Vol. 8, No. 11
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The world in itself and of itself is not getting any better. The truth of the matter is mankind, without God, is becoming worse. God's wonderful creation, the human race, had lost its golden glow with the introduction of sin into the world. With the passing of time, it repented God that he had made man in his image because of the terrible blight of sin that had tarnished the golden innocence of his creation (Genesis 6-7). Think about it, only eight souls were saved from the vast multitude of people who lived on this globe when God deluged the earth with water. There was a new beginning but it was not long before the sins of those who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of sexual perversions caused God to destroy those cities with fire and brimstone (Genesis 19).
Societies over the centuries that have forgotten God have suffered the inevitable consequences. The Psalmist wrote, "The wicked shall be turned to hell, and all the nations that forget God." The populace of our great nation has not learned the lesson that we eventually reap as we have sown in moral issues (Galatians 6:6-7). The devil has an agenda and it is slowly but surely being carried out by influential individuals and organizations. In fact the television and movie industries are doing what they can to influence the citizens of our country to accept the lifestyle of the homosexual, bi-sexual and transsexual.
I might also mention that many major newspapers are doing what they can to assist in propagating this same agenda. The Montgomery Advertiser, in the January 17, 2006 edition, had for its leading stories on page 1 and the first page of section D, the awards given at the Golden Globes on Monday night, January 16, 2006. The movie, "Brokeback Mountain," won four awards including best picture and best director. This movie is about the romance of two cowboys. Having two rugged cowboys portrayed as homosexuals was not by mere chance but by design. Someone has said that Marlborough used a rugged cowboy to encourage people to smoke because it was a 'manly' thing to do. That person later died with cancer. How many 'manly' homosexuals have died with aids?
But "Brokeback Mountain" was not the only movie dealing with sexual perversion that received awards during the Golden Globes ceremony. Read carefully the following: "It was a triumphant night for films dealing with homosexuality and transsexuality. Along with victories for 'Brokeback Mountain,' acting honors went to Felicity Huffman in a gender-bending role as a man preparing for sex-change surgery in 'Transamerica' and Philip Seymour Hoffman as gay author Truman Capote in 'Capote'" (Montgomery Advertiser, page 1D, January 17, 2006). Felicity Huffman made it clear in her acceptance speech that we all should accept the lifestyles of those persons portrayed by the actors in the various films when she said: "I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are" (Montgomery Advertiser, page 1D, January 17, 2006). She received a thunderous applause at the conclusion of her remarks.
The actors of the TV series Will and Grace were recognized during the Golden Globes ceremony. Each person had something to say about being in the series. One of the actors said that the television industry needed "more gays." He had portrayed a "gay" in the series. He also received a thunderous applause for his remarks. The president of the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign commented on the six awards given to movies with gay or transsexual central characters: "It was a historic night." "I think it says a lot about where we're going as a country" (Montgomery Advertiser, page 1D, January 18, 2006).
Now, that last statement concerns me greatly. It may be later than we think. A generation ago the subject of homosexuality was spoken of in whispers by most Bible believers. We could not perceive of the publicity that would be given to such a movement among our citizenry. But that is the manner in which changes are made, gradually but aggressively. Now we are confronted with a moral issue that can and most likely will become one of the major thrust of a persecution against believers in Christ. To people who do not respect God's Word, passages of Scripture that condemn such sexual perversion will have little or no effect upon their beliefs and actions (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Jude 7). The kingdom of darkness is governed by a different law and ruler.
As the saying goes, I am not a prophet or a son of a prophet, but I do believe that believers in Christ will be the blunt of a direct onslaught by Satan and his forces concerning this matter. In fact the time may come that the very words that I am writing will be the evidence presented to a court of law that I am filled with prejudice, hatred and have violated the civil rights of others and I will be found guilty of violating a law of the land in so doing. Preachers will be a definite target of this attack because of what they teach and preach from the pulpit regarding the sin of sexual perversion. It not only may happen but it has happened in other countries like Canada, the Netherlands and other countries in Europe. We should all pray daily that righteousness might prevail in our nation. The wise man wrote centuries ago that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).
Let us join forces with others in an effort to change the direction that our country is headed in moral issues. Let us place our trust in the Heavenly Father who still rules in the affairs of men and rely upon his strength and grace to sustain us in the time of need (Daniel 4:17). We are not better than our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffered tremendously for their faith in Christ (Revelation 2:10). And remember these words of the apostle Paul who endured so much for the cause of Christ:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10 - 13)