Friday, August 17, 2007

Gay Church in Malaysia?

Muslim-majority Malaysia will block a plan by the country's first and only openly gay pastor to establish a church embracing homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals, a minister said Monday.

Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, an ethnic Chinese Malaysian ordained in the US, caused controversy after saying he wanted to set up the church by 2010.

The government would block the plan, Tourism Minister Adnan Tengku Mansor told AFP, adding the country had always sought to portray itself as a "family-oriented" holiday destination.

"We have no intention of being portrayed the same way like other cities such as Bangkok or those other cities in that league," Mansor said, apparently referring to the Thai capital's sex industry.

"We are here to be seen as a multicultural country with people who are good, excellent followers of their respective religions," Mansor added.

Homosexuality falls under a Malaysian law prohibiting sodomy, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and whipping.

Ouyang's plan to start the church had stirred anxiety, Reverend Wong Kin Kong, the secretary general of Malaysia's National Evangelical Christian Fellowship, said last week.

This was "because Christians do not want others to assume they condone such a thing," he said.

But Ouyang remained unfazed and urged a congregation of about 80 people -- including his male partner -- to "reclaim faith and celebrate our sexuality" in an underground mass Sunday.

"For some of us, especially our gay brothers and sisters, we have experienced first hand that Christianity has been used to persecute minorities," Ouyang told the mass, according to press reports.

Source: Yahoo News

Why do you think Ouyang was quite brazen about starting a church in Malaysia even though he is a practicing homosexual? Is it because he was trained in the US where homosexuality and same sex unions are acceptable in some Christian churches?

I won't be surprised if that was his primary motive. He has become one of those liberal Christians who choose to ignore clear biblical teachings about sexual purity, and sodomy. Listen to what he says about Christianity being used to persecute minorities. If he thinks that emphasizing biblical teachings and wanting your flock to adhere to those teachings is persecution, then is it persecution too if the church admonishes its unmarried members from abstaining from sex before marriage?

I don't know what Bible Ouyang is reading but my Bible does not teach me to "reclaim [our] faith and celebrate our sexuality". The only celebration of our sexuality that the Bible clearly teaches is within the bounds of marriage between a man and a woman.

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

How true!


4 comments:

  1. aku sebenar iya hairan gak meda sida yg allow gay/lesbian empu church sereta marriage sedangkan semua utai tuk dah clearly dipadah dalam Bible utai yg HARAM.Tapi,sidak iya memandai-mandai aja ka menghalalkan iya.

    Nuan kala meda cerita the Omen yg versi baru empu??what do you think??adakah nuan rasa cerita nyak bisi benarnya??

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  2. Hairan bin ajaib! :-) Mensia sigi nemu amat justify sinful actions diri empu!

    Omen ka lama bisi aku meda, nye enda ingat agi. Ka baru nya nadai aku udah meda. Enda meh kita nemu, engka bisi kebenaran, tang mayuh ka agi, spekulasi aja.

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  3. More than ever we the church in malaysia need to hold on to truth on sexuality as well as show compassion to those who struggle with homosexual orientation (also many of us who struggle w heterosexual lust too)! amen... we're not 'holier than thou' but true happiness cannot be attained by celebrating broken sexuality

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  4. Dave, how right you are. At the same time, the Church should not demonize homosexuals - love the sinner, hate the sin.

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