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Monday, August 26, 2013

America: Corrupting the earth, Killing the saints

Has America fulfilled Revelation's prophecies?

"He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.  He has avenged on her the blood of his servants" - Revelation 19:2

"Americans must know that they have at times unwittingly assisted the Russians in imposing upon us a regime of murder and terror"

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand writes in his book Tortured for Christ: “Men are responsible before God not only for their personal sins, but also for their national sins.  The tragedy of all the captive nations is a responsibility on the hearts of American and British Christians.  Americans must know that they have at times unwittingly assisted the Russians in imposing upon us a regime of murder and terror.  As a part of the Body of Christ, Americans must atone for this by helping the captive peoples come to the light of Christ.”
Bashar Al-Assad has recently pointed out that the Al Qaeda terrorist organization is really a “global terrorist networks “initially created in the early 80s by the United States and the West, with Saudi funding, to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.””
 
Dr. Peter Hammond is an African missionary who is has spent his life observing America’s foreign policy and it’s disastrous consequences for Christian freedom fighters.  The following remarks were made by Dr. Hammond during a Trunews interview with Rick Wiles.  Listen to full interview here http://www.trunews.com/Audio/7_15_13_monday_trunews2.mp3


"One of the first acts of president George Bush senior, when he was elected president, was to defund Planned Parenthood’s abortions overseas.  So actually, millions of babies were spared, because in 2001, George Bush defunded the hundreds of millions of dollars that had been pouring in to the killing of babies under Clinton.


"Hundreds of thousands of black babies have been killed in Africa through abortion with U.S. taxpayers’ money during the last four years."

Well, one of Barack Obama’s very first acts as president was to re-fund Planned Parenthood’s actions in Africa.  Because of Barack Obama’s policies, hundreds of thousands of black babies have been killed in Africa through abortion with U.S. taxpayers’ money during the last four years.  The Scripture that comes to mind is, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?  Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you.”
 – 2nd Chronicles 19:2
The fact is - that the U.S. state department has betrayed whole countries into the hands of communists and Muslim dictators.  And my own home country, Rhodesia, is today communist Zimbabwe.  Now; many people may have forgotten about Jimmy Carter, but can’t because – you may have gotten rid of Jimmy Carter years ago but we are still stuck with his legacy here in Africa.  He made, as one of his top foreign policy goals, to overthrow Rhodesia, which was a pro-Western Christian country that had been that an ally that had fought along-side America during the first and second World War[s]; and in the Malian and Korean conflict.
Rhodesia had a sterling record of always voting alongside America and the U.N.  So when Rhodesia was attacked by terrorists, it was sanctioned by America.  And the U.S. government betrayed Rhodesia – horribly so. It started under Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  But Jimmy Carter finally betrayed us in the most hideous way.  Thirty-three years later we are still suffering in Zimbabwe under the legacy of Jimmy Carter.  And more than half of the population of Zimbabwe has fled this communist hell-hole - where the people are starving to death.  And where all the farms – because they were controlled by white farmers were looted, pillaged – and the killing fields of Zimbabwe are hideous – and the people are starving.  Leaving hundreds of thousands of tons of food that had to be shipped into them every year by tax money.  To a county that used to export food!

"Today there are millions and millions of people dead and oppressed because of Jimmy Carter’s foreign policies"

It wasn’t just Rhodesia.  Under Jimmy Carter – just four years in office – there were thirteen   Now you know about Nicaragua.  You know about Rhodesia.  But there were another eleven countries betrayed into the hands of communism.  I’d say that today there are millions and millions of people dead and oppressed because of Jimmy Carter’s foreign policies. 
countries that were betrayed into the hands of communism.

"Countries started to be free from communism"

In eight years of Ronald Reagan no countries fell to communism.  And countries started to be free from communism.  And I can say that there are millions of people alive today because of the foreign policy actions of Ronald Reagan.  Who put freedom on the offensive and supported the freedom fighters in communist countries like Angola and Mozambique.  I was there.  I was in the bush with the UNITA - there doing chaplaincy work and evangelism; and in communist Angola smuggling Bibles.  When we were being bombed and rocketed by the Marxists.  There was the Cuban Air Force and the Soviet MiG’s bombing us, and we were getting pounded into the ground.  We were shell-shocked.

This one night I remember listening on short-wave radio – to BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation World Service).  That was our one link to the outside world – by short-wave radio.  And on the radio, who should come on but Ronald Reagan?  He was giving a speech; and I’ll never forget the words.  Ronald Reagan said, “We are going to send sting missiles to the UNITA Freedom Fighters in Angola.”  Now; there I was, sitting Angola in a UNITA base with the UNITA Freedom Fighters after we’d been bombed by the Cuban Air force that day.  And the American president was speaking about our part of the world about our most perceived need, which was air protection from these aerial attacks.

