Dan Juster

Director
Tikkun Ministries International
 
 
"... our sexual desires are capable of being directed into many orientations and require social reinforcement."






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"If social construction is not based on the biblical revelation, we can create a horrible world and call it an improvement."
 
 

Just before the Feast of Shavuot this year, Israel's justice minister, Tzipi Livni, performed a wedding for two gay men. Such ceremonies are not legally recognized by the State of Israel thanks to Orthodox Jewish political power. So there is a barrier to embracing homosexual marriage. For this, I am grateful. Yet, homosexuality is a real problem in Israel. Tel Aviv is said to be a world homosexual capital. 130,000 people including 30,000 visitors attended the annual gay pride week in Tel Aviv in June. Pray for Israel!

Parallel to this, a professed Evangelical leader, Rob Bell, asserted that it is time for Evangelicals to embrace homosexual marriage. He has trotted out the tired old pro-homosexual argument that the Bible is not really speaking against homosexual physical relationships, but cult prostitution. This is simply made up, a total myth. Yes, cult prostitution was a problem in the ancient world, but the biblical texts are clearly addressing sexual relationships and not cult prostitution.

Bell said, "The ship has sailed", implying that in order to be relevant we should conform to the dominant culture. In recent years, the majority in many Western countries has moved from being strongly opposed to homosexual marriage, to accepting it. The power of the media elite in culture formation has been stunning. The mainline Presbyterian Church just approved gay marriage and at the same time passed motions calling for disinvestment from companies whose products were said to foster the occupation of Palestinian territory.

The Natural Law Argument Against Homosexual Practice

There are two arguments against homosexual lifestyles. One is derived from natural law. This argument is expounded upon in an amazing book on natural theology by J. Budziszewski, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas. In the book, What We Cannot Know, he notes that the simple physiology of the human body shows men and women are obviously designed for each other. If a child had four diagrams of human physiology, two male and two female, on separate sheets of paper and was asked which physical sexual organs were meant for the other, he would easily choose male to female. One has to be educated out of what is obviously fitting, intuitive and empirical. The philosopher notes that male homosexual acts are especially gross. In addition, societies without the Bible have discovered marriage arrangements that approximate to biblical norms because of practical considerations on the number of men and women available to each other and the importance of stable families.

Some professing Evangelicals seek to accommodate the surrounding culture, stating that homosexuality is created by God and genetically based, although there is no genetic basis of homosexuality. Messianic Jewish scholar, Michael Brown, in his massive study of homosexuality, A Queer Thing Happened to America, gives abundant evidence to disprove homosexual arguments.

The Biblical Argument Against Homosexual Practice

The second argument is that revelation from the Bible gives us clarity on God's design for human sexuality: monogamous marriage. The Bible gives us the high view of God's design for men and women in Genesis 1 and 2 and in the teaching of Yeshua. A man and woman are to leave their parents to cleave to each other and become one. Our sexuality is a gift given to enhance the bond of a lasting marriage covenant between a man and a woman and to provide a stable foundation for raising children. Thus when the Bible speaks about homosexual relations, it is always with condemnation. We further note that our sexual desires are capable of being directed into many orientations and require social reinforcement. This is why there have been people married with children who later became homosexual, and in the reverse bi-sexual and homosexual individuals who have later become heterosexual - such as the wife of the current mayor of New York City. Rabbi Dennis Praeger has written brilliantly on this.

Rebellion to God's Order and Design

What is really going on is that society's affirmation of homosexual relationships is a foundational rebellion against God's order and design. The rebellious affirm the right of every person to have pleasure and fulfillment according to whatever they desire as long as it does not directly hurt others. This rebellion is fostered by deceptions and influences from the culture elite that has embraced atheistic, naturalistic evolution and eschews God and His design. To such elites, design in nature is an illusion. Even biological fit has no claims on postmodern relativists. This is now also the case for transgender arguments and the new laws in California and Maryland USA, allowing boys and girls into each others' rest rooms and locker rooms.

The Loss of the Fear of God

How do we account for those who both call themselves Evangelicals and yet embrace the homosexual agenda? The motive for cultural acceptance can be very strong, even if that culture is driven by atheism or relativism. However, I think the root is a loss of the fear of God. It is no accident that some of the same people who call themselves Evangelicals but embrace the homosexual agenda also tend to universalism, espouse a very weak doctrine of hell and question if all parts of the Bible are really God's Word. Regarding hell, what we do know, is that the Bible teaches hell is something horrible. "Fear Him," said Yeshua, "Who can cast both body and soul into hell." Being cast into Hell is described in Revelation 20 as very scary. We can refer to other passages that are all consistent with this terrible warning. Now if the lost simply lose consciousness and come to an end at death, this would not fit the warnings of Yeshua, Paul and John.

Do these so-called Evangelicals consider that opposing 2000 years of Biblical understanding in both Judaism and Christianity may be wrong and may lead to God's judgment? Do they fear embracing sexual involvements contrary to God's obvious design? What if hell is real? What if God really hates immoral sexual expressions, though He loves the sinner? We know from experience that deliverance does free people from all kinds of sexual bondage. I am especially concerned for the young adults from believing families in Israel and the West who are following these trends.

The Bible and Reality

Sociologists tell us that our perception of reality is socially constructed. The cultural elite are constructing that reality for contemporary society through massive media conditioning. If social construction is not based on the biblical revelation, we can create a horrible world and call it an improvement. It will be a world of broken families and immoral people where love will grow cold. While society may embrace homosexuality and transgenderism, we as followers of Yeshua must see that the Body of Believers remains true. In this darkness, those who are true to the Bible will shine more brightly and will show greater power and love than ever before.

