Texas Governor Rick Perry: I Neither Condone or Condemn Homosexuality

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Texas Governor Rick Perry: I Neither Condone or Condemn Homosexuality

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

Perry-Credit-Gage-Skidmore-300x250In a recent interview with CNBC, Texas Governor Rick Perry stated that he neither condones or condemns homosexuality, citing that he does not wish to do so because of his belief that ‘we’re all children of God.’

Perry was featured this week on Squawk Box with host Joe Kerner, who sought to have the governor clarify a statement made last week in San Francisco, where he compared homosexual temptation to alcoholism.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” he told those gathered at the Commonwealth Club of California. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue that way.”

Following outrage over the matter, Kerner asked Perry whether or not he really believes homosexuals can change and whether therapy can be beneficial.

“You know, I don’t know,” Perry replied.  “The fact is, we’ll leave that to the psychologists and doctors.”

He asserted that the matter of homosexuality needs to be left to the states, and suggested that there are more important matters for the government to address.

“The focus needs to be on creating jobs and creating an environment in this country that people can find the places that they want to live, [and to] live under the rules that they want to live [by] and that’s been constricted substantially by a president that’s putting EPA regulations into place that are strangling this country,” Perry declared. “And the fact is that people will decide where they want to live if Washington will respect the Tenth Amendment and I think that will make America substantially happier.”

Kerner again pressed the matter moments later, asserting that Republicans are losing elections across the country because they are “behind” on the issue of homosexuality.

“If you were to run again, there are upstanding gay couples—good citizens that are good parents; [Do] you agree with that?” he asked. “These are people that are going to be with us forever. It just seems like the Republican Party is going to be forever behind the curve on issues like this and it doesn’t help with elections.”

“I don’t necessarily condone that lifestyle. I don’t condemn it, either,” Perry replied. “We’re all children of God.”

But some are expressing disappointment in Perry for seemingly trying to appease both those who support and oppose homosexual behavior. Pastor Mark Herridge, Sr. of Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Livingston, Texas toldChristian News Network that Perry can’t have it both ways.

“Rick Perry is trying to mollify Bible believing Christians without agitating the militant homosexual community—and the two are completely incompatible,” he said. “The Bible, God, and Christianity has never been vague on any of their viewpoints and this includes homosexuality. Homosexuality is a perversion of human nature and is soundly condemned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. … Mr. Perry claims to be a born again Christian, and if he is to continue to do so, then he must take a clear stand on one side or the other on this issue.”

Herridge said that Perry was also incorrect in asserting that every man is a child of God.

“It is easy for people to assume that every human is a child of God because God is the creator of all life. Yet the Bible speaks of some of those created humans as being ‘children of the Devil’ (I John 3:10), ‘the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:6, Ephesians 2:2, Ephesians 5:6), and “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3),” he explained.

“Jesus referred to corrupt religious leaders as being ‘of their father, the devil’ in John 8:44 and the Apostle Paul referred to Elymas the Sorcerer as being a ‘child of the devil,’” Herridge continued. “So it is quite evident from scripture that not everyone is a ‘child of God” simply because God is the Creator.”

“Ultimately it is the epistles written by the Apostle John that gives us the definition of what a child of God is in comparison to a child of the Devil,” he said. “1 John 5:2 [says], ‘By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.’”

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5 Comments on “Texas Governor Rick Perry: I Neither Condone or Condemn Homosexuality”

  1. Interpreting scripture from a politically correct perspective is just as wrong as the act itself. May I remind the Governor of the scripture in Judges chapters 19,20 concerning those who defend this abomination, you will,according to scripture, receive the same judgment. I’d rather be spiritually correct than politically correct.

  2. Gov. Perry is like most of the world they sit on the fence can not choose a side. We should not condone their life style we just don’t condemn the person because Jesus came to save what are they afraid of to tell the truth. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

  3. This is to often the state of mind of those who are in a position to bring about change. When Christ Jesus said ” if you deny me before men, then I will deny you before my Father,” I believe that means standing for the truth also.

  4. Typical political gibberish. How can anyone be clueless and have no opinion on homosexuality ? We are not all God’s children for all are not led by the Spirit of God. Rick Perry is typical of the masses who want to be politically correct and don’t have the backbone to state clearly what they believe.

  5. Well I suppose the so called family values republicans didn’t see that one coming. We have been fooled into believing there are real differences in the two major political parties. Republicans, Democrats, they’re all in the same gang. Politicks is nothing but professional wrestling.

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