“Jesus Christ is the living and abiding Word of God. By the power of the Spirit, this very Word of God, which is Jesus Christ, is read in the Scriptures,”—Principle 1 of “The Use and the Means of Grace”
“Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate. The proclamation of God’s message to us is both Law and Gospel. The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Through this word in these forms, as through the sacraments, God gives faith, forgiveness of sins, and new life.”—Principle 5 of “The Use and the Means of Grace”
“Preaching is the living and contemporary voice of one who interprets in all the Scriptures the things concerning Jesus Christ.”—Application 9A of “The Use and the Means of Grace”
The Homoerotic verses:
Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13—Tobah “abomination”
Romans 1:18-2:11—an orgy?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:8-11—Arsenokoitai—a word Paul coined! “those who bed men”
Jude 1:7—See Genesis 18:16-19:29
Closeted or out?—“I’m only a homosexual when I’m having sex with a man.”
The African American Community—“It's like you've let down the whole black community, black women, black history, black pride. You don't hear black people say, 'Oh yeah, he's gay, but he's still a real man, and he still takes care of all his responsibilities.' What you hear is, 'Look at that sissy faggot.' ''
The Black Church— “coming out of the closet and pressing for rights in the Black church would be, I’d say, suicidal and destructive.”—Rev. Dr. Mozella G. Mitchell
Economics--“If you don’t have a job or a steady income, the thought of coming out may seem more like masochism than liberation.”-- Keith Boykin
The Gay Community--''The choice becomes, do I want to be discriminated against at home for my sexuality, or do I want to move away and be discriminated against for my skin color?''