Robert Gagnon

Robert Gagnon: 'Heterosexual Guilt' Causing Straight People To Support Gay Rights

Anti-gay Presbyterian theologian Robert Gagnon stopped by the American Family Association radio program “Today’s Issues” today to discuss the decision of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country, the Presbyterian Church (USA), to approve of same-sex marriage.

When the AFA’s Ed Vitagliano asked Gagnon “how in the world our culture has moved so rapidly” on acceptance of homosexuality, Gagnon responded that there were “lots of factors,” including a “full-court press” from elites and “natural concerns” about gay people wanting to form life-long unions.

Another factor, he asserted, is “heterosexual guilt.”

“A lot of heterosexuals have, you know, we’ve not done all that well in some areas of sexual ethics,” he said. “That includes issues of divorce, remarriage, that includes premarital sex, includes abortion. And if you can give a pass on the issue of homosexual practice, in effect it’s a way of exempting our own guilt, and it’s accommodating in a way that’s self-serving.”

Later in the interview, Gagnon cited a passage from Corinthians in which the Apostle Paul disciplines a man who has had sex with his father’s wife as evidence that gay people are “at high risk” of being left behind when the Kingdom of God is established.

“The repercussions for somebody living out of same-sex attractions such that they are actively entertaining those thought desires in their thought life without repentance at any point…or, even worse, engaging in it in the behavior, according to Paul, according to the united witness of scripture, they’re putting themselves at high risk of not inheriting the Kingdom of God,” he said.

Noting that homosexuality might be even more of a grievous sin than incest, Gagnon paraphrased the story: “Paul is very clear at the incestuous man, ‘Okay, if you engage in this behavior, you’re putting yourself at high risk of being excluded from the Kingdom of God. So the only last recourse we have as a church to wake you up, and also not to send a signal to the rest of the church that sexual purity doesn’t matter, is to put you on church discipline, not as a punitive measure, but as a remedial measure so that you will wake up, come to your senses and return to the church, the place of shelter and protection away from the wilds of the Enemy, the Satan, the Adversary.’”

“And that’s not Paul not loving the incestuous man,” he concluded. “It’s Paul showing he really loves the incestuous man. He cares enough for the offender to try to reclaim him to the Kingdom of God, which is what Jesus did in his ministry to sexual sinners and to exploitative tax collectors.”

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 1/20/15

  • Robert Gagnon wants it made very clear that homosexuality is actually way worse than most other sins, even incest.
  • Bret Baier reveals that he cancelled his scheduled speech to an anti-gay group at the request of Fox News.
  • Michael Bresciani warns that it will be the end of America is the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage: "I can say without reservation, that if marriage is perverted in this way, you have only one thing left to do – count time, for there is very little left to promise and guarantee the survival of our nation."
  • Yesterday, Tony Perkins delivered his "2015 State of the Family Address." Guess how he thinks it is doing?
  • Mark your calendars because Todd Starnes is hosting a weekend retreat in October!
  • Finally, Glenn Beck's co-host Pat Gray received an "Award of Merit" from the Utah Eagle Forum this weekend because he has had an "incredible influence [on] Glenn Beck’s life and that influence has had a significant impact for good on so many of us right here in this audience as well as the United States." So now we know who to blame for Glenn Beck.

New Ex-Gay 'Documentary' For Sunday School

Ex-gay activists are out with yet another tool to encourage people to consider “leaving homosexuality” and rejecting the “gay lifestyle.”

The “documentary” features ex-gay activists including Anne Paulk, DL Foster, David Kyle Foster, Linda Jernigan, Jeff Johnston, Robert Gagnon and Michael Brown.

Newly released documentary "Such Were Some of You" confronts the rising tide of popular opinion by chronicling the stories of 29 former homosexual men and women who say that Jesus Christ has transformed their lives. Experts in psychology, (Dr. Julie Hamilton), biblical scholarship (Dr. Robert Gagnon) and ministry (Dr. Neil Anderson) add their voice to the claim that people have been leaving homosexuality for millennia.

