Why are you leading people astray from God's truth?

by Rick Brentlinger
(Pace, FL, USA)

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Life is stranger than fiction



I received this email in January, 2012. It is typical of many emails I receive from Christian leaders who refuse to study the Bible in context yet who are absolutely certain they are right and gays are wrong.

Email from Rex Faile


Rick, you said (on your Home Page) I did not find this site by accident, therefore, I take it my responsibility to warn you of the wrath to come. That you share neither the love nor the Truth that is in Christ.

To affirm that David was a homosexual and Christ affirmed homosexuality because your own lusts have charged you to blasphemously twist the scriptures which I love and have given my life for.

Eunuchs for God are simply those that have no desire for women. Paul does not list these in those which will NOT inherit the kingdom of God but he most assuredly says the effeminate and homosexual will not.

Sadly you not only lead your own soul astray but those sinful souls who have yet to know the power of Christ which sets us free in His power, homosexuality included. It seems your conscience has been seared to the true love of God which saves men FROM their sins and not in them.

I close in that neither God nor I hate you but rest assured we both hate the sin of homosexuality and every other sin which is against the good of man and the holiness of God. May God give you grace, by faith, to change. In His love and Truth. Rex

My answer to Rex Faile


Hello Rex- Thanks for writing to me. I get many emails like yours, long on accusation and condemnation, full of personal opinion, short on accurately interpreting scripture in context. You accuse me of not having the love and truth of Christ among other things.

How strange that so many Christian leaders, including you, are teaching man-made fables about the clobber passages like Genesis 19 or Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13 or Romans 1:26-27 or 1 Cor 6:9 & 1 Tim 1:10 or Jude 6. Why do you insist on taking scripture out of context to make it appear as if your fables are God's truth, instead of obeying 2 Tim 2:15 and expositing scripture in context, Nehemiah 8:8? Don Davis, one of my professors at Baptist Bible College used to tell us:
A text without a context is a pretext for teaching something that is not true.
When a Christian, any Christian, rips a verse out of context and then insists it means something it did not mean in context, we know several things.
  1. That Christian is lazy or dishonest or intent on deception or some combination of those.

  2. That Christian is disobeying 2 Timothy 2:15, which commands him to study, rightly dividing the word of truth. Rightly dividing means interpreting scripture in context.

  3. That Christian has a personal agenda which is at odds with what the Bible says in context.
None of the clobber verses I listed above is in the context of homosexuals or prohibiting homosexuality. That you are unaware of that fact indicates you have not studied the verses and chapters involved. Instead, you parrot what someone else said instead of studying. By the way, reading the verse a few times in an English translation is not study.

When I get an email like yours, from a guy who hasn't even bothered to study and acquaint himself with the facts so that he can handle the topic competently, yet is bold to condemn me, I am reminded of Nehemiah 4:4 - "Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own heads..."

Concerning your statement about being set free from homosexuality, even the conservative Christian experts who lead Exodus International disagree with you on that. One of the founders of Exodus International, Michael Bussee disagrees with you.

The current President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, disagrees with you. John Smid, who for 21+ years, led the largest Exodus affiliated residential treatment program for gays and lesbians, disagrees with you.

Smid says in his 21+ years working with gays and lesbians, he has never seen anyone change their sexual orientation. Alan Chambers stated as recently as January 6, 2012, that 99.9% of the gays and lesbians he knows and/or has worked with, have not changed their orientation. And by the way, his sexual orientation has not changed. He is still attracted to men.

The facts are available if you are interested in learning the truth. People don't change their orientation and God doesn't change their orientation because gays and lesbians are a wonderful part of God's creative plan.

Sometimes you guys who write to criticize me for winning souls and teaching the Bible in the gay community remind me of Sanballat in Nehemiah 4:1 - you're wroth (angry, wrathful - irate - furious - indignant - ireful), full of great indignation and mocking the work of God.

No matter though - I'm going to keep doing what God called me to do and He can deal with your heart and your motives. I hope this is helpful to you Rex, in understanding our ministry.

