An open letter to homosexuals

Matt Barber has a message for average, ordinary ‘gay’ people

By Matt Barber

I write this not to professional homosexuals. That is to say, not to members of the well-funded, politically powerful homosexual activist lobby. They will mock and reject my words outright. They will twist and misrepresent what I say to further their own socio-political agenda. That’s fine. It’s to be expected. It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.

Instead, I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.

It is my hope and prayer that you will consider what I have to say and take it at face value. My intentions are pure and my motives upright. If I can plant the seed of truth in just one person, and that seed begins to sprout, then I consider this letter a success.

I pray that you are that person.

What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.

Still, to love someone and to lie to them is to hate them – especially when that lie inevitably leads to a tragic and hopeless end.

If you have a loved one, blindfolded and running full speed toward cliff’s edge, do you not yell, stop! Would you not run after them, even tackling them if need be to prevent them from plummeting to certain death? What would we think of the person who said: “Keep running; all is well.”

All is not well, and you know it. On this path, “it” decidedly does not “get better.” It only gets worse. You will fall and you will die – perhaps not physical death, straight away – but certainly, an emotional and spiritual death. Homosexual activists, “progressives,” Hollywood, the media, academia and popular culture are telling you to keep running.

I’m yelling, stop!

Your lifestyle – homosexuality – is always and forever, objectively and demonstrably wrong. It is never good, natural, right or praiseworthy. If you have “gay pride,” you have “sin pride.” Although homosexuality is not the only sexual sin, it is, indeed, sin. Scripture is unequivocal on this fact throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

But this reality is manifest beyond the pages of Scripture. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. So-called “homophobia” is not responsible for the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-in-five “gay” men and adolescents in major cities across America have been infected – through bad behavior – with HIV/AIDS.

Sin is responsible.

In almost every category – disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide – those who call themselves “gay” live and die with consequences that have nothing gay, in the true sense of the word, about them.

Is this you? Be honest.

At least be honest with yourself.

Scripture admonishes: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This does not simply mean physical death, but something far worse: spiritual death.

Yes, hell.

I know from which I speak. I am no better than you. I, too, once lived a lifestyle of sexual sin. Not homosexual sin, but sexual sin nonetheless. As a young man I did not treat God’s daughters as He intended and, instead, engaged in a lifestyle of selfish womanizing and fornication.

The wages of sin in my life was death – spiritual and emotional death. I was on your same path.

But by His grace, I was offered and accepted “the free gift of God.” I, instead, was saved and given “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Do I still struggle with sin? Of course. Every day. We all do. We are fallen. We are sinners.

Still, Christ’s gift to me was forgiveness, redemption and life everlasting. My friend, that gift is available to you as well.

Snatch it up. Please.

During the Awakening 2011 – a national conference held, that year, at Liberty University – I was visiting with a young woman from the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). I liked her. I loved her, in fact, in the way her heavenly Father, Christ Jesus, loves her and has enabled me to love her. I think of her and pray for her often.

In recent years, the SPLC has taken to smearing Christian organizations that defend the biblical sexual ethic as “hate groups.” After visiting for a while, I asked this young woman if she really believed that we Christians hate homosexuals. To my surprise she admitted that we do not. “But the things you say are sometimes hateful,” she added.

Indeed, truth is hate to those who hate truth.

The truth is that you have immeasurable value. You are a beautiful, unique, priceless human being. The very Creator of the universe, in the person of Jesus Christ, took such an interest in you that He meticulously wove you together in your mother’s womb. He loves you with a love that no human can fully grasp. Still, this is true not because of your so-called “sexual orientation,” but, rather, in spite of it.

You are valuable and worthy of love because God created you in His image. If you define your identity based upon sexual temptations and behaviors your Creator has called sin – an “abomination” – then you are not fulfilling the purpose for which He created you. In so doing, you have become the sum total of your sins. You are in rebellion against God and you know it.

He made you to know it.

Yes, the activists tell you to take “pride” in your “sexual orientation,” but you don’t feel pride. You feel ashamed, and so you try, in vain, to numb the shame with more of the very behavior that causes it. You will never fill the void you feel with drugs, alcohol or more sexual acting-out. These things only expand your emptiness.

Christ alone can fill the void.

And He will.

Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action.

AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn participates in forum on employment benefits for unmarried “partners”

AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn Tuesday night was part of a public forum — sponsored by Delta College in Saginaw — on whether taxpayers should be forced to pay for providing spousal-type employment benefits to the unmarried “partners” of state and local government employees.

