Saturday, October 22, 2022

Straight Lives Matter

 We have said this before and we need to say it again. It's not a question of neutrality. It's a question of which worldview will be embraced and which worldview will be disallowed. No man can serve two masters. Two opposing worldviews cannot peacefully co-exist. 

Nobody made this truth up. It's unalterably recorded in the history of the world. 

Some parents are mad (see clip starting at 7:25 of the video), and rightly so, about all the graphic and explicit sexual LGBTETC books now available in their children's schools. But they have something wrong. They won't say what it is they don't like about the gay books. They just say: we don't want ANY sexual ideas in school. Oops. They are making a big mistake here because schools have always had models of human sexual behavior implicit in their materials. 

For example, the Dick and Jane books, which we here at SoL learned to read from back in the day,

set their literacy program against a backdrop of a traditional family: father, mother, and their children. That was a model for the two human sexes and human sexual behavior, no matter how subtle. An adult male and an adult female get married, make a home, and have children of the male or female sexes whom they take care of and love and model this reality to, generation after generation. That is the one good way of sexualizing children, as in yes, you have a sex: you are a girl or a boy, and marriage and family is the usual thing that is done with that fact.  Maybe 95 percent or maybe all books ever written reflect this reality and standard at least in some implicit way. So these angry parents, if they really mean what they say, would have practically all books removed from their children's school, and their children would have no standard at all for human sexual behavior in their schools, not to mention very few books of any interest or value to speak of. However well-meaning, these parents haven't thought this issue through and are not brave enough to come out and say what is really wrong with these LGBTQ materials.  

Again, it's not about neutrality, it's about which worldview will be preferred, embraced, emphasized, taught, implied, catechized, glorified, whatever word you like, and which worldview will be harmed, rejected, de-emphasized, ignored, vilified, demonized, whatever word you like. Which worldview is what matters, not wiping the slate blank and not transmitting any worldview at all. Of course there will always be a preferred worldview modeled and taught. The important point is which will it be and will it be the best for mankind. Of course we know from human history the right answers to these questions. God's standard of human sexual behavior, even when not perfectly applied, is the most effective and benevolent for humankind.

The same thing happened with the gay marriage debate. Nobody would actually come out and say homosexuality is harmful, wrong, sinful, destructive, promiscuous, pornographic, causes chronic illness, spreads terrible disease, whatever. They only said faithful traditional marriage is valuable. Now, the whole institution of marriage, which was already wounded, is in a death spiral. For instance, apparently, now sodomy is for everyone! Yes, this is what many people under, say, about 35 years old actually think. You can't give a new definition to something without destroying the old definition. Normal marriage, sexual morality, proper intercourse, family, parenthood, childhood, are some of the old certainties that have been recently redefined and are in the process of being destroyed.

Elementary schools, and even many Christian/conservative churches, have given in to the secular culture and consequently the sexual revolution. The church in general is moving left. Gay (read:sodomy) is great now, it's only the trans thing that has Christians flummoxed. Will they give in to the T too? If not, because of the worldview that is now culturally preeminent (read:winning)  anti-Christian sentiment. will only increase, along with all this anti-male, anti-family, anti-western world, anti-America, anti-white, even anti-observable science sentiment. There is growing animosity against   traditional values, objective truth and reality, real science, and even any norms at all. All these standards are falling like cards. What will be the next one to be attacked and demonized?

 We submit that straightness is the next thing to go. If  childhood sexual innocence, human sexuality, family, male and female, motherhood and fatherhood, child and parent, are all being redefined/erased  because their traditional meanings are so very repressive and oppressive and hurtful and destructive, then exclusively male-female sexual relationships must be done away with. And not just straightness; more specifically, it is monogamous straight relationships that will be touted as the worst kind. That is what must be completely demonized. But general straightness too, that is, exclusive sexual attraction to the opposite sex. You at least have to be fluid or bisexual. Maybe even incest/minor-attracted as well. Oh and don't forget nonbinary---choose your own adventure!

