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Why the Bible condemns homosexuality: “Male and female He created them”…

Posted by Gary on July 6, 2015

Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…”

In the debate over homosexual marriage we hear again and again that sexuality is a personal matter. According to LGBT advocates, it is hateful, bigoted and homophobic to insist that there is one truth and standard for human relationships and sexuality. “What business is it of yours who I love and have sex with?” Is a common refrain. “We love each other and you have no right to tell me who I can love or not love” is another. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Woe to the false shepherds and shepherdesses: God’s view of homosexuality…

Posted by Gary on June 30, 2015

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:18-32 18)

“And the LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.”(Jeremiah 14:14)

Five Supreme Court justices have spoken for the nation and have declared that homosexual marriage is the law of the land. The celebrations continue and we are told that we now have “equality” of marriage. We may now have legal equality but the outcome of a union of a man with a man or a woman with a woman is not equal to the male with female union as I have contrasted here.

The legal/political world has spoken. The world of music, art, film and sports have bomarded us for years with the message that homsexuality is moral behavior. But what does God think about homosexuality?

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Now how could that be? (President Obama’s claim that gay marriage strengthens families)

Posted by Gary on May 15, 2012

Genesis 1:27-28 “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…”

Well, at least he is finally being honest…we all knew that President Obama was a champion of sodomy but until now for the reason of political expedience, he has walked the wire. Finally, his political life and his real views serve each other.

This week the President has declared that, “Gay marriage doesn’t weaken families, it strengthens families”. We would ask the President, “How can gay marriage strengthen families when it cannot create families”? This is the marvel isn’t it? For there to be a “family” a gay couple must pilfer from the union of a man and a woman for their “union” can produce nothing but disease and death.

Not only this, if homosexuality were to be embraced wholesale (as we can advocate for male and female with no harm coming to humanity) there would be no more families for sodomy practiced wholesale by humanity would lead to extinction. Sodomy leads to extinction and would end families, yet it strengthens families! This must be the new math.

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Contrasting kisses

Posted by Gary on December 23, 2011

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This past week the world seemed to rejoice as two females kissed each other in the traditional “first kiss” as one sailor chosen by raffle is selected to greet and kiss a loved one first upon arriving in port. It would seem that our President, his administration and the armed services would have us believe that the embrace of these two females is the moral equivalent of the long famous sailor and nurse kiss which took place on V-J Day in 1945.

If you doubt there was anything intentional here, the media and those in the LGBT community are touting this as “The kiss heard round the world”. World, here is the message: America is shedding the shackles of its Christian, moral foundings and we have finally seen the light. We have made a discovery (what it is, I don’t know) that proves that all our former laws against sodomy were wrong. Not only this, but we are correcting virtually every nation before us in every age that condemned this behavior. They have all been wrong for thousands of years and America under the Obama administration is setting humanity right.

President Obama is determined to have sodomy acknowledged as the moral equivalent of the God ordained male-female relationship. We recently learned that the Obama administration will use U.S foreign aid as leverage against countries that outlaw homosexual behavior. If you take a moral stand against this behavior forbidden by God, that condemns itself with disease and death and would lead to extinction if we all embraced it, the U.S. government will not give you financial aid. Truly we are governed by sons of darkness.

The world holds two photos before us, a man and woman on the left and two women on the right and insists that they are moral equivalents but are they? Let’s see…

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Riding coattails

Posted by Gary on August 24, 2010

1 Timothy 2:11-15 “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”

I often wonder how Christian congregations who would not support or allow a homosexual to be their pastor are willing to allow women to be their pastors. If you were to ask such folk why they would oppose a homosexual in their pulpit they would quickly respond, “Because God has forbidden homosexuality” and they have answered rightly. God has also forbidden a woman to teach or have authority over a man, why isn’t there the same concern to obey God as He speaks about the roles of men and women?

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Minister arrested in the U.K. for saying that homosexuality is a sin

Posted by Gary on May 3, 2010

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Revelation 2:10 “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

I read today that a minister in the U.K. was arrested for saying that homosexuality is a sin. Here is an excerpt from the story and you can read the article here:

Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships.

