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WHY ATTITUDES ARE CHANGING—Part 2
(Why and How Is Homosexuality Being Pushed On the Church?)
[This article is excerpted from the author’s book Must We Be Silent?]
Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, Ph.D.
Director, Public Campus Ministries, Michigan Conference
In part 1, we offered six reasons why are some within our ranks embracing the born a gay gospel as a morally legitimate part of the Christian lifestyle? This present article continues the discussion.
7. Kinship's Pro-Gay Theology.
Another major reason for Adventism's changing attitude toward homosexuality is the influence of the work by the pro-homosexual organization known as Kinship. Billing itself as "a support group for gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists," Kinship has been quite successful in converting some Adventists to its belief that "God can bless a committed homosexual relationship." As a result, an increasing number of homosexuals are coming out of the closet and demanding that their homosexuality be accepted as either natural, or a "gift from God.”
This may explain why in the 1993 Adventist Women's Institute's book referred to earlier, an "Adventist-connected" theologian, Bible instructor/academy teacher-turned-minister, writes that her lesbianism is "an unusual calling" from the Lord and why her lesbian partner also felt that the lesbian relationship was "God's gift for her conversion." 
A year earlier the November 4, 1992 issue of the Andrews University student newspaper (Student Movement) created a sensation on campus when it published a letter from an Andrews University homosexual couple pleading for acceptance.  In the center page article of that issue, some anonymous staff members and students discussed their homosexual and lesbian relationships. Among them was "Ann," a 28-year old lesbian who was seeking the transfer of her church membership to the Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University. Speaking about her committed homosexual relationship in which God plays an important role, Ann summed up the basic belief of Kinship: "I am a lesbian because God knows that that's the best thing for me. My homosexuality has actually brought me a lot closer to God than if I was a heterosexual." 
It is this kind of view that was actively promoted at the 2000 Toronto GC session by “Someone To Talk To,” an organization claiming to be for "Adventist Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians” and which has apparently been recognized by the North American Division Family Ministries Department. Even some Adventist Gay/Lesbian “ministries” (such as the one at the San Francisco Central SDA Church) and “outreach” groups like God’s Rainbow and GLOW, while distancing themselves from Kinship, nonetheless argue that homosexuality is not sin, but rather morally neutral.
As a result of the campaigns by these organizations, groups, and individuals, many Adventists are no longer very sure of the nature and morality of homosexuality.
8. 1980 Declaration by Some Scholars.
Within the Seventh-day Adventist church, the most significant event that signaled the changing attitudes towards homosexuality occurred when, in August 1980, the church commissioned six well-known representatives to attend a camp meeting (or "kamp meeting") organized by the pro-homosexual group Kinship. 
Although the church representatives consisted of six influential Bible scholars and pastors, to the surprise of many, the biblical and theological scholars at the Kinship camp meeting concluded that the teaching of Scripture on the subject of homosexuality is not sufficiently clear to settle the question of the morality of homosexual acts or relationships in our world. 
The three scholars, all of whom were then teaching at the church's leading theological seminary at Andrews University, declared: "A simplistic English reading of the few scriptural references to homosexual acts would not suffice to determine the Lord's will for homosexual persons today." 
Given the ensuing civil war between liberals and conservatives over the legitimacy of contemporary higher criticism in biblical interpretation, the declaration by the church's authorized scholars at the Kinship camp meeting has been understood by some as another indication of the flourishing of liberal methodology in the church. 
In any case, declarations such as the one above, and the official opposition to such a position by the church in the volume Seventh-day Adventists Believe . . . (1988)  and in the GC's Biblical Research Institute's book Homosexuality in History and Scriptures (1988),  have made the issue of homosexuality a hot potato item within Adventist scholarship.
9. Troubling Views in Church Publications.
Despite the clamor for the church’s acceptance of homosexuality, and despite the fact that the church's Bible scholars have been quietly debating the issue, very few Adventists were aware of the campaign for homosexuality in the Seventh-day Adventist church. But in recent times the homosexual issue has come out of its ideological and academic closets into the mainstream Adventist view. This has taken the form of carefully written yet troubling articles in such church publications as Ministry, Adventist Review, Insight, Women of Spirit, Adventist View, and the Collegiate Quarterly. These articles, sometimes by anonymous authors, have called for new "awareness and understanding on the subject of homosexuality." A careful reading of some of these works reveals a subtle shift from the church's categorical rejection of homosexuality to its qualified acceptance. 
