Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DESMOND TUTU -- A MODERN BALAAM SPEAKS

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven … I mean I would much rather go to the other place,” Tutu said. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

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Stunning statement, right? The slander against the character of God is actually quite intense and obviously I disagree with Bishop Tutu’s assessment, but that is not what I wish to comment on in Tutu’s statement.

What I want to focus on is what really came out of Bishop Tutu’s mouth.

One has to go to the book of Numbers to find the odd character by the name of Balaam. When the Israelites came up out of the land of Egypt to enter Canaan the king of the Moabites was very distressed at their arrival (Numbers 22). He sent messengers to Balaam to offer him money to curse the Israelites. Very interesting story actually as it eventually involves a talking donkey. Balaam is mentioned no less than 61 times in the King James Bible, with the last reference to him being Revelation 2:14, in which Jesus rebukes the church of Pergamos for embracing the “doctrine of Balaam.”

In Numbers 22, Balaam did not curse Israel though it appears that he was trying to come as close to cursing as he could without directly disobeying God; instead, whenever he opened his mouth to speak he spoke words he apparently did not intend to speak.

Now, to Bishop Tutu.

Bishop Tutu first states that there is a heaven and the “other place.”

Then Bishop Tutu states that the God of heaven is “homophobic.”

Technically “homophobic” means to have an intense and adverse fear of homosexuals, which is not really what Tutu means here. When the accusation of “homophobic” is hurled today at an individual it has come to mean anyone who opposes ANYTHING that homosexuals stand for or care about.

For instance, if someone opposes same-sex marriage, or simply prefers traditional marriage, that person is called “homophobic.”

If someone buys a chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-a, that person is “homophobic.”

If someone watches a Kirk Cameron movie, that person is “homophobic.”

If parents are reluctant to trust their young Boy Scout with a homosexual scout leader, those parents are “homophobic.”

Etcetera.

So when Bishop Tutu says the God of heaven is “homophobic,” he is saying that the God of heaven is against sodomy, therefore, that is why He is “homophobic.”

Bishop Tutu says he would rather go to the “other place” than go to heaven.

The “other place” is hell.

Tutu seems to be offering the rationale that since the “homophobic” God of heaven is “homophobic,” then He isn’t going to allow sodomites admittance; therefore, Bishop Tutu is willing to go where the sodomites will be, which is the “other place.”

Now, let’s name names.

The God of heaven is Jehovah.

The "god" of hell is Satan.

The Bishop calls the God of heaven “homophobic” because it is in the Old Testament of the Bible, Leviticus 20:13 to be exact, that Jehovah condemns sodomy as an abomination.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

And sodomy isn’t just condemned in the Old Testament, it is also condemned in the New. In 1 Corinthians 6:9 Paul admonishes that among those who are unrighteous and should not be deceived into thinking that they will enter heaven (the kingdom of God) are the effeminate.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Thayer’s Lexicon at Blue Letter Bible explains the word “effeminate” here to mean a male who allows another male to use his body.

In two sentences, Bishop Tutu states a clear truth that places the entire LGBT community in an odd place.

See, if I were to go to a homosexual at my workplace and quietly, and I would add lovingly, tell that individual that God loves him but not his acts of sodomy and that without repentance he will not go to heaven but to hell, I would most likely be FIRED ON THE SPOT. If not immediately fired, I could be required to attend sensitivity training classes and most likely show some level of support for homosexuals BEFORE I could return to my position, if at all. The reason -- to place homosexuals and “going to hell” in the same sentence is considered hate speech.

Yet, in one fell swoop, Bishop Tutu, in an obvious statement of support and camaraderie with LGBT individuals, states what would get most people censored, rebuked, or even fired from their places of employment if they so much as hinted at anything similar when he says that since homosexuals won’t be allowed into heaven by Jehovah, a “homophobic” God, he chooses hell where they will be welcomed by Satan.

In his attempt to slam Jehovah and show solidarity with homosexuals, Tutu sums up and states as fact what many Christians have tried to warn homosexuals about.

Thus, the odd place Bishop Tutu places the entire LGBT community: do they decry Tutu’s statement as hate speech, especially since many believe they will go to heaven even if Jehovah is the God of heaven?

Do they decide that this time Tutu’s statements do not qualify as hate speech since it’s obvious he means well?

And If they choose that to be the case, then how do they explain that a Christian’s efforts to win them to Christ so that they may enter heaven, a place believed to be utterly beautiful and good, is hate speech, despite it being clear that a Christian means well, yet Tutu’s statement by inference is that they will be in hell, a place believed to be utterly terrifying and agony, isn’t hate speech?

And for those who do believe they are going to heaven because their sodomy is actually a demonstration of love, how do they deny Jehovah is “homophobic” though Tutu declares that He is?

What an odd place Tutu has placed the entire LGBT community, which is he is with them, and he is willing to go to hell with them.

Like Balaam, out of his own mouth, in an attempt to denigrate the Holy God of Heaven, Tutu unwittingly spoke the truth. And it won’t even be considered hate speech.

Amazing!