The Two Loves: A Biblical Response to “Gay Christianity”

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Looking forward to sharing my part in this conference giving a Biblical response with clarity, compassion, love and truth about so-called “gay-Christianity.”   I am personally honored to be sharing with this great team, especially my friend Dr. Michael Brown.  Please share the link for the details on the conference

So-Called “Gay Marriage” is No Marriage at All

The Plain and Simple Truth about Attending a “Gay Wedding”

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I am hearing of this more and more—that a Christian has been invited to attend a “wedding” between two men or two women. It is usually from a relative, a close friend, or perhaps their own child. A Christian who is faced with a decision whether to attend or not, processes through many questions with heart-ache.  There is always the desire to be loving and kind to a loved one.  A Christian really needs to consider what message that they are sending when they choose to attend the so-called “gay wedding” event.

Knowingly or unknowingly, to attend a so-called “gay marriage” is to be a witness, and usually suggests an affirmation of the event. Many well-meaning Christians do not realize that the truth is being compromised when they attend. “Gay marriage” is no marriage at all; however, it certainly is a covenant between two people. It is a defiling covenant, egregious in the sight of God. Those who communicate that they are “being kind” and yet say nothing in warning or in opposition to the defiling covenant are, by participating, indicating their agreement and affirmation.

Therefore they who promote attending such an event are not really loving but sending a destructive message because “gay marriage” is not marriage at all. “Gay marriage” is simply a tragic, defiling covenant that is detestable in the sight of God. This union is a manifestation of narcissistic, emotional idolatry. This union is a promotion of human desires and lust and, therefore, idolatry.

If you are truly a devoted believer, compelled by the love of God and under the unction of the Holy Spirit, the only reason for attending such a defiling covenant ceremony would be to stand in opposition. This would be the work of true love and care—to care about the eternal destiny of souls.  Such a call would be the call of love to be salt and light and a reminder of the judgement to come. If a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord of life, is truly filled with the compassion of the Holy Spirit, truth will always be present with true compassion.

The beginning of true wisdom (the reverent fear of God) is always the foundation for being led by the Holy Spirit. We understand that the beginning of wisdom comes as a direct result of knowing the holiness of God and has been revealed, as St. Paul said to the Corinthians, “knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men,” persuading men everywhere to repent—to turn from idolatry. (2 Cor. 5:10-11). Therefore, the idea of “being loving” to gay-identified loved ones by attending their so-called “gay wedding” is both wrong and unloving. To be a witness to the union, to tolerate and to say nothing but kind words to two people as they enter into such a defiling covenant is idolatrous in itself, plain and simple.

This we know that no one who practices idolatry, sexual immorality and those who promote such behavior shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Ephesians 5:5-7). This is a solid warning and reason the Scripture teaches us, “do not be partakers with them.”

Therefore, walk very wisely, with great prudence when you go to the house of God; be very careful as you draw near to open your mouth or to approve vows to the Lord. Be very careful to approve commitments and promises, do not be rash or hasty in bringing a matter of commitment before God. Do not give an offering or the sacrifice of fools before God, for they do not know that they do evil. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. Eccl 5:1-2 paraphrased

We should certainly be very careful regarding our participation in a celebration that God considers defiling and evil. Anyone who says otherwise is turning a blind eye to the fear of God and making little of our needed for pure devotion to Jesus Christ as Lord.

For more understanding please watch the following videos:

Please view Dr. Sam Storms message: “Marriage: Precious and Pure” from Hebrews 13:1-4 from Bridgeway Church.


Please view Marriage = Biology (Not Bigotry).

 

In Alan Chambers’ Own Words

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This must be the most grievous thing I’ve ever written in exposing one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever witnessed from a so-called Christian.  Unfortunately there are critics, mainly those who are afraid and passive, who believe it is unnecessary or even unkind to expose or talk about the tragic morphing of Alan Chambers into a gay-identified “Christian” and his influence of leading people back into homosexuality. They are at the very least terribly naive, and at the worst blatant cowards (Rev. 21:8).  I am writing this post today with great sorrow, having grieved deeply since 2011 over the betrayal of trust from the Exodus board and the subsequent demise of Exodus. The Scripture actually teaches otherwise about the need to bring correction, we are to rebuke and correct if we sincerely love like God.  The following Scriptures were used as a pathway in rebuking and correcting Alan Chambers, Clark Whitten and the Board of Exodus in 2012: Matt. 18:15-17, Gal. 6:1-4, Prov. 27:5-6, Prov. 28:23, 1 Tim. 5:20-21, 2 Tim. 2:23-26, 2 Tim. 4:1-4. Unfortunately, our pleas were to no avail as Exodus later closed its doors forever. Against all the ministry leaders throughout the Exodus network, the Exodus Board dismissed all cautions, hardened their hearts and pursued their own will in empowering Alan Chambers.