Your soul-winning brother in Christ, Rick Brentlinger

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Feb 20, 2012
Thank you...
by: Sparrow

Thank you, Pastor Rick, for being one of the very few who has rightly divided the Word, revealed to us -- through the agency of the Holy Spirit -- the freedom even WE have in the Lord Jesus (though the great majority would be quick to deny it), and for being our champion here on Earth... until He Himself returns and balances all books.

Mar 08, 2012
THANK YOU
by: Debi Joy

Words can not express how thankful I am for this site. As a heterosexual Christian woman I was devastated to learn two years ago that my son is homosexual. However through very in depth research (a lot of it from your web site) I now know that my son is accepted by God as he is. It saddens me daily to see Christians bashing Gays and using the Bible as a weapon against them. I know that Jesus is crying over this injustice. I'm happy to say that my son is saved and my husband and I and our entire family accept him as he is. A wonderfully made gay Christian young man. God Bless you and your ministry!

Nov 06, 2012
This website doesn't help me much
by: Richard

The Holy Spirit lets me know its wrong along with scripture, so I don't do it in obedience to God, rather than making an excuse to indulge in the desires of the flesh.

I don't underestimate the saving power of Christ and His ability to set us free. But to lead others astray is blood on your hands. You say you "studied", but sometimes its just about letting the Spirit lead you. You say others take one verse out of context, but you twist a verse out of context. I'm going to trust in the Spirit. And yes, I'm coming from a homosexual background. I will pray for you.

People are going to put their faith in your "study" rather than God. The lost will be lost permanently.

Rick's comment: The problem with your viewpoint is that you cannot cite ANY instance where God changed anyone from gay to straight, from homosexual to heterosexual. The practical outcome of your viewpoint then, is that you would condemn ALL gays and lesbians to life-long loneliness, to never know married love, to never know spousal intimacy with someone matching their sexual orientation. That is indeed a cruel thing to do and not something supported by scripture.

Not sure what you mean by coming from a homosexual background yet I do note that you have not testified that Jesus changed your sexual orientation or that you are now attracted to women rather than men.

Nov 08, 2012
I need help
by: Anthony

I am a gay 19 year old . I was not raised religious in the slightest of terms , though i have always felt gods presence in my heart.I was not brought up with really,any guidance.Somehow i have managed to turn out well , in my opinion. Well spoken, put together and extremely generous.

I know god,and pray consistently. I follow the cardinal rules i feel everyone is born with, though at one point in my life i didn't. I now seek to learn more about God, i am willing to devote my life to him, and to serve him to the best of my ability.

In New York,many are atheists and when i even bring up his existence to some, people look at me as though i am insane. It doesn't shake my faith though. I am moving down south, on a unique, to say the least, arrangement. Simply to escape this place that i feel is full of sin. Its almost as though a cloud of emptiness looms over my city, and some people here literally seem hollow.

My goal is to be a good person, give to society and the needy, attend church and serve god, though i do want to wind up with a man. I want one man, and only one, to spend the rest of my life with.

I want the same relationship a regular christian heterosexual couple would have. Though it may be a sin from what everyone says, if i do my best to not sin in any other area (which of course is impossible), will i be forgiven? I cannot fall in love with a woman, and i don't believe it is fair to be with a woman, when one can not truly love her, the way she deserves to be loved by a man.

A response is appreciated,and i am so glad i came across your site. I'm just starting this transition of seeking to become heavily devoted. i really don't know where to start.

Nov 08, 2012
Here is the help you need
by: Rick Brentlinger

Hi Anthony - Thanks for writing to me. God has good news and peace of mind for those of us who are gay when we believe what He says in the Bible. I've spent six years designing and writing my website to provide answers to questions people ask about being gay.

Yes, you can be a Bible believing born again soul winning gay Christian and Yes, you can be in a committed same sex relationship and still be right with God. I have more than 800 pages of high quality information available FREE online which explains what the Bible says.

