A question to the Christian community

@artner (60)
May 28, 2017 5:20am CST
I have just finished watching a video of a preacher for a large church, the name of which I will not mention at this point. A member in the audience asked him his viewpoint on gays and his answers shocked me to the core. I am not gay, but have a gay son aged 22 of whom I am immensely proud. This preacher suggested that all gays were to be pitied and are a result of an attack on Christianity. They need to be set on the right path and told that if they are men, they need to act like a m.an, marry a woman etc. It is, he says, the Christian's responsibility to straighten out a gay person. My question is this? How do other Christian's within the US view this issue. I come from the UK and churches here are very accepting of gays.
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@Susan2015 (21688)
• United States
28 May 17
He is judging and there is only one who truly judges. Our pastor would never say something like that. He is there to counsel people, not tell them what to do. A pastor should be open minded.
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@artner (60)
28 May 17
Hi @susan2015 I actually made a comment on the video along the lines of let he who is without sin cast the first stone and got absolutely flamed for it.
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@artner (60)
28 May 17
Hi @susan2015 I actually made a comment on the video along the lines of let he who is without sin cast the first stone and got absolutely flamed for it.
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@Susan2015 (21688)
• United States
28 May 17
@artner That's not very Christian of people to act like that.
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@MALUSE (43578)
• Uzbekistan
28 May 17
Many so-called Christians are the worst sinners. If they only kept their mouths shut. I can't stand missionary zealots.
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@Susan2015 (21688)
• United States
28 May 17
@MALUSE I know some who go to church and act all nicey nicey. Then when not in church, are some of the meanest people you ever see!
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@MALUSE (43578)
• Uzbekistan
28 May 17
@Susan2015 I can believe this at once.
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@Susan2015 (21688)
• United States
28 May 17
@MALUSE I just don't understand it. How they can be so nice and tolerant in church but once off church property, they are mean and nasty to others. They don't learn anything in church, that's for sure.
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@JediYoda (1714)
• Samoa
28 May 17
GOD's way is not men's/women's way. Sometimes human beings wants to play GOD.
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@artner (60)
28 May 17
I was honestly shocked when I saw this. It reminded me a little of the churches attitude towards witches in the sixteenth century. I honestly thought as a society we were starting to move beyond this. Clearly not. I am very interested though to hear back from other Christian's in the US particularly, to see if they share this viewpoint.
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@PainsOnSlate (20535)
• Canada
28 May 17
There are a lot of people who don't understand what life is all about and don't understand or want to understand about gays and trans life. And there are some churches that teach that all of god children are loved no matter what...I would leave a church in a New York minute if they preach hate.
Whoa! Maybe God created gay and trans people to make clear who's a bigot and who's a "true Christian"
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• United States
28 May 17
Was this a US Church you were listening to? If you are in UK they are far more accepting and it does not surprise me one bit you got flamed if you commented ... I can see that this view baffles you as where you are is so open and accepting of others not just gays but everyone. It is quite different here. The climate here is really quite different.
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• United States
28 May 17
@artner Yes having lived in the UK for many years and of course my heritage, I realize what you say is entirely correct. There is much hate spouted in churches here in the US. And yes I also know that Asian culture is viewing it as everyday stuff no big deal.
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@artner (60)
29 May 17
@TiarasOceanView I turned away from Christianity many years ago and the only faith I now practise is tolerance. It has served me in incredibly well and made me view the world in a whole new light.
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• United States
29 May 17
@artner Good for you Robert.
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@josie_ (7745)
• Philippines
29 May 17
The only reason I can find why there is religious intolerance for gays is that it prevents procreation which is what Genesis "go forth and multiply" ask of their believers. With the world population overtaking food production this teaching should be discarded. Being gay is a lifestyle.
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@artner (60)
29 May 17
For most of the LGBT community it is. As a Filipina I would love to hear your opinion on the Baklas and wether you think they are born or made that way by their families. For non Tagalog speakers a bakla is a lady boy, men who dress and act like women. May I also add that the Philippines is the most gay tolerant country in Asia. 73% of the population accept gays.
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@josie_ (7745)
• Philippines
29 May 17
@artner _I have many friends who are gay. I tease them if they put "undecided" in questionnaire about their gender. We live in a more open society unlike countries like Uganda where Homosexuals are killed and "Christian" leaders give tacit approval. I still have to find a logical explanation by religious leaders why a particular lifestyle that does not intentionally harm others nor commit any illegal activities in its practice is morally wrong.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6 Jun 17
@artner Robert IF they are feminine they are accepted!
@JolietJake (51107)
• United States
28 May 17
Now I may get yelled at for this opinion (but I highly doubt it because people here know I will yell right back ) but it is NOT a Christian's job to 'wipe out sin' or anything like that. It is their JOB to worship God, and by example show the sinner the Love of God. It is NOT to force their morals/beliefs on other people. And amazingly, even though the Bible nowhere says they are to shove their ways down the throats of others, most of them continue to do so.
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@artner (60)
29 May 17
Right on the money @JolietJake. Alienate your enemy and you have no chance of them ever listening to, understanding and empathizing with you.. Live by example and not by the amount of hot wind you can generate. Life is too short for you to concern yourself with the supposed shortcomings of others.
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2 Jun 17
It is his opinion and he is just trying to be judgmental and he is reasoning his views by linking them with religion. No religion preaches or teaches us to interfere in others business or judge others.