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Here’s Part One of a video of Jennifer Knapp being interviewed by Larry King on CNN:
You can find a transcript on the CNN website. The parts are also on YouTube, and the whole thing is interesting.
HT a time to rend
Thanks for the HT James! It makes me wish though that I had written a post on Jennifer Knapp instead of what I actually wrote about. My wife and I had the privilege of seeing her perform last month. Her honestly and openness were really amazing. Derrick Webb performed this song ("What Matters More") in the first part of the performance, moving at the time, but more so after her coming out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0j6FTg1xU
Thanks for your post on Jennifer. I've written a great deal on her coming out, here:http://www.queerasfolkart.blogspot.com/
How can anyone say they are Christian (Christ like) and admit they are gay at the same time. Apperantly you haven't read and understood Romans chapters 1-3. God clearly states that it is an abonination for a man to be with a man and a woman to be with a woman. This is NOT the way God created this to be.Jennifer Knapp, you need to rethink your Christinaty, you cannot be gay and be Christ like at the same time. You also need to stop spreading lies in the church saying it's okay to be both, you have put yourself in the place of a falce teacher….You will have to stand before God soon and give an account of your life before Him. It is a fearful thing to stand before an angry God. Jesus Christ will look right through you on the judgement day. What are you going to say to teh Lord Jesus Christ about your unlawful admission? I pray you take a seriously look at what your doing and teaching others…The name of God is being blasphemen because of you… Think about this, if you claim to have Christ in your heart (which I seriously doubt) how can you openly make this unlawful admission to being gay?
"Anonymous", Since you haven't taken the time to learn to spell "abomination" I am pretty sure you've never taken the time to study Romans, Leviticus, or any other relevant text in an academically rigorous way.Leviticus says that it is an abomination if one "lies with a man as they lie with a woman." Regardless what that may have meant, one thing is clear: a lesbian is unlikely to do that. And so your claim that the Bible calls lesbian relationships an "abonination" is false even if spelled correctly.That said, Leviticus calls an "abomination" lots of things that Christians today do not consider abominable.As for Romans 1, here is a link to an earlier post on the subject.I would encourage you to actually study the Bible, rather than using select verses in an attempt to justify your prejudices.
James the cracks on spelling are the low road, Anonymous may be E.S.L.. More importantly why does Anonymous think God gets in such a tizzy about the gays? Is it because he thinks it's disgusting? The same way he he thinks about people who eat pigs? (If I could eat animals I might eat a locust but a pig? Those things wallow in mud!)Is it because they aren't part of God's natural design? neither are the blind, crippled, and people who who ride in airplanes (if God had wanted me to fly he would have given me wings) Romans doesn't convince me that God gets angry at queers as much as it convinces me that Paul doesn't know what God is thinking.
I believe that part of our inheritance in Christ is freedom (“sin shall not be your master, for you are not under law, but under grace”), so I would never allow a brother or sister struggling with homosexuality to settle for defeat. I’m thinking about it in the context of alcoholism, for example. “Can someone be an alcoholic and be a Christian?” I think the obvious answer is yes. They may be struggling with addiction and longing for freedom, but God doesn’t kick them out of the kingdom temporarily until they find total victory over it. 2 Cor. 5:21 teaches us that His imputed righteousness covers us (ALL of us) while the weaknesses of our sin nature are being exposed and defeated. None of us can claim to have the absence of sin. So how do we harmonize the presence of sin with the promise of salvation when we know that “the wages of sin is death”? We trust in the cross and that grace redeems us from the curse WHILE we are being sanctified.To those who can’t seem to rid themselves of homosexual desires, I would remind all of us that God, in His wisdom, sometimes allows “a thorn in the flesh” to teach us His sufficient grace. In the same way that someone who struggles with rage should not give in to the impulse to kill, the one struggling with homosexuality shouldn’t feel permission to practice a gay lifestyle simply because the presence of desire remains. It needs to be seen as a tool to drive us toward trusting God and learning the great lesson of “abiding” (John 15): obeying in the absence of feelings. That one should practice abstinence, let some brothers/sisters know about the struggle, remember that there is no condemnation in Christ, and cease to make their struggle the center of their lives.
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