As is typically the case, the panel included three members — a Delta College professor, an ACLU lawyer, and a Delta College lawyer — who favored taxpayer-subsidized benefits for homosexual and other “partners” of government employees, plus a supposedly “neutral” moderator, another Delta professor who couldn’t resist making clear his support for such policies.

Gary told the audience and news media: “At a time when over 800,000 people in Michigan have lost their private sector jobs over the last decade, and that many or more have had their pay or hours cut back, there’s not public support for another expansion of government employee benefits, regardless of the supposed justification.”

Glenn also noted that Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment, meaning the state cannot extend benefits on the basis of recognizing homosexual or other unmarried relationships as being equal or similar to marriage between a man and a woman.

Bill Maher And Andrew Sullivan Argue Against Hate Crime Laws

Glenn v. Holder, the federal civil rights lawsuit led by AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn and three Michigan pastors, represented by the Thomas More Law Center, is now awaiting a ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Two notorious liberals — left-wing comedian Bill Maher and openly homosexual columnist Andrew Sullivan — make our case for us!

Bill Maher And Andrew Sullivan Argue Against Hate Crime Laws, Defend Tyler Clementi’s Roommate: Click here for the article

Help AFA-Michigan protect and promote traditional family values and religious freedom

To the chagrin of George Soros-funded publications such as the American Independent, the American Family Association of Michigan continues to lead the fight to protect and promote traditional family values and religious freedom.

We take that stand only by God’s grace and provision through those who financially support our work.

Please stand with us by making a tax-deductible contribution today to:

AFA-Michigan, PO Box 1027, Midland, MI 48641

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ACLU-Michigan: “Repeal Michigan’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage”

ACLU-MICHIGAN — “Michigan is among the states with the worst record for affording protections and benefits to Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender couples. Not only does our state have a ban on marriage equality, the law which protects against workplace discrimination doesn’t extend any protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

 …We must continue to fight… By forging ahead, we are creating a roadmap to marriage equality that will lead us to REPEAL MICHIGAN’S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE and obtain civil rights protections for our community.”

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Testimony to AFA-Michigan's effective stand for traditional family values

An ongoing testimony to AFA-Michigan’s effective stand for traditional family values- AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn

CONSIDER — “In fact, Michigan has only become more hostile towards same sex couples over the past few months. After an amendment to our state constitution passed as a referendum in 2004, our state became the first in the nation to ban not only gay marriage, but also civil unions and any other contract affording benefits to a same sex couple. On the state level, Michigan provides no protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

. . . Many of you may also have heard about House Bill 4770, which bans public institutions in Michigan from offering domestic partner benefits; this will likely have serious consequences for professors here at the university.

From a legal standpoint, Michigan is objectively the most hostile environment for non-hetero people to live.”

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Seattle Library Lets Man Watch Porn in View of Children

Tell your state legislators in Lansing: this should be illegal in every library in Michigan. Families and children should not be forced to share public libraries (including public restrooms) with adult males who come to the library solely to watch hardcore pornography in a building full of children. All at taxpayers’ expense. AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn

PCWORLD – “A Seattle librarian refused to force a man watching hardcore porn on a computer to move to a more discreet location, even after a woman with two children complained, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The Lake City librarian reportedly could see the screen, and sympathized with the woman’s position, but maintained that the library “doesn’t censor content” and could not “be in the business of monitoring what their patrons are doing at any given computer.”’

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Lawsuit By Michigan Conservative Christian Group Seeks To Overturn Hate Crimes Law

DAILY NEWS — “‘Homosexual activists have clearly and openly admitted that they want to see pastors and others who speak out against the homosexual political agenda criminally prosecuted as ‘accessories’ any time a violent crime is committed against an individual who engages in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing,’ Glenn wrote on the AFA-Michigan site at the time of the initial suit.

‘The concern is that simply making a statement on your radio program or from a pulpit could be interpreted at some point in the future as having induced or encouraged someone to commit an act of violence,’ Glenn said, Michigan Radio reports. Glenn…in 2004 was behind a successful push to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.”

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U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday in Glenn v. Holder "hate crimes" lawsuit

CINCINNATI, Ohio – “A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Wednesday heard oral arguments in the case of Glenn et al v. Holder, a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of American Family Association of Michigan President Gary Glenn and three pas…tors in Bridgeport, Waterford, and Ypsilanti.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare the recently enacted federal “hate crimes” law unconstitutional on the basis of its threat to religious free speech rights. Identical laws in other countries and at the state level in the U.S. have been used to persecute, threaten, and even criminally prosecute individuals merely for publicly expressing opposition to homosexual behavior and/or so-called homosexual “marriage” and other elements of homosexual activists’ political agenda.”

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