Paul the Apostle has named names and written in his letters open rebukes and warnings which will remain forever as Scripture of those with much lesser [1]offenses than that of Alan Chambers and Clark Whitten. Do you understand that Chambers and Whitten are now teaching the damnable heresy that practicing homosexuals can go to heaven under their perverted message of grace?

Alan Chambers once communicated that he believed the Bible.  But now, Alan Chambers has morphed into a gay activist forsaking Biblical Orthodoxy and presenting “gay Christianity.”  Chambers was hired to serve the ministries of Exodus.  However, Chambers had other plans.  He and his pastor Clark Whitten devised a careful plan to systematically change the by-laws of Exodus so Alan could take complete control and have the leading ownership of Exodus International.

Alan_HA!Today Chambers’ idea of “freedom,” is being freed from what he calls “religious slavery,” which translates that no moral laws need to be obeyed in his doctrine of “grace.”  His new book, “My Exodus: Leaving the Slavery of Religion, Loving the Image of God in Everyone” is soon to be released. (Update September 2015: book title changed to: “My Exodus: From Fear to Grace”) Chambers’ book is being published by Zondervan who has been cautioned that he is not Biblical and promotes homosexuality.   Yet Zondervan’s response to me was a complete endorsement of Alan Chambers in full knowledge of Alan Chambers’ unbiblical beliefs. This tragic morphing and mutation has Chambers believing he is righteous and loving in convincing young people to embrace homosexuality.  Alan also speaks for God and proclaims that God Almighty is “cool” with Jeff Chu’s homosexual behavior and his gay “marriage.”  It might be hard to believe, but you can hear all this for yourself in the video posted below: “In Alan Chambers’ Own Words – Part 2”.

Very few people knew about what was happening in the secret world of Alan Chambers in 2008 through 2011, which was more than half of his tenure as President of Exodus International. However, in the videos below, it is very clear now that Alan deceived many, as he actually did not believe the Bible (hear in his own words “I never believed…”). In 2010, I started telling close friends and leaders (all who eventually helped start the new Restored Hope Network) that I was concerned about the direction and teaching I was hearing from the Exodus office.  I was the volunteer Chairman of the Exodus Ministry Council and felt obligated in protecting the truth, the vision and ministry of Exodus as a network.  Unfortunately, not one board member did anything during the implosion to stop Chambers or Whitten.

whitten_bwClark Whitten (former Exodus Board Chairman & Alan’s mentor for over 15 years) began sharing his version of grace teachings to Exodus Ministry Directors in leadership meetings starting in 2007 all the way through the demise and implosion of Exodus.  It was during this internal debacle that the process of confrontation started.  I and several ministry directors and other Christian leaders joined together to start the process of confronting the heretical teachings of Clark Whitten and Alan Chambers. (Matthew 18:15-17).  Unfortunately, to no avail because Chambers and Whitten had already put the plan in place in changing the by-laws of Exodus to make Exodus a “ministry” possession of Alan Chambers. The other tragic part of this scenario were the leaders who naively were more loyal to Chambers than to the Word of God during the implosion, many who mocked me, and continue to dislike any attention to this serious situation.