 Of course this is not a new idea. And all you sexual revolutionist, millennial-types need to know it is not new to you. Marxism has this uprooting of the traditional family and sexual morality idea at its core. And some very famous science fiction books come to mind. Well, they are called science fiction. Now they are proving to have been prophetic. In Ayn Rand's story, Anthem, coupling between men and women is forbidden, along with any individuality at all. The word I has been removed in favor of the collective we. In Aldous Huxley's  Brave New World, having babies is done by those assigned and monogamous sex is forbidden, in favor of casual sexual promiscuity. In fact, drugs are required to heighten libido and promiscuity is required. No having sex with the same person more than once! The same sorts of perverse twists happen in Orwell's 1984.

What with abortion still being pushed in half the world, with child sex abuse being increasing downplayed (even by churches), child sex trafficking increasing, the child-adult sex movement moving right along, children being sexualized ever younger, and the normal sexual development being interfered with and sexual parts being amputated by the mainstream medical establishment, and any protest against such travesties being cancelled and protestors harmed, it is not hard to imagine that straight lives will in the near future be looked down upon, thought anything from stodgy and boring to outright evil. 

What we are seeing is what C. S . Lewis called the abolition of man in his slender volume of the same name. When you switch out traditional time-tested objective values for anything else, men will end up eating each other up in one sense or another. And he warned about this back in the 1950s. The book's premise begins by pointing out how a textbook in a local high school refused to call a waterfall beautiful; it stated that such an idea was subjective. In other words, there is no such thing as objective beauty. Lewis saw it coming. The upending of civilization was being advanced with trashing the idea of real beauty, and he knew it would extend into trashing truth, goodness, health, reality, real science, and every other right thing as well.

Who will care? We think very few. Certainly not enough to make a difference. Most are either too brainwashed or too intimidated to do anything. It is easier to go along. God help us.

If Christians (people who hold to the standards for human behavior in the Bible), whites (people who have paler skin than others), and generally people who value humanity and reality (those against abortion and against LGBTQ-ing kids, etc.) are being silenced and harmed, and the Godless hedonistic progressive revolutionist ideas against humanity and reality are increasingly being given preference in all institutions, you can bet the whole idea of monogamous heterosexuality, and exclusive heterosexuality itself, is high on the deconstruction list. It is already scoffed at and mocked and dismissed. It only follows that straightness will someday be outright demonized and banned. (Activists are at this moment spreading the idea that straight men who don't date transwomen --that is, men who don't date other men who are pretending to be women--- are transphobic bigots.) 

Of course in the meantime all of this is very unhealthy for human beings and human civilized society ---practically, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Wear your Straight Lives Matter t-shirts while you can!


Thursday, July 28, 2022

Mormon/Christian LGBTETC?

We came across an excellent podcast we wanted to link you to. Too bad it's so late in coming. Too bad the Mormon church is in the process of caving to the LGBTETC pressure, along with the Southern Baptist Convention, and many others. They have long since ceased, if they ever did, to make the crucial distinction between a proud, self-identifying, openly unrepentant same-sex sexually attracted/porn addicted/gender dysphoric Mormon/Christian, etc. and a resisting, repentant, humble, help-seeking to overcome it such person. They will be sorry. There are essentially no brakes being applied to this movement, not from within, not from government, not from schools, not from businesses, not from churches, and not even in families anymore. It is a Godless, anti-Christ movement that will only lead to more and more destruction. 

Click here to watch "The Truth About Gay Christians."

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Lure of the LGBTETC Life

Finally, after more than 20 years of trying to learn about and bring some light to this topic, many more people with many more talents and resources than we have are doing it! Hallelujah! This is why we don't post as much anymore or start our own YouTube channel.  Most of what we are seeing and hearing on our side is gratifying and an answer to our prayers. They are rightly finally calling the LGBTETC phenomenon grooming. That means it's the environment, the culture, the propaganda that is luring mostly young people in unprecedented numbers into gay experimentation and ideology. Other words to describe the grab for young people by the LGBTETC and their operators are seducing, luring, tempting, corrupting, initiating. And yes, grabbing, that's a good one. It now occurs everywhere, all over the internet and in all other media, in government policies and programs, in schools, in businesses, even in churches and families and, of course, in person. Turns out the movement was always after the kids. As Tammy Bruce, a prominent journalist and self-identified and not proud lesbian, said back in 2003 in her book The Death of Right and Wrong, " I believe this grab for children by the sexually confused adults of the gay elite represents the most serious problem facing our culture today." 

