Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Supreme Court Ruling on Homosexual Marriage from a Christian Viewpoint

The Supreme Court's decision to make homosexual marriage a right in every state will have serious consequences for our country. In a landmark decision, one person made legalizing and legitimizing a blatant sin against God a mandate for the entire country. The vote was 5-4 in favor of this law. One person was the difference between this being and not being a law. Not since Roe vs. Wade legalized the murder of unborn children, has this country made such a terrible choice.

Actually as I believe America is the whore Babylon from the Book of Revelation, our doom is assured anyhow, but it seems that our country is wanting to hurry the inevitable. What people do not realize is that in legalizing these sins, they are saying that this country no longer believes in an absolute morality as defined by God. Murder is not only tolerated, it is legalized. Now sodomy is not only tolerated, but in legalizing marriage between sodomites, it is being forced upon Christians as something that they must condone and accommodate or suffer the consequences. It used to be the acceptable practice that a business owner could refuse service to a client, if they felt that the client was a detriment somehow to their business. With this stroke of the pen, this country has also legalized the persecution of Christians, for anyone who stands against this law will suffer. Many have already come under persecution in the form of lawsuits for refusing to render their business services for sinful purposes. Now not only will business owners not be able to refuse service to homosexuals, but they will not be able to refuse service to anyone or they can be sued, for the precedent has been set. After all, if you can force people against their conscience and religious beliefs to have to serve a small segment of society, then any minority group should have the same right. Now, while a person may say that with this attitude, the black population might still have no rights, that is not the same thing. Being black is not a sin. It merely means a person has more melanin in their skin, and so they should not be treated any differently than any other person. God makes no distinction in melanin amounts. This is entirely different. God has clearly stated how He feels about it. 

Now Christians will be ordered to condone and cooperate with any sin that the people or government deems acceptable. Forget that they are violating our religious freedom. I'd like to see them force an Imam to do a homosexual marriage service. Somehow I think they will be exempt from this mandate. Doctors have already come under persecution for not wanting to perform abortions, and people have already suffered from this law being enacted in several states. Now with two laws mandating that two horrible sins are lawful, this persecution will quickly gain momentum. Pastors may well find that they must leave their churches, or churches themselves shut down, as they are sued for not wanting to endorse this sin.

Think of all the businesses and occupations that Christians who disagree with this law will now have to eliminate from their choices of a profession. No Christian can be a Town or City Clerk, for they issue marriage licenses. Naturally being a person who performs marriages will cause situational problems. So being a pastor or judge will hold risk. Nothing in the bridal industry will be exempt from lawsuits - photographers, apparel businesses, wedding venues, florists, caterers, the list goes on and on. To embark upon making a living in these areas will carry the threat of a lawsuit if one wants to uphold God's standards.

This has also set a dangerous precedent that now makes it possible for any type of immoral sexual sin to now be legalized. After all, if we are throwing out the authority by which we determined what was immoral and sinful, the Bible, then what is left to determine what is wrong and what is right? Why should not someone have the right to have sex with animals? Why not “sex before eight, before it's too late” as the pedophiles in NAMBLA like to chant? Necrophilia anyone? Where does one draw the line, now that we have removed the moral compass? And as we kill babies with impunity, why not the infirm, the old, the disabled, the mentally challenged? Is there any difference? The doors were opened years ago when Roe vs. Wade was passed, but it took us a while to get to the place where we endorsed another sin that is worthy of death in God's eyes. Because historically the acceptance of homosexuality by a nation is generally the last straw for God, I think we can assume that things are going to start getting bad for Christians in this country, for He will turn us over to our reprobate mind.

Christians are going to start feeling the effects of persecution. Oh, not the apostate, Laodicean church, which seems to be the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians in this nation, for they have already gotten on board with this sin. It will be the remnant who suffer. Those who hold to the Word of God. But while true Christians may be the first to suffer, let me assure the Laodiceans and the homosexuals/transgenders, baby murderers and the like, that they will not escape punishment either. Before God's wrath is poured out upon them, however (and it will be poured out), they may find that they will suffer from some persecution themselves. First God will judge the Laodicean church. It is called the great tribulation. And those compromised, apostates who call themselves Christians will find that they will either bow the knee to Satan, or die to preserve their salvation.

