Of course, what we want is not always what we need. Man is created in the image of God. If we ask and receive not, it is because we have not learned to pray aright. And aside from the emotional and spiritual trauma caused by the November 2015 policy, the church has taken a number of positive steps that have led to greater understanding of and compassion for our gay members of the church. Some members of the church may cite the Proclamation on the Family as the revelatory answer to these hard questions. Preface In 1973 Lester Bush published a groundbreaking article in the Mormon Journal, Dialogue, on the history behind the priesthood and temple ban on people of African descent.
We never thought that would be possible. As you begin to ask, seek, and knock, I encourage you to search the word of God and to ask the Holy Ghost to lead you even as you make your requests known to the father in Jesus' name. I prayed night after night that God would remove this horrible aspect of my life. In reading the stories of these parents, particularly those whose teen children are just coming out as gay, one of the most common themes is that before coming out the children begin pulling away from the church. Asking and receiving the gift would thus lead to seeking and finding the Giver, and this again to the knocking and opening of the door of the Fathers home and love.
They believed that homosexuality was a psychological or spiritual malady that could be cured through intense repentance, self-mastery and even marriage to the opposite sex. It is a broad way; there are many paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways. You cannot gamble with God. He says that since we have evil hearts, then we do not give better gifts than God, whom is perfect and righteous. In addition to the loss of physical life, can we not see how these teachings destroy spirits, destroy faith, and turn our brothers and sisters into enemies? Notwithstanding, it is acknowledged that with the improved social standing, stability and legal rights granted by legal marriage, more gay couples who choose to marry may desire to have families than had they not had that right. Knock, and it shall be opened to you. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads to life: to present comfort in the favour of God, which is the life of the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end of our way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy to us.
We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. Conversely, when the child asks for something that the father knows is beneficial, the father will provide it eagerly because he loves his child. Hold on; let the Word and the Spirit teach you to pray aright, but do not let go the confidence He seeks to waken: Every one that asketh, receiveth. People who experience same-sex attraction or identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual can make and keep covenants with God and fully and worthily participate in the Church. These are selected as three examples of the highest services rendered to the Christian cause, and through the power of Christ's own name, invoked for that purpose; He Himself, too, responding to the call.
If we generally observe these characteristics in their relationship, perhaps we may then conclude that there is no reason their relationship is any less edifying, beneficial and moral than that of a similarly situated straight couple. This is what opponents of same-sex marriage do not want. Treasury of Scripture Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: and it. Harm or Benefit One way to judge the morality of something is if it causes harm. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us.
If we would serve God, we must be firm in our religion. I finally accepted that being gay did not make me broken. This is a free Bible lesson for children, which will teach the importance of continued prayer. Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. The second comparison is a fish and snake. As certainly as there is an Almighty Father in Heaven, as surely as there is His Son, our Divine Redeemer, so certainly is this work destined to reach out to people everywhere.
Let every learner in the school of Christ therefore take the Masters word in all simplicity: Every one that asketh, receiveth. That has been my polar star the last eight years of my life in trying to navigate a way forward. No; let us entrust them all to Him: it is His to solve them: our work is first and fully to accept and hold fast His promise. The Gospel According to Matthew: an Introduction and Commentary. I had nothing to look forward to.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Lexicon Ask Αἰτεῖτε Aiteite Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural To ask, request, petition, demand. To deny someone such fundamental human experience based on highly subjective personal beliefs and opinions could itself be considered immoral, especially considering all the associated negative outcomes. How difficult is it to see that, for most gay people, leaving the church is the rational thing to do to preserve their mental and emotional health? They spoke about homosexuality with disdain and disgust, which reflected the sentiment of their generation. But I was told that it would all be over after this life. When a man and a woman are married and they agree, or covenant, to limit their offspring to two or three, and practice devices to accomplish this purpose, they are guilty of iniquity which eventually must be punished.