Water Downed, Edited Jesus: The Life of a Gay Pastor

My first 41 years of my life I was a member of United Methodist Church, not a good one but a member.  I had confirmation class for 1 year in the seventh grade.  We were taught what Jesus did while he was here.  We were taught about how the church was formed starting with the John and Charles Wesley.  We were also taught that a Pastor had to teach every word of the Bible faithfully and literally to his congregation through Sermons, Bible Study and Fellowship.

When I was 42 I became a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Had a three month new member program that went through the teachings of Jesus, the Life of Martin Luther and finally that a Pastor was commissioned to teach every word of the Bible faithfully and literally to his congregation through Sermons, Bible Study and Fellowship.

With this in mind how does a Gay Pastor preach about the following bible verses:

Leviticus 18:22

King James Version (KJV)

 22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Romans 1:26-27

King James Version (KJV)

 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

 27And 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.

1 Corinthians 6:9

King James Version (KJV)

 9Know 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,

Are they Skipped or Glazed Over?  How can you say you are a Man of God and yet at the same move past teachings of our Lord and Savior.  Yes, Jesus taught about many other things other than lying down with someone of the same sex.  But, these teaching are there in the bible and in black and white.

They have their pastoral duty to God vs. what is clearly in their heart.   This becomes Watered Down Jesus and makes the bible into a series of “stories” about “feel good things.”

And if that is the case than you may as well be preaching the works of J.J. Rowling.

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Campus Crusade for Christ Fears Pissing Off Muslims; Waters Down Name to “CRU” – Short for Crusade

What’s behind Campus Crusade for Christ’s name change?

Washington Post

Starting next year, one of the most robust ministries on American college campuses will officially be known by a new    name. Campus Crusade for Christ in the U.S. is changing its name to Cru.

Established in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright, the evangelical parachurch organization is manned by more than 25,000 staff members who operate 29 different ministries in 191 countries.

“The U.S. ministry hopes the new name will overcome existing barriers and perceptions inherent in the original name,” according to a statement released by the ministry.

Cru isn’t an acronym or unfamiliar shorthand. Many evangelicals already refer to the group simply as “Crusade.”

Okay, Here is the Money Line Folks:

“It’s become a flash word for a lot of people. It harkens back to other periods of time and has a negative connotation for lots of people across the world, especially in the Middle East,” said Steve Sellers, vice president for the U.S. for Campus Crusade for Christ, as reported by Christianity Today “In the ‘50s, crusade was the evangelistic term in the United States. Over time, different words take on different meanings to different groups.”

The new name was unveiled last week during the ministry’s biennial conference for U.S. staff held in Fort Collins, Colo. Its board approved beginning the process to change the name in 2009 and the recommendation of Cru earlier this year.

The new name was chosen out of a pool of 1,600 which was narrowed down to five. Ideas came from donors, volunteers, staff and the general public.

“We kept going back to people to try to better understand what it is they best appreciate about our organization,” Sellers said during a telephone interview this week. “In light of our commitment to our mission, we sought their input as well as spending a lot of time in prayer before we selected a name.”

While the process for choosing the new name ramped up in recent years, its roots date back to what Bill Bright, who died in 2003, expressed decades ago.

“From the beginning, Bill was open to changing our name. He never felt it was set in stone. In fact, he actually considered changing the name 20 or 25 years ago,” Vonette Bright said in a news release. “We want to remove any obstacle to people hearing about the most important person who ever lived—Jesus Christ.”

“Most of the international ministries affiliated with Cru use a name other than Campus Crusade for Christ,” Religion News Service reported. “Its Canadian affiliate is called Power to Change and European ministries use the name Agape.”

Beyond campuses, its outreach and $490 million annual revenue happen via book sales, distribution of evangelical tracts and sales of the Jesus Film, which is available in 1,129 languages, according to Christianity Today .

“Our surveys show that, in the U.S., 20 percent of the people willing to consider the gospel are less interested in talking with us after they hear the name. We are changing the name for the sake of more effective ministry,” explained the group’s Web site.

When asked about the timing and whether it reflected a new direction, Sellers said the ministry seeks to increase its effectiveness and relevance. The name is different but its mission hasn’t changed, he said.