The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Wokington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.

Police officers are alleging that he made the remark in a voice loud enough to be overheard by others and have charged him with using abusive or insulting language, contrary to the Public Order Act.

Mr McAlpine, who was taken to the police station in the back of a marked van and locked in a cell for seven hours on April 20, said the incident was among the worst experiences of his life.

“I felt deeply shocked and humiliated that I had been arrested in my own town and treated like a common criminal in front of people I know,” he said.  “My freedom was taken away on the hearsay of someone who disliked what I said, and I was charged under a law that doesn’t apply.”

Christian campaigners have expressed alarm that the Public Order Act, introduced in 1986 to tackle violent rioters and football hooligans, is being used to curb religious free speech.

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Does it exist?

Posted by Gary on November 10, 2008

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Bible speaks of sexual immorality and in terms that make it clear that it is displeasing to God. So displeasing that as the verse above declares, the sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God. I am wondering today if such a thing as sexual immorality even exists to our minds? Are we willing to call anything immoral in regard to sexuality? There was a time when being unfaithful to one’s spouse was grounds for divorce in court and called immoral, not anymore. Do we believe that having sex before marriage or outside the commitment of marriage (fornication) is immoral? Isn’t it obvious that we do not?

Do we believe that men having sex with men or women with women is immoral? Far from it. Even though the Word of God condemns homosexuality and even our bodies testify to the immorality of these acts (disease, death and extinction) we still insist that the only immorality attached to homosexuality is calling it immoral.

I guess we are only left with bestiality and sex with children and in case you are not aware, having sex with children is a movement that is not without its advocates. What should be obvious is that once we depart from God’s Word which offers sex with blessing only to a man and a woman who have entered into the covenant of marriage, everything becomes allowable and we lose the very existence of immorality. After rejecting God’s Word on what basis do we call anything immoral? It is a marvel to me that we see the effects of smoking and are willing to call it wrong and seek to see it ended yet when we see disease and death result from sexual immorality we seek to find ways to continue in the behavior “safely”, yes, we urge people to have “safe sex”. Why isn’t it safe naturally?

Sexual immorality is one of the chief indicators that a person and a nation do not know God or have departed from Him. National immorality is also a precursor to God’s judgment on a nation. There is no holding steady when it comes to sexual immorality. Sex outside of God’s blessing is always the fulfillment of lust and lust is never satisfied. What once fulfilled lust loses its ability to satisfy and greater and deeper levels of immorality are needed to satisfy lust’s demands. Further and further down a person and nations go, destroying families, bodies and eventually souls for the sexually immoral will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Romans 1:21-28 “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper…”

Who has spoken?

Posted by Gary on October 11, 2008

While our country totters and reels financially very few seem to consider that perhaps our difficulties have the mark of divine displeasure stamped upon them. Not only are we unwilling to consider this, we are all the more determined to rebel against God, to thumb our noses in His face.

Today the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right. Though the legislature had passed legislation defining marriage as between a man and a woman Governor M. Jodi Rell (while disagreeing with the ruling) tells us that “the supreme court has spoken”:

The supreme court has spoken? I know a higher court whose Chief Justice is holy, eternal and unchanging. He has also spoken:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy for I am holy.”

It just struck me powerfully today that while we see ourselves in great trouble instead of humbling ourselves and seeking God we are instead pounding our chest and glorying in the decrees of our courts who speak words that tell us that we can disobey God.

Dear friend, I do not know if this is the time but I want to warn you that a day is coming when those who have boasted in their evil judgments and all who follow them will hear a voice, and see the presence of Him who speaks. The Bible tells us of some who heard God’s voice once (at Mount Sinai):

Exodus 20:18-19 “All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”

The Bible tells us that those who have spoken in rebellion against God will use their voice when Christ appears and will plead with the rocks of the mountains to fall on them:

Revelation 6:15-17 “Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'”

America, you seem determined to perish. You rebel against God even as He speaks to you from Heaven showing you the false foundation you have built on. Dear reader, whose voice, whose mouth will you listen to?:

Isaiah 1:19-20 “If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land;  “But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Be careful what you lay at the door of the Lord

Posted by Gary on September 18, 2008

Recently Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) artist Ray Boltz declared his "coming out" as a homosexual. The exclusive story printed by the Washington Blade reveals that Boltz’s marriage of 33 years (four children) is now over and he is pursuing a "normal gay life."

