A blog of Rev. Steve Newton, CSC, offering opportunities for dialogue and questions related to faith, spirituality, religion, etc.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
You might find this exchange of emails of interest:
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Rev Donald SpitzGlory2Jesus@armyofgod.comvia downtownchapel.org
10:19 AM (2 hours ago)
I just saw your church listed as a GAY friendly church on gaychurch.org.
To accept sexual deviancy as normal is a sin.
You put your soul in danger of eternal damnation for welcoming unrepentant homosexuals into God’s house. You blaspheme the Name of God.
Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race.
Because of your church, I now know why God wrote:
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life. http://www.armyofgod.com
Stephen Newtonnewton@downtownchapel.orgvia gmail.com
12:48 PM (4 minutes ago)
Rev. Spitz, I am saddened to see those letters before your name, since they are meant to suggest a person trained in the compassion, love and teaching of Jesus. I had never heard ofgaychurch.org. Nor had I heard of armyofgod.org. I would imagine we might be listed on the one because someone came here and found him or herself welcome, and no one checked their sexuality before letting them in. Nor did anyone presume to know whether or not they were repentent or even in sin (I don't know which is your denomination, but ours teaches that there is nothing wrong with having a particular sexual orientation, whether gay, straight or celibate).
More likely, whoever might have listed us might have appreciated hearing the Gospel preached and a call to reconciliation, repentance and just relations, including the mandate to take care of the beam in one's own eye before concerning oneself with the speck in someone else's. In your own faith, do not the scriptural demands like judge not lest you yourself be judged, love your neighbor as yourself, let the one without sin cast the first stone and many more about love of neighbor than there are about the entirety of sexuality of any sort count at all?
So I cannot say why we might be listed as a gay friendly church, but I would feel it very problematic if we were considered gay, straight, rich, poor, well, ill, hungry, imprisoned, thirsty, homeless or clothed unfriendly. Now, having written this response, I will familiarize myself with both sites, with an eye toward seeing if either is Jesus friendly.
Meanwhile, enjoy your continued surfing of gay websites, if that is still your choice.