The nation's largest 'Protestant denomination' is calling for a rejection on gay therapy bans. Here is a quote from a recent news story, "A resolution submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention for its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, has called on the nation's largest Protestant denomination to reject "homosexual identity politics" and state bans on conversion therapy. Titled "On Ministry and Counseling to Lead People from Homosexuality to Heterosexuality," the resolution, among other things, asks the SBC to "offer loving assistance to people suffering from same-sex attraction, so that they may turn from homosexuality to heterosexuality" and to reject "as heresy any claims that God makes people homosexual." from https://www.christianpost.com/news/so-baptist-resolution-calls-convention-reject-gay-therapy-bans-belief-god-makes-people-gay-224786/
If you take the time to read through this resolution, many red flags will fly- here is another example, 'the Southern Baptist Convention respects and affirms the right for those formerly
enslaved by the sin of homosexuality to live celibate lives devoted to God'. So, you can still have a desire for the same sex, just don't act upon it. Yet, Christ tells us in Matthew 5:28, "whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." You will be held accountable for your lustful thoughts and desires as well, even if you never act on them.
Here's another example, 'RESOLVED, the Southern Baptist Convention affirms that repentance of the sin of
homosexuality, by the power of Christ, removes the stain of the sin of homosexuality on the
person's life, and that the follower of Christ living in a new life is embraced in fellowship with
the body of Christ, and is considered qualified for the works God has created and called him or
her.' What is missing here? Christ frees us from the POWER of sin; I turn to A.W. Pink for deeper insight...
Present salvation from the power of sin consists in, first, delivering us from the love of it, which though begun at our regeneration is continued throughout out practical sanctification. Second, from its blinding delusiveness, so that it can no more deceive as it once did. Third, from our excusing it: “that which I do, I allow not” (Rom. 7:15). This is one of the surest marks of regeneration. In the fullest sense of the word the believer “allows” it not before he sins, for every real Christian when in his right mind desires to be wholly kept from sinning. He “allows” it not fully when doing it, for in the actual committing thereof there is an inward reserve—the new nature consents not. He “allows” it not afterwards, as Psalm 51 evidences so plainly of the case of David.
First, save them from the pleasure or love of sin by bestowing a nature which hates it: this is the great miracle of grace.
Second, save them from the penalty or punishment of sin, by remitting all its guilt: this is the grand marvel of grace.
Third, save them from the power or dominion of sin, by the workings of His Spirit: this reveals the wondrous might of grace.
Fourth, save them from the presence or inbeing of sin: this will demonstrate the glorious magnitude of grace.
Pay close attention to the wording and allow me to point to the stupidity of the SBC, namely this, "offer loving assistance to people suffering with 'same sex attraction'. I've underlined what I consider to be the stupidity of this line of thinking by the SBC.
Now, what does 'loving assistance' mean? I am guessing it may reference to 'conversion therapy'. Here is the definition of that phrase, 'the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions'. So the 'goal' of this godless denomination is to change the sexual preference of unregenerate sinners, making homosexuals into heterosexuals. What is gained in this? Is the soul saved IF one is heterosexual? Of course not! There is nothing biblical about 'conversion therapy', for NO MAN can change another. Only GOD can change a heart....period. I am getting sick and tired of these unregenerate religious idiots pretending they can 'fix' things, from the likes of Al Mohler who unites with Mormons to fight for 'traditional marriage', to the SBC who wants to stamp out homosexuality and make everybody heterosexuals. Then all will be 'right' with the world won't it? Of course, the elect of God know better.
I am in NO WAY defending the abomination of homosexuality, for it is an abhorrence to our thrice-holy God.
Let's move on, 'people suffering from 'same sex attraction'. Where in the bible do we find the phrase 'same sex attraction'? Let's use God's terminology shall we? "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." Romans 1:27
Those who delve into this abomination are not 'suffering' from something they cannot help! They WILLFULLY CHOOSE to leave that which is natural, meaning 'inborn' in the original language, rejecting that for that which is 'unnatural' or against nature. God has instilled in all of us the 'natural way' at birth, so homosexuals cannot argue that God made them the way they are. The bible teaches otherwise.
One of the definitions of 'leaving' is 'abandon'. Now, if one willfully abandons something, how is it they are suffering? It isn't as though they are 'victim' of something outside of themselves or their own control is it? They know what they are doing, and they pursue this sin of homosexuality with ALL their might.
The next part of the verse states 'burned in their lust'. Here's the meaning, 'to inflame deeply, to set on fire, burn with lust. Vincent's word studies states this about lust, which is from the Greek word orexis -'Only here in the New Testament. It is a reaching out after something with the purpose of appropriating it.' To summarize, the homosexual has a deep, intense burning/rage that causes them to lust, crave, desire, long for the same sex. This is not natural, this is not normal...this is NOT love. This is the result of being given over to a depraved mind by God to the sin you crave.
I close with this from Spurgeon, there was a time when Romans 1 was considered a horrifying thing.....
“This first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans is a dreadful portion of the Word of God. I should hardly like to read it all through aloud; it is not intended to be so used. Read it at home, and be startled at the awful vices of the Gentile world.” (Spurgeon)
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan