Friday

"Whoopass Woman" isn't a blues song

Landon Schott is another straight Christian who thinks he can pen a book about homosexuality. I got into it with a production company that promoted Landon a while back:

Me: I have a radical idea. Why don't you interview a gay Christian about being gay in his walk of faith instead of interviewing a straight man on this topic? It's like you interviewing me about the black experience in the church.


Their response was they can do whatever they want. Without even looking they accused me of having only opinions on my blog I wanted, not knowing I have more of what anti-gay apologists say on here and the roster of names in my tags below prove it, and I should take myself to a dry lake bed.


Remember sweet Kathy who hunted down her pesky stalker like in a horror movie where the human prey turns the tables and becomes the predator on those hunting her? I don't need to rip apart Landon's book when Kathy did a great job with going hog wild with it. I didn't think she had it in her or that she uses her hiking stick to kill mean grizzly bears. I see she also has my same gripes with Franklin Graham and don't we all when you really think about it?



Tuesday

Rainbow Sherbert

Twice this was brought up to me this week in a debate and even though I already answered it in different ways here on my blog, twice it still got thrown in my face like they had something. The snort is "man and woman becoming one flesh." And this PROVES it can only be a man and only a woman.

I'll now give my ice cream analogy to show what isn't stated, isn't prohibited.

If a man talks about vanilla ice cream, that's doesn't mean he thinks strawberry ice cream is a bad flavor, he just didn't talk strawberry ice cream (let's say vanilla was first and strawberry wasn't created yet). Now if this same man specifically stated; "Vanilla ice cream is a good flavor AND strawberry ice cream is a bad flavor," you could can say, without question, strawberry ice cream is a bad flavor. But you only believe strawberry ice cream is a bad flavor just because it isn't vanilla ice cream. Making a flavor bad when it isn't even mentioned.






Now I want ice cream.

Saturday

Red Carpet



This is what I see. People like Anderson are now making what Brown says on homosexuality more acceptable, more palatable. Anderson is an aberration, a hate-filled human being who believes gays should be killed and go to Hell. But Brown also believes gays are going to Hell unless they repent of being a practicing homosexual. Anderson makes no apologies and has no sympathy for the dead in Orlando, while Brown gives his sympathies to the dead in Orlando when he went after those same gay people when they were alive. His message on homosexuality doesn't seem so bad now when compared to crazy Steve Anderson or fanatical Roger Jimenez, he is now the lesser evil, Anderson and Jimenez were the Trojan horse.

Brown can't even help himself on agreeing with the supposed future "persecution" of how Christian talk to homosexuals and gun control laws. Both agree gays are going to Hell, it's just Brown who doesn't believe they should be killed to get them there. These two, and I include all other anti-gay religious leaders also, are on the opposite ends of the same prism that excludes gay children from the table of the Most High God.

.................................................

I spoke to my partner about the shooting last night. I wrote what I wrote in response to a list of Christian leaders who now all of a sudden come out like squeaking mice with offering their prayers and sympathies and I say it here again:

"... Half of those people on the list have said horrific things about gays and NOW they have the gall to try to give their sympathies? What an insult to the memories of those killed when they spent their lives hearing the anti-gay rhetoric coming from these same people.
As a gay man and Christian, keep your condolences and sympathies to yourself. They are not needed or wanted and that includes their followers."

Franklin Graham is now included who of course only talks about the shooting as a result of a "Godless Nation" when he is one of those who's made the atmosphere toxic for LGBTQ, deflecting even a little responsibility he might have.
Compare his response to Catholic Bishop Robert Lynch:

"Sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women (from us) often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence."

I read an article that said many Christians are genuinely surprised at the angry response they are receiving from the LGBTQ, like they somehow had something to do with it. You did.

What Omar Mateen did was kill 49 gay men and women in one fell swoop with a semi-automatic gun. What religious leaders do from the pulpit and what is repeated by those in the pews is kill the gay soul. You don't do it one one sweep, you do it slowly, you draw it out with tiny cuts to the spirit. More gays have died from words and "Christian" actions than those that died by the hand of a single Muslim that day. That blood on the sidewalk outside of the Pulse nightclub will river to the Church yard and it will be a testimony on you.