We agree with Tammy, although the word confused rings euphemistic at this stage of the game. While in our activism days we fought the gay clubs in high schools, now there are nationally organized drag queen story hours in public libraries, rainbow-clad parades in our cities' public streets, and drag shows in gay bars, all aimed at the smallest children. True, there are many, many pawns in this movement, but the movers and shakers at the very apex of it know exactly what they are doing. They are thumbing their noses at God, making a lot of money, wielding a lot of power, and corrupting the young. The thing is, they will throw the whole LGBT "community" under the bus (literally) when their power is absolute.  All this hateful faction-making is just being used to divide and weaken us as a people.

The born-that-way and who-would-want-to-be-gay and it's-just-who-I-am and if-you-don't-accept-us-you-are-making-us-suicidal arguments have never held up and have all but disappeared.  Just as the legalization of abortion was sold as  a "right" and promised to be "safe and rare," the gay movement was sold as: there aren't that many, love is love (which is a meaningless circular argument), it's a rights issue, it's nobody else's business, it's who we are, there are all sorts of families. Turns out none of that proved to be sincere or true, on the abortion issue or the gay issue. Turns out both issues have not been able to hide their true colors any longer. We can see clearly that this, along with the abortion craze, wasn't about someone's constitutional rights at all, but about anger, rebellion, nihilism, licentiousness, no rules, do whatever, let's take over the world. It is naive, and dangerous for us all.

The LGBTETC craze has exploded, most recently in the form of  the in-your-face transgender movement, the T in LGBT. Homosexualist ideologies, along with LGBTETC individuals, groomers, and predators are everywhere, at work, in schools, in high government positions, in entertainment, in the military, even in churches and starring in conservative media.  People get punished for their traditional values. Parents get disowned by their grown children for being "toxic homophobes."Teachers can't say the words mother and father. There are a hundred or more "genders." Leaders, medical professionals, and politicians refuse to define what a woman is at the same time women are celebrating destroying their unborn. The licentious are celebrating their licentiousness. Sex and sexuality are fluid, from moment to moment. And it's the very opposite of private. It's on the offense and it has come after everybody's children. Knowledge of one's own unrepented-of guilt, virtue-signaling, and attention-seeking are hugely seductive parts of it. Even parents are preempting the coming Godless dystopia, already willingly sacrificing their children on this destructive altar. 

Let's not pretend, people. The LGBTETC lure is hugely seductive in today's environment, especially for susceptible, sponge-like young minds. Even Disney is proactively going after kids. And churches and families are going along. Churches do not teach law, sin, repentance, chastity or fidelity with regard to gay congregants. Parents are no longer teaching their kids about chastity or traditional values, especially when it comes to gayness. The pressure is too great. So kids are growing up thinking all things LGBTETC are cool. On a personal level it's a way to be noticed, a way, (like abortion) to avoid responsibility, a way to rebel, a way to push against peer abuse, and a way to deny or avoid the discomforts of adolescence and relations with the opposite sex, even a way to repress painful realities such as sexual abuse. It's a way to dismiss law, sin, goodness, God and Creation. Face it, it's just another way to be crazy and/or bad. And ask them; they will tell you it's pleasurable. But what they don't know or won't admit is, sin is only fun for a while. Then you go back to being miserable. Already, young people who were so easily caught up in the LGBTETC lure are detransitioning, many having done permanent damage to their bodies. 

