Seventh Day Adventist Rainbow Ministry GBLT

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by Ben W, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Ben W

    Ben W
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2002
    Messages:
    8,868
    Likes Received:
    0
    I found this group which is run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church on a list of SDA weblinks that I was looking through.

    I am interested in this statement that is made on their website, and I am interested to see which Baptists groups would either agree or disagree with that statement based on Scripture.

    "We believe that Same Gender Attraction is not a choice nor a sin in itself."

    http://www.godsrainbow.org/

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Claudia_T

    Claudia_T
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    3,458
    Likes Received:
    0
    On the same site it has a link called "Chuch Position" at the top that tells the SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST OFFICIAL POSITION on Homosexuality, which is what you should be looking at...

    http://www.godsrainbow.org/church_position.htm


    in any church there are always offshoots with weird ideas... and it doesnt at all represent our Church's position on Homosexuality.

    It is a SIN and unbiblical
     
  3. Ben W

    Ben W
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2002
    Messages:
    8,868
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi Claudia,

    As I am aware and as I read it, this group Gods Rainbow is actually run by the Adventist Conference?
     
  4. Heavenly Pilgrim

    Heavenly Pilgrim
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    9,295
    Likes Received:
    0


    HP: It is the attraction, not the action that is addressed here. Are you going to take the position that a temptation via attraction is sin? Why would not a temptation to the opposite sex, outside of marriage, be sin then as well? It would appear to me that you are confusing temptation with sin.
     
  5. Claudia_T

    Claudia_T
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    3,458
    Likes Received:
    0
    HP:

    I am having a hard time understanding why you would even take issue with what I have said. Homosexuality is a sin.
     
  6. Claudia_T

    Claudia_T
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    3,458
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ben,

    I certainly hope not and if it is then it isnt something they ought to be doing.
     
  7. Heavenly Pilgrim

    Heavenly Pilgrim
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    9,295
    Likes Received:
    0


    HP: I agree that committing or intending to commit such homosexual acts are sin, but having an ‘attraction to’ and ‘committing’ are not one in the same.

    Temptation is not sin. All sin has an attraction to selfishness. That can be nothing more than an impulse from our sensibilities. That is not sin. That is mere temptation to sin. Sin takes place as we yield our will in a selfish manner to those impulses and attractions, not before.


    Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
    15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
    16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
     
  8. Claudia_T

    Claudia_T
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    Messages:
    3,458
    Likes Received:
    0
    Jesus said if you even look at a woman with lust in your heart ...to God it is a sin... so I think having an attraction to a person of the same sex is indeed a sin.
     
  9. Heavenly Pilgrim

    Heavenly Pilgrim
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    9,295
    Likes Received:
    0


    HP: Let me say here that I do not agree that same gender attraction is not a choice, for I believe in most cases it is.

    If one has an alcohol addiction and quits drinking alcohol, he still might very well be tempted or have an attraction to alcohol. That, in and of itself, is not sin. If one is born with a craving for alcohol or drugs, due to a warped sensibility as a result of say their mothers addiction, such a proclivity in and of itself is not sin. Sin occurs when they voluntarily yield there own will in agreement to that proclivity, not before.

    I believe that it is within the realm of possibility, although not the norm, to have a sense of attraction for the same sex via the sensibilities from birth. There are all sorts of abnormalities produced as a result of sin affecting the sensibilities. These are again not sin in and of themselves, but rather only serve as an influence or proclivity to sin.

    Sin is willful rebellion against a known commandment of God.

    Again, I DO NOT AGREE with the general statement as posted. I personally believe same sex attraction is more often than not a choice of the will, not driven by any sensibility from birth, but rather due to influences and wilful choices that even careless curiosity can induce by yeilding ones will in wilful participation. It could occur much the same as Eve was tempted in the garden. It may or may not be influenced by a proclivity from birth to such behavior. IF there is a proclivity to that attraction, I still would not believe it is sin until it is yielded to voluntarily.

    The proclivity to that attraction is most likely developed as direct result of poor and or sinful choices subsequent to birth. Such an attraction may indeed continue even after the cessation of the activity. Again, such a proclivity, regardless of how one reached that point, is not sin in and of itself. Again, only as we yield our wills in agreement to such depravity is it accounted to us as sin.

    Some, at salvation, are freed entirely from even the temptation to sin in that manner. Others may not be freed from temptation, but both are called upon NOT to yield to that sin again.
     
  10. Heavenly Pilgrim

    Heavenly Pilgrim
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    9,295
    Likes Received:
    0


    HP: I have to maintain that the lust Jesus was referring to was not mere attraction or simple desire driven by ones sensibilities, but rather Jesus was addressing a choice of the will in which the will had formulated an intent to procure that forbidden object in a selfish manner. I again see you as making no distinction between temptation and sin.

    All men can be tempted by lust, but all lust is not sin. Lust can be thought of as mere strong desire, and lust can be thought of as willful intent to selfish and forbidden behavior. One is temptation to sin, the other sin itself. As James stated in explaining the difference, "Do not error."
     
    #10 Heavenly Pilgrim, Oct 22, 2006
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 22, 2006
  11. BobRyan

    BobRyan
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2002
    Messages:
    30,837
    Likes Received:
    4
    From the Link on the OP --

    One of the U.S conferences (not a source for theological correctness in the SDA church) approved a statement by an organization that based itself in one of the San Francisco area local SDA congregations.

    If the question is "could that happen" - I think it "Could".

    If the question is whether or not that organization inside that local San Francisco SDA church is correct or not -- I do not think they are flawless on this point.

    However in one of their statements they argue that this position is targetting cases where someone with that problem "goes straight" and chooses to see their old life as sin. But even while being converted and reformed - senses the existence of former sinful desires. The question they 'seem to want to address' (in the best possible construction of their views) is that fellow Christians should not condemn people who left the gay life - and have chosen to repent and turn to Christ -- simply because they admit to having sinful natures and remaining sinful desires.

    Like an alcoholic who leaves it for good but then admits to inner desires to drink - even though he does not actually drink alcoholic beverages.

    At least "that is the BEST construction" I could give it.

    In Christ,

    Bob
     
    #11 BobRyan, Oct 23, 2006
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 23, 2006

Share This Page

Loading...