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New York Times columnist says Evangelicals should be forced to change their views on homosexuality


The New York Times Photo: Scott Beale/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

The New York Times Photo: Scott Beale/Foter/CC BY-NC-ND

New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni recently wrote an article stating Christian churches (including Evangelical and Roman Catholic) need to change their views and start embracing gays. He even suggests Christians should be forced to change their opinion on homosexuality. The article was sparked over failed efforts by Indiana to bring in religious freedom laws in that state.

In his April 3, 2015 article entitled, Bigotry, the Bible and Lessons from Indiana, Bruni referred to a number of Church denominations that have already changed their minds on homosexuality and are performing same-sex marriages.

He referred to them as “prominent denominations” but they are prominent in name only.  What Bruni failed to mention is since these churches changed their views, their membership numbers have plummeted.

According to Ben Johnson in his article on Lifesitenews, when the Episcopal Church changed its mind on homosexual marriage in 2002, it lost a half-a-million people over the next ten years. The United Church of Christ saw 350 churches close down in the three years following its position change on homosexuality in 2014.

To be fair, the numbers for many of these denominations have been collapsing for decades. The downhill slide started when they first rejected the authority of Scripture. They are shells of what they once were when they actually believed the Bible.

It seems people are not interested in a faith that believes in nothing.

However, Bruni is concerned because there is a hard-core group of Christians who are not accepting homosexuality — Evangelicals and the Orthodox and Catholic churches.

He believes that accepting homosexuality is ultimately a “choice” and it is a choice these Christian groups are not making.

According to Bruni the problem is these Christians still believe in the Bible and consider homosexuality a sinful act.

Bruni of course doesn’t believe in the Bible. He believes in science. He is convinced that Christians should no longer believe in the Bible because society has moved beyond its “ossified” or rigid beliefs as he calls them. He throws out the notion that at one time some Christians didn’t think slavery was sinful, while failing to mention that others did such as Christian politician, William Wilberforce, who successfully fought to end the horrid practice in England.

He uses the word “enlightenment” to describe this new world order. He fails in one regard to tell us who decides what enlightenment is.

Similar to what Nazi Germany did with Jews 65 years earlier, our enlightened society has decided that babies in the womb are subhuman and are exterminating millions yearly. It doesn’t matter in the abortion process some are being born alive, crying, scared and in obvious pain, in our enlightened world they are slaughtered with less compassion than animals in an abattoir.

In fact, Kansas became the first U.S. state to ban dismemberment abortions. Why would such a law even be required for an enlightened society?

Of course, if that spin doesn’t work, Bruni switches his argument suggesting Scripture is open to interpretation. Certainly, there are parts of the Bible that fall into that category — the Book of Revelation being one of them — as due to Rome’s persecution of early Christians it was purposefully written to disguise the message.

However, not all the Bible was written that way. On the issue of sin, it is very clear.  I think most including agnostics and even atheists would agree the Bible does not mince words when discussing sin, whether they agree with it or not.

The Bible is also very clear that God loves us all and that it is our actions that are the problem. After Jesus rescued the woman caught in adultery from the hands of the pharisees, He told her to go and “sin no more” (John 8:1-11).

But that doesn’t stop Bruni. He quotes some who claim to be Evangelicals and have changed their minds. They have reinterpreted the Bible and now openly embrace homosexuality. However, one thing that has defined Evangelicals is their belief in the Bible as the Word of God. Saying you are an Evangelical does not make you one.

But perhaps the most disturbing point that Bruni makes is found at the end of his article where he quotes Mitchell Gold. Gold is a millionaire furniture maker and homosexual activist. He helped start a group called Faith in America whose goal is to change the church’s opinion on sin.

Bruni says, “Gold told me that church leaders must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.'” Bruni further describes Gold’s goal as “worthy — and warranted.”

If we understand the columnist properly, he seems to suggest society should force Christians to change their mind on sin. It sounds like “tolerance” should be spelt differently — “totalitarianism.”

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