Created to be used in Sunday School classes, support groups and other group settings, "Such Were Some of You" has been designed as a discipleship and equipping tool for the Body of Christ. The "witnesses to change" describe how they developed homosexual confusion, what the gay lifestyle was really like, how Jesus Christ set them free and the many ways that He has been healing and transforming their lives ever since. Participants include ex-gays from numerous ethnic backgrounds and age brackets, including one former gay activist who dramatically declares at one point, "I am free!"

According to one description, the film includes “[f]rank comments about sex including comments about same sex attractions but nothing graphic, comments about masturbation, orgies, sexual abuse; talk of one night stands; watching porn including gay porn; man and woman kiss; a comment about having sex by one's self; talk of adult shops; comment about being a male prostitute; a comment about being a stripper.”

Robert Gagnon At FRC: Bible Says Gay Sex Worse Than Incest

Earlier this year, Christian author Matthew Vines published a book entitled “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.” Vines’ book so angered Religious Right leaders like Matt Barber that its publisher was pushed out of the National Religious Broadcasters.  The Southern Baptist Convention rushed out an e-book: “God and the Gay Christian? A response to Matthew Vines.”

Today the Family Research Council continued the barrage against the very idea that committed, loving gay relationships might be acceptable in the sight of God.  FRC welcomed anti-gay theologian and activist Robert Gagnon to discuss “Jesus, Scripture, and the Myth of New Knowledge Arguments about Homosexual Unions.”

Gagnon used his hour to dismiss efforts by some scholars and Christians to question traditional interpretations of biblical passages on sexuality – including the ones about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Gagnon is having none of it.

Gagnon insists that examination of Old and New Testament texts makes it clear that only sex in the context of a lifelong marriage between a man and a woman is acceptable to God.  It all goes back to the creation of Eve from part of Adam, resulting in male and female images of God that are sexually incomplete without the other.

Gagnon says Jesus actually had more restrictive views of acceptable sexuality, closing “loopholes” in the Old Testament that, for example, made it easier for men to divorce women.  He extrapolates that because some of the biblical patriarchs engaged in incest, and there’s some polygamy going on, homosexual sex is worse than either of those, the worst sexual sin apart from bestiality.  And it’s no better in the context of a loving relationship.

 

When FRC’s own ardently anti-gay Peter Sprigg asked about the Matthew Vines book, Gagnon dismissed Vines, saying he is young, lacks expertise, and isn’t as significant as other scholars he intends to take on.

Another questioner said it is hard for Christians with gay friends who believe that being gay is their identity, and who aren’t really open to hearing that they must not give in to what Gagnon calls their “innate urges.”  Gagnon responded that Christians may well have to give up those gay friends if they don’t want to hear the truth. Christians who don’t warn their friends to abstain from gay sex, he suggested, and let them go to hell for their sins, will be judged by God for failing to warn them.

 

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/13/14

  • Glenn Beck says that he is "in the final phase of a massive transformation."
  • Dinesh D’Souza is now making a film about Hillary Clinton, so that ought to be enlightening.
  • Robert Gagnon will speak at the Family Research Council on "the myth that we have radically new knowledge today about homosexuality that allows us to discount the biblical witness on homosexual practice."
  • Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is deeply sorry for allowing a Muslim student to enroll.
  • Finally, BarbWire's Jeff Allen declares that "it’s high time, though, that we stopped giving homosexual’s an excuse for their personally destructive and socially dangerous disease-spreading behavior."

Right Wing Leftovers - 5/23/14

  • Mike Huckabee will be the featured speaker at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. next month.
  • FRC praises the RNC for announcing that the 2016 convention will not be held in Las Vegas.
  • We are pretty sure that Glenn Beck would not be so nonchalant if Amazon decided that it would not sell his books.
  • Bryan Fischer believes that Russell Moore has "been scared straight" after he criticized right-wing Christian radio.
  • Finally, Robert Gagnon has written an open letter to Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett calling upon him to appeal the recent ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban: "[I]t is absurd to regard a person of the same sex as one’s anatomical, physiological, and psychological counterpart or sexual complement. Becoming sexually aroused by what one already is as a gendered being, as though one were only half one’s own sex rather than half of a whole sexual spectrum containing two sexes, is obviously contrary to nature and a self-dishonoring impulse."