There was a long silence.  And after a very long moment somebody said, “Oh, that would be nice. But are they going to do it?”  Well, in fact the sting missiles did come.  And I wrote an article, which is on our website, with pictures of downed Soviet MiG’s and saying that Ronald Reagan saved lives in Angola – because he did.  And I can say that there are millions of people alive today because of the foreign policies of Ronald Reagan.  He was anti-communist - and for real freedom.  But there are millions dead today because of Jimmy Carter’s policies.

"Tens of thousands of people being killed now"

And I’m sorry to say also, in the Middle East right now where we’re working with Christians in Muslim areas we can say that there are tens of thousands of people being killed now because of Barack Obama’s State Department’s foreign policies in fomenting and fueling and aggravating the Arab Spring; which is nothing but rampant anti-Christian, anti-American, anti-Western revolution, and which Christians are the worst victims.  And I can give all kinds of horrible stories about what’s going on in Egypt and Nigeria and Sudan now as a direct result of U.S. foreign policy.  Christians are the victims because of your tax dollars going to radicals like the Muslim Brotherhood.

There is no way that America could accidentally always be supporting its enemies and betraying its allies.  I heard it said by none other than the leader than the leader of the UNITA Freedom Fighters of Angola – and he’s a friend of America, he loves America’s system he praises America’s founding fathers – he really was a friend of America’s but he said, “It is better to be America’s enemy than to be America’s friend.  If you are America’s enemy you may be bought, but if you’re America’s friend you will certainly be sold.”  And then he made a joke, he said, “Why hasn’t there been a revolution in America for over two hundred years?”  I said, “Why?”  He said, “There’s no American Embassy in America.”

"U.S. State Department is so obviously on the side of the Marxists and Muslim Revolutionaries"

Well that may not sound very funny to you but the fact is that the U.S. government and the U.S. State Department is so obviously on the side of the Marxists and Muslim Revolutionaries, and the terrorists – and you look at what’s been going on right now in the Middle East.  And by the way, I speak as someone who has spent most of my Christian life as missionary (for over thirty years) specializing in reaching Muslims for Christ, working in Muslim areas, and serving the persecuted churches. -- The U.S. government and NATO conspired against Christian Serbians (Orthodox Christians in Serbia) to bring a radical Muslim state into Europe, which is what Bosnia and Kosovo are.  And they are Al Qaeda related radical revolutionary terrorist Muslims of the worst order – Jihadists is the best term for them.  All this was done ostensibly, we are told, so that both countries could keep their sordid scandals off the front page and organize a bombing war somewhere else in order to distract.  Well, that hasn’t just happened there.  You’ve got to go back and see how the U.S. government has, from Woodrow Wilson through F.D.R., supported and bankrolled and enabled the soviet Union to come about – has worked continually against freedom in the world. 

My friends in Eastern Europe told me things that chased me back to the history book to see if they were right.  But the fact is, the United States saved the Soviet Union in the Second World War.  And the U.S. pumped multiplied trillions of dollars of aid and weapons into the Soviet Union – Free!  -- To Joseph Stalin, to prop up the worst dictator on the planet during the Second World War.  F.D.R. helped the Soviet Union, not only survive Operation Barbarossa (that was steamrolling them down), but enabled them to so expand their territory as to put the whole of Central and Eastern Europe under the control of communism for forty-five years of hell and to take over China.

China was also a place where the U.S. Congress was telling the government to support the Nationalist Chinese of Chiang Kai-shec.  But on the ground, the American president was working through the CIA and others, to put all aid that was meant to go to Nationalists in China to Mao Tse-tung’s communists.  And if anyone doubts this there are books out there that document it available.  Allies betrayed China, allies betrayed Nicaragua; Wall Street bankrolling the Bolshevik Revolution.  There’s a lot of evidence.  I’ve put a whole series of PowerPoints on a slide show presentation on my Frontline.org.za website on how capitalists saved communism from collapse in the Second World War and empowered the New World Order that is high-jacking civilization - and resembling Babylon the Beast.  These are things we’ve go to deal with.

