The Homosexual Question
Review: The AIDS Cover-Up? by Gene Antonio. Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 1987.
AIDS, the acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is a controversial venereal disease. It is best known for producing an inability of the bodyís immune system to ward off infections. AIDS is 100% fatal, often within five years after symptoms first appear. There is no medical cure for AIDS. The disease was first noticed as a plague among male homosexuals, and now has been known to have been transmitted to others.
At least ten million individuals worldwide now carry the AIDS virus, including two million Americans. A U.S. health official estimated that in two decades, fifty to one hundred million people could be infected. Working people, with the connivance of their doctors, are concealing that they are dying of AIDS, fearing job and insurance losses and rejection by friends and family.
What the Bible Says about Homosexuality
Homosexuality is no longer contrary to public morals in the western world. The Bible, however, is specific about what to do with homosexuals: they must be executed, by duly constituted government authorities. The Almighty destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their licentious sexual practices, Genesis 19:4-8, Jude 7, II Peter 2:6-7. Our national sins today are actually worse than those of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lamentations 4:6, Ezekiel 16:48-56. The Messiah prophesied that our time would be like Sodom, Luke 17:26-33.
If our nation would simply enforce the plain instructions of the Creator regarding homosexuality, AIDS would not exist.
Leviticus 18:22-30, Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled; ) That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you. For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 20:13, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
See also Deuteronomy 23:17-18.
Some may say we are under the "New" Covenant, so we are not to execute criminals and sexual deviants like the Old Testament says to do. This is a gross misunderstanding of the Truth. See our book on Biblical Law. There is little chance that our government will follow the Bible instructions relative to homosexuality. We are forbidden by God to take the law into our own hands. Governmental rebellion against God leaves us vulnerable to diseases such as AIDS. Hence, we need Godís protection.
No practicing (unrepentant) homosexuals will inherit the Kingdom of God. They are worthy of death, Romans 1:25-32. They defile themselves with mankind, I Timothy 1:10, and do not have natural affection for members of the opposite sex, II Timothy 3:3. The effeminate and abusers of themselves with mankind shall not inherit the Kingdom of God, I Corinthians 6:9-10. "Dogs" (usual King James English for homosexual) will not be in the eternal city, Revelation 22:14-15.
Homosexuality is not a controversial subject in the Bible.
Evidence That AIDS is Not Just Sexually Transmitted
Gene Antonio, in his book The AIDS Cover-Up?, in a calm and factual presentation, based upon much scientific and medical research, presents startling evidence that AIDS is a far more prevalent, communicable, and dangerous disease than todayís press and political machinery would like you to believe. We have been told that AIDS is solely an "STD," a sexually transmitted disease. If you abstain from sexual relations with AIDS "victims" or use condoms in what is termed "safe sex," then you can be reasonably sure you are not going to catch the dreaded AIDS. Antonioís book contradicts this media swan song. If his evidence is correct, AIDS could well be one of the end time pestilences mentioned in Matthew 24:7.
AIDS is a lentivirus. It can lay dormant for long periods of time in some infected individuals before symptoms of immune deficiency or brain damage develop. A person can have AIDS without knowing it, and pass it along to others. This is why the number of AIDS-infected persons is at least one hundred times greater than reported cases. One can die of AIDS without developing the immune system weakness because AIDS, like many venereal diseases, attacks the central nervous system and destroys brain tissue.
AIDS has been found in African green monkeys and is similar to a class of viruses found in sheep. It may have begun in humans infected through animal bites, eating tainted meat, or bestiality. Some experts say that AIDS began through tainted smallpox vaccine. Syphilis began in the Middle Ages when the crusaders committed bestiality with sheep. AIDS resembles hepatitis B, a common disease among todayís promiscuous. Hepatitis B is easily transmitted by close, non-sexual contact with someone having infected sores, cuts, abrasions, or with their blood, urine, saliva, or tears. Antonio suspects AIDS follows this pattern. Under strict clinical tests, ". . . the AIDS lentivirus can remain infectious outside the body for up to ten days," (page 110).
Antonio shows that Africa is AIDS territory, and concludes that transmission has largely resulted from mosquito bites. The Wall Street Journal (June 1986) stated that over six percent of Africa is infected with AIDS.
