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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Encouraging Messages that Inspires & Motivate...

I decided to share just a handful of fairly recent messages from among many that I have received in the last 4+ years from some of my readers. All of the messages and comments that I have received vary from positive and some negative; some have been posted to the blog site and others were sent via email.

The negative messages assist me in sharpening the point of what I am implying in my communication and the positive energy of encouragement inspires and motivates me to keep fighting the good fight of faith and truth.

 I am sometimes overwhelmed with tears of gratitude and thanksgiving from your positive expressions; for the very simple fact that someone clearly understood and got the message. I sincerely thank you all for reading, sharing and expressing your thoughts with me so eloquently.

Living an authentic life is truly the key to life, love and happiness. Being  fearful of
"what the people" family, friends or church folk may say or think of you is certainly not a healthy "religious" way to live out your life.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Samuel Marcus Brown

Mr. Brown,

 I find everything you had to say to be really fascinating. You handle what you say with bravery and a sense of integrity. As a gay man, I have gone down some dark roads trying to reconcile myself with my spirituality. I just want to say that I found what you had to say to be inspiring. I have come to realize that if being gay is a sin, it is worse of a sin to lie to yourself and members of the opposite sex, because that is what I think is hurting people more. Lies are not good. Godly people shouldn’t get us to lie to ourselves.

Your findings about the psychology of religion today is spot on. They have turned Christianity into a passionate tirade against homosexuality than an adoration for God. Thanks again for your time and God bless you.

 Brent Arnold

Good morning...

Yes, its past 6 a.m.....and I haven't been to sleep all night (long story)....and was just on your blog page. First of all, I have to say thank God for a friend of mine who sent your link to me. I just wanted to also thank you for having the courage to be so fearless and revealing. Sooooooo many of us are having the same struggles. And the struggles come in so many different varieties. I found your blog to be refreshing and confirming. I am going through my own spiritual renewal at the moment and perhaps will share with you at another time. However, in short, I am a Black gay man, about to turn 50 next year (unbelievable) who has known his sexuality all his life....grew up in Evangelism...father an Elder of the church....etc., etc. I am constantly having to fight depressive episodes due to not living a truly authentic life, especially in respect to true intimacy and actually believing that I will ever have a meaningful and fruitful relationship (never even been in love....and almost 50.....pathetic!!! LOL) But I have withdrawn from the church world for some time now, trying to figure out just what I have been doing all this for and why? I feel that God has been bringing certain things across my path, such as Rev. Carlton Pearson's book..and now your blog. Things that are helping me find a clearer road, without all the superfluous church chatter!

Although I do not blog, I have many continuous conversations/discussions going with a handful of close friends who are struggling...that could really be turned into one! I will certainly be forwarding your link to several more people in order to stimulate our dialogue further. I really look forward to your continued submissions.
God Bless,


Elmundo6 said...

Hi. I am new to your site but I love it. Thanks for your blog and your insight. I am a 45 year old black gay man, and I have been affected by the message from the black church on homosexuality. In my life I have felt suicidal and down. For years, I shut myself off from family and friends because I didn't want to get too close to people because I feared they would find out who I really was--a gay man. I've lost a lot of good people being in my life that way. Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. I was not living that abundant life and I'm afraid so many of my gay brothers and sisters are not either. Even now, it's a daily journey. Thank you, man for sharing your story and words with us. It helps more than you know.


I'm go glad u sent this 2 me. I've read thru the 1st part of this and I find it extremely interesting. It's so great 2 me, because some of my thoughts and views R in agreement with the article. I'm glad that articles like this R being written and put out there. There is so much ignorance in the world when it comes 2 Homosexuality. Even though this article may not make a difference 2 someone who firmly believes that Homosexuality is a "choice" , it still may make someone who does believe that way "think" about it. I do know 4 a fact that my twin brother's perception has changed 4 the better. He knows now and understand that I didn't "choose" 2 B this way and he loves and accepts me and now he has gay friends.

Some of them R his frat brothers. (He's a KAPPA) He's teaching his sons tolerance and about diversity and about not being judgmental .

D. Matt

Alicia said...
Long time coming!

It is long overdue, and there should be even more repentance and apologies going on. The way that LGBT are treated is a disgrace and God is not pleased.
There is no TRUE Christian with the LOVE of God in them that can spread hate and intolerance in the name of God. You just won't find a true follower of Christ thinking or acting this way.

