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Love the Homosexual or Homosexuality, or Both, or Neither

Gay Pride Paris 2009I will shrink wrap Dr Newton’s article for closer analysis. Dr Newton’s article expresses or implies that:

1. The Caribbean church should love the homosexual, but hate the sin (of vile forms of homophobia).

2. The church should accommodate or tolerate sexual diversity in the society by protecting the human rights of homosexuals and not suffocate their sexual identity, and



3. It must stop sinning by the ripple radiating far-reaching effects of hating homosexuality and/or the homosexual.
Recognize that such pertinent well-intentioned reasoning subtly backs the Caribbean church into a unilateral guilty corner of suffocating intolerance and far-reaching homophobia, and leaves homosexuals as innocent victims in the fray.

Dr Newton and I agree that, by precept and example, the Caribbean church should love homosexuals. However, Christian love is directed toward the person of the homosexual, not homosexual behaviour. It is the love-mission of the church to provide a therapeutic pathway and welcoming environment for the conversion, salvation and rehabilitation of homosexuals, without affirming homosexuality.

Dr Newton’s first article intimates homosexuality as sin, but his second article speaks of the negative far-reaching effects of homophobia as church sin/injustice against homosexuals. I have reread his second article several times to capture its gist. His moral burden is not to elevate homosexuality to moral parity with heterosexuality within marriage, but to address the “callous practices and vile forms of homophobia.” For this I think he makes a case.

Verbal, mental, emotional, and physical abuse (threats, alienation, insults, ridicule, beatings, and killings) of homosexuals to shame them into giving up their practice creates anguished overt or covert enemies, not truly converted Christians. Neither Christian conversion of nor peaceful coexistence with homosexuals is served by mistreating homosexuals. On the flip side, it cannot be fairly argued that the Caribbean church intentionally encourages or quietly teaches victimization of homosexuals.

Since it is argued that homophobia drives assaults on homosexuals, then it can also be argued that homosexuality is an assault on the traditional concept of family and heterosexual role relations in the Caribbean. Homosexuality is an obvious moral shock to and a moral revulsion in Caribbean social conscience.

Though homosexuality is sin, the Bible does not isolate it as the unpardonable sin. The church is not called by God to sin in order to correct sin. The church is called to have a healthy form of sin-phobia (hamartophobia), a strong and sharp aversion to all forms of sin (including homosexuality) in the home, church, school and society, as well as against all forms of injustice (including those against the person of the homosexual). Notice, it is an aversion to or hatred of sin, not of individuals. The Bible is hate literature only in the sense that it insists on hating sin, not other humans, or God, or self.

That the Caribbean church should accommodate or tolerate sexual diversity by protecting homosexual rights and not suffocate their sexual identity is a more knotted issue to argue in a blanket way. By sexual diversity, we mean gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT). Currently, the Caribbean church lives with such sexual diversity but recognizes them as moral perversions.

The Caribbean church cannot push the state or join the state in any legal and social muscular enforcement of laws for the protective promotion of GLBT sexual preference without appearing to publicly condone sexual sin. Involvement in extraordinary measures to protect sexual sin is moral impropriety for the church. There are moral limits to any accommodation of homosexuals by the Caribbean church.

If in the secular judgment of homosexuals, homosexuality is a human right, then in the sacred judgment of the Caribbean church, it is sin. Their sin, called “human right” cannot be publicly defended, corporately supported, and morally justified by the Caribbean church. The church is a divine institution with the mission to save sinners from sin, not in sin. The sinfulness of homosexuality is affirmed by the order of creation (Gen 1:27, 28; 2:24, 25) and divine injunction (Lev 18:22; 20:13; Rom 1: 26-27; I Cor 6:19).


The term “homosexual” has been mainly used to refer to gays and lesbians. Since homosexuals are first humans before they engage in homosexual behaviour, then it is more appropriate to call them “persons practicing homosexuality” rather than “homosexuals.” However, in the interest of word limit, I use the latter.