As I will show in the next chapter, there are three contending positions on homosexuality that are competing in Christian churches today: (a) the non-acceptance view, which maintains that homosexuality is not compatible with biblical Christianity; this is the long-standing SDA position (b) the qualified acceptance view, which argues that homosexuality can be compatible with Christianity; this is the new view being promoted in the articles being put out in church publications; (c) the full acceptance view, which asserts that homosexuality is fully compatible with the Christian faith; this is the position held by pro-gay organizations like Kinship.
The vexing questions raised by the troubling articles appearing in our church publications can best be illustrated by calling attention to the December 5, 1992, issue of Insight, a publication for Seventh-day Adventist teenagers. This particular issue of Insight is devoted entirely to the subject of homosexuality. While the then editor of the magazine maintains that "there is no scriptural support for practicing homosexuality," he nevertheless endorses the pro-gay theology when he asserts that: "There's a difference between being a homosexual and practicing homosexuality"; "Nobody chooses to be homosexual"; "Changing one's homosexual orientation is difficult and rare"; "Homosexuals can be genuine, model Christians"; and "Being a homosexual is not a sin." 
Perceptive readers will recognize that the above position was rejected by the 1990 and 1995 Church Manuals when the church officially condemned "homosexual practices and lesbian practices" as examples of "the obvious perversions of God's original plan," and made these practices a basis for church discipline.  It is significant that the 1990 and 1995 Church Manuals made the practice of homosexuality a basis for church discipline. For, since the 1985 GC session, pro-gay advocates have subtly sought to modify the language in the Church Manual towards a qualified acceptance view of homosexuality (see the note below for an insightful account of how this happened). 
10. Obliteration of Gender Role Distinctions.
One overlooked reason for Adventism's changing attitude towards homosexuality is the impact of feminist theology on sexual role distinctions. This fact is evident in the liberal (radical feminist) and conservative (egalitarian or equalitarian) reasoning for ordaining women as elders or pastors. Though employing different sets of arguments, both liberal and conservative proponents of women's ordination are united in their denial of male headship and gender role differentiation at creation. They reject the biblical teaching of sexual role distinctions before the fall of Adam and Eve because of their belief that such a teaching suggests the absence of "full equality" and the existence of superiority/inferiority among the first pair. 
We should not miss the connection between the above arguments and those used to promote homosexuality. Just as feminists seek “full equality" by getting rid of gender or sex roles in marriage and the church, gay theology also seeks to bring about "full equality" between homosexuals and heterosexuals by obliterating sexual identity. Thus, when radical proponents impose their gender-inclusive reconstructions upon the Bible and suggest that Adam was "an androgynous being" (i.e. bisexual), it is only a few steps from seeing homosexuality as a creation ordinance.
Similarly, when conservative proponents of women's ordination claim that at creation Adam and Eve were "fully equal," enjoying "total egalitarianism in marriage," and when they argue that prior to the fall there was no role differentiation between male and female, whether they are aware of it or not, they also are building a theological nest for advocates of homosexual theology to lay and hatch their gay eggs. 
To speak of "full equality" without seriously coming to terms with the nature and extent of this equality and without stating unambiguously that to act as "equal and joint partners" does not mean to act identically, allows advocates of gay theology to build upon the shaky foundation constructed by liberal and conservative advocates of women's ordination. At a time of increasing homosexual demands for marital rights, the failure by proponents of women's ordination to say unambiguously that men are not equal with women personally or even physically as candidates to be spouses of men has opened a welcome door for those who seek to nullify the biblical case for divinely instituted role differences and a monogamous heterosexual relationship. This fact has not been lost by proponents of gay theology within Adventism. 
For example, speaking at the annual meeting of Seventh-day Adventist college and university Bible teachers in San Francisco, California, in 1992, the "liaison" from the pro-homosexual group Kinship, correctly remarked that the push for women's ordination, when successful, will eventually open the door for the church to embrace homosexuality, since both causes are waging a similar battle of "discrimination" and share the same basic approach to biblical interpretation.
One Adventist homosexual, a member of the “Adventist Gay/Lesbian” Ministry at San Francisco Central SDA Church, makes an insightful observation regarding the similarities of the pro-gay and pro-women’s ordination arguments. He expresses his amusement that proponents of women’s ordination “use a set of arguments to validate women being ordained, almost exactly the same as us gays used to approve of ‘monogamous gay relationships.’ Junia and Phoebe rank right in there with David and Jonathan, and Ruth and Naomi. In this [Internet Web site] thread, I have even seen the Bible translated by first setting aside references to gender because of some women being just as capable of certain tasks as a man is. Well, let me tell you something honey, except for childbirth I have been just as capable as any woman in all of the tasks normally performed by the woman–so I guess I can also set aside all the biblical statements I don’t like? To my knowledge, ‘Ordination Credentials’ are a man-made set of requirements to fill a biblical role, but they are in no way capable of changing the gender to which the role applies.” 
