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Note: Liberated Christians is a primarily about heterosexual relationships.
While we are supportive of all sexual orientations, the leaders do not have the
resources to assist them in their special issues. Thus, our Fellowship groups are
not appropriate for gays/lesbians. However, individually Dave (an extreme heterosexual
- Kinsey Scale= 0) has done extensive biblical research and has been active supporting
biblical homosexuality for many years. However, there is no "official"
stand as an organization on homosexuality other than general support.
Christian View of Slavery Same As Homosexuality
The use of Christian doctrine that falsely condemns homosexuality is the same doctrine
that the prior generation used to condone the practice of buying and selling humans
as slaves. The Bible was used as justification for slavery, right up to the moment
it was made illegal. Slavery was a common practice in the time of Jesus and earlier,
yet Jesus himself said nothing about it.
EX 21:20,21 God clearly says we can beat slaves to death. Ex 21:1-6 God says if
a master allows his male slave to get married and have children, then the wife and
children become the master's property too. Even if the male slave should gain his
freedom, the wife and the children must remain with the master. So much for family
values! Ephesians 6:5 is the NT support of slavery. Also according to Jewish culture
at the time a women was supposed to marry her rapist! Think what following that
requirement would do to a women raped today!
Christians claimed Leviticus 25 supports servitude of up to 49 years. Although it
was the Christians, not the Jews, who used the Bible to defend slavery.
Montesquieu was considered a heretic for opposing slavery, and his works were condemned.
One of the most infamous slave trading ships (that of Hawkins) was called the Jesus.
Slavery was viewed as the will of God, and slaves were taught Christianity in order
that they might recognize that "truth" and realize and accept that slavery
was the natural order of things, sanctioned by the Bible itself. A minister writing
in 1860 (in "Slavery, Its Institution and Origin" said: "So we see
that God not only instituted slavery but He also made it to forever be a part of
the moral probation of the human race, and to be a great lesson to the end of time
of his abhorrence of sin." Just over 100 years ago in this country, people
who considered themselves model Christians honestly and completely believed that
slavery was morally right and opposing slavery was the real sin.
The South - the so called "Bible Belt" appealed to the Bible to justify
slavery. Remember that the Southern Baptist church got its start in the 1840's precisely
over the issue of slavery. Preachers quoted Eph 6:5 to support slavery then, just
as vigorously as Jerry Falwell misquotes Romans 1 to condemn homosexuality. But
there's nothing unbiblical about slavery. Like everyone else of his time, Paul regarded
slavery as a normal part of society. In Paul's time there was no understanding of
loving homosexuality, only the terrible acts of pederasty - hetero males degrading
other hetero males sexually. The Bible doesn't change but society understanding
Today 2000 years later, we no longer practice pederasty or slavery. I hope soon,
ant-gay sermons will be as dated as pro-slavery or anti-race mixing sermons are
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