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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 is the Christian to Interpret the Message of Homosexuality:
The Worldview versus the Biblical Worldview

I am sure that most biblical Christians have come to a biblical Christian Worldview about this matter of homosexuality..

But at every turn, the culture of our society continues to enforce this idea that homosexuality is a natural form of lifestyle that should be accepted by our society.

While over the last 200 years of American history, homosexuality has been deemed as a practice that is not natural behavior of mankind. 200 years. While homosexuality has been around from Sodom since Genesis, its practice has not been accepted as normal behavior.
Without question, the thinking of any society is formed by its culture that is set forth by those who put their ideas on a society.

In my lifetime, the changes continue yearly. Here I am talking about the moral condition of the society in which we live. I am now speaking of the society of America.

Language changes yearly. Terms to describe ideas and people change yearly.

What we believed was Biblical twenty years ago, we no longer accept as biblical today.
Have you heard that what Paul believed in 62 A.D. he would not believe in 2007...... what he would say about homosexuality in 63 A.D., he would have a different view today. The New Perspective Theology it is called.

There was a time that Christians had an influence on the society in which they lived. Today the Christian Worldview is losing its power of influence.

Who would ever have believed that we would have TV series that have homosexual characters? Who would ever have thought that homosexual behavior would be treated as normal behavior?. Who would have ever thought that on talk tv that homosexual parents would be viewed as a normal lifestyle? Who would have thought that any kind of remark that is viewed unkindly by the homosexual society would cost you your job? Movies now glorify homosexuality and malign heterosexuality.

One recent movie, "Brokeback Mountain" made homosexuality a non-issue.

Then you could get into trans-sexuality, it’s normal behavior -- almost. Even 12 year-olds now are having the change without much fanfare from the media.

Who would ever have thought that the term "gay" would be viewed as a term for homosexuals!!

I am not read up enough to know who is directing this assault on us to change our thinking to a Worldview, but I do know we need to be read up on how to have a Christian Biblical Worldview.

The Bible’s view of homosexuality has not changed in the last twenty years. If the Bible has expressed that homosexuality is an unnatural behavior, in Genesis, then its viewpoint has not changed today.

It’s true that the Worldview is formed by the society in which we live. But Christ’s view of our society is not formed by what the society says it should be like.

If Scripture views homosexuality as wrong behavior, then it’s still wrong, no matter what our culture is pushing us to believe.

We are to look at God’s Word in order to calibrate our thinking about our culture. Christians need to gain an understanding of what is happening in our culture in America.

I would suggest that many American’s view on sexual behavior has changed over the last twenty years. In the last several years there has been a major shift in our thinking about this matter before us.

In light of the trends of our society, how should we respond?

Drafted by Charles E. Whisnant February 06 2007 Checked by Charity Whisnant 02 06 07