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News Flash 10/29/2000
It is readily apparent that there is a last minute push to remove the language from the discipline which denies the acceptability of homosexual behavior. We will be told that what is wanted is two ministries working side by side with a "live and let live" type of attitude. That will be a very tempting offer because it would theoretically provide an end to the fighting and we would have peace at last. But in actuality the result would be anything but peaceful. Here is ample proof of that. Listen to the words of Suzanne Pharr a contemporary gay activist:
It should be very clear to us by now that any attempt at removing the language would provide the status spoken of by Suzanne Pharr. It would require the silencing of any public teaching which would be considered homophobic sounding to the Reconciling supporters. The Desplaines Campground incident is a good example of what would happen denominational wide if removing the language would occur. The campground allowed both Reconciling and Transforming speakers into their pulpits and allowed them to speak on the subject of homosexuality. The result was an attempted hostile take over of the campground by Reconciling supporters and an ongoing law suit which is yet to be resolved. At our last annual conference, a Reconciling pastor requested that The Board of Church and Society be asked to investigate the campground and this came from their report:
An attempt was made to submit a Minority Report, refuting the opinions of the board, but the bishop refused to receive it. The only way it could be brought to the attention of the annual conference members was to hand out copies outside the building at the special session. So just what were these so called "atmospheric conditions"? It was the fact that they allowed persons to speak from the pulpit and talk openly on the campground about their beliefs concerning homosexuality in support of our current language in the Book of Discipline. If the language was dropped, so would our ability to openly support the present official viewpoint. If publicly supporting our present stand is being attacked so viciously now, can you imagine what will happen after the language is dropped?
Listen now to the words of Fuller Seminary professor Don Williams:
The real question is a simple one. Do we have the will to actively oppose and take action to prevent the hijacking of our denomination by the Reconciling forces. Removing the language is only the first step in cleansing our denomination of what they believe is evil. So just what it this evil that I am talking about? It is the "homophobia" spoken of by Suzanne Pharr in the previous quote. Those who take a Transforming stand will quickly be compared with the racial bigots of the civil rights movement of the 60s. It doesn't matter if we fully support the end of violence and intimidation which is aimed at those with same sex attractions and support attempts at loving ministry for them. Because in their eyes we are bigots unless we agree with them. It wouldn't be long before our message of transformation through the power of Jesus Christ would be labeled " as hate speech" and homophobic.
We must awaken people to the massive "educational" efforts of those who
support homosexual acceptance. One such training session report can be found at
The rest was so graphic I didn't include it. But the instructor proceeded to have the young teenager describe how many different "orifices" could be filled. The program also included discussions on things such as heterosexual and homosexual "fisting" which I also won't describe here so as to not offend people. It is described in the article however in intimate detail if you wish to know more about it.
What we are seeing today is an attempt to remove things such as chastity, modesty, propriety and decency from our vocabulary. The idea is to get to the young and teach them all these things so they won't grow up with "so many hang-ups about sex". It is designed to encourage them to experiment sexually and be free to practice any form of sexuality they want without hindrance or social conscience. It is the loss of innocence and it encourages sin. Jesus said this in Luke: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck then for him to cause one of these little ones to sin." Luke 17:1b-2
So what should we do? Should we do nothing and believe that God's will is done by what happens? Or do we begin the painful process of taking the actions necessary to reform our denomination. I leave you with this quotation from Rev. Stuart Briscoe the Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, Wisconsin:
Will it be peace at any price? The results of this General Conference will give us a good idea of where we stand as a denomination on this issue.
Rev. Kent L. Svendsen