By assuming that homosexuality is not their choice, but their birthright or natural identity, homosexuals claim that their orientation is nature, not nurture, or both. This argument, when accepted, erodes free moral agency by erasing their responsibility for their homosexuality. There may be prenatal predisposing factors to homosexuality, but presently they are unobservable and poorly defined. While biological influences are involved in homosexuality as in other sins, biology does not excuse such behaviour. Moreover, the contribution of nurture, that is, learning and experience, must also be considered.

It is biological reductionism to explain homosexuality only in terms of the body, leaving out the mind and the soul. The biblical doctrine of sin teaches that the Fall of humans affected body, mind and soul, and the salvation of humans involves body, mind and soul. That our fallen biological nature serves as a source of tempting thoughts and feelings is not a new idea of science to challenge the Bible. The Bible indicates that we have to contend with “a body of sin and death” (Romans 7:24).

That the Caribbean church must stop sinning by the far-reaching effects of hating homosexuality and/or the homosexual is a problematic assertion. The church is not called by God to abuse homosexuals in order to save them from homosexuality. It must never camouflage its moral stance on homosexuality in order to guard against unchristian mistreatment of homosexuals by churchgoers or non-Christians. Biblical sexual morality must not be abandoned or compromised for fear of the precipitation of vile forms of homophobia.

Vile forms of homophobia and homosexuality are sins that should be hated and condemned by the Caribbean church with equal force. The church must call sin by its right name and it must not sin in its efforts to correct sin. The church is to love the homosexual, but hate homosexuality. Since homosexuals claim homosexuality as their sexual identity from birth, let the church show God-likeness as its moral identity from birth.

Finally, Dr Newton, the moment homosexuals recognize and confess their relations and practices as sin to be repented of and overcome, we no more have a moral divide, but the pathway to repentance and rehabilitation is open. Short of repentance, the moral divide is unbridgeable and intractable.

Dr Lazarus Castang is a licensed psychotherapist and an ordained SDA Minister of Religion. He holds a PhD in Old Testament, a Masters in Psychotherapy, and has completed studies in basic medical science. He has ministered to several communities in St Lucia, Barbados and the US and has provided therapy to individuals, couples and groups. He is a graduate of University of Southern Caribbean in Trinidad and Andrews University in Michigan. He has written two theological books and several articles on social relations. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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As it was in the days of Lot #2

#15 Observer... » 2014-03-01 23:33

. God hate sin. And we hate sin too. And God said he has put his law in our heart. So whether we are learned or not we know his law. So one would say that women were made for man so how do we have lesbians. That question also has troubled me. But I think they were as shocked when they saw men with men they thought to experiment among themselves as well. You have to understand that sex and all these are emotions which are expressed physically. We are to love one another. But in that kind of love there is no sex. So can we and should we separate the two. Love and sex. I think if we go deep down in our heart we all would like to have sex with a person other than the one we love. It therefore becomes a challenge to only have sex with the one you love. If our loving heart could be disconnected from these sexual emotions we perhaps would. But that is not the case. We have married those two. And we therefore have a problem of experiencing the love Christ talked about and want us to have for one another. That is why most men cannot and most women too, share their partner with another. Can you imagine in our western world that in other culture it is normal for a man to have more than one wife? Sooner rather than later all these so called morals will be knocked of our feet. And people will just do as they see fit. And that is would we then will see as the end of days. As it was in the days of Lot so will it be in the end.
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As it was in the days of Lot #1

#14 Observer... » 2014-03-01 23:32

Every man is a HOMO. That is how he was created. But God saw that is was not good for men to be alone. That is why he made him a woman. Sex is a desire in man that can be controlled. Not easy but possible. That is why we have so many issue in Catholic priest trying to fulfill the celibacy law of their church. Then in their darkest hours they give in. We were never asked to be tested in sex. If so God would have never made us a woman. God promoted marriage when he so did bring Eve to Adam. That is considered the first marriage. Given that he had made men he didn’t give them to each other. But sure he saw that they did so themselves. Why he said it is not good for men to be alone. If you want to practice this very old nature of men. Just look how rampant homosexuality is in the prisons. Beastiality is another one. I believe when God told Adam to find a helper he tried out all the animals. And only after he realize that none will do God made him a woman. So that is my theory that all men are homos by nature. They only reject what their creature had rejected by nature. That is why it is called an abomination on to God. And if God hate something, quite naturally we should and will hate it to. God
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Hell pun Earth