You can now clearly hear in his own words in the videos and the other source links below for confirmation of the direction of Alan Chambers and his morphed beliefs of today. It is revealing now that Alan Chambers as Exodus President, hearing from his own words he didn’t actually believe the Bible.  Alan calls it being set free from religious slavery and bondage.  Ironically what he calls “freedom” is actually a manifestation in Chambers embracing his “gay self” once again and the gay community as his own, the community who pridefully enjoys sexual slavery and bondage.  Alan believes he has received a revelation from God, or perhaps better communicated, a revelation from his pastor Clark Whitten.  This so-called divine revelation that Clark Whitten believes he has received, is supposedly greater than all the Church reformers on the subject of grace.[2]   They actually believe that grace gives them such liberty they no longer need to acknowledge their sins before God or confess their sins. [2]  These teachings and doctrines are nothing new.  It is simply antinomianism repackaged.  It is a perverse cheap grace message at Grace Orlando Church that now allows for practicing homosexuals to go to heaven. This is true for Randy Thomas (former Vice President of Exodus), who has also embraced being gay again, who is also praying and pining away for his husband as revealed in a recent Facebook post.  Both Chambers and Thomas attend Grace Orlando and have been mentored by Clark Whitten. There is no fear of God because they teach that repentance isn’t really necessary and fearing God is religious bondage. Alan communicates our only needs as Christians are to believe in the historical facts about Jesus and to say you love Him.  Chambers continues to communicate his love for Jesus and also turns around and tells people they can live in complete disobedience to Jesus by living in homosexuality.  Chambers and Whitten both communicate with Christian terminology and Christianese but mean something different than sincere Bible-believing Christians; now tragically they are leading people astray under this perverse grace teaching.  Please watch the following videos in full and read the additional hyperlinked articles below for a complete understanding of the tragic implosion of Exodus International and the failed leadership of Alan Chambers under the mentorship of his pastor Clark Whitten.♦


In Alan Chambers’ Own Words (Part 1) Released in 2012.

 


In Alan Chambers’ Own Words – Part 2 Released 2015

 


“Alan Chambers: A Cautionary Tale” was produced to give a revealing and short glimpse into Alan Chambers’ narcism as he communicates “I Think” over 50 times and yet does not refer to what “God Thinks” even once from the Word of God.

 

Alan Chambers Proclaims His Gospel – A shorter video edited from the “In Alan Chambers’ Own Words – Part 2” for a quick understanding of the egregious nature of the Chambers’ heretical messaging. 


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The following paragraphs are in part from an article written by Laurie Higgins in June of 2013 with Illinois Family Institute and are used with permission.

The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, has announced in an extended apology to homosexuals, and that he is closing Exodus International, the ministry for those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction, and from its ashes he is creating a new organization titled “Reduce Fear.” [This past year Alan abandoned “Reduce Fear” as an organization and merely promotes himself now].   The “fear” to which the name refers emanates from theologically orthodox churches that teach the whole counsel of God, including the pesky parts about God’s condemnation of homosexual acts. Apparently, Chambers doesn’t want to scare those who affirm homosexuality with bothersome biblical truths about eternity.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have been closely watching Chambers’ slow abandonment of orthodoxy and his concomitant embrace of the “gay Christian” movement, which promotes the heresy that Christians may affirm a homosexual identity and remain in homosexual relationships.

Chambers communicated in June of 2012 in an interview with The Atlantic, he articulated a tidbit of his exegetically questionable theology:

Atlantic: Does that mean a person living a gay lifestyle won’t go to hell, as long as he or she accepts Jesus Christ as personal savior?

Chambers: My personal belief is that everyone has the opportunity to know Christ, and that while behavior matters, those things don’t interrupt someone’s relationship with Christ. But that’s a touchy issue in the conservative group I run with. (emphasis added)

For those who remain uncertain about Chambers’ deviation from the path of theological soundness, please make sure to watch Part 1 and 2 of “In Alan Chambers’ Own Words” above.

Chambers’ transition to heresy has been accompanied by dizzying changes to Exodus’ Board of Directors over the past two years. Here’s a glimpse into that protean board.

Feb. 2011 board included Dennis Jernigan, Ron Dennis, and Jeff Winter
By June 2011 board had added John Warren and Don & Diana Schmierer
By Oct. 2011 board had lost Ron Dennis and Jeff Winter and added Mike Goeke and Patrick Peyton
By Dec. 2011 board had added Kathy Koch
By June 2012 board had lost Dennis Jernigan
By August 2012 board had lost Mike Goeke and Patrick Payton
By March 2013 board had added Bob Ragan
By April 2013 board had lost Bob Ragan
By June 2013 board had added Tony Moore

The closing board of Exodus consisted of: Clark & Martha Whitten, Don & Diana Schmierer, Kathy Koch, and Tony Moore.  This is the group that empowered Alan Chambers through the implosion and closure of Exodus International.

The troubling constant on the board is board chairman Rev. Clark Whitten about whose theology Dr. Robert A. Gagnon has warned here  and here.  Clark Whitten has been influencing Alan Chambers for over 15 years as his pastor and the board chairman of Exodus.  Alan Chambers is the fruit of Clark Whitten’s oversight and ministry. Clark has referred to Alan, “like a son.”