The most important question to answer right now is: Am I sure that I am saved?

Many gay Christians are cultural Christians. They grew up in church. They are religious. They try to to the right thing but they've never personally received Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin.

http://www.gaychristian101.com/why-do-so-many-young-people-quit-church.html

The best preparation for being a disciple of Jesus is to know for sure you are saved. That means not trusting your good works, baptism, sacraments, confirmation, being a cultural Christian or grace allegedly flowing from a church and instead, trusting by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to save you.

http://www.gaychristian101.com/Saved.html

Once you know you are saved, it helps to understand what happened when you got saved.

http://www.gaychristian101.com/what-happens-when-you-get-saved.html

Once you understand what happened when you got saved, it helps to understand how long you are saved for. Is your salvation temporary or eternal?

http://www.gaychristian101.com/Eternal-Security.html

The next preparation for being a disciple of Jesus and serving God is to believe what the Bible says in context. Gay Christians have the same spiritual needs as other Christians, (1) to know for sure we are saved, (2) to learn the Bible verse by verse, (3) to be grounded in basic Bible doctrines, (4) to be Biblical disciples of Jesus and (5) to evangelize the lost.

Our Online Gay Christian FAQ and our Ask A Question page answer many questions people ask.

http://www.gaychristian101.com/gay-christian-faq.html

http://www.gaychristian101.com/Ask-A-Question.html

I hope this is helpful to you Anthony. Please keep in touch and let me know what God is doing in your life. If you need to talk, please use the Contact Us form and I'll send you my phone number. God has goodness and blessing for you as a gay man so never let anyone convince you otherwise. - Pastor Rick

Dec 14, 2012
You are deluded!
by: UK Guy

Stop condoning what is not according to god's original plan. Anything that deviates from it is deviance and NOT of God and light, but of the Devil and darkness.

Rick's comment: If you really believed what you wrote, you would encourage heterosexuals to never get married in a church with a pastor officiating. You would also encourage heterosexual couples to run around naked. And you would encourage their children to intermarry. After all, that's how it was in God's original plan.

Of course, we all know you don't really believe what you wrote. You're just grinding your anti-gay ax because gay people make you uncomfortable, right? Come on, it's okay to fess up. Just in case you are seeking truth, you will profit greatly by clicking on and reading the text links in the previous comment.

Do yourself a truth favor and broaden your knowledge base. You'll be glad you did because you'll find contentment, joy and peace in Jesus Christ. God bless you UK Guy!

Dec 15, 2012
A gay man for Jesus Christ
by: rev.Dan

Rick, I commend you on this website, it is very through and comprehensive. Now what needs to be addressed is the Christian faith and politics, ,more specifically (republican party and the right wing Christian emergence of faith and religion).

I could help you deal with this as God's Holy Spirit has really enlightened me on the topic. It is in fact the democratic party that more closely reflects the Spirit of Christ (without the extortion of faith). The Republican Party now reflects everything opposite His teaching by their extortion of the faithful.

I fully agree with your teaching here. I was just pushed out of a church because of their what I consider to be heretical views. They condemned me even though I am an admitted gay person but not an active one at this point. - Rev.Dan

Rick's comment: Hi Dan - Thanks for your kind words about this website. I am registered Unaffiliated and consider myself a Conservative Libertarian. I am most definitely not aligned with Democrat liberals or the wacky religious right. That said, my website does reflect my conservative personal views although I generally avoid politics here, unless politics intersects with the rights of my GLBT family.

I'm sorry for what you've experienced in churches. I've been through a little bit of that myself and it isn't fun. Know that the Holy Spirit will use anything we've experienced to make us better ministers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You may be interested in this article about House Churches and why they are a good alternative to traditional church.

