Posted by on July 4, 2010 | 4 Comments
A sad realization drew me to some serious contemplations after reading Daneen Aker’s (Producer of Seventh Gay Adventists) article on Spectrum. The film is suddenly and not surprisingly met with a request from the General Conference, to cease and desist the usage of or play on words if you will of “Seventh Day Adventist” by titling the film “Seventh-Gay Adventists.” Anyone with a limited knowledge of the making of this film, could probably have seen this coming.
A short time ago I was asked by Daneen Akers to write a letter of retraction, due to the mention of her film in my article, “Reaching Out” in The April 15, 2010 Adventist Review. Of note, should be the fact that millions of personal opinions are put in print every day without the permission of the one for whom is mentioned. My reference to the film, was my personal opinion and observation.
The mention did serve as a red flag to readers, in hopes that they would also question the intention purpose of the film. To begin a process of asking themselves where they stand on this issue. Here is where it all begins to get very complicated.
Adventists, via the General Conference have not successfully reached out to this particular sinner, but held this sin above all others and in the process of ignorance, alienated thousands of precious souls deserving of God’s love as much as any other sinner. However the truth is that none of us deserve His love. We are given this gift without being able to earn it. But by accepting His love, He asks that we do His will instead of our own.
Ms. Akers film, again … in my opinion, is set to present the injustices and sorrowful results the church has unintentionally/intentionally put upon gays. I am a living example of what it was like to grow up in the church and never find help for how I felt. Emerging as a homosexual. In hindsight, it was not so much that the church wanted to alienate me or make me feel bad, they were and continue to be simply ignorant. We are trailing significantly other churches who are learning to reach out and demonstrate God’s love, forgiveness and direction for the same-sex attracted individual.
But Ms. Akers who seems to be closely aligned with SDA Kinship, another organization whom the General Conference failed to succeed at dropping the “SDA” portion of the name; is producing a film that could be set to promote and expose many of those living in opposition to the teachings of God’s Holy Word. Recently she conveyed to me that they had considered interviewing me as a focus individual who has chosen to live a celibate life. But have since decided on someone else. The mere mention of the fact that there would be “a” person of focus who chooses to live celibate, immediately confirmed the slant of the film to persuade other Christians that God does not call people out of homosexuality, let alone, to be celibate.
There is likely to be a significant storm on the sea considering one has not actively reached out to homosexuals and the other wanting to reveal injustices which have led to measures as severe as suicide. By presenting these touching, if not heart breaking stories; a stage is set to promote a gay rights agenda such as in prominent within the SDA Kinship organization.
As a result, each individual should sincerely pray for God’s guidance over this long overdue discussion of and help for those dealing with same-sex attractions. Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you in searching scripture for God’s truths and what He asks of us, as well as what sinners He offers love and forgiveness to.
The call of conscience will be individual. It is another definite end of time marker when we witness man trying to make his will, God’s will. SDA Kinship professes that God’s Word is not the single source of spiritual guidance when considering same-sex attraction and behaviors. This is a sad fact and is largely where diluted pro-gay theology begins to head into murky waters.
Kinship and other partial truth organizations can be credited with providing a “waiting room” if you will, for accepting truth, inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt, a significant amount of love and care being poured out to those confused, distraught and deceived. My prayers are that many who are open to God’s truth, will rededicate themselves to Him and accept the cross all of us must bear with His strength, to accept self-denial.
More than ever, those God has blessed with leadership, must acknowledge the call God is making to them to reach out and reflect His love. Fear of this sinner is unjustified. It is much like a homosexual would fear he or she would become heterosexual by association. Many have undoubtedly wished that would be the case. But we are all born of a sinful nature and tainted from birth. However God has given us His Word, His truth, and a choice to obey Him or be deceived. No one can force our decision.
II Peter 1: 3,4 says: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
I am prayerfully calling upon the General Conference and the Seventh Day Adventist denomination, to seek God’s divine guidance in ministering to those who are lost, confused, compromised and seeking God’s truth, love and forgiveness.
It is perfectly understandable for the Church and it’s biblical beliefs, not to want to be misrepresented. But we should stand firmly on God’s Word offering the story His love and salvation for all. We should welcome every sinner to the foot of the cross where the ground is level for all sinners. We will certainly be held accountable for our decisions regarding this matter.
I encourage everyone to share their thoughts and I plead that all of you would pray for God’s guidance and direction. Maintain the highest level of a personal relationship with Him as possible.