So, I return home after a week-long absence. To relax from my travels, I decide to indulge in my standard fare of homosexual news articles. Oh, I do know how to party, don't I?
The United Methodist Church is having a major conference as I type this and probably as you read this. One source of debate concerns homosexuality, whether to allow homosexual clergy and the position on gay marriage. In the article "Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Clergy on Table at Methodist General Conference", Stoyan Zaimov wrote:
The debate on those issues is centered on a decades-long drop in membership the Methodist church has experienced, with numbers down to 7.8 million members in the U.S. Gay rights activists have suggested that in order to attract young Americans, the church needs to loosen its stance on homosexuality and recognize gay unions and clergy. Conservatives, however, are warning against abandoning or revising long-held church doctrines.
According to Russell Richey, co-author of a two-volume history of Methodism in the United States and former dean of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, the UMC is experiencing higher rates of growth in the Bible Belt as opposed to the liberal West and East Coasts, where much of its membership has fallen.
Christianity is all about saving souls and freeing souls from sin. Christians cannot be the judge of what is sin and what is not sin. God will always be the judge, and God has given us a list of sins in the Bible. So, we do know all the sins and what to save people from. Permitting sinful behaviors to increase attendance will never - repeat, never - save any souls from eternal damnation. Permitting sinful behaviors deceives people into thinking themselves saved and ensures a painful shock upon damnation.
On a larger scale, the mere fact that congregations need to debate permitting homosexuality means that they have forgotten why gay sex is a sin. Gay sex is a sin for the same reason that straight sex outside of marriage is a sin. Any sex outside of a heterosexual marriage contributes to and leads to dehumanization and objectification. By "any sex" I include straight people as well. Casual sex removed from marital commitment began with heterosexuals during the 1960s and 1970s. Through the heterosexual slippery slope, we now have sexting, Lady Gaga singing "I wanna be your Hooker," and false feminists preferring to campaign free birth control instead of protesting Barney Stinson who cheers "I've had sex with 200 women!" Gay sex is sinful for these same reasons and examples that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage is sinful.
An anti-gay stereotype once portrayed gays as hypersexual, willing to have sex with anything organic. Instead of refuting the once-harmful stereotype, our hypersexual culture approves of sex with just about anything. The once anti-gay stereotype is no longer anti-gay, but is now pro-gay. Has anyone seen Torchwood? So, we can foresee a dangerous homosexual slippery slope just as we are witnessing the dangerous heterosexual slippery slope.
Gay sex serves no practical purpose or function. Casual straight sex serves no practical purpose or function. Without a purpose or function, all of it becomes sex for the sake of sex, and this is what leads to objectification and dehumanization. "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit..." (Galatians 5:17) Then, it becomes about coveting. Time to invoke the all-inclusive commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Covet."
Permitting sinful behaviors to increase attendance will never save souls. Permitting sinful behaviors is falling over to what the world wants. Christians are called to be in the world, but not of the world. Stay steadfast to Biblical doctrine, which is the written source of Christianity. All Christians should teach from the written source of Christianity in gathering people to call Christ their savior. In gathering people to Christ, you will teach them to become "partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world." (2 Peter 1:4)