In some people’s minds, being homosexual is as much outside one’s control as the color of your skin and your height. On the other hand, the Bible clearly and consistently declares that homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1–13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). This disconnect leads to much controversy, debate, and even hostility.
When examining what the Bible says about homosexuality, it is important to distinguish between homosexual behavior and homosexual inclinations or attractions. It is the difference between active sin and the passive condition of being tempted. Homosexual behavior is sinful, but the Bible never says it is a sin to be tempted. Simply stated, a struggle with temptation may lead to sin, but the struggle itself is not a sin.
Romans 1:26–27 teaches that homosexuality is a result of denying and disobeying God. When people continue in sin and unbelief, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God. One of the fruits of rebellion against God is homosexuality. First Corinthians 6:9 proclaims that those who practice homosexuality, and therefore transgress God’s created order, are not saved.
A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to violence and other sins. That does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. Just because a person is born with a greater susceptibility to fits of rage, that doesn’t make it right for him to give in to those desires and explode at every provocation. The same is true with a susceptibility to homosexuality.
The Equality Act, if passed and signed into law, would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of classes–race, color, religion, sex, and national origin–protected in the Civil Rights Act.
And although it sounds good to say you oppose discriminating against people on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s priority bill, known as HR 5, has far-reaching legal implications.
A variety of Supreme Court cases, including Meyer v. Nebraska and Pierce v. Society of Sisters, affirm the rights of parents to control their child’s education. But the Equality Act would create precedent for federal courts to require curriculum celebrating lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual orientations.
This change to advance the radical LGBT agenda wouldn’t apply just to sex ed classes, but subjects such as history and science as well.
When the news broke that Rep. Bella Abzug had introduced a bill to protect lesbian and gay people from discrimination to Congress, David Mixner cut out the article and hid it the top drawer of his dresser. The year was 1974. Mixner, later an adviser to then-President Bill Clinton, wasn’t yet out as gay.
“Most of us hated ourselves and didn’t think we deserved equality,” the nationally renowned activist and author remembers. “That was a symbol of great hope to have someone in the United States [Congress] say these people deserve equality.” The Equality Act of 1974, which never moved out of committee, changed Mixner’s life.
Here are five reasons Congress should reject The Equality Act.
1. The Equality Act is not needed.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed as a response to widespread discrimination against the black community through Jim Crow laws on the books in states and cities throughout the South.
When have LGBT people experienced systemic discrimination, approved by states, that led to those laws?
Have they experienced episodes of discrimination by different individuals? Certainly. Is their experience today rife with examples of segregation and disenfranchisement?
No. Why? For starters, unless they disclose their sexual orientation at a restaurant, during a job interview, when applying for credit, etc. no one knows.
Secondly, we, as a society, have grown. The prejudice of the past is frowned upon in the present.
So where is the evidence of someone who identifies as LGBT denied accommodation from a major restaurant or hotel chain? Where is the proof of a significant employer refusing to hire or firing someone based on identifying as LGBT?
In fact, according to the Human Rights Campaign, 91 percent of the Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination by sexual orientation, and 83 percent prohibit discrimination by gender identity.
Blacks experienced systemic discrimination in the South for generations, and as a result, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. LGBT persons can’t say the same and they especially can not point to any examples today.
2. The Equality Act is not viewpoint neutral.
The Equality Act, and SOGI (sexual orientation, gender identity) laws like it, hinder the ability of Americans to live in such a way that is consistent with their values.
The Equality Act is not viewpoint neutral. By adding sexual orientation and gender orientation to the Civil Rights Act and similar federal law the government is, in essence, telling many Americans that their beliefs are discriminatory.
Historically, SOGI laws have been unfairly used to target people who hold unpopular beliefs such as marriage is between one man and one woman.
They also target commonly held beliefs backed by science such as a person can not change their biological sex and a person believing they are the opposite sex does not make it so.
What the Equality Act would do in reality is to give LGBT persons special privileges at the expense of the liberty of others.
Also, the Equality Act is designed to shrink religious liberty protections provided in federal law. In section 9 of the 2017 version of the bill we read, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.) shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a coveredtitle, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.”
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton (D) did not allow discrimination. It provided a legal resource for people of faith who are under compulsion by the federal government to act in a way that would violate their religious beliefs or personal conscience.
3. The Equality Act invades the privacy rights of Americans.
The Equality Act violates the privacy and safety of all Americans, and transgender status is not dependent upon a sex change surgery or a transition period.