Dec 15, 2012
my view
by: Anonymous

Rick, Thank you for your quick reply and your comments’ respect them as you have stated. I believe Jesus Christ was more of a reformer in comparison to the religious leaders of His Day. That would make Him more of a progressive moderate in today’s political spectrum. Being a voice for those oppressed by roman government and of the religious leaders; Meaning He demonstrated a perfect balance of liberal and conservative initiatives. God “Jesus Christ” expressed leniency and grace with responsibility. But I do understand your view of not wanting to get into politics here, but I don’t see how one can avoid it at times. The need to do so is there because of the emergence of the Republican Party right wing and faith... - Rev.Dan

Rick's comment: I don't want to use comments to recommend Youtube videos. As I see it, one of the huge problems in the gay community is liberal Bible-denying, Christ-rejecting religionists who push a liberal political agenda instead of preaching the gospel of the grace of God.

This is one of the few gay Christian websites which does not do that. AS a result of our faithful preaching of the glorious gospel of Christ, we have gay people getting saved and growing spiritually and becoming witnesses for Jesus themselves.


Dec 17, 2012
I understand your point, but I must clearify
by: rev.Dan

Rick, I understand your point... I understand your reluctance, and the main point must be focused on salvation through Jesus Christ.
- Rev Dan

Rick's comment: Because you made your point in the previous two comments, I've edited this comment. I am not a progressive or a liberal Christian and am not interested in promoting those views on this website. Almost the entire gay christian world already pushes those views but I will not promote those views here. This gay Christian website is intensely focused on God's truth.

I do appreciate your kind comments about this website being thorough and comprehensive. As you so insightfully pointed out, the main thing we should focus on is salvation through Jesus Christ.



Jan 24, 2013
I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me
by: Tracy

I believe God does not always ask someone to change their sexual oreintation ( as noted about the Eunics) But He did create a man and told him to procreate with the woman he created
Sex was never created by Holy & Pure God for our own personal gratification of sexual lust or wants needs or desires and especially not for just to have a great feeling of euphoria or more commonly known(orgasm).

This is deception twisting & confusion that the world and the prince of this world ( satan) has done and always does with Gods purposes and Holy design for sex and marriage and the creation of man & woman. Humans have fallen and taken the bait of satan that all that matters is our own selfish wants desires & lusts and that if God was so loving He would never ask us to endure anything difficult like suffering or bearing a heavy burden For example maybe even not possibly having sex with the same sex even though you deeply desire it or someone having to edure a life with no face,deformed or born with no arms or legs or someone who has gotten severly burned and they appear horrid now all of these things are suffering hard and painful yet God tells us to still not sin ! And let Him use your weakness pain and suffering to bring Him Glory.

We are created in Gods image which is part love relationship and Holy He made a man then said he needed a helper and a mate so God created the woman He commanded them to procreate He did not make Adam another man He made a woman. This is Gods Holy pure and perfect plan & design
We do not need any scripture science professors reverends doctrines religion or otherwise to prove to anyone that the design of a mans body and a woman body is perfectly designed for sexual intercourse and procreation.

God designed the organs and functions of each and every minute part of our bodies in order to create life and be able to have intercourse it is visible in every living creature on earth! How can you ever take that design and how miraculous and beautiful and amazing it is and try to twist it into God goofed up somewhere along the way?

You cant no matter how hard you try we cant deny the form of the human body and for sexual purposes two men do not fit together and two women do not fit together.

Rick's comment: Your lack of understanding is clearly presented here. Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 24, 2013
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me pt 2
by: Tracy

But yes God created the mind the brain and all it entails of course the main part of which we can choose we have desires and wants and lusts some are good some are bad this is in all humans
But just because a person has a strong unrelenting desire ,or feeling of the mind to have intercourse with the same sex DOES NOT mean that they MUST act on it ! This may be the burden that you must endure yes the cross you bear. Your not alone!

most of us have some type of burden or some type of suffering to bear in life why do you think that you are the only people on earth who suffer ? Just because it is sex related doesnt mean that it is anymore difficult than what so many people have to endure in life You said that if God expected you to live a celibat life that that would be cruel? But I learn nowhere in the Bible that anyone is ever told to not have good strong deep loving relationships with the same sex isnt that satifying enough? I believe it can be!

