Wednesday, October 4, 2017

That We May Be Homosexualists

That we may be oneDeseret Book, the commercial publishing arm of the LDS Church, has a new book out, That We May Be One, A Gay Mormon's Perspective on Faith & Family, "One"apparently referring to being united as a church in embracing homosexuality.  Come again? The author, though he freely invokes the name of Christ, is certainly not about repentance or forgiveness through Christ. There seems to be no understanding of the gospel at all, only the same old vaporous, irreligious talking points, calling upon Christ but denying the power thereof, which power exists to change the desires of our hearts. No, he's not about overcoming his lusts. He's gay, he's happy, he's Mormon. And he's anti-Christ. It is obvious that this book is yet another leap toward the acceptance of all things homosexual within the Church, or perhaps it's the last nail in the coffin. We are here at last, living in a worldwide, modern-day Sodom. But ultimately more disturbing, this highly-promoted book sets a sweeping precedent for denial of the reality of sin and denial of the power of Christ to change us through repentance (which comes down to the denial of God Himself and all Creation--see 2 Nephi: 2:13).

Much is being done to promote the book prior to its release. Magazine and newspaper articles, a documentary, interviews, and a Q and A panel discussion scheduled for Oct. 5 at the University of Utah, to be moderated by Sheri Dew. In the past couple weeks we have received two Des. Book mailers highlighting this book.

We have read the promotional materials and listened to a lengthy interview with the author. From what we've seen so far, this book is yet another effort by some with influence in the Church to make over homosexuality into a "delightful" identity, a personal truth that should be welcomed into our midst, while at the same time holding to the idea, though rather weakly, that this "delightful" homosexual lust need not and should not be acted on. In other words, be that way but don't be that way. Or at least don't tell us you're being that way. And yet we have the author of the book saying his sex life with his homosex partner of two decades was "delightful," and beneficial to individuals and society. Really? Sodomy?

"I'm old but not that old," Christofferson giggled. His interviewer lady giggled, too. Really? Does anybody seriously doubt that this is all about lustful sex?

What kind of person tells the whole world about his sex life, wait, his perverse sex life? He may clean up like a GA and talk quiet and slow like a GA but his words sound like they are coming from a dirty old man.

It makes our heads spin.

People's heads were spinning even faster after General Conference this past weekend when Elder Oaks reemphasized the Family Proclamation, confirming the two sexes and their traditional roles and repeatedly denouncing gay marriage in no uncertain terms, reflective of the late Elder Packer's and many others' similar stance, that is, family values. As in the Family Proclamation.

The documentary on this man and his book was scheduled and advertised to air between General Conference sessions this past Sunday. Mysteriously, something else aired in that time slot, though its title remained on the schedule. It's now been rescheduled for Oct. 15. 

No doubt there is a lack of communication within the church leadership. Or something. Still, this incomprehensible book rolls on.

Apart from what everybody heard from the pulpit, how is this happy-gay-celibate-Mormon tactic working? It's not. What it's doing is encouraging homosexualism, making those who are all-the-way-pro-gay mad, and confusing and/or dismissing the deeply-held beliefs of everybody else.

In an effort to placate or stall off both sides of a very controversial issue, the Mormon Church is disaffecting people on both sides of the homosexual juggernaut. Contrary to countless previous pronouncements, it has previously bought into, big time, the false idea that the LGBTQI+ identity is natural and permanent. See mormonandgay.org. But in a stunningly incomprehensible leap, it insists on, at least in some obscure handbook, prohibiting homosexual behaviors. Yes, it's perfectly delightful for gays to desire same-sex sex, but a huge no-no to actually do that perfectly delightful stuff they fantasize about. And yet any disciplining is left up to local leaders (who are untrained lay people and may well be homosexualists/progressives/leftists themselves) on a case-by-case basis. The way things are going, this amounts to homosexuality in all its outward forms being welcomed and highlighted and celebrated in wards and stakes, and orthodox, traditional family values members having to shut up and endure all this nonsense. And watch it proliferate. Gay marriage, that is, all things homosex, that is, Sodom and Gomorrah, here we come. And how did that work out?

