SCOUT LEADERS SHOULD BE
“MEN OF GOD”
The following is worth reading. May God help us, as a nation, to return to the Scriptures for guidance before it is too late.
Eight-year-old Martin Thompson couldn't wait to join the Boy Scouts. From the flyers passed out at school, he'd read about all the fun Scouts have. But when Martin's parents discovered his interest, they told him absolutely not. Their reaction shows just how successful the gay lobby has been convincing people that homosexuality has no moral component .
The Boy Scouts don't accept members or leaders who engage in homosexual conduct -- and that's why Martin's parents objected. "Our family does not agree with discrimination against . . . homosexuals," Martin's mother told him. The family then went to a meeting of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland, school district and tried to get the Scouts thrown off tax payers’ school property.
Martin's father read a statement Martin had written, which said, "I don't want the Boy Scouts to come to my school because my school allows everyone to come. .. . . But . . . not everyone is allowed in the Boy Scouts." Of course, Martin's school does not allow everyone to attend. It discriminates against people who are too old or too young, and against anyone who lives outside the school district.
Evidently, this type of discrimination doesn't bother Martin's parents. They probably view it as appropriate, because it violates no moral laws. But they're evidently teaching their son that homosexual conduct violates no moral laws either -- but that objecting to it does. They equate the upholding of biblical principles as code language for gay-bashing.
Many Christian families are having to confront this issue head on. Around the country, homosexual groups and their allies are lobbying to kick Boy Scouts out of public schools and parks. So it's important that our kids understand Christian teaching on this subject.
First, we must teach them that Christian thinking about these questions begins and ends with the fact of God's love. We love these people, but not their behavior. And God loves them. The real question is: Did God make homosexuals the way they are, or is their sexual preference a consequence of what makes our world a broken place?
Many secularists claim that homosexuality is genetically determined. But these claims ignore the empirical evidence to the contrary. Researchers looking for a gay gene periodically announce new evidence for it, and then that evidence evaporates when other researchers study it.
So if homosexuality is not genetically determined, then to some degree the behavior involves an element of choice. That doesn't mean that some people don't have a predisposition to homosexuality: they do, just as straight people have pre-dispositions that they themselves must control.
David Persing, a molecular genetics researcher and a Christian, says the biblical teaching that all of nature is fallen includes our genetic heritage. As a result, we all have inborn tendencies toward various forms of sinful behaviors, from alcoholism to heterosexual addiction to homosexuality.
But this fact does not excuse us from having to make a choice to do right or to sin. Christianity calls all of us to struggle against our natural tendencies. Whatever those inclinations are, we still have room for making real moral choices. And that's what we have to teach our kids when they're accused of anti-gay bigotry.
Copyright (c) 2000 Prison Fellowship Ministries. Reprinted with permission.
God created mankind and ordained sex (Genesis 1:27,28; Matthew 19:4-9). Genesis 19 describes men who had chosen to become sexually involved with other men. This resulted in their cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) being destroyed by God. Romans 1:18-27 speaks about God’s displeasure of the “Gays”. They are spoken of as ones having depraved minds. “The Bible says to make a right judgment...” (John 7:24). May every Bible believer strive to teach that God calls for repentance from the evil of homosexuality (Acts 17:30). May the statesmen of our nation take this serious and realize that they are going to be held accountable for permitting this gross sin to be legalized. Likewise, we are accountable to draw their attention to this sin.
Now, the important question that each of us must answer is - ARE WE READY TO MEET JESUS WHEN HE COMES? The question is not if our spouse is ready, our children, our parents, or neighbors - but are we as an individual ready to meet our Maker. Often a person will “put off” making important decisions in life and some of them do not amount to much. However, accepting the plan of salvation that God has made plain to us is very important. Waiting until the day of our funeral will not grant us the inheritance that Jesus wants us to enjoy. Would you (reader) seriously consider the following?
The Bible teaches in the Book of Acts that one must:
1) Believe In Jesus As Savior (16:31)
2) Repent Of Sins (17:30)
3) Confess Christ Audibly (8:37)
4) Be Baptized In Water (2:38)
5) Live A Christian Life (14:22)
When one obeys the Lord in becoming a Christian, the Lord adds him/her to His Church (His "Called Out Followers"). See Acts 2:47; I Corinthians 1:9. Therefore, one needs to identify with a local congregation of Bible studying and dedicated believers. One needs to do this so that a person may be nourished spiritually and can share in opportunities to use various God-given talents to serve the Lord. The local church is to be a "Lighthouse" in the community. It is in need of one's abilities and support as much as a person is in need of the church. May each of us be understanding that it is only by God's grace that anyone can be forgiven of sins and have the opportunity for heaven.
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