Despite the objections by some Adventist proponents of women’s ordination, the experience of other Christian denominations confirms the above observations that openness towards homosexuality inescapably follows once we jettison the Bible's teaching on sexual role differentiation for an "egalitarian" model.
This is why some delegates at the 2000 Toronto GC session objected to the insertion of a theologically fuzzy feminist language in the “divorce and remarriage” document presented to them at the session. The reason is simple: Whether proponents were aware of it or not, by taking away role distinctions at creation, the divorce and remarriage document which was presented to delegates at the Toronto GC session set a theological foundation not just for women's ordination but also for homosexuality. 
Summary. The above ten reasons--(1) campaign by pro-homosexual groups, (2) departure from biblical revelation to empirical research, (3) the impact of the behavioristic philosophy on recent research findings, (4) new sexual paradigms, (5) the climate of “enlightened” ethical sensitivity, (6) the AIDS crisis, (7) the impact of Kinship's pro-gay theology, (8) the 1980 declaration by some scholars, (9) troubling views in church publications, and (10) the obliteration of gender role distinctions--may help explain why attitudes are changing within the Adventist church on the issue of homosexuality.
As a result of these reasons (and perhaps others), there is uncertainty in the minds of many church members over the nature and morality of homosexuality. Some pro-gay advocates within our ranks are slowly moving the church towards a full- or qualified-acceptance view of homosexuality. Before evaluating the arguments being used to domesticate homosexuality in the Adventist church, it may first be necessary to summarize the three major positions pleading for audience in the Christian church. [Chapter 3 of the author’s Must We Be Silent offers the summary. It is reproduced on this DrPipim.org website in the article “Three Conflicting Views on Homosexuality.”]
Yes thanks for bringing this up...
I always wanted to read a rapists view on sexuality, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.
Please make sure to publish his next writings as well.
Title should be something like this: "Why feminists forced me to rape young women - Part I-III - by Dr Pipim"?
Homosexuality. Another important form of sexual perversion common in our time is homosexuality. The first mention of this sin is found in Genesis 19:5, where we are told that the men of Sodom surrounded Lot's house and demanded him by force to hand over to them two male visitors that had arrived at his house, so that they could "have sex with them." The name of the city became descriptive of male prostitution, "sin of sodomy," which is condemned by the prophets, Jesus, and the authors of the NT (Deuteronomy 23:17; 2 Kings 23:7; Isa. 1:10; Ezekiel 16:46; Matthew 11:23; Revelation 11:8; Jude 7). Sodom and Gomorrah became the byword for male prostitution and serve as examples of God's wrath on such sin.
The Biblical condemnation of homosexuality as sin and perversion of God's intended function of sex, is vigorously attacked by aggressive organizations such as the Gay Liberation Movement. These organizations have come out of their closets and turned their former shames into militant aggression. With much skill and determination they have succeeded in promoting homosexuality as simply another legitimate form of sexual relations. It is not surprising that they should have succeeded in our sex-obsessed society in winning considerable professional and popular approval. No amount of rationalization, however, can legitimize what God unequivocally condemns as "abomination."
It is difficult to estimate how widespread homosexuality and lesbianism are in our society, because many are still afraid to come out into the open, for fear of harming their job security and receiving social rejection. The renowned Kinsey's study of American sexuality, published forty years ago, reports that 37 percent of male and 13 percent of females had had at least one orgasmic homosexual experience. This study has come under considerable criticism because of its formulation, implementation, and interpretation.
Kinsey researchers have double-checked their findings in several different ways and concluded that, if anything, their 37 percent estimate was too low, since possibly as many as one half of the adult male population had had at least one homosexual experience. Obviously, the percentage of habitual homosexuals is much smaller.
Whatever the exact percentage of homosexuals might be, their presence and influence is unquestionably increasing. NEWSWEEK reports that in the United States, "hundreds of gay groups operate on campuses around the country, providing everything from housing advice to incoming gay freshmen, to an emerging old-boy network to place gay graduates. At the University of Wisconsin at Madison, gay events are as commonplace as the homecoming football game. Perhaps 1,000 gays and lesbians live openly on the 40,000-student campus.
The prevailing climate of tolerance in colleges and communities encourages this kind of experimentation. When some politicians, sport, and film stars, openly profess to be homosexual, it is not surprising that some young people want to experiment, too.
