Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Meet the Gay Mormons

Note: Apparently, not all church leaders agree on certain aspects of this issue, nor do members. We at SoL have been given to understand that strong differing opinions are understood and tolerated within the church. SoL's view is not based on current cultural trends and sentimental human relations but on universally true principles, scripture, true charity, and timeless objective moral standards that come from God. 

The following is our response to the new page, mormonandgay.lds.org. And we've also been reading some of the responses from the other side. It seems this is yet another effort to make everyone happy which has resulted in nobody being made happy, at least not the ones who take this issue seriously. It's astonishing that the Word of God does not have the first, middle, and last word. The Bible is absolutely clear about homosexual lusts and behaviors being wicked and repentance through Christ being available and necessary to all. We think the Mormon homosexualists know that they are at opposition with Scripture, what are called the Standard Works, as in the Standard for the regulation and spiritual growth of all immortal souls. It looks like they have to work very hard to justify their moral relativism and denial of the plain and precious gospel which comprises sin, repentance, and redemption.

Here are some of our thoughts about this mormonandgay.lds,org.

This page boasts diverse individuals' stories but neglects to show any of the people who have resisted and overcome homosexuality. (We know plenty and have ourselves published two books on this subject, My Darling From the Lions and Captain of My Soul, highly endorsed and prefaced by experts, yet rejected by leading LDS publisher Deseret Book. D.B.'s books on this topic are gay-affirming and have no expert endorsements. Make of that what you will.)

Christ's gospel of sin, repentance, and redemption is not emphasized, rather it argues in favor of the weakness of homosexual lust.

The Atonement is mischaracterized as something that can make us comfortable with our sinfulness, rather than humbling and changing and purifying our hearts.

The dark, pornographic, addictive, narcissistic, dangerous world of homosexual lust and how people get into it is ignored.

Homosexuality is portrayed as an orientation rather than a disorder or sin.

Homosexual behaviors are not clearly defined. Therefore, any individual or ward leader can choose to put up boundaries, or not, anywhere they please.

Gays are shown as sympathetic characters because they are not allowed the full physical homosexual contacts they desire. 

No concern is shown for the obvious depravity or emotional and mental illnesses of the gays highlighted.

"Authenticity," as in accepting the natural man and sharing one's feelings, is considered the highest goal and most helpful attribute. Not reality, not truth, not goodness, not virtue, not humility, not repentance, not love of God and His word. Just authenticity. It is incredible that certain people's trendy pro-gay stories are held in the highest esteem regardless of scripture and regardless of the crimes or causes or illnesses behind these stories. In reality, these stories are not authentic at all; at best they are just whitewashing, incomplete and self-justifying.

No help is offered for healing from horrific child sexual abuse, as in the sad case of Ricardo. He explains how at a very young age he was seduced and initiated into homosex by older males, which he admits had a huge influence on him and obviously interfered with normal sexual development. Astonishingly, the story is apparently included to convince us to embrace this person's resulting choice for a homosexual lust identity rather than to show evidence of  serious crimes against him as a child and his ruined life. He says that sharing his feelings helped him see that "nothing is broken or needs to be fixed." Really?

There appears to be some disconnect on what sexual purity and healthy sexuality actually are as in the case of lesbian Laurie who says, "The gospel has not made me attracted to men. But it has helped me be attracted to one man." What? Aren't we all supposed to keep our sexual attraction focused on one person---our spouse? This statement shows seriously obsessive wrong-headedness by way of sexually objectifying human beings in general. It seems that gays walk into a room and see sex and sexuality, not people.

The greatest available comfort for gays is shown to be, not God's love and truth, repentance through Christ, and spiritual guidance, but human relations by way of sharing one's feelings with others. Tanya tells about her son who was so relieved to "come out" but who was still so depressed that he only lasted 5 months on his 2-year mission. Once home he was put in a ward leadership position! This is how we deal with sexual sin and confusion and mental illness? 

LDS therapists are instructed to "help" gay people in whatever way they wish to be helped, regardless of the hippocratic oath, regardless of the therapist's knowledge, experience, and life's work, and regardless of his convictions about God or morality and his constitutionally protected right to exercise them. Thomas Jefferson called this tyranny over the mind of man. Not only are they saying, Be gay but don't act gay, but to the therapists, be Christian but don't act Christian.