Anton Takashima

This is the first in a series just posted today. I like to promote new guys when I can and the simplicity of it should make it easy for the novice.


Sunday

Orlando Shooting



They will make this all about Islam, Trump or guns, but this was a specific man who picked a specific group because of a specific hatred he had.


"We were in downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry," Seddique told NBC. "They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, 'Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.' And then we were in the men's bathroom and men were kissing each other."

- Los Angeles Times, June 12. 




Owen Jones gets it.




"The common thread here, again and again, is religious fundamentalism, whether your call it “Christian” or “Muslim.”

- Columnist Amanda Marcotte 


"You know what is gross — your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate." 

- ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio to anti-gay religious leaders and politicians.


"Please, no more “thoughts and prayers,” unless they come with a vocal recognition of this as an attack against LGBT people in an LGBT bar. 

Please, no more talk of the Pulse as a “nightclub” without the word “gay” or “LGBT” attached to it.

Please, no more talk on this being an “attack on all of us” unless LGBT people are accorded the same rights as everyone else.

Let’s say it plainly: This was a mass slaying aimed at LGBT people. Their assassin was a man disgusted by the sight of two men kissing, his father told NBC News. This was a homophobic attack."

- Columnist Tim Teeman.


When I wrote on the progressive on-line Christian magazine Relevent about people like Albert Mohler who all of a sudden feel such sorrow over the people who he helped demonize when they were alive, I had enough down votes from those who don't believe these people should have any guilt. My comment was taken off.
Conservative evangelicals responding to the Orlando shooting need to do more than condemn Mateen and his actions. They need to evaluate the role homophobia played in this tragedy, and what this should mean for their own beliefs. They need to ask themselves, seriously, why so many LGBT individuals suspected that the shooter was likely a Christian, and why so many LGBT individuals have openly stated that they don’t want evangelicals’ sympathy or prayers. - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2016/06/orlando-and-the-evangelical-responsibility.html#sthash.0JDUxVEW.dpuf
Conservative evangelicals responding to the Orlando shooting need to do more than condemn Mateen and his actions. They need to evaluate the role homophobia played in this tragedy, and what this should mean for their own beliefs. They need to ask themselves, seriously, why so many LGBT individuals suspected that the shooter was likely a Christian, and why so many LGBT individuals have openly stated that they don’t want evangelicals’ sympathy or prayers. - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2016/06/orlando-and-the-evangelical-responsibility.html#sthash.0JDUxVEW.dpuf
Conservative evangelicals responding to the Orlando shooting need to do more than condemn Mateen and his actions. They need to evaluate the role homophobia played in this tragedy, and what this should mean for their own beliefs. They need to ask themselves, seriously, why so many LGBT individuals suspected that the shooter was likely a Christian, and why so many LGBT individuals have openly stated that they don’t want evangelicals’ sympathy or prayers. - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2016/06/orlando-and-the-evangelical-responsibility.html#sthash.0JDUxVEW.dpuf
Conservative evangelicals responding to the Orlando shooting need to do more than condemn Mateen and his actions. They need to evaluate the role homophobia played in this tragedy, and what this should mean for their own beliefs. They need to ask themselves, seriously, why so many LGBT individuals suspected that the shooter was likely a Christian, and why so many LGBT individuals have openly stated that they don’t want evangelicals’ sympathy or prayers. - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2016/06/orlando-and-the-evangelical-responsibility.html#sthash.0JDUxVEW.dpuf



Some of the victims.