It gets dirtier!
Alan Chambers now calls “evangelical” a “dirty word” that he no longer applies to Exodus or to himself (Guests in an Ever Changing Culture—Letter from Alan Chambers March 2013”).  He complains that Evangelicalism is too “black and white” and he assures us that God is not “black and white,” which presumably means that God’s aim is to shade the light into gray. The story of Christ is now the story of Gray breaking into the darkness.

Evangelicalism, Mr. Chambers complains, gives too much attention to “right and wrong” and requires one to “take a stand” on moral issues. Chambers cries: “Gone are the days of evangelizing through scare tactics, moral legislation, and church discipline.” So instead the Exodus leadership prefers to assure self-professed Christians who engage in unrepentant homosexual practice that they are going to heaven irrespective of whether they bring their life into line with a confession of Christ’s lordship. The Exodus leadership refuses to take a stand against “gay marriage” even as it takes public policy stances on issues that homosexual activists support. And the Exodus leadership categorically rejects church discipline despite the fact that it is commanded by Jesus and Paul.

In June of 2013 Alan Chambers even went so far as to insert secretly the e-mail address of Jeremy Hooper, an abrasive homosexual activist, into the middle of a private group email thread containing a number of pro-family leaders (including mine). This led to a number of misrepresentations online by homosexual activist sites and even Salon.com. This deceitful alignment with a person who maligns those who believe in a male-female foundation for marriage is not exactly a model for Christian conduct, certainly not for someone leading what is supposed to be a Christian ministry.

In an Exodus post Leslie Chambers affirmed her husband’s severance of the transformed life from genuine saving faith, saying that while obedience to God is preferred it is not “required”. Neither Leslie nor Alan appears to realize that a necessary byproduct of true faith is a life lived for God.

As Dr. Gagnon mentioned, Chambers’ dissolution of Exodus was accompanied by his serious ethical lapse regarding an email group. A couple of months ago, a well-known and well-respected conservative author sent an email to a group of conservatives. Chambers responded to the entire group, angry that a person or persons in this large group have allegedly used terms in some context that Chambers finds offensive. He never identified the person or persons who used the term/s, nor did he identify the context.

One of the email recipients noticed that Chambers had surreptitiously added homosexual activist Jeremy Hooper, who has a blog titled Good As You (G.A.Y.). When confronted about the stealth addition of Hooper, Alan defensively admitted that he had, indeed, done so in the hope that Hooper would report on the email exchange and that the “good and decent people” on the list would be shamed into publicly exposing and rebuking others whom they may not know for offenses Chambers would not reveal.

I asked Chambers the following questions, which he refused to answer:

  • Who are the people who deserve public rebuking and what specifically did they do to deserve to be rebuked?
  • If he thought there was something “unrighteous” and “evil” (Chambers’ terms) going on, why didn’t he expose it himself and publicly rebuke the person or persons whom he believed deserved public rebuking?
  • How did he justify betraying a trust and trying to publicly shame “good and decent” people for what he perceived as their failure to rebuke unnamed people for using words he viewed as inappropriate in unidentified contexts—actions, by the way, that he had not done?

No ministry should ever tell those who experience same-sex attraction or any other sin inclination that there’s a human way to eradicate all sinful impulses. If Exodus staff conveyed that unbiblical idea to those to whom they ministered, they erred.

Conversely no Christian should be told that God will not free them from same-sex attraction or that they will never experience heterosexual attraction, for those too are erroneous ideas.

Scripture tells us that God will free us from bondage to sin, but that full sanctification does not come in this life. We are promised that in this life, God will give us the power to resist our sinful impulses, which for most of us persist at least in attenuating strength.

God does not, however, give us permission to affirm our sinful impulses or act upon them. We are to pursue lives of holiness—which will never include homosexual relationships.

Since Exodus has abandoned orthodoxy, it is a good thing that it is shuttering its doors.  Fortunately, a far better ministry exists to fill a desperate need: Restored Hope Network

When we read about prior heresies, they seem like distant historical curiosities, but right now we are eyewitnesses to the birth and growth of a heresy in our lifetime. Let’s hope and pray that it’s soon relegated to the dustbin of heresies.♦

