Pastor Mark Martin: Gay Pride Sunday and Baptism / Calvary Shepherd shares his Testimony

Pastor Mark Martin recently enjoyed "a Gay Pride Sunday" worship service! (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)

Well, maybe it was "purely for research purposes"?

PASTOR MARK GETS BAPTIZED

"I got the full immersion into the whole community." (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012) "Immersion" means "a form of baptism in which part or the whole of a person's body is submerged in the water" (World English Dictionary)

PASTOR ENJOYED HIS WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

After the gay baptism, Pastor Mark was "impressed 1) with the choir, 2) the organ, and 3) the procession with the cross". (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)

As you might expect, Pastor Mark's fellow worshipers included "gays, and lesbians, and transvestites". (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)

Being quite missionary-minded, "I was bringing other people in". (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)

It was a proud church, certainly, but far too legalistic for Pastor Mark: "Before establishing Calvary Community Church, Pastor J. Mark Martin spent many of his formative years within a highly legalistic denomination that emphasized adherence to its peculiar doctrines and salvation by works, principles he later eschewed in favor of underscoring God’s grace." http://pastorjmarkmartin.org/

PASTOR STUDIES GRACE IN SAN FRANCISCO AREA

After all his studies (many of them in Berkeley and Castro), he now teaches that the Ten Commandments are no longer operative for Christians: "the Old Covenant, the Ten Commandments, had a definite beginning and a definite end." (Pastor Mark Martin, The Gospel and The Covenants, http://exadventist.com/Home/Covenants/tabid/54/Default.aspx)

"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened" (Romans 1:21, Holy Bible):

You see, "Old Covenant" is defined as "(initial capital letter) the Old Testament." (Old Covenant, Dictionary.com, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/old+covenant) Even though Pastor Mark's thinking has become futile (per Romans 1:21, Holy Bible), the Old Testament is still an integral part of God's Word: "The Holy Scriptures of the Christian church contain two Testaments, but they comprise one Bible. The Old Testament, or Old Covenant, remains an essential part of the Christian Bible because the two covenants form one record of God's progressive and redemptive revelation to humankind." (Andrew E. Hill, John H. Walton, A survey of the Old Testament, 2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000, p 555)

Pastor Mark's contention that the "Old Covenant" is identical with the "Ten Commandments" is wrong.

So why did he want the Old Covenant out of the way?

HE HAD BEEN IN BONDAGE TO THE LAW

"I kept the rules, and I kept the law" (Mark Martin, The Line in the Sand, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVegdtrTDjI, minute 3):  "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman". (Leviticus 18:22 NIV, Holy Bible)

But as Pastor grew up, "I began to wonder, well, what am I?" (Mark Martin, The Line in the Sand, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVegdtrTDjI, minute 5)

On moving into the dorm at pride college, Pastor Mark got to know some of the brothers, and "We were hungry". (Mark Martin, The Line in the Sand, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVegdtrTDjI, minute 4)  Well, "two guys can love one another".  (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)

SUCCESS: PASTOR MARK FOUND HIS ANSWER -- AND LOVE

And in the joyful days of his youth, this pride found a very special expression in liberal California:   "I had a sweet time in Sebastapol, California, while I was in college, with a man". (Mark Martin, The Line in the Sand, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVegdtrTDjI, minute 7)

Oh, "I'm embarrased to talk about it."   (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)  But face it: "I was proud". (Mark Martin, The Line in the Sand, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVegdtrTDjI, minute 4)


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