Some may reason that if even ordained ministers are homosexual, and if gay "churches" are springing up, then homosexuality must not be sinful after all. This reasoning is obviously fallacious because no amount of social tolerance and approval can remove God's condemnation and final judgment upon those who indulge in "unnatural lust" (Jude 7). Jude reminds us that the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah "serve as an example" of the punishment that awaits those who act likewise (Jude 7).
Homosexuality in the SDA Church. Our own SDA Church is not immune from the influence of homosexuals and lesbians. The 1998 winter issue of SCANNER, a newsletter published by the young adults of the Glendale City SDA Church, in Glendale, California, claims that "going by conservatives estimates, there are at least 5,000 gay Adventist in Southern California" (p. 9). Though this figure may be inflated, it does suggests that the number of "gay Adventist" may be much larger than most people would have imagined.
The growing influence of homosexuals in the Adventist church, is evident even in Adventist discussion groups on the Internet, where some gay "Adventists" are making a determined effort to explain away as cultural conditioned, the Biblical indictments of homosexuality. A national magazine called "Kingship" is published by so-called "Adventist" homosexuals and lesbians. The magazine announces special events such as gay camp meeting and gay marriages.
The 1998 Winter issue of SCANNER carries an "eye-opening" interview with Donald Freedman, who is an active member of the Glendale City SDA Church, and belongs "to an increasing number of Adventists who are open about being gay -- a gay Adventist" (p. 9). This statement caught me by surprise, because I never knew that it is possible to be a gay and an Adventist at the same time. If by "being gay" SCANNER means living with a male partner, then I do not see how the Glendale City SDA Church can retain as a member someone who commits "shameless acts with men" (Romans 1:27) which the Bible clearly condemns as "abomination" (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13).
The interview does not explain whether or not Mr. Freedman is a practicing homosexual. But the attempt made to prove that the Bible does not necessarily condemn "the loving relationship between two people of the same sex," suggests that Mr. Freedman may still be involved in a sexual relationship with a male partner. A look at the rationale used to explain away the Biblical indictment of homosexuality is instructive.
The reasoning is that the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality is culturally conditioned. "Scripture comes to us laden with the culture of the time it was written in. We have to understand those cultures in order to understand how to properly interpret the text" (p. 11). The implication is that if the Bible was re-written today, when our culture has come to accept homosexuality as a "variant" lifestyle, then the Biblical texts in question would be condoning rather than condemning homosexuality.
Is this possible? Obviously not! This reasoning fails to recognize that homosexuality was prevalent and socially accepted in Bible times. We have examples of male prostitution, not only in Sodom and Gomorrah where both young and old engaged in it, but also within the precincts of the Temple. We are told that King Josiah "broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the Lord" (II Kings 23:7). This means that what God did in destroying with fire Sodom and Gomorrah, and making them "an example" for future generations because they "indulged in unnatural lust" (Jude 7), can hardly be explained in the light of the culture of the time which tolerated homosexuality.
The moral principles that God has established to govern functional and sexual distinctions between men and women are not conditioned by culture. God does not condemn homosexuality as an "abomination" in one culture, and then condone it as "variant lifestyle" in a later culture. If this was true, then God Himself would be culturally conditioned. The truth is that culture conditions people but not God's moral principles.
It is noteworthy that Mr. Freedman correlates homosexuality with women's role in the church. He writes: "In our more recent times the issue of women within the church has been an issue that has been hotly debated. That is almost laughable in Adventism, where our own prophet was a woman who spoke from the pulpit very frequently and was involved in many areas of church life. I see the same kind of things used with respect to people who are gay. People really have to strain to find passages in Scripture that put down gay people" (p. 11).
There are two major fallacies in this argument. First, the role of Ellen White as a prophet does not imply that she served in a male headship role in her home or the church. While her husband, James, was alive, she always deferred to him the privilege of preaching on Sabbath morning. Furthermore, the role of a prophet is different from that of a priest/elder/pastor. A prophet is a communicator of God's will, and God communicates His will through men and women irrespective of gender. On the other hand, a priest or pastor serves in a headship, representative role. This explains why in Bible times, women served as prophetesses, but not as priests in the OT, or elders in the NT.
Second, it is not true that people have to strain the Bible to find condemnations of homosexuality. I find the following passages self-explanatory: "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). "If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, and their blood is upon them" (Leviticus 20:13). "For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. . . . The men gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their errors" (Romans 1:26-27). "Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire" (Jude 7). One wonders if the Bible could have condemned homosexuality with a stronger language.
The attempt by a "gay Adventist" to correlate homosexuality with women's ordination is significant, because it proves the truthfulness of what I wrote 12 years ago in WOMEN IN THE CHURCH, namely: "THE REJECTION OF THE FUNCTIONAL ROLE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN OPENS THE DOOR FOR THE REJECTION OF THE SEXUAL ROLE DISTINCTIONS."