If you allow God to give you the strength and trust Him with your life and let Him have your life? Are you sure you truly believe and trust in Christ ? Even when your life might be extremely difficult yes even when you may have to give up sex Or do you only trust and believe in Him when your allowed to fulfill all of your desires and wants and to have everything easy in life ? Please look up Nick Vujicic see what he has had to endure in life and yet he gives it all up to God and trusts God completely even though he has had to suffer tremendously.

God allows or uses our suffering or burdens or weaknesses for His Glory not our own. I just can not understand why you believe you are entitled to not have to endure any?

Rick's comment: You have made up a bunch of viewpoints, attributed them to us and then attempted to demolish them with your opinions. If you are open to God's truth, it will be helpful to you to read more of this website. Many thanks.


Mar 07, 2013
Scripture out of context
by: Mike P

You point out Lev 20:13 as being taken out of context; however, what about the whole of Lev 20?

Rick's comment: Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are both about shrine prostitution. I encourage you to do more reading and study on this topic. The text link is a great place to start.

What is one to make of 1 Corinthians 6:9, Gen 18,19,& 20?

Rick's comment: Truth is available if you want it. Truth about Sodom and Truth about 1 Cor 6:9.

It is fair, and Doctrinal, to say, "the Lord does not hate homosexuals." However, it is not the same to say, "the Lord approves of homosexuality." The Lord hates the sin but not the sinner. But, make no mistake, he who seeks to have the will of the Lord dwell within him shall repent and TURN away from sin. It is un-Biblical to think one can continue committing sin as a Christian and expect God's "forgiveness" by rationalizing God's "misunderstanding" of who we are. We were created to worship him, not to enjoy ourselves at His expense. To claim one is "born" homosexual is to say that God's creation is imperfect.

Rick's comment: Jesus told us that some people are born eunuchs from their mother's womb. The word eunuch in ancient times included those whom we now call homosexual.

The reality is, our individual and collective existence has been corrupted since before our births; however, we can CHOOSE to change. To confuse ones UNWILLINGNESS with INABILITY is nothing short of an excuse and certainly doesn't qualify as an explanation.

Rick's comment: Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, admits that one's sexual orientation cannot be changed.

All sin is an abomination to and falls short of the glory of God. Trying to create a God in our minds which suits our individual desires is the clearest form of blasphemy and idol worship. Scripture is as clear on these 2 matters as it is regarding homosexuality. Ones unwillingness to accept that does not change the nature and character of God.

Rick's comment: Mike, ignorance is not a fruit of the Spirit. You have created straw man arguments instead of dealing with what the Bible says in context. Your anti-gay presuppositions are not supported by what the Bible says in context.

By the way, we preach salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

Mar 26, 2013
hmm
by: Anonymous

Leviticus 22 22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable." so how has he taken that out of context exactly?

Rick's comment: I believe you intended to ask about Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Please read my answers in the previous comment.

How is he taking it out of context? He takes a verse in which God and Moses prohibited the children of Israel from taking part in the sexual worship of Molech and his fertility goddess consort, ignoring the Molech context and the worship of false gods context and then insisting the verse is really talking about gays and lesbians.

Mar 26, 2013
yep
by: Me

Amen to you for winning people to Christ. We must each repent of our sins daily since there was only one perfect person and the was Christ. To sin and keep on purposefully sinning gets you no where. What does God think of us when we ask for repentance only to commit the same sin over and over. Believe me, I have problems with this too, I think we all do.

Rick's comment: My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1

This page about the two natures in man will also be helpful to you.


Telling people that what you are doing is not sinning is leading them astray from the truth of the word.

Rick's comment: No dear. I am telling them the truth of what the Bible does say and does not say, in context. You really need to do more reading and prayerful study so that you understand what you're talking about.

I will pray that God will continue to speak to you and will lead you closer to him.