“Our commitment is to Jesus Christ and we debated long and hard about whether to keep the name in the name,” he said. “We concluded that our organization is about helping people know him. … To put it in the name of the organization isn’t the most important issue. The real question is is the organization being effective in communicating what Jesus Christ stands for?”

Before:

Campus Crusade for Christ Rep:  Hi, I am from the Campus Crusade for Christ and we would like to talk to you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Student:  EEEK,  EEEK, IT’S A JESUS FREAK.  GETS THE TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS!!!!  HATERS!!!

After:

“CRU” Rep:  Hi I am from “CRU” and we would like to talk to you about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Students:  Excellent.  Tell me about Jesus.  Let’s Rap Man.  Groovy!!

 

Matthew 10:32

King James Version (KJV)

 32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

How Pathetic that a Christian body is afraid to proclaim his name.

Romans 8:28-39

Again, I had the honor of doing the Epistle Reading at Church Yesterday

King James Version (KJV)

 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our Roots Never Get to the Bottom of Christ’s Love 

This is how we prove in experience that the depth and breadth of the love of Christ are endless. Our roots never get to the bottom of it and our broadening foundation never run out of rock to build on. I think these two images are meant to show us the same things as Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” The roots of our life are firmly held by the depths of Christ’s love. And the foundation of our life is firmly supported by the rock of Christ’s love. We cannot be plucked up or blown over. That is the point of Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.”

God is calling us to new depths of love for each other and for those outside. If that is going to happen (and it is happening), something else must happen first (which is happening). Paul’s prayer must be answered:

[May God grant that we], being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Please drop the “Lutheran” part of your Name

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Tim. 3:1-5  KJV

As the 2 or 3 regular readers of this blog know I am a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  Look at the left column there are links to their website, links to LCMS Sermons – I now have included a link to a WELS church.

The LCMS is a conservative church that holds firm to the teachings of Jesus.  The teachings are simple; Jesus died for us on the cross and for our sins.  Know that and keep that in your heart and your ticket is stamped to the road upstairs.

I look at the ELCA who split off from the LCMS in the 1970’s and one must think what the heck is going on here?   In 2009 they passed by a clear cut majority that Gays can become Pastors if they are in committed relationships.

 Martin Luther correctly identifies homosexuality with the sin of Sodom. Commenting on Genesis 19:4-5 he writes:

I for my part do not enjoy dealing with this passage, because so far the ears of the  Germans are innocent of and uncontaminated by this monstrous depravity; for even though disgrace, like other sins, has crept in through an ungodly soldier and a lewd merchant, still the rest of the people are unaware of what is being done in secret. The Carthusian monks deserve to be hated because they were the first to bring this terrible pollution into Germany from the monasteries of Italy. (Luther’s Works, Vol. 3, 251-252)

And then in the same section of the Genesis lecturers, Luther refers to:

The heinous conduct of the people of Sodom ” as “extraordinary, inasmuch as they departed from the natural passion and longing of the male for the female, which is implanted into nature by God, and desired what is altogether contrary to nature. Whence comes this perversity? Undoubtedly from Satan, who after people have once turned away from the fear of God, so powerfully suppresses nature that he blots out the natural desire and stirs up a desire that is contrary to nature. (Luther’s Works, Vol. 3, 255)

The ELCA continues to show that promoting their political positions is a major priority.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America just posted on their website and sent out an email asking readers to “Call Your Representative Today to Vote NO on the ‘Cut, Cap and Balance Act.'”

Here is another example of the ELCA using their resources and displaying their true focus — pushing a political agenda.

Now it seems to me that you Joe or Jane ELCA Member that your money that you think is a tithe and gift to God is really going to promote the ideology of the Democratic party, the ELCA’s social justice causes and progressive policies.  When you throw in the fact that the ELCA is seemingly indifferent to making disciples for Christ and bringing the lost to the salvation offered by Jesus (to all those who believe).

One would wonder if God would find your Gift and Tithes to be used in this fashion acceptable.

I implore the ELCA to drop the Lutheran name and while they are at it drop “church” as well.  Martin Luther is spinning in his grave on what his name has become and stands for in the ELCA’s hands and last I checked out Jesus was married to the church – not a Political Action and Fundraising Committee.

