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" Do We Deserve This? "

    "Through Jehovah’s kindness we are not consumed, because His compassions never fail." (Lam3:22)

    "As a father has compassion on his children, so Jehovah has compassion on those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust." (Ps103:13-14)

    "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I Jehovah search the heart, I examine the soul, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings." (Jer17:9-10)

As this is being written in June: the first half of this year has been devastating for this country in terms of weather. Snow storms, rain storms, devastating tornadoes, floods, wildfires. One of the more destructive tornadoes was in Joplin, Missouri, and as we observed in a Q/A somebody who went there to give humanitarian aid was asked the question by a Joplin woman:
    "What did we do to deserve this? If there is really a God and He is good can you explain to me why He would allow this to happen?"
Well... as often happens when preparations are underway to write these articles, the Lord brings about events and observations, to give me a CLEAR PICTURE and BURNING HEART regarding the situation; just as Ezekiel was shown Israel's sins, to understand their judgments. (Ezk8) Westboro Baptist church of Topeka, KS has gained a name for itself picketting at funerals and other things, calling down God's judgment upon this nation for its homosexuality and abortions. After all, God utterly destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for being, essentially, what this country is today. (Ge19) Is this country due any less?

This is being written on a Sunday. Friday and Saturday several things came to my attention. When I see in the promos that certain people are to be guests I will often tune in to Leno and Letterman, and also to get their 'take' on current events in the monologues, and to observe the reactions of their audiences. To get a (if you will) 'pulse' on the nation from those perspectives.

Leno, of course, had his 'girlie' man on who has graduated from being "Ross the intern" to his full name. Behaves 'girlier' than silly girls do. I -really- don't know what his problem is!!! Everytime I see him I desperately want to vomit! Letterman had Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD, grown up). I didn't know this before, but he lives with another male...and they have contrived and have two children. The 'ease' with which they talk about "partners" these days...! Even the Meredith Vieira "Millionaire" show often features 'gay' contestants where they seem to make a point of also introducing the contestant's "partner"; thus, announcing the fact that they are gay; and in turn, that the show -caters- to gays. Saturday I come around this corner and these two gals, who I know, 'making out' in the front seat of the car, full-faced agressive 'sucking' (as they say). The one has children through a couple of dads... and I was in a stew all the rest of the evening, thinking about the "child abuse" to those kids (that I see playing regularly), living in that kind of environment. Turn on the local evening news and the story of the moment is the "gay pride parade" that had been held. (And then remembered: Yeah, I turned down a 'banner' job a couple weeks ago for that event)

And then on PBS there was a program about churches and the gay agenda. An activist woman whining that the mainline churches (like Presbyterian) will not address "who people are" (homosexuals)...just as long as they refrain from their practices and behavior...and vowing to continue being activistly vocal. That must have been an 'older' program? Seeing as how the Presbyterians and Methodists are now accepting gays into their clergy. One wonders how they address passages like...

    "You shall not lie with a male as with a female. It is an abomination." (Le18:22)

    "If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall be executed to death. Their blood shall be upon them." (Le20:13)

    "Likewise also the men, abandoning the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men with men performing what is shameful, and receiving the retribution within themselves, the penalty which is fitting for their error." (Ro1:27)

Let's get one thing straight: There is no such thing as a "homosexual gene"!! People are NOT "born that way". They cannot NOT help it! As Paul explains it, when men do things with men, they are "abandoning the NATURAL use of the woman" and engaging in "lust", doing things that are "shameful", and when they contract the resultant sexual diseases the "penalty is -FITTING- for their error" (Rom1:27) They got the disease that was "fitting" as the consequence of their behavior. Anymore, I have NO SYMPATHY for those with those diseases. As the angel proclaims in another context...
    "You are righteous O Lord...for they are deserving" (Re16:5-6)
So, to that lady talking about how "the church" views things: people -are- NOT "homosexual". That is not their essence. There -is- NO SUCH THING as a "homosexual". But there certainly -is- homosexual BEHAVIOR.

Just like: there is nothing sinful about a woman being beautiful and attractive. Even for people to notice that she is 'shapely' is not a sin. (Ge29:17 De21:11, Es2:7) Even part of God's blessing on Job's latter state was that he had daughters who were renowned for their beauty. (Job42:15) But Jesus explains what -is- 'sin'...

    "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Mt5:28)
You see, there it is again: LUST.

The 'natural' way humanity is born is for males to be with females in marriage, and to procreate.