"There has been a pattern of the U.S. State Department betraying its allies"

I’ve been with friends in Eastern Europe who have suffered the most horrendous persecution at the hands of the communists.  And, to think that that wasn’t necessary.  That was the result of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s betraying the whole of Eastern Europe into the hands of the Soviet Union.
Your General George Patten was liberating Czechoslovakia.  His tanks were storming across there - into what today would be called Eastern Europe.  And Eisenhower said you’ve got to return; that’s for the Russians.   He [Patten] said, “I can get to Berlin; I can get to Warsaw before Zhukov and the Russians.”

And so Eisenhower turned off the taps – and, no more fuel; because American’s weren’t meant to get to Berlin or Warsaw   Those countries had already been agreed – by president Roosevelt - to be handed to the communists.  There’s a lot of facts here.  This is not something recent.  This isn’t something that just started with Barack Obama.  There has been a pattern of the U.S. State Department betraying its allies; and enabling and empowering and funding America’s enemies.
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Of course I’ve spent most of my life fighting the communists, fighting the Russians even.  I’ve actually been face to face with Russians in my work.  Back in 1989 I was captured in Mozambique by Russian troops.  I was transported in a Russian Mi8 helicopter to the security prison in the capital of Mozambique.  I’ve been ‘up personal’ as a soldier and as a missionary as well.  So, you must know I’ve spent my entire life fighting communists – and specifically the Russians.  I find myself in a very strange position here; where I’m getting articles now from Russia, and my father-in-law has ministered in Russia and knows Russian Christians who have suffered and been tortured for their faith over the years.  So to me Russia’s always been the evil empire.  Which is what, of course, Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union, “the Evil Empire.”
So imagine my surprise when just over a week ago, I see this editorial from Pravda.  Those people who know Pravda in Russian means “Truth,” and Izvestia means “News”.   The only newspapers in the old Soviet Union were Pravda and Izvestia.  The local people’s joke was that “there’s nothing true in Pravda, and there’s nothing new in Izvestia.”    So you can see the humor of the people there.

But that was when Russia was communist and there was no freedom of print.  Well now the Pravda is an independent paper.  And they are very anti-communist.  And in fact the Pravda newspaper describes your present resident of the White House as Marxist and that he’s a communist of the Vladimir Lenin type.  And they used a very uncharitable terminology about him because they despise communism.  Well a recent editorial in the Pravda said that Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union the evil empire.  And rightly so.  The Soviet people were held hostage by the communists.  However today, Russia is promoting Christianity while America is prosecuting Christianity.


"Russians warning Americans about the direction the government’s going"

“Here we’ve got Russians warning Americans about the direction the government’s going.  They said, “We have come out of the evil empire.  But now we see across the Atlantic America, which we always thought to be the bastion of freedom and a bastion of Christianity, that America has become the evil empire.”  Because America is now bullying governments in the third world and forcing them to legalize abortion and promote homosexuality, and sending generous aid to radical Muslims in the Middle Eastern governments who are severely persecuting the Christian Church.  At the same time that Russia is building churches – in fact, thousands of churches are being built around Russia even with tax support.  And with the Russian government is enthusiastically bringing the gospel back into the schools.  Of course we’re talking about the Russian Orthodox Church, and their very formal style.  But isn’t this bizarre?

And this came out at the same time that we have Obama visiting Africa on his most expensive presidential visit ever – a hundred million dollars spent in less than a week.  There were demonstrations against Obama all over Africa and I don’t think the American media told you.  If you go to our Christian Action website http://www.christianaction.org.za/index.php/articles/biblical-worldview/691-obama-faces-opposition-in-Africa
Or the Christian Action facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Africa-Christian-Action/180851911958719

I’ve put a whole lot of pictures up there showing “NO-Bama.”  “No more drone wars,” “Stop Uncle Tom,” and “Stop World War III.”  “Obama – White House kitchen boy”.  “Obama Nation”.  Hostility to Obama in Africa was huge.  He’s been condemned by African presidents for giving privileges to perverts.  Homosexuals have the same rights in Africa as anywhere else.  They’ve got the same rights.

"In most of the world homosexuality is a crime"

You [Americans] ask for privileges for perverts – we will not do it!  We [Africa] are a Christian country.  The president of Kenya said, “We are a God-fearing country, Kenya is a Christian country; we will not do it!”  And, in fact, in most of the world, homosexuality is a crime.  America is one of only eleven countries in the world that seems to think that homosexuality’s a civil right.  Everywhere else in the world it’s a crime.  In the whole of Africa there’s only one country that has homosexuality decriminalized and that’s South Africa, under the bullying of America, because of being the New World order’s new guinea pig.

"People who have ruined there own countries should not presume to come here to lecture us on the way we should go.”