We here at SOL finally see a healthy backlash. But it's at least 20 years too late. At least two generations have been lured, conditioned, seduced, groomed, either into this licentious mindset and behavior or into supporting it. And the much, much older people who know better are going along. Shame on them.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Live Not By Lies: A Real Love Adventure

Just got back from a three-week road trip in our little Tab trailer, the focal point being a visit to family in Tennessee. One night in Arkansas we watched a movie in our little trailer in the pouring rain, "Light of My Life." In the movie the father is telling his daughter how he and her mother (who died when she was a baby) liked to go on camping trips before she was born. But things would always go wrong. A flat tire, getting lost, bad weather, whatever. And the wife would say to the husband, "Isn’t this great? We’re having a love adventure." So that’s what we called our latest road trip. A love adventure. We had a few meltdowns (this is just so inconvenient!). We got lost a few times. We had to change our plans. We couldn’t find food. Once there were no showers and no electricity. It rained a whole lot. But we kept on loving God and loving each other. It’s all part of the love adventure.

We know that many families, friendships, and other human relationships are struggling like never before. People don’t know where they stand with each other and where each other stands on lots of  things. People have made boundaries, only because we are flawed humans and we want to protect ourselves from other flawed humans. We want to be ourselves with each other, but it’s not possible anymore because of the changes in the schools and churches and polarizing worldviews and damaged relationships. So oftentimes we are afraid and exhausted when we talk to or see each other, if we even do talk to or see each other.  It is exhausting trying to avoid offending someone or avoid being offended. We have in essence lost our confidence to speak freely, some even in their own families. It is very tempting to give up on any meaningful relationships and just barely show up and be nice.

Nevertheless, we are all having a love adventure. All of this bad stuff is going to keep happening. But we can work on loving God and each other despite the getting stressed out and angry and annoyed and hurt and offended and inconvenienced. Despite everything.

We read a book aloud on our road trip which we think everyone could find something good in. I, Janice, the read-alouder, underlined and made notes on every single page. It is called Live Not By Lies, A Manual for Christian Dissidents, by Rod Dreher. It gave us hope. Even though we all may have different problems dealing with our families and churches and polarizing worldviews in today’s world that affect all aspects of our lives, there is a bigger danger we should be addressing. The loss of freedom.


The author describes and interviews several incredibly courageous people who resisted throughout the Soviet takeover of Poland and Czechoslovakia after the end of WW II. They all said that the family and other small groups of human relationships are a threat to communism and totalitarianism. So these governments always want those things questioned or controlled or damaged or destroyed. In order to resist this total takeover of one’s life, inside and out (which is what totalitarianism is), the people the author interviewed say one good idea is to form small groups of family and friends and acquaintances that meet often, as many as you can, small groups who have something in common.

It can be practically anything. Off the top of my head, book groups, pickleball, choirs, plays, dinners, movies, games, workouts, orchestras, hiking, sports teams, knitting, photography, bird watching, food truck picnics, anything concrete to build interested small group gatherings on---that have no hierarchy telling you what to do and getting gain from it. This independence and freedom to form and meet in groups of our choice is training us to resist powers that wish to control every single aspect of our lives, especially our minds.

We know people are doing a lot of this already (sorry if your groups weren't mentioned above!). But we also know that the last few years have caused a lot of isolation and loneliness. People just aren't talking like before. Well, it's time to take back the freedom mentality! And from this book we learned that meeting together in person for whatever worthwhile activity is much more important and deeply valuable than we might have thought. 

On this same road trip we took a side trip to Alabama and met some YouTube video people called the RV Odd Couple. This couple recently bought hundreds of acres for a new special RV park (patriotic, conservative, Christian) and we wanted to see it in person. They were so nice and the place should be a state park it’s so gorgeous. We joined up. We met people. Another small group with something in common!

Totalitarianism happened in eastern Europe in our lifetime and the people who resisted it had to be strong to hang on to their sanity and their convictions and their freedom, if only in their minds. They hoped it would end soon but meanwhile they had to use their imaginations, even to go underground, but they did it. And those who didn’t lose their lives or minds came out free on the other side when the Iron Curtain fell in 1989.