As for homosexuals and transgenders (and other unrepentant sinners), as much as they hate Christians for merely telling them this is a sin, I believe they will be far more upset when they find themselves being thrown off buildings, as ISIS is now doing to gays in the Middle East. Islam is taking over the world. Europe is almost under their control, and America is well on its way to becoming an Islamic country. Sharia law calls for the death of homosexuals, and while the Old Testament may have also had that law on the books for Israel as a nation, Christ commissioned us to try to give every sinner the gospel and save them, for we are not without sin ourselves, so we should not start literally throwing stones. This is why Christians only tell them that they are sinners, rather than throwing those stones. This is what homosexuals cannot grasp. The idea of hate the sin, but love the sinner. We hate our own sins as well, but we know that Christ offers forgiveness, and we are trying in love to let them know that if they continue in unrepentant sin, God will punish them, just as He will punish all unrepentant sinners. The problem seems to be that people are trying to say that this is no longer a sin in God's eyes. It still very much is.

Homosexuals attack the Old Testament rule about the death penalty for homosexuality by saying, mixing fabric sources was a sin too. They fail to realize that some rules were not moral sins, but guidelines to prevent disasters and were not punishable by death. Mixing cotton or linen and wool for example, was one of those. Not every law had the death penalty, so to compare the two is ridiculous. Not to mention that anyone who mixes cotton and wool in a garment would find that the first time they wash it, it would no longer be a garment that they probably would want to wear, for the two fabrics act in different ways. One shrinks upon washing, the other doesn't. God didn't give this rule as a moral sin, He gave it to prevent them going through all the work to make a garment only to find that it was ruined the first time they washed it. God forbade them to eat rabbits. Why? Because rabbits are easily raised, and multiply rapidly, making a good source of meat, which they probably would have made a staple of their diet. So what is the problem? Rabbits have virtually no nutritional value. There is a condition called rabbit starvation which killed people in frontier times from them eating rabbit to the exclusion of other foods.

God's rules were for a reason. Many of these rules did not carry the death penalty, for they were not moral laws. However there were moral laws which did, and immoral sexual acts were those which were punishable by death. As for the idea that the Old Testament is no longer viable, well then, let's look at the New Testament, for homosexuality is condemned in Romans 1 just as much as it is in the Old Testament. But God does not declare the death penalty, for now the rules are not the judicial laws for a nation under a theocracy. Instead the sin itself will bring about the punishment within their own bodies. These sins are strictly spiritual issues now, not judicial ones, unless you live under a government which declares them illegal, upon which you will suffer the punishment that such a government deems appropriate. Now Christ offers forgiveness, “He who is without sin, throw the first stone,” but with that forgiveness He also issues a warning, “Go and sin no more.” People are forgetting the second part of His teaching in a rush to embrace the first part.

What is happening is that people want to change the definition of sin. Why do Christians harp on homosexuality and abortion when there are so many other sins? It is true that we do preach on these in a way which probably seems exclusive to other sins, but let's consider the other sins. Does everyone consider lying bad? Yes, for the most part, people do feel this is immoral. Do people believe cheating is a sin. Yes, I think everyone agrees on that. What about stealing? Yes, I think we all agree on that one too. Therein lies the difference. The other sins are considered sins. Even adultery is considered wrong, even though many partake of it. These are all acknowledged sins. The problem with abortion and homosexuality? We are being asked to say that they are not sins. They want us to redefine what God has labeled sins, because they do not want to be guilty of what they know is a sin. Well, we do not have the authority to do that. We aren't God. We can't change the rules just because they want to be able to stand before God and say that they weren't sinning, because we said it was okay. After all, if Christians will put their blessings upon this behavior, doesn't that give them an out when they stand before God on Judgment Day? They seem to think so. We need to let them know that God will not accept that as an excuse. Everybody knows what the Bible says on this issue, regardless of what they want to deny. Trying to find a way to place the blame on Christians for not telling them the truth isn't going to work, for there are still those of us who are willing to suffer the persecution to bring the truth to an unbelieving, ungrateful world. We refuse to have their blood on our heads, for that is the penalty for us if we don't inform them of their sin. Oh, yes, in a way they will be able to point the finger and lay blame at the doors of Christians who went along with this, but ultimately it won't negate the punishment they will receive for embracing and participating in this sin unrepentingly. It is just that the Christians who approved it will suffer too.

We are called hateful, but to be willing to suffer persecution on their behalf to try to get people to change their hearts and behavior, so that they will not suffer eternal punishment? How could we show them a greater love? We want them to understand that they are in flagrant sin and in danger of eternal damnation if they do not repent and change. To turn our backs and let them suffer without warning them, so that we could remain comfortable and not suffer the persecution? THAT would be hateful. Unfortunately by the time they realize this, it will be too late for them.

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