Do you know – I think the best thing said to Barack Obama while he was here was by a bishop from the Episcopal Church in Kenya.  He said, "People who have ruined there own countries should not presume to come here to lecture us on the way we should go.”  He was well supported and cheered.  The presidents of Senegal, Tanzania, and Kenya have come out publicly rebuking Obama saying, “Don’t come here to Africa to lecture us on your presumed morality.  Homosexuality is a crime.  Homosexuality is perversion.  You keep that in your own country.  Don’t you dare bring that over here.  We are a God-fearing country.  We are a Christian country.”  And so – these are the kind of responses – there was a lot of hostility to the U.S. president bullying.  He came here wagging his finger.  You’ve got to see the pictures – people can see him wagging his finger saying, “You’ve got to learn how to do the right thing.”  And, “You’ve got to learn to behave”.  And telling them how we’ve got to give privileges to perverts, and murder our babies.  He [Obama] thought the most important thing he could say to Africa on this visit was - abortion  - and privileges for perverts.  And I doubt that’s what the American people want their president representing in other countries.

In Africa homosexuality is a crime and it’s a disgrace – and it’s a shame.  And people are begoshed to think that, “Here is the most Christian country in the world; the country that produces most of the missionaries and sends out most of the Christian books in the world, and the Bibles – and that now their government is running around telling us we’ve got to kill our babies and we’ve got to allow perversion and call it a marriage?”  And so there’s a tremendous scandal.  And a lot of people would have liked to have been positive about the American president visiting here [Africa] but there’s this attitude that the U.S. state department is bullying us – and they are.”  -- Dr. Peter Hammond, Frontline Missionary to Africa

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Spurgeon's End Times Theology

C.H. Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon contemporary of John Nelson Darby

John Darby's ideas formed the foundation upon which the pre-tribulation rapture (Left Behind) doctrine stands.  The following quote is taken from a post that Charles Spurgeon's grandson, Tommie Spurgean, posted on his own website in order to awaken Darby's followers to the fact that the Baptist Movement had initially rejected Darby's proposals, and today it has chosen to honor Darby instead of Spurgeon when it comes to eschatology.


Charles Spurgeon and End-time Prophecy

“Charles Spurgeon believed that the Baptist faith was exactly the same as the early Church under the Apostles and he taught that. Yet today if he was applying for a job as a pastor in a Baptist church and he told them how he believed about the Rapture and the Resurrection he would be rejected. His scriptural understanding and messages are praised by many and they often place him at the top of the list for their spiritual leadership. But there are things in Prophecy that he taught that the Baptist would reject as heresy. One of the reasons many do not know what CH Spurgeon taught on Prophecy was the fact that he never preached in direct messages such as a sermon on the rapture or end times. But we know what he believed by what he included in his messages of salvation and enlightenment because he often included his belief in prophecy in the message itself rather than it being the main topic of his sermon.

What most believers do not know is that Charles Spurgeon believed that the Rapture and Resurrection would happen at the same time following the Great Tribulation. That the judgement seat of Christ would happen and Satan would be bond for a thousand years He also believed that Jesus would then literally set up his kingdom on earth and rule for a thousand years. He believed that a second resurrection would occur after the thousand-year reign for the unrighteous dead. This would be followed by the great white throne judgement of God and then there would be a new heaven and a new earth.

During Spurgeon’s day there was another preacher that people today believe was a knowledgeable man on prophecy. His name was John Darby. It is amazing to me that the Baptist organization would accept his teachings over Charles Spurgeon. Charles did not care for the teachings of Darby and if he were alive today would be preaching in direct opposition to him. He did it back then and he would continue to do it today. What I am referring to is the belief that the Rapture and Resurrection would occur before the tribulation. How could anyone believe that Darby had a greater understanding than what CH Spurgeon did? Spurgeon was not ignorant when it came to prophetic teachings and took them just as serious as his teachings on grace because he wanted his listeners to know the truth. However his main focus was on the cross of Christ and Salvation because he felt that it was more important than prophecy, however he did include prophecy teachings in his preaching and teaching. He did not reject end-time prophecy or think that it was wrong to be enlightened by it.”

