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Redemption through Jesus Christ for homosexuality

By From page C3 | July 20, 2014

In the June 30th edition of USA Today, Elton John spoke about his upcoming “marriage” to his boyfriend.

Everyone, of course, is entitled to their opinion, and Elton John took time to express his. He said, “These are old and stupid things, and the church hierarchy might be up in arms about it – the traditionalists – but times have changed . . . We live in a different time. If Jesus Christ were alive today, I cannot see Him as the Christian person that He was and the great person that He was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.”

This sort of thinking is not uncommon in our day and age. As our society continues to move away from biblical standards, people of faith will be forced against their will to embrace sodomite relationships as normal and beneficial under penalty of law. People will lose their jobs, businesses will be threatened and people of faith marginalized. Some, including churches, will buckle to preserve themselves in this world by redefining Scriptures to teach what it obviously doesn’t say in order to gain approval of the state. Others will do what is right regardless of the cost. They will suffer greatly but will have their faith refined, like silver in a furnace pot, purged by fire.

When Jesus spoke of marriage, it was always in the context of a man and a woman. This is apparent from Matthew 19:4-6 where Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 are quoted. In Matthew 19:4-6 we read, “And he (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Marriage throughout Scripture is always in context of a man and a woman.

In Romans 1:26, the Apostle Paul describes same-sex relationships as “vile affections.” It is not love in the biblical sense and falls under the condemnation of God.

Now comments regarding Elton John’s upcoming event run the gamut of opinion, as one would expect. One person, in an attempt to justify “gay marriage” wrote that eating certain animals and mixing clothes of different material or seed was condemned in the Old Testament. This obviously is ignored today. He was trying to make the case that the Bible is outdated and we don’t follow Moses’ teachings in the Old Testament today.

In a sense, he is correct except that acceptable food and clothing requirements change throughout the Bible. The civil penalty for those in the nation of Israel for eating unclean food or mixing cloth or seed is – nothing. The penalty was spiritual in nature and was directed only toward the nation of Israel, not her neighbors. Nowhere in Scripture is Israel’s neighbors punished for eating unclean food, mixing cloth or seeds together.

On the other hand, homosexuality is never presented as a positive expression of human sexuality. The penalty in Scripture is always in the same category as murder, blasphemy, kidnapping and rape.

There is, however redemption through Jesus Christ. There is hope in I John 1:9 which declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Everyone of us needs redemption that Jesus Christ provides. Perhaps you are struggling in this area. God can help you live a life that honors Him. It won’t be easy. God, however, is good. Jesus said in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Abundant life, this world and the next – isn’t that what life is about?

The Rev. Art Zacher is pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Fairfield. He can be reached at [email protected]

The Rev. Art Zacher


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  • Kia.GJuly 20, 2014 - 4:48 am


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  • ThemisJuly 20, 2014 - 4:58 am

    It's sad to see "religious leaders" preaching hate and intolerance in the name of God. The ideology featured in this article is disgusting and self righteous. This is and always has been the problem with religious zealots. Please, feel free to live in your beliefs. But don't use the bible as a weapon to justify you small minded agenda. Religious leaders like Zacher are responsible for so much suffering throughout history by trying to insist their dogma is the ONE and ONLY way to "salvation." Leave it to the DR to feature this garbage as news?

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  • just sayin'July 20, 2014 - 5:19 am

    I see no hate in this article. If you disagree, do so honestly. Please do not argue what is not said. sheesh.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 20, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Another miserable Zacher rant. This is precisely why we have laws and not religious rule. Terrifying.

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  • PornacJuly 20, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Abundant life for all, oh yeah. Religion and this god stuff is ridiculous. Just another cult from our wearing robes and rags stage. Does the pastor believe in something like maybe raising the minimum wage and healthcare for everyone? Use your podium to speak about things that will help people in this life not your fake afterlife.

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  • rlw895July 20, 2014 - 7:36 am

    Just preaching to the choir, but it's getting smaller.

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  • 2realJuly 20, 2014 - 7:52 am

    God bless you all and god bless america!