If Mormon gays are never supposed to act out their sexual fantasies in any way, why does everybody need to know about them? Isn't one's personal sexuality a private part of life for everyone, single or married?  Aren't they the same as other members in this way? In other words, why do they make their sexual feelings public and what are we supposed to do about it? The web page does not make this clear. We can only assume that we are being instructed to treat self-proclaimed gays as more special than anyone else and never to help them overcome their lusts--why? Because it's what the world is doing?

It appears that this page exists, at least in part, to indoctrinate the general membership into especially recognizing homosexuals, accepting perverse sexual lust as immutable, ignoring sexual abuse and emotional and mental illness, and treating open homosexuals as healthy, harmless fellow congregants/leaders.

Whatever a church says about its ultimate disapproval of this age-old sin that got two cities burned to the ground by the Lord is completely drowned out by the "respect" and "acceptance" we are being coerced to exercise regarding a person's self-proclaimed harmful and unnatural sexual attractions. Apparently, our human relations and interests, no matter how steeped in sin we humans are, are more important than truth, our relationship with the Godhead, and the welfare of our immortal souls. Apparently homosexuality, once considered a vice so ugly that polite society would not name it, is now touted by churches as an attractive characteristic. Yes, in this case gay is just another interesting and world-friendly kind of Mormon we can boast we include in our midst. 

It's not too hard to imagine what kinds of things will happen next. "The triumph of sin comes with our failure to perceive it (Roger Scruton)."

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cover Girl Boy? Or Clown?

Happy Halloween. Cover Girl Magazine has selected a 17-year-old male blogger with a large following to feature on an upcoming issue cover. Yes, a boy on the cover of Cover Girl. How's that for nonsense? He says he isn't a "transgender."Apparently being homosexual is old news, as is the bizarre idea that a person wants to be the opposite sex than their body indicates. You just have to be male and like to wear make-up. It's art, he says. Okay, but it's too bad he has to use his own face as his canvas. (We suggest that this young man may be more in love with fame than make-up/art.)

To most women, make-up is pretty much an annoying but  necessary evil. Yes, news flash, make-up loving boys, women don't love to have to wear the sticky stuff! They use every excuse to avoid it. Haven't you heard them complain? Oh no, I forgot  my lipstick! Oh no, how will I have time to put on my face? Oh no, I can't be seen like this--where are my sunglasses? Boys don't know how lucky they are.

Granted, there have been times when men wore wigs and make-up and ruffles in polite society. But were they rebelling? Trying to make a name for themselves? Was it art? Was it sexual? No, it was just the silly fashion, and important male and female differences were strongly upheld.

Man, how does a mere teenager into something so obsessively kinky? How does he allow himself to be led by the nose-ring? And how does an entire people develop an appetite for it?

Let's be clear. This guy is not trying to pass for a girl. He is obviously a boy wearing make-up. And that's the point that is being made. Boys can wear make-up. They don't say why. To get attention? To look, what--- pretty, like a woman? Is it just plain vanity? Perhaps all of the above, plus rebelliousness and sexuality gone awry. Without God all things are permitted. But what is it about this gimmick being encouraged by huge corporations? Shall we follow the money? We think so. Here we have an entirely new market for newly labeled but same-old products. Big bucks. GQ magazine is on board too. "It's about time," they say. Think of the new advertising GQ can sell. And maybe Cover Girl will amass enough interest and advertisers to start Cover Boy, or whatever, all the while laughing up their leather sleeves.

As for the persona of this individual, we don't know a single woman who acts as effeminate as this boy acts. We only know clowns who act that silly. In other words this person is a clown. An effeminate clown. He is putting on a show. That's how desperate he is. It is not real life. And this type of thing is what is scintillating, brilliant, shiny, and worthy of fame and fortune in our world today. This is how you get famous these days. Be a boy who spends hours and hours doing girls things to get attention. Perhaps this says more about our entertainment-glutted, voyeuristic society today that it does about this poor boy. It's positively creepy.

Is this a harmless trend? We don't think so. The fifth century B. C. historian Herodotus wrote of the Lydians, a conquered people in Greece, about how their Persian conquerors knew, after they took away their arms, that all they had to do was keep the boys in girls' clothes and doing feminine occupations, in other words turning the men into women instead of men, so that there would be "no danger of their rebelling." And here we have Americans doing that very thing voluntarily! And it's celebrated! It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that effeminate womanly people are more easily coerced and enslaved than no-nonsense manly people, individually or as a group.