An article at www.spurgeon.org/mainpage.html had the following to say:
·         Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle and contemporary of Darby published criticism of Darby and Brethrenism. His main criticism was that Darby and the Plymouth Brethren rejected the vicarious purpose of Christ's obedience as well as imputed righteousness. He viewed these of such importance and so central to the gospel that it led him to this statement about the rest of their belief. "With the deadly heresies entertained and taught by the Plymouth Brethren, in relation to some of the most momentous of all the doctrines of the gospel, and to which I have adverted at some length, I feel assured that my readers will not be surprised at any other views, however unscriptural and pernicious they may be, which the Darbyites have embraced and zealously seek to propagate"

“Another thing that Charles Spurgeon rejected about John Darby was his teachings on dispensationalism. This belief teaches that the Jews are under a different covenant than the one we have to day and do not need to be saved through the preaching of the Gospel the same as the Gentiles. He believed that when Jesus came back he would rule over them in Jerusalem but they would be saved by their own covenant with him. At that time dispensationalism taught that Israel would not go back to the land of Palestine until Jesus returned at Armageddon. Charles Spurgeon disagreed with their teaching and said that he believed that the Jews would return to the land of Palestine before Jesus came back. He was right and John Darby was wrong. Charles also taught that the Jews had to be saved through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that many would be born-again before Jesus came back. Clarence Larkin came along after Darby and improved upon his theory of dispensationalism by including that 144,000 Jews would be saved during the tribulation but the rest would not accept Jesus until he comes back. Charles Spurgeon would have rejected this as well.

This issue may not seem to be important to some but it is very important to me and those that are trying to reach the Jews with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What I would like to point out is that most churches believe John Darby and Clarence Larkin over Charles Spurgeon. Charles Spurgeon in our day couldn’t be licensed or perform any duties in any church such as Baptist, Assembly of God, Church of God, Methodist, etc because he didn’t believe that the Rapture would occur before the Tribulation. There were many more great men of God in his day and before that did not accept that and wouldn’t accept it to this very day. Why does it matter? There are over 13million Jews in the world today that need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The modern day teaching of pretribulation rapture and the teachings on dispensationalism prevent a very large number of Christians from even praying that the Jews will be saved. It is interesting to note that many evangelicals are supportive to Israel because they want to be blessed by doing so, but they are only interested in blessing Israel in material ways, not spiritual. Their salvation is very important and Satan has thrown up a smoke screen to keep Christians from seeking God for Israel’s salvation. The Scriptures teach us that it is our responsibility to reach Israel with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The churches in America are so dug into dispensation teachings that they would not allow Spurgeon or any other great man of God to pastor or preach in any of their churches. I am amazed at that. In fact many churches will run off members that do not agree with it or peer-pressure a person until they are afraid of not being accepted unless they do. We do not realize how anti-Semitic this is.

John Hagee will tell you that to preach the Gospel to the Jews is a waste of time. Yet if you were to tell people such as Jews for Jesus or other Jews that have been born again you would soon realize how ridiculous this is. Their souls are as important as any Gentile and we should realize it. It took me a long time to realize why people like John Hagee and others could be so hard when it comes to the Jews and salvation? Now I realize that they are defending what they were taught in Bible College being taught dispensation teachings. They don’t want to lose their license. By the way John Hagee does have a great concern when it comes to protecting the lives of the Jews and I appreciate what he is doing with defending Israel. But it is very important that while we protect the sinner that we provide the Gospel for their souls as well and not teach against it. The teaching of pre-tribulation Rapture leaves the Jews out of the Rapture because most will be saved during the Tribulation period itself and the Bible is clear on this. But they will have to receive the Gospel from us, the Gentiles. There are only two Resurrections in Scripture; one when Jesus comes back and the other at the end of the millenium for the unrighteous dead. The Rapture and Resurrection occur at the same time in the same moment. If we miss the Rapture there will be no eternal life because we won’t be changed. To leave the Jews out of this and to say that God prefers us over them is anti-Semitic and a sin.
The reason that I am telling the Church about all of these things is not to be critical of others but to open the eyes of Church to do what God has called us to do. It is try to get others to pray for the salvation of Israel whether their pastors do or not. If the pastor wants to pray for the salvation of Israel that is more than great but if he opposes it we need to do what we know is right in our hearts and not worry about it. I would like to encourage everyone especially Baptist to search their hearts and ask themselves whether they believe John Darby or CH Spurgeon when it comes to Biblical truth. God Bless You.”

Your Brother in Christ,
Tommie Spurgeon
http://www.bibletruthbytspurgeon.com/c.h.-spurgeon-vs-john-darby.html

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bible History Condemns Homosexuals

Abominations that Bring Desolations

Persecution Begins book cover imageHistory shows that mankind in general has always found homosexuality to be repulsive, offensive, and a behavior to be inhibited by condemnation and punishment.