Mar 26, 2013
Changing from homosexual to heteroseauxuality?
by: revDan

Well, God is all powerful, but I really don't believe He changes one fundamentally from how He first created you( with the exception of being born again). There are only perhaps (2) people, that I know of; who claim to have been totally changed with no desire or inclinations towards the same sex their names escape at the moment.I will not dispute their claims, but that is not the norm for anyone else.

Unfortunately for those two people, the real test of authenticity of their claim is time;whether they remain straight or not!not whether they have married , and exist in a straight life style, Lets support the marriage equality efforts!

revDan

Rick's comment: Two prominent leaders of the ex-gay movement, Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International and John Smid, who led the largest ex-gay residential group for 22 years, admitted last year that they've never seen anyone change their sexual orientation. Check out Exodus International for more information.

Apr 12, 2013
Deceptive much!
by: Anonymous

You and your flock are seriously deluded
1 Corinthians 6:9 - "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality," (ESV)

Rick's comment: You accuse us of deception when you haven't even studied 1 Corinthians 6:9 or the words used in that verse or the issues related to your false accusation. Is that an honest way to approach the Bible?

When Paul wrote 1 Cor 6:9, he did not use the word homosexuality or any Greek word meaning homosexuality. There were plenty of ancient Greek or Latin words Paul could have used had he intended us to believe that he was talking about homosexuality. He used none of them and instead coined a new word, arsenokoitai, which was used in Lev 18:22 and 20:13 to indicate shrine prostitutes.

The common view of Jews and Christians in the first century linked Lev 18:22 and 20:13 to shrine prostitution. Thus, when Paul coins a word from the two verses in the Old Testament where that word is used, Jews and Christians who read 1 Corinthians automatically understood him to be speaking against shrine prostitution or temple prostitution.

That is not gay spin or gays rewriting history. Even rabidly anti-gay folks like John MacArthur and Phil Johnson agree that the context of 1 Cor 6:9 is temple prostitution.

So here are the questions. Do you have the courage to read the pages I've text-linked? Do you have the courage to change your mind based on Biblical and historical facts? I hope you do.


Apr 13, 2013
the hard right will deny untill replaced by the next generation
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately the hard right will continue denying truth if it reflects something different than they choose to believe. Most of them for the most part absolutely refuse to acknowledge error in Biblical understanding. How sad that is.
But that means we must keep up the good fight in promoting Biblical truth and honesty! - rev.Dan

Mar 22, 2014
hello
by: jonathan

Grace to you all. I'm not here to debate or agree or disagree. The bible never says that we should walk in the flesh but rather in the spirit. For the flesh wants what the flesh desire. Straight or gay. But if we are in Christ Jesus. Shouldn't we walk in the spirit and not the flesh. Even if we try to justify our desires threw scripture.

Rick's comment: Hi Jonathan - it would do you good to read through the comments and click on the text links. You believe that gays are walking in the flesh, apparently because you believe the clobber passages prohibit homosexuality. If your mind is open to God's truth, I hope you will do more reading on this website - check out the verses, the text links, and the context.

I also hope you will read memorize and obey 2 Timothy 2:15 in the old King James Bible (not the NKJV). I am always amazed at the certitude of people who don't study the Bible, yet they are absolutely sure that they are right and we are wrong on the gay issue.

May 18, 2014
Thankful for this website
by: Tracy

I'm so glad to have come across your site. I was raised a conservative Christian and homosexuality a big no no. As my faith grows, my heart started to change about homosexuality. I refuse to believe the loving God I serve would condemn someone for something that is not a choice. I also don't recall making a conscious decision to not be gay. Recently my daughter has come to me about her sexuality. I supported her from the moment she told me. However, She was in such dispair that she was planning to take her own life.

The fear of rejection and persecution from certain family members was too much for her to handle. My world almost stopped. Through a chain of events, that God arranged, we were able to get to her in time. Many are not so lucky. I thank God every day for His hand over our almost devastating loss. I now know why my heart was being softened, to be there for her, to support her, understand her and love her unconditionally.

My quest for truth is not finished. Now that I've come across your site, I'm a lot closer. Being gay does not damn your soul, not knowing God does. Thank you!