Resources:

The city of Orlando has also established a hotline to check on missing family members and loved ones here:

407-246-4357

oneblood.org

Planting Peace

weareorlando.org 


Saturday

Pentecostal Confidential

Greg Laurie is the Pastor of a mega-church that's not far from 'The Happiest Place On Earth' in Orange County. He trots out all the same tired lines one would expect on homosexuality, but what I didn't know until today, and what Greg won't tell you, is that Greg was brought to the knowledge of salvation from a gay man named Lonnie Frisbee (I posted an old vid of Lonnie). Greg has called gays "the enemy," but was it an enemy that brought you to Christ Greg? Scratching a little deeper, I find this beast was baptized by Lonnie when he left the gay affirming Church. It's like Six Degrees of Lonnie Frisbee.

I never delved into the story of Frisbee because it's a sad one. His story took place in the time of the flower children of the 60's, how God used him in founding some of the most influential Pentecostal churches (Calvary Chapel, Vineyard) around today and how he was ran out on a rail (sound familiar?), blotted out of church history, and left to die of AIDS outside of the churches that once embraced him.

I could go into Brant Baker who mirrors Lonnie's tale or the oddness of the Paul Cain case, but that is for another time on a dark and cold night my child.








"I first heard the gospel message from him and responded when I was 17. As did thousands of others around the world. He helped father three great moves of God. Did you know that when he was last in Africa, ten young men gave their lives to Jesus Christ? And that those ten men each went out from Lonnie's meeting and started ten churches each? And that a "Jesus People type" revival swept across Africa as a result of those churches? How many souls can say that you first brought the gospel message to them?"

- David Sloane.


{When I quoted the above from David yesterday, I left out the last part of this quote that said; "... Were you there when he told me that he had been deeply wrong in his prior conduct and "was now paying the price for it?" Now David was talking about Lonnie's homosexuality, the implication being because he was gay, AIDS was the price he paid for it, a sentiment apparently shared by Lonnie himself from some alleged audio tapes Lonnie made before he died. I tried to make David look good with the above quote and wanted to keep out the disagreement I had with David on the last apart of what he said, but this is what I wrote back on the entirety of his quote:

"He was used mightily of God, but he was a practicing homosexual and this showed God used A GAY MAN, not a FORMER gay man, not a NON-PRACTICING gay man. Lonnie was never to find peace with his homosexuality because of those around him like Chuck Smith (Smith is a whole other story) who loved and used his anointing, just not the homosexuality that came with it. I noticed in defending Lonnie you couldn't leave out the shot how he felt he was "paying the price" for what you probably believe was his homosexuality when instead it was the price for promiscuity. Why was he promiscuous? Because Lonnie believed a same-sex relationship couldn't be blessed by God. He reaped the fruit of what he was TAUGHT. 

There is a move of the Holy Spirit with calling God's gay and lesbian children to the table as they are and a moving in "straight" churches with God telling them "These are mine also." It's too late for Lonnie, but he's in Glory seeing what is happening with those of us like him and praising God."

David wrote me back when I was eating cereal:

"Frank, 

Thanks for your perspective. There are many in the Body of Christ today who believe that God is going to move mightily in the homosexual communities. I think Meri Crouley has said this a time or two. The fact is there are actually safe and friendly environments where homosexuals do come together as a Church. Anyone visiting them can not deny the presence of the Holy Spirit that they experience while there. Evidence that God loves all of us and is not willing that anyone should perish. The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 2:3 All of us are born into sin and are sinners in the eyes of God. As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; Romans 3:10 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 Thank God for His mercy and grace! God bless you. 

David Sloane."


Now David sounds great, but I looked up "Meri Crouley" and yet again we find another "Prophetess," with a talk show no less, and who's her favorite guest? Walid Shoebat. Let me familiarize you with some quotes from Mr. Shoebat, a former Palestinian terrorist:

"The homosexual movement is the most hateful and most vile group in all of the Western world. The sodomites are supremacists; they believe that they have the superior lifestyle, a disposition and constitution more superior than the “others,” who they consider as inferior breeders. This is the ideology of sodomism."

"Sodomism is the ideology of homosexual superiority, in which the homosexuals desire to usher in — through propaganda, violence and state coercion — a utopia in which homosexuality is seen as a supreme ideal, and those who believe in the conjugal union as is affirmed and established by the Christian Faith, are viewed and treated as enemies."