The following is an excerpt from Come Out of Her My People: Persecution Begins

Excerpt:

"Homosexuality

Homosexuality is another abomination that will justify America’s desolation.  No one could read through the Bible and conclude that the practice of homosexuality is not a sin.  It is called “an abomination” in the Mosaic law.  Sodom was destroyed for its sodomy.  The tribe of Benjamin faced extinction because of this sin.  And it is found among specifically mentioned sins in the New Testament.  But for a society which has been overtaken by the sins of fornication and adultery, the sin of homosexuality has come to be tolerated.  Now some states have even sanctioned the practice of tempting little school-age children with this sin under the guise of diversification education.  Even the Church itself has become unwilling to admit that the Bible speaks out against homosexuality.

We hear the statement more and more, “Well the Bible doesn’t really say that homosexuality is wrong.”  This is a lie.  The fact that this lie is so pervasive can only lead to the conclusion that people aren’t reading their Bibles.  We are about to study a section of scripture which speaks out so vehemently against this sin that the reader might be shocked by the severity of God’s condemnation.   Homosexuality is not the only sin which is exposed by Romans Chapter One.  Homosexuality is, however, the most explicitly described in Romans Chapter One, Verses 24 through 28.

Before we examine those verses we need to understand their context.  What we find in the following verses is that God’s wrath is revealed by the gospel; and that He utterly condemns every form of ungodliness.  But in order to honor man’s God-given free will, God allows people who reject Him to commit the destructive sins that they desire.  This, however, doesn’t mean that God’s attitude toward those sins has changed.  The Bible also says that, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”-Psalms 19:1  God says He has made His creation in such a way that He cannot be denied – that He can only be ignored.  The consequence for ignoring the Creator, who is also the Sustainer, is to be given over to corruption; the opposite of being sustained.  We have the choice to be sustained, or to be corrupted.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Three times in the next verses, God uses the term “given over.”   God is going to let them have it!  Because they’re worshipping corruptible man, God is going to “give them over” to corrupt their own bodies among themselves.  Among themselves” distinguishes this behavior from an act of sin that is carried out alone.  This could be the first reference to the sin of homosexuality.  And then, because they exchanged the truth for a lie, God “gives them over” to self-destruction.  And thirdly, because they don’t want to think about God, He “gives them over” to a debased mind.  So let’s read verses 24 through 28; and then we will look at the Greek words from the original manuscripts in order to understand precisely what is being said.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

Verses 29 through 32 are included so that we might recognize that all of these things are evidence that people are not worshiping Creator God as they should.  They’re not serving Him.  They’re not acknowledging Him.  They’re not thinking about Him, or glorifying Him in their lives.

The opening verses of Chapter Two drives home the fact that no one is pleasing God perfectly by their desires, their thoughts, or their behavior.  Without the redeeming work of Jesus we would all be disapproved by God.  But praise be to God’s grace by which He has made us accepted in His Beloved Son!

Now let’s go back to verse 24 and observe how strongly God condemns the sin of homosexuality.  If you are reading the electronic version, you may click on the Greek words and go directly to Strong’s Online.

“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness (ἀκαθαρσίαν (akatharsian) uncleaness).”  Katharas means clean, or pure.  So, “a-katharas” means not clean or pure, indicating filth or defilement.  So, God gave them up to be dirty and defiled.   In the Old Testament, anyone defiled was disqualified to serve before God in the tabernacle, and later in the Temple.

in the lusts (ἐπιθυμίαις (epithymiais) desires) of their hearts.”  Epithumia is a strong desire –in this case in a bad sense.   So it means an irregular or inordinate desire.

“to dishonor (ἀτιμάζεσθαι (atimazesthai) to be dishonored) their bodies”  Atomotzo is another Greek word that uses an alpha prefix to express the antonym of the word.  Here the root word is timao: to honor or give honor.  Timothy means God honorer; from timao and Theo.  (A)- tomotzo means; to dishonor, to treat with indignity, or to abuse.

“among themselves”  I think it’s interesting that it adds “among themselves” because it points to an inward or private focus, a selfish aspect.  “Among themselves” gives the impression of a separate group which exists apart from the whole of humanity.  They have gone off by themselves and they interact only among their own kind – those who have rejected God.

“who exchanged the truth of God for the lie (ψεύδει (pseudei) falsehood), and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”  The word for “lie” is pseude.  Pseudei is translated “falsehood”.   Everyone believes in something.  They can either believe the truth of God, or they can believe in something else.  But here we are talking about the truth of God vs. the falsehood.  The Father of all truths, vs. the father of all lies.  The context of the prior verses indicates that the truth is the fact that God IS – as God has given His name as “I Am,” or “I Exist”.  The lie would then be that God is not – the denial of God’s existence or the willful ignorance of God.

