Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Open Letter to Rev Richard K Gibson of Lynnwood

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The Seattle Gay Pride Parade came and went this year, with the homosexual flag flying over the Space Needle, homosexuals acting out in front of onlookers in downtown Seattle and the press doing their part to make the event all it could be.

However, some supporters of the homosexual agenda did not feel The Seattle Times did enough, or at least didn't get it right.

I didn't plan to even mention the gay parade because the important people who read this blog and support our efforts already know what it is and what it is about.


Reverend Richard K. Gibson, of Lynnwood, didn't feel
The Seattle Times got it quite right in their reporting.

He and Mrs. Gibson sent a comment to the Times editor in which they said, "The outlandish people pictured were part of the fun, but their photos do not support the serious nature of the day---an opportunity for 'normal' people to express their pride and support for one another."

Normal people? Is that to suggest that those pictured are "not normal?" We are told to believe homosexual behavior with all its trappings and deviance is already "normal".

The Gibsons then define "normal," and asked The Times to print pictures of the, "bankers, lawyers, teachers, police and fire personnel and ordinary housewives who were part of the Sunday gay pride parade."

I have written the following open letter to Reverend Gibson:

July 13, 2010

Dear Rev. Gibson

Although to my knowledge we have never met, please know that I respect you as a person and respect the leadership and authority given you within and without the Presbyterian Church. I also respect your right to an opinion regarding homosexual behavior and Scriptural teaching.

However, I profoundly disagree with the position you expressed in your recent comment to the editor of The Seattle Times. I further disagree with similar positions held by "The Welcoming Church Movement" and other similar organizations that are advancing the idea that "Homosexuality Is Compatible With Christian Teaching" (WOW 2000, etc.).

While I agree that those practicing homosexual behavior should not be condemned, I disagree that the mission of the church is to demonstrate inclusiveness and affirmation that contradicts clear biblical teaching on the matter of homosexual behavior, with some even advocating homosexual leadership and ordination in the church.

Since Scripture clearly condemns the practice of homosexual relations and there is no scientific evidence that supports the notion that homosexuality is genetic, would it not be better, though more challenging and perhaps controversial, to condemn the behavior as learned or chosen and offer inclusiveness to the Scriptural message of deliverance, redemption and restoration, rather than affirming a deviant lifestyle, seeking ways to normalize it? Should we advance the idea that those who need to be led, become church leaders?

If homosexual behavior is celebrated and affirmed as normal, natural and consistent with Scriptural teaching and accepted social norms, why then is it necessary to "normalize it" with pictures of "more normal" people?

The pictures often associated with the gay pride parades do in fact correctly represent the rebellion associated with this chosen lifestyle.

More than five thousand years of human history shows that every successful civilization and every major religion has condemned homosexual behavior. While some religions teach stoning those who practice same-sex relations, New Testament Christianity is the one religion that provides forgiveness, deliverance, restoration and redemption to those victimized by it.

Should we, in our haste to show ourselves "inclusive and tolerant" hide the true power of the Gospel under a bushel, denying those in need the wonderful experience of the "abundant life" Christ promised?

I think not.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation

I have mailed this letter today. If the Reverend responds, I will update you.

Remember, "Those whom the Son sets free, are free indeed."

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Blessed. Be Free.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. It must be upsetting to you that suburban married clergy are no longer buying your exclusionary message.

  2. Anon. 7:15 I'm a supporter of Gary and Faith and Freedom. I don't believe the message Gary is refering to is "his" message. He is advocating the New Testament message and teaching. It is not exclusionary. As he points out the power of the Gospel is available to everyone.

  3. Terrific! Thank you Gary. Well said.

  4. I think Romans chapter 1 says it pretty clearly. How can clergy not get it. It must be deception of a spiritual nature.

  5. Bless you Gary for they way you worded your response to the Rev. My family and I made the very hard decision to leave the Lutheran Church last year, because of the decision to accept homosexuals either single or in 'commited' relationships, be clergy. We had attended this Church for 14 years and it was difficult to leave. We had made an appt to talk to the Pastor to find out what he thought. I had brought in numerous scriptural readings in regards to this type of life. I was then asked if I actually took everyword of the Bible literallly. I felt ice water in my vains because I knew that Satan himself had decieved this Pastor. Up until then, he had always preached the Gospel in short sermons...Now we belong to a strong Bible preaching Church, and the difference is black and white. I thank God everyday, for pulling the scales from our eyes and letting us read and believe the Bible 'literally'. I pray for our old Pastor and it still weighs heavy on my heart. The truth leads to life....this huge deception will lead so many to death...it breaks my heart.

  6. I thought it was well worded. Of course, it will probably sound like hate mail to people who think that believing a thing is wrong equals hating those who are inclined toward it.

  7. Again, we need to be consistent praying for those who are in this lifestyle, and our fellow Christians who feel they need to condone thier chosen devianet behaviors. Yes, they are showing compasion for those in this lifestly, , but they are not helping them find the real truth of how harmful this lifestlye is, and in the Bible, it is stated, that it's an abomintation to God! Nothing is plainer then that. Yes, it's the enemies tool, that the rest of us must consistienty show unconditional love for those in this distoreted thinking, and remain consistent with God's priciples.
    As Gary keeps saying, stay diligent!

  8. I'm always suspcious when anyone claims to know for certain God's will.

    There was a time when most Christians were certain that God approved of slave ownership (the Bible commands slaves to obey their masters). Or that women were not equal citizens (the Bible clearly condemns women to fewer rights than men). Or that the races should not mix in marriage (God did, after all, put us on separate continents).

    We no longer hold onto those Biblical "truths." In fact, we believe these former truths to now be anti-Biblical.

    Gary's certainty that the Kingdom of God is not available to gays and lesbians who do not denounce themselves is either stems from ignorance about his fellow man or an enormous ego.

  9. Joel,

    Just to clarify, the issue is not what you think. The issue that you try to force others to live in accordance with your religion when living contrary to your religion would have no effect on you other than offending your beliefs.

    Don't call it hate, call it whatever you want, but if you left others alone, no one would be concerned with your thoughts.

  10. 1;27
    you are referring to the old testement--we are in the day of grace, via the new testemment
    Only God knows the heart of each of us, and if any one believes, and accepts Christ, they are saved,
    yes, even those who are into this lifestyle!

  11. Isaiah 52:7

    Jesus did this. See Isaiah 52:14,15.

    To behold the Lord's feet is to see the love he has for us.

  12. Yes,it is by grace thru faith that we are saved. The Old Testament is no longer in effect as a means of
    earning your salvation thru animal sacrifices, keeping of festivals,
    etc. Jesus, commenting on the law
    said that " not one jot or tittle
    would pass away until all things are fulfilled". It is still our guide for conduct before a Holy God
    and with our fellow human beings.
    May God be true and every man a liar!


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