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07/05/2011

Abstinence-only orientation: FL pastor sees celibacy as God's gay game plan

by Jeremy Hooper

Don Walton, an evangelical pastor at Florida's New Hope Baptist Church, has a novel theory about gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. In a new column for Baptist Press, Walton wonders out loud if [a] perhaps LGB people were actually meant to be celibate like the Apostle Paul, with [b] homosexuality being little more than a "perverted" societal contrivance that has ripped intendedly-celibate servants of God (i.e. LGB people) off of their intended courses. Here's a snip and link to foolishness full:

In today's twisted world, Paul's gift of celibacy would most likely be misinterpreted as homosexual tendencies.

Those exhibiting such "tendencies" frequently are poked fun at by their peers. Often a gifted boy is an embarrassment to his father because he prefers playing the piccolo in the school band rather than middle linebacker on the football team. Likewise, many a mother has been embarrassed by a tomboy daughter who prefers rebuilding carburetors to baking cupcakes. And even in the church, we often find ourselves struggling with how to deal with these atypical adolescents.

In the end, these exceptional youth often are persuaded by peers, parents and the church that something is wrong with them.

Feeling like outcasts, they turn to the one community willing to receive them with open arms: namely, the homosexual community. Once embraced by homosexuals as one of their own, these extraordinary young people are indoctrinated into the homosexual lifestyle, which is chosen and learned, not natural and intuitive.
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Unfortunately, what modern science misinterprets as a predisposition for perversion may well be, according to the Scripture, a predisposition for extraordinary service to God.

As a result, those so predisposed are not being told of their spiritual potential but are being tragically pushed by parents, peers and parish into the arms of today's homosexual community, a community within which they are brainwashed into believing that what God meant for good was really meant for evil.

FULL: AT ISSUE: Could it be celibacy, not homosexuality? [BP News]

So wait: Here we have a man -- based on his chosen, personal belief in a certain kind of prayer and no credentials based in any sort of biological research -- suggesting that all of the millions of the world's LGB people have been duped into believing that they're meant to be certain kinds of sexual beings, braving the nonstop slings and arrows that come with being gay, lesbian, and bisexual simply because some sort of Satanic pull has perverted them into believing that their evil orgasms are more important than God. But yet those of us who simply rely on natural attractions, instinct, science, and life experience -- we're the ones who have supposedly been "brainwashed"? We're the ones who are fooling ourselves? We're the ones who are perverting truth into a lie?

Interesting how that all works. And by "interesting," we of course mean "offensive of any number of levels."

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