Oil & Water… It Just Don’t Mix

Christian TV Host ‘Comes Out,’ Gets Support from Church

By

Lillian Kwon

Christian Post Reporter

Mon, Apr. 21 2008 11:56 AM ET

 

“The young host of a Christian music television show has come out publicly as a gay man, but to his surprise he has received more encouraging support than expected from the church.”

Can a homosexuals come to knowledge in Christ? Absolutely. So can pedophiles, rapist, murders, and even religious people. The question is can they remain in that habitual practice? I have never seen it……

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”  1 Corinthians 6:9-11

‘And such were some of you….. an emphatic past tense.’ Sanctification! 

“for whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 3:9

 

“He’s not alone as a gay Christian, he says. There are many gay people in the Christian industry, Southworth said, but it’s “hush-hush” and they’re scared to come out, he noted.”

There is no question that the Christian ‘industry’ employees many homosexuals, but it is important to note that the church is never referred to as an industry but an organization, whereby an individual (that repents of his/her sinful condition) that is born again, is baptized (placed) into the body of Christ by the Spirit of God.

Even if the church rejects the clear teaching of God’s word and embraces the sin of homosexuality, one can rest assured the church shall give an account of its error.

 

Raised a Pentecostal, Southworth currently identifies himself as a follower of Jesus and does not affiliate with any denomination. He attends three different churches in Nashville, Tenn., one of which is led by a gay partnered pastor.

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the way thereof is the way of death. One must not be concerned about following Jesus, but very careful not to follow a Jesus that contradicts the word of God, for there is another Jesus, another gospel and another spirit.

Those who are concerned about the welfare of the church in America should pray that there would be a spirit of clarity in the church concerning the sin that is crept in unawares.

Study to show thyself approved unto God. A workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

malachi

Persecution in Pakistan

In an attempt to grab the land where a church stands now, three Muslim men allegedly incited and led a Muslim mob to attack a church on Tuesday, March 18, in Gajrakh, a Christian neighborhood in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala, during the Holy Week.

The latest church attack has been carried out by Muslim mob to grab the church property, but Pakistani Christians had been fearing attacks on churches, missionary schools and other church properties since staging of the anti-cartoon protests in Pakistan last month following reprinting of sacrilegious caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by some western newspapers.

According to a story released by the International Christian Concern (ICC) (www.persecution.org) the mob wanted to seize a community centre that belonged to a church in Gajrakh started tearing down the walls of the church.

The mob manhandled Pastor Shairf Bhatti, who appeared at the scene of incident along with a group of Christians, apparently to stop the mob from attacking the church.

The angry mob, according to the story, hurled stones at the church. The local Christians rushed to the scene, forcing the mob to flee.

Story taken from Journalchretien, Saturday 29 March 2008

If this story sounds familiar, it may be that you have read a story very similar in the scripture… 1 Kings 21:1-16 It is the story of King Ahab desiring to take the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

It appears the spirit of Ahab is alive and well today. For our adversary as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.

A word of encouragement for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan and all of the persecuted world…

“And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying; Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.” vs.17-19

God is fully aware of what is happening to His children. He is not unrighteous to forget your works and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Pray for our brothers and sisters who are in the fire of persecution. Not that God will take them out, but that He will stablish, strengthen and settle them for the glory of Christ.

malachi