The gay community’s claims have been refuted numerous times. Especially, when it comes to Scripture twisting, there are those, like our local heretic Rodger McDaniel who pretends to exegete Scripture, whose arguments have been soundly refuted in the Christian apologetics realm. James White presents a comprehensive response to the nefarious claims of Matthew Vines, many of which Rodger McDaniel has also made. White is co-author of The Same Sex Controversy.
As an Elder, he has also debated the issue publicly, and is willing to do so again. The recording is long, but well worth the time spent. It stands as an example to other fellow Elders.
It is far past time that legitimate pulpits spoke out against the sin within the camp and without. It is part and parcel with the Great Commission. No church, which is a church, which claims the Gospel Commission, can stand on the sidelines silent. Rodger McDaniel has often had op-ed pieces in the newspaper. But there is yet to be a competent orthodox, protestant clerical response, locally. It is no wonder, then, that the church in Cheyenne is viewed as nothing more than a part of the community, having laid down its sword, the sword which Jesus said is meant to bring division. How far the church is from its calling when it is cowed into silence for the sake of community peace while wicked men calling themselves shepherds kill at will with none to defend. Has Lot’s oppression which refuses the citizenry access so as corrupt the righteous ones not yet reached a critical mass?
A sober warning to those charged with the Gospel proclamation. ”But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.” They would have saved God’s people from their enemies.
God holds the shepherds guilty for what happens to the sheep, if ones knows anything at all about this in the NT, and not just the OT. For it was Peter who was warning his fellow Elders. It is not just in the pronouncements of prophets of old, it flowed out of the mouths of the apostles, and should flow out of the mouths of the pastor/elders, today. How little attention is paid to it though. Typically, it is the sheep who are blamed simply for being what they are… sheep. Typically, it is the sheep who have been told it is their duty to be the messengers of the flock and its defender. How ludicrous! Who sends children to do the champions’ battles? A David may, but he was made Elder of Israel over the coward Saul. Unfortunately, the pulpit today is often not the shepherds/soldiers overlooking the flock to protect it. Instead, the pulpit is more often than not calling upon the sheep to protect the sheep against the wolves within and without. What “friendship evangelist” or “love your neighbor as yourself evangelist,” is telling their friends and neighbors about the evil around them? Not and remain and friend or a neighbor. The fact is, if those who practice “relationship evangelism,” did proclaim the truth, they would find themselves quite isolated. Until the time when the shepherds once again take up their responsibilities, laying their lives down for the sheep, and quit making excuse in sending the sheep as the shepherds, evangelists, and apologists, the church will be scattered, weak and broken, torn apart, with no one to save it. It is not the job of the sheep to shepherd, if it were, we would need no shepherds.