We remind our readers: boys must learn masculinity. It has to be taught and modeled. Otherwise, they'll learn something else. It's easy to see what this boy learned from our culture today.

And how about the individual himself? We believe it to be shameful and cruel, and grossly immoral, to exploit this young person to make money. His phoniness, vanity, and affectedness are off the charts. He is a clown putting on a show who isn't being treated like a clown putting on a show, rather as a serious person worthy of respect and emulation in the real business of living. How's that for deceit? What kind of future does such a person have? He won't be a silly17-year-old forever.

And before all the hate mail from the homosexual community starts pouring in, let's remember we're just talking here about a boy who likes to wear make-up, Halloween style. Nothing sexual here apparently. Still, if we at SoL express our belief that it's a bad idea for boys to do such a girly thing as wear make-up, we will be called bigots. Go figure. 

Sad to say, one can't help surmising that this young person is already part and parcel of the seamy and perverse sexual liberation subculture, beginning with pornography. You cannot get into cross-dressing and the like without the aid of porn. And no one seems to care that a young person has been exposed to every sort of perverse ugliness. Be that as it may, this poor, exploited, delusional young man is setting himself up to be abused sexually. He, and those supporting him, have made him a sitting duck for predators and to become a predator himself.

What we have here is just another little jab into the eye of reality, order, and God. By way of  exploiting youth.

Friday, October 21, 2016

To Stand for Good You Must Fight Against Evil

Let's review in a nutshell how the culture war has gone in the past few decades. Let's take an objective look. What are the tactics of those on the right side? What have been the outcomes?

Although there are many battles in this war, we'll name just a few of the most public and controversial.

We'll start with the issue of legalized abortion. What is the tactic people have used to try to fight it? They have called their movement "pro-life" (in response to pro-choice). Sounds good. Sounds positive. Doesn't directly attack and confront anybody else's views. But what has happened? In four and a half decades sixty million unborn babies have been destroyed, sanctioned by the state. Even though technology has shown that human fetuses have fingers and toes and beating hearts very early on, and even feel pain and suck their thumbs, abortions and abortion practices have continued in numbers and increased in barbarity. Even half-born full-term babies are being brutally murdered. Even when the publicly funded abortion mill Planned Parenthood was dramatically and unequivocally exposed as an illegal human baby parts selling business, the practice is accepted and advanced; only the exposers of the truth are vilified. So how did the positive pro-life tactic work? It didn't. It hasn't. Even with the trucks and billboards showing piles of tiny, bloody, dismembered human beings, it hasn't worked, perhaps because it is too little, too late. People have hardened their selfish hearts so far that they can turn a blind eye to these barbarous inhumane realities.

How about the issue of gay marriage? Conservative, family-values people took the tactic of standing for traditional marriage and family. It was supposed to be so wholesome and inoffensive. How could anybody argue with a pro-marriage stance? Well, they did. Homosexualists, in case you haven't noticed, are very very sensitive to opposition. Anything not celebrating sexual liberation is the enemy. So how did that play out? We lost, and we lost big. On the national scale, in every entity of social interaction, in families, in churches, in schools, in entertainment, in workplaces, in government, in courts, homosexual behavior has not only been given the green light but given special respect and importance. 

We took the standing for something tactic and we lost. We lost the pro-life battle. We lost the marriage battle. We lost spectacularly. Now we see religious freedom being attacked. As a result we see religious freedom being defended, at least here and there.  Again, we've been ambushed and are  forced on the defensive. Conservatives say: okay then, do whatever you want, but at least let us live and work and speak and teach our children according to our conscience. How is that working? Who is winning? They are. Apparently, in this day and age, the way things are, individual sexual freedom is trumping people's deeply-held religious beliefs. (Richard Wilkins predicted this would be the case 20 years ago.) It's a case of: "everybody's ideas and behaviors have to be respected, oh, except anything or anyone having to do with God's rules for sexual morality." It's a case of we're right and you're a bigot who deserves to be silenced and punished. Now that is tyranny over the mind of man, as Thomas Jefferson put it, which he swore eternal hostility against. Oppressing true religion is evil. (We say true religion because there are plenty of false and violent and destructive sects and cults that clothe themselves as religion which we should oppose.) Interestingly, some churches are forfeiting some measure of their religious freedom already without any outside coercion, perhaps to avoid potential repercussions. One example is the acceptance of homosexuality within the church.

