Joseph Herrin (08-06-2013)
Gay, Proud, & Christian?
The apostle Paul wrote:
II Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
There are seducers among the churches today. Their apostate teachings are growing worse and worse. A generation ago there were men and women in the church who were advocating that divorce and remarriage be normalized, that divorce no longer be declared to be a transgression of the will of Yahweh. Forty years later the Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian churches in America have embraced homosexuality as a normal lifestyle. They have even adopted policies that permit non-celibate homosexuals to be ordained as ministers. When sin is not resisted, it increases.
A year ago I wrote about an event that occurred in America’s Midwest that contained a striking message from Yahweh. Following is an excerpt from that post:
An event took place in the upper Midwest of the U.S.A. that I believe relates to the message the Father is bringing forth. What appeared to be a relatively benign storm suddenly became severe, but it is the specific damage that it caused that arrests the attention.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was holding a convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Central Lutheran Church is located nearby and was serving as a preparation area to provide meals to convention attendees. Suddenly the sky turned dark and a fierce wind arose and scattered the tables and chairs outside the church.
Sudden Destruction at the Central Lutheran Church
I am reminded of Christ, when He entered the Temple in Jerusalem and overturned the tables of the merchants and money changers. The Lutheran Church is the same church that George Tiller, America’s largest abortion provider, was a member of until a gunman entered the Lutheran Church in Kansas City and shot him dead. Not only was George Tiller a member, but he was a deacon in the Lutheran church.
This storm also damaged an independent music store in Minneapolis that bore the very unusual name the Electric Fetus. The windows were blown out and the roof collapsed while stores on either side of it remained undamaged.
I am persuaded that the Lord is declaring in this event that there are two core issues for which He is bringing swift judgment to the Lutheran Church. One is for her tolerance, and even support of, abortion. The other is for her present actions to sanction homosexuality within the church. The following item revealing the agenda of this Lutheran convention was found on the Catholic News Agency site.
Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 18, 2009 / 11:38 pm (CNA).-
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is considering a proposal that would allow members in homosexual relationships to serve as clergy. It has denied a motion to require a higher proportion of votes for the proposal to pass.
It is suspected that a tornado was spawned from the thunderstorm moving through Minneapolis. It struck the church at approximately 2:00 P.M., the very time the convention was scheduled to begin consideration of the proposed Social Statement on Human Sexuality. This statement included comments advocating the acceptance of homosexuality as a normal lifestyle.
Not only did the storm overturn the tables outside Central Lutheran Church, it also damaged the church’s steeple, leaving the cross atop it dangling upside down. The inverted cross is a symbol used by the Satanic Church.
The convention passed the Social Statement on Human Sexuality, but before it was passed various amendments were recommended.
including one that sought to replace a section of the social statement about "lifelong monogamous same-gender relationships” with one that asserts the "practice of homosexual erotic behavior as contrary to God's intent."
In a 667-303 vote, the assembly opted against the aforementioned change, following the recommendation of an ad hoc committee that advised against the amendment’s adoption since the position articulated implies "a consensus that no longer exists."
There is not even a consensus among this apostate religious organization that the practice of homosexual erotic behavior is contrary to God’s intent.
A further symbolic note is that this same storm system struck a town called Loami. This is a name used prophetically in the Scriptures, and the understanding is very clear.
And Yahweh said, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God."
People of God, these are very serious matters. Judgment must begin at the house of God. He is even now making a division among those who are His righteous servants and those who are not.
A growing number of Christians are finding it necessary to leave the churches of which they have been a part. Some have grown up in a particular church or denomination, but are finding that there is such a falling away from truth and righteousness that their consciences will not permit them to continue in association with them any longer. The words of Revelation are being fulfilled in this hour.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her [Babylon, the Harlot Church], my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
I would impress upon you the seriousness of what is occurring in this hour. Do NOT think it is a harmless thing to agree with the forces of ungodliness who wish for all the world to accept homosexuality as a normal lifestyle. If you refuse to call sin sin, then you have professed God to be a liar and the truth is not in you. Yahweh sent a message to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. His message is “You are NOT My people, and I am NOT your God!”
Who then is the god of this apostate church? The upside down cross is a symbol of anti-Christ. Is it not evident that when a church rejects the judgment of Yahweh regarding the definition of a sin that He has described as “an abomination,” and they vote to appoint practicing sodomites as church leaders, that they are being guided by Satan, the god of this world?
II Corinthians 4:3-4
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
After exhorting the saints to have nothing to do with immorality and impurity, the apostle Paul declared:
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
I am compelled to offer an apology for writing about such shameful things. I do not enjoy doing so. Yet, there is such great darkness entering into the church, and so many Christians are being swept away in the flood of deception and seducing words, that there is a need to confront this tide of wickedness and call it what it is.
I can sense the passion in Paul’s words when he writes, “Let no one deceive you!” Yet, the church, along with the world, is being deceived. A growing number of denominations, churches, ministers, and individual Christians are finding that it is increasingly difficult to live peacefully in a darkening world while holding forth the light of truth. Wanting to avoid persecution, and desiring to be accepted by the world, Christians are exchanging light for darkness.
Paul wrote that seducers would grow worse and worse. Sin never remains in a condition of stasis. When the church does not apply an equal, or greater force, in its effort to stem the tide of sin, sin will increase and eventually overwhelm the people of God. Many churches today have removed all focus on sin. They have become “seeker friendly” congregations that do not wish to offend anyone. There is no effort at all being exerted to “push back” against the sin that is assailing society and entering into the church. By ceasing to guard against the encroachment of sin, the church is allowing even gross abominations to enter into their midst.
