When Dealing With
Gays And Lesbians
“Christians in the first century used (1) the leading of the Holy Spirit, (2) personal experience, (3) Christian charity and (4) the written scriptures to guide their thinking.
When their traditional interpretation of the Old Testament caused them to reject saved Gentiles as part of the family of God, the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, listened to the personal experience of Peter, Paul and others who witnessed the Holy Spirit actively blessing saved Gentiles.
This eyewitness testimony was accepted as normative proof and convinced our spiritual ancestors that God loved, saved and affirmed believing Gentiles.
The twenty first century church should exercise the same common sense approach and affirm the personal experience and the evident working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of saved gays and lesbians.
Acts 15 is our relevant Biblical analogy and guide as the church slowly reverses course to embrace and affirm gay and lesbian Christians.”
- Rick Brentlinger, founder of GayChristian101.com Gay Quotes.
Will Eventually Affirm
Gay Christians Too!
“Evangelical Christianity powered every great liberal social reform in American history.”
- New York University historian Jonathan Zimmerman, in The New York Post, October 24, 2005, Gay Quotes.
"The oppression of the stranger is the basic element of Genesis 19:1-9 [and] ‘sodomy’ in Genesis is basically oppression of the weak and helpless."
- Dr. William Brownlee, Professor of Religion at the Claremont Graduate School and Professor of Old Testament at the School of Theology, Claremont, California, Gay Quotes.
What Non-gay Evangelical Christians Say About Homosexuality
"There is nothing in the Old Testament that corresponds to homosexuality as we understand it today."
- Calvin Theological Seminary Old Testament scholar Marten H. Woudstra
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"There is no text on homosexual orientation in the Bible."
- Southern Methdodist University New Testament scholar Victor Paul Furnish, Gay Quotes.
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Dr. Helmut Thielicke
"Homosexuality... can be discussed at all only in the framework of that freedom which is given to us by the insight that even the New Testament does not provide us with an evident, normative dictum with regard to this question. Even the kind of question which we have arrived at... must for purely historical reasons be alien to the New Testament."
“Paul's conception of homosexuality was one which was affected by the intellectual atmosphere surrounding the struggle with Greek paganism." Gay Quotes.
- Evangelical theologian Helmut Thielicke, 1908-1986, was Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Hamburg, Gay Quotes.
Dr. F.F. Bruce
Those who use Genesis 1:27 against homosexuals should note Paul's statement in Galatians 3:28 in which he is emphatic that there is now no theological significance to the heterosexual pair, male and female. - Evangelical New Testament scholar F.F. Bruce:
"Paul states the basic principle here; if restrictions on it are found elsewhere... they are to be understood in relation to Galatians 3:28, and not vice versa." Gay Quotes.
"Sodom is used as a symbol of evil in dozens of places [in the Bible] but not in a single instance is the sin of the Sodomites specified as homosexuality."
Dr. Katherine Kroeger Comments
On The Religious Context
Of Romans 1:26-27
Dr. Katherine Kroeger
“Men wore veils and long hair as signs of their dedication to the god, while women used the unveiling and shorn hair to indicate their devotion. Men masqueraded as women, and in a rare vase painting from Corinth a woman is dressed in satyr pants equipped with the male organ. Thus she dances before Dionysos, a deity who had been raised as a girl and was himself called male-female and 'sham man...’ the sex exchange that characterized the cults of such great goddesses as Cybele [Aphrodite, Ishtar, Ceres, etc.] the Syrian goddess, and Artemis of Ephesus was more grisly.
Males voluntarily castrated themselves and assumed women's garments. A relief from Rome shows a high priest of Cybele. The castrated priest wears veil, necklaces, earrings and feminine dress. He is considered to have exchanged his sexual identity and to have become a she-priest."
- Heterosexual Evangelical scholar Catherine Kroeger, Adjunct Professor of Classical and Ministry Studies, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, writing in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Gay Quotes.
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