"We are deliberately neglecting this ill called the sodomite and his pernicious goals, all in the name of tolerance and a feigned Christian love. Love is not about accepting everyone they are, it is often enough about purging the wicked to preserve the innocent. To outlaw the sodomite, would be to protect children whom the sodomite is pursuing to recruit for their demoniacal scheme."

OUCH!}

I like to believe David didn't know the opinions of Walid on homosexuality, otherwise I doubt he would have brought up the show that gives him a platform for these views. Only David knows. Crouly is a different story and to have such a poisonous person, a man avoided even by other anti-gay Christians, is without excuse.



I'm sure this post is only interesting to those with a Pentecostal bent, but I try to keep my brethren in the news because nothing is ever going on with Pentecostals other than the rent. Bet you didn't know Denzel Washington and Nick Jonas were pente.


Thursday

Tuesday

Franklin on a (buttered) Roll

I really have no desire to keep on bringing up Franklin Graham and his shenanigans, trust me, but the man just won't stop with the stupid. He's like a crazy uncle who's telling you there's a bugging device in the potato salad at the family Memorial Day picnic. You really do try to ignore him, but he makes it almost impossible to do it.

False:
link



Truth, thanks to comments left on forums:

It actually IS the weather. Stores always stock items early. Like Xmas in September. Target stocked their summer clothes in March, and it wasn't until mid-May that warm weather hit most of the country.

Correlation is not causation. That's probably why Walmart, Sears, Costco, Kohl's, Macy's & Nordstrom ALL had their stock prices drop between 4/27 and 4/29 - the exact same time frame that anti-gay hate group AFA is citing to claim their boycott is a success. Apparently so successful that it caused EVERY SINGLE other retailer to suffer a similar drop over the same period.


 




Trey on Sunday


Link

Wednesday

Visions or too much spicy Thai before bed?


The exchange with the 'ex-gay' started me thinking about this issue of visions, prophetic dreams and God speaking directly to people. Now as a Pentecostal, these are very real and very much from God as a person coming from this background. The Bible backs me on this (Acts 2:17).
But all these spiritual manifestations have to jive with the Word of God or they are
n o t h i n g.

There is also a real danger when interacting with the spiritual realm because there is the possibility you may not be dealing with God or his messengers, but the other guy and his ilk. Even Paul said if an angelic being appears to you while you're taking a shower (the first warning bell is someone coming to you while you're in the shower) and tells you something that seems to be contrary to the Word, the visitor is from the other guy who NEVER has your best interest in mind. The fact Paul gives this warning says it can happen, Paul didn't DO hypotheticals.
My Pentecostal side of the denomination isle is a perfect example of those who like to believe they have their toes dipped into the spiritual pool over other types of Christian, but somehow embrace more spiritual heresies at the same time (Latter Rain, Manifest Sons of God, prosperity doctrine are all heresies that stemmed from the Pentecostal movement, not to mention the scary "revival" meetings like the ones in Brownsville and Toronto). My poor Pentecostal brethren, always stretching to hear the voices of Angels while ignoring the cries of men, another danger with have more feet in the spiritual realm than the one of flesh and bone dealing with other beings of flesh and bone.

False dreams and prophesies can do real damage. The assistant Pastor of my Church felt like he had a prophetic calling to start his own church. He did and it failed, miserably. It left him questioning everything. God was not behind this, but from him it was an honest mistake with thinking it was from God and it's an example of how you can really convince yourself God is talking to you. This can go from the greater to the lesser of us. Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was told by his wife he should run because of a prophetic dream she had from God telling her he'll win, he lost to a demagogue and was almost dragged out of the race by his own party because he thought God couldn't be wrong. You have some like a YouTube "Prophetess" who had a vision from God of California having a major Earthquake because of all the homosexuals being busy with homosexuality in the state. Well guess what? Seismologist who don't get visions from God have been predicting a major Earthquake for years because we haven't had smaller Earthquakes and now it's built into one big one coming to me soon. Of course when it happens this "seer" will see it as her prophesy coming true and people in the Bible belt will be in awe of her while running away from the tornadoes they'll say God didn't send them. From the looks of it, all you have to do is have a YouTube account and you are ripe for all kinds of visions from the Lord. The problem is the visions don't match up or directly contradict visions others have had and that makes many people liars, delusional, or both. The Bible says if a prophet of God is wrong even once, they aren't of God and they are to be killed. There is no wiggle room with this and it shows how lightly so many believers take this subject when God doesn't.