This same thing can happen here. We have all seen it happening already, although in more soft, disguised, insidious, and sophisticated ways. We like the many positive ideas this books shares about confronting this problem and wanted to share one of them with you. But we highly recommend you get a hold of the book for yourself and your family and friends. It's a huge eye-opener (we never learned about any of this in school!) and contains many highly encouraging, faith-promoting suggestions and Christian coping tools. We will be reading this book again and again.

Keep up the good work! In spite of everything, it’s a love adventure!





           

Sunday, April 10, 2022

If You're Pro-Gay You're a Groomer

Open letter to a former friend, 

We call you a former friend because we used to feel an affinity with you by way of our shared beliefs and values. We wish you all the best, but are sad that we no longer share those important values with you. You quite recently developed a blind spot that has compromised that affinity and that friendship.

You were against "gay marriage" until your son decided he was gay. You say you're a Bible-believing Christian but the Bible condemns homosexual behavior in no uncertain terms.You say there are good gays; you say it's about who they love. But gay marriage is not mating; it is a euphemism for sodomy which is a hurtful and harming act, the opposite of love. You say there are bad gays. But who is making any distinction between good and bad gays in any significant way? The fact is homosexuals commit child sexual abuse at a rate 36 times higher than heterosexuals. You say gay is fine for those good gays but grooming kids to be LGBTETC is child abuse. If gay can be good why is this grooming wrong? Ah but gay is never good. This is the blind spot that is your downfall that is contributing to the complete fall of human civilization. 

Let's talk about language and how euphemisms change crucial understandings of important words and  meanings. A euphemism is "a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing." Relatively speaking on the timeline of humanity, homosexuality was the most unspeakable of behaviors until five minutes ago. Then it came to be called gay in a purposeful and systematic program of conditioning. Gay behavior, which is a euphemism for sodomy, which the euphemism "gay marriage" legitimized this behavior for people of all "sexual orientations" (another euphemism--a way to make any sexual lust or behavior sound fine). 

Our beloved church, just like so many beloved friends and family members, has embraced homosexuality and in doing so has become a form of groomer for the rising generation, for minors, for children. A proof of this is that statements about gays or gayness include no warnings or chastity lessons or boundaries whatsoever, including ages involved. Where are the warnings of the unique and deadly diseases and drug abuse and child and domestic abuse that are not only common to the gay population but much more prevalent than in the heterosexual population? Where are the limits on promoting homosexuality of all kinds to children? Completely absent, as seen atn gay pride parades with children in tow, gay affirming books for children, and drag queen story hours in public libraries. Even the rainbow icon, a staple of children's art and imaginations, has been hijacked by the perversely oversexed LGBT crowd. This is propaganda. Another word for it is grooming. You're promoting behaviors as wholesome that are highly dangerous and destructive. Sex is a serious thing; if it isn't used properly someone gets hurt. So why did you soften, why are you doing this? Because for whatever selfish reason you gave in to the wickedness of the times.

Even if individuals or groups do or say nothing against the gay movement, they are groomers because all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing as Edmund Burke said. Acquiescence is quiet assent. What is allowed/encouraged will increase. We could go on and on. But our beloved church and so many beloved friends and family members do more than quietly ascent. Here is quote from our church's last general conference, women's session. "We, as Latter-day Saints, are pleased to be part of a coalition of faith, business, LGBTQ people and community leaders who have worked together in a spirit of trust and mutual respect." Wow. They are no longer quiet about it. As such they have become groomers. They are announcing to the rising generation that gay is great. You don't think that will influence vulnerable young people, parents and children, people of all ages, to wonder and experiment and seek out gay-affirming material? First we endure, then pity, then embrace, said Alexander Pope.

Of course the "gay community" (another euphemism for a group of proud rebels against God and biology) is still mad at the LDS church because the church, while following the world in accepting and sympathizing with the "gay identity," (another euphemism---for out-of-bounds sexual lust), quite weakly resists accepting an open display of the inherent behaviors. Gays have church callings and trannies crossdress freely in Mormon wards and stakes. The LDS church, no matter how angry the LDS gay crowd still is for past offenses, has entered the embrace stage, at least outwardly and policy-wise. We suggest the angry, self-righteous pro-gay Mormons or ex-Mormons have a little more patience. The LDS church is bowing under the pressure, gladly, it appears. At least they say they are "pleased" about their "coalition," offering up flattery, pandering, and turning a blind eye to behaviors.