“For this reason God gave them up to vile (ἀτιμίας (atimias) of dishonor) passions (πάθη (pathē) passions)”   The word for passions is pathe.  It is the root from which we get the English word “pathology” - the study of disease.  Notice how derogatorily it is used in Colossian 3:5, Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion (πάθος (pathos) passion), evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”  Greek scholar Spiros Zodiates describes “pathe” as a diseased condition of the soul, from which the outwardly expressed defilements spring forth.  They emanate from this diseased condition.  But in Romans 1:26, pathe is further modified by the word atimias.  We learned above that timao means; to honor.  Therefore a-timias means “degrading.”  So the compound rendered in English as “vile passion” is properly interpreted as “degrading unhealthy desires.”  The pathe atimias describes a diseased lust which dishonors those that indulge in it.  It is a self-destructive mechanism which degrades the perpetrator just as the homosexual has chosen to degrade God.

“For even their women exchanged the natural (φυσικὴν (physikēn) natural) use for what is against (παρὰ (para) against) nature(φύσιν (physin) nature) .  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman”

This is the most explicit description of homosexuality found in the Bible.  Some people have said that the Bible doesn’t say anything about homosexuality.  It may not use the English word, but what would they call men burning with lust for other men?   The Greek in this passage is self -explanatory.  Homosexuality is para fusen; “against nature.”  It is paranormal.  It is not instinctive.  Isn’t it peculiar that the same society which is so concerned about nature would embrace an activity that is contrary to nature?

“burned (ἐξεκαύθησαν (exekauthēsan) were inflamed)in their lust (ὀρέξει (orexei) desire) for one another”  Here the word for lust is not epithomia .  This time Paul uses a form of orexis.  This word comes from orego.  It means to reach for, or to grab. 

“Men with men committing what is shameful (ἀσχημοσύνην (aschēmosynēn) shame)”   Askemeneo is a very unusual word.  It is used in the Greek Septuagint in Leviticus 18:16.  The verse reads, “Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness (askemeneo) of thy brother’s wife.”  Here it literally means “to inappropriately expose someone’s private parts.”  The word is translated here, politely in English, as “shameful.”  God says that men being inflamed by other men is shameful.

and receiving in themselves the penalty (ἀντιμισθίαν (antimisthian) recompense)   A misthos is a reward.  An anti-misthos is just the opposite of a reward.  It is a retribution.  There’s a penalty attached to this shameful behavior.

“Of their error (πλάνης (planēs) error)  Note that this is not pseude, which was used above for “falsehood.”  Plane is where we get the English word “planet.”  It means to wander out of the way.  So this “error” is a delusion, a deviation, or wrong opinion.

“which was due (ἔδει (edei) did it behove) (ἀπολαμβάνοντες (apolambanontes) receiving)”  Edei is used to tell us that the penalty is just, certain, and appropriate for the offense.  And just as men received other men, they will also receive the penalty.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind (ἀδόκιμον (adokimon) a depraved)  The root word for depraved is dokomon meaning “approved.”  It is akin to dokome, which is Greek for “character”.  A-dokimon describes disapproved character.  This could easily be a reference to men whose character has already been damaged as a result of the just reward which they have already received.

“to do those things which are not fitting (καθήκοντα (kathēkonta) fitting)”  Katheko means “proper” or “right”.  Kathekonta means “wrong” or “improper.” 

So let’s summarize this section of Romans, which purportedly doesn’t say anything against homosexuality.  God’s Word lists fourteen derogatory terms for the practice of homosexuality.  They are: unclean, lustful, dishonoring, self-focused, based on a falsehood, degrading, from a self-destructive disease of the soul, against nature, a craving, shameful, deserves a penalty, the result of wandering off, degrading, and, not fitting (wrong).  So in this little area we see this behavior thoroughly exposed and explicitly described as sin.  Never let it be said that the Bible doesn’t speak out against homosexuality.

God speaks out very strongly against it.  In fact, because it is the most explicitly described sin among the many sins listed in Romans Chapter One, homosexuality is the most obvious indicator that someone has stopped worshiping God as they should; that their heart has turned away from God, that they’re not serving God, and that they don’t want to think about God.  No matter what they might say, this text tells us that in their hearts they do not even believe in the existence of God.

So why would a homosexual be appointed to model Christ to the Church?  This is counter-productive to building up the body of Christ, to say the least.  How could Christ be glorified by something shameful?  It’s like promoting a card-carrying coward to the office of five-star general.  This makes a mockery of the precious body of Christ.  Simple logic would mandate that we not honor a behavior that is the most indicative of someone who is not honoring God.  Nor may we approve of those who practice such things.

