I posted, "YOU CAN CHANGE, AND THERE IS PLENTY WRONG WITH HOMOSEXUALITY: LIES FROM THE DARK SIDE EXPOSED," Monday, May 18, 2009. Matthew Wettlaufer on Facebook, left the following comment on Facebook stating, "Shame some people have a problem dealing with their prejudices towards gays." I asked him to explain. He hasn't.
Now there's this:

Concerning http://www.facebook.com/inbox/readmessage.php?t=1028197360403 and
"End Russia's Ban on the Moscow Gay Pride Parade Petition":

I've been getting notifications from Matthew Wettlaufer on Facebook to sign the petition. I "friended" him some time ago as a "Christian communist."

Here's my reply:

I approach this as a disciple of Jesus. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts ... fornications ...." (Mark 7:21 KJV) Homosexuality wasn't right then in Jesus's eyes. It was fornication when he said it. Truth. Nothing has changed. He also though holds against coercion. Neither the state nor the people should force. Let the truth convict consciences. Also, he said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16) Homosexuality is not as harmless as a dove, contrary to certain false assertions of many homosexuals and others. Therefore, I won't sign your petition because I hold it as wrong. I rather ask you to repent for your good and the good of all. Peace, Tom Usher

Now, is he flaming or trolling or am I or are we both or is neither of us? To me, it's irrelevant.

Matthew claims to be a Christian. In my Book, he is not. He wants what he wants. I want what I want.


Tom Usher

UPDATE: The following is the whole thread as of May 20, 2009 @ 2.43PM Pacific Standard Time:

Petition to end the ban against the gay rights march in Moscow
Between Steve Cooke, Steve Lowery, Stu Smith, Stuart Dummit, Terence Bowles, Thierry Mazzella, Thomas Gibson, Thomas Oswald French, Tim Archer, Tim Stephenson, Todd Ted Blythe, Tom Connolly, You, Tomás Ó Cárthaigh, Tone Grey, Toni Smith, Tony Martin and Matthew Wettlaufer

Matthew Wettlaufer
May 19 at 1:18am
Please sign the petition to end the yearly ban against the gay rights march in Moscow. Please pass on the petition to your friends, thanks!

End Russia's Ban on the Moscow Gay Pride Parade Petition
Source: www.petitiononline.com
End Russia's Ban on the Moscow Gay Pride Parade Petition, hosted at PetitionOnline.com

Tony Martin
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May 19 at 1:59am
Signed Matthew. Good luck with it.

Matthew Wettlaufer
May 19 at 3:16am
Thanks Tony!

Tom Usher
May 19 at 6:36pm
I approach this as a disciple of Jesus. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts ... fornications ...." (Mark 7:21 KJV) Homosexuality wasn't right then in Jesus's eyes. It was fornication when he said it. Truth. Nothing has changed. He also though holds against coercion. Neither the state nor the people should force. Let the truth convict consciences. Also, he said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16) Homosexuality is not as harmless as a dove, contrary to certain false assertions of many homosexuals and others. Therefore, I won't sign your petition because I hold it as wrong. I rather ask you to repent for your good and the good of all. Peace, Tom Usher

Matthew Wettlaufer
May 19 at 9:56pm
It's a shame you feel that way. Jesus did not say anything about homosexuality. But you have a right to your views.
Best wishes

Tomás Ó Cárthaigh
May 19 at 10:10pm
Its in the bible, in the old testament. in the Noahide laws (from the times of Noah)


The seven laws listed by the Tosefta and the Talmud are[3]

Prohibition of Idolatry: You shall not have any idols before God.
Prohibition of Murder: You shall not murder. (Genesis 9:6)
Prohibition of Theft: You shall not steal.

Prohibition of Sexual Promiscuity: You shall not commit any of a series of sexual prohibitions, which include adultery, incest, bestiality and male homosexual intercourse.

Prohibition of Blasphemy: You shall not blaspheme God's name.
Dietary Law: Do not eat flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive. (Genesis 9:4)
Requirement to have just Laws: You shall set up an effective judiciary to enforce the preceding six laws fairly.

NOTE: Lesbianism is not banned!!!! :-)
Seven Laws of Noah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Source: en.wikipedia.org
The Seven Laws of Noah (Hebrew: ??? ????? ??? ?? Sheva mitzvot B'nei Noach), often referred to as the Noahide Laws, are a set of seven moral imperatives that, according to the Talmud, were given by God ...

Matthew Wettlaufer
May 19 at 11:15pm
Tomas, it sounds like the texts you cite have a lot in common with the views of the Mullahs of Iran and the Taleban, the problem with religious fundamentalism, of whatever kind, is that it leaves out the right to question and the right to reason. Societies that lack reason succumb to barbarity.

The other problem is the dogmatic practice of basing secular moral codes upon ancient texts—the problem of interpretation and translation, the question of meaning. Much of what you cite had to do with temple prostitution practices in the Middle East by religious cults and the wish of the Hebrew law makers to avoid duplicating these institutions. There were also dietary restrictions and rather bizarre suggestions that would seem amusing today—for example in the Old Testament it also says no touching of pig skin—so that means no more Sunday afternoon football games! And it says that Lot slept with his own daughters, so is that an endorsement of incest?