This book shows how the LDS Church, while ostensibly upholding God's most obvious boundaries for outward sexual morality is promoting the idea of a special kind of gay, a Mormon gay, homosexuals and lesbians and transgenders who are perfectly happy with themselves the way they are, that is, sexually lusting after people of their own sex, while representing that they are not actually acting on that lust, however that is defined or lied about or responded to. Mormon gays are special gays, the Church sort of says. They don't actually do the things they really wish they could do, or they say they don't (and we know they don't mind lying). But of course the behaviors are going on in all degrees. All this we can and must accept, even celebrate. They are heroes!

Wait. Heroes? The author of this book is 60 but looks older. We have his word only that he has given up decades of practicing sodomy. Presenting himself as religious and invoking Christ's name, he never mentions sin or repentance. And by his own admission, he continues to enjoy lusting after men. Can it be that he only left off sodomy (if he really did) so he could get back into full fellowship in a church culture in the process of embracing homosexuality and cash in on his gay position as an apostle's gay brother? Is any of this heroic?  People are slobbering over him? There's a scripture that warns against those who do these things, along with warning against those who have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:32.

What about people who actually repent of these lusts and turn their lives around and rely solely on Christ for salvation? Sad to say, we could write a book on how the Church isn't interested in those kinds of people or their very real experience in living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We get it. Prosperous churches that like good PR have a tendency to steer clear of whatever is unpopular to keep certain patrons happy and/or to appear loving and peace-promoting to the world. But if those are a Christian church's priorities, it has lost its way. It's the church of Christ without Christ, to say the least.

Regarding the issue of homosexuality, the LDS Church's tactics are backfiring. All it is doing is encouraging homosexuality, making Mormon homosexuals and homosexualists impatient for more equivocating to come, and alienating the faithful, that is, those who are faithful to Christ. For instance, several people in our own Utah Valley ward are (relatively suddenly) all about openly celebrating all things homosex, while those who have taken a stand against it are marginalized and mocked. 

To explain, a gay-married lesbian Mormon's blog is all about about her great faith and piousness and self-proclaimed "divine mission," that "pleases our heavenly parents," her gay Mormon identity being "exactly what the Lord is asking of her." We found her latest post to be extremely self-serving and phony-sounding (it's so sad how people fool themselves). And yet about it a man in our ward wrote,

"This blog post illustrates this [lesbian, "married"] couple's joy and warmth as well as a sense of the magic of their love. . . I would like to meet her and her wife. So Laura, if you're ever in Utah Valley, the door of my home stands open and ready to greet you both."

Yikes. Magic of their love? Women can love each other without sex. But here are two women pretending, not at friendship, not at sisterhood, but at marriage. Marriage is the only human relationship that's supposed to have sex in it. So what we have here are two women who have based their relationship (by getting "married") on arousing sexual feelings in each other. Hello? And what kind of person invites strangers to their house based solely on the type of sex they do, in this case, weird sex? The scripture says "even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature" (Romans1:26). This means Roman people in the apostle Paul's time had gotten so wicked that even women, who are supposed to be less likely to act homosexually, were doing it. Yes, lesbianism is a purely sexual thing. Whatever else they are to each other, unlike any other relationship they have with other people, these women sex around with each other. And everybody knows that, including this man.

Again, there are sins of the flesh, and then there are those who take pleasure in them that do those sins. Just saying. Case in point: Years ago our teenage daughter left an outdoor movie party when she saw two girls making out with each other obviously to turn their boyfriends on, and perhaps themselves. That's a fact: sexuality is just sexuality if there are no boundaries; any and all of it can turn people on. So we'd stay away from this man if we were these ladies. (They were probably both sexually abused by adult males as children, poor things, and have never gotten over it. And no one cares. They exploit themselves and continue to allow themselves to be exploited.)

Aside from the one being a female-looking bride and the other being dressed in pants, i.e. pretending at male/female marriage at the same time being proud lesbians, look how Mormony and modest and attractive they look. Given these wholesome appearances and the world's wholesale embrace of sexual immorality in this low form, it's easy to see how gullible people of weak faith are buying into it. In addition, there are going to be twisted perverts out there getting a kick out of any and all of it, including getting a sexual thrill out of this new Mormon homosexualist book. (Please note that we are not saying the man in our ward is a twisted pervert. We're just saying he, in his over-the-top, inappropriate, pro-homosex zeal, needs to know he is sounding like one.)

