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Doctrine Matters. Really It Does. And So Does an Understanding of Our History.

June 18, 2012

The speaker in the YouTube clip below is Dr. Frederick Haynes the Third.  He’s the pastor of  Friendship-WestBaptistChurch,DallasTexas.

I want you to listen to what he says.

Notice, later in the clip, he states that we are majoring in what Jesus minored in.  He goes on to say that Jesus never spoke against homosexuality.

It’s easy enough to dismiss this with the observation that Jesus never spoke out against polygamy.  Do a search in the Bible and you will not find the word “polygamy” being used by Jesus.  You won’t find him using the word pedophilia either.  And you won’t find Him using the term “bestiality” or abortion  So does that mean these four practices are acceptable to God?

The fact that Jesus didn’t speak against homosexuality doesn’t make the practice any more right than His not speaking out against (and I emphasize “against”) man-boy love, inter-generational love (children and adults), bestiality, or abortion makes those activities and proclivities morally acceptable.

However, to claim Jesus didn’t say anything about same-sex, or homosexual “marriage” is to silence Scripture where it quite loudly speaks.  At this point you may ask “Melvin, what are you talking about?”  As some of the pimps like to say, “Watch this.”

When Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, Jesus responded to a question about divorce.  He said:

6 “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.

7 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother,

8 and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.

9 “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Notice what Jesus does here.  He defines marriage as an act taking place between a man and a woman.  He is very specific.  He didn’t say “And for the reason a person shall leave his parental unit and the person shall cleave to his or her significant other.”  No, he was pretty specific.  The pairing is to be man and woman.  The man and the woman are to become one flesh.  If people who love to quote Jesus are going to be obedient, they need to quote this as well.

In speaking to the Jews (especially the Scribes and Pharisees), Jesus pointed out that He didn’t come to abolish the law, but rather to fulfill it, to be completely obedient to the entire sets of moral, legal, and sacrificial laws.  (Matthew 5:17).  And what was included in those sets of laws?  A prohibition of homosexual acts (right along with adultery, fornication, stealing, and others).  And while the sacrificial laws are no more (Jesus fulfilled all of them) and the legal codes are no more (we are not a theocracy), the moral laws remain – unless you think stealing, murder, lying and adultery are okay now.

The claim that Jesus doesn’t address homosexuality is made either because a person is ignorant (but Dr. Haynes is a PhD right?) or because they are dishonest. But the one thing they are not is accurate.

Aside from the obvious error and failure to handle God’s word accurately, there is also the idea of making people comfortable in their sins.  Here is a clip from “The Young Turks.”  Notice what they say about the Bible, “hate speech”, and sin.

Dr. Haynes should be ashamed of himself.  He is attempting to mislead his congregation.  And from the looks of the audience, he is succeeding in doing that with a large number of them.  And he is lying to the unsaved.  The Turks think he’s great.  And why shouldn’t they?  He just got rid of all judgment, righteous or otherwise.  And he made people who are faithful to the Bible look like a bunch of bigoted hate mongers.  Remember to thank Dr. Haynes when the state tells you to stop preaching against homosexuality and they refer to “men of God” like him as the reason for punishing you.

Of course, this fellow from North Carolina, does an equally effective job of tarnishing the name of Christ and his followers.