Wednesday May 27 | The Evangelical Network

May 26, 2009 at 8:57 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

For over 21 years, The Evangelical Network has advanced the notion that gays and lesbians can embrace an evangelical lifestyle. The organization of churches, ministries and Christian workers hold conferences with bible study and lectures to present biblical text that they say supports diverse lifestyles. This year the conference will be held in Charlotte and the President of the Evangelical Network joins us.
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Todd Ferrell – President, The Evangelical Network
Warren Smith – Editor and Publisher, The Evangelical Press News Service

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  1. At one time, it was, without a doubt, advantageous to “be fruitful and multiply”. This dictum was not meant to hold for all time. Now it is not necessarily advantageous.

    One has to separate the eternally applicable dicta from the immediate remedy. If slowing population growth is a desideratum, homosexuality is not a bad strategy. Maybe some churches just fear the possibility of diminishing tithers. Maybe they are really just in it for the money.

  2. Mike,

    You’re right. The Bible does condone slavery. Here are some examples:

    Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

    When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

    When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

    If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

  3. Mike – I tried to call in at 1-800-826-9323 during the last half of today’s show and got a scam message to call 900-656-6639 for UNCLAIMED MONEY I could have and I would only be charged $4.99 for the first minute and $3.95 for each minute thereafter, or I could go to the website foundmoney.org. So, I tried the old number I keep for Charlotte Talks 1-800-549-9323 and got a shorter, less clear message to call 1-800-353-3300. Have any other call ins received this message?

    My comment was that I believe homosexuality is not a sin, but a physical change becoming more frequent as our hormone receptors are filled with chemical pollutants that mimic hormones (endocrine disrupters).

    I have studied the pollution in our environment because of my own environmental “allergies” which mostly impact my skin and central nervous system (i.e. numbness and tingling in my arms). These are probably not true allergies, but reactions by my body to harmful substances as nickel, mercury, aluminium, petroleum, pesticides, lead, etc, now in overwhelming amounts in our environment. My husband reacts differently to this overload with cancers (lung and prostate).

    I’ve read several books by Dr. Lee “What your doctor may not tell you about Menopause”, and others that talk of female birds being born with male testes due to these chemical disrupters. Birds do not have a choice “Gay Birds?”

    Yes, sin may be the CAUSE of homosexuality, but its NOT the sin of the person affected! The sin, if there is one, is committed by those who corrupt our air, water, food supply, planet in their greed and arrogance. People who hide behind their jobs or their stock investments or inhuman corporations to continue hurting others while profiting and escaping personal responsibility are the true sinners.

    I don’t know about heaven and hell, except that we clearly make our own here on earth.

    Your comment about Jesus here to bring the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law, is how I see it.

    Todd Ferrell’s comment about Jesus’ greatest commandment to love God and your neighbor AS yourself (gotta love yourself first, no matter your sexual orientation or its cause!) is the best lens through which to interpret the rest of the Bible!!

    • Deb- In regards to the phone number, the proper number is 704-926-9323 or 800-603-9323. So it looks like you were close! Thanks for listening.

      Erin Sutton, Production Assistant


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