Any public accommodation that offers sex-segregated facilities whether they are restrooms, locker rooms, or changing rooms will have to allow access to those facilities transgender persons regardless of their biological sex.
One high school student from Pennsylvania spoke out when her school allowed boys who identified as girls to use the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms:
Not only does The Equality Act violate girls’ privacy, but it also their safety. Recently, a man in the United Kingdom who identified as a female gained access to the women’s restroom and proceeded to assault a 10-year-old girl. Last fall, a transgender policy at a school in Georgia led to the assault of a kindergarten girl while using the girls’ bathroom.
4. The Equality Act is unfair to women.
Not only do women face an invasion of their privacy, but they also will (and have) experienced an invasion of their sports, as well as, services designed for them.
In February, The Daily Caller reported that Franklin Pierce University senior CeCe Telfer leads the NCAA’s Division II women’s division in the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdle events. Last year, CeCe competed as a man.
A biological man who identifies as a woman won the women’s cycling championship last fall sparking outrage.
Former women’s tennis star Martina Navratilova, a lesbian activist, called this trend for what it is – cheating.
Sports is not even the worst of it. In Alaska, trans activists have targeted a shelter for battered women.
5. The Equality Act undermines parental rights.
There are two primary areas of concern for parents in The Equality Act.
First, The Equality Act includes public schools. Passage of this bill means sexual orientation and gender identity become protected classes in public schools nationwide whether or not your state has adopted a SOGI law.
The obvious implication of this is that you, as a parent with a student in public schools, do not have a say nor can control who has access to your student’s restroom, locker room, sports team, or even overnight accommodations for school trips. Under this bill, Transgender students must be allowed access to the restrooms, locker rooms, sports teams, and overnight accommodations based upon their gender identity.
We know this will be a problem because it has already been a problem with state-level SOGI laws and when the Obama Administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter to public schools reinterpreting Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Also, many parents who are unable to send their students to private school or homeschool would be unable to provide an education that does not conflict with their religious and moral beliefs or even a proper understanding of biology.
Even private schools are not exempt if they accept any federal funding.
SOGI laws will have a trickle-down effect into sexual education curriculum at schools, and those who dissent will be at odds with federal law and school policy.
Second, custody rights could be in jeopardy as health care facilities, under The Equality Act, fall under public accommodations. This change could politicize medicine and place medical professionals at odds with parents with children who struggle with gender dysphoria.
In 2018, an Ohio judge took a transgender teen from her parents because they refused to allow the 17-year-old to undergo hormone treatments as part of a female-to-male transition.
When the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Transgender Health Clinic recommended hormone therapy and the parents refused, the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services intervened and sought to give the teen’s grandparents, who already had temporary custody, full custody citing neglect.
This bill will encourage transgender activists and pro-trans physicians to push parents out of the decision-making process.Source
No matter our proclivities or attractions, we cannot continue to define ourselves by the very sins that crucified Jesus—and at the same time assume we are right with God. Paul lists many of the sins that the Corinthians once practiced (homosexuality is on the list). But in 1 Corinthians 6:11, he reminds them, “That is what some of you were. 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” (emphasis added). In other words, some of the Corinthians, before they were saved, lived homosexual lifestyles; but no sin is too great for the cleansing power of Jesus. Once cleansed, we are no longer defined by sin.
The problem with homosexual attraction is that it is an attraction to something God has forbidden, and any desire for something sinful ultimately has its roots in sin. The pervasive nature of sin causes us to see the world and our own actions through a warped perspective. Our thoughts, desires, and dispositions are all affected. So, homosexual attraction does not always result in active, willful sin—there may not be a conscious choice to sin—but it springs from the sinful nature. Same-sex attraction is always, on some basic level, an expression of the fallen nature.
As sinful human beings living in a sinful world (Romans 3:23), we are beset with weaknesses, temptations, and inducements to sin. Our world is filled with lures and entrapments, including the enticement to practice homosexuality.
The temptation to engage in homosexual behavior is very real to many. Those who struggle with homosexual attraction often report suffering through years of wishing things were different. People may not always be able to control how or what they feel, but they can control what they do with those feelings (1 Peter 1:5–8). We all have the responsibility to resist temptation (Ephesians 6:13). We must all be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We must all “walk by the Spirit” so as not to “gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Finally, the Bible does not describe homosexuality as a “greater” sin than any other. All sin is offensive to God. Without Christ, we are lost, whatever type of sin has entangled us. According to the Bible, God’s forgiveness is available to the homosexual just as it is to the adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, and thief. God promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
Evil Exists So Spiritual Warfare Becomes Necessary!
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