Celibate or not, to claim a gay identity and/or celebrate the gay identity is to promote all things homosex, from lust to sodomy. These people are made victims of, and heroes of, all the while getting pleasure from their sinful lusts and acts. Yes, sin is pleasurable . . . for a time. And it's only pleasurable, for those doing it and those watching it being done, because these people's egos have completely killed off the Spirit of the Lord. They are past feeling the influence of righteousness.

Bottom line, you can't use the methods of the devil to build the kingdom of God. It's a great mistake to work to marry heaven and hell, as C. S. Lewis put it. Whatever your excuses for slobbering over homosexuality, what you are building belongs to the devil.


Note 11/5/17: The homosexualist book, That We May Be One, was held up in our ward's Relief Society meeting 10/22/17 by the bishops' wife, an instructor. We weren't there, but it was reported to us that the book was touted as being a wonderful book everybody should read.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Birth, Diet, Female Spirits: Lame Excuses for Sin

Don't you think they really might be born that way?

Gays are gay because of the additives that are put in our foods!

We believe our son is possessed of an evil female spirit; that's why he's acting this way.

Believe it or not, people are making such arguments, old and new, and there are surely more on the horizon. 

We always want to ask, So what is your point?

Their point, if they would just stop to think about it, is: the gay person is not responsible for his thoughts or acts; for these people, although sane, there is apparently no such thing as agency. Their point, if they would just stop to think about it, is: there is no such thing as right or wrong or sin or Christ or repentance or redemption. Their point, if they would just stop to think about it, is: we have to find an excuse for these people, our spouses, our fathers, our children, our relatives, our friends, our fellow humans, because they can't possibly be as bad as all that.

Well there is such a thing as agency. There is law, sin, and God. There is a Savior, for the repentant. If a person is mentally healthy, there is no excuse for sexuality gone bad. And in making excuses for homosexual lust, those making the excuses are paving the way for more homosexual lust. By way of their misguided but perhaps well-intended apologetics, they promote the problem.

Oh, and by the way, all the above excuses are not only lame, but considered bigoted and hateful in the highest degree these days. The narrative goes like this. How dare you insinuate that gay people don't have agency; in fact, a person's sexuality is fluid from moment to moment! It is pure homophobia to claim gays' perfectly lovely same-sex sexual desires to be a problem of any kind, much less a dietary problem! The very idea that gays are possessed of devils is pure hatred!

We will say this. Young people are being exposed nonstop to the glorification of homosexuality in all its unlimited forms. Have the excuse-makers noticed that all things homosex are being portrayed as some kind of wonderful today? This has got to confuse kids' natural modesty and innocence. It has got to get them curious about trying out any or all variations of this sex stuff. Homosexuality, transgenderism, whatever---it all  amounts to the newest form of  childish attention-getting, rebellion, escape from boredom, a way to get kicks. No-danger-of-pregnancy/zero-responsibility sex: it's the new drug abuse.

No, they don't need the born-that-way excuse. They don't need the same-sex-lust-making-food excuse. They don't need to blame any evil visitor taking over their body. If you really need an excuse, homosexuality is in the air they breathe!

But excuses,  real or imagined, aside, what's more important is this: Is the thing right or wrong, moral or immoral, healthy or destructive? Should it be endured, pitied, and embraced, or should it be resisted, exposed, treated, denounced, overcome, repented of?

Everybody, in their heart of hearts, knows the answer to that question.What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee (Marcus Aurelius).

While it is important for an individual to root out the causes of his or her inclination toward bad sexual manners, what's more important for everyone is to turn to the Lord and find solutions in the gospel. We're told it's more powerful than anything else.

C. S. Lewis said there are a dozen views about anything until you know the answer. Then there is only one.The one right answer to the homosexuality juggernaut is to turn back to decency and to God, to His rules for human sexuality, to teach kids decency and righteousness, to show how the gospel of fallen man, Christ, and redemption works in our everyday lives.

Anyone can know by common sense, or the Spirit of the Lord, if professional help is needed. But then it must be wanted. Sometimes these sexual problems are merely a symptom of deep mental and emotional trauma and disturbances, an aspect of homosexuality the pro-gay world doesn't care one bit about.

Coming up with sweeping, superficial excuses for homosexual lusting doesn't help anyone or solve anything.