California Congressman Grossly Misleads Fellow Lawmakers About Jesus and Homosexuality by GARY CURTIS for Charisma News
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) gave a speech on the floor of the House on Wednesday, June 8, about Republican-led bills that he said targeted LGBTQ+ rights.
Before ending his speech, Lieu said, “I just thought I would now recite for you what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality.” Then, while the media continued to record, Lieu remained dramatically silent for about 20 seconds before ending his speech by saying, “I yield back.”
Lieu is an educated man and very familiar with the teachings of Jesus, as well as those of the leadership of his own church. By suggesting that because Jesus never actually used the word for “homosexual” in the Bible He therefore approved of the sinful practice, he is being deceitful and duplicitous.
He is willfully misleading his congressional colleagues and his liberal constituents back home in the beach communities of western Los Angeles County.
“In the Beginning”
Lieu knows better. He knows that Jesus challenged critics, “‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”?'” (Matt. 19:4-5, NIV).
Jesus’ words took the critics back past the giving of the Jewish Law to Moses to the original creative order with Adam and Eve (Gen. 1:27; 2:24). Jesus spoke of them as a binary pair, male and female, designed to fit together physically, spiritually and emotionally in a committed relationship before God, as husband and wife. In this one passage, Jesus laid out the righteous response to our modern, misguided debates about gender identity and same-sex “marriages.”
Lieu’s “cut and paste” theology also conveniently overlooks the clear teaching of Christ’s apostles on this subject. The apostle Paul told the Romans that as people continue to reject God, He gives them up to increasingly immoral and destructive decisions and actions (Rom. 1:24-28). He also confirmed that those who practice such things will be judged by a righteous God, along with those who “approve of those who practice them” (1:32; 2:2-3).