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 – The Parable of the Weeds

NIV Translation

 Once a month I have the honor of being a Bible Lay Reader at my church.  This was the second reading I did yesterday – The Parable of the Weeds. It has to do with Idol worship

 24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

   27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

   28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

   “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

   29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

   40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like that. Some people believe completely in Jesus, and some people do not believe. It is not always easy to know who really trusts Jesus. But one day Jesus will come back to this world. He will separate those who really trust him from the other people. Jesus has very severe words to say about people who do not trust him.

Matthew supplies a list of equivalences so that the disciples (and the reader) can understand the parable, which is really an allegory. The parable concentrates on having patience with the wicked and permitting both good and bad to co-exist until the time of judgment. The explanation of the parable focuses on the doom awaiting the wicked.

The Son of Man sows good seed. The disciples are sent to all nations; the field is the world. Matthew possesses an interest in spreading the message of the kingdom throughout the whole world. He has a particular interest in holding together his community, his church, but he views the mission to the Gentiles as being of equal importance.

 The children of the kingdom are the authentic disciples of Jesus. They are the righteous, who will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. They behave according to the will of God. Some of these may not belong to the Church.

 The weeds are those who belong to the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. For Matthew, all who cause others to sin and all evildoers exist throughout the world—both inside and outside the Church. At harvest time, the end of the age, the angel-harvesters will collect the weeds and burn them.

 Matthew reminds the members of his community that the world and the Church are made up of both good and bad in the present. Both will be judged at a later date. Both are called to repentance while there is still time.

And Now some words from the Right Reverend Charlie Rangel (Dimmocrat – NY)

From Big Government.com

Reverend Charlie Rangel

Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is doing what most liberal Democrats do when they want to move forward unpopular policy – they play the Jesus card.  Barack Obama, the most pro-choice person, never mind president, in the history of the world, is famous for quoting Scripture for political impact.

When pushing immigration reform, the Book of Deuteronomy 10:19 came in handy for Obama, who said, “Love ye therefore the stranger; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”  At the Tucson Memorial, the President cited the Book of Job. For the National Prayer Breakfast, how about a little misquoted Isaiah 40:31?

Jumping into the debt-ceiling fray, Charlie Rangel is also calling upon Scripture.  The Congressman is emulating Barack Obama, who at an Easter Breakfast praised “God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior” Jesus, who hung on the cross – a symbol that Obama asked be covered up for his Georgetown University speech.

Nonetheless, Charlie must have gotten religion since his ethics conviction in 2010 for financial impropriety, understating his assets, shady campaign office shenanigans, and tax evasion.   Seems when asked where the religious leaders are on “all of this” debt-ceiling stuff, a spokesperson for the pious Charlie Rangel said that the “silence of the clergy, of all faiths, has been ‘deafening’ as they consider cutting social programs designed for the poor and elderly.” Which, by the way, are paid for with tax dollars Charlie conveniently forgot to pay.

Reverend Rangel's Savior - Karl Marx

Preaching the Gospel of social justice, Reverend Rangel said that debt-ceiling questions “are not political,” but rather “moral.” He would know.  Rangel is certainly a qualified judge of morality with his 100% support for pro-choice organizations, as well as conveniently avoiding “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”

Exhorting the faithful to shun cutting social programs, Rangel said “Let’s do the Lord’s work.” In Democrat-speak, “the Lord’s work” is anything liberals do.  “And,” Charlie said, “they,” (whoever ‘they’ are), “will realize this is not justice.”

Seeking “a moral answer,” Rangel said, “Why don’t you call your pastor, your rabbi, your imam. Forget Medicare, CPI and the debt and go back to the Scriptures.”

Charlie, crying out as a voice in the wilderness, asked: “Where is the Good Samaritan?”

Why Charlie, the Good Samaritan is not involved in the debt-ceiling debate, because it’s likely he or she is at an abortion clinic reaching out to women and imploring them not to go through with the abortion you hope government funding will pay for.

So as Reverend Rangel throws Bible verses around and attempts to pose the question “What would Jesus do?” maybe someone should ask him to expound further upon what he thinks Jesus would do if Charlie and his friend Obama asked Him how He felt about government-funded abortion.

Charlie, crying out as a voice in the wilderness, asked: “Where is the Good Samaritan?”