Individuals infected with the AIDS virus may demonstrate no visible symptoms, but are just as capable of spreading AIDS as patients with the full-blown syndrome. One cannot become physically "disinfected." AIDS is a lifetime disease, one hundred percent fatal. It is unproven that condoms prevent AIDS transmission. AIDS-induced brain damage is irreversible. The AIDS virus mutates rapidly. Prospects for a vaccine are very bleak.
In chapter 2, Antonio briefly describes the vile nature of homosexual behavior. If you have a weak stomach, skip this chapter. Venereal diseases are a natural result of the fact that the Creator did not design the rectum and colon for sexual intercourse. Calling homosexual persons infected with AIDS or other STDís "victims" is like calling a suicide a "victim." They are doing it to themselves.
Antonioís book, AIDS Cover-Up?, describes how mis-information about AIDS is proliferating society, due to a liberal bias in the media. The majority still believe, falsely, that if they live clean lives, they do not have to worry about contracting AIDS. Frequently I hear bits and pieces of news information that confirms Antonioís thesis that AIDS is not transmitted only through sexual activity. On national television, I recently heard the report that two nurses contracted AIDS through taking care of an AIDS patient in a hospital. The U.S. Center for Disease Control forbade the media from announcing the name and location of the hospital, so as not to create a panic. Recently, we also heard a public media news announcement that the AIDS virus was found in mosquitoes, suggesting a possibility of insect transmission of the disease.
Continued Spread of AIDS Is Certain
Instead of state execution of homosexuals, as the Bible requires, and quarantine of infected individuals, the AIDS epidemic is being handled very differently. The government may even be promoting the spread of AIDS by giving the false information that condoms absolutely prevent AIDS. The disease is spreading like wildfire. Millions may die. The black plague of Medieval Europe, which killed one-fourth of the population, could be repeated today.
The homosexual movement is gaining. It prevents schools from educating students about the truth of homosexuality. Instead, homosexuality is being presented in sex education classes as an acceptable lifestyle. A recent survey of 104 of the nationís leading television newscasters found that 80% do not feel homosexual relations are wrong, and 51% do not feel adultery is wrong. Is it any wonder why there is false and misleading information about homosexuality and AIDS?
Perhaps AIDS does not spread as easily as Antonio states, but its prevalence is growing and it appears that "clean" individuals should be concerned.
A Man-Caused Pestilence
Liberal religionists scoff at the Old Testament laws. They have led the establishment of an anti-God prison system, courts that often let the offenders off with little or no punishment, eradication of laws against sodomy, pornography, divorce and prostitution. Ironically, it is "poetic justice" that their folly has now placed their own lives in jeopardy. Because of defiance of the Eternalís laws, we are all now in danger of contracting AIDS, a truly man-caused pestilence.
AIDS is probably not a plague from Heaven. It is the natural consequence of rebellious mankindís defiance of Biblical Laws. When the Eternal sends the seven last plagues, they will make AIDS look like the common cold.
What We Should Do About AIDS
You cannot take the law into your own hands. That would be a sin. What we as Bible believers can do is pray as we never have before for the Almightyís protection. Read Psalms 91. Obey God now, and you will be spared from these truly awful plagues. The Eternal has not given us the spirit of fear. Realizing the dreadful facts about AIDS, we might live in fear. Repentance and turning to the Almighty is the only answer. Watch and pray, Luke 21:26. Take diligent health precautions to insure cleanliness, II Corinthians 6:14, 17, 7:1, Hebrews 10:22, Jude 23. Teach your children the truth about sexuality and Bible morals. Only the Creator can save His faithful from the coming horrible plagues.
Review: "Homosexuality and the Bible: An Interpretation," by Walter Barnett. Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Pendle Hill Pamphlet 226. 32 pp.
America has largely repealed criminal laws against homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. Thanks to the Gay Liberation movement and favorable treatment of homosexuals in education, government and media, homosexuals have come out of the closet and into the schools, streets, professions and businesses of this country. It is estimated that ten percent of Americans are homosexuals.
