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4 comments | Monday, September 28, 2009

It's the scripture that has caused insurmountable anguish and fiery condemnation for the LGBT community, and is most likely the single most quoted anti-gay scripture used to justify the church's demonization of gay people. But what does the bible really say about homosexuality?

I've avoided this topic over the past three years this blog has been in existence because it tends to bring out the worst in people. However, during my recent interview with recording artist and minister Tonex' I asked him about his interpretation of the said scriptures and what he's learned during his study of what so many people claim is the truth in black & white.

His answers may be a little to radical for the fundamentalist Christian who accepts every word of the bible as fact and has never allowed himself to dig deeper, but it wasn't anything I haven't heard before or learned on my own through individual study.

I wanted to highlight & post this section of the interview last because I think it's so important to have a dialogue around this issue because it has so many of us in bondage. One would only have to attend any mainstream black church or read over 300 comments by "Christians" on a recent AOL Black Voices article written by Tonex' to see the spiritual battle faced by many LGBT's.

As a black gay man and someone who has been able to reconcile his sexuality with his faith; I must tell you it hasn't always been easy, but it's definitely been worth it. I implore those of you who read this blog to look within, dig deeper, research, and find out exactly what God had to say about this issue and not Paul. The answer may surprise you.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

He's absolutely right!! People need to read the word for themselves and stop relying on someone else's interpretation of the scriptures. The fact that so many different religous denominations have been formed and are in existence because of different interpretations of the bible is enough proof for me to know that I have to read the word for myself and pray for my own understanding.

September 28, 2009 1:21 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

yes, very true...folks in the church misinterpret the word all the time...and noone says a thing...but its important that the church studies more, and gains more knowledge of the word....and also understands human sexuality...no we are not the same, and do not want the same things...and that must be respected. kudos tonex, love you man, thanks for taking a stand.

September 29, 2009 6:51 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have been saying this to people for years! Thanks so MUCH for posting this.

September 30, 2009 3:23 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I read this comment on another blog and had to copy and paste it here. These words are soo true:

Have we forgotten the challenges that Jesus had with scripture-driven fundamentalist? It always baffles me when Christians romanticize the painful and lonely journey that Jesus had to endure to ensure that ALL OF US were welcomed to serve God, and not just a select few. We tend to forget that his greatest opponents came from organized religion. Many of us have chosen to forget that in order for Jesus to have become OUR ‘Christ the Savior’ he had to in essence walk away from his ENTIRE community; the ppl who God chosen. Imagine that for a second…the very people he communed with, ate with, shared with, schooled with, sung with and most importantly, worshipped with, was the same community who challenged him, fought him, scorned him and eventually nailed him to the cross!

Jesus DID NOT adhere to strict interpretations of the “Word of God” and the Scribes saw him as a major threat to the status quo – as many of YOU would have. His greatest conflicts were with conservative religious leaders, the Pharisees and the Scribes. Furthermore, not ONE time in the bible does Jesus condemn homosexuality – NOT ONE TIME (I’m not talking about Paul – the converted misogynic Hitler of his time…I’m talking about Jesus)…Yes it is listed as an abomination — along with eating shrimp, pork and wearing blended fabric. And those Madea fans out there, those of us who made Tyler Perry a multi-millionaire, well drag is also an abominat ion!

Growi ng up I heard them say: “Walk like Christ” “be more Christ like”… and “What would Jesus Do?” …Well, what would Jesus do if he was here today, right here in this country? If history does repeat itself then who would be his greatest allies, who would give him the most problems and who would nail him to the cross, AGAIN?? Think about it! No serious, really think about it!

October 01, 2009 1:01 PM


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