Or do you not know that the unrighteous<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-28460b" data-link="[b]”>[b] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-28460G" data-link="(G)”>neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-28460c" data-link="[c]”>[c] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
—I Corinthians 6:9-10
If you are an LCMS Lutheran, how often have you heard an LCMS pastor’s sermon, or read an LCMS pastor’s blog article, on the sin of Divorce (divorce other than for infidelity)? If you are an LCMS Lutheran, how often have you heard an LCMS pastor’s sermon, or read an LCMS pastor’s blog article, on the sin of Adultery? If you are an LCMS Lutheran, how often have you heard an LCMS pastor’s sermon, or read an LCMS pastor’s blog article, on the sin of Fornication? If you are an LCMS Lutheran, how often have you heard an LCMS pastor’s sermon, or read an LCMS pastor’s blog article, on the sin of being a Drunkard?
Now compare the number of times that you have heard or read an LCMS pastor preach from his pulpit or from his blog on the damning sins of Divorce, Adultery, Fornication, and Drunkenness with the number of times you have heard the same LCMS pastor preach about the sin of Homosexuality from his pulpit and blog. I will bet that the number of sermons condemning Homosexuality will exceed the total of all the other sins combined.
Why is that?
But, not only is the sin of Homosexuality preached against (attacked) more frequently from the pulpits and blogs of LCMS pastors, but the name calling against the perpetrators of this particular sin far exceeds the name calling against divorcees, adulterers, fornicators, and drunkards. “Sodomites”, “Perverts” “Boy Sodomizers”, “Degenerates” are perfectly acceptable terms for the perpetrators of the sin of Homosexuality, but the cute, little cashier at the corner market who has shacked-up with her boyfriend for the last two years is not referred to as “that Fornicator”, nor is the drunkard standing behind the LCMS altar, pronouncing the Words of Institution, referred to as a “vile and evil Drunk”. No. The good pastors of the LCMS have decided that just one of the sins in the above Bible verse, and the perpetrators of that one sin in the above Bible verse, deserve their greatest attention, condemnation, and vilification.
Why is that?
And, why does the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod spend so much time actively engaged in state and federal political activities against this one sin, but seems to have no time or interest for advocating legislation against the equaling damning sins of Divorce, Adultery, Fornication, and Drunkenness???
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod…officially…will tell you that LCMS Lutheran Christians hate Homosexuality but love the people “afflicted” by the sin of Homosexuality. In other words, the official position of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is: “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.”
But the reality is, that a very significant percentage of pastors in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod hate homosexuals. They really, really hate homosexuals! Homosexuals make their skin crawl and their stomachs squeemish. Yes, you read that previous sentence correctly. A significant percentage of LCMS pastors hate gays and lesbians.
Don’t believe me? Look at the evidence for yourself.
I challenge you to go onto the blogs of some of the most popular LCMS pastors’ blogs and do a topic search on “homosexuality”. Read the articles, but more importantly, read the comments below the articles. In the comment section, you will find some of the most vile, vicious, anti-gay hate speech, most often written by the pastor’s gay-bashing, gay-hating, God-fearing conservative Christian readers—such as the infamous “Carl Vehse”, otherwise known (without his white robe and hood) as Richard Strickert of Austin, Texas—all written without any censoring or rebuke from the LCMS pastor/blog owner/moderator…and… sometimes you will even catch one of these Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod “men of God” spewing this vitriolic hate speech himself.
Don’t take my word for it, friends. Go onto their blogs and peruse the articles on homosexuality and you can see it for yourself.
Conclusion: A significant percentage of pastors in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are gay-bashing Peddlers of Hate, and for this reason the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod must be placed on the Hate Watch lists of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, and every other human rights organization in the United States—until the leadership/hierarchy of this Christian denomination finally develops the backbone and intestinal fortitude to put an end to this hateful, un-American, disgraceful behavior.