Rick's comment: You're welcome Tracy. God's grace and provision are awesome!

Jun 08, 2014
Thank you so much!
by: David

Thank you for creating this site, Rick. As an agnostic who sometimes views the theological debates conducted within the Church with a sort of astounded confusion, it made my day to discover a person who is so obviously opposed to the corruption (for that is surely what homophobia necessarily leads to in this context) of a religion undoubtedly and absolutely based on the principles of love, justice and universal acceptance (universal, of course, being the key word in that sentence and one some - but by no means all - evangelical preachers leave out). Once again, thank you, and I wish you all the best.

Rick's comment: Hi David - thanks for letting me know I've been helpful.

Jul 02, 2014
God led me here
by: Jeremy Bargo

A few week's ago I prayed one night to God, I prayed for him to give me a sign, anything really to show me he was ok with my sexuality and about a few days I found this website. When I read what your website said about the Bible and gays and God and Jesus I just knew it was the answer I was waiting for, the way the holy spirit spoke to you and the story of when you came out and everything gave me all the hope, courage and strength I needed. Now when I hear something about homophobia it doesn't even faze me. I just roll my eyes and smile at the ignorance. Thank you very much for letting people know the truth.

Rick's comment: Hi Jeremy - I'm thankful that I can be a blessing to you. I hope you'll also use our FREE Bible studies to grow spiritually and walk as a disciple of Jesus.

What must I do to be saved?

FREE Bible studies

Jesus teaches Hell 101

Sep 06, 2014
Hi, me again - What about Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13?
by: Trevion

So uhm, Hi Rick, It's me again. I posted here earlier, and let me just start off by saying, thank you so much for responding.

I'm feeling much better now, in fact, I'm starting to open up to the fact that, perhaps, there might not be anything wrong with my sexuality. But I just have one question.

What about the verse in which the bible states that you shall not lie with a man as you would a woman? I mean, it seems pretty clear what the bible is talking about? Is there something I'm missing? Thanks again for reading this.

Rick's comment: Hi Trevion - Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are both about shrine prostitution. Even Christian scholars who are very anti-gay admit that shrine prostitution is the context of that part of Leviticus.

When you go to that link, you will find many other text links to additional supporting info. Thanks for such a good question.

May 30, 2015
Transgender
by: Joani

Hello I am transgender I was raised in a Baptist church and I got away from religion for a while but now I am trying to find my way to Christ.

I swear that all the anti-gay stuff in the Bible and the preachers, preaching it really makes it hard to love myself, and even want to believe in God.

I have thought about suicide more than once I mean if I am going to hell why wait? The idea that your going to burn forever is just as bad as burning I figure.

I need help, I need council.

Rick's comment: Hi Joani - God most definitely does NOT want you to take your own life because He has good news and peace of mind for you when you believe what He says in the Bible. The most important question to answer right now is: Am I sure that I am saved?

Many people grew up in Christian homes with Christian parents but they are cultural Christians instead of born again Christians. They grew up in church or they are religious or they are spiritual. They try to do the right thing but they've never personally received Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin.

Why do so many young people quit church?

The best preparation for being a disciple of Jesus is to know for sure you are saved. Everyone needs to be saved from sin and hell and the wrath of God. Here is what Jesus taught about hell and God's wrath.

Jesus teaches Hell 101

What is the wrath of God?

Getting saved and becoming a disciple of Jesus means not trusting your good works, baptism, sacraments, confirmation, being a cultural Christian or grace allegedly flowing from a church and instead, trusting by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone to save you.

What must I do to be saved?

Once you know you are saved, it helps to understand what happened when you got saved.

What happens when you get saved?

Once you understand what happened when you got saved, it helps to understand how long you are saved for. Is your salvation temporary or eternal?

What is eternal security?

Hope this is helpful to you Joani. Please keep in touch and let me know what God is doing in your life. It DOES get better.

God and being transgender.

