Substitutionary Atonement

Recently I was listening to some atheists discussing their concerns regarding the idea of the substitutionary atonement of Christ. Basically, that’s just a big, fancy term for the fact that Jesus died for our sins. Nothing more complicated than that.

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Why The ‘I Was Born Gay’ Argument Is So Wrong
Aug07

Why The ‘I Was Born Gay’ Argument Is So Wrong

One of the core doctrines of pro-gay orthodoxy is that homosexuals are born gay. In other words, God made them that way so “gay must be okay.” Even though science has failed to affirm or deny this, the vast majority of gays and their supporters are convinced of it. An article I recently read entitled “Five Logical Errors of Born Gay Ideology” got me thinking more about this. While I’m not going to comment on all five reasons the author gave, I would like to touch on one and that is homosexuals’ argument that it is God’s fault they were born gay. I really like what the author of the article I reference above says regarding this. Of all the untenable conclusions drawn from the born gay premise, this is the most scandalous. Whereas claiming that God has His hand in the creation of every child is uncontroversial, alleging that every element of that child’s physical, emotional and even sexual state at birth are all intended by God is quite another thing. If this pattern of inference were allowed, we would have to believe that God desires every birth defect, handicap, psychological disorder or behavioral tendency we can trace to early childhood. God may allow such things, but that is theological miles from saying that God wanted them. I would also pose a very simple but logical question to the argument that homosexuals are born gay: If being homosexual was acceptable in the eyes of God’s, being a perfectly natural relational and sexual option, don’t you think He would have given homosexuals the ability to reproduce as a result of engaging in sexual activity? You would think so if homosexuality was okay and a natural option to being hetrosexual. However, we know that two men or two women engaging in sexual activity cannot reproduce and that only a man and woman have the ability to reproduce and have children. It is therefore quite logical to say that homosexuality is completely unnatural and not the will of God. Some will argue that many men and women in sexual relationships cannot reproduce for one reason or another. However, that is not a solid argument as the functionality is there – something is simply broken. What you can never say is that two men or two women having sex have the ability to reproduce and have children. And why is that? Very simple – God never intended men to have sex with men and women to have sex with women. This is why He established marriage as between one man and one woman. Jesus made reference to this in Matthew 19:4-6: 4....

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As a Christian, Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
Jul15

As a Christian, Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?

A post with a very interesting question caught my attention today. John Shore asked the question, “What would Jesus do if invited to a gay wedding?” While he didn’t directly answer as to whether Jesus would attend, he did ponder as to whether he himself would attend or not. It is a very good question — one that we as Christian are probably going to have to face more and more as our world continues to grow darker. Unless you live in a cave, you no doubt have a friend or acquaintance that is gay or even family members. Personally, I have two living family members that are gay (a third is deceased) and even have a few friends and acquaintances that are gay. I have also known quite a few gay people over the years who have become Christians and turned away from their homosexual lifestyles. So it should be pretty evident that I DO NOT hate gay people. I DO hate the sin but view it as any other sin (e.g., sleeping around when not married, illegal drug use, abusing alcohol, lying, etc.) I also must confess that I am prejudice against those who want to evangelize the world with homosexuality. That being said, I asked myself this question and after thinking it over for a bit, I’d have to say no. Here are my reasons reason. I would not go to a gay wedding if invited anymore then I would attend a party where people are using illegal drugs or accompany someone on a shoplifting spree or attend an orgy… well you get the picture. If I believe homosexuality is a sin (and I do), then I feel I would be condoning that sin by taking place in an event that not only approves of the sin but celebrates it as well. Also keep in mind that a marriage ceremony is different than some of the examples I mentioned above. It is in fact a celebration of two people coming together to legally commit their lives to one another in love. When you attend a wedding, you are doing so to celebrate the event with the couple. You also endorse the event by your attendance. How so? Remember the part of the ceremony where the minister (or person performing the ceremony) asks the question, “If any person objects to this couple being joined in marriage, speak now or forever hold your peace”? If you do not speak up, guess what – you have put your stamp of approval of the couple’s union. In John’s original post, he debated whether it is better to attend the event...

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Can Homosexuals Be Christians?
Nov23

Can Homosexuals Be Christians?

This is a loaded question. The same could be asked of drug addicts, thieves, liars, murderers, even child molesters. So can someone who is homosexual be a Christina as well? I would say, “Yes,” however, allow me to clarify that answer. A person who is a homosexual can become a Christian, however once a Christian, the person can no longer stay a homosexual. Of course this question comes down to the debate of whether homosexuality is a choice or are gay people just born that way. Clearly the evidence weighs in favor of it being a choice. To say someone was born “gay” is really to say that God made a mistake. “Ooops, that one was supposed to have a female body. Messed up there! Guess they will just have to be homosexual.” Do you really see God saying something like this? Of course not because God does not make mistakes. He is perfect in every way. Therefore homosexuality is a choice. Now that choice may have had several elements that influenced it – sexual abuse as a child or the lack of father or mother role model are a couple of examples. In fact most gay people I have even met had one or both of these scenarios occur in their childhood. Be that as it may, I know many more people who have experiences the same scenarios and did not turn out gay. So, clearly it is a choice. This leads to the next question, “Is it sin?” While there are many scriptures in the Bible that confirm that it is, Romans Chapter One is one of the best examples. (Rom 1:17-32 NASB) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” {18} For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, {19} because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. {20} For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. {21} For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. {22} Professing to be wise, they became fools, {23} and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and...

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