Thursday, May 26, 2011

Marriage Under Assault In DC---Again

While Christians, conservatives and most who care about the safety of our children, were welcoming the resignation of President Obama's "Safe Schools Czar," founder of Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and gay activist, Kevin Jennings; some of the President's advisory council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships joined the President's national war on the Defense of Marriage Amendment (DOMA).

Rev. Nancy Wilson, a lesbian and member of the President's Faith Based council, told the press, "We come to our nation's capitol to tell our elected officials that our marriages count and that DOMA should be repealed,"---echoing the President's sentiments.

Ironically, in the name of morality, there is a growing assault against those who support natural marriage. The charge? Immorality.

Their inversion of biblical truth brings Paul's words to the Roman Christians (Romans Ch.1) to mind.

"How many gays does God have to create before the world will treat us equally?" they ask.

In support of ENDA and the defeat of DOMA, Rev. Wilson declared, "It is a failure of this nation's moral and constitutional character to deny federal benefits to married couples or deny job security to people who just want to feed and clothe their families."

She spoke of her 33-year "marriage," "made legal in Massachusetts in 2004."

In the economy of the new morality of the President and these activists, it is immoral to stand on biblical teaching on the matter of homosexual behavior and natural marriage and it is moral to affirm, celebrate, normalize and legalize it.

I hear the voice of Saint Paul writing to the Roman Christians and those who would follow, "There are those who have exchanged the truth of God for a lie"---they have "become futile in their thoughts and their foolish hearts were darkened"---"vile passions, a debased mind," echoing and affirming the teaching of the Old Testament on the subject.

These are not my words. I'm merely reminding you of them. And we are called a bigot.

The President's response to these particular Scriptures has been to identify them as "obscure" or misunderstood. Too many in the church have chosen silence, while the more blatant response by activists is simply---"Get over it," the title of a video that is circulating, particularly among the youth, advocating they put aside biblical teaching on marriage and homosexual behavior, because it's outdated. Irrelevant. And the church, too often, affirms it with our silence.

Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder of Refuge Ministries, told the press, "Too many have committed suicide," concluding, "One of our elected officials in Minnesota just yesterday said: How many gay people will God have to create before the world will treat us equally?"

With these kinds of arguments, they are demanding that the Christian church forsake biblical teaching, the federal government affirm their sexual behavior and our culture abandon 5000 years of social precedence and declare it normal.

In an email we received yesterday, I was vigorously accused of basing my beliefs on the "bible".

I plead guilty. How about you?

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Informed.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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18 comments:

  1. I don't think you are basing your beliefs on the bible at all. I believe your bigotry would be there with or without the bible, you are simply using the bible to justify it.

    Mark in Tigard

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  2. How refreshing to see politically active, religious groups that are working on the side of good and decency, rather than that of discrimination and bigotry.

    Of course, it comes as no surprise that you would ruthlessly attack your fellow Christians for having the temerity to recognize their common humanity with those, who Gary despises so badly.

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  3. I guilty! Bud in Lynnwood

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  4. I plead guilty. I believe the Bible.

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  5. Find me guilty.

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  6. I hope to be tried by Satan and found to be without a doubt, a follower of Jesus, with all of heaven watching on.
    I want to be that convicted of following Christ. Satan is an accuser of those that will follow Jesus, but we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and we have the Spirit of God to be our comforter.

    Put my name down.

    Ray from Renton.

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  7. Mark in Tigard,
    Have you been a Christian long?

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  8. "It's not me, it's God" is a common and cowardly refrain from anti-gay "Christians" ...

    I have to wonder why "Christians" are so willing to line up and obey so-called statements condemning homosexuality, when they so easily and quickly disregard the multitude of other statements in the Bible about women, polygamy, slavery, punishment, etc.

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  9. "From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." - Jesus

    The Bible sometimes has a way of presenting simple, obvious common-sense realities for people who can't figure out which end is up.

    ... but nobody can force you to listen to common sense. That's part of free will. The thing is, anybody who says 2 men "equal" husband and wife are so obviously crazy that it's not really possible to have a rational conversation with them. The best I've found I can do with those who don't understand what marriage is is to present my own commonsense viewpoint and agree to disagree. That, and help Christians to think clearly and confidently about this issue and not give in to the crazies.

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  10. Mark, this blog has been very consistent in promoting biblical principles. If you consider that bigoted, so be it, you have a right to your opinion. You should know that God's laws don't change, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We trifle with disaster when we ignore them, belittle them or scoff at them.

    God is not mocked, you will reap what you sow.

