In my excursions across the web today, I happened upont his quote on a blog:
Or, for that matter, where does it say “Thou shalt not fall in love with other boys”? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t. So why do conservative Christian groups and parents think they have the right to force a young boy into a rehabilitation program for something that doesn’t require rehabilitation? Perhaps we should establish a rehab camp for those who breed mules or wear mixed-fiber clothing. According to most Protestant ministers, ‘a sin is a sin is a sin.’ That makes everyone wearing cotton-polyester blend both badly-dressed and just as bad as homosexuals! Who knew?!
Yes, the person who wrote that paragraph is a homosexual, and he happens to be one that I “know” from a particular forum I am active on. And regardless of how intellectually superior many athiests/agnostics/Bible-mockers/etc. claim to be compared to God-fearing Christians, they prove the Scriptures true when they themselves are unable to interpret and understand its simple teachings. As the Lord says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned; but the spiritual discerns all things, and *he* is discerned of no one” (1 Corinthians 2:14–15, Darby).
That being said, let’s look at what this blogger had to say:
“Or, for that matter, where does it say ‘Thou shalt not fall in love with other boys’? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t.” Indeed, the Scriptures do not contain that command. However, the Scriptures also do not contain the command, “Thou shalt not drink schnapps vodka.” Does this mean it’s okay to do so? The Scriptures say enough on the subject without giving that exact command for us to know right.
Similarly, though the command “Thou shalt not fall in love with other boys” is never explicitely given, we are told enough in the Scriptures to assume that the command is implied and that its violation is still sin.
For this reason God gave them up to vile lusts; for both their females changed the natural use into that contrary to nature; and in like manner the males also, leaving the natural use of the female, were inflamed in their lust towards one another; males with males working shame, and receiving in themselves the recompense of their error which was fit. Romans 1:26–27, Darby
Both men and women were leaving the “natural use” of the opposite gender. Males were with males, females with females, “working that which is unseemly” (v. 27, KJV).
Notice that love isn’t even in the picture here. Homosexuality is still sinful regardless of how “loving” it is. I put loving in quotes because it is impossible for a homosexual to have true love toward another of the same gender, for love “rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6).
God is love (1 John 4:8) and God is judge (2 Timothy 4:1); therefore, love cannot be redefined to include that which is evil, that which God will judge.
So, let’s redo the command, for it isn’t adequate: “Thou shalt not lust after other boys.”
Is it wrong to love other men (or women, for you lady readers out there)? I’d say, no, and I have Scripture to back that up.
In the controversial passage of 2 Samuel 1:26, King David laments over the death of Jonathan, “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.”
Of course, homosexual advocates a‑plenty use this verse as justifying their rebellion. However, David said it was the “love” of Jonathan which passed that of women. Love is again defined for us in 1 Corinthians 13 and it does not include sexual activities. David is not here or anywhere else claiming that Jonathan was a better “partner” than women were to him. I have friends–guy friends–who I love and some of them reciprocate moreso than some women. No homosexuality necessary, just healthy Christian love. Indeed, “let us love one another: for love is of God,” states the Apostle John in 1 John 4:7.
So it is possible for men to love men (and women to love women) insofar as they are not abandoning the natural use of the opposite sex. Men marry women. Women marry men. Men do not marry men. Women do not marry women. Men lay with women. Women lay with men. Men do not lay with men. Women do not lay with women. To violate the very clear pattern of Scripture is to drift off into the dangerous way of Sodom and Gomorrah (Jude 7).
“So why do conservative Christian groups and parents think they have the right to force a young boy into a rehabilitation program for something that doesn’t require rehabilitation?” The program in question is an overly authoritative, unbiblical camp. The methods described are not found in Scriptures and thus cannot be called Christian.
However, until the son (or daughter) is married, they are directly responsible to their parents who are the God-ordained authorities over them; insofar as parental command is not causing a violation of biblical principles, they ought to be obeyed.
I also want to point out that rehabilitation can do little to help with sin. It may be able to break a habit of sin; what it cannot do is remove the desire to sin, nor can it remove the consequences of past sin.
Only belief in Jesus Christ and acceptance of His blood sacrifice can remove the stain of sin, recreate in us a new heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26), and exempt us from the judgment to come based solely on the imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus.
There is no other way to gain forgiveness than through Him.
Perhaps we should establish a rehab camp for those who breed mules or wear mixed-fiber clothing. According to most Protestant ministers, ‘a sin is a sin is a sin.’ That makes everyone wearing cotton-polyester blend both badly-dressed and just as bad as homosexuals! Who knew?! The most concise reply I can give to this is that this would only apply to national Israel. No Christian was ever given the Jewish Law; rather, the Law of Christ applies–to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
And as I already pointed out, love rejoices not in evil.
Be not deceived in the gobbledygook of homosexual-rights-activists; rather, “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).