A Voice in the
"But let your Yes, be Yes, and your No, No, so that you do not fall under condemnation." (Ja5:12)
"...destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention rises up. On account of this the law has become feeble, and justice does not continue to go forth. For the wicked surrounds the righteous, so justice goes forth, perverted." (Hab1:3-4)
"Does the Mighty God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?" (Job8:3)
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and understanding in their own sight!" (Is5:20-21)
"Woe to the rebellious children, says Jehovah, who take counsel, but not of Me; and who pour out drink offerings, but not of My Spirit; that they sweep away sin after sin;" (Is30:1)
(3/21/04) News item:
After the verdict of innocence was pronounced, one parishioner shown on camera: lamenting the fact that there was not even a single dissenting vote to the "not guilty" verdict. Another parishioner expressing that they are going to leave the church: NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE ANTI-GAY; but because the person (now having come "out-of-the-closet") does not "inspire" them the way they need to be inspired.
This same Sunday evening TV's NBC "Prime Time" covered a case of a transgendered male (pretending to be female) being murdered by a bunch of males he had flirted with while pretending to be female, once they discovered his true gender. Followed by the weekly show "Cold Case" featuring the story-line of the murder of a sodomite years prior. In both cases, treating the perverters of God's law with a tender gentleness, presenting them as (loving) "innocent victims" of a bigoted depraved 'hate culture'; when what happened to them was actually the same thing that happens to anything in nature that is "defective" and "abnormal".
Since society today is worshipping "mother earth" and "nature", let's address this issue from that angle a minute: In the animal world when an offspring is defective, it is killed; often by the mother that bore it. While "murder" is wrong for humans; such acts of species 'cleansing' in the animal world are the norm; and thus, for humans, quite understandable; when a person considers that the unsaved are called in Scripture, the "natural man". (1Co2:14) They are behaving according to 'nature'. (Rom2:14) Sexual dis-orientation is NOT NATURAL. It is NOT NORMAL. And the natural man seeks to eradicate that which is perverse; it is in his nature to do so. That's why there are these incidents of gay-bashing, torture, mutilation and murder.
However there is a prevailing attitude in 'enlightened' society to NOT CONDEMN -anything-. And the more perverse it is, the more likely it is that tolerance for it is militantly promoted. Wouldn't want to judge, or be judgmental; quoting "judge not lest you be judged" and also, "he that is without sin, cast the first stone", as in, "those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". After all, didn't Jesus say, "Neither do I condemn..." ?? "...I do not judge...I did not come to judge the world..." ?? Please look up those passages and read the context: in Jn8:11 Jesus follows up by saying to the woman caught in sexual sin, "Go and SIN NO MORE" and in Jn12:47 Jesus came to "save" the world out of its sin.
However, these same people who refuse to acknowledge and condemn "SIN" are the first to condemn a True Christian for calling sin, "sin"; as we are called to do: "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE THEM." (Eph5:11) It is just like they taunted Lot: "this one came in to sojourn, and he acts as a judge to condemn" (Gen19:9) Indeed, we are living in "the days of Lot" (Lk17:28)
There is no intolerance so great as that practiced by those promoting tolerance, when condemning those they deem to be intolerant. Or, said another way: The greatest intolerance is practiced by those claiming to promote tolerance.
It is a question of exactly 'what' the tolerance is for. If it is the practicing of sin (such as the whole militant sexual dis-orientation agenda), they promote tolerance. But if a person proclaims holiness and righteousness towards the Almighty, then they are intolerant of such a person. There is constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of speech: even for blasphemy, perversion, vulgarity, promotion of these things and all forms of sin. But if a Christian merely -verbalizes- sin to be "sin", immediately such concepts need to be squelched as "hate speech".
Well, yes....God hates sin. And the Believer hates those, and their activities, who commit sin; who hate God. "Do I not hate them, O Jehovah, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies." (Ps139:21-22)
So: "hate speech"? Indeed! technically...a True Christian loves the sinner, just the same way God did when He sent His Son to die for the sin of the world. (Jn3:16, 1:29) A True Christian is not going to murder a sodomite or lesbian; leaving judgment of such perversions to Almighty God, in His own time. (1Pet4:5)
Let's get one thing straight in this whole dis-genderment of society: homosexuality is not a state-of-being! It is a 'behavior'! Notice God's verdict for their judgment is based on "those who PRACTICE such things" (being deserving of death). (Rom1:32) Certainly a person who lies is called a "liar". One who steals is a "thief". And those who practice sexually skewed acts are an "abomination" to the Most High. (Lev18:22) But their -identity- is NOT "gay". Their identity is "sinner". Gay-ness is a 'behavioral' disorder; because of the sin nature. God did not create "gay-ness". He created them "male and female" and when He was finished creating, He declared it "extremely good". (Gen1:27,31) There is no such thing as a "gay gene". Women are not born into male bodies, or vise-versa. Let's understand this clearly. And just as someone who purjures themself (lies) in court loses their 'rights'; nor are there special rights of "equality" for thieves or murderers; there are also NO "gay-rights"! Mankind certainly laughs God in the face as they carry on with their perversities; but they will find out at the Judgment how many "rights" they have!
You see, it is a "frienship" and "loyalty" issue. There are various ways it is said, but: The enemy of my friend is my enemy. Or: the friend of my enemy is my enemy. Or: the friend of my friend is my friend. When God calls gender dis-orientation an "abomination", by definition, a person claiming to be God's "friend" -is- "anti-gay".
"Adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore purposes to be a friend of the world is shown to be opposing God." (Ja4:4) We as Christians are not of this world, just as they labeled Lot a "sojourner", Jesus said: "My kingdom is not of this world" (Jn18:36) We claim to be followers of Christ? Then our "citizenship is in Heaven" (Php3:20) We are merely "foreigners and pilgrims" in this world. (Heb11:13-16)
The reason the (self-proclaimed) 'tolerant' world is -intolerant- of Christians is because: "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." (Jn15:19)
So....why are so many who claim to be "christian" so busy trying to be as much -like- the world as they can? ...and refusing to identify sin as "sin" in their conversations? In so doing, are they betraying their true heart, as not really being in Jesus Christ?
Remember, Jesus spoke of observing the fruit. (Mt7:16-20) Apples are not picked from ragweed, nor are thorns found on a grape vine. We often use the example: if it waddles, swims, bobbs its tail into the air as it dives for food, and quacks...it's NOT a kitten.
If you see a person: observe their appearance, talk, music/worship, and behavior; and note the perversities of the world that they tolerate; and put them side-by-side with one of the world's known sinners, and you cannot distinguish between them; is such a person a "Christian"? Is it quacking, or meowing? Ducks don't meow, and kittens don't quack!
Which are you?
Related Topic: "Christian Vigilanteism?"