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  • Jason KnowlesJuly 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

    I feel sorry for Art. Since his wife died three years ago, he now has no sexual outlet. The book on which his entire worldview is based forbids him from pleasuring himself, remarrying, or any other possible form of relief. Zacher's articles always focus on the supposed immorality involved in one's sexual orientation. Notice no mention of living together before marriage, or being a "baby momma", or any other "immoral" heterosexual behavior. Zacher's focus on gays has always been his calling card. His obsession with it is mind-boggling. It borders on psychopathology. I pity someone with so much angst against a group of people for something that is, a) not of their choosing, and b) so unrelated to true morality. Do his articles ever address murder, genocide, social justice, or lack of natural resources for the poor? Nope. He just focuses on private sexual behaviors of consenting adults. I find it all very, very sad.

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  • ObserverJuly 20, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Perhaps he is one of those closet types......plenty of those in the church if you know what I mean.......

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  • Rita GoldenJuly 20, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    You feel sorry for this man?! He only spoke truth. Truth from God Almighty's word, The Holy Bible.

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  • Art ZacherJuly 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    Thank you. May God bless you.

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  • Rita GoldenJuly 20, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Amen to all you wrote here Rev. Art Zacher! I love reading your articles. Those who scorn and laugh at you will one day kneel before God Almighty and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I hope and pray that they will all come to know Jesus as their personal savior before they leave this earth.

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  • Art ZacherJuly 25, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    I asked my wife. She said she was "just sleeping". don't you guys ever check your facts?

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  • archieJuly 20, 2014 - 10:45 am

    wow,,,,,, its getting tuff to get through the DR filters on this subject. Elton John and people like him are abominations of nature, and you would have to agree that the world would be a better place without religion and Elton John types.

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  • The SugarJarJuly 20, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    doing what is right, regardless of the cost. yet what is right to this particular pastor tends to be on the 'punishing' side of Christian thought.

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  • Teach5thJuly 20, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone. Why is standing up for what you believe "hate"? The truth is that it's not, except to the real "haters"- those who have NO TOLERANCE for others' beliefs.

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  • Mr. CasualJuly 20, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    When is standing up for what you believe "hate"? Thank God the world stopped tolerating the Nazi belief that the Jewish people were inferior.

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  • The SugarJarJuly 20, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    some beliefs become a problem when acted upon. believing others are inferior is one thing. acting upon that belief another. from various 'privileges' to making laws attempting to control others, to excuses for physically injuring others--well that's quite another. i can tolerate and accept that others believe differently. i wont tolerate when those beliefs injure.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 20, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    The Sugar Jar, exactly! Worship as you like as long as it doesn't hurt anyone. This behavior is hypocritical and mean-spirited. Hardly the Christian message.

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  • Teach5thJuly 20, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Unfortunately, some folks live under the delusion that because they WANT to do something, everybody must go along otherwise they call them "haters" and that shuts them down. I'm sorry that some things I consider "wrong" you consider to be "appropriate". You aren't right just because you have others who support you. I have some who support me, too. So, believe what you want. And call me a "hater" if you want. I will continue to stand up for what I believe is right - you may do the same. Knock yourselves out:)

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  • rlw895July 20, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    T5: Even if what you think is right is unconstitutional?

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  • The SugarJarJuly 20, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    @Teach5th, that's how I feel about those who wish to keep LGBTQ folks from living with the same rights and responsibilities as I have--in the name of their religion. Just because you want to do something and have supporters doesn't mean what you are doing is acceptable in a diverse society. I would agree that you shouldn't be forced to participate personally in a same sex intimacy--no consent = r@pe. But forced to allow them to work along side you, be your teacher, student, waiter, doctor, your neighbor, yes. People exist and to function we have to agree that they have the rights and responsibilities we have. If some religious folks believe LGBTQ folks are going to h*ll, isn't that enough without making life on earth unbearable too?

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  • CD BrooksJuly 20, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    If religion can't stand up for fair and equal treatment of all human beings then what good is religion?

