The Gay Movement Is this the future of the Church?

Evangelist, Michael Parker

There are few subjects regarding sin that I have difficulty discussing. All sin in God's eyes is sin, no matter who commits it, nor how it's committed. In the past 30 years, The Church has watched a growing number of individuals bent having the "government" helping them to be treated equally among those who have traditionally looked at their lifestyle as a "choice", and not part of the "status quo".

The Gay movement is a highly charged agenda that has renewed and increased in numbers every year. Christ tells us that this is exactly what it would be like just before his return. As gay people also try and convince the Evangelical Movement of Christians across the globe that they are saved by grace, elect pastors, priests, and bishops as Christian leaders, produce cartoons that teach 8th graders about transgender lifestyles, and can live in the lifestyle they so openly demonstrate, I cannot help but believe and hear the words of Paul in Romans Chapter 1.

Pictured to the left is Harry Hay. He is the founder of the Gay Movement. This is how it all got started.....

"You can't hardly separate homosexuals from subversives ... A man of low morality is a menace to the government, whatever he is, and they are all tied up together. --Senator Wherry" in N.Y. Post, 1950

It may come as a surprise that the gay movement not only began in the 1950s, but that its founders were former communists and radicals. Harry Hay, who wrote the first call for a gay movement in 1948, had been a party member for 20 years, active in labor organizing and cultural work. The fact that these organizers had already spent most of their lives outside the mainstream no doubt prepared them for the risks involved in forming a gay organization.

The modern gay movement in America began in Los Angeles, a city that symbolized the mobile, affluent lifestyle of Americans after the War. The Mattachine Foundation (to be distinguished from the post-1953 Mattachine Society) was formed in the winter of 1950 by a group of seven gay men gathered together by Hay. The name refers to the medieval Mattachines, troupes of men who traveled from village to village, taking up the cause of social justice in their ballads and dramas. By sharing and analyzing their personal experience as gay men, the Mattachine founders radically redefined the meaning of being gay and devised a comprehensive program for cultural and political liberation.

In 1951, Mattachine began sponsoring discussion groups. Years before women's "consciousness-raising groups," Mattachine provided lesbians and gay men a similar opportunity to share openly, for the first time, their feelings and experiences.

The meetings were emotional and cathartic. From 1950 to 1953 attendance snowballed. Soon discussion groups were meeting throughout California. As Dorr Legg described it, "The thing was growing. Never was there a mass movement in America like it. There were tens of thousands of people in the L.A. area involved with it.... You could go to a Mattachine meeting every night of every week, year in and out." Groups began to sponsor social events, fundraisers, newsletters, and publications.

In April 1951, Mattachine adopted a Statement of Missions and Purposes. This encompassing vision of gay liberation stands out in the history of the movement because it incorporated two important themes. First, Mattachine called for a grassroots movement of gay people to challenge anti-gay discrimination. At the same time, the organization recognized the importance of building community: "Mattachine holds it possible and desirable that a highly ethical homosexual culture emerge, as a consequence of its work, paralleling the emerging cultures of our fellow-minorities . . . the Negro, Mexican, and Jewish peoples."

This ideal of a gay cultural and political community with a unique place in democratic society linked Mattachine to Whitman's vision of a hundred years earlier.

The discussion groups proved effective in building gay consciousness. In 1952, the Mattachine founders pushed forward into political action. That spring, when one of the original members of the group was entrapped by the Los Angeles vice squad, Mattachine decided to mobilize the community and challenge the case in court.

Under the auspices of the Citizen's Committee to Outlaw Entrapment, Mattachine hired a lawyer, raised funds, published newsletters, and distributed leaflets. When the jury was unable to reach a verdict " and the case was dismissed " Mattachine claimed victory. An acknowledged homosexual had beaten the vice squad and been acquitted in court!

Encouraged by this success, Mattachine took an even bolder step the following year. In 1953, the group sent questionnaires to local political candidates, asking them to state their positions on gay rights issues.

In March, a local newspaper columnist wrote an article about this "strange new pressure group," noting that Mattachine's lawyer had been "unfriendly" when he appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Of course, at this time McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunt was at its peak.

