gerry, you need to be a preacher...this is an EXCELLENT article...as we move through this year as a collective church, it's worth pondering whether we're offering god what he asks for, or whether we're giving him what we're telling him he wants... for some reason, i can't help but think of the position of gay proponents in our church...i know from our alberta conference president's wife that nad is meeting in maryland this week, in part to discuss this subject...to say that because we are born a certain way, we're entitled to tell god how he views the lifestyle - that if we sin through a monogamous gay marriage we're honoring him - represents in my mind the exact issue with cain...a tiller of the soil, it was natural for him to give something from the soil...why did he have to do the unnatural thing and go to his shepherd little brother and ask for a lamb... obedience really is the bottom line...we can't get around it...it isn't a question of what we think or fe el is right or wrong...it's what god says is right and wrong...but who ever expected that satanic delusion would reach a point where what is called abomination in the bible is seriously considered ok by some...
>Following that moment of reality, as the blood spilled upon the hand of the transgressor, was the horrifying realization that God Himself would open His throat to the knife of guilty man. That breaks my heart. Thank you.
I like it, however, somewhere you could have also included Jesus' words in Matthew 15:7-9: You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8 ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me. 9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
"Describing the class of people representing Cain, our Lord tells how their focus was on what they did in life. They are quick to defend themselves, recounting all the works of their lives." These are folks who think salvation consists of doing business with God. Buying and selling. Merchandising. Trading. Impressing. Making deals. How easy it is to slip into this kind of thinking. The only 'business' we have with our great God is on our faces, with gratitude, accepting His Lamb on our behalf.
Jeremy, where might I find info on this nad meeting in Maryland?
i'm not sure, collins...i just know the president of my conference really well...i email them practically every day...i can see if i can find out where the agenda might be posted...
This homosexual agenda is rapidly becoming a tidal wave of public pressure. Three days ago, the NFL drafted its first openly gay player (Michael Sam). When the draftee celebrated on national TV with a deep kiss with his "boyfriend", a Miami Dolphins cornerback tweeted "omg." The cornerback was fined and released from team activities until and unless he undergoes sensitivity training. How will our church respond to such public pressure? One recent example is the SCC throwing Eric Walsh under the bus. A far better response might have been "The Bible says that homosexuality is wrong behavior (sin) and we stand by the Bible as the only moral authority of right and wrong. We hope all of our pastors and members do the same."
"This homosexual agenda is rapidly becoming a tidal wave of public pressure." Exactly. It's more of a tidal wave of intimidation and punishment for expressing any private or public opposition to the agenda of the entertainment world and it's ultra leftist Democratic Party political partnership. It echoes the Scripture which warns that no one will be able to buy or sell who does not worship the image of the beast. Well, where is the threat from the Religious Right now? Where is the freedom of religious expression? Where is the freedom of speech? Where is the right to privacy that the Supreme Court discovered when judging on the "right" to kill one's unborn?
our sabbath school was discussing all of this last sabbath...i think we've all kind of assumed persecution would come about as a result of sunday laws...but this gay thing is showing that end-time persecution is probably going to be multi-faceted...it may very well be that all of us are going to be tested in one form or another on homosexuality, in addition to the sabbath - maybe even on evolution...this may indicate that we're in a time where we need to be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves...i'm sure the waldensians and vaudois didn't go around inciting persecution by being unguarded about what they said about the papacy...the gay issue is now a civil rights issue, as far as people who don't know the truth are concerned...this makes it much more difficult to convince people it's wrong...it also means we must choose our words carefully, or they'll be construed as hate speech by people pushing the gay agenda...
"...a tidal wave of public pressure." Well said, Gerry. That's the plan. And you're on to a good point, Jeremy. Sunday laws will come soon, just as prophesied. But Satan is 'winnowing' God's church right now with these other issues. Our enemy is setting us up, preparing the ground, before his big strike. We are under testing today. Is the Laodicean/Remnant Church crossing lines? Will God judge His people? Will He judge us first? "...'Go...through...Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.' "And to the others he said..., 'Go ye after him...and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity. Slay utterly old and young...but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.' Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. "...'Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Je rusalem?' "Then said he unto me, 'The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness...'" --Ezekiel 9 (excerpts)
> @gcwagoner > “The Bible says that homosexuality is wrong behavior (sin) and we stand by the Bible as the only moral authority of right and wrong. We hope all of our pastors and members do the same.” It is beyond hope as we know some pastors have already caved in to social standards in this regard. What we need is to pray we get a revival regardless of the most certain future foretold in prophesy which is not a pretty picture - as it was during the days of Noah.
Aren't we going off topic?