Of course, there is the congressman scandal of the tweeted pictures, that everybody is making fun of. While many are making noises that he should resign, I haven't yet heard any sort of serious disgust. For this man it is, well, what it is. With Clinton it included cigars. And a few nights earlier I had tuned in to Leno where he was telling about Jessica Simpson; either getting married, or engaged, or something...talking about drawing up a "pre-nup" that her future husband agrees to "no cheating" after they get married. To which Leno laughingly explodes with something like: Hello!! Isn't that called the "marriage vows"??? (laugh, laugh, snicker, snicker)

Well... EXACTLY! Isn't it the "faith" (fidelity)(1Ti5:12) of marriage that is on-the-rocks today!

Around this same time a visitor to the website sent some wacky comments about the fact that sex should be outlawed; that sex is the "major sin" in the world today. That if people would just stop having sex, that sin in the world would disappear.

Well... TRUE! If people stopped having sex, the human population would die off and cease to exist. And if there were no people, people would not be sinning, because there would be NO PEOPLE -TO- SIN.

Indeed, "sex" -is- the #1 sin in the world. They talk about certain animals where the females will "present" themselves to the male. With humans, that's -ALL- we see. Females are continually "presenting" themselves in their daily attire, behavior, commercials, and in the primary movie and sitcom themes. It's all about sex and 'how' to get some...and these days...how many perverse ways can we twist things around.

But marriage sex is not sin. It is God-ordained...

    "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but prostitutes and adulterers God will judge." (Heb13:4)
In the beginning God created them:
    "male and female He created them" (Ge1:27)
And when He had done so He ordained:
    "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it" (Ge1:28)
When males contrive to be with males, and females with females, "fruitfulness" is IMPOSSIBLE. And God calls it "abomination" (Le18:22) The dictionary calls "abomination" - "abhorrence, disgust". It is utterly loathesome.

And when they abort the baby before it is born, it is both "murder" (Ex21:22-23) and rebellion against God's command to be "fruitful".

Many activitists claim that the earth is running out of space for the growing human population, that present growth trends are not "sustainable". Which I suppose somewhat salves their consciences regarding homosexuality and abortion? But I was reading something the other day where somebody had done some calculations, and they had come up with the fact that today's entire 7-billion world population -could- reside within the space of the state of Texas, if Texas were built up with the infrastructure like New York City. If such a thing were done, think of all the rest of the earth out there where the crops could be grown.

But ultimately it is REBELLION. Rebellion against God, His design for creation and His commands. There are two basic rebellions going on.

  1. God commanded to be "fruitful". Mankind is perverting the whole program of fruitfulness by perverting who has sex with whom, and if accidentally a baby is conceived, how to get rid of the fruit.

  2. And after the flood God commanded to "multiply and FILL the earth" (Ge9:1) Man rebelled and began to build, "that we not be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth" (Ge11:4) And so today the major push is to delete the "boundaries of their dwellings" (Ac17:26) and re-establish the one-world global governance they had started at Babel, which God split up with the confounding languages. (Ge11:7)

    A subjunct of #2 is the universal global one-world religion, which will be addressed next month.

In addition to these main points, just like the "days of Noah" (Mt24:37), before God destroyed all air-breathing, non-ark-preserved life, that "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all day long" (Ge6:5) that's what it is today. So, rather than asking, "what did we do to deserve" God's judgments, the question might be more aptly asked: Why should God NOT send judgment? Not only is it the case that... Today is characterized, as foretold...
    "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away." (2Ti3:1-5)
That last item is the crux for next month. The world is -full- of 'religion', but they are minus God. They even pretend to be "christian", but it is false. And as Jesus was speaking to the future...
    "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Lk18:8b) ...the presumed answer: "No"
The thing is, the world is not looking for Christ's return. Jesus promised...
    "If I go...I will come again" (Jn14:3)
As the angels also proclaimed...
    "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven." (Ac1:11)
But the world is scoffing...
    "knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were since the beginning of creation." (2Pt3:3-4)
And I am reading more and more, lately, of even more people and groups claiming to be "christian" that proclaim the Rapture to be a hoax. They say there is NO RAPTURE. Well... if they claim to be CHRIST-ians, and Jesus promised to "come again", but they deny Jesus' promise, they are not real Christians. (Again, next month's article) A real Christian will believe what Jesus promised.

But the lady asked, "What did we do to deserve" these tornadoes.

The correct question to asked is: What DIDN'T we (as a nation) do to deserve judgment! The fact that we are still alive is God's grace and mercy.

We need to do as Nineveh did at Jonah's preaching...

    "Believe God...call a fast...humble yourselves...call on God...repent...turn away from evil and violence." (Jonah ch3)
Yes, God is "good". But even moreso, the Almighty is JUST and HOLY and does not countenance wickedness!
    "For the day of Jehovah is very great and terrifying, and who can endure it? Yet even now turn to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning, declares Jehovah. So, tear your heart, and not your garments; and return to Jehovah your God. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He has compassion concerning the evil." (Joel 2:11-13)
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