Obviously, just being for something good hasn't worked. Who ever won a battle by going into a safe little corner and standing for what they believe? Who ever won a battle without knowing and facing and fighting an organized, united, vicious, attacking enemy head on? Granted, there are strategies that must be considered and utilized. Anyone who has read The Art of War knows that. We're saying that the above strategies, although many groups of sincere people worked very hard and continue to work hard,were not and are not winning strategies at all but merely weak reactive and defensive measures. In the end, you can't even hold your ground that way. Such an enemy will totally overrun you.

We submit that closing our eyes, ears, and mouths to evil, like the three monkeys, and merely promoting a good thing is not enough and accomplishes nothing in a war such as we have here. Failing to stop evil leads to more evil. And by being distracted from or avoiding the fact that real evil exists and increases, we have failed to stop it.We must unite to fight Evil with a capital E, for the sake of human posterity and for the love of God. We must shake off the cowardly shackles of political correctness and speak, stand, write, fight AGAINST these evils. And we'll be standing for the good in the process.

One example of fighting directly against something and winning is the STOP ERA movement (1972-1982) formed by recently deceased Phyllis Schlafly. She was successful because she pointed out the negative impact the ERA would have had on women and the entire country.

There are many more evils, but as per this article, it comes down to this:

The abortion practice is evil.

 Homosexual behavior is evil.

Oppressing true religion is tyranny.

It's a cold cold insidious war, a war for the hearts of men. If we do not specifically fight against the devil and his evils, evil will claim us. If we are to be effective soldiers, that must be our open-eyed, open-eared, free-speaking, unflinching, essential belief. We aren't true Christians unless we believe there is evil that must be opposed.

The Insidious Spread of Godlessness

The following blast email caught our eye. The subject was "Is there more than one truth?"  What a loaded question! We doubt that people realize what harmful ideas they are spreading around in so innocuous a disguise.

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “There are three truths: mine, yours, and the truth.”
There are two sides to every story, and somewhere in between lies the real story – as the following tale illustrates:
At a gathering, two 8-year-old boys began arguing over the prize from a box of Cracker Jack. They’d just finished sharing the treat when one of the boys suddenly accused the other of taking the prize.
The other insisted he had not, and it wasn’t too long before the two youngsters were shouting at each other and drawing a lot of attention. An adult stepped in, separated the boys, and sternly asked them what the ruckus was all about.
“He stole the prize,” one boy accused, and the other responded defiantly, “I did not!”
The adult took the box and peered inside, then tore the box open, exposing a small paper puzzle that was wedged in the cardboard wrapper. He looked at both boys, who hung their heads for a moment. Then they looked at each other, grinned sheepishly and apologized. Moments later, they ran off to play, the prize forgotten.
You don’t have to win an argument to seize the prize. Sometimes there’s a lot more worth in recognizing what’s true for someone else, identifying what’s true for you, and looking for a common truth in the situation. You don’t have to agree with another’s point of view – but it sure helps if you understand it.
The prize in any argument is finding the truth for everyone and recognizing the worth of both sides of a story.
Then you can run and play again.

Here is SoL's response:

To answer your question, no, there is not more than one truth, no matter how much we "understand" other points of view. Understanding people has nothing to do with whether their perception is valuable or right or true. There are absolutes when it comes to reality, truth, right and wrong.  And it's absolutely wrong to pretend that just because someone perceives/decides/ remembers/thinks/believes something strongly it is any sort of true or good. The little boys in the story were both wrong, and their sides of the story were worse than worthless--they were unfounded and accusatory and selfish. They eventually realized it and were right to feel ashamed. You have misunderstood the Chinese proverb, which is tongue-in-cheek; it means human beings, you and me, are often very sure we are right when both people are wrong. C.S. Lewis wrote, "There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there's never more than one."  The scripture says the truth will set you free, not "your truth" or "my truth,"  the truth.

We need to think these things through and be careful what we share. This is godless secular progressivism disguised as a little nonjudging feel-good story and these insidious, harmless looking emails is one way these wrong ideas spread. This self-serving garble-de-gook results in unthinking people separating themselves from God  and His objective standard of right and wrong.

Everyone should read The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis, a very thin but important book. He begins by examining something similar to this email that he read in a high school textbook.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

What If Most Everyone Encourages Your Child's Self-Destruction?

What if your kid was rebelling against important truths you had taught him all his life?

What if he was addicted to same-sex pornography and other unspeakably perverse stuff?