The article set off a panic among Mattachine members, who were horrified at the thought of their activities being linked to communism. In the controversy that followed, two conventions were held and opposing sides took shape. These conventions were unprecedented public meetings of gay people, attended by delegates representing hundreds of discussion group participants.

Conservative delegates questioned the organization's stated goals, challenging the idea that gay people were a minority. They claimed such an approach would only encourage hostility. Mattachine board members, however, argued that "we must disenthrall ourselves of the idea that we differ only in our sexual directions and that all we want or need in life is to be free to seek the expression of our sexual desires."

While efforts to adopt anti-communist resolutions failed at the conventions, the original leadership was shaken. They, too, feared the consequences of a government investigation of Mattachine activities, which would expose the identity of members and destroy the movement. So, in May 1953, the founders resigned, turning the movement over to the conservatives.

Unfortunately, the new leadership shared none of the vision or experience of the original founders. They drastically revised the goals of the organization, backtracking in every area. Instead of social change, they advocated accommodation. Instead of mobilizing gay people, they sought the support of professionals, who they believed held the key to reform. They stated, "We do not advocate a homosexual culture or community, and we believe none exists."

The results were devastating. Discussion group attendance fell and groups folded. The small core of members that remained, in San Francisco and other cities, invited psychiatrists to speak to them and sat patiently through the homophobic diatribes of these "experts," to prove their "impartiality." As Barbara Gittings said, "At first we were so grateful just to have people--anybody--pay attention to us that we listened to everything they said, no matter how bad it was.... It was essential for us to go through this before we could arrive at what we now consider our much more sensible attitudes."

The Gay movement then has been here for over 50 years. As I think about all the abortions this country has performed, and from around the world, the couples that live together and do not get married, the amount of marriages that have failed due to adultery, infidelity, drug and alcohol dependency, gambling, teens turning to prostitution as a means to support themselves, crime and lawlessness, the climate and how the earth is radically changing, the collapse of our country economically, the liars in Washington....there is so much more I could list. IS THIS what Christ was talking about as the days of Noah? Sodom and Gomorrah?

The Gay Movement has become stronger, more vocal, more accepted, tolerated, and is leaning to the brink of acceptance through our Federal Leaders...Recently, on the AMA awards, American Idol winner Adam Lambert performed a single from his debut album "For Your Entertainment". There are major differences in today's gay agenda. Appearance of looking gay "in a glamorous way" seems to help project the look, the feel, and the statement of being gay....that's just Hollywood. But Lambert's performance was openly shocking for even late night television.

The Evangelical Christians of this country, and of the Church of Christ simply do not believe that Gay's can be "gay" and be a Christian while being Gay.

In the Video "Time for  Miracles", Lambert sings a song from his debut album that is part of the Sound Track of Sony Pictures new movie "2012" called "Time For Miracles". I have included this video because it is an appropriate way to end this article, and to sum up just what is coming to all of the inhabitants of this planet who will experience God's Wrath when he unleashes it on a unrepentant world. If you are gay, and proclaim to be a Christian, and continue to live in a lifestyle that is unpleasing to God, then your not a Christian. You have learned what to say, to be accepted for what you believe, and have twisted God's word to meet your agenda....your fate, along with the fate of billions of people on this planet who have rejected the Gospel and are not the "doers" of the will of God, shall be cast into a lake of fire and burned for eternity.....Adam Lambert...your right...Maybe it is "time for a miracle"...and for you, and all of the gay community to turn your hearts and lives over to Christ, who can cleanse you and make you whole, as a new creature in Christ Jesus. There are no scriptures that teach that you can live openly in your sin, and expect to go to just doesn't work that way. As a matter of fact scripture is quite clear in regards to the fate of people who live in their sin....1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."  Paul explains to the Corinthians that these people who commit these acts and do not repent from their sin are doomed, and shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. He further states that 1 Corinthians 6:11 - "And 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." It doesn't matter what you believe...what does scripture teach about it? That is truly the question to ask.