The official statement of Bill “anal probe” James at the CharMeck County Commissioner’s meeting, 5/17/2005
Thank you Mr. Chairman. I ask the clerk to publish my comments in the minutes verbatim.
I have thought about this issue from a variety of approaches. Clearly I don’t agree with the proposed policy as I find the activity immoral and against the law. I agree with the comments of Commissioners Puckett and Bishop and I do find it strange that you would place a matter with such a great degree of division on the agenda at the last minute with no debate or discussion and without going through the normal committee processes. That in itself is strange enough but doing it on the night that a significant tax increase budget is presented is the first time this has happened in my nine years.
The one thing that surprised me and which I have decided to comment on was your statement in the paper saying that you were "driven to this decision by my Christian faith”.
That I find inappropriate and sinful not to mention insulting to most practicing Christians.
Clearly, you and others are entitled to your opinion but the Bible’s condemnation of sodomy (homos-xual conduct) is not murky or hard to understand. Your attempts to wrap yourself in the mantel of Christ while ignoring his precepts is frankly something that I suspect God will have to deal with you directly about. It is wrong.
When you invoke that your decision was based on being a ‘Christian’ you defile both God, Christ as the only intercessor between God and man and most of the population of Mecklenburg who disagree that the “Christian” thing to do is to condone sodomy, lesbianism and other perversions. There are those that claim to represent Christ and call themselves Christians in Charlotte while denying the scriptures. It is a small step for them and you to re-translate the precepts of God for your own purposes.
The same folks that play fast and loose with Christianity, trying to turn it into some sort of universalist dogma, removing from God his sovereign righteousness, are the same that remove the requirement that individuals act morally and in accordance with his rules.
To these loose confederation of universalists, that claim the false mantle of Christ are an abomination to God and a stumbling block to Christ’s followers that know no better. When the Chairman of the County Commission says that he is following Christ in condoning sodomy it is time to challenge that no matter the howling from the liberal left.
Your comments on this issue of governmental approval of sodomy and by referencing Christ is at its core an assault on real Christians who actually believe in the Bible and its precepts.
In researching this I noted a scripture verse in 1st Corinthians 6 as follows:
6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homos-xual partners,5 practicing homos-xuals,6 6:10 thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive,7 and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 Some of you once lived this way.8 But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ9 and by the Spirit of our God.
6:13 "Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both."11 The body is not for s-xual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 6:14 Now God indeed raised the Lord and he will raise us by his power. 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
6:18 Flee s-xual immorality! "Every sin a person commits is outside of the body"17--but the immoral person sins against his own body.
In the end, 1 Corinthians 6 above outlines very clearly that eyes are for seeing, noses for breathing and smelling, ears for hearing and if logic is used a Man’s backside or rear end is NOT for another mans private parts but for going to the bathroom. It also says that those that do such things and do NOT REPENT will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. They will not go to heaven. Clearly, Christ does not support or condone Sodomites.
It is amazing to me and most Christian Charlotteans that you could take the plain language of the Bible and twist it into whatever you want slapping the “Christian” label on it figuring that will make it all right.
1st Timothy says essentially the same thing:
1:8 But we know that the law is good if someone uses it legitimately, 1:9 realizing that law11 is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 1:10 sexually immoral people, practicing homos-xuals,12 kidnappers, liars, perjurers--in fact, for any who live contrary to sound teaching.
In 1st Timothy above it specifically says that the law is established for the ungodly and sinners and outlines specifically that “practicing homos-xuals” are part of that group. The Law is either from a governmental perspective or from a religious one is designed to insure that bad behavior is punished.
The Bible outlines in Romans 13 that God created government to be a force for good. God would not create something and apply one set of rules for for the Bible and another to governmental authorities. Parks, you have set that concept on its head claiming that God and Christianity not only condone what is explicitly condemned but that government should adopt it. I suppose this is much the same wrong-headed thought processes that led you to express support for homosexual marriage.
Clearly, there are more examples of such statements through the old and new testaments however I will offer only a few more including one from the First Chapter of Romans which I am sure most Sodomites know:
1:26 For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural s-xual relations for unnatural ones,54 1:27 and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women55 and were inflamed in their passions56 for one another. Men57 committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Ultimately, God gives each of us free will. The Bible clearly outlines that homosexuals are given the chance to change IF THEY WANT TO. If they refuse, God gives them over to a “depraved mind” the result of which ultimately death.
When I was first elected to office you indicated that you did not want to be divisive by bringing up such stuff about homos-xuals. When Lloyd Scher suggested it you all ran for cover. Now, after the Democrats collectively receive $6,000 from the homosexual lobby you all bring it up in the dead of night. You criticized the “gang of 5” for doing so. And yet, you do exactly what you accused them of doing.
Over the last 9 years I have come to witness the “heathen” of Charlotte as an elected official. They (and you Mr. Helms) attempt to dismiss and demean anything involving real Christianity. If they can not demean it they cite “he who is without sin cast the first stone” to justify all manner of sin.
Since that is one of the heathen’s favorite scripture verses and used to justify sodomy and most other perversions here are a few thoughts. The scripture verse most often cited by those that wish to abandon God’s rules is:
Luke 6:37 - "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Romans 1:18 however says: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
In Colossians 2 8 says: See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.
That is what we have here Mr. Helms. Your view of what you want “human tradition” to be NOT what Christ would want or what is outlined in the Bible but the thoughts and views of a fringe element of apostate Christianity. God judges - not me, not man. God decrees that sodomites who are unrepentant go to Hell. God sets the standard.
We, as humans all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Re-writing the Bible for your own deigns is “judging” Mr. Helms. You are judging that God’s stated rules don’t count and you in your infinite wisdom can re-write them though the Bible says otherwise. That is the ultimate arrogance.
In Jude, it says “just as Sodom and Gomor'rah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. 8 Yet in like manner these men in their dreamings defile the flesh, reject authority, and revile the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you."
So, Mr. Helms and Democrats. I have nothing else to say except what the Bible instructs me to say. “The Lord Rebuke you”.
It will be up to him to settle matters with your souls and the voters to settle matters with the 6 of you in 18 months. If The Democrats are removed from office in 18 months time the Republicans are committed to reversing this completely. That is our collective “judgment” and the rock on which we stand.