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The reason for the creation of the “In Alan Chambers’ Own Words, Part 1 and Part 2 is to reveal the morphing heresy.  Part 1 is from 2011 and 2012 interviews and Part 2 is from Alan Chambers’ interview from the Level Ground – February 2015 and from his own words when speaking at the Glory Tabernacle, October 2014. He clearly communicates heresy and leading people astray. In Alan Chambers’ Own Words Part 1 and Part 2 were also created from a Scriptural mandate to correct, rebuke and expose those who are teaching false doctrines leading souls to hell.   Matt. 18:17, Acts 20:29-31, Jude 1:4, Gal. 1:6-8, 1 Tim. 5:20-21, Titus1:10-16, 2 Peter 2:1-22, 2 Peter 3:14-18. Both Parts, 1 and 2 of Alan Chambers’ in His Own Words were also created to warn leaders in the Church globally of the perverse grace teachings of Clark Whitten, former Exodus Board Chairman and Alan Chambers’ pastor. These videos reveal Alan Chambers’ inconsistencies in his own words and expose his grave heretical teaching of perverse grace leading souls astray. These videos were also created to call the Board of Directors with Exodus to accountability and responsibility.

Exodus may have imploded, but, there is hope! There is the Restored Hope Network with many ministries and counselors to help overcome and find last freedom in a legitimate relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.  The Exodus Board of 2013 thought they were closing down ministry for good, but they were wrong!  The Exodus Board of Directors from 2012 and 2013 did not heed the warnings from the RHN founders and many others.  Now the very warnings have come to pass. Alan is promoting “gay Christianity.” However, there are more people today helping people overcome homosexuality with orthodox biblical clarity, much more than that of the former days of Exodus.  Therefore, we will rejoice in the Lord our God and for His Truth!

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.”  Psa. 33:18-19

Footnotes

[1] Hymenaeus, Alexander, (1 Tim. 1:20) Phygellus, Hermogenes, (2 Tim. 1:15) Hymenaeus, Philetus (2 Tim. 2:17), Demas (2 Tim. 4:9-10), Alexander (2 Tim. 4:14), Cretans (Titus 1:12) 9 names mentioned whose offenses were much less than that of Clark Whitten and Alan Chambers.  As the Apostle Paul said of Alexander the Coopersmith, these men have done the Body of Christ much harm.

[2] From Clark Whitten’s book, “Pure Grace”

 

Sources on the History of the Demise of Exodus

The Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage

devil heartby David Kyle Foster

For over ten years I lived the homosexual lifestyle and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, “Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?”

Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a man. I wanted to be strong, solid, stable and reliable.

I recognized the obsession with youth and beauty that drove their fantasies and lusts and knew that once I entered my thirties, the thrill of being wanted would quickly come to an end. I cringed at the epidemic of perverse sexual behaviors commonly practiced and celebrated by gay culture and wanted nothing to do with them.

Such behaviors were so obviously perverse. Simple anatomical design declared it. A man was designed to interact sexually with a woman. That’s the design. And when sex is practiced outside of that design, physical damage and a legion of diseases are unleashed – not to mention the judgments of the Lord described in Romans 1:24-32:

 

God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual immorality.

God gave them over to shameful lusts….

….. receiving into themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

 

God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10…….

the sexually immoral…..those who practice homosexuality…..will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

God created a man and a woman to become one flesh in a lifelong covenant of love (i.e., “marriage”), and to be fruitful and multiply when possible. God invented marriage. He designed it as a prefigurement of the marriage between Jesus and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:31-32), and laid out its parameters from the dawn of time. Even cultures that do not know Him have followed that design from the beginning. There is no ambiguity about His design nor His description of it in the Scriptures. Indeed, every departure from that model is universally condemned and forbidden by Him, for what it does to our bodies, our souls and to the image of God that is stamped into the one flesh, marital union of male and female.

Having same-sex desires is a great trial – there is no doubt about it. The feelings have as great an intensity as those found in the alcoholic for alcohol, the drug addict for drugs, the smoker for nicotine. And in all such cases, it seems unfair to the natural mind that God would allow us to have such intense desires yet not allow us to act on them.

The idea floated by so-called “gay theology” that God created people to be homosexual (i.e., that He is the cause for such desires) is as ridiculous for the homosexual as it is for the drug addict. The Scriptures are clear about what God designed and what He desires. They are also clear that because of the sinful actions of our forebears, we are born with a sin nature that pulls us strongly in various destructive directions. Homosexual desire, born from a complicated convergence of our fallen nature, idolatry, rebellion, temperament, environment, experiences and developmental factors is just one more way that happens.

It does no good to pretend that it is good and natural and holy. That’s called denial. Statistics overflow with evidence that homosexual sex causes damage to body, soul and spirit. It actually damages the body of the partner. It tears at the body in ways that result in homosexual sex being the number one risk factor for contracting AIDS in this country. In fact, an entire cottage industry of scientific study and medical care has arisen from the proliferation of gay sex in our modern culture.

