Well hello me lads! ChurchMouse here, weighing in on the strange comings and goings-on in Chandler Arizona.
"My name is Alicia Johnston. I am a pastor in the seventh-day Adventist church. I've decided to be fully honest about who I am. This is my coming out video, and I'd like to share with you all my reasons and what I've learned along the way. #loveislove"
Good heavens. Progressive Adventism has repeatedly used the metaphor of a table to attempt to persuade the Seventh-day Adventist Church to accept female headship. I am thinking of Bert Haloviak's highly partisan A Place at the Table: Women and the Early Years, and The Welcome Table, sponsored by the association of Adventist women.
Unsurprisingly, to anyone with a frontal lobe and a pulse, it is obvious that the table envisioned by these progressive paragons is about to get another "place-setting." Homosexuality is coming to dinner.
On Alicia Johnston's Facebook page, she has posted a 27-minute 'Coming Out' video which has generated lots of response. Though the amount of response is unsurprising, what is surprising--for a 'Christian' people--is that 98.6% of them are positive. For instance she has:
- 177 'Likes'
- 146 'Heart likes'
- 4 'Sad likes. That is sad.
Progressives do love to tell their 'story', and Alicia's story is told in the language of a conversion experience. Brother Wagoner jolly well nailed this aspect in his short essay last week. Other highlights:
Through study and prayer I have come to a point of complete disagreement with the Adventist Church on LGBT people. I can’t minister anymore without being honest about that.
We must ask, taking note of the rainbow elephant in the room, "Studying what, and praying to what? Or to who?
I am bisexual. So I have come to an awareness of that. I can’t live my life with integrity anymore without being honest about that [being bisexual]. It’s wonderful to finally be able to say this is who I am.” This is something that I love about myself.
This is who I am. This statement heralds the sound of something falling--the wall between moral reality and fantasy. As the walls tumbles we see the wildly waving flag of carnal surrender. Sanctification is now dead, buried and forgotten. In lieu of flowers, please send positive progressive thoughts in the general direction of New Adventism. It was a good dream, this Advent Message, but it must give way to a New Message conceived in slavery and dedicated to the proposition of self-worship. And it all runs on the fuel of emotion.
This is something that I love about myself. Quite so. People love all sorts of things. Demas "loved this present world" enough to forget about the One to come (2 Timothy 4:10). The Pharisees loved the best seats at the feasts (Matthew 23:6). Some love darkness because their actions aren't good (John 3:19). #loveislove? No. True love seeks the glory of God, and leads to "obeying the truth through the Spirit" (1 Peter 1:22). We live in a world that is mistaking lust for love, with great gusto.
Alicia says she "felt called" to the ministry (4:20-4:50 in the video). “I was totally...it’s what I was supposed to be doing [being a pastor]. It fit with me and WHO I AM.” I notice almost as many women saying they are "called to the ministry" as I see weak men saying that about women. But God always calls according to His Word, and His Word precludes the office of elder & shepherd of the flock from all women and most men.
She admits that her theology changed “I didn’t accept that as my identity until my theology changed.” But of course. If we don't resolve sexual sin from our hearts, our theology will change to accommodate that sin. It's quite common.
She (Alicia) says the church [SDA] causes a good bit of pain to people because they don’t accept or approve of LGBT individuals. Sorry churchmates. It's totally your fault!
She also relates how God gave her a "lot of joy" when she realized that homosexuality (or bisexuality) was ok. “The gospel is so good” she comments at 9:30. "Following God makes you more at harmony with who He created you to be” (11:30). I'm a bit befuddled, chaps. Who is she exactly? She says she was called to be a pastor. She says Bi-sexual is who she is called to be (or who she really is). She quits being a pastor because the Church is wrong on homosexuality. She discovered her true identity, ie. she likes to be sexual with both men and women. Is it me or is that logic as twisted as a neurotic pretzel?
Alicia acknowledges depression in her video. Sure. Depression is a secondary consequence of unresolved moral failure. Here we find the great paradox of liberalism, and of evil generally; that it simultaneously worships itself and hates itself. Resolve the moral issue and the depression goes away, because hope comes back into your life.
Alicia says that her Seminary training helped her analyze the question of LGBT, and arrive at her conclusion that gay is ok. "I applied principles that I learned in Seminary to the question of LGBT. We must look not only at what the law says but we must look at stories etc..”
The church has let people down. They never bring in scholars that are affirming [of LGBTQ]. I have learned to be at peace with the fact that the institution [church] is wrong.
So WO (or ecclesiastical feminism), which invited itself to the leadership table without any bidding from the Word of God, is helping to clear a place for it's ontological friends, the sexually deviant. Both must be rejected if the Word of God might live in our Message. God will find other places for them to serve after compassionate discipline and repentance have done their work. And this is righteous work friends; experiments in morality will get people killed.
"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than He?" (1 Corinthians 10:21).
Kill sin or it will kill you.
Pray that Alicia will resolve her unnatural affection instead of celebrating it.
"The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24).