Jun 01, 2015
About Rex Faile
by: rev. dan

Rick, while I respect those of other views and opinions; it is important to call out the fundamental teaching principles of those of differing views. In Mr. Rex Failes case as well as many others, their fundamental teachings are reflective of that of Pauline doctrine, which makes them more followers of men, and not of Jesus CHRIST, or being followers of Jesus Christ in Their not of Jesus Christ in their fundamental teaching.

Rick's comment: Hi Rev. Dan - Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, see Isaiah 53, who ministered signs and wonders to Jews living under Jewish Law in the land of Israel, Romans 15:8. Paul was Jewish but he was also the apostle to the Gentiles, Romans 11:13.

As Christians we certainly witness to Jews about Jesus. God gladly saves individual Jews who accept Jesus but Israel as a nation has been removed from the place of blessing in this age because as a nation, they rejected their Messiah, Romans 11:25.

Inspired scripture tells us to follow Paul as He followed Jesus instead of simply telling us to follow Jesus, Gal 3:1, 1 Cor 4:16, 11:1, Galatians 4:12, Philippians 3:17, 4:9, Acts 26:29, 1 Timothy 1:16, 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 9, 2 Timothy 3:10-14, 1 Thessalonians 1:6, Romans 11:14.

We follow Paul as he followed Jesus because we are not circumcised Jewish men living in the first century AD, following Jesus in His earthly ministry. We are not tongues talking, miracle working apostles to the Jewish nation.

While I agree with you that Rex Faile got it wrong, his problem isn't following Paul as Paul followed Christ. Rex's problem is his willingness to rip verses out of context to condemn gays, when the verses, in context, are not even talking about gays.


"Paul" who is considered to be, "one of the early apostle, was a convert," on the road to Damascus at that time" he was not one of the direct apostles of Jesus Christ teaching. Paul in his epistles was addressing issues in the early church brought on by the many gentiles conversion to Christianity "Mainly the shrine Temple worshiping"; not Homosexuality.

The term "homosexual" did not exist at that time, it is a modern term, their were no Aramaic, Greek or Hebrew words that translated directly into the term "homosexuality" st that time.

Aug 05, 2015
Thank you and be strong
by: Onnes

Dear Pastor Rick, I want to say my gratitude for the existence of your website helps me to confirm my faith and provides security for who I am. I pray that you are strengthened each day to do what you do which I believe is based on love; the highest law of all.

I understand the challenge and difficulty to speak the truth continously while received mindless hateful illogical commentaries.

May the Holy Spirit guide and keep you safe and one day in Heaven I shall see and thank you for what you have done.

Regards, Onnes

Rick's comment: Thank you Onnes - your prayers and encouragement are much appreciated.

Apr 29, 2016
I'm sorry but you are very wrong
by: I pray for your soul

Rick, I absolutely love how you respond to Believers who disagree with you in bold red text. It clearly shows your disdain for them and certainly does not convey a love for a fellow Believer.

Rick's comment: Hello Afraid to use your name - I respond in red or green so that the comments and my words are easily differentiated. Why would you think using a different color for my words means I have disdain?

The reason the Bible does give an example of a conversion of sexuality is because in multiple texts contained in both the Old and New Testament it is common knowledge that homosexual acts as well as incestual acts are an abomination in the eyes of GOD.

Rick's comment: The purpose of this website is to point out that common knowledge is absolutely wrong concerning what the Bible says about gays and lesbians.

The punishment for leading GOD'S flock astray is worse than death. I'm sorry but you are living a life of sin and your soul is condemned unless you turn from your sinful ways and repent.

Rick's comment: Wow, you don't know me yet you are willing to lie about the way I live my life - perhaps that is the reason you didn't put your real name with your comments. Aren't Christians supposed to refrain from lying?

You should pray to GOD to give you the strength to turn from your sinful deeds and abstain from homosexual acts. There is still time to save your soul. I'll pray for you. May GOD be with you+

Rick's comment: There you go again. I hope lying isn't becoming a habit in your life.

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