Homosexual behavior also tears at the soul, causing much higher rates for substance abuse, suicide, depression, domestic violence, early death – even in the most gay-friendly regions of the globe. Why? Because active homosexuals are trying to find something through gay relationships that can never be found there. The happiness that they seek can only be found in submitting their sexuality to the Lordship of Christ and allowing Him to bring healing to the broken areas that have caused their homosexual desires. Yes – it’s a slow and sometimes arduous path to take, just as it is for the addict, but the only one that leads to joy, peace and eternal life with God.

All that to say – the term “gay marriage” is an oxymoron. It is an invention of broken man in defiance against the expressed desire and design of God for mankind. It is the fallen creature trying to tell the omniscient Creator how things should be. Even the misnamed “gay Christian” – those who practice homosexuality without repentance and therefore are not Christian – are examples of man praising God with his lips while his heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:7-9) – calling Him Lord, Lord, while refusing to do what He says (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46) – turning the grace of God into a license for immorality (Jude 1:4). To invent a form of marriage that defies the natural and spiritual order is insanity and can only lead to the destruction of those involved, and according to Scripture, even the society that allows it to happen (Genesis 19:1-29; Jude 1:-7; Romans 1:32).

We all know that marriage is in a bad state these days. Our population has laid the groundwork for faux marriages by practicing adultery and in other ways rebelling against the meaning and purpose of sex and marriage. But inventing and sanctioning homosexual marriages is a logarithmic jump in rebellion and consequent disaster.

In a high percentage of marriages these days, the children will spend a part of their childhood without their original mother or father, and that is very sad and can be very harmful for them. But in so-called “gay marriages” you are guaranteeing that the children will grow up without a mother or father in the home. You are guaranteeing it! You are state-sanctioning that deprivation and becoming a co-conspirator in the consequent damage to their well-being.

And yet the gay-controlled media presses on with its relentless drumbeat, promoting homosexual behavior, relationships and so-called marriage just as ferociously as it promotes the destruction of children in their mother’s wombs.

Our newly released 2-hour documentary called “Such Were Some of You” (www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org) attempts to counter that agenda with truth. In it, twenty-nine former homosexuals expose the facts about homosexuality, its causes and how Jesus has set them free from it. The film opens with people on the street giving their opinion about claims that are made by activist homosexuals in the press, followed by expert teaching on those same questions by Christian leaders like Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Neil T. Anderson, as well as theological correctives from the worlds top scholar on the biblical texts concerning sexual behavior – Dr. Robert Gagnon.

But what makes this film so powerful are the moving stories of being saved, set free, healed, and delivered from the brokenness of homosexuality by those who have gone through that great trial. With love and sensitivity for friends still trapped in the gay lifestyle, they also describe the process by which God has brought healing to the brokenness that created their same-sex desires in the first place.

As the Scriptures promise in Revelation 12, they have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. God also says in Rev 21:6-7: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

And to the reader, hear the word of God found in 1st Corinthians 6:11 (speaking of practicing homosexuals, among others):

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

To see the trailer of “Such Were Some of You”, go to:  http://youtu.be/XUXhKbHMGJg

David Kyle Foster is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M-Div) and Trinity School for Ministry (D-Min). His autobiography (Love Hunger) has just been released. He is also the author of Sexual Healing and Transformed Into His Image and the producer/director of www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org.

 

Natural Marriage (one man w/ one woman) VS. Same-Sex Marriage

I attended the Reclaim America for Christ Conference this past weekend in Moore, OK.  There were a fantastic line up of speakers proclaiming truth about our needs as a nation.  One speaker was Frank Turek with Cross Examined.  He presented a very logical and common sense approach to presenting truth.  One particular session was on the debate of Natural Marriage VS. Same-sex Marriage.  It was excellent.  The videos and audios will be available on the Reclaim America for Christ web site next week.  Frank presented a must see video; and here it is:

A Thorough and Scholarly Video Presentation of The Bible and Homosexual Practice — by Dr. Robert Gagnon

There are very few men who are as thorough and scholarly on the subject of the Bible and homosexuality.  Dr. Robert Gagnon, Associate Professor of the New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is one such scholar.  Based upon Dr. Gagnon’s fantastic work,  The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, an excellent video presentation is presented here to give clear answers from the Bible texts and Bible hermeneutics.  This presentation also gives a clear historical background in context that is very helpful.  This video series is very clear that the Bible teaches a prohibition against homosexual behavior, to argue otherwise is disingenuous.  There is also a clear warning that should be listened to from the Bible for those who embrace homosexual behavior and those who teach an acceptance of homosexuality. Do you really want a thorough understanding?  Do you really want to know the truth?  Please review the following videos for a scholarly and thorough teaching on the subject of homosexuality and the Bible.  This video series is an excellent resource for the student of God’s word, the theologian or for anyone desiring to gain understanding in this day when many are embracing homosexuality.  Please watch this entire +3 1/2 hours of video with your Bible in hand and ready to take notes!