I want to reflect for a moment on something Boltz says at the end of this article, it is vital for our day:

“This is what it really comes down to…“If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be … I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.”

This of course is the frequent statement made by people who are gay and who claim a belief in God, the claim is that God must have made them the way they are. Now what is it that leads them (or us perhaps with our particular sin) to believe that God made us a certain way? This claim is always attached to our desires, because we desire something we immediately assume that the desire must have come from God. But is this so? That God creates desire is undeniable. The question is, does God create all desires and are all desires honoring to Him and permissible in His sight?

I remember a line from a Biblical film about Joseph in which Jacob warns his sons "Be careful what you lay at the door of the Lord." Though this statement is not found in the Bible it is true and applies here. Can we rightly claim that every desire we have has been given us by God?

Please take a moment to read this sampling of verses from the Bible that mention our desires and decide for yourself:

Galatians 5:24  "Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

Ephesians 2:3 "Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest."

1 Timothy 6:9  "But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction."

Titus 2:11-12  "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age…"

2 Peter 2:18  "For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,"

2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,"

For the sake of brevity let me mention some important facts: Some of our desires according to the verses above are called lusts and result in wrath from God, some desires are called "harmful", others are called "worldly and we are told to "deny" them. Perhaps the most interesting verse in light of our topic is 2 Timothy 4:3 in which the statement is made, "…in accordance with their own desires". Here very clearly the Bible tells us that some will want to find teachers for themselves who will tell them what they want so that they can fulfill "their own desires" not God’s desires, their own.

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We're almost there

Posted by Gary on March 17, 2007

If you have followed at all the furor surrounding the statements of General Peter Pace you are aware that homosexual advocates almost have us to the place where homosexuality cannot be discussed as a moral issue. Watch carefully the stage and what is happening on it, greater and greater pressure is being applied to anyone who speaks of homosexuality as immoral. In his comments Pace said:

“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,”…”I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.”

Do a search on the name Pace and “apology” and you will find that groups and individuals are demanding Pace apologize. While not relenting regarding his view, Pace later stated that he should not have emphasized his personal views. Too bad General Pace, not only do you have the Word of God behind you, you are the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you do have a right and responsibility to consider what is best for the military. Yet another bludgeoned into the bowed head posture, the world will not rest until all statements of the sinfulness of homosexuality are silenced.

“Hate speech” is the term to keep your eye on, calling homosexuals immoral is hate speech. I wonder why it is not hate speech when homosexuals call Christians bigoted and narrow because they believe that homosexuality is a sin? Apparently only calling some people wrong is hateful.

This is a battle that it is very easy to become weary of, who wants to be called hateful, insensitive and bigoted? Who wants to have the whole world staring down its nose telling you that you need to apologize? It would be a lot easier to just stay quiet and let people ruin themselves if that’s what they want. However, no genuine Christian can stay quiet or watch idly as people who are lost head to their appointment before the holy God, so we press on and speak on and by God’s grace, love on. We must never relent of calling sinners to repentance, nor can we withhold the love of Christ that we have been shown and that the homosexual so greatly needs.

Concerning the morality of homosexuality… I will often hear somone say that we are no longer under Old Testament law. First of all, God’s hatred of sodomy was exhibited 400 years before the law was given in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18 &19). Then the Law came and told us emphatically that for a man to lie with a man is an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13). Then in the New Testament we find the Bible’s lengthiest and most thorough condemnation of this sin (Romans 1:18-32). Later the New Testament tells us that the homosexual will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). The Bible condemns sodomy before the Law, in the Law and in the New Testament era, no honest reading of the Bible could conclude otherwise.

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