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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

"HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS VIEW TIM HARDAWAY'S WORDS TOWARDS HOMOSEXAULS?"
part one
Too many people jumped to a consussion when they heard some of Tim Hardaway's remarks. Of course the media only wanted to quote "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known."
Former NBA All-Star and Miami Heat guard Tim Haraway was asked about the coming out of another former NBA player about his sexuality.
The media picked up on the "I hate gay people." So did a few Christians. And jumped on Tim's remarks. Rather than the focus on sexual behavior of the homosexual they jumped on Tim's hate of homosexuality.
I don't know Tim Hardaway, but when asked in the moment of time, he most likely did respond in a non political manner. If he really hates people who are homosexual than he has a wrong view.
Erik at irishcalvinist.com said, "I do not want to stand with Tim Hardaway and others who verbally express murder in their hearts." Erik doesn't know that about Tim.
If Tim Hardaway was expressing his hatred for the sin of homosexaulity than I would stand with him.
This is not the purpose of this blog today. Rather in the next several threads to deal with the worldview of homosexuality:
WORLDVIEW OF HOMOSEXUALITY

We are seeing over the last several years, our culture being dominated by radical individualism and radical subjectivity.... what's true for me is true for me. (quote)
  • "Our culture is dominated by radical individualism and a radical subjectivity; what's true for me is true for me," Tonkowich observes

  • The ECLA and other denominations often rely on this kind of "subjective truth" and moral relativism when setting guidelines, the Institute spokesman asserts. "Rather than submitting to the authority of the scriptures and the authority of the church, it's every man for himself and every woman for herself," he says. "We're in a position not unlike what was in the [Bible's] Book of Judges, where the refrain is 'and everyone did what was right in his own eyes.'


Another Example:

  • Tim Hardaway, was a NBA Miami Heat player, and a very good one, who spoke out about John Amaechi (another NBA roll player) who came out about his homosexual life style. Amaechi didn’t come out until he was out of the NBA.


What is interesting, NO ONE has ever said they were homosexual publically while playing in the NBA. If the NBA were ok with this lifestyle, you would think those who were "gay" would be free to say it. Now that it’s out, the press asks the questions. Those who are positive about the lifestyle are treated well, but when Tim Hardaway stated his position he is murdered by the media.

Amaechi "Believes homophobia is rampant in and out of sports." He should know. He played in the NBA.
Amaechi went on to say
"People in America and England would like to think racism is over, sexism is over, and homophobia is over, but it’s not." "It’s hard to get straight guys to step up,"


"Anti-gay rant" is the phrase the media uses when people speak out against homosexuality.


SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IS A CHOICE OF LIFE STYLE
SEXUAL ORIENTATION: DIRECTION


While sexual behavior of all choices have been since the creation of mankind, God has set forth His choice of sexual behavior for mankind. From the start of mankind, man has refused to obey most of God commands. We should not be too surprised at man’s reactions

What God has set forth for mankind’s behavior is well stated in His Word the Bible. We have God’s Word on the subject and then we have man’s word on the subject.

As a Biblical believing Christian and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am personally bound to what the Word of God says in it’s entirety. I should not be subjective in my own thinking about any issue without first understanding God’s position. I should not embellish, diminish, or insert my own preference into what the Word of God is saying. With that said, I must with all my thinking, believe and recognize the truth of God’s Word on the subject of sexual behavior, be it sex outside of marriage of any kind. The Word I believe directs us to believe that any sex outside of marriage is SIN, that is, that which we do against the will of God.

I do not apologize for my belief that has been formed by my understanding of the Word of God.

Drafted by Charles E. Whisnant and Proof Checked by Charity Whisnant 02 16 07