Gagnon: Homosexuality Is A Declaration That 'Your Maleness Is Only Half Intact'

Jim Garlow recently uploaded to his Vimeo channel a series of videos featuring anti-gay theologian and activist Robert Gagnon discussing the topic of "The Bible & Homosexual Practice," including one video in which Gagnon delivered a lengthy exegesis on the role that homosexuality played in the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

During the discussion, Gagnon declared that God had designed men and women to compliment one another and to join together to form a whole, so when men or women have sex with people of the same gender as themselves, they are implicitly declaring to the world "that their own sex is only half intact."

"You unite sexually with the one you perceive to be your sexual counterpart, your sexual other half," Gagnon stated. "If you're a man and unite sexually with another male, you're basically making a statement that you believe your maleness is only half intact, needing to be supplemented by a sexual union with another man in order to make you a whole male":

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Robert Gagnon Posts Archive

Miranda Blue, Thursday 03/19/2015, 4:37pm
Anti-gay Presbyterian theologian Robert Gagnon stopped by the American Family Association radio program “Today’s Issues” today to discuss the decision of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country, the Presbyterian Church (USA), to approve of same-sex marriage. When the AFA’s Ed Vitagliano asked Gagnon “how in the world our culture has moved so rapidly” on acceptance of homosexuality, Gagnon responded that there were “lots of factors,” including a “full-court press” from elites and “natural concerns” about gay... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 01/20/2015, 6:30pm
Robert Gagnon wants it made very clear that homosexuality is actually way worse than most other sins, even incest. Bret Baier reveals that he cancelled his scheduled speech to an anti-gay group at the request of Fox News. Michael Bresciani warns that it will be the end of America is the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage: "I can say without reservation, that if marriage is perverted in this way, you have only one thing left to do – count time, for there is very little left to promise and guarantee the survival of our nation." Yesterday, Tony Perkins delivered... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 07/15/2014, 5:20pm
Ex-gay activists are out with yet another tool to encourage people to consider “leaving homosexuality” and rejecting the “gay lifestyle.” The “documentary” features ex-gay activists including Anne Paulk, DL Foster, David Kyle Foster, Linda Jernigan, Jeff Johnston, Robert Gagnon and Michael Brown. Newly released documentary "Such Were Some of You" confronts the rising tide of popular opinion by chronicling the stories of 29 former homosexual men and women who say that Jesus Christ has transformed their lives. Experts in psychology, (Dr. Julie... MORE >
Peter Montgomery, Wednesday 06/18/2014, 5:09pm
Earlier this year, Christian author Matthew Vines published a book entitled “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.” Vines’ book so angered Religious Right leaders like Matt Barber that its publisher was pushed out of the National Religious Broadcasters.  The Southern Baptist Convention rushed out an e-book: “God and the Gay Christian? A response to Matthew Vines.” Today the Family Research Council continued the barrage against the very idea that committed, loving gay relationships might be acceptable in the sight... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 06/13/2014, 5:30pm
Glenn Beck says that he is "in the final phase of a massive transformation." Dinesh D’Souza is now making a film about Hillary Clinton, so that ought to be enlightening. Robert Gagnon will speak at the Family Research Council on "the myth that we have radically new knowledge today about homosexuality that allows us to discount the biblical witness on homosexual practice." Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is deeply sorry for allowing a Muslim student to enroll. Finally, BarbWire's Jeff Allen declares that... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 05/23/2014, 4:14pm
Mike Huckabee will be the featured speaker at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. next month. FRC praises the RNC for announcing that the 2016 convention will not be held in Las Vegas. We are pretty sure that Glenn Beck would not be so nonchalant if Amazon decided that it would not sell his books. Bryan Fischer believes that Russell Moore has "been scared straight" after he criticized right-wing Christian radio. Finally, Robert Gagnon has written an open letter to Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett calling upon him to appeal the recent ruling striking down... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 07/09/2013, 3:37pm
Jim Garlow recently uploaded to his Vimeo channel a series of videos featuring anti-gay theologian and activist Robert Gagnon discussing the topic of "The Bible & Homosexual Practice," including one video in which Gagnon delivered a lengthy exegesis on the role that homosexuality played in the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. During the discussion, Gagnon declared that God had designed men and women to compliment one another and to join together to form a whole, so when men or women have sex with people of the same gender as themselves, they are implicitly... MORE >