Credit to Canyon Walker Connections for the heads up on this…
Exodus International was just not hateful enough for them. Once that organization gave hint to the fact that, no, it seems gay people do not change and they ARE actually “born that way”, the faithful of the Intolerant had to get out and go another way. So they have formed “Restored Hope Network” and held their first conference at Sunrise Community Church in Fair Oaks, California. Fair Oaks is a community of 30,000 by Sacramento. It is several hours from San Francisco.
The Restored Hope Network is based on seven principles which can be accurately described as a seven point obsession on the sex lives of others:
1. Sexual purity is a life-and-death matter.
2. Jesus understood the male-female prerequisite for sexual relations …to be foundational for sexual ethics.
3. Consistent with Jesus’ view of a male-female requirement for sexual relations is Scripture’s depiction of homosexual practice as a severe violation of God’s standards for sexual purity
4. Sexual immorality is by no means limited to homosexual practice but has multiple manifestations in the heterosexual sphere that distort God’s purposes for sexual unions. Though union with a person of the other sex is a necessary condition for a valid sexual relationship, it is not sufficient. Any expression of human sexuality outside the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman, as well as any expression within marriage that is not self-giving, is a perversion of God’s will for sexual holiness.
5. Marriage between a man and a woman prefigures the union of God and his people or Christ and the church and has as its highest purpose the self-giving integration of the two sexes into a single sexual whole.
6. Marriage and the sexual fulfillment that marriage offers have only penultimate significance.
7. Jesus Christ provides hope for transformation to broken sexual sinners.
The Restored Hope Network is a part of the sexually oriented “First Stone Ministries” First Stone is based on the rationalization that Jesus remarked to the woman he saved from stoning “Go and sin no more”. What their website omits is Jesus’s comment between “He who hath no sin shall cast the first stone” and “Go and sin no more”. That statement… from Christ to the woman is “Neither do I judge ye.”
Christ may not judge… but “First Stone Ministries” reserves the right to do so.
One of the teachers at the conference, and new Restored Hope Network board member, Dr. Robert Gagnon, not only reserved the right to judge… he mixed judgment with a desire to be a victim of it himself, he was apparently disappointed that his event only drew seven protesters.
He was also obsessively aware that Folsom was holding its street fair in San Francisco the day after the Restored Hope Network event (and good for him…I had no idea that it was happening). Somehow in his fevered mind he confused the ideas that all gay people go to the street fair, all gay people were aware of him and wanted to protest, that somehow gay people could not go to one event on Saturday and another on Sunday, and that Fair Oaks was a usual destination for San Franciscans when he posted on his FaceBook page:
“There were only 7 quiet protestors. Not much of a showing. San Francisco was having a “leather” event that no doubt was a more attractive event for those with a “gay” identity. Moral of the story: schedule the meeting during homosexual debauchery events.”
Obviously Mr. Gagnon, is delusional, as is the entire “ministry”. Not only are they hypocrits implying that they were concerned with heterosexual protesters (c’mon, Vegas is not THAT far away), but because Gagnon felt the need to use quotation marks around it, he must be under the impression that the Folsom Street enthusiasts show up in faux leather. Ridiculous.
Anyway, thanks much to Canyon Walker Connections for the heads up, we have a new bully in town.
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I find it very entertaining that he was hurt that not enough of us showed up to protest him. Lets weight the options here and see which you’d pick. Asshole saying you’re going to hell, or fun. Leather show isn’t really my thing, but to each their own.
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The hate never stops because these fundamentalist fanatics can’t take differences. DO NOT HATE WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!!
I knew it!!! Close one … another one pops out!!! The hate never stops because these fundamentalist fanatics can’t take differences. DO NOT HATE WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!! Great blog!!!
Wow, they created an entire ministry surrounding sex and then how not to have it? What a waste!
You have the right to believe any silly thing you want to, and our Constitution allows you to practice that belief within legal limits. but don’t go trying to impose that nonsense on me, because I have the same Constitutional protection!
Oh no…another misguided soul who feels it is ok to take and do God’s job. What a sad, sad place we live. Heartbreaking, using God and Christ to spew such filth. When will they learn God, when will they learn?
I would love to see a more in-depth analysis of those seven tenets of purity and the group itself. What would you say to these people? Thanks for informing us of a new bully in town, as you say, but what could we say in response if we encounter them? Being prepared is key to making bigots feel foolish. 🙂
$100 says Dr. Robert Gagnon is a closet case
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