Monday, April 03, 2006

Mel White's Equality Ride Campaign

Most of us know Mel White as the person behind the Equality Ride campaign. The driving force behind this campaign is his organization called SoulForce.

The Soulforce Web site has this statement at the top of their site:

Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.

Anita Fish, in the Edmond Sun, says that SoulForce "is taking the homosexual issue to the next level; hoping Christians and non-Christians alike will not notice a tweaking of the Bible to fit its agenda." She says that he is confusing scripture on homosexuality.

It appears a fierce need for approval spurred a literary resource available through Soul-force’s Web site. In defense of the homosexual lifestyle, Mel White, co-founder of the organization, has authored a 17-page document accusing several denominations and religious organizations of committing “spiritual violence,” and discriminating by wrongly using Scriptural passages. White somewhat holds himself out to be the ultimate authority on the Bible, then proceeds to dismember Scripture (i.e. Lev. 20:13, 1Tim 1:10, 1Cor. 6:9, Rom. 1:26-27) implying the Bible was not written to apply for all times — at least where homosexuality is concerned.

J. Lee Grady, editor for Charisma, says that White and his gay partner, Gary Nixon, are "waging a propaganda war from their California headquarters." They are taking their Equality Ride over the nation, to campuses where they are pushing for Christian college students to embrace homosexuality as a normal life style. And, they are being met with resistance! And, apparently, this rocks their boat!

Soulforce’s goal is clearly stated on its Web site: “Never before have young activists banded together to challenge homophobia at the institutions that are largely responsible for GLBT discrimination.” (GLBT, by the way, stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender

At Lee University, they had scheduled a concert with the duo of Jason and DeMarco. Jason Warner, part of the duo with his partner, DeMarco DeCiccio, is a graduate of Lee University. And, he goes around, talking freely of his Pentecostal upbringing, as though that it is okay to be 'gay and pentecostal'.

A 'Pentecostal upbringing' does not make a person a Christian, no matter what you claim to be - heterosexual, homosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you are lost!

Scripture tells us that God made man and woman to produce and multiply the earth. There is no other union that can do this. Scripture tells us that it is an abomination to God for man to lie with man,as with a woman. (Leviticus 18:22). Apparently, this scripture has been ripped from their Bible.

He finally decided to divorce his wife and enter into a gay relationship, a process he described as “taking the first steps toward integrity” in his 1994 biography Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America.

White's honesty, or his 'integrity', as he put it does not make homosexuality right. It doesn't give him or his followers the right to try and impress the Youth of this nation with their open, rightfully wrong, life style, and try and pass it off as "God loves me like I am." God loves the person behind the homosexuality, but not the act of homosexuality. He says we will become a 'new creature' - 'old things are passed away; all things have become new.' (II Corinthians 5:17) I would also say to White, "You are living a sinful life. You have put away your wife for a man, and, in the eyes of God, this is wrong." I believe going against the Word of God is spiritual adultery. White has embraced what the world is saying is okay, denying that his actions are offensive to the One who holds his fate in His hands.

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