There is a lot of uproar and righteous indignation against the Disney corporation recently plainly exposed as grooming children toward all things LGBTETC. Child sexual abuse, the public cries! As if that wasn't already happening everywhere. Euphemisms that allow for this particular type of child sexual abuse are everywhere, including in our churches. They include: fairness, equality, inclusivity, diversity, unity, love, authenticism, your truth, your identity, and on and on. Notice that they are the very same euphemisms used to get homosexuality accepted and mainstreamed and whitewashed. And again, no one is making any significant or widespread distinction between "good gays" and "bad gays." The LDS church says their gays don't act out. Really? And from you, who used to be our friend and think like us, we hear that good gays were the ones for gay marriage but these bad gays/perverts are the ones coming after kids. Really? Tammy Bruce, a prominent self-identified lesbian who nevertheless admits she is messed up, wrote that the nefarious gay movement was coming after kids decades ago. (The New Thought Police,  2001, The Death of Right and Wrong, 2003)

The shock and dismay that grooming of children into "alternate sexual and gender identities"is going on by Disney, is proof that many people know that all things LGBTETC are taught. Yes, it shows that people do believe children are not born that way. Of course. It also shows that people know that there is something terribly wrong with it. Heterosexual sex education in schools never had this kind of backlash. It's disturbing though that this argument, lately stirred up by Florida's new law banning LGBTETC grooming of K-3 school children, doesn't extend to older children. Have you ever looked at, say, ninth graders? Many of them are nowhere near physically mature, not to mention the immaturity and susceptibility and vulnerability of their minds. Why only K-3? This is all very obvious stage one thinking. Too little, too late.

We might say that the boundary against child sexual abuse is the last sexual boundary to be resisted, and the last to be dissolved. As it is, our world today has surrendered to homosex. With its fancy euphemisms and fight for radical "individual rights" ( another euphemism---for sexual sin, killing unborn babies, etc.), the Godless sexual revolution will get society to surrender this last boundary as well, no sweat. That's where all this has been heading, with its softening of punishments for child sex offenders, man-boy love, and the growing idea that consent should be the only requirement for sex in any circumstance. Here is a quote from a popular queer "Christian" preacher, Brandan Robertson:  "For those who are in open or in  polyamorous relationships, your relationships are holy, they are beautiful . . . they are welcomed and celebrated  . . . seek to follow Jesus in all of our relationships . . . be honest and respectful and self-sacrificial and consensual and loving with your partners. When any of us live into these standards we can be sure we are on the path to wholeness and holiness . . . "

Anybody can say a child consented. Children are sponges, easily enticed, manipulated, stimulated, influenced, bribed, and scared. We see this in the grooming of  the young into sex trafficking. 

 But, by the way, don't forget, those caught in the LGBTETC trap and its sexual activists (including sympathetic churches) with be among the first to be tossed aside when anarchy has played itself out a and the powers that be take over. Such precious, deluded souls are merely pawns used by much more expansive and forward-looking despots to gain control.

Former Friend, your son was groomed into homosexuality. Ask him. If he's honest he'll tell you by whom, whether it was peer abuse, child sexual abuse, internet chat rooms, internet porn, articles, books, movies, the pro-gay society we live in, the media in general, junior high, other boys, older predatory males, Disney, or all of the above and more. Don't you want to know?

Other words for grooming are conditioning, indoctrinating, brainwashing, lying, abusing, recruiting, exploiting, controlling, manipulating. Those who have been groomed become groomers. Readers, are you conditioned? Have you gone soft on homosexuality? And are you now a groomer? You are a groomer if some time over that last few decades you have become excusing or accepting or supporting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, etc., ideology, lifestyle, or behaviors on any level in any way, in your private communications or within your sphere of influence. 