Part 1 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Old Testament – Genesis 1 & 2 from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

Part 2 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Old Testament – Sodom from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

Part 3 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Old Testament – The Levitical Prohibition from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

Part 4 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Old Testament – David & Jonathan from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

Part 5 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Witness of Jesus from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

Part 6 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Witness of Paul from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

Part 7 of 7

Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice – The Hermeneutical Relevance of the Bible from Jim Garlow on Vimeo.

What Would You Say To Me If I Told You…

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This post is a very small critique on Clark Whitten’s “Pure Grace” book and his doctrines that led to the closing of Exodus International and the “revelation” Alan Chambers suffers under. Unfortunately, this “revelation” of Chambers now promotes “gay Christianity” for practicing homosexuals.


Many have asked how Exodus could close and Alan Chambers become so gay affirming?  In  2007 through 2012, I witnessed the new “grace” message being shared by Alan’s mentor, pastor and who was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Exodus. It was Clark Whitten who propagated his teachings on what he calls “Pure Grace” on all who attended Exodus conferences during these years.  I have provided a very simple critique of this book just based upon the introduction and chapter 1 which can be found online. So much more can be said concerning the rest of the book and thus I highly recommend as a counterpoint to read Dr. Michael Brown’s book: Hyper-Grace.

So…What would you say to me, if I told you:  I have a new revelation about the grace of God that the Church for hundreds of years had missed?  This new revelation of grace is called PURE GRACE and I have a book for you to read!  I have a teaching of pure grace and we are on a threshold of a new reformation that will impact the world beyond what the Protestant Reformation accomplished.  What would you say to me? [1]

 What if I told you that everything would make sense if you would just receive “my” new revelation?  Just receive my new revelations of PURE GRACE:

  • What if I told you that you are way too conscious of sin, and way too unconscious of God’s grace. And you need to receive this: Jesus did not die to modify your behavior! What would you say? [2]
  • What would you say to me if I told you: If you are a Christian, you are not required to confess your sins to God in order to be forgiven, because you are already forgiven. Wouldn’t you like your time to be freed up in stopping all those prayers asking for forgiveness?  (Clark Whitten has repeatedly communicated in Exodus leadership meetings that 1 John 1:9 is not written to Christians). What would you say? [3]
  • What if I told you that repentance is not the work of the Holy Spirit convicting of sin. Matter of fact, what if I told you that the Holy Spirit coming to convict you of sin is a grotesque misrepresentation of repentance and that it was heathenish. What would you say? [4]
  • What would you say to me, if I told you that God is not angry at all anymore, that all His anger was satisfied and extinguished on His dear Son. Therefore, there is no reason for you to do anything, that God is simply not moved by your works of any kind. What would you say to me? [5]
  • What would you say to me, if I told you that if you do good works or bad things it doesn’t matter. What would you say to me if I told you that if you try to do good things for God you are a legalist?  What if I tried to convince you using Gal. 3 that if you try doing good things and be obedient to God and compared it to circumcision from Gal. 3, that you are putting yourself under the law… What would you say to me? [6]
  • What if I were to tell you that sin is merely a violation of friendship—relationship—not a violation of the law of God? And I continue to tell you that anyone who clings to a mixture of grace and honoring God’s law doesn’t trust the power of love to transform a soul. When you sin it does nothing to your relationship with God because nothing separates you from the love of God, you are in the New Covenant. What would you say to me? [7]
  • What if I were to tell that I have a new divine revelation of the grace of God that will transform the Church greater than Luther or Calvin. What if I were to tell you that God is going to use me to usher in the greatest reformation of the Church ever, that it is the age of Grace, — “PURE GRACE” an Uncontaminated Grace!  What if I were to tell you that all the people in the Church are living in a pig pen of legalism, and I am going to be used of God to set them free!  What would you say to me? [8]
  • The Church is filled with legalism. You are saved by grace, therefore, stop worrying about sin, you are a saint.  Saints can sin, but are free under grace.  Sinners are not free yet they do good works.  Under this new divine revelation of grace, you are free to sin because you are a Saint.  The Church tells you to die daily, that is legalism.  What would you say to me? [9]
  • The Bible is a rule book is what the Church is telling you. The Holy Spirit comes to live in you but, He comes to convict you of sin, so you better stay clean or God will zap you! You better fear God and keep His commandments!  Isn’t this terrible?  After all, Jesus did not die to modify your behavior. “I am justified, I am being sanctified, and I will be glorified is a lie. It is religious nonsense.”  What would you say to me? [9]

