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Column: The real good news for homosexuals is in the Bible, not the Supreme Court’s ruling

Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Last Wednesday, the homosexual rights movement received good news in two favorable rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. The first ruling entitles same-sex married couples to federal benefits. The second ruling effectively made California, the most populous state, the 13th state that allows same-sex marriage. These decisions follow the change in policy by the Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexual youth to join the Scouts.

More good news for homosexual activists?

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by large majorities by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in September 1996. The law allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages.

However, Wednesday’s ruling declared certain parts unconstitutional, ruling that same-sex married couples are entitled to federal benefits. In addition, by their ruling concerning California’s Proposition 8, the nation’s highest court, again, effectively reversed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, by ignoring the will of the people of California.

Good news for homosexual activists?

There was an earlier Definition of Marriage Act that continues to be unaltered. It was uttered by the Creator, the Judge of the Universe, acting as the Supreme Justice of the Peace at the first wedding ceremony: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

There was an inspired Defense of Marriage Act issued a few millennia later through the Spirit of God, speaking through the Apostle Paul to an extremely immoral culture: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”(Eph. 5:31)

Our God has defined and defended marriage as one man with one woman for a lifetime, so we have no need to fret at the decisions of a majority of nine black-robed judges. The Judge of the Universe has spoken. The endless debate over the genetic or environmental genesis of homosexual inclinations can cease. The confusion is silenced before the Lord. Heterosexual, monogamous marriage has been defined and defended by our Great God!

This is good news for homosexuals!

Across the street from my office window there is a rainbow-shaded sign in front of the Wesley United Methodist Church. The words on the sign read, “Equal Before God.” The sign is absolutely true! The words are very good news for homosexuals!

The Roman culture of the first century had widespread homosexual relationships. The Apostle Paul addresses not just the homosexuals, but the liars, adulterers, religious, fornicators, priests, thieves, pastors, disobedient, deacons and gossipers with the same equal-before-God statements: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks after God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12).

He then says that we are all equal before God in this way: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We are all equally guilty, sinful and deserving of God’s wrath, “for the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)

But, there is good news! “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) This is good news for all sinners! We are equal before God in our sin. But, we are also equal before God in his willingness to save, wash and cleanse us from our sin. (I Corinthians 6:11)

Homosexual friend, there is good news for you! Your sinful inclinations toward same-sex attraction are in the sin category like other sexual sins: adultery, fornication, pornography, etc. The gay lifestyle is also in the same sin column as other sins like, lying, cheating, anger, laziness, pride, self-righteousness, gluttony, etc.

The good news is that Jesus saves to the uttermost! He saves from every sin! He rescues and delivers. (I Corinthians 10:13) This is good news for homosexuals to hear and for all to share!

Like the sign across the street from my office window, we call out that we are all equally sinful before God, and there is equality at the foot of the cross of Jesus! This is good news, terrific news, for homosexuals!

(Brian Fuller is senior pastor at the Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, which has about 850 regular attendees.)

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I love God, it's is fan club I can't stand. The bible wasn't written by God, it was written by man about his relationship with God. As usual though, religious zealots only pick and choose verses that only fit their specific mindset. I find it hard to believe this God the churches claim to represent is the ultimate creator would create man in his image (gay, bi, straight, black, white, yellow, red, abled, disabled, etc) would create a being, give him "free will" and cast him into existence, solely to condemn him (or her) for who they love. If God is the ultimate peacekeeper and judge... the churches have effectively done everything they can to undo his work. Churches are against peace and harmony. There is no love, only consequence with most churches. More have died at the hands of the church than all modern history wars combined.

Shame on the Concord Monitor for even publishing this ignorant and hate filled diatribe from "rev" Fuller. Would you print a blatantly racist opinion? Probably not, but for some reason, gay folks are still fair game? But since the deed is done, let me respond to the good reverends opinion with my very own. Reverend Fuller, this may come as a surprise to you, but MANY of us have absolutely NO desire to be ruled over by a bunch of 2000 year old myths, scratched onto old goat hides by a group of ignorant iron-age peasants huddled around some camel-dung fire pit. Your flaccid "jesus" dangling between his crossed sticks has no more power than a unicorn or a garden gnome. You sir, and your unintelligent and deluded ilk are more than free to believe in whatever imaginary friend in the sky that gets your rocks off. But please, keep him out of our schools, our courthouses and our bedrooms. Oh, and have a nice day! Equality is coming, yes even here to North Carolina.

You hit the nail on the head Rupual. Campfire stories told in the desert 2000 years ago when there was no original thought allowed by Sheiks, etc, was told to the unthinking peasants for control reasons. Keep them in fear by BS stories and add a monster name like god and spread it through an associated cult called religion and you wind up with what we have in today's society. Its time the swing of the pendulum went in the other direction.

I venture to say Rupaul that your opinion is the same as the hate filled diatribe you accuse the Rev of.How is what you said any different from what he said? Trashing someone's religion is just as bad as trashing someone's lifestyle. Nobody is asking you to join that church, repent or anything. They are not forcing anything on you. Yet for some reason their opinion about their beliefs is now a problem. Not sure why. Free speech applies to everybody, even if you do not like the message. By the way there is no religion in schools, not allowed.

AMEN Rabbit. If the popular social movement and modern culture of the day is not embraced and followed to the "t" by people, they are haters, bigots, ignorant, etc. If people can't make society into something that they believe it should be, they attack every traditional value that built this country. The truth be told that people want to believe that their sensibility is the one everyone should follow and religion stands in the way. Deep down they also fear "what if there is a god" and in typical denial, they find ways to minimize it so that they can lead their daily self centered sense of reality. The problem is that they never question themselves, they just assume that they are correct and that's it!

Rabbit and Itsa . . . for the record the only thing I disagree with in Rupaul's comment is that Rev Fuller's letter is "Racist." Last time I checked, there wasn't a race called homosexual. Rev. Fuller is obviously a homophone, and a bigot . . . he may even be racist . . . but this particular letter to the editor doesnt' show that.

Dan does that make people who are anti-religion religphobes? Are there Conservophobes as well? Are progressivies not religists? Are those who will not accept belief or faith not bigots in the same regard, prejudiced against people with different values? Are homosexuals, heterophobes? Do you get where I am going with this?

Trinity Baptist Church - The true bastion of hypocrisy . nuff said....

What nonsense. This is a self-determined man of God here, condemning people out off-hand for being human, and tossing about words like "sin," "sinful inclinations," "homosexual activist?" For your information -- though I doubt you'd learn anything at this point, your mind is so closed and self-righteous -- there is no such thing as a "homosexual activist." I know plenty of homosexuals and they couldn't care less about my sexual proclivities or practice. Not nearly as much as you seem to care, you heterosexual activist, you. They don't pretend to be right in the eyes of God and they don't spew clap-trap like you do. My dear pastor, you make me sick.

Well, the good Rev sure can quote the Torah and several Pauline letters. Who cares? It's a lovely subject for a sermon but a totally unsuitable basis for jurisprudence.

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