If you preside over a church congregation and invite or allow the promotion of LGBGETC activists or materials in your meetings, you are a groomer. If you hold family gatherings welcoming openly gay or trans family members especially with minors present and provide no warnings or teachings against such behaviors, you are groomer. If you showcase and admire and chat up and excuse your favorite gays (the "good" kind) in your communications with others, you are a groomer. We could go on and on. And furthermore, if you think there is no harm in supporting anything LGBTETC  only among adults and that these attitudes or policies do not trickle down from those adults to their children to influence the rising generation you are greatly mistaken and you are a groomer. Upset about K-3 indoctrination? Disney agenda? What a joke. You may not be directly grooming kids, but you have groomed leaders, teachers, and parents to groom kids.

Even if LGBTETC people are only a few percent of the population, which they now are, and will never be more than that, our entire society and its policies and laws and religions and schools are so much in their control that everything is increasingly being run in their favor to the degradation and exploitation of everyone else. This is what happens to a culture that buys into this vice. It is ruined.

It began with "let them get married" and now it's come to "let them groom children." Everyone should have seen it all coming and fought it at its roots. Now it has captured your heart, our friend, and the hearts of what used to be moral, decent people. It's a steamroller now and will never stop until it is stopped by even more malevolent powers, while in the meantime the natural innocence of  the young is messed with and destroyed.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

God Can Change Your Heart---If You Want

The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about our hearts. Let us repeat that. The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about our hearts.

Now our hearts are prone to sin, to selfishness, to temptations, to wickedness. That's the human condition, the fallen, natural man. Here is the Good News. God can change that about us if we want him to.Yes, contrary to old Calvinist notions that seem to be so popular these days and pervading every Christian sect, there is something required of us if we wish God to change that proclivity to sin. What is required lies in our hearts. We have to truly and sincerely recognize and hate our sinfulness and give it up to God from the depths of our hearts. We have to want our heart wrenched away from sin and changed. It can be the greatest battle one fights out, all privately, within his own consciousness.

If you miss this you miss the whole gospel of  Jesus Christ. And you also give permission to sin and to love whatever sin you like to yourself and everyone else. You have made God over to suit that sin. You have made yourself a false god.

It's like the man with the red lizard (representing a favorite sin) on his shoulder in C. S. Lewis's book, The Great Divorce.  The angelic being says to the man that if he would like to go to where God is all he has to do is just say okay, take it off my shoulder, that's all he has to say and then the angel will take away the lizard, do the dirty work, destroy it forever. But the man has a terrible time saying that. He finds it extremely painful and difficult to tell the angel yes, take away the lizard. It is the most wrenchingly impossible-feeling thing for him to do. He has gotten used to the lizard on his shoulder running his life. He has grown dependent on it. He has been getting something he wants from it. It is his false idol, his god. He knows it would be good to let it go, but he doesn't really want to let the angel destroy it. He identifies with it. He worships it. He serves it. (We won't spoil what happened. Read the book if you want to know in the end what the man decided to do. )

God won't take away what we won't let him take away. He won't destroy our false gods unless we offer them to him. There is a sacrifice involved, not of blood, like in the Old Testament, but of the inmost heart. It's much harder than sacrificing an animal on an altar. But it's possible and it's real. 

Many people today choose a certain sin, formerly and still Biblically clearly a sin, and decide God wills them to this temptation permanently. And if God wills it, it must be right. This is the case with homosexualism. They insist it is who they or other people are. They further insist that this condition can peacefully co-exist with the worship of God, the God of the Bible. They are simply wrong. 

C. S. Lewis, who lived in a day not too long ago when homosexuality was considered unspeakably depraved, said that if a person has that proclivity he must resist it, even if it persists all his life. Times have changed. Today, homosexuality is accepted, encouraged, celebrated. We know that what is encouraged increases. It has increased and is increasing, expanding, growing more and more preposterous and absurd. The confusing of the two sexes is now all over the place---males are accepted as female athletes, women are accepted as males able to have babies, male sexual criminals saying they are women so they can be incarcerated with women, taxpayer funds being used for "sex transition" surgeries---all of the above for which we have radical feminism and gay marriage to thank. (Yes, radical feminism and homosexualism are all about confusing the two sexes, pretending they are interchangeable. Now suddenly proponents of radical feminism and homosexualism are miffed at the transgender movement, the T in LGBT,  because without the distinction between the two sexes, all their claims and arguments melt away. If they are intellectually honest they will see transgenderism is just an in-your-face form of their own ideologies.) Sure, some form of this depravity has always been around. But the difference now is that while previously this out-of-bounds lust and conflation, was considered depraved, it is now considered decent. Evil is now called good. 