Some people who read this statement 12 years ago accused me of using scare tactics by correlating women's ordination with homosexuality. Some readers of my last newsletter have told me the same thing. Such an accusation is totally untrue. My intent is not to scare anyone, but to alert people as to what has happened in those churches that pioneered the ordination of women. It was not long before some of these churches began accepting and ordaining homosexuals. The very fact that now "gay Adventists" appeal to the women's ordination to legitimize their lifestyle and acceptance in the church, only serves to prove that what has happened in other churches is gradually making inroads in our SDA Church as well. This development validates what I wrote 12 years ago.
Abortion. Perhaps the most tragic consequence of the sexual obsession and permissiveness of our society, is the appalling number of unborn babies being aborted in every country of the world. The increase has been facilitated by the legalization of abortion in many countries. In Denmark and Sweden, even minors can have abortions on request -- without parental approval.
The number of legal abortions performed in the United States is about 1.5 million per year. These constitute one- fourth of all the pregnancies. In other words, in the United States, one of every four unborn babies is deliberately eliminated. Statistics from many countries are difficult to obtain, but the ongoing abortion debate in the world press indicates that abortion is becoming a serious problem in many countries.
This incredible suppression of unborn children raises a disturbing question: How can such a thing happen in Christian countries such as the United States? An important answer is to be found in the prostitution of the divine gift of sex: a gift God gave to humanity to procreate and to enable marital partners to become symbolically one, by expressing and experiencing total, exclusive, and mutual commitment in self-giving of themselves to one another.
The sexual revolution has attacked this divine purpose for sex, promoting it instead as a means for self-gratification. Sexual partners, whether of the same or the opposite sex, whether adult or innocent children, are viewed as disposable objects needed to achieve momentary satisfaction. This "free love" philosophy has greatly influenced young people especially, many of whom have come to regard sexual intercourse as a socially accepted way to have fun.
The shocking increase in premarital and extramarital intercourse has several tragic consequences. First, there is the terrible loss of the sacred meaning of the sexual act, a beautiful symbol of the total, unreserved self-giving and commitment of husband and wife to one another. This beautiful, sacred meaning is lost in promiscuous sexual relations.
Second, there is the human anguish and misery of those who experience unwanted pregnancies. Over 1.1 million American teenagers become pregnant every year, causing them either to have abortions, or to interrupt their education, and to become a burden to their parents and society.
Third, there is the tragedy of over 1.5 million unborn American babies killed every year, one-third of whom are babies of teenagers. When one adds to this figure the many more million unborn babies aborted every year around the world, it is mind-boggling to think what price potential babies are paying for the irresponsible sexual conduct of millions of persons. It is evident that not all abortions represent irresponsible sexual behavior. There are cases such as incest, rape, or health, which may make abortion the only viable solution.
How long, one wonders, will God allow this evil to continue? The Scripture reminds us that there is a limit to God's mercy (Genesis 15:16). As the Lord brought judgment upon the wicked generations of Noah's and Lot's times, the signs of increasing wickedness just surveyed in this Bible study give us reason to believe that soon He will come again to execute judgment upon the evildoers, and to restore order, peace, love, and justice upon this earth.
Please post some more articles...
Sure makes a nice reading especially considering the sources.
Will you post articles from the "other side" or the "other viewpoint" as well or only those who support what you want ?
Pipim views women only as sex objects, of course he would not want women pastors. I am surprised the Pipim supporters still exist.
So, are you part of the kinship movement?
"So, are you part of the kinship movement?"
So disagreeing with a sexist and rapists view on women and homosexual makes one part of kinship?
So in conclusion agreeing with a sexist and rapist and his view makes you a sexist and a rapist yourself Heisenberg?
Surely we can agree that this kind of rhetorical discussion style is silly and just stop this kind of arguing...
The kinship movement seeks to put WOPE in position and make all homosexuality acceptable within the Church, do you disagree with that agenda? A simple yes or no would suffice.
Well I do not support having gay pastors, but I absolutely welcome gays into my congregation and am happy to worship with them.
kinship suggests that homosexuals, (practicing) should be married within the church, and have full standing as any member. That would include leadership.
They can advocate that if they want, but I still don't understand the connection between Pipim and Kinship. Is he gay?
No. The correlation with kinship is feminism and homosexuality working hand and hand to seek dominance the Church.
There is no connection between the movement to banish women pastors and Kinship. I don't know anyone in Kinship. Women and gays are not the same. What is being overlooked is the racist/sexist connection. If they succeed in banishing women pastors then more ethnic based conferences will be the next goal.