Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Lie That Homosexual "Marriage" Is Acceptable to God
During a wonderful walk on a beautiful day at the beach yesterday, my good friend and I got in a discussion about "gay" marriage, civil unions, and traditional one man and one woman marriage. We both shared the fact that we know Christians - some who even appear to be very devout - who have fallen for the lie that homosexual marriage is acceptable. Apparently, they choose to no longer acknowledge that homosexual marriage (and behavior) is unacceptable to God and goes against His laws. God created marriage. The definition has always been the union of one man and one woman. Period!
In fact, the reprobate idea of homosexual "marriage" is not new. It is ancient! Recall that Solomon tells us, "there is nothing new under the sun."
When Jesus was asked what the signs would be of his return, he stated:
Mat 24:37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Luk 17:26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
Luk 17:28 “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
Luk 17:29 “but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30 “Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
What did "the Days of Noah" and "the Days of Lot" have in common? Besides unbelief, moral depravity, murder, evil, and general sinful behavior, they both had the sin of homosexuality in common.
My friend had not heard of the ancient Jewish writings that shared the fact that contracts of "men marrying men" and "women marrying women" happened back before Noah and the flood. It was one big reason why the flood occurred. Therefore, I sent her an email with links to blog posts that shared this information.
As always, I enjoyed our walk, talk and lunch together today!
I told you about the evidence given by Jewish Rabbis in the Babylonian Talmud, but there were also other writings that shared information about "men marrying men," and "women marrying women" in Noah's time.
The following is a link to one of the best Talk Wisdom blog posts about this topic that I wrote back in 2011. It includes additional information from The Midrash Rabbah Genesis - which is a specific form of rabbinic literature of
ancient Judaism commentaries of the Hebrew Scriptures.
As In The Days of Noah Revisited [Note: broken link corrected]
The following is a "search" at my blog with several posts about this topic all in a row:
Talk Wisdom Blog Search: Days of Noah [Note: broken link corrected]
There are many additional links within the posts from other writers who have done extensive research on this topic. Just thought I would share this with you since we were talking about it today!
In addition to this, I revisited a post over at GCMWatch (Gay Christian Movement Watch) that displays the utter depravity of some gay behavior affirming churches.
GCMWatch: MCC Clerics Demonize Jesus
Note - There is a warning regarding the content included at the links within the post:
WARNING: Read this post only if you want irrefutable proof of the depth of depravity currently saturating the gay christian movement.
I have often mentioned that the term "gay" always precedes the term "Christian" in the movement as a whole; as well as when it is written in the description of the churches and even the individuals who self-identify as such. Why is that?
Jesus told us that "no one can serve two masters."
Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Luk 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The second sentence in these verses directly discusses the inability of servants of Christ serving both God and mammon (money). However, it is not only money that people can choose to serve ahead of Christ - it can be ANY master. And in the "gay Christian movement," the behavior of the individuals trumps Christ, God's Holy Word, God's Laws, and Christ's admonition to "leave your life of sin" (which he said to the woman caught in adultery).
Jhn 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[fn] sin no more.”
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Notice that Christ did not condemn her (because those who were about to stone her had to drop their stones when Christ said, "if any of you are without sin, cast the first stone.")
Now, I have been accused at this blog of figuratively "throwing stones" at people who self-identify as gay. Nothing could be further from the truth! God wants ALL to come to salvation through Jesus Christ's sacrificial death at the cross for the forgiveness and remission of sins. However, those who celebrate a sinful lifestyle right along with people who haven't repented of such sin, are allowing them to miss being reconciled back unto God. Which is more egregious?
Let's take a physical example. What if you knew of someone who was about to jump off the top of a tall building because someone convinced them "you will surely not die?" What if your excuse was that you didn't want to offend their sensibilities on the subject? Therefore, you supported their decision to go ahead with the act. Who in their right mind would call such a warning offensive? It's the same when it comes to spiritual matters.
The book of Jude tells us how difficult it can be to help pull someone "out of the fire" of sinful behavior, but it is the most compassionate thing to do despite the fact that many will curse you for attempting to do so! Being uncomfortable in this world is the life of a true Christian. Jesus told us, "in this life you [we] will have trouble. But take heart! For I [He] has overcome the world!" He also told us that "He is not of this world." So therefore, because we have made the commitment to belong to Him, we are not of this world either! He told us that the unsaved will hate us, because they hated Him first!
All that we can do is share the TRUTH with the unsaved. The Holy Spirit of God (through each human act of confession and repentance of sin and the request of each individual for forgiveness through Christ's sacrificial act of saving grace at the cross) will indwell the heart of a new believer and lead him/her to a new life in Christ! The old sin-filled self gradually goes away (called sanctification) and the new life within the believer WANTS to sin no more and please God!
Well, once again I have said my peace on this issue. There will inevitably be people who will vehemently disagree and call me a bigot, hateful, homophobic...you name it...because they do not know the Living Word of God - Jesus Christ, or the written Word of God - the Bible. Plus, it is likely that they have not accepted God's gift of salvation so that they can spend eternity with God in heaven.
One more link to share. It was a post I did as a reaction to GCMWatch: MCC Clerics Demonize Jesus.
Talk Wisdom: The Spiritual Oblivion of the Reprobate Mind.
The term "oblivion" is certainly a fascinating word. At the end of this post, I have included several of Dictionary.com's definitions of the word.
It is interesting to note the following fact, which is mentioned in the third source below:
It [the term, oblivion] has lost its original sense of "no longer aware or mindful," however, and now means simply "unaware" (1862). Properly should be used with to, not of.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
Sin and reprobation of the mind can lead to a state of spiritual oblivion that knows no bounds. This was my thought after reading about the absolute depravity of a person named Robert Goss who masquerades as a reverend. The idolatry, brokenness and demonic strongholds in this man's life are most evident in Pastor DL Foster's post called, MCC Clerics Demonize Jesus.
Look at the NLT version of verse Jeremiah 25:7
"But you would not listen to me," says the Lord. "You made me furious by worshiping your idols, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.
We know what this man's idol is. This man's thought life is so far from God it's astounding.
The Proverb verses tell us how important it is to keep God's commandments. The two brilliant statements from our Lord (in bold and italics here) can be attributed towards identifying Mr. Goss as a false convert. At the same time, the words absolutely destroy his reprobate-thinking theology:
Pro 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
Pro 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Jhn 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Jhn 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
What does God's Word tell us about our thought life?
Phl 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Phl 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Phl 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Phl 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Phl 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:4-8 NKJV
In conclusion, this illustrates just one reason why Jesus told us that he did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. If Jesus came to abolish the law, then we could live in any morally relativistic (or morally reprehensible way as the corruption of Mr. Goss shows us) way we so choose.
But we steadfastly know that Jesus came to fulfill the law, not abolish it. Therefore, His statement, "If you love me, keep my commandments" flies in the face of the gay Christian reprobate theologians who choose to be "no longer aware or mindful" of what God's Word teaches. Scripture will always condemn and expose false prophets, teachers, and theologians like Mr. Goss. And the depravity of their minds will continue to expose the spiritual oblivion that they choose to reside in.
GCMWatch: MCC Clerics Demonize Jesus