SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013.
HOMOSEXUALITY AND ITS EFFECT ON THE CHURCH I
ONE of the weapons the devil is fiercely fighting the Church is homosexuality. Whatever it is, homosexuality is an aberration, a negation of God’s principles and standards and therefore should not be practiced by the people of God. Those who are involved are sincerely sick and depraved. In fact, they need help because such practice comes from the pit of hell.
The word homosexual is a Greek and Latin hybrid. Its first element is derived from the Greek word homos meaning ‘same,’ but it is not related to the Latin word Homo, ‘man’, as in Homo Sapiens. It connotes sexual acts and affections between members of the same sex.
Homosexuality is the sexual attraction between persons of the same gender. It refers to ‘an enduring pattern of or disposition to experience romantic attractions primarily or exclusively to people of the same sex. It also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those behaviours, expressing them among people that share similar behaviours.
The most common terms for homosexuals are lesbian for females and gay for males. Though, gay is also used to refer generally to both male and female homosexuals.
However, since the end of the 19th century, there has been a global movement towards increased visibility, recognition and legal rights for homosexual people, including the rights to marriage and civil unions, adoption and parenting, employment, military service, equal access to healthcare and the introduction of anti-bullying legislation to protect gay minors.
Homosexuality still thrives in various spheres of life today in the homes and communities like in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, Gen. 19. It is even carried out in our schools — primary, secondary and tertiary. Many—school mother/school father, church members, seminaries, convents and the ordained ministry serve as avenues to recruit people. Bishop Gene Robinson of the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 openly confessed gay and this divided the Anglican Communion till today. Hence, we have GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) for those, who do not accept this aberration as it negates Biblical principles.
Homosexuality is a sin and the Bible according to St Paul I Cor. 6:9-10 and Rev. 21:8, says, whoever indulges in it will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In the beginning, God made them male and female, Gen. 1v27 and we could see the reaction of Adam when he woke up and saw the woman God made by his side: ‘And the man said, This is now the bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man,’ Gen. 2:23. This is how God intended it to be for procreation and for sanctity in life. It is unfortunate that some people have rejected the truth of the gospel and are now preaching their ‘own gospel.’VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.