Matt Barber has a message for LGBT teens: you are not gay. Simple, easy, just ignore the very core of your being, just ignore who you are, just know that you are not gay.
Barber is one of the most outspoken, anti-gay members of the radical religious right and one of the most-public employees of the Liberty Counsel and Liberty University.
In his World Net Daily column, “An Open Letter To ‘Gay’ Teens,” Barber says he’s writing “with the purest of aims and with your well-being in mind – physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, both now and for eternity.”
Yes, you may be physically attracted to people of the same sex, but how you act on those attractions is entirely your choice. Who you are – your identity – is not defined by your sexual feelings, temptations or behaviors. The difference between who you are and what you feel or do is as the difference between night and day.
Here is who you are: You are a wonderful, beautiful, precious human being created in the image and likeness of the one righteous and Holy God of the universe.
You are priceless.
But you are flawed – you are a sinner.
Barber also wants these “not gay” teens to know:
Homosexual behavior is always wrong – demonstrably and absolutely wrong.
And while many teens have heard all this time and time and time again — unless they’ve succumbed to suicide, since this is the exact type of rhetoric that creates environments that leads all youth and teens, regardless of orientation, to attempt suicide — he creates such an ugly lie that perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center should consider naming him his own certified anti-gay hate group.
“That is to say, yes; unrepentant homosexual behavior is disobedience to God,” Barber writes:
If we rebel against God and refuse to repent and ask His forgiveness, then we have chosen our own fate – we have chosen to disqualify ourselves from heaven.
We have chosen hell.
Barber wants to tell LGBTQ teens the “truth,” supposedly, but comes up with this instead:
Adult homosexual activists with a political agenda are using you as a pawn to achieve selfish goals in a dangerous political game.
You’re just a means to an end.
They may have convinced themselves otherwise, but they don’t care about you. They don’t love you. They can’t. Their version of “love” is built on lies. It’s devoid of truth.
So if any LGBTQ teen would care to make the mistake of thinking Matt Barber loves them, let’s just remind you of some of the things Matt Barber has said:
In December, Barber wrote a similar open letter about abortion:
“I don’t write this letter to hurt you. Know that I don’t judge you. How could I? I hurt with you,” and then, he adds, “The enemy of the world is a liar. He is wicked beyond comprehension. You were lied to. Satan loves death. In the context of abortion, he deceptively calls it ‘choice’.”
Know this about your choice: Yes, you are still a mother. Yes, you have killed your child. And yes, there is forgiveness, love, redemption and healing available through Christ Jesus alone.
And on World AIDS Day last year, claiming that AIDS is the “suffering of sin” for LGBT people, Barber linked to an iconic 1990 image of a dying AIDS patient.
Barber has also said that gay people don’t really want to get married, rather, they merely want to use same-sex marriage as a weapon against religious free speech.
One month before the November presidential election, Barber called President Obama “a white-hating, communist, Black Nationalist,” and said that “Obama’s fake ebonics accent is as creepy as any of his hateful race-baiting.”
In August, via Twitter, Barber attacked an inclusive LGBT designation: LGBTQITSLFA, calling it an “ever-growing alphabet soup of sexual perversion.”
And last June, Barber wrote another open letter, this one to “homosexuals.”
In, “An open letter to homosexuals,” Barber told gay people they are going to hell, their “lifestyle” is causing them an emotional and spiritual death — not to mention an early physical death — and called gay pride “sin pride,” called homosexuality an “abomination,” and operated as if all gay people are drug addicts, alcoholics, and sex-fiends.
Last year in May, after President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage, Barber said “President Obama has called Jesus a ‘liar’” by invoking His name in support of gay marriage, and called it “heresy.”
And if that’s not enough documentation of who Matt Barber is, GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project notes that Barber:
Has said that gay male relationships constitute “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’”
Has called President Barack Obama an “anti-American” “enemy” who is “determined to destroy America“
Calling Barber’s open letter to gay teens, “particularly reprehensible,” Jeremy Hooper at Good As You posits:
Not sure which I find more eye-opening, Matt’s obsession or his negligence. I do, however, know which is more dangerous.
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