Non-sequitur, thy name is Pastor Dildo.
Not stoning people for divorce does not mean supporting the institution of divorce. If we want to be honest and take off our progress-colored glasses, the “inhumane and cruel consequences we choose to overlook” is a society where marriage is hard and divorce is easy, where kids are nothing more than child support payments.
It is also massively dishonest to piggyback homosexual “culture” on the New Testament repeal of the old works of the law. This is a blatant distortion of St. Paul, which I will show here shortly.
(As an aside: notice that the creator of this image specified those who loudly agreed with scripture on the matter of homosexuality as being “older males.” Methinks someone needs to read the second chapter of 1 Timothy. )
When this vile image was posted to the Inner Party group earlier today, it came with the following question: How would TRS biblically argue against this pastor?
…Reading the Bible would be a good starting point.
Pastor: *The Bible doesn’t say anything about the consequences of a homosexual lifestyle.***
For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. * Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.*
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.
– Romans 1: 26-32 (NRSCV-CE)
There is absolutely no excuse for the “pastor” making such blatant misrepresentation of scripture, considering the above verses come from the first chapter of the first epistle in the New Testament.
St. Paul writes that the consequences of turning away from God and serving your base desires is a debased mind and a life spent pursing degrading, unnatural lifestyles. This leads to man living his life as an animal, as something abominable and even deserving of death.
Earlier in the chapter, Paul explains the origins of this degradation as man turning away from God to worship easier things… Like homosexual culture and liberal politics. Yeah, oops.
*Pastor: The bible states to love thy neighbor. That’s it. There are no other rules or restrictions to that passage.
Those three words are plenty restrictive enough, you disingenuous fuck.
The first time “love” appears in scripture is in Genesis, when God requests that Aabraham sacrifice his only son Isaac on a mountain in the region of Moriah.
There is a reason this story is the subject for Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling.” Even after the trials and travails Aabraham had endured to fulfill his Lord’s commands, he so loved his Lord that he willingly offered his son when it was requested (not commanded).
If you took the time to learn this, you might appreciate the word “love” a bit more.
Consider John 3:16. You should then meditate upon the result of God’s love of this world, that it involved forsaking His only son to die, nailed on a tree beside two thieves.
Love is not merely good feels, but a mutual and mysterious sacrifice; it is not a sterile market transaction. “Love” in the biblical sense is not something that can be done flippantly. Love is certainly not something comfortable or politically-correct; if it is the easier choice, it is not love.
Oh, and* “thy neighbor” is not “all neighbors.”* Without the mutual sacrifice of love there can be no neighborly bond to begin with. The homosexual lifestyle championed by our depraved culture is in no way conducive to either love or neighborly-bonds.
According to the message of Pastor Dildo, Jesus died for our weak self-image and inability to understand anything beyond rainbow patterns and mindless self-indulgence. “Love” is undermining scripture to accommodate thoroughly un-Christian people, having no belief or conviction in the name of a cross you associate some vague feels with.
This “pastor” indeed offers a message every Christian should hear – and avoid.