Maybe we should step away from the dreams and prophesies till we're grounded in the Word of God FIRST. I'm talking about really being solid in it to where we can tell these multitudes of self-professed prophets who dream dreams to shut up and sit down with what isn't from God because this has turned into a jumbled mess.


"The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.








Sunday

My French Ex-Gay and Me: The Movie.


YouTube has tubs of "ex-gays" who love to give their testimony on how God delivered them from the excruciating pain and sheer horror of homosexuality. One caught my attention because he didn't seem to go through all the molesting and sexual exploitation most 'former' homosexuals go through that made them hate homosexuality. I wrote a comment on his first YouTube video that he responded back to and after a few more comments we decided he should write me privately.

It started with me linking him to my blog testimony (in the tags below) in response to what he said in his video and I went further with saying; "Please, look over my blog and I will be glad to answer any question or walk you through whatever you need help with."
He wrote me back:

"So I've been reading through your testimony and I have to say that I quite understand your point of you, but you also have to know that what led me to where I am today is not according to men but according to the direction God put me into from the beginning. I would like to tell you more about my testimony now though it is quite long (this is an understatement from him), I don't have any blog to redirect you to but if you're interested in reading my story I'm ready to write it down for you in an email. 
Let me know!" 

I responded:

"I would love to here what you have to say (big mistake)."

NEXT thing I get is paragraph after paragraph of what was him telling me all kinds of personal issues including spiritual visions people seem to have approached him with when he was young to not be gay, God telling him to leave his first boyfriend and the Holy Spirit telling him he'll get all kinds of spiritual gifts and presents if the boyfriend isn't in the picture anymore (the Trinity really had it in for this particular boyfriend). He finally ended up leaving the boyfriend because of all the Holy badgering and all of a sudden communication was cut off from God's end, the Holy Spirit never gave him his wonderful presents that were promised and he becomes so despondent, he quit school, moved back to his parents and contemplated suicide. He ends up in ANOTHER gay relationship that this time is abusive and all of a sudden God decides to pop into his life again like a deadbeat dad who's kid just turned 18 to tell him stop being gay, again. This time it sticks and God didn't drop him later.

It all sounded odd and almost like a late-nite telenovela you find on the Telemundo channel, but with God causing the melodrama. I wrote him back with trying to find a place to start with what he wrote:

"My first issue is with how you think the Holy Spirit made you promises if you obey that made you feel you had to leave your boyfriend. The Holy Spirit doesn't work that way in being conditional in what He offers. All we desire from the Holy Spirit is there for the asking and if it's not imparted to us? God's Will trumps our desire in His perfect wisdom. I noticed you had people around you (the people in the church you grew up in, the girl who came to you with her dream, the mother) who put in you that the love you had was wrong early on. I think they had more of an impact on you than you know. You're life collapsed AFTER you left your first boyfriend at the 'prompting' of God that started your spiritual journey? Do you think maybe the choices you made were not from God and that is why your life fell apart and you felt God abandoned you? You get another boyfriend who seems abusive and it was only then God came to you again? I see all kinds of wrong here already.