We have presented the Biblical evidence against homosexuality. An opposing view is given by the homosexual community. "Homosexuality and the Bible," published and written by a Quaker, represents the so-called "gay Christian" point of view. Seventh-Day Adventist homosexuals advocate its principles. There is a growing homosexual movement in the SDA church, and possibly other Sabbath-keeping groups. Catholics have their "Dignity" movement. The Church of England ordains avowed homosexuals. What used to be unheard of and unthought of, is now commonplace.
Let us examine the ideas of those who claim that they can be both homosexual and "Christian."
They reject the term, "homosexual," preferring to be called "gay." These people have no conscious recollection of having chosen their sexual orientation, believing that it is an integral part of their personality which cannot be changed. They feel God has made them the way they are, which is natural, not a perversion. Barnett says: "Now in order for anything to be a sin there must be a possibility of moral choice. Where there is no choice there can be no sin. So if oneís sexual orientation is not a matter of choice, it cannot be a sin to be a homosexual . . . the option open to the rest of the world ó heterosexual marriage ó is immoral and unethical, yes sinful, for a Gay person," (pages 6-7).
Letís understand the nature of man and of sin. Sin is the transgression of the law. There is ONE LAW applicable to ALL. Man was created with free moral agency. Like Adam, he soon follows the way of sin and develops a carnal mind, Romans 8:7. The carnal mind is enmity ó in total opposition ó against the Almighty, and continually sins. Carnal man has given up any sense of right and wrong because he rejects Biblical Law. He feels he is doing right. In many cases, he does not even recognize that he is choosing the way of sin and death. The person being called, however, is in a different position. He realizes that he has to continually make moral choices. Even then, without Godís Holy Spirit, he is helpless to change from the ways of sin.
Barnett claims that homosexuality and homosexual behavior are nowhere mentioned in the Bible, and that the Bible condemns only (1) homosexual rape (as in Sodom and Gomorrah), (2) ritual homosexual prostitution that was part of the Canaanite fertility cults, (3) homosexual lust and behavior on the part of heterosexuals (page 7).
Referring to Genesis 18 and 19, Barnett holds that Lot objected only to gang rape of his angelic guests, but that had the angels willingly consented to homosexual acts, it would have been perfectly fine. The angels, however, needed no further evidence for the decadence of Sodom and its worthiness of destruction than this show of homosexual lust. Isaiah 1:9 and 3:9 indicate that Israel followed the sins of Sodom. Even their rulers openly professed their sins and werenít ashamed of them. Sounds very much like today, when homosexuals are no longer ashamed for their sins.
II Peter 2:4-9 describes how Lot was vexed with the filthy (Greek aslegeia, #766 defined in Thayerís Lexicon as "wanton (acts or) manners, as filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males and females") conduct of Sodom. It is claimed that todayís consenting homosexuals are not condemned by these verses. The fact is, homosexuals who frequent bath houses often make dozens of anonymous sexual contacts a week. If this is not homosexual lust, what is? Jude 7 shows that the Sodomites went after strange flesh (margin "other flesh"). Not just when handsome male visitors came passing by, but on a routine basis, they engaged in unnatural sexual relations.
Barnett says that references in Deuteronomy 23:17-18, I Kings 14:24, 15:12 and 22:46, II Kings 23:7 and Job 36:14 are not injunctions against homosexual relations, but only against homosexual prostitution which was part of the Canaanite fertility cult whose priests and priestesses engaged in sexual intercourse with male worshipers as part of the ritual. Likewise, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are held to be only against Canaanite religious practices. If all these assertions are true, then if we merely strip away Canaanite religious ceremonies, then one can freely practice homosexuality, bestiality, and incest, and do it to the Eternal, because these practices are all condemned in Leviticus 18.
Reading such a twisted explanation of scripture as contained in this booklet made me feel as if I had been mentally raped. Homosexuals have perverted Scipture.