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  • The SugarJarJuly 20, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    i have to agree CD

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  • Lisa EJuly 20, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    So I am to base my life decisions on a book that says two women getting their biological father drunk to get pregnant even though there were other people on the planet is perfectly okay? Or better yet a man who murdered a military man because he got his wife pregnant is a man after God's own heart? I won't dispute there is something to the fact that the only way we can procreate is with make and female DNA, but with all the children suffering in this world, I am an advocate for a loving union that results in the adoption of hurting children. With that said, I will now revert to scripture to counter this bigoted article and those supporting it. There was a sinner woman at a well that people were getting ready to stone. What did Jesus tell those people? Anyone? LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. Scripture further tells us that the two greatest commands are to Love God above all else and to Love Others. We are also told to exam the PLANK (sin) in our own eyes before we exam the Speck in pur brother's. So for those of you who want to speak out on the "sins" of others, I would have to assume all sin is out of your life because if not then perhaps you'd do yourselves and God a favor by focusing on that. Scripture is VERY VERY clear on the fact that God will sift through the wheat, Jesus didn't come to condemn and judge and that people are to JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED. If this pastor and others truly believe homsexuality to be a sin, then don't fall in love with or have sex with someone of the same gender. But none of you have the Biblical right to judge or speak out against another's sins. We have God and judhes and juries for judgement and condemnation, not you! Imagine a world where people simply did as God commanded and loved each other without judgement and focused on their own inadequacies.

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  • WineCountryGirlJuly 20, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Why is this under News and not under Opinion, Commentary, Editorial or Religion?

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  • JimboJuly 20, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    Lately, its been tough for us Christians. From Elton John to bestselling books one of which calls God a 'delusion'. Faith is under attack. Well, I have news for atheists, they're the ones that are deluded. Because God exists. He made the universe. I am 100% sure of it. How do I know, from the bible. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth." It says so right there on page one, of the book God himself says he wrote. CHECKMATE, sorry atheists. Scientists believe the Earth is billions of years old because of something called 'radioactive decay'. Well, the truth is the Earth in only about 6000 years old. God says so, in the bible. Now who should we believe, the creator of the universe, or scientist freaks that don't believe in God? Astronomers claim that they now can see galaxies that are so far away, their light must be even older than the Earth for them to be visible. But the bible proves thats impossible. When God created everything, he must have sent the light from those galaxies already beaming toward the Earth so that when he later gave us telescopes, we would have more stuff to look at. Is God unbelievable or what? Now if you don't believe that is the work of a conscious omnipotent being whose son on Earth was Jesus Christ, you must be deluded or something. According to atheists, fossils in the ground show that evolution, not intelligent design produced all life on Earth. Thats ridiculous. The bible clearly says God created man in his own image. Those dumb scientists say that you can see evolution happening in the mutations of drug resistant bacteria. Give me a break. God updates a gene so more good Christians can go to heaven earlier, and that means we came from monkeys? Its amazing how science can cure diseases, smash the atom, and create nuclear explosions yet be so wrong about EVERYTHING that is mentioned in the holy bible. I am just sure we will find fossils of both the giants and unicorns mentioned in the bible, one of these days. Look, I'm a Christian. We understand that miracles that defy the laws of physics, ARE THE TRUTH! We will never question that because we are 100% certain God meant what he wrote. Scientist are not certain about anything, all they have is a bunch of 'theories'. Clearly, stuff like science and reason have no place in our lives. Its the 21st century. We must live by the words of a very very old religious book so that when the Earth is consumed by fire at Armageddon, we will physically ascend to paradise. And when I pray, the creator himself and his son, born of a blessed virgin, come and they speak to me. And they tell me that I am correct. So, atheists, who exactly is the deluded one here?

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  • CD BrooksJuly 20, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    So Jimbo, what's your point?

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  • rlw895July 20, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    J: By definition, faith is belief in something that can't be proven. So, what IS your point? Everything you've said is based on faith in a certain interpretation of the Bible. Many other faiths and non-believers do not ascribe to that interpretation. Your faith says they're wrong. Their faith says you're wrong. Like Rev. Art, you're preaching to the choir, for no one else will find it persuasive.

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  • JimboJuly 20, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    Read it again and know my views have nothing in common with anyone who preaches hatred and fear mongering before passing a collection plate.

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  • The SugarJarJuly 20, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Terribly sorry, Jimbo, I had thought it was tongue-in-cheek, not your honest viewpoint. :/

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  • PaqkleaderJuly 20, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Lmao..I'm just here for the comments..gonna get ugly

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  • AnonyJuly 21, 2014 - 8:12 am

    The republic which is going to lose my subscription isn't allowing anymore comments! Cowardly this preacher must pay to say this or donate to them.

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