I stopped reading your testimony at this point because I want you to understand something brother. God is not a roller coaster of feelings and prophetic dreams and audible visitations. This is why we go by his Word that gives us discernment with what is from God and what isn't. I believe what has happened to you is you really believing God has brought you to this point, but if homosexuality is not a sin (remember the verses I brought up in your YouTube comment and how I put then in their correct context?), God's Holy Spirit wouldn't have been doing what you believe Him to be doing. As a Pentecostal I know full well the dangers of going by spiritual manifestations that are the work of the mind and flesh. Now what I see here could also be a case of if you truly believe homosexuality is sin, even though the case can't be made from the Bible, maybe God did leave you in your will to leave homosexuality because it became a stumbling block to you, THAT I understand."

The next e-mail from him:

"Franck you should expect have a debate with me on this only after reading the all story. Apparently you didn't understand that I've spend hours writing It just for you and this is really disrespectful. 
You did the same with the video? 
Or you're not interested in my story and you move on or you take the time to consider what I said because you can not expect me to listen to what you have to say if you didn't even try with me ... And it makes you write a lot of nonsense that I can't answer, because the answers are found in the rest of what you didn't take the time to consider (they weren't because after he wrote me this I read everything he said)."

My response:

"There is no debate with you because I never wanted to debate you in how we came to be in our different paths. Is that how you saw all this? We all have a testimony who have sought God and many times those testimonies contradict each other, who is right? The testimony that is in line with the Word of God outside of experiences and emotion. You say I disrespected you with not reading your whole testimony and I understand your anger because you are right, but what I had to say about the first few paragraphs of what you wrote you didn't even respond to so we could go on from there. 
What I wrote was not nonsense because you didn't understand it or wanted to accept it.

I'm sorry."


He never wrote again and is continuing to post videos.


SHINE


















Amid a changing religious landscape that has seen a declining percentage of Americans who identify as Christian, a majority of U.S. Christians (54%) now say that homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged, by society... this trend is driven partly by younger church members, who are generally more accepting of homosexuality than their elder counterparts. For example, roughly half (51%) of evangelical Protestants in the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996) say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with a third of evangelical Baby Boomers and a fifth of evangelicals in the Silent generation. Generational differences with similar patterns also are evident among Catholics, mainline Protestants and members of the historically black Protestant tradition.

- Pew Research Poll.





A new generation drowning out the old voice of homophobia in the Church.
A Change is a happening.

Friday

Two Pits in a Pod

I don't know what's happened to Billie Graham's children. I've written about Franklin's antics before and now his sister Anne is stepping up with her bid to out do her brother in fanaticism. Just recently from Anne.

To imply God decided to turn a blind eye to watch sparrows fall out of the sky while men and women were torn to pieces, burned alive or fell out of the sky to their deaths like sparrows themselves on 9/11, that God did a retroactive judgment on America because of transgenders peeing years later, Is disgusting and a reproach to the Name of God. It's disgusting coming from any human being and even more so coming from anyone in any type of ministry. Anne's brother, never the one to be left out with a 9/11 comparison, is just as loathsome with equating that day of 9/11 with the "moral terrorism" of homosexuality. Did I say Franklin just stated gays "snatch children away for themselves" in a Russian newspaper? Gays are now the child-snatcher monster "Qallupilluit" of Inuit Alaskan lore according to Franklin. Their father Billy is almost in a vegetative state to reel these two beans back in before they totally run his ministry into the ground.



Qallupilluit
Homosexual coming for your child.



Saturday

Franklin's Playtime


"Can you imagine a city where a popular, successful business is singled out (for a boycott?) ..."

- Franklin Graham just recently on New York Mayor Bill De Blasio's calling for a boycott of the bigoted Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain.



"Boycott Target department stores, World Vision charity, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, Wells Fargo bank... "

- Franklin Graham.



Tuesday

Trans Like Tang Because They Can


I could list off all the negative "Christian" happenings across the country right now against transsexuals with public restroom accommodations, but instead I'm going to use this opportunity to let some parents talk about having a transgender child and link to a Christian transsexual's blog that has a beautiful spirit.

But first a look at the cases of supposed "transgender predators" in public restrooms.




ts4jc


Transsexual (F to M) Balian Buschaum.