The later is what the Black Church is quickly succumbing too. It has come from being silent about ones feelings for the same sex, to singing in the choir, to being the Pastor and marrying same sex couples in the house of God.
These is happening in the face of the Bible condemning the act of homosexuality. Many Christians can’t defend or they are to weak to take a stance against homosexuality. This weak posture against homosexuality sentences individuals who practice it to hell and allows it to grow in-check.
Here are a few verses in the Bible that clearly condemn the act of homosexuality:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJ, Leviticus 18:22)The Black Church is at a crossroads today, a critical decision must be made whether it will conform to this world’s rebellion to God or be transformed with a renewed mind that can only come from embracing the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as taught be the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NKJ, Leviticus 20:13)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NIV, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11)
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-- who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. (NIV, Romans 1:25-27)
____________________________________Black churches are becoming more gay-friendly
For years, there has been an unspoken but deeply prevalent“don’t ask, don’t” tell policy in the black church. But today, Duke University released data that show those days may be coming to an end.
Their research has found:
“Acceptance of homosexual members in black protestant churches has surged of late. The percentage of churches accepting of gay and lesbian members has risen from 44 percent in 2006 to 62 percent in 2012.
Further, 22 percent of black churches reported being accepting of gays in volunteer leadership roles, up from 6.5 percent six years prior.” Read more…
Has the Christian church adopted a don’t ask, don’t tell policy? I asked.
“I would have to say yes,” he answered, shifting in his seat a little nervously, it seemed to me. He noted that many black churches like his own had made concessions to accommodate the growing acceptance of same-sex lifestyles. “There is a compromise because there is such a prevalent hard-core view on what’s considered right and wrong. People are feeling that in order to even retain a certain amount of membership, you can’t be very dogmatic about any of their sins.”
Said another way: If a minister is too rigidly homophobic, it could scare away members, which would decrease contributions and might ultimately be the end of a family-owned church.
I've often said that homophobia would end in the black church if every black lesbian and gay person simply came out.
The first thing we would realize is that many of the people running the churches are themselves gay. And I'm not just talking about the choir members, the organists and the music directors. I'm talking about the ushers, the deacons and the pastors themselves.
Yet the presence of gays and lesbians in black churches is common. And the fact that they often hold leadership positions in their congregations is the worst kept secret in black America.
While many black pastors condemn gays and lesbians from the pulpit, the choir lofts behind them often are filled with gay singers and musicians. Some male pastors themselves have been entangled in scandals involving alleged affairs with men.