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The Harding Controversy should open our Eyes

I was in Guatemala last week when the Harding Controversy broke.  Since returning I have had the opportunity to both read the Internet Magazine (ezine) and watch the video response of the Harding President.  If you are not familiar with this story, let me give you the details briefly.

Basically, the publication was addressed to those involved with Harding University.  At its core it was to describe the difficulties homosexuals have at the University.  The ezine portrayed the group as a persecuted minority.  It also sought to defend homosexual practice against the charge that it is sinful.  This publication was available online and distributed to students on campus (as well as at least 6 other University campuses).  Ultimately, this resulted in the President of the University blocking the website as being inappropriate.  The reason for the blocking, according to the President, was not censorship, but rather he felt the content was offensive.

The events at Harding bring to the forefront some major issues.  The question of how the church will respond to homosexuality as it becomes more accepted in the culture at large.

The conversation on homosexuality needs to occur. Christians needs to work through what the Bible teaches on the subject.  I hope to aid in this study.  A new series will begin on this website.  In this series I hope to begin by interacting with the ezine.  Then, I want to look at the relevant passages in Scripture that deal with the subject.  Finally, I want to address the question of how do Christians treat homosexuals.

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  1. Wesley,

    Perhaps great minds think alike? I have been working this past week on an article for Watchman Magazine that I intend to post in a few hours. I agree that dialogue on the subject is needed, because the sin of homosexuality is gaining acceptance in society each day, and God’s people are vulnerable to the world’s influence. My article is pretty lengthy, and contains a thorough review of the 3.5 pages in the zine dealing with the Biblical error taught.

    I look forward to reading your posts in review of the zine.

  2. Wesley

    March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks. I look forward to seeing your article.

  3. Wesley, I’m looking forward to your articles on this subject. I had not heard of this controversy before your post. I read over most of the zine in question, and came away with several thoughts.

    1) I didn’t read anything that sounded like the authors had been mistreated in any way at Harding. No stories of being picked on, made fun of, beat up, or even ostracized. The only “abuse” that was mentioned was that the faculty and fellow students told them that Christians cannot engage in homosexual activity, and that if they could not be attracted to the opposite sex, then they would have to remain single. I wonder what the authors of the zine were expecting?

    2) I would like to see someone really answer these Scriptural arguments once and for all–specifically the ones having to do with the Greek words in question.

    3) Isn’t it amazing that some people believe that the Bible authors knew nothing of our modern “committed, loving” homosexual relationships? You don’t have to know much about Greek and Roman culture to know that there is certainly nothing new under the sun.

  4. Wesley

    March 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I plan on spending a good amount of time working through the Biblical passages, which will mean doing word studies on those particular Greek words.

  5. Is there any way I can get a copy of this ezine?

  6. May I have a copy of theses stories?

    There is a way that seems right unto a man but, the end is destruction.

    I have just found this site and I am very delighted. It is great. Keep sharing the truth!!!
    God will always honor the truth.

  7. Wesley

    May 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Thanks Lynda.

    Lynda and Brian,

    I do not want to link to the ezine because of its graphic nature. But I think you can find it if you will google Harding University Homosexual Controversy.

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