Looking for Christain opinions **Warning May be offensive to some**
The recent events of the Pastor of a local church regarding the marriage amendment got my attention. I saw a statement directing me to the church's website and what I found was shocking to me. It may be normal to others but the churches openness about the views they teach have me shaking my head in disbelief that so many people follow its "rules". I know many people that attend this church and never would have believed that they would associate with people that discriminate and or judge so harshly how others choose to live. It won't let me make the link clicky but I posted it below.
Family Planning: We believe the Bible does not prohibit married couples from limiting the number of children they have through appropriate methods of birth control which prevent the conception of an egg, such as condoms, diaphrams and permanent medical procedures. We cannot endorse the use of birth control pills because of the rare possibility the BCP will act as an abortifacient if it fails to prevent conception. We reject the use of “morning after pills” and other devices which facilitate an abortion of the fertilized egg instead of preventing conception. We believe the Bible encourages married couples to have children (Gen. 1:28) and that parents should have as many children for whom they can properly provide. We reject the interpretation that Gen. 38:8-10 teaches that God does not approve of natural or artificial birth control methods.
Freemasonry: We believe that true followers of Jesus Christ should not be members of the Masonic Lodge because freemasonry does not insist upon a belief in the one true Trinitarian Creator God of the Bible to the exclusion of all “supreme beings” (Gen 1:1; 1 John 5:7). We reject any Masonic teaching that suggests the existence of a celestial lodge and the possibility of entrance into eternal life outside of repentance toward the one true Trinitarian God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 17:30; 20:21). We believe Christians should not relate to those outside of the body of Christ as eternal “brothers” when those who are not born-again will not inherit the Kingdom of God (John 1:12-13; 3:3-7). We believe that participation in masonry is a pseudo religion which detracts from one’s full allegiance to Jesus Christ and the gospel of His Kingdom (Mark 1:15). We believe it is wrong for believers to make oaths or swear by anything especially to gain entrance into a secret organization (Jam 5:12). We do not permit those who are part of freemasonry to be members of the church because of these conflicts to essential orthodox Christian doctrines.
Lottery: We believe Christians should not purchase lottery tickets. Buying lottery tickets is a form of gambling in which a person spends money based on an extremely remote chance that they will win--seeking to make a quick return on their money (Prov 28:22). Christians are commanded to glorify God in whatever they do and it is difficult to imagine how spending money on lottery tickets could be God-glorifying (1 Cor. 6:12; 1 Cor 10:31). The Bible is very clear that Christians are to be wise in the way they manage their resources. Buying lottery tickets is a foolish expenditure of money (Prov 15:27; Eph 5:15). Moreover buying lottery tickets can become addictive, and we encourage Christians to trust in God instead of riches and the "god of materialism" (Prov 30:9, Matt. 6:28-34; 1 Tim 6:6-10). An appreciation for man's God-ordained function called "work" (Gen 2:15; 2 Thes 3:7-13) and an attitude of contentment (Phil 4:11; 1 Tim 6:6) can do much to curb the believer's desire to get rich quickly through avenues like the lottery. Listen to More
Homosexuality: We believe homosexuality is a rejection of God and the natural order He established for procreation and the multiplication of families throughout the earth (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18-24, Eph 5:31). We reject any teaching that males or females are born with a natural homosexual orientation from God (Rom 1:26-27). We strongly reject as heretical any teaching or church that suggests one can be a Christian and an active or passive homosexual. We believe that the gospel is powerful enough to deliver a homosexual from this destructive lifestyle and that a person cannot remain an unrepentant homosexual and inherit eternal life (1 Cor 6:9, Gal 5:19-21). We strongly reject any suggestion that two homosexuals living together constitute a family. We believe homosexuality is the kind of sin that could result in divine judgment on those involved with or sympathetic to this behavior while on earth (Gen 19:24, Jude 7).