In trying to explain Paulís strong language in I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy 1:10 and Romans 1:18-32, Barnett says that we cannot know what Paul was talking about, because the Greeks didnít have a word corresponding to the English word "homosexual." This is not true. In I Corinthians 6:9, the Greek word translated in the KJV as "effeminate" is malakoi, #3120, which means catamite, "a boy kept for purposes of sexual perversion," from Ganymede, cupbearer of the gods of pagan mythology. This refers to the passive partner in homosexual anal intercourse. The word for "abusers of themselves with mankind," is the Greek arsenokoitai, #733, which is a composite of the two Greek words "male" and "sexual intercourse." Greenís Interlinear Bible renders it as "homosexual." Lexicons concur that malakoi and arsenokoitai denote the passive and active partners of homosexual anal intercourse.
Barnett, in "Homosexuality and the Bible," cannot deny this. To discredit Paul, he says that the Apostleís views were colored by the culture of his time, and that he had a degrading view of the status of women and was not opposed to slavery. "Yet there is perhaps no Christian alive today who does not believe human slavery to be absolutely and fundamentally opposed to the will of God at all times and in all places," (page 21). However, Biblical slavery is in line with the will of God (see Deuteronomy 15:12-17). Todayís wage slavery to the socialist state is fundamentally evil in the sight of God. But, that is another topic.
For Barnett, Romans 1:26-28 only speaks against heterosexuals who go into homosexual acts, not homosexuals who are "born" that way and stay that way. Just because God created Adam and Eve and NOT Adam and Bruce doesnít in the eyes of pro-homosexuals mean that deviations from the norm are fundamentally evil. It is not evil to be left-handed. Therefore, it is reasoned, it is not sin to deviate from the heterosexual norm.
Some believe that consenting homosexuals are not doing anybody any harm. A brief reading of medical observations of homosexuals totally refutes this. Anal lesions and bleeding are common among active homosexuals. A number of sores and diseases with strange sounding names are given to the frequently reported ailments caused by vile homosexual acts. If there were no AIDS or venereal diseases, homosexuality would still produce physical problems. It is false that homosexuality does not hurt anyone.
Understanding the Homosexual Problem
Homosexuals often feel condemned by false religion that doesnít know God and has no answers or power to overcome. Homosexuals may waste a great deal of time and money to change themselves through psychotherapy, or even go through with a heterosexual marriage in the vain hope that they can work out their difference. Without Godís power of the Holy Spirit, this is indeed impossible. Imagine how it would feel to be constantly despised and jeered at by your peers and told by both church and society that your desire for love from members of the same sex is sick and sin and a crime, when neither church nor society has the answers, nor the power to help you change.
There is a conspiracy against manhood, a constant bombardment against the proper role of man in leading a family, home, business, government and society. As a result, some men (and women) fall into the homosexual trap.
Situation ethics says that it is a sin for heterosexuals to be homosexuals, and vice versa. As one pro-homosexual said, ". . . there was no choice; they were gay. God has made them that way ó either genetically or in very early life. And over time they are learning to rejoice in Godís gift." God did NOT make them that way. Their carnal mind and society allowed them to sin. Vain reasoning against Scripture evidence cannot prove that one can be both homosexual and a Bible believer.
Recently we received a touching letter from a man "still plagued with homosexual feelings and lust." He attributes this to having been sexually molested as a child, being addicted to homosexual pornography, compulsive drinking in gay bars and his parentsí divorce when he was eleven. "I was always looking for a father-figure substitute, companion and a friend. I believe these are sins and problems, which with Godís mercy and help from the Holy Spirit after repentance can be overcome. Please pray for my complete deliverance and healing from my past . . . . I consider myself a Ďreformedí homosexual, and I have fallen short of complete deliverance . . . . I do really want to completely repent and be baptized into the Church of God and receive Godís Holy Spirit to help me overcome." He fears dying of a brain tumor or of AIDS. He has continuous headaches, trouble sleeping, nightmares and nervous disorders. Can you see that homosexuality is a NOT a "victimless crime"?
For the unrepentant homosexual, the penalty of physical, and later eternal, death will be paid. For the truly repentant homosexual, there is mercy and forgiveness, compassion and power to overcome by and through the Holy Spirit.
"Homosexuality and the Bible," is a twisted attempt to justify sexual perversion. We should hate the sin, not cover it up or say that it is not sin. And we should love the sinner, and urge them on to repentance. Let us pray that homsexuals will repent.
Jude 21-23, Keep yourselves in the love of God, . . . And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. W