    10:33

    Christians? For although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools......therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because THEY EXCHANGED THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD FOR A LIE AND WORSHIPED THE CREATURE RATHER THAN THE CREATOR, WHO IS BLESSED FOREVER. AMEN

    FOR THIS REASON GOD GAVE THEM UP TO DISHONORABLE PASSIONS. THEIR WOMEN EXCHANGED NATURAL RELATIONS FOR UNNATURAL, AND THE MEN LIKEWISE GAVE UP NATURAL RELATIONS WITH WOMEN AND WERE CONSUMED WITH PASSION FOR ONE ANOTHER, MEN COMMITTING SHAMELESS ACTS WITH MEN AND RECEIVING IN THEIR OWN PERSONS THE DUE PENALTY FOR THEIR ERROR.

    THOUGH THEY KNOW GOD'S DECREE THAT THOSE WHO DO SUCH THINGS DESERVE TO DIE, THEY NOT ONLY DO THEM BUT APPROVE THOSE WHO PRACTICE THEM. ROMANS 1:21-32.

    They are not Christians if they stand in direct opposition to God's laws, I'm not saying this, God is. Christians don't get to pick and choose, you're either all in for Christ or you're not.

    Craig in Lacey

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  11. The resignation of Kevin Jennings is an answered prayer. The enemies of God want to destroy this nation and hope to even use the Church to do it, if they are willing to fall away from the faith of Christ who bought them, who bled and died to buy them out of this fallen world of corruption and decay which is the result of sin. But I believe there is a Church that will not buy into the gay agenda. For that reason, and for all the souls that will be brought into the kingdom of heaven by God working through them, through their testimony and through their prayers, because of Jesus,
    this nation will continue to exist and be restored for his reward which he suffered and died for. He's going to get somebody into heaven because of his obedience to God which was all the way to the end, even unto the end of the cross.

    His final cry from the cross was because we were alienated from God.

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  12. "it's not really possible to have a rational conversation with them"

    Because rational conversations must always involve an imaginary man in the sky.

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  13. Craig,

    Christians don't get to pick and choose

    Seriously? Leviticus?

    And, bigotry is bigotry. I don't care if it comes from Fred Phelps or God, it's still bigotry. Personally, I don't think your god would be bigoted against gays, but that's another discussion.

    Mark in Tigard

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  14. Mark,

    Are you referring to the various offerings? Burnt, cereal, sin, etc.? As a so-called former Christian, you should know the answer to this. Jesus is the final high priest, the offering He requires is a life lived in obedience to him. No other offering is needed, which is clearly spelled out by Paul in his letters to the churches. I think maybe you knew that and were hoping I didn't.

    Secondly, there is no longer a temple in Jerusalem in which to perform said offerings, because it was destroyed by Titus in 70 A.D., specifically because of Israel's rejection of the Messiah. Jesus told the Christians it was coming and guess what? When Titus approached, every Christian left and not one was lost.

    To answer your question, No, Christians don't get to pick and choose. Those that do are being falsely led and the Bible has much to say about not falling away from the truth. God sets the rules, not me, not Gary, not some pastor and not you. Read Romans Chapter 1 for yourself, don't believe me, I can't save anyone. I am responsible for planting the seed of the Gospel, you're responsible for what you do with it. May He open your eyes to the truth and may you grow by it.

    Craig in Lacey

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  15. Craig,

    Now I'm a 'so called' former christian? OK, I'll double check my long form birth certificate. Maybe it says I was actually a muslim.

    I'm not playing games on who knows more about the bible. Putting out half truths while hoping the other side doesn't know the truth wouldn't be ethical.

    I was simply referring to the well publicized parts of leviticus about eating shrimp or being put to death for a variety of mundane activities.

    You folks justify your bigotry with the bible, so it caught my eye when you said that christians can't pick and choose which of god's laws to follow.

    Mark in Tigard

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  16. Mark

    You were right to call me on it, it gives me an opportunity to edify you. It also gives me a chance to check the facts and make sure that what I'm saying is in keeping with biblical principles.

    Would it make you a bigot for setting boundaries and rules for your kids, to keep them from harm or from destroying themselves? God simply does the same. He knows our rebellious nature as we know our kids. Hopefully we live long enough to gain wisdom and understanding that God's laws are for our benefit, just as we hope our kids will live long enough to see the wisdom of the boundaries we set for them.

    As for dietary laws, they are not required for gentiles, as Paul explained. I can get the reference if you'd like?

    Only those trying to keep the Law of Moses as a means of salvation are required to follow the levitical code. Since salvation is only found in Jesus Christ, they're wasting their time. I hope that helps explain some things, God Bless!

    Craig in Lacey

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