What if he had been seduced by predators into some very risky sexual acts?

What if he had now involved himself in all kinds of depraved and unhealthy activities, including drug abuse and violence? (These are common in the gay lifestyle.)

What if he was now denying even the existence of God, not to mention breaking most of  the basic ten commandments?

What if he was the cause of other children and relatives turning against you?

What if he was public about his sin, and belligerent and arrogant and narcissistic, meaning he had zero respect for his own good parents' deep and long-held beliefs and didn’t care one iota what distress he caused you or how he hurt you? (Couldn't he at least honor his parents enough to be discreet about it?)

What if this self-destruction and disrespect on the part of your child was breaking yours and other family members’ hearts?

What if you, his parents, were doing your best in handling this situation and relationship the way the Spirit directed you to, as in standing for the right and for the long-term welfare of your child, by letting him know in no uncertain terms that the direction he was going was destructive and testifying of Christ and his power to redeem?

What if you had educated yourself about the dangers of his lawless lifestyle and were trying to teach his siblings how wrong this child's decisions were and how miserable they would make him?

What if all this was the most intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally trying thing you had ever had to do and you would greatly benefit from moral support from your church and fellow church members, but you weren't getting it?

Even worse, what if church leaders and extended family and fellow church members---who haven’t given much thought at all to the situation and don’t know what unimaginable  perverse thoughts and acts your child has embraced ---- do the ignorant, cowardly, and politically correct thing by taking your child's side and completely ignoring and rejecting yours?

What if now you saw that there were people who supposedly believed as you did, in your church, but did the opposite?

What if you had to see that there were many worldly and prideful and unrepentant hypocrites in your congregation who had no interest in your plight and spouted philosophies of men and false doctrine?

What if your child got support not only from the depraved gay community but from people you sit next to in a chapel pew?

What if there were very very few people you know who understand or agree with you in your time of need?

What if your church was all about family but incredibly supported homosexuality in all its dead-end sterility and disease? (It's very sad for parents to realize their child will not have any posterity/normal family life.)

What if you were shunned in your own  supposed Christian congregation because you are steadfast in following Christ?

What if people in your neighborhood and church congregation whom you have known for decades "like" your child's facebook post proclaiming his homosexual relationship/marriage and offer their congratulations, while ignoring the facts, your brave stand, and your close personal heartache?

What if these people attend your child's "gay wedding", that is, the ceremony and party celebrating homosexual behavior? Sorry, there is no good reason to do this.

What if you had to listen to the hypocrites supporting your child and endure this betrayal in church every Sunday?

What if your other children were exposed to this hypocrisy and betrayal and falseness every Sunday?

What if despite this sad and perplexing reality you continued to turn to the Lord and stand for truth and righteousness?

What if someday a miracle occurred and your child realized he was miserable and repented and thanked you for loving him enough to testify of Christ to him and your relationship was restored?

What if in the next realm you recognized the Lord when you saw him because through these trials you had become just a little bit humble and selfless---like Him?

Hang in there, friends.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Can You Have Gay Wedding Cake and Eat It?

We were winding our way home the other evening when we passed a popular wedding reception venue all lit up with the marquee reading for all to see, “Jacob and Jonathan, The Journey Continues.” It struck us that an awful lot of people had to have been totally on board with this celebration in order to make it happen as it was, including Highland Gardens. Apparently these two enjoyed a fancy party and a grand turnout. Yes, everybody came to the wedding.

The old saying, you can't have your cake and eat it, means you can't keep the beautiful cake intact and eat it at the same time. In other words, you don't get to have two opposite things, you have to choose one or the other. This is what is happening with a new crop of  people in probably every Judeo-Christian sect who are suddenly deciding to contort their beliefs to include approval, not just of the gay identity but of homosexual behavior/gay marriage.

Yes, decent, civilized, and even ostensibly Godly religious people are now approving of homosexual relationships and attending gay weddings, and boasting to the whole world about it. This is astounding, homosexuality comprising filthy lusts, abuses of all kinds, sodomy, pornography, promiscuity, chronic health problems, fatal diseases, sterility, and, according to God, spiritual death and hell---that's where Jacob and Jonathan's continuing journey ends. (And yes, heterosexual weddings celebrate the opposite: selflessness, respect, natural sexual relations, fidelity in heart, mind, and body, health, respect, fertility, and eternal life.)

