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Homosexuality-Cornerstone Class
Scripture: Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 9:42; Ephesians 4:15...
Track 3 of 7 in the Transforming Families series
Running time: 1 hour, 14 minutes

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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I don't know what it is about the church but we fail many times in understanding the issues of sin. Probably if is because each one of us are human and because we live in an imperfect body, we are going to struggle between what our human nature wants to do and what our heart wished to do. That has been the struggle since the first creation of man. We all know the struggle that goes on inside each of us and there isn't one in this class today that doesn't struggle with some sin.

But what is frustrating to me is when some in the church categorize sin, in that, some sins are classified as worse than others. Every sin has its consequences and some consequences are more extensive than others, but all sin is wrong and all sin is viewed the same by God. Sin separates us from God and causes problems within our relationship with him. We are to move away from it the best we can with the help of the Holy Spirit and work together to win others to Jesus to help others escape the pain and sorrow sin brings.

All sin can be forgiven by God, and we are commanded to forgive others of their sin, and to "make disciples of all nations…" Jesus came to give hope to the abandoned, the ostracized, the hopeless, etc., and the church was given the Holy Spirit to continue the work of Jesus on earth; therefore, if the church does not reach out to the homosexual community in a spirit of mercy and "speaking the truth in love…", who else will?

I pray this lesson doesn't offend anyone. This is not an easy topic to discuss but in the world today, homosexuality is presented as being an alternate and natural lifestyle. Anyone who sees it differently must have something wrong with them. In fact, it is almost accepted that if you are against the homosexual lifestyle, then something must be wrong with you; the person who stands up for righteousness is viewed as the unnatural person.

It is our Christian social responsibility to do what we can to stop the progress of the homosexual agenda in our culture without crossing over the line and becoming a "Bullhorn Guy" which does nothing but set back the progress of our ability to fulfill the Great Commission. We always have to keep that in front of us, we are here to win the lost, not to drive them away.

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Ford sales continue downhill slide over homosexual support
Just a short note to let you know that Ford Motor Company sales for March were down 9%. During 10 of the 12 months since the American Family Association (AFA) boycott of Ford began, sales have been down.

AFA called for the boycott of Ford because of Ford’s support for the homosexual agenda and homosexual marriage. The company reneged on a commitment to AFA to stop giving money to homosexual organizations and to stop supporting homosexual publications with advertising. Chairman Bill

Ford chose to support homosexual groups rather than his own employees. In reference to their support for the homosexual agenda, Coleen Rose Coventry at the Ford Customer Relationship Center said this: "This is a strong commitment we intend to carry forward with no exception.“

All AFA is asking Ford to do is to remain neutral in the culture wars. So far Ford has refused to do so. If you haven't already done so, sign the Boycott Ford Pledge.

Or, how about this one?

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Wal-Mart Rolls Out Red Carpet For Homosexual Marriage

When Wal-Mart announced their support for the homosexual agenda a few weeks ago, they meant what they said. You will remember that Wal-Mart asked for, and received, permission to join the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The company announced they were giving two large grants to NGLCC. The world's largest retailer was rewarded with a position on the board of NGLCC. Wal-Mart also announced they would give preference to homosexual-owned businesses in purchasing products. Justin Nelson, president of NGLCC, said he expects Wal-Mart to use its influence to pressure suppliers like P&G, Johnson & Johnson, and Gillette to give homosexual businesses preferential treatment. Wal-Mart is also working on a plan to provide domestic-partnership benefits to homosexual employee "partners." The NGLCC is a leading promoter of homosexual marriage.

Take Action

Send your email to Wal-Mart expressing you displeasure with their promotion of homosexual marriage. If you've already sent an email on an earlier Wal-Mart issue, please do so again!
Call your local Wal-Mart manager and express your displeasure.
Print out and distribute the Pass Along Sheet about Wal-Mart.
Forward this email to all your friends and family. Let them know about Wal-Mart's funding of the homosexual agenda. Email Wal-Mart President Lee Scott Now!

Matthew 8:1-4 When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

When Jesus performed this miracle, would this have caught the eyes of the people? Why? Why did Jesus heal the man in the manner that he did? What message was he trying to send? It is important to note that in all the Gospels, this miracle is recorded and in every instance, it happened very early in his ministry. Jesus wanted those who followed him that healing and calling those who were deemed the outcast in society were accepted and loved by God. There was nothing too ugly that could blot out God's love for them.

Understanding Homosexuality

Listen on-line to the audio of "It's Not Gay".

Play the main sermon from 26:35 through 36:35

Could you feel the pain of Mike Johnston, the man most interviewed in the video? What pain did you feel? After listening to these former homosexuals, some of whom now work in the mental health field, what seems to be some of the common roots of this cycle of behavior? What role did pornography play?

One of the things that caught my attention was the fact that they were "taken advantage" of by older, aggressive, already active homosexuals. I am reminded by what Jesus said in Mark 9:

Mark 9:42: "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck."

There is a great debate going on within our society and even within the church, is homosexuality is genetic (a person is born this way) or is the behavior a "learned" or conditioned cycle of behavior? According to the former homosexuals on the video, what did they have to say about it?

What about scripture? Is homosexuality considered an acceptable behavior or a sin? If it is a sin, then would God create someone to be born a homosexual? If He would, what does that say about God?

The Church's Response

So what should the church's response be to homosexuality? Is it our responsibility to deter its growth? We started off class with protests against Ford and Wal-Mart; is this something we want to do? Here are some things to consider when attempting to debate and deal with homosexuality:

"speaking the truth in love…" (Eph. 4:15)
"be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" (Matt 10:16)
always be guided by whether or not our action will make it more or less difficult for Christians everywhere to share the Gospel with other people.

Listen on-line to the 2nd audio, "Bullhorn Guy".

Play the main sermon from 51:20 through 1:02:30