As vile and detestable as homosexual behavior is, sin will seek to manifest in ever increasing ways. Yesterday a sister posted a comment on the Parables Blog and provided a link to the following article.
Pedophiles want same rights as homosexuals
by Jack Minor
Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.
Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position insisting this would never happen. However, psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.
In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. A group of psychiatrists with B4U-Act recently held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA.
B4U-Act calls pedophiles “minor-attracted people.” The organization’s website states its purpose is to, “help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma and fear.”
In 1998 The APA issued a report claiming “that the ‘negative potential’ of adult sex with children was ‘overstated’ and that ‘the vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from childhood sexual abuse experiences.”
Pedophilia has already been granted protected status by the Federal Government. The Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act lists “sexual orientation” as a protected class; however, it does not define the term.
Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation;” however, the amendment was defeated by Democrats. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fl) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law. “This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule...”
Earlier this year two psychologists in Canada declared that pedophilia is a sexual orientation just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.
Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal, told members of Parliament, “Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offense from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.”
He went on to say, “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation. He may, however, remain abstinent...”
Dr. Quinsey, professor emeritus of psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, agreed with Van Gijseghem. Quinsey said pedophiles’ sexual interests prefer children and, “There is no evidence that this sort of preference can be changed through treatment or through anything else.”
In July, 2010 Harvard health Publications said, “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.”
Linda Harvey, of Mission America, said the push for pedophiles to have equal rights will become more and more common as LGBT groups continue to assert themselves. “It’s all part of a plan to introduce sex to children at younger and younger ages; to convince them that normal friendship is actually a sexual attraction.”
Milton Diamond, a University of Hawaii professor and director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society, stated that child pornography could be beneficial to society because, “Potential sex offenders use child pornography as a substitute for sex against children...”
The IASHS lists, on its website, a list of “basic sexual rights” that includes “the right to engage in sexual acts or activities of any kind whatsoever, providing they do not involve nonconsensual acts, violence, constraint, coercion or fraud.” Another right is to, “be free of persecution, condemnation, discrimination, or societal intervention in private sexual behavior” and “the freedom of any sexual thought, fantasy or desire.” The organization also says that no one should be “disadvantaged because of age.”
Recently, news articles have reported on the increase of the practice of bestiality (having sexual intercourse with animals.) This is another profane act that Yahweh condemns.
Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.
You shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled.
If there is a man who lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death; you shall also kill the animal. If there is a woman who approaches any animal to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
Do you think such behavior is so wicked that it will never become commonplace or made legal? In 1969, the same year that homosexuality was removed from the criminal code in Germany, bestiality was also legalized. People who practice bestiality are called zoophiles. There is a zoophile lobbying group that advocates for human/animal intercourse rights in the same way that the homosexuals have lobbied for the right to unrestricted same sex intercourse. This zoophile group, known as ZETA, claims that there are 100,000 zoophiles in Germany. Farmers have aroused attention as this deviant behavior has become so common that their livestock is frequently traumatized by men who sneak into barns, or fields at night, to ravish the sheep and other animals. Animal rights groups are alarmed that dogs, and even cats, are being adopted from shelters for the purpose of exploiting them sexually.
Nor is this behavior simply an European problem. The American Family Association, a Christian political action organization, asked for a boycott of Sears last year because this American retailer was selling sexually erotic books and materials on their website. Two of the books that the AFA listed were Dearest Pet, On Bestiality and Bestiality and Zoophilia: Sexual Relations with Animals. This latter book is reportedly a “how-to” manual for those wanting to have sexual relations with animals. Sears withdrew this material from their website for a period of two months, but has since re-listed it.
In the United States, there are no federal laws banning sex between humans and animals. The only federal law to prohibit zoophilia was found in the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the United States Armed Forces, which banned sodomy. Now that sodomy has been declared legal, bestiality is also unrestricted by the federal government. Traditionally, it has been left to the individual states to determine what is declared to be indecent, immoral, and harmful sexual behavior. Almost all of the states have had laws on the books banning sexual intercourse with animals, even as they had laws prohibiting sodomy. In recent years a trend has developed among the states to repeal existing statutes that criminalized zoophilia. Bestiality is now legal in the following states:
Alabama - Bestiality decriminalized in 1980
Hawaii - Bestiality decriminalized in 1973
Kentucky - No laws were ever enacted to criminalize this behavior.
Montana - Bestiality decriminalized in 1997
Nevada - Bestiality decriminalized in 1993
New Hampshire - Bestiality decriminalized in 1975
New Jersey - Bestiality decriminalized in 1979
New Mexico - Bestiality decriminalized in 1975
Ohio - Bestiality decriminalized in 1974
Texas - Bestiality decriminalized in 1974
Vermont - Bestiality decriminalized in 1977
Virginia - Bestiality decriminalized this year, on March 21, 2013
West Virginia - Bestiality decriminalized in 1976
Wyoming - Bestiality decriminalized in 1977
[Source of Data: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoophilia_and_the_law_in_the_United_States]
The Bible declares that when Christ returns the world will be in a condition similar to the days of Noah. Of that day we are told:
Then Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Restraint is being removed from the earth. Darkness is increasing over the nations. Gross darkness is taking hold of the people. To its great shame, the church is refusing to take a stand, but has adopted a policy of appeasement instead. The people of God are called to be a light unto the world, to hold forth the standard of Yahweh’s righteousness and holiness. To those churches, denominations, and Christians who turn away from righteousness and declare sexually deviant behavior to be normal and acceptable, Yahweh will declare, “You are NOT My people. Depart from Me. I never knew you.”
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