In continuing this series on Freedom, I have to get into a subject that I have constantly sought to stay away from. That is homosexuality. So today, I am going to jump right in and talk about the elephant in the room.
The Apostle Paul did not say, “I do not permit a woman to speak because if she does, your next pastor will be a lesbian.” But he may as well have said that.
Years ago, I heard about subliminal messages in magazines and advertisements. In fact, a recent review of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies shows that subliminal stimuli activate specific regions of the brain despite participants being unaware (wikipedia). So, yes, I am sure that messages get across to our brains without us consciously being aware of it. That is what has happened with women’s equality being equated with homosexuality.
They want us to connect the two and we do.
A rational person would tell you that the Bible shows absolutely no connection with women and homosexuality, whether they are being allowed to serve God fully in the church or not. However, these same people would tell you that they don’t want a woman preacher because churches that have women preachers have opened their hearts to all people and accept homosexuality. We talked about that yesterday.
But, look at the Catholic Church. They do not accept women as priests, and yet we have been made aware that there are many priests who are homosexual. What is the connection there? They officially do not accept homosexuality. Evangelicals completely ignore what they do because in our minds, Catholics worship graven images, and eat the flesh of Christ and drink his blood, and do other strange things. So is it just the Protestant denominations that accept women pastors that will have women lesbians as pastors? Why does that reasoning apply only to women? Why wouldn’t the same reasoning apply to men and make it a possibility that we would have male homosexuals as pastors? In other words, if you allow women to preach and it opens the doors to women homosexual preachers, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it would also open the door to male homosexual preachers?
Because if evangelicals taught that, there would be NO pastors. See previous post.
The subliminal message is that once we open our hearts to women pastors, we will also open our hearts to homosexuality.
That, my dear friends, is the crux of the matter.
“Hate the sin, but love the sinner” applies only to homosexuals. The word that enters our brain first is hate. We actually hate the sinner. We forbid women to preach by tagging women with homosexuality, we wage wars against homosexuals, we send out emails, we tell them they are going to hell, and in all ways show a hateful attitude. The love part of that little ditty gets lost.
Does anyone really believe that gossips will go to hell if they don’t quit gossiping? It is in the same list.
Read Romans 1:24-32 and tell me where it connects women’s equality with homosexuality. We know Jimmy Carter did when he said last November “we’re not talking about the hot button topics of women and homosexuality.”
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
I don’t know what the above scriptures means, but it covers a lot of people who go to church, and not just homosexuals.
This blog is not about whether or not homosexuality is a sin. It is about the message our brains have received and that many have bought into it, and accept it as fact, that women preachers equate homosexuality.
You can thank the Southern Baptist Convention for propagating this. In order to purify the Southern Baptist Convention of homosexuals and women pastors, they set about disfellowshipping churches because they were impure to the gospel of the SBC. The only churches they disfellowship are churches that they believe are soft on homosexuality and/or have women pastors.
This is a subliminal message that the two go together. This is what I know about that they have done:
- They tarred Baptist General Convention of Texas with being soft on homosexuals because of something that happened in the 1980s that BGCT did not have control over, and many churches left BGCT to go to the newly formed Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in 1998.
- They tarred Cooperative Baptist Fellowship with being soft on homosexuals “after some opposition leaders declared the CBF to be ‘soft on homosexuality.’ The CBF has in its founding documents the equality of women. (The Fundamentalist Takeover in the Southern Baptist Convention.)
- They disfellowshipped a Dallas church because they allowed a gay couple to have their picture together in the church directory.
- They disfellowshipped several churches that have women as pastors.
In the book “The Fundamentalist Takeover in the Southern Baptist Convention” they say that the church teaches on a wide variety of subjects. Among them:
- The nature of God, the person of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.
- The nature of the Bible – its authorship, styles of study and interpretation.
- Marriage, divorce, sexuality, abortion, prayer in public schools, separation of church and state.
- The place of women in the workplace and the church.
The fundamentalists pulled out sexuality in line 3 and combined it with line 4 to make sexuality and the place of women fit together. Women’s place in the church was moving along with everything else, even though it was a holdover of the Middle East culture, and to the early days of the 20th century where men still asked the father for the daughter’s hand in marriage and the father still ruled his daughter’s lives.
Women’s place in those days was based on the fact they were women, and was not linked to homosexuality. That was then.
I am going to go out on a limb, and many of you have quit reading by this time. But for those of you are still here, this is my prediction. The rights of gays and lesbians will be the pulling power that finally gives women equality in the church and home. Same-sex marriage will become common. The people in the pew will begin to accept homosexuality (like they do with black/white marriages). Once homosexuality is accepted, the SBC has no leg to stand on.
The real message is that once we open our hearts to homosexuals, we will also open our hearts to women pastors.
Do you know why we will not be successful before then? Because we are not hungry enough! We don’t fight for it. Oh, we discuss it, and discuss it, and discuss it. But we are not hungry enough. We don’t fight for equality.
We will continue this discussion next week.