Reverent Responses

God Does Not Accept Your Lifestyle!
Rev. Vera I. Bourne Responds

[Posted on January 21, 2001]

Dear Richard and Kimberly,

I believe that you have asked for a biblical foundation for my life. Perhaps, as a starting point, we could agree on 1 Timothy 4:4, "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer," since it agrees with "It was good," the summary you have given of the first two chapters of Genesis. I would also ask you to consider the Acts 11:9 that reads: "The voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that I have made clean.'"

I know that God has called me, forgiven, cleansed and anointed me. I believe that the blood spilt on Calvary has removed all my sins, that I am washed clean and that I belong to God as a pure vessel for God's own use. I know that I have been created in God's likeness for his own use, and that he will indeed use me as I surrender my life moment by moment to him. As you feel that "when someone is proclaiming what the word of God is saying they must be able to back it up by scripture or it is not of God, but of our adversary the devil (Deuteronomy 18: 20)" I am hereby citing the scriptural texts for the above claims.

Forgiven and cleansed ... "I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me."
Acts 26:18

Blood spilt on Calvary ... "Since we have bow been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!
Romans 5:9

Vessel for God's use ... "And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory."
Romans 9:23

God's likeness ... "But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love. Endurance and gentleness."
1 Timothy 6:11

God's use ... "Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart."
Ephesians 6:6

You claim "that biblically he does not accept this as a way of life." May I point out that nowhere does Jesus condemn homosexuality. In fact the only comment Jesus made on sexual morality was made to the woman who had committed adultery, and to her his words were to "sin no more." As homosexuality was part of the Roman and Greek cultures, there would have been incidents enough upon which Christ could have declaimed had it been such an issue as you obviously believe. Yes we "created in his own image and after his likeness" a fact for which I am eternally grateful. The truth is indeed in the Word of God, and I pray you will diligently search the Scriptures and discover, as I have, that those such as I am are perfected creations of God.

We are those, who having been persecuted, and are now able to claim as our own the words of Romans 9: 25-26:

"As he says in Hosea: 'I will call them "my people" who are not my people; and I will call her " my loved one" who is not my loved one', and, 'It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, "You are not my people," they will be called "sons of the living God.'"

These are not my words but God's, they are therefore powerfully inspired and divinely appointed. I trust you will join with us in celebrating our place among God's elect.