#13 Lionman » 2014-03-01 12:53

Antigua is ah breeding ground feh sodomites and antyman. You have young men in point and other villages who ah sell dem body just like dem ** at Wendy's and popeshead st. What even so sad is that politicians who endorse it all ah the ones who ah bull man as well pun the down low. Anyone who live in Antigua know what going on just open your eyes.
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Homosexuality Explained - Help Lord!

#12 Hello! » 2014-02-26 19:32

We better off following the Bible. @Confused, Pray for a clear explanation of this issue. We have to ask God gor help because as you know everyone seems right in his/her own eyes. Watch this and you see confusion. Write about it after watching and see if the first link is not all confused. What do you think. Try the second link too. Dear God of this universe, we need you now.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMls-EB1WGI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iXA_0MED98
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Antiguan Woman

#11 Confused with » 2014-02-26 15:49

"Lets base our arguments without the Bible".....Funny thing is no matter how we try, attempts to alienate groups are almost always a result of the Bible/ Religion. Constitutions, Charter Of Rights & Freedoms are based on the Bible. However, I will go along with you scenario....
How does one define normal? I have discovered that every ethnic/ cultural group have a different definition for normal...so who's do we choose
Human Extinction: a large number of heterosexual couples are choosing not to procreate (can this also lead to extinction) and are they wrong or do they have a CHOICE? Should it be legislated that that they must have children?
Bottom line for me is that Constitutions, Charters, even the BIBLE, gives every person the right to Choose.
I agree that Gay Rights / Homosexuality has had tooo much press.
But being 'odd' and not neccessary? I don't think so..
"Since you seem not to believe" ....how can I believe in something that constantly contradicts itself? Leads to questions that people are afraid to with illogical answers, where you are told that it not for us to question? Really?
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RE: Love the Homosexual or Homosexuality. or Both. or Neither

#10 SlyThatGuy » 2014-02-26 15:46

I used to regard the Bible as the word of God when I was younger; however, I no longer hold that belief after studying and learning about the different races and cultures, and after being able to see and understand how one race of people can use prejudice to injure or harm another. Now, I've read the Bible (Leviticus 20: 13) and see nothing to support the argument of those who use it to justify their attacks against homosexuals. That verse clearly sentences to death the man (and his sexual partner) who has sex with a man, not the man with feminine tendencies! In other words, it does not say that a man who wears pink or walks, talks, and twirls his hair as a female does should be put to death. So you can't look at a gay person who is conspicuously visible and murder him or her then say you're carrying out the Lord's command. I find it strange that Christians (church members and their preachers) would strive to uphold Leviticus 20:13 but deliberately ignore the very next verse, Leviticus 20:14, which talks about burning to death the man and his mother-in-law who have sex with one another. Instead, they express admiration for the man who sleeps with the mother of his girlfriend or wife.
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#9 Antiguan Woman! » 2014-02-26 12:11

Lets base our arguments without the Bible.Since you seem not to believe,which is your right. We all agree that all humans were created by conception,the result of the Union between Male/Female.These unions are responsible for the Billions of humans on earth. The union between two males or two females cannot reproduce,so given that fact had this been a normal way of life,the Human race would be extinct a long long time ago. So without a bibilcal scripture,you can see the oddness and lack of necessity of such union.I say no more.
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RE: Love the Homosexual or Homosexuality, or Both, or Neither

