Rev. Steve Chalke
Propaganda machine for the progressive left, Huffington Post, published an article on July, 20, 2017 asking the question, “Could This Ancient Porn Change The Way We Think About Christianity and Homosexuality?” (Which you can read here, but be warned, extremely graphic images included in the piece)
In the article, selections of erotic frescos discovered among preserved ruins of the city of Pompeii which show men engaged in gay sex and threesomes are openly displayed to prove this point--that the Bible somehow does not disapprove of homosexuality, that it was the norm for society in the Roman Empire and therefore the writings of the apostles simply could not have meant what they wrote in the way that it was written. And, from that point forward in history, readers of these verses have misunderstood the true meaning.
Showcased in the article are the views of Reverend Canon Steve Chalke, a prominent British evangelical and leader of the Oasis Open Church Network. Chalke and his Open Church organization are staunch advocates of LGBTQ believes that Pompeii provides “important lessons for Christians, particularly those who want to use the Bible to persecute queer people.”
From the article:
“500 years ago, Martin Luther and Calvin didn’t have the tools that we now have to assist us in our contextual understanding of the writings of scriptures. We’ve come miles because of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, miles because of archaeological discoveries around Pompeii, and we’ve had all sorts of other cultural and linguistic leaps forward,” Chalke told HuffPost. “It’s our job to use them and I think in using them, we find these old understandings really don’t work anymore.”
Chalke maintains that here are six passages in the Bible that refer to same-sex behavior in some way and that these are what he refers to as the “clobber passages” because they are used to reject, demean and attack queer Christians.” Chalke does not pinpoint specific verses but says that three of them are located in Romans 1, Corinthians and 1 Timothy. Chalke also points to Matthew 19, again no specific verse is pinpointed, but he claims that Jesus is speaking about divorce, and that could include same-sex marriages if people only really understood what Jesus was trying to say.
He goes on to say that the Apostle Paul’s writings were made during a time when it was perfectly acceptable for lower classes to be sexually exploited and abused by rich and powerful Roman citizens. Therefore, since it was the societal norm in what most Christians understand to be a very fallen, corrupt, destructive pagan society, Chalke believes that the apostle Paul was compelled to speak out against the abuses in the practices, not the sexual act itself.
In Chalke’s mind, because homosexuality was a normal facet of society at the time, that Roman society was “drenched in sex” and that the upper classes ignored basic humanity of the people that served them, that this is what compelled the apostle to write those “clobber passages.” You see, according to Chalke, its not the homosexuality that’s at fault here. It’s the abuse of the borgoisie against the proletariate, between the “haves” and the “have nots” that Paul was speaking against.
There’s one big problem. That is simply not true. And, I’m not saying that Christians need to persecute the LGBTQ community or shun them from our churches. Absolutely not. If Christians are going to grandstand about one sin, they better include all the others on the list. And further, they better make sure they don’t have a plank in their own eye while pointing out the splinter in the eye of another.
The church is for everyone, and everyone is a sinner. However, when we become a Christian, the goal is to move away from the sin and live righteously according to how that is clearly defined in scripture. You can dance around the scriptures all you want, it is not going to change the stance on homosexuality anymore than it will against fornicators, adulterers, abusers, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift to running to mischief, false witness, and one who spreads strife. Oh, and you can add drunkenness, witchcraft and homosexuality to that list. Not just homosexuality, but specifically, men who lie with other men as a woman, effeminates, women having sex with other women, and sodomy.
Chalke claims that the New Testament has nothing to say about genuine, compassionate same-sex love between people as it is understood in today’s world.
From the article:
“The people Paul is talking about, he said they’ve abandoned God, they’re full of deceit, lying,” Chalke told HuffPost. “Whoever Paul is talking about, it cannot be the wonderful same-sex couples that are in our church, or the gay man or the transgender woman I know. It just can’t be them.”
Chalke who is senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo has declared his support for committed, monogamous same-sex relationships in 2013. He also preaches about the “spiritual, mental and physical harm” that queer people face because of “Christians’ discriminatory attitudes.
Looking back into Chalke’s history, he has spent decades as a social activist and public speaker. Chalke was also a United Nations’ Special Advisor on human trafficking. Chalke has authored numerous books and articles all connected to socialist ideology and manipulating scripture to serve agendas. One of his most recent books, “Radical: Exploring the Rise of Extremism and the Pathway to Peace” he states in his introduction: “If you want to change society, then you have to offer people a more powerful story; a more compelling narrative than the one that they currently serve.”
Now, before you light your torches and form a lynch mob, let me be very clear on the stance on homosexuality here at Salt Radio Ministries. We believe that God forbids this behavior as well as many other sins as mentioned above. We also believe that God loves every person, deeply and intimately, more than we could ever comprehend with our finite minds. God loves everyone, everyone is a sinner, and that includes homosexuals. We are to welcome everyone and anyone who seeks the Lord into the church. And, I hate to shock and surprise you, but there are lots of sinners inside the church house and even standing at the pulpit, homosexuals notwithstanding. We are not to deny anyone from seeking God, becoming a Christian, or judge their journey as Christ transforms them into His likeness. However, we are not to participate, advocate, or facilitate sin.
Walking away from sin is one of the greatest challenges every Christian will face. It is a daily effort, a perpetual 180 degree about face from many things that our flesh loves, truly. Being a Christian isn't choosing an easy road to travel. It is the narrow path, not the wide gate. Believe me, I understand, while the comparison in struggle might seem minimal. I loved drinking alcohol and listening to (and performing) heavy metal music, a lot. As a recovered alcoholic and a lifelong fan (and professional musician, now retired) of dark rock and metal music, it is a continual challenge to discard the things in my life that I know God expressly forbids. And, this is for our good, not for our harm. God does not desire to bring misery to His people. He loves us and wants what is only in our very best interest, even if that means we have to give up the behaviors and activities that we love.
It is clear that Chalke, (as is The Huffington Post) is operating from a neo-Marxist perspective and has devoted his life to the socialist cause. His devotion is very clear, and it doesn’t appear to be Christ-centered. He is distorting scripture and perpetuating sinful life choices instead of upholding the word appropriately and leading people to Christ.
Numerous scriptures regarding homosexuality (not exhaustive):
Leviticus 20:13, Leviticus 18:22, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Genesis 19:1-38, Jude 1:7, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Kings 14:24, 1 Kings 15:12, Romans 1:26, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Mark 10:6-9, 1 Corinthians 6:17-20; 7:2,