But of course ambiguity is brushed aside by religious fundamentalists who use these texts to justify their prejudices against minority groups. We still live in a democracy, not a theocracy, so our laws are based upon reason, not religious dogma. I uphold your right to believe as you wish, but I deny the right of anyone to impose discrimination upon me or those who are like me in the name of their religious views.

Tone Grey
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May 19 at 11:19pm
"...so that means no more Sunday afternoon football games!"

See, it's good to be a fundamentalist ! I'm all for this law to live by !!!

Matthew Wettlaufer
May 19 at 11:29pm
Actually you have a point there :)

Tom Usher
Today at 1:13am
@ Matthew Wettlaufer May 19 at 9:56pm


You're claiming Mark 7:21 doesn't apply to homosexuality. However, that's illogical. It's not well reasoned. All homosexual acts were acts of fornication. That's inescapable. You ought not to deny it. To deny it is to hold with falsehood. To claim Jesus said nothing about homosexuality is to mislead. Either you believe in Jesus or you don't. If you believe in him, you agree with him. Apparently, you don't agree with him. You think he's wrong. You think you know better. You should rethink your position.


Tom Usher

Tom Usher
Today at 1:37am
@ Matthew Wettlaufer May 19 at 11:15pm


I don't come at this from an Old Testament approach. I never have. I will say though that the Bible says of Lot's issue that no good came from it. If you know how to read that, it means that incest is bad. I suggest you not cite that again in support of homosexuality.

As for ambiguity, how do you justify banning pedophilia? Why is homosexuality all right but pedophilia is not or incest or bestiality or any other sexual behavior for that matter? Where's the reasoning? I don't see it.

Jesus draws the line at being harmless as doves. That works for me. I see no ambiguity in it at all. If you see it, where do you see it?

I thought you claimed "Christianity." Am I mistaken in that?

Do you "deny the right of anyone to impose discrimination upon" those who practice bestiality? As you know from having read my post http://www.realliberalchristianchurch.org/?p=3117 upon which you commented on Facebook (you did read it didn't you?), I don't hold with coercion. Therefore, I'm not imposing upon you in the sense you mean the term. I'm not imposing upon anyone concerning anything. Are you able to say the same, or are you actually caught in hypocrisy even though you appeal with the term "ambiguity" against Biblical Fundamentalists (of which I am not one, again, in the sense you mean)?

Peace to All,

Tom Usher

Matthew Wettlaufer
Today at 1:41am
No, not all homosexual relationships were simply acts of fornication in the early Christian Church—there were many early examples of erastai, men who married men, who were also Christian, some of whom were martyred (like Saints Bacchus and Sergius of Syria).

In the passage you cited I have a translation:
Mark 7:21-23 (New International Version)
21For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "

The noun you are using is from the Greek—por-ni-ah, it literally means sexual idolatry. This again goes back to what I said about the Hebraic censure against temple prostitution. But you are reading it from a 21st century perspective, inserting your worldview and experience on a term that was written thousands of years ago. The arrogance is in assuming that the two worldviews are an absolute match, and in not acknowledging the role your subjective experience has in interpreting this text. We all come to a text with our value systems, expectations and pre-judgments. We can't help not doing that. As long as we acknowledge that we are encountering something from a necessarily flawed angle, we salvage our humble humanness and acknowledge our fallibility in terms of what we think is true.

But to insist on a dogmatic, black and white approach to anything is impossible—it ignores the distance you and I have from these texts, and it ignores our how conditional our understanding of the truth is (determined by our culture, our upbringing, history). That is the kind of mistake which leads people to harm one another because they have insisted that their view and only their view is right.

Tony Martin
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Today at 2:06am
God is love. End of story.

Matthew Wettlaufer
Today at 2:07am
Well put :)

Tom Usher
Today at 2:15am

What men did in the early church has nothing to do with what Jesus said when he said it.

The New International Version is politically slanted in the "modern" sense. It was deliberately written with a view to "authorize" that which was not authorized by Jesus.

Do you really believe that Jesus spoke against all those acts you've listed but held that the act of homosexuality was not sin?

Strong's says:
From G4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively idolatry: - fornication.

There is no doubt that "fornications" meant sex out of wedlock, for harlotry, adultery, and incest were (and remain) such. Surely you don't deny it. Porneia had more than one connotation at the time. It is contextual. You are very selectively using one connotation to obfuscate and self-authorize.

You have also evaded the issue of homosexuality being harmful and Jesus's prohibition concerning harm. http://www.realliberalchristianchurch.org/2007/03/19/homosexuals-what-they-ignore.html That's a central tenet to real Christianity.

To read you is to read that there is no right versus wrong. You are mistaken. Jesus did not go to the cross for some vague indeterminable cause. He went for the sake of righteousness, and homosexuality is not righteous, by his definition (his life example and the full context of his words).

You're skirting the issues.

For: The REAL LIBERAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH and Christian Commons Project
Tom Usher

P.S. God is love, and God is truth.


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