My concern for the Evangelical world also originates from my yearning to see Israel saved and the world redeemed. We need an Evangelical partner true to the Word of God to bring this about. Compromise will not advance the Kingdom anywhere!

I believe a great revival will come. May it restore Evangelicalism as a righteous partner with righteous Messianic Jews for the salvation of Israel and the Nations.

By Daniel Juster
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Comments:
09:28 31Jul14 Susan St Clair -
Amen, Dan! Good article.

09:37 31Jul14 BS -
Right on!!!! I am a Presbyterian but not of the mainline. I am EPC!! I abhor the idea that if it feels good it's alright. I am wondering how much more our Lord will take.

10:44 31Jul14 Elhanan -
Amen - well-put.

11:05 31Jul14 Susan -
Society sends out very confusing messages; parents often feel undermined on what they would like to see, and the teen talk regularly crosses barriers of decency. Normal decency has no plumbline without a Manual. Without even a little of God's practice, natural curiosity in children overrides possibility of addiction until too late. Baruch haba.

11:26 31Jul14 Greg Ibsen -
This is one of the most thoughtful and truth filled articles on the matter that I have read.

11:27 31Jul14 Melody Boatright -
Yes, they are wrong. It's against all of God's laws, and they are trying to force us to accept their evil ways. We can't change God's Word, and we won't because then it would be accepting satan's ways. We reject satan and all his works.

11:38 31Jul14 David Foster -
Excellent article that hits on many of the modern deceptions that the Church and culture face today.

12:33 31Jul14 Pastor Mark -
It takes courage to speak out on perhaps the most controversial issue of our day. People great and small who speak out in opposition to homosexuality and related issues are not only being demonized, but are fast becoming the targets of hate groups who are bringing a real persecution against them in our society. Today it costs something to take a stand for truth and decency. This cost is separating the cowards from the courageous. Thank you for speaking out with clarity and compassion. Your article is needed and a great source of support for those who love an honest morality, which in turn brings blessing to any society. I stand with you!

12:49 31Jul14 Anon -
Thank you for this teaching. It is so refreshing to hear the Truth taught fearlessly and clearly amidst all the chaos.

13:14 31Jul14 Hannah Moreland -
the term Evangelicals irks me, we are to "hear in order to do" and teach to our children and in keeping the Sabbaths, we will be witnesses which we are called to be. Paul said "imitate me as I imitate Yeshua" there is no teaching in the Bible that we are to follow the "broad" and "easy" way, it leads to death.

13:14 31Jul14 RB -
I agree with this article! I trust the Bible is God' Word to His creation. There is no Biblical support for practicing a homosexual lifestyle.

13:49 31Jul14 Bill McQuilkin -
Thanks so much for continuing to affirm the obvious. Nature even declares the truth at a very basic child like level. My heart bleeds for the poor misguided ones who don't know the simple truth of God's beautiful design of marriage between a man and women reflecting the glory of a beautiful loving kind Father who just wants us to know TRUE LOVE in His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.

14:07 31Jul14 JB -
I believe we are all in G-ds Law University studying to discern good and evil. So this issue is a great exercise for all of us, painful and upsetting as it has been. For those of us graduating morality basic training, let us study the Manual diligently, asking the great Author and Finisher for wisdom and guidance, courage and compassion. All I can say is I rejoice everyday being a wife and a mother. It's amazing. Stellar.

14:24 31Jul14 NB -
I am a member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada which has not yet okayed homosexual marriage though it may do so in the future. I have told my minister that if it ever does, then I would have to leave the denomination. He himself might do the same. We already have an alternative Anglican chruch (like Episcopalians in USA) called the Anglican Network in Canada that is opposed to gay marriage and made up of those who have left the main denomination.

02:03 01Aug14 David -
You are so right. Britain (once great) is following this ungodly trend, along with most of western Europe. Prayer for revival should focus on believers first. Only then will we be able to reach the lost.

  -- Dr Juster replies: Yes, there is now a compromise with this among so called Evangelicals, especially those called millennials.

06:44 01Aug14 Nick Wagner -
Excellent article. Thank you for sound doctrine.

10:11 01Aug14 Deserie Fillmore -
Excellently written and thanks! Now let's get this truth to the world on person at a time.

01:55 02Aug14 Debbie McBee -
Very Clearly Put! You are so right on.

19:44 02Aug14 Neil -
Once we start carving up scripture to suit our own preconceived notions of what is right or wrong, we're in trouble. The Bible is quite clear in it's teaching on homosexual behaviour as it is about creation, sin, redemption, salvation, etc. To depart from the obvious is to depart at your own peril. God is not mocked. Rebellion brings judgement, the story of the Bible. The modern age has nothing of higher value that can replace God's word, it only thinks it can ... there is nothing new under the sun!! Good article, thanks.

04:26 03Aug14 Philip Latham -
First class! We are conditioned by the media. So-called 'equality' has opened the door wide for anything to be accepted that isn't 'unlawful' - though legislators too often bow to the stridency of pressure groups to make 'lawful' that which our consciences tell us (as well as the Bible) should be proscribed.


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Avi and David: TUMULT
Shavei Tzion: Shavuot Camp 2014
Eitan Shishkoff: Experience Israel With Us!
Asher Intrater: Judah First
Revive Israel: Horse Seminar at Yad Hashmona
Anya and Betty: The Ministry of Motherhood