The Good Samaritan VOLUNTERED his own efforts! Nobody compelled him to be compassionate! It was a CHOICE!!!!

Seeking “a moral answer,” Rangel said, “Why don’t you call your pastor, your rabbi, your imam. Forget Medicare, CPI and the debt REALITY and go back to the Scriptures propaganda of Democrat power.”

“Morality” is not interfering with the “free will” of any man (or woman) to live as they choose – so long as they do not violate the rights of others – nor impose upon them for their own existence…

‘Reverend’ Rangel and ‘Bishop’ Obama seem to use the Bible when the
needs of social justice calls upon them to appear that they are speaking
from a pious position. It’s almost as if they are ‘praying’ for us to listen to
the Word. . .But actually, it’s their ‘words’ that are being spoken through the
guise of piousness.

Here are some real Words to ponder:

Matthew 6:5 Jesus said,
“. . .when you do pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray
standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.”

Matthew 6:7 Jesus said,
“And when you pray, do not keep babbling like the pagans, for they think
they will be heard because of their many words.”

Listen to His words; not theirs. . .

 

Well, ya hey dere Vern, It wasn’t the End of the World as we know it on Saturday where was that Jesus Guy of yours again?

Preacher Harold Camping and Family Radio.com missed their prediction on the apocalypse on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

I gave the Preacher a little room for error so I didn’t post this until Monday.

Preacher Harold Camping, man with Egg on his Face today.

According to the Christian broadcaster, Judgment Day was supposed to bring a massive earthquake, powerful enough to throw open graves, followed by a slow death for all non-believers over the next five months across the globe. He went on to say only 200 million people will be saved and those left behind will die in earthquakes, plagues, and other calamities until Earth is consumed by a fireball on October 21.

May 21 came and went;  no earthquakes, plaques or calamities and I wouldn’t bet the bank that the fireball is coming on October 21 either.

So Preacher I looked up on the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod site this morning and here is the biblical version of events of the Second Coming of Jesus.

 From LCMS.org:

 The Bible teaches that the following events will take place when Jesus returns

 1.      Christ will come visibly and all people will see Him

(Acts 1:11; Matt.24:27, 30; Luke 17:22-24; 21:27, 35; Mark 13:24-

26; 14:62; Rev.1:7).

2. Christ will come in glory surrounded by His angels

(Matt.13:39-43, 49; 16:27; 24:30-31; 25:31; 2 Thess.1:7; Rev.19:11-

14; Titus 2:13; Jude 14, 21; 1 Pet.4:13; Zech.14:3).

 3. When Christ returns, a bodily resurrection of all the dead will take place. Believers will be raised to salvation and unbelievers to damnation

(John 5:27-29; 6:39-40, 44, 54; Rev. 20:11-15; 1 Cor. 15:12-57; Dan.12:1-2).

 All believers, both the dead and the living, will be “caught up” to “meet the

Lord in the air”

(1 Thess.4:13-17).

 Death will be destroyed

(1 Cor.15:26, 54-57; Rev.20:14).

 4. When Christ returns, He will judge all people, both the living and the dead

(Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:27; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Rom.2:16; 2 Tim.4:1, 8; Jude 14-15; Rev.20:11-15).

 Believers will receive eternal salvation and unbeliever’s eternal damnation

(Matt. 25:31-46; 1 Pet. 1:4-5, 7; 5:4; 1 John 3:2;  Heb.9:28; 2 Cor.5:10; 2 Thess.1:6-10).

 Satan and Antichrist will be destroyed

(2 Thess.2:8; Rev.12:10-11).

 5. When Christ returns, a “new heavens and a new earth” will be created

(2 Pet. 3:10-13).

Nowhere, however, do the Scriptures teach that at His return Christ will establish a this-worldly, political kingdom or “millennium.”

 First of all Preacher what translation of the Bible did you use to base your prediction on NIV, King James, ESV

Did you at least read the “Left Behind” Series as you were doing your research?

Second God is NOT a Math Equation and never will be.

And as I said in my original post:

Revelation 16:15 (NIV) “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

The doomsday message has been sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction.

Please people give your time, energies and money to a church that is biblically sound.  Not a church that espouses drivel. 

Jesus Christ, Savior, Father, Prince of Peace, Died for us all. Not a Math Equation.