The cruise for homosexual men I have already addressed as reported in Newsweek will be a luxurious seed bed for the sowing of HIV/AIDS. The president of Gay Naturists International, Bob Sandla Jr., says in this Newsweek article of his venture, "...it's just plain ole fun." But whether it's on a cruise on the high seas or on a romp au naturel through the forest dressed as gods or goddesses or Bambi, these excursions move beyond high-risks lifestyles; this is the reality that put the risk in risky. Once the bullet hits its target, the target is no longer at risk; it has experienced the hit; the homosexual lifestyle is not risky, it is itself the risk realized and fulfilled.
Just two or three years ago we began to hear of a popular movement among black men; it was called "on the downlow." To be "on the downlow" means that black men have sex with other black men, avoid talking about it, and date or are married to women. This movement has found an unusally large following among black male college students and the middle-class black male. One guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show was proud of his relationship with other black men even though he was married at the time. Even Oprah, who has openly promoted the homosexual lifestyle and so-called transgendered children, and advocates not getting married, was a bit perplexed and angry with her guest. Later, it was revealed that he has AIDS and has given it to his wife. (See Oprah's show "A Secret Sex World: Living On the Downlow").
At the "12th Annual Retrovirus Conference" in Boston in 2005, it was reported that "the HIV infection rate has doubled among blacks in the United States over a decade while holding steady among whites." In the CDC's chart on HIV in the U.S., broken down by race, 47% of those living with HIV are black, while 34% are white. "The CDC also warned that heterosexual blacks, women and others infected after having high-risk sex (such as with someone with HIV, an injection-drug user or a man who has sex with other men) now account for a larger proportion of those who are living with full-blown AIDS." It cannot be denied that homosexual men are responsible for the spreading of one of the deadliest diseases known to man.
The promotion of the nude cruise for homosexual men should raise red flags for everyone who has a modicum of common sense, even homosexuals. And that red flag should have written on it, "Why!?" Why would any organization actively and enthusiastically promote a lifestyle recognized worldwide as deadly and bizarre, knowing that most of the men, if not all, are carrying the HIV? What would possess anyone to encourage and partake of such a degrading and perverted act? It is no different than if someone should sell rats infected with fleas that carry the "black death." It simply defies common sense! But there is an answer.
Speaking of homosexuals, both men and women, the inspired apostle Paul wrote "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting" (Rom.1:28). The homosexual makes a decision and God makes a judgment, He pours out His wrath (v.18). The "debased mind" does not view itself as debased; it is just having "plain ole fun." And in spite of "knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them" (v.32). Now, being past the point of no return, the debased homosexual, knowing the judgment of God, finds himself or herself absolutely unwilling and unable to turn back. These damned folk are "filled with all unrighteousness" (v.29).
What a horrifying and deeply disturbing picture the Word of God paints for us in this passage. These homosexuals have been given up "to do those things which are not fitting." Yet in their doing of these things, knowing that they are going to go to hell ("knowing the righteous judgment of God"), they further their damnation by applauding others who do the same things and who will meet the same eternal damnation. They sell tickets to nude cruises aimed at homosexuals. They produce hundreds of thousands of homosexual videos. They promote their abominable lifestyle through the media, shoving it down the throats of the American family as they sit placidly in front of the "boob tube." And they assemble together in homosexual "churches" pretending that "God knows I'm gay and He loves me" (the title of one of Troy Perry's books; Perry founded the Metropolitan Community Church).
Does this not remind you of Lazarus and the rich man? The rich man knows that he is in hell for eternity; these people know the same though their eternal state has not yet been realized. It is only the debased mind that allows them to revel in their damnation. And does not the Word of God command us to preach the gospel to the homosexual, not because he or she is a homosexual, but because they are sinners? If we preach the gospel to homosexuals because they are homosexuals it may be that we want to convert them to heterosexuality rather than Christ. The homosexual will be found to be guilty of more sins than his homosexuality. The homosexual without Christ is no different than you or I without Christ, a sinner, condemned, unclean.
The debased mind of the homosexual results from the judgment of God. The debased mind of the homosexual is the result of God's wrath which is being revealed as I write this article. But we do not know who has been given over to do those things, do we? But one thing we do know, "And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" (1Cor.6:9-11).
"Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2Cor.4:4). Whether they believe or not is not our call to make. Our call is to preach the gospel.