As such, Christians bend over backwards trying to rationalize this sexual temptation. Yes, they say, we can worship God and homosexualism at the same time. It's just the way people are. It's how God made them. It's cruel to put them through such wrenching pain and difficulty, asking them to give it up, even to give it up to God. Really?

Don't we all have something we have to give up to God continually? And those of us who have been truly born again, don't we continually do that? If it isn't one sin, it's another. Some sins we get rid of permanently, like the bank robber who pays his debt to society and never robs another bank, or the alcoholic who permanently quits drinking. Others sins, like irritableness or selfishness or lack of faith in Christ, these may keep popping up. The difference in the false and true Christian is that the false Christian identifies with his sin, he likes that red lizard on his shoulder, he doesn't go before God on his knees and open his hands and beg God to take that proclivity away. Not really. Not truly. Not to the end. No, people who come to the point where they publicly identify themselves as gay have not given God permission to destroy that lizard. If they had, they would never announce their sin to the world as who they are. Does a closet adulterer-at-heart announce to the world that is who he is? No. The truly repentant Christian resists his sins, he hates them, they are abhorrent to him. He continually falls on his knees and opens his hands and gives them up to Jesus. He does that as long as it takes, even if he is resisting and repenting of his heart-deep sinfulness on his deathbed. See the difference? It's a huge difference. It is all the difference between a true follower of Christ and a hypocrite and idolator.

Lots of  otherwise basically well-meaning people have developed this terrible, anti-Christ blind spot. They have been systematically brainwashed into homosexualism. They have bought into the LGBT identity thing, instead of admitting it's merely lust and bad behavior, like a pet red lizard which has been fashioned into a god above God. It's just another thing all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons have made an exception for and have actually put into the place of God, having stooped to love this thing more than they love God.

We know that no man can serve two masters because he will love the one and hate the other. It just isn't possible to hold on to your red lizard and worship God too. Which will you choose? It's up to you. And it all takes place in the deepest inner folds of your heart. 

Merry Christmas and Lord bless.

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Now--- Who and What is Excluded?

We have said repeatedly, borrowing from the late Robert Bork, in a highly polarized world as we have today, one worldview will be preferred and the other worldview will be harmed. Preferred also means emphasized, and has developed today to mean celebrated and even forced upon. Harmed also means de-emphasized, and has developed today to mean denounced and even punished. 

Whichever worldview is chosen in any given era, the opposing worldview will be harmed, de-emphasized, denounced, and punished. No, it's not about being kind, nice, or inclusive or celebrating diversity. These are lies. In reality, two deeply opposing worldviews cannot peacefully co-exist. One will be celebrated, the other will be harmed. 

In our lifetimes, the preferred worldview has flipped from preferring and encouraging lawful godly traditional biblical family moral values to preferring and encouraging unlawful Godless experimental secular anti-family unlimited-sexuality values. There is no doubt about this development. People, in their power, greed, ignorance, willingness to conform, pretense at enlightenment, desire to belong, bitterness, hatred of God, etc., can pretend this cultural shift is just about diversity and inclusion and kindness but it's not about those things at all, because half the world is being ignored, excluded, and hurt. There is zero diversity, inclusion, and kindness for people standing for God and traditional family values. Yes, granted, before, not long ago, it was the other half being ignored, excluded, and hurt. But which worldview has proven throughout human history to be more beneficial and benevolent toward mankind? God or idolatry? Fidelity or promiscuity? Purity or depravity? Honesty or deception? Sanctity of life or the despising of posterity? