Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Will You Trample On A "Fumie"? ; An Evangelical Test Regarding The Homosexual Issues


fumie in Nagasaki, 17th century
A fumi-e (踏み絵 fumi "stepping-on" + e "picture") was a likeness of Jesus or Mary upon which the religious authorities of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan required suspected Christians to step on in order to prove that they were not members of the Christian church. The use of fumie began with the persecution of Christians in Nagasaki in 1629.

Government officials made everybody trample on these pictures and then people who were reluctant to step on the pictures were identified as Christians. If they refused to change their religion, then they were tortured and killed.
Christian response to homosexual issues is considered to be a fumie in the 21st century. That's because the spirit of the age and public opinion in general (both inside and outside the churches) are rapidly inclined to the approbation of the homosexual act and its legalization.

Even some of the most outstanding complementarian pastors start to evade facing the issue, and to avoid the shame and rejection of the Cross of Calvary in order to keep in step with the world. I will present one such example as follows;

It seems to me that Mr. Timothy Keller kept skirting the question in a sophisticated way. What made me grieve most, however, was its non-serious, jokey atmosphere which we can see and feel in this video. I believe that the eternal destination of each soul is so important and serious that one cannot deal with the issue in such a light, joking manner. It is indeed a life and death issue.

I was impressed by the sincere and serious attitude of Robert M'Cheyne who dealt with the hell and judgment issue passionately and earnestly.

One doctor who sincerely concerns the welfare of his dying patients never laugh nor joke with his colleagues when he is asked to explain the condition of his patients to their family members.

O Lord, help us to be earnest and serious toward our eternal destination. Give us power to be faithful to You and Your words at any cost and never to trample on a fumie. In Jesus' name. Amen.
*For those who want to dig these issues, I would recommend the following book.
Kuby chronicles the intellectual infiltration and conquest of virtually all other value-making institutions, leaving Christianity and its individual members standing virtually alone in the public square. Their message that sex is a powerful force that must be regulated and linked to the inherently sacrificial institution of marriage and family is now persecuted – and prosecuted – as homophobic.
,,Kuby, therefore, is warning against not merely the newly powerful ideology of pansexualism, but also the insidious return of totalitarianism, of the wolf clothed as a lamb, and of the tyrant masked as a defender of freedom. -quotes from here.



Anonymous said...

In Japan,this issue is'nt discussed so much.The number of christians is so few here,sexual issue is regarded as one only belongs to persons.And almost nobody seems to talk about this issue in churches.

I've read some Japanese christians(including LGBT,ex-christians) express their opinion saying church people judge,expel LGBT,do'nt love them.

There are already LGBT pastors also in Japan,some liberal churches accept them.

Off course we should not judge others.We are all sinners.But if we believe that bible is true God's words,the conclusion is obvious.It does not say that homosexuality has no problem.

May God touch LGBT people who are seeking His truth,help them to come to Him.And may all of us christians keep standing steady in His words.


Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae, thank you so much for being with me. You are such a faithful daughter of God and a faithful friend to me and other sisters. Initially, I did not have a courage to write such articles but the Spirit within me urged me to take an action. When I read A Vision of Souls written by Amy Carmichael, the figure of a young girl who was standing alone near the cliff and tried to wave people back, left me strong and unforgettable impression. It is going to be a difficult era for Bible-believing Christians. O that we would be faithful to Him and His Word until the end! from Kinuko

Anonymous said...

Mr Keller has done a great disservice to Christianity by implying that Christians should not take sin seriously and that all sin is the same. Of course sin is sin, but some sins have worse consequences for a person's soul. The problem with engaging in homosexual activity, beside being a complete abomination in itself, is that it exposes the soul to so many corrupting and God-hating influences. The homosexual world can be extremely hateful and vicious towards all things that are good and holy. Each perversity leads to ever greater perversity. I know this because I have close friends who have left the homosexual lifestyle. They will tell you that it leads to the pit of hell, in this life and in the next. May God help those who by their human frailty fall into such a way of living. Once a person becomes ensnared, it is very difficult to free oneself. Only the grace of God can free such people. And speaking the truth can lead people to be open to this grace. But we have to speak the truth with love. We have to love homosexual persons into God's kingdom. God bless you, Kinuko

Kinuko H said...

Dear friend, thank you for your sincere comment. I felt your seriousness and earnestness regarding the things of God and the Bible. Thank you for telling me all of these. In the spirit of His love, we can honestly discuss the issues and tackle with them together. May God bless you and your journey! Kinuko