 I hope you would correct me and tell me that I am teaching heresy because you love me.

Clark Whitten has mentored and has been Alan Chambers’ pastor for many years. Alan said of Clark Whitten’s Pure Grace teaching that it was a revelation that surpassed the reformation of the Church.  It is this teaching that has now given a segue to gay Christianity where Alan Chambers could tell a group of unrepentant homosexuals that they are going to spend eternity together.

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Footnotes from Whitten’s Book and Scripture that Help Clarify the Heresy.

[1] – “I believe the Body of Christ is on the threshold of a new reformation that will impact the world beyond what the Protestant Reformation accomplished.”  Pure Grace, page 21, 1st paragraph, 2nd sentence.  Alan Chambers audio of introducing Clark Whitten and his book on “Pure Grace Sunday” at Grace Church Orlando on March 25, 2012.   “It is a very very special day… but because God has unveiled something that has been veiled for hundreds and hundreds of years and it is the message of grace… it is THE most important message on the planet.”  (http://www.graceorlando.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Message-03-25-12-2.mp3)
(Heb. 13:9, 1 John 4:1, Eph. 4:14, Rom. 16:17, Col. 2:8)

[2] – Pure Grace, page 17, paragraph 3 (Matt. 16:24-25, Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:27, John 12:23-25)

[3] – Pure Grace, page 18, paragraph 1 (Prov. 28:13,  Psa. 51, Matt. 6:12, Luke 11:4, 1 John 1:8-10, James 5:16, 1 Cor. 11:31, Acts 24:16)

[4] – Pure Grace, page 18, paragraph 3 (John 16:7-15, Heb. 12:5-9, Hebrews 4:12-13, John 14:26, Prov 24:24-25, 2 Cor 7:8-11, Ezra 9:6, Luke 18:13-14, Acts 5:1-11)

[5] – Pure Grace, page 18, paragraph 4 (James 1:20, Rom. 1:18, Mark 3:4-5, Eph. 5:6-7, Col. 3:5-7, Heb. 11:6, Matt. 25:14-46, James 1:22, Luke 6:46)

[6] – Pure Grace, page 18, paragraph 5, also page 19, paragraphs 1 and 2. (revisit all the verses).

[7] – Pure Grace, page 19, paragraph 3 (Matt. 7:13-28, Luke 6:46-49, John 14:15, John 14:21-24, James 1:21-22)

[8] – Pure Grace, page 21, paragraphs 1, 2 and 3. (God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble).

[9] – Pure Grace, page 32, paragraph 1 thru the end. (Ecc. 12:9-14, Matt. 10:28, Phil. 2:12,  Rev. 14:6-7)

ENDORSEMENTS
The empowerment and further deception of this distorted and false message of grace is also due to the surprising endorsements of this book “Pure Grace.”  I want to give the benefit of doubt to some of the leaders, perhaps they did not actually read the book?  Perhaps they merely endorsed Clark Whitten because of past relationships within the Church? However, for whatever reason, it is tragic that this book is endorsed at all below, and by such influential people in the Church.  This is truly grievous.

Here are the surprising and disturbing list of endorsements:

Jack Taylor, Dimensions Ministries

James Robison, Founder, LIFE Outreach International, Fort Worth, Texas

Wayne Drain, Senior Pastor, Fellowship of Christians

Alan Chambers, Failed Former President of Exodus International

Mark Rutland, Former President, Oral Roberts University

Robert Morris, Senior Pastor, Gateway Church – Southlake, Texas, Author of The Blessed Life

David Loveless, Former Lead Pastor, Discovery Church, Orlando, Florida

Brady Boyd, Pastor, New Life Church, Author of Fear No Evil

Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO, Marriage Today, Senior Pastor, Trinity Fellowship Church

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