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Modern Day Gentiles

by Alethea A. Collier-Hamilton

Homosexuals in the modern-day Christian Church are the equivalent of


Gentiles in the early Christian Church. Many Christians today truly
believe, from their religious teaching, that homosexuals have no place
in the Church. The Jews who formed the early Christian Church truly
believed, from their religious teaching, that Gentiles had no place in
the Church they were building. However, just as God called Peter and
Paul to bring His Gentile children into the fold; now God has called the
likes of Mel White, Troy Perry, Nancy Wilson, Debbie Martin, Freda
Smith, Suzanne Woolston, Marsha Stevens, Prentice Minner, Don
Kennedy, and thousands of others to bring His homosexual children into
the fold. To teach the GLBT community the Truth of God’s all-inclusive
love. To paraphrase Troy Perry (founder of the UFMCC, the only
Christian church with its primary positive outreach to the GLBT
community and their families): “God did not create us [homosexuals]
to have someone to hate”.
Homosexuals in the modern Christian Church are the equivalent of
Gentiles in the early Christian Church. This was the conclusion I came
to when I prayed and asked the Lord for a scripture to use in response
to a question I had been asked at work. “How dare you call yourself a
Christian, you’re a lesbian?” Although I had never read the story of
Peter on the rooftop, I opened my KJV Bible directly to Acts 10. When
Peter was called by God to preach the Good News to the Gentiles, one
specific verse stuck out in my mind, verse 15 - “What God hath
cleansed, that call not thou common.” When Peter got to Cornelius’
house, he told those gathered there, “God hath shewed me that I
should not call any man common or unclean.” While he was preaching
to the Gentiles, the Holy Spirit descended upon the group, just as it
had upon the Apostles. The Jews who had come with Peter were
astonished when they saw that “upon the Gentiles also was poured out
the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Although they had followed Peter on this
journey, they still didn’t really accept the Gentiles as potential
Christians until they actually saw the Holy Spirit physically descend
upon them.
As the modern-day Gentiles, it sometimes feels like that is the kind of
proof that some Christian’s need to accept homosexuals as potential
members of the Body of Christ/the Church. When Peter returned to the
Apostles and brethren that were in Judæa, the Apostles were angry
that he had been preaching to the Gentiles. Peter told them the whole
story of how God called him to this mission and how he had listened to
God’s call not to leave these people stranded without His Word. He
told them how he saw the Holy Spirit descend upon the Gentiles just as
it had descended upon the Apostles. He told them, “Forasmuch then as
God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the
Lord Jesus Christ; what was I that I could withstand God?” When the
Apostles heard this, they believed and they quit arguing about it and
instead “glorified God, saying, then hath God also to the Gentiles
granted repentance unto life.”
I hope and pray that one day, the Christian leaders of the world will be
able to glorify God saying, “Then hath God also to the homosexuals
granted repentance unto life.” That God will “shew unto them that
they should call no man common or unclean.” That they would respond
“what was I that I could withstand God?” Verse 35 says “But in every
nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted
with Him.” I believe the homosexual community to be one of those
“nations”.
All humans commit sin, but the gender of the person I am in love with
is not a sin, nor is the intimate physical expression of that love.
Remember Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law”.