The approval of sin is a sin." - end excerpt
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Russia's Right to protect citizens from objectionable and offensive behavior

Would a Sin by any Other Name Smell as Bad?


President Obama once again promotes sexual perversion above a nation's right to enforce Biblical standards - protecting citizens from objectionable and offensive behavior.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2013/08/07/barack-obama-comments-anti-gay-laws-sochi-russia-winter-olympics/2626591/

Russia is being accused of "disrespect" toward sexual practices which are illegal in most of the world.
Isn't it America who is being disrespectful of Russia's "right" to ensure public decency to its citizens?  Don't the Russian people have a "right" to keep objectionable behavior from being flaunted in their own country?

Most normal people find homosexuality to be disgusting.  That is precisely why this abnormal behavior was illegal in America just 30 years ago.  It is actually disgusting that our president would stoop so low as to try to undermine morality in Africa - and now in Russia.

Laws come before rights.

It's all about the battle between law, and lawlessness.  Instead of Russia respecting the "rights" of sexual perverts, the U.S. should respect Russia's laws.

Governmental "authorities" that don't bow down to the immorality of the people have been brought down by the U.S. and the U.N. all over the world.  Russia will get no peace from America until they yield to the demands of the godless West.  Hopefully Russia will continue to stand for Biblical righteousness.
Learn why Satan, the ruler of this world, will persecute God's people in "Come Out of Her My People: Persecution Begins"



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pravda Telling the True Gospel

Russian Press pushing Christianity






Isn't it refreshing to see a country in the northern hemisphere standing up for Christ?
When was the last time you read an article like this in the Washington Post?
http://english.pravda.ru/science/mysteries/01-08-2013/125297-jeus_moslem-0/


Russian Patriarch says gays destroy mankind


 
God always maintains a remnant somewhere on the planet.  The lawless nations may take over in this world, but the kingdom of heaven has a King that "loves righteousness and hates lawlessness." 
"Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways." - Psalm 128:1

Friday, August 2, 2013

Welcome Comrades to the U.S.S.A

"You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness"

The prince of peace loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.  "God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son . . . "  God loves you.  But God is holy and He hates lawlessness.  Psalm 85 puts these attributes of God together: "Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed." - Psalms 85:10

 

The new hate speech

But ungodly sinners have just the opposite response.  The atheist liberals hate righteousness and love lawlessness.  They call righteousness "Hate".  Because righteousness is not in their vocabulary they use words like "fair" and "equal".  They can't say "right", or "just", or "holy".

http://www.trunews.com/us-senator-condemns-russias-gay-laws-as-calls-for-boycott-grow/

Stop Hating Righteousness and Morality

American leaders are not the only people who are calling traditional morality an act of hatred.  The United Nations is also spreading the same lie.  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/26/un-human-rights-office-unveils-gay-rights-campaign/#ixzz2aAKW46L0

The U.S.S.A

The God-haters of the western nations don't seem to realize that accusing Russia of standing by godly principles is actually resulting in Russia being esteemed in the eyes of Western Christians.  America appears to be transforming into a new U.S.S.R.  And Russia is looking more and more like the great Christian nation that the United States used to be.  Time will tell if Russia becomes a magnet for Christian refugees from the West.

Meanwhile - Russia continues to stand strong for righteousness. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/russia-will-enforce-anti-gay-rights-law-during-olympics-sports-minister-1.1393850


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Eastern Orthodox Church - Standard Bearers of the Last Days?

At least the Russian Leadership is supporting the Church

 
http://rt.com/news/russia-ukraine-christianity-celebrations-670/

People are wondering if the nation that saw the persecution of the Christian Church at the beginning of the twentieth century http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Orthodox_Church ; and which now is highly populated by Muslims, will be able to return to the status of a "Christian Nation".

Russia certainly stands a better chance then the western nations, whose leaders are bent on destroying Christianity under the guise of "human rights" and "fairness." The western nations have lost control to special interest groups and United Nations' initiatives.  Even the Roman Pope has bowed his knee and forsaken righteousness by accepting homosexuality.

It looks like the whole Western Schism has run astray.  The abuse of authority by Rome and the rejection of authority by the Protestant kingdoms have both worked to destroy the basic concept of authority and tradition in the West.  The Eastern Orthodox Churches may be the only Church that makes it to the finish line - the Lord's return.

While the Catholics and the Protestants have been duking it out by war and theological differences, the Eastern Orthodox Churches has maintained their foundations.  We can only pray that God will give favor to those who bear the standard of Christ - as He did for Constantine at the Milvian Bridge.