"How horrible it will be to you*, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you tithe[i.e. give a tenth as an offering] of the mint and the dill and the cumin [i.e., various seasonings] and neglected the weightier [fig., more important] [matters] of the Law: the judgment [or, justice] and the mercy and the faith; these it was necessary to do, and those not to be neglecting. Blind guides! The ones straining out the gnat, but swallowing the camel!" -Mt 23:23-24 ALT
"These sect leaders are double-damned - hypocrites! Oh, they pay their dues, -but neglect the weightier matters of Law: Justice, Mercy & good-Faith! They should have practiced those things along with the others! Blind guides; -- So preoccupied with legal details that they work an abomination of justice itself!" -GVT
These things were written down as examples:
Indeed - there is nothing new under the sun. Only the sect-names have changed. The personalities, practices & abuses described by Jesus are as real today as when he described them. All you need to do is to match behavior with the descriptions given. And presto! Right in plain sight -pulling the same scams. What most people need to do is open their mind to the possibility that what Jesus described in Matt 23 is part of THEIR group. Take the blinders off!
Ultimately, what the g0ys movement is about are the weightier matters; justice, mercy & good-faith. Part of the journey of understanding is a review of many of the principles of "Fundamental Law" (that, like God, -does not change). Also called "Natural Law", it is the moral fabric of society that exists antecedent to government; -and the principles are the pillars of all lawfully established government.
King David wrote: "All my desire has been for your salvation, O Lord; and your law is my delight."
And Saul/Paul wrote: "And [you* are] to stop conforming yourselves to this age, _but_ [are] to continue being transformed by the renewal of your* mind, in order for you* to be proving what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ("Perfect" is translated from the Greek word "telios"; -a legal term meaning 'in complete legal harmony'.)
The reason why the attention is given to legal principles is because there are false teachings within many sects that attempt to pervert the Scriptures in such a way as to cast a stigma onto same-sex relationships (merely because of a perceived 'gender issue'). Understanding legal principles allows the apologist to have a "big-picture' perspective & frame those mistranslated texts perfectly within the broader themes of Scripture -returning them to proper context & recovering the actual intent.
Unlike the sloppy, dismissive theology of MCC'esque groups; --G0YS have no need to play down the importance or relevance of ANY Scripture. Rather than attempt to weaken the implications of "problem-text", -we simply look at the original words & ask "how does this fit into the larger legal framework of the overall text". See, Yeshua made it clear that he had not come to abolish the law of Moses, --but to fulfill it. In that statement, he tells us that there will be no legal contradictions - but a perfect legal transition into a new jurisdiction via a new covenant. And by "Legal", I mean "Legal by it's very nature" - not by edict.
The biggest obstacles to grasping these principles are the false teachings made by men who understand virtually nothing of usefulness, but want to be "guides" for everyone else. More deceitful is the fact that many such men have letters like "PhD" after their names. At this juncture - after seeing men with such letters hold virtually opposite views on every subject matter imaginable -- my conclusion is that such letters are nearly meaningless in theological matters. Rather, -where you have coveting & selfish ambition, there you find every evil practice. For this reason, I will not tell you if there are such letters in my name; --only that ultimately -- you must come to your own informed conclusions (because after all -- it is your life). You need to be fully convinced in your own mind and personal study of the issue is the only thing that can legitimately convince you.
Of course, there will be those who visit this site & attempt to find fault with some of the imagery, tone, or artwork selection (whatever). Some people think all of creation should be heavily veiled. While the formula for sure-success has never been found; -- The sure-fire way to failure is to try to please everyone. Much of the content of this site was chosen specifically to teach the lesson that art can be sensual, beautiful & even erotic -- without being sleazy or exploitative. Other content was chosen to illustrate various points (sometimes negative examples). However, -to the prudent study: It becomes obvious that the only people vilified by the g0ys movement are those who would persecute or exploit the innocent (whether directly or by complicit attitudes). The 2 primary "problem groups" that we (& the rest of the planet) generally contend with are:
- People who think virtually everything is a "sin" (& even what isn't should be licensed, regulated & taxed),
- People who don't realize that actions that produce bad results should be restricted on par w. the results they produce.
The folly of both groups is summed up by the fact that neither realizes that "Moral" & "Ethical" behavior is so classified by the repercussions of that behavior. The tree is known of it's fruit. Love works no ill. Setting aside for the moment those things that are tributary to God; -- The simple rule-of-thumb (echoed even in the Scripture itself) for interpersonal relationships can be navigated by the aforementioned principle: Love works no ill.