What About Michael Brown's ex-ex-Gays?
"Ex the Ex-s" by nakedpastor David Hayward
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Michael Brown doesn't come right out and say homosexuality is a sin, but that the homosexual lifestyle is. This is more progressive than his counterpart would say just a decade ago.
However, after reading his posts, even though he doesn't say homosexuality is a sin, he strongly implies that homosexuality is sinful, an expression of broken humanity that could and maybe even should be reversed.
The major problem I have with Brown's writing is his assumptions that he projects on everyone else.
Read his article What About Ex-Ex-Gays?
to see what I mean. The thrust of his argument is that a change in sexual orientation is not impossible, therefore achievable, therefore desirable, therefore required. That's the impression I walk away from his article¬†with.
Here are his six points:
- For every well-known ex-ex-gay, there are maybe thousands of unknown ex-gays.
- Ex-gay has a lot of different meanings, from gays abstaining from same-sex relationships to gays who've converted to straight.
- There are many¬†reasons why people fail to change.
- There are a lot of unhappy homosexuals.
- We are talking about holiness, not heterosexuality.
- Humans are frail but we shouldn't compromise the gospel that is and always will be against homosexual practice.
I challenge Brown, even though we are on very different sides here, because he is not only popular and publishes on a popular website, Charisma News
, but because he represents a huge portion of Christians and their opinions on homosexuality.
His assumptions are:
It all hinges on Brown's treatment of the bible.
- The bible says homosexuality is a sin.
- The bible is absolutely right.
- Homosexual practice is therefore a sin and always will be.
- People are weak.
- If they are homosexual it's only because they think they are.
- If they don't change it is their failure.
- Those living a homosexual lifestyle aren't serving God or following Jesus.
- Practicing homosexuals are not holy and therefore will not see God.
- Homosexuals need compassion and patience but they still must change.
- Heterosexuals possess the grace and truth that homosexuals need.
It doesn't depend on his interpretation of scripture. No. His problem precedes that. It's a hermeneutical problem. He approaches the bible literally, factually, fundamentally, so of course he's going to read what he thinks.
Rather than see it as a selected collection of documents
written by ancient men and approved by ancient men thousands of years ago in a far away place and culture and worldview with its own social mores and religious mindsets and primitive understanding of sexuality and gender, he sees it as a document written by God and handed to us as a clear book of rules for all time where he conveniently finds himself on the right side.
I suggest that until Brown's heart changes, his interpretation of scripture will not.
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