A couple of weeks ago, our Bible study watched the documentary Frisbee, the Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher
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Lonnie Frisbee was the preacher by whom in 1969 and 1970 the Jesus Movement made Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel a big deal, instead of just another uptight, powerless little fundamentalist church.
He was also the preacher who in 1980 brought miraculous signs and wonders to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, making it and John Wimber a big deal.
He was also a homosexual, and so both denominations painted him out of their histories, like the commissars disappearing from portraits of themselves with Stalin when they were led away in the purges.
The question Lonnie's life poses is, "How could God so powerfully back up a homosexual, while hiding himself from supposedly faithful preachers like Chuck Smith?"
As we finished watching the movie, it became obvious. Frisbee had a problem with sexual perversion, which he knew was a problem, and which he did not say was OK. The church leaders who used him and disavowed him had a problem with loving this world - and they teach in every way that that is OK. They shill shamelessly for their favorite empire, for its violence, mass murder, and robbery of other people. They tirelessly promote their own survival and glory in the sight of men, distancing themselves from Frisbee because it doesn't look respectable for their ministries to have originated in the preaching of a homosexual, rather than embracing this inconvenient truth because that is how it went down, how the God of truth chose to do it.
Lonnie Frisbee had a sexual perversion, which nobody even tried to help him with. They have - and love - a spiritual perversion, the love of this present world. They love its pride of life and its empty praise. They love being called by men teachers, leaders, pastors. They love the sea of upturned faces. They love being respected and thought important by men, and so they take care not to be associated with an embarrassment like Lonnie Frisbee's sex problems.
And they love this world's power - its marching men, its cruise missiles and bombs and aircraft carriers, its flags fluttering in the breeze, its "shock and awe" - and they love to hide from the bloodshed and the cry of the oppressed upon which all of this "glory" rests. They love to identify with all this and show off how on board they are with all of it.
All of this is friendship with the world, and as James says, this is how they make themselves enemies of God. They do not realize that all this "glory" is wholly incompatible with the glory of God that is found in the shame of the cross - and that's why they are strangers to the glory that God revealed in Lonnie Frisbee.
It seems strange to Christians that God would back up a homosexual like Lonnie Frisbee rather than all these well-behaved Bible teachers, but if we consider Adolf Hitler the mystery vanishes. Hitler was almost certainly a homosexual, but hardly anybody cares, including these men who think it's the biggest issue of our time. In Hitler other sins appear more serious, such as wanton aggression and mass murder - the crimes these "Christian leaders" and their followers heartily support today in Iraq and around the world.
documents, God seems to feel that way too. Being a screwed up homosexual bothers God less than being bathed in innocent blood and being a friend of this world - in love with its lying, its pretense, its robbery and murder, and its oppression and cruelty. If we have sexual screwups, let's get that worked out, but if we're enemies of God by loving this world and all its ways, let's get on THAT today!
If we diddle with that, leaders and teachers, shutting our ears to the cry of the poor and being partners in shedding oceans of innocent blood, let's not be surprised if God backs up a homosexual while giving us the back of the hand, just as he has done to John Wimber and Chuck Smith.