Letter To the UOP Pacifican on Same Sex Marriage Sep 25, 1986
by Carlton Pruitt
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The following was written by me when I was attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. I was majoring in communication and enjoyed competing in intercollegiate speech contests and writing editors to the editor. Below is one of my letters after hearing a lecture which foretold the apostasy in the colleges and churches we are now experiencing over 25 years later.
On Tue. Sept. 16th I attended a lecture by Dr. Daniel McGuire called "Same Sex Marriage." I was surprised to see only a few UOP students present. Perhaps it was for the best. They certainly didn't miss any ideas they couldn't have found in Cosmopolitan or Playboy Magazine. The rest of the audience was mostly older men and women, from presumably local churches, who I dare say haven't the faintest idea about what the Bible teaches concerning sexuality, marriage and the family.
Dr. McGuire's ideas that we should all learn to accept homosexuals and their lifestyle because this is the way God created them is an erroneous as well as blasphemous statement. On the contrary, the Bible says in Romans 1:24-32 that God gave them (the homosexuals) up to uncleanliness through the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, ...the men leaving the right use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly. Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge God gave them over to a reprobate mind." From a Biblical basis Dr. McGuire is seriously mistaken when he says God made the homosexual the way he is and therefore we should approve of his behavior. No. God let them sin away His grace by their rebelling against His revealed word because they didn't want to obey His commandments and instead sought to justify their evil practice. "Woe to them who call evil, good, and good, evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness." Isaiah 5:20
I asked Dr. McGuire a few questions because I wanted to get to the philosophical roots of his thinking. First, I asked, "Do you believe in evolution or do you believe in the creation of the world by God as recorded in Genesis?" He said he believed in both. In both? Was he an atheistic evolutionist? How illogical and unBiblical. My second quesiton was "What is your standard for morality?" He said his standard came from various sources like the church (presumably the Roman Catholic) and other writings. Now the Roman Catholic church according to the Pope's authority doesn't teach that homosexuality is sanctioned by God. Thus, Dr. McGuire's teachings are an aberration in Roman Catholicism.
I told Dr. McGuire that I could sense the tension that must exist in his thinking. Most Roman Catholic theologians see man's problem as a metaphical one instead of an ethical one. according to this idea, man's cruelty results from man being finite. This is how man has always intrinsically been. But if we accept this [premise then we are faced with a difficulty. If man was created by a personal-infinte God then how can we escape the3 conclusion that this personal-infinite God who created man is Himself cruel? The French poet Charles Baudelaire put it this way, "If there is a God, He is the Devil." In other words, if man in his cruelty is the way he has always been and if God created man then Baudelaire's thinking would seem reasonable. The French Existentialist Albert Camus saw basically the same problem. If there is a God then we cannot fight social evil because if we do, then we are fighting against God who made the world the way it is.
Is homosexuality wrong? Not if you believe as Dr. McGuire that it is natural and normal because it occurs in nature. Many things occur in nature: murder, incest, bestiality, coprophilia etc. but does this make them normal or valid forms of behavior? Of course not! They are natural only in the sense that they stem from the natural, unregenerate man bu they are not normal.
I then asked Dr. McGuire to define his idea of who God is but he said he didn't have the time to discuss a course in theology. How convenient a reply I thought. It is not unusual to dodge an important question when you know it'll make your own position less credible. From what I was able to discern I don't think this man who calls himself a theologian (a misnomer if I ever heard one)believes in the absolute personal God of the Bible. If he did, then he would have acknowledged that morality is an expression of God's absolute moral character. That is why we live in a moral, personal and rational universe because it was created by a moral, personal and rational God who really exists as a person and not just as an idea. God is a concrete universal, not an abstract universal.
In summary, it seems like Dr. McGuire is really an atheist, a typical humanist at heart because he denies that such a God as the Bible describes really exists as a person. I could be wrong in my assessment but if I'm right then on this basis there can be no morals, no such thing as right and wrong, good and evil. God is just a limiting concept and His word is not to be taken as literal truth. Ethics is situational, relative and is determined by experience. There is, in other words, no set of absolute values you can grab hold of which will legitimize human behavior.
Christianity alone has the answers to mans's problems. It alone can resolve man's psychological tension. The idea of the substitutionary death of Christ who makes atonement for his people is rejected in liberal theological circles but it alone gives modern man any basis for hope-a real basis for fighting social evils without fighting God because social evils are abnormal, that is, contrary to what God at creation established.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
See his videos on http://www.youtube.com Type LAStreetPreacher in the search bar. CONTACT at Carlton2061@gmail.
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Thank you for this article. I remember many moons ago attending an English lesson here in Perth W.A by an Australian/Polish teacher.At that time, I was just beginning to write poetry, so I thought I ought to polish up my diction. One day, the teacher and I entered into a dialogue regarding homosexuality. These are her words; 'I think every homosexual should be sent to an island and left there to rot!" I think she was upset by the fact that AIDS was prevelent at the time. You see, everyone has their own perception about other people. As did the Scribes when they wrote the Bible. Time to reflect..........