Church in the Now pastor Bishop Swilley does not want to argue scripture over homosexuality. You can read for yourself HERE.
Far be it from me to judge, but whenever we are dealing with a situation that specifically is talked about in the Bible, I don’t think you can really back down from arguing scripture, can you? Here is a great article in the Christian Research Journal from C. Wayne Mayhall discussing the use of the term “arsenokoitai” as found in 1 Corinthians 6:9, a hallmark discussion for pro-gay pastors like Mel White and others. I kind of find it ridiculous to respond in such a way that says “I don’t care what God says, this is what I feel.” While dealing with a temptation that is obviously so engrossing as sexual temptation, it is important to remember that while it may feel like we can’t resist the urge, we can.
My personal opinion is that if Mr. Swilley doesn’t want to argue scripture, he should at least read it for himself and do the noble thing like Rev. Tom Brock, who is also mentioned in the article. While dealing with homosexual desires, he has stayed pure rather than giving into them. The problem is that we live in a culture that says “if it feels good, do it,” and rather than being change agents in the culture, Christians have all too often been co-opted by the culture to spout the same rhetoric that flies in the face of true relationship with the Creator. We need to realize that just because it feels good, it does not necessarily mean that it IS inherently good, which is the mistake that I feel Bishop Swilley seems to be walking into.