#8 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-26 11:46

There is no doubt in my mind that every human deserves to be treated equal in terms of Employment etc, i am also in agreemnet that no one should attack another human in a vicious manner because he/she desires to live a way they do not accept or like.I am however not convinced at all that the arguments presented concerning the treatment of Homo-sexuals in our society really has any bearings in reality,In order for anyone to change they first must accept that there is something to Change. Accepting that all sins are pardonable by God except for Suicide,one must be willing to accept his Sin and be willing to turn from such before God can pardon them of that Sin.Most homo are not willing to accept their lifestyle as wrong, so they will not change they are looking for the world to conform to suit them.,Maybe if the Church were to be radical on the pulpit,in the streets and on the Air-waves condemmming and speaking against the practice more would see their sins and turn to God for help.Instead what i see is a compromising spirit these days coming even from the soo called Men of God. If we were to delve in history statistics will show that reformed Homo-sexuals are almost non-existant. I have heard of Atheist changing more often than a Homo reforming. Soo many serious issues in society why is this getting soo much hype? Where are they all going with this? God says its wrong,it will reamain wrong to the end of time.
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RE: Love the Homosexual or Homosexuality, or Both, or Neither

#7 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-26 11:05

What are all these writings about Homo-sexuality all of a sudden? I dont think it takes a Bible expert to be aware of the fact that the Church should be accepting of all and any Sinner,no matter the nature of the Sin,since that is the duty of the Church to bring awareness of Christ and also to point out the Sinners way to him so they may inturn help to change lives.. However,i do not think the Homo-sexuals fight is wanting to be accepted by the Church seeking change,if we look at the arguments from Gay rights activist etc.it is clear that their Fights are focused on the right they think they should have in terms of their Sexual preference as our modern Society refers to it. They wish is to infiltrate their life style even in the Church. Hoping that the Church will come to see their same sex unions as equal to that of Man/Wife. There lies my problem.
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Confused - Contd

#6 Confused with » 2014-02-26 09:52

My questions to all of you who believe in the word and condemn those who choose a different part based on the quote from Exodus are:
1. Was slavery okay (with our ever loving GOD)?
2. Why do we condemn the beating by slave owners when the slave recovered, afterall the slave was his property (according to the BIBLE).
3. Why as off-srping of former slaves do we de-cry the actions of the slave owners when the BIBLE said it was okay for them to beat of fore-parents as long as they did not kill them.

I accept that this is extreme but my confusion is as always, is the BIBLE to be foloowed totally or in sections?
Please Advise
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To 'Human Rights' et al

#5 Confused » 2014-02-26 09:50

Let me start this rant by stating that I grew up in an extremely Christian(I say this loosely) environment, went to church two or more times per week, learnt bible verse such that I could and still can quote them directly...but always had questions.
It always amazed me how these churches take a section of the "WORD" and spins it to their way of thinking...
The Constant ha**ment of Homosexuals and others that do not fit into the view of the Church (God's People) is reprehesible and wrong. Are we to take everything in the bible as literal and live according to the entire book (Word)?..This leads me to the following verse

Exodus 21:20-21
20 “If a man beats his male or female slave with a club and the slave dies as a result, the owner must be punished. 21 But if the slave recovers within a day or two, then the owner shall not be punished, since the slave is his property."
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Inexorable March

#4 Marco Polo » 2014-02-26 09:33

Your position will be relegated to the historical dust bin...eventually.... This is not a position, just a statement of fact.
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Fear

#3 Glasses » 2014-02-26 09:02

Everything will continue no matter what. Antigua is NOT a god fearing country.
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RE: Love the Homosexual or Homosexuality, or Both, or Neither

#2 Dr Dr BS » 2014-02-26 08:58

This reminds of slavery.The big black guys posed naked and oiled whilst the Euro-centric people look on, be entertained and purchased a piece or two of @r53
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We will follow the Bible - No Matter What!

#1 Human Rights » 2014-02-26 07:27

Again, in 1 Corinthians 6; Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters,nor adulterers,nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." So homosexuality is "wrong" and a sin because it is against God's perfect design. It is contrary to His nature, a "perversion" of a gift He gave us. Please don't take the term "perversion" wrong. It merely means that the original version was changed in the wrong way and considered the same. Also, if God calls it sin, He doesn't hate the person who choses it, but wishes to give them an even more amazing path to walk with Him. As recorded, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." (Matthew 19:4-6). He did not create man for man or woman for woman. We are not against homosexuals because they were born with Black, Yellow or White skin but God warned us about this type of behavior in our societies.

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