The O'Reilly Factor - Tuesday 9/3
September 7, 2002
By Stephen Bennett
As many of you may know I was invited to appear on The O'Reilly Factor on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002 to discuss my article 'The Gay Spin Zone' - dealing with the media, the promotion of homosexuality and its affects on America's children. www.SBMinistries.org/commentary082002.html
When O'Reilly began the interview on camera - it was obvious I was brought on the show for another reason - not to discuss the article at all as the producers said. (You may read the transcript by clicking below): http://www.cultureandfamily.org/report/2002-09-04/m_transcript.shtml
From O'Reilly calling me an "idiot" earlier that day on his radio show, he also referred to me as a "religious fanatic," someone who "wanted to deny people rights" as well as "...you want gays to go to hell!"
Anyone who knows me, knows O'Reilly couldn't be more dead wrong. My passion is to reach the homosexual man and woman for Jesus Christ. I truly have a compassion for these dear people -- and I believe you know that.
O'Reilly would have heard the truth if he let me share it. Or, he could have listened as I shared my story and love for the homosexual worldwide on Billy Graham's 'Decision Today' broadcast, as millions of others did, only days earlier.
Wednesday evening O'Reilly continued his verbal battering of me by having a liberal Baptist preacher, author of 'When Religion Becomes Evil' on air -- believing I and millions of other Bible believing Christians now were 'evil' and compared me to the Islamic militants who blew up the World Trade Center.
O'Reilly also stands by his disparaging remarks referring to ALL Bible believing Christians as 'fanatics,' 'holy rollers' and people who want 'gays to go to hell.' In referring to Bible believing Christians, he says to the rest of the world, 'these are people who should just be ignored.'
Friend, Tuesday night truly opened my eyes to the hatred this world has towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is offensive. Even though Bill O'Reilly verbally attacked me personally before millions, these verses come to my mind:
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin." John 15:18-22
Homosexuality is SIN no matter which way you try to slice it or dice it. Doesn't matter how they package it, how they market it or how they sell it. Homosexuality can never be justified. Whether it's same-sex marriage or homosexual adoptions - all are wrong for one reason - because according to God, homosexuality is wrong. Period. The homosexual lifestyle is a destructive counterfeit of God's perfect union between a man and a woman. America's views on this may change, but God's views will NEVER change.
Fanatical? No -- biblical.
I thank you for all those who prayed for Irene and I on Tuesday night. I also thank everyone for the thousands of encouraging responses of support from our friends around the country - and I truly mean that. I now ask you to keep Bill O'Reilly in your prayers - a man who desperately needs to know the Truth.
Though I expected something much different, God is sovereign -- and I believe God allowed what took place to happen for a reason. May He use it for His glory and divine purpose.
The work God has called us into is not an easy one -- yet it's a vital one. God loves the homosexual - yet He hates the sin. Homosexuals are trapped in sin as I once was. God has a better way. These are dear people we have a heart for and want to reach for Christ. For the homosexual, there is a great hope - and His name is Jesus.
Tuesday's O'Reilly 'interview' was in no means a discouragement, but opened my eyes even greater to how deceived people really are and have bought into the homosexual agenda's deception. O'Reilly has given me even a GREATER drive to get the message out even louder and clearer.
America heard many things on Tuesday night -- but most importantly: Homosexuals CAN CHANGE and JESUS CHRIST is the Way. Thank you Mr. O'Reilly.
National doors opened for media all over the country due to O'Reilly, and more and more Americans WILL hear the truth: that NO ONE is born homosexual, in most cases has EVERYTHING to do with the childhood, and COMPLETE CHANGE is COMPLETELY possible. We are making an impact. America is FINALLY starting to listen.
As the world gets darker and darker my friend, may the true Light - Jesus Christ - shine even brighter.
In His Love,