There are many gays and lesbians who need to be set free who are also Preachers as well but have to hide in closets. They should not have to hide, I can't imagine how frustrating that must be.
Honestly, I am somewhat glad this scandal hit with Eddie Long, I say that because enough is enough of hiding and condemning and trying to 'change' a someones sexual identity when you yourself are the very thing you preach against.
I pray God uses all of these things for a NEW BEGINNING in the Christian world, it is overdue.

Thanks for posting this, love ya my brother!


I would like for you to forward this posting to some of your Christian friends & family.
I would love to hear your comments after you have spent some time perusing this site. If you have an experience that you would like to share and you would like to have it posted/featured on this site, email or just click comment below this line.


C. said...

Congratulations on the success you've experienced in your work - educating people on homosexuality is a MINISTRY in itself!

frotbro said...

Thanks Son of a Bishop.

you have a great blog and you really spill your soul and your story out on it.

You deserve every single one of those positive comments.

Some of them are powerful, especially the one from D.C.

It was a struggle for me too. After much study, I've come to the conclusion that the bible is not really against homosexuality. Only particular "shades" of it.

I can definitely relate to what Elmundo6 said also.

Love your blog and will continue to be a reader.

Son of a Bishop said...

C. & Frotbro; I sincerely thank you both for your kind words and understanding my passion in trying to help undo what traditional religion has done to same gender loving/homosexual people.

Frotbro you said it clearly: "After much study, I've come to the conclusion that the bible is not really against homosexuality. Only particular "shades" of it."

This is my whole point and reason behind this blog site;
the scriptures used to condemn homosexuality by traditional religious folk were scriptures in the King James Version that have now been tainted by modern day versions of the bible that seemed to have:

1.Condemned bi-sexuality of sorts in The Law of Moses for the Israelites in Leviticus. Leviticus 20:13 KJV If a man ALSO lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; ALSO means in addition to; so that verse & Chapter 18:22 seems to address bisexuality instead of the verse explicitly reading man shall not lie with mankind.

2. Gang rape was condemmned in Genesis 19th chapter in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

3.Romans 1st chapter KJV was an incident and an idictment against a group of heterosexuals who abandoned God and their sexuality to worship idol gods; God also abandoned them. Verses 26&27 are predicated on verses 21-23; understanding the entire chapter in it's proper contexts is the key. Isolating one particular verse out of context is unjust and not acceptable.

4. 1st Corinthians 6:9 KJV does not address homosexuality; it speaks to male prostitution which is the Greek translation for the word effeminate which has been identified by traditional religious folk and modern bibles as homosexuals which is completly false.

5. People choose to ignore and deny the most clearly ever expressed affirmation of intimate love between 2 people of the same gender throughout the bible in 1st & 2nd Samuel between David & Jonathan.

Grinder said...

Hey Son of a Bishop,

I 100% agree with you on #3 and #4
and 200% agree with you on number point #5 and I'd like to add that it was probably the most intimately detailed story in the bible period, between any gender.

on point #2

There may be some background behind their acts.

Sodom and Gomorrah was on the eve of war/rebellion, and may have believed the angels to be spies/ or at least suspicious people. Instead of questioning them and investigating, they gather up a mob and intend to pull them out the house and humiliate the men.
Kinda like what some US soldiers did to the afghan rebels they had in custody a couple years ago.

This was a grave breaking of the law of hospitality and just general wickedness.

On point #1:

I actually believe that verse was not necessarily about bisexuality, but a specific reference to "anal penetration" and not necessarily sex between men in it's other forms.

The verse says though shall not have sex with mankind "as with" womankind. There is only one way a man can have sex with a man as with a woman.
It's obvious why that can be seen as a taboo at the time when people took weekly/monthly showers, no condoms or prophylactics existed, and above all the idea of male power was a paramount, in addition to other reasons.
I wish I can dig up some of the references for my points.
If I stumble on them I will pass them forward.

That's just my take on it.

Thanks again for all your great work.

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Son of a Bishop said...

Grinder, thank you for sharing with clarity and so passionately; especially breaking down the story about Sodom and Gomorrah. I really appreciate it...

I see and understand your point about the verses in Leviticus; I have to do a little more studying as well because I recently heard someone bring-out a major point on those particular verses that I never heard or understood before when you define the Greek definitions for every word in those scriptures.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work my brother. I believe this is the season (more like AGE) where God is truly doing a New Thing in the hearts and minds of many people.

I love you brother, and I know God is smiling down on you.