Let's go back a bit. Remember the people who have been persecuted for speaking out for traditional marriage? Remember the valiant baker, the photographer, the florist, the printer, the county clerk who refused to have anything to do with gay weddings? They got fired, lost their businesses, got sued, even got thrown in jail. Now we have some supposed followers of Christ who are celebrating homosexuality, who "like" it on facebook and attend these weddings, and at the same time claim to believe homosexual behavior is wrong and/or are active members of churches and believers of the holy scriptures that condemn it. Ouch. That hurts our brains.

Their excuses are rather pathetic, in our opinion. They assert that attending ceremonies/parties which socially embrace behaviors God roundly condemns, human experience records as depraved, biology shows to be maladaptive, and medicine proves to be extremely harmful is some sort of love or kindness. They argue that "maintaining a relationship" with the people involved in the sin, that is, blatant unrepentant sinners who revel in their sins and invite others to join them, is more important than standing for truth and righteousness. Yes, that's how presumptuous and arrogant they are. They make themselves an exception, deciding they know better than God.

They never mention that they have made clear that they are against this behavior. They never say they have warned the friend or loved one of the dangers of their choices. They don't seem to have invited them to change their hearts, come to Christ, repent and be washed clean.  In fact, we have heard a religious leader say he'd never presume to call his wicked family member or friend to repentance.

Trust us, doing something wrong (attending a gay wedding for example) for some imagined or hoped for “greater good” doesn’t work. Only God can decide such things. We’re supposed to obey Him.

It may help to think about it in terms of any sin, weakness, addiction or what have you. The above excuses do not hold water. Any proud, past-feeling, unrepentant sinner/addict/sociopath/narcissist/selfish person can say, Come celebrate this or that with me! Here, try this or that with me! If  you don't participate I am offended! If you don't celebrate who I am and what I do, you don't love me! Aren't you going to at least warn them? If you give in for the insipid reasons above, how far will you give in?

Image result for gay wedding What do these people who attend gay weddings while being against them and saying “God knows my heart” think they are indicating? Here I am at your party but you shouldn't be doing this but I'm not gonna say that out loud, but hey, I'm glad to be here and sure love ya! This is crazy wrong. Sorry, attending a gay wedding is a blatant show of support for homosexual behavior. How would anybody know to think otherwise? Have these people checked with the Lord on this? Or is it their own managing of the situation that motivates them? Is it the easy way? We say yes, attending the gay wedding is the easy way, the way that doesn't rock the boat, the way that puts you in a favorable light with the sinner, the way that “maintains the relationship.” And what relationship is that anyway? It sounds like one side gets their own way at the expense and heartache of the other. If you attend, the wedding couple certainly feels supported in what they are doing. There's no way out of that.

And what about the parents and family of the gay person who are actually standing against it? Did these bleeding heart-homosex celebraters stop to think how disloyal they are being to the people who love that person the most and are taking a stand against this harmful thing? Oh, we see. They don't care about the parents who are grieving, who may have to nurse and finance their kid through illnesses, who have to endure persecution, who are grieving for the estrangement and lost future of a beloved child. They aren't interested in maintaining that relationship. They only care about the gay person.

And to top it off,  attending a gay wedding is also supporting, agreeing with, and affiliating with apostates; if you are LDS you are in trouble. There's no way around that either, despite all these trumped-up sophistries. It's so sad what twisted thinking people will come up with in order to hold on to their false idols and their swelled heads. Apparently many latter-day saints have embraced homosexuality (gay marriage) without compulsory means!

Reality check: Nobody was ever turned from their sins by others joining in celebration of those sins. That is what attending a gay wedding is: joining in an open celebration of sin. Did you accept the invitation? Did you dress up? Did you smile? Did you eat the cake? Did you drink the punch? Did you shake hands with people? Did you give your congratulations? Did you give a gift? All these types of things signify approval - - - of homosexuality. They certainly do not signify disapproval. Whatever happened to how we're supposed to avoid even the appearance of evil? Or turn away from false teachers? Or stand for truth and righteousness at all times? And on and on. And no, there is no "higher law" for certain people who think they are above God's rules.

Real love includes testifying of truth. It includes warning. But no. Through sophistries and compromises and wishy-washy moral relativism (this is my truth, yours might be different), these homosexualists put human relationships and their own high opinion of themselves before their relationship with Heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. One might even wonder if this amounts to denying the Holy Ghost. They certainly seem to want to have their cake and eat it. Though they couch their reasons for attending gay weddings in kindness and spirituality, what they are doing is actually prideful, false, and cruel because they aren't warning their friend or relative of the consequences of their actions; they are pretty much condemning them to hell.

