Archive for January, 2017

The Hypocrisy of the Elite

Posted: January 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

warning, a gay hissy fit is about to commence.

So the latest hot topic in church now they’ve thrown out the gays unless they remain single and don’t wear pink on Sundays, is Immigration. One cathedral even hosted a muslim call to prayer.

So basically, COFE, you are happy to welcome people of other faiths while you beat up people of your own faith who just happen to be LGBT.

I’m not asking for special treatment, I’m asking for the same treatment as you give to people WHO DON’T EVEN ATTEND CHURCH! You let them turn up and get married but people who are faithful servants who just happen to be gay cannot even having served faithfully in your parish, we can’t even get a blessing on a relationship. Even a vicar praying for a gay couple risks them being hauled in front of the bishop and disciplined.

Hey, has anyone seen Jesus?

HYPOCRITES.

end of gay hissy fit.

Notes:
1. Most actual people on the ground in churches are cool with LGBT people as far as I can tell in churches. it’s just those up the top that can’t see what is happening and acknowledge that LGBT people have been part of society from time immemorial.

2. Personally I have nothing against anyone of any or no faith so it’s really the fact that yet again the COFE fails to treat people who work hard for it with love and respect. In fact I would stand with any person from any faith that would stand with me.

3. Don’t tell me to leave the church. Nothing will change if I do.

4. Before you start getting off on the rubbish about being faithful to scripture, until you do what Jesus says selling everything you have and giving it to the poor, you can’t even start. Jesus said “A bruised reed he will not break” but you trample on us again and again and I’m fed up with it.

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I’m a funny old thing. (as my friends will confirm). Normally when the Church of England does something that makes us LGBT people feel like second class citizens, that we don’t matter, but lies do. I get upset. But I’m so resigned to it that I just move along and keep fighting to have the CofE realise that it can’t control people’s lives.

Let me explain. So the CofE have published this waste of time document from a “Shared Conversations” group. Basically a bunch of people discussing my life without actually consulting me, well thanks.

Click Here to read it if you’ve got a few hours to spare.

Really, it’s achieved pretty much nothing. Except perhaps confirming what everyone knew.

  • There are many LGBT  people in ministry in the Church of England, both Lay and Ordained clergy
  • These people including bishops etc are sometimes in same sex relationships, the church expects that if you are clergy that is to be a celibate relationship, because obviously God only approves of straight sex. In other words, if you are in  a straight relationship, you can get the whips out and do what you like, including anal sex (sorry to be graphic) but if you are in a gay relationship, some how God doesn’t like it. Did you know sodomy is technically any sex that is not pro-creative?
  • Vicars who even PRAY FOR or pronouncing a BLESSING on a same sex couple may find them selves hung drawn and quartered still,  because obviously God doesn’t want Vicars to pray with or for people in those situations.
  • Whilst the Church of England is happy to take my money and time, it will continue to frown on me as  a second class member of the church. It will acknowledge that any relationship I have can’t possibly be loving.

But what about the Bible?

I used to be an Evangelical Christian, but I just couldn’t cope with the inconsistencies of believing that way, the Bible, is full of things that are pretty impossible to live by. Even know reader you are probably wearing a poly cotton blend that breaches the laws of Leviticus, or if you have long hair and are a man, you are unnatural, in breach of the teachings of Paul. I can’t cope with Christians who say “oh but that’s cultural”, no, it’s YOUR culture you are applying to scripture.

Very little is said in the Bible about gay relationships, most are talking about abusive sex within the CONTEXT of idol worship (the Leviticus passages for instance), these are mainly the domain of temple prostitutes, Jesus had only good stuff to say in Matthew 19, I have written a lot on all this stuff which you can find throughout this blog.

My main problem actually was nothing to do with being gay, but the simple fact that Christians appeared to ignore even the basic commands of Christ. Lending and expecting it back? Selling everything and giving to the poor? People in positions of leadership don’t seem to do this but seem to think it’s ok to control my life.

Sorry Church of England

I refuse to abide by your rulings on same sex relationships. I think they are not only unfair but oppressive, Jesus wouldn’t oppress a minority or make different rules up for different people. So don’t you start doing it.

Am I going to leave the church?

Maybe. I’m still thinking about it. I struggle with the whole “Same sex attraction” thing. The call to live a celibate life is although I do it, not  one I feel is from God, denying that I can even have Christ in my life as  a gay person is going a bit far to be honest. I put a lot of time, effort and love into my church and yet the CofE pushes me once again to the edge, to the fringes.

Funny thing is, my local church that I attend is the epitome of acceptance and love, and I suspect the views of this report, yet again, do not reflect those of the believers there.

Something to ponder on…..

Posted: January 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Up and down the country this weekend, there will be straight couples getting married in Church of England churches who hardly ever attend.

I attend almost every week, play in the band, work hard for the church but if I ever found any one I could not get married in the church I dedicate so much time and energy to.

In some churches ofcourse LGBT people are simply not welcomed. So I’m quite blessed to have a “safe place” to go.

Remembering this prayer from the prayer book

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

Yes, but some people have made themselves more worthy than others, and think that God approves of them doing so.

Christians are NEVER called to persecute other people. But, like the prophets of old, religious people think that by persecuting different groups of society they are doing God a favour.

Is not allowing gay couples who are faithful servants of the church to be married and letting people who never attend have more of a privilege right?

I think not.

Being Gay at the Time of Christ

Posted: January 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

I have for many years pondered Jesus’ words in Matthew 19.12

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.

Many people claim Jesus never said anything about LGBT issues. But this verse, is in fact proof he did. To remind you, Stephen told a Eunuch about Christ in the book of acts.

New International Version
So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,

Let’s start by looking at the different types of Eunuch and that strange word that were around at the time of Christ, this can be done by looking at Roman Law at the same time.

TO understand the history of the word let’s look at this study http://www.well.com/~aquarius/cardiff.htm 

What is clear from Roman Law and ancient tradition that a gay man was seen as  a Eunuch, however they may still marry women but remain celibate, the keys are where a woman would buy a Eunuch and have to pay a dowry if he still had genitalia.

At the time of Christ it was quite likely that little gay Bobby may come out to his parents by saying “Mummy, Daddy, I’m a Eunuch”. There were different levels of Eunuch as well. There were those, who were castrated by men, those born like it < probably gay.

So Jesus probably actually did talk about gay people, but in a matter of fact way. He didn’t condemn them but just said “this is the way it is”.

Now let’s think about that Ethiopian Eunuch.

Firstly – he cannot have been one with “crushed genitals” because the Bible says he was on his way to worship and a “castrated” Eunuch would hot have been able to go into the temple to worship.

Duet 23:1 “No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord. Ergo, had this Eunuch been in that position, why would he even bother going to Jerusalem if he would not have been able to worship in the Temple.

More likely, he was a “Born that way” Eunuch. Could it be that one of the first followers of Christ after his resurrection was in fact a gay man?

We will never ofcourse know for sure, but I hope you see there are some pretty strong arguments I think.