Gay wedding attendees purport to care about these people. If they are clothing their actions in spirituality, they must care about the gay person’s immortal soul. Well then, when will they decide to show it? There is no future when it comes to warning people about sin and testifying of Christ. The time for that is now. Building up and maintaining a relationship and then someday springing your real reason for investing in that relationship is deceitful trickery. When will people start believing that the gospel (sin, repentance, Christ) is more powerful than anything else, including "maintaining human relationships?" Why do people insist on worshiping each other instead of God? Worshiping anything other than God becomes a demon, C. S. Lewis reminds us.

 Would these people also wave rainbow flags at gay pride parades, hang out at gay bars, sit on the front row at drag queen nightclubs, or show up at gay chem-sex birthday party orgies if invited by their earnest gay family member or friend, all in order to maintain the relationship? There is always going to be something, something the gay person wants you to participate in and approve of. If their purpose is to maintain relationships, why wouldn't they go to any or all of the above? Why wouldn't they take their whole family? Why not expose their children to such depravities if maintaining the relationship is the holy grail? Why not invite homosexuals over and let them indoctrinate and initiate their family into homosexualism? How about gay porn--you can bet it's all included. How about letting the gay couple stay over and practice their sex acts there in your house? (The laundry will be gross, just so you know.) Is there any line these people will draw? And if they draw a line somewhere, how come they get to choose to draw it at some arbitrary distance past God's line according to their own presumptions? This is called making a law unto themselves.

Again, please note that these homosexualists (that's what we call people who are in any way accepting of homosexual ideas, culture, and behaviors) don't mention warning anyone or testifying to them of truth. They don't show any willingness to risk discomfort or disapproval from the openly proud sinner in order to warn them or teach them. It's cowardly when you stop to think about it.

These people obviously have not thought their position through or correctly. They have arrived at a very worldly conclusion. They're so full of some sort of imagined moral superiority and some sort of Godless prideful phony spirituality and some sort of idolatry of human relations that they are blinded to their own intellectual dishonesty and hypocrisy. They certainly are ignoring the reality that these people participate in filthy lusts and pornographic behaviors which include sodomy. Hello? There is a reason the scriptures call these acts filthy.

Let's review. Here's C.S. Lewis. "Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal. . . . Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."  In other words, the kind of "love" the homosexualists brag about is not real love. It's  "maintaining human relationships" as the highest principle. That's not religious. It's not noble. It's not godly. It's actually idolatry. And when "getting along" trumps warning people of dangerous acts that are harmful to them physically and every other way, it's also outright inhuman.

"Strike me if you will, but hear me; ridicule me, but still I will plead with you; cast me under your feet as though I were the offscouring of all things, but at any rate, I will not let you perish, if it be in my power to warn you of your danger." -- Charles Spurgeon, Counsel for Christian Workers.

Jesus hung out with sinners for the sole purpose of pointing out their deep spiritual sins and calling them to repentance. He wasn't maintaining his temporal relationship with them. He was actually caring about their immortal souls.  As a result they sought to kill him. No, he wasn't attending their parties to be popular, he was attending their parties to give them a chance to change and was not shy about vocalizing the truth---at the party! So why don't these so-called Christian people who are so proud of themselves for attending gay weddings say something at those weddings? You can bet they don't say one solitary word against sin to these sinners. At the wedding---or ever. So how are they like Jesus in any way? It isn't love and it isn't kindness. Human relationships are not the goal or the method. The first commandment, to love God above all else, is first for a reason.

Jesus said that his teachings would pit even family members against each other. He said to turn away from unrepentant sinners. He said to blot out their names as long as they refuse to repent.

None of this true stuff sounds much like a party, does it?

Here's a thought. What if the gay person(s) knows beyond a doubt that the friend or family member attending his wedding is against it because they are very vocal about it. We’ll tell you what happens in that case. It's not that the gay person thinks they are loved by this detractor. It's that the gay person thinks they've won them over to acceptance of their perversion or in the process of doing so!

People need to try to look beyond appearances. We know this is a bit difficult; there's so much temporal, in-your-face, sparkly, touchy-feely, emotional, self-concerning junk to overcome. The unvarnished truth is we are dealing with very proud and wicked and unrepentant sinners here. They have been deceived and have become deceivers. In spite of what you see before you---the expressions of love and beautiful photos and promises and charm and smiles and hugs and youth and tuxes and cakes and flowers---gays are involved in some very nasty stuff. How do you think they got there? They had to be brought along, step by step, by making wrong choice after wrong choice, by continually exposing themselves to some very bad ideas and thoughts and behaviors---stuff decent people can't even imagine---as to rend them boldly past feeling. Decent people make a mistake in ascribing their own sense of decency and morality to such sinners.

Remember, the righteous are those repenting. The wicked are those who are not repenting. We don’t see any repentance going on in regards to so-called gay weddings. (Who knows, maybe these homosexualists have some sexual sins of their own they are enjoying, feel guilty about, or have never repented of, and so are soft on this sin.)

Attending a gay union ceremony/party is wrong, wrong for everybody every time. Do not go. Do what is right, let the consequence follow. For all you know, the gay relative/friend may be testing you to see if you really believe in God and His rules or if you're a complete hypocrite or if they can hope to win you over! People need to quit with the excuses and sophistries and pseudo-moral superiority and moral relativism and imagined nuances. Absolutes exist that you can't get around, as uncomfortable as they are in this wicked world.

Whether or not to attend a gay wedding is not rocket science. You don't have to wonder or ask anybody if you should go or not. It's plain common sense and the Spirit of the Lord will confirm it, that is if you care about God and goodness and Christ and immortal souls more than you care about yourself and how wise and great you are and how influential you think you can be with people and how much people like you. Nobody can eat a piece of gay wedding cake, so to speak, and still be against gross sexual immorality. Don't sell your soul for a ridiculous "gay wedding," or anything else.

We really love God and we really care about the welfare of the immortal souls of those attending gay weddings and of the homosexuals too. That's true charity and that's why we've posted this, come what may.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thoughts for a Thinking, Feeling, Suffering Believer

Those of us who are disturbed and concerned about the embrace of evil and sin our culture has taken, and especially the tragedy that our church congregations and members of our own families have taken this direction also, have a wonderful opportunity to turn to the Lord. That is actually the most important thing to do.

We empathize with those who have poured out their hearts to us in frustration and disillusionment. We totally understand. We are with you. But, as a wise friend said, those who are complaining are the ones with the most pressing problem. Yes, when we are feeling frustrated and disillusioned, betrayed and perplexed, unsupported and even shunned, we are the ones with the most pressing problem. It's not a problem for our enemies. They don't care. They are full of themselves and completely deceived. We are the ones faltering. Lack of faith is a weakness, a sin in and of itself. If we were perfect we would never falter in our faith. So here we are, ourselves weak and sinful. As such, this is an amazingly clear opportunity to repent and show whose side we are on. It's an amazing opportunity to turn to the Lord, trust fully in him, put our whole reliance on him.

This doesn't mean we won't get discouraged sometimes. It doesn't mean we won't feel sorrow for loved ones and others who have sold their souls to this world and its wickedness. It doesn't mean we won't see what's happening and what will inevitably follow. But it does mean that we continually turn to the Lord, that we wish the true best for everyone, that we choose God first, that we exercise faith in God's plan and Jesus Christ as the only way, that we bear our own small crosses out of love for the Lord, that we live our daily lives looking forward with hope for eternal life In this way, our joy will outweigh our sorrow.

We find it helpful to keep the Word of God close. One way is to memorize scriptures so as to have them at the ready in our hearts and minds at any time. Here are some good ones to memorize and ponder and apply, to, if we must coin a word,  applonderize.


We are troubled on every side,yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Or this particular favorite:

. . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 123:1-2

Of course there's:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

Maybe the best:

And now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock or our Redeemer, who is Christ , the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty wind, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless woe because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. Helaman 5:12

There are seemingly endless terribly lovely truths to choose to hold in our minds. And that is what we must do.

Flannery O'Connor said (and we paraphrase) that any dismay at the wickedness of the world or the inefficiencies of the church is a sign of our nearness to God. There is nothing much we can do about the powers that be here on earth. We mustn't worry about it. Our primary job is to preserve and grow our own personal faith, and that's a difficult enough job for anybody nowadays. Now is the time for followers of Christ to do what they say they believe, to live out the gospel in their minds and hearts and actions. And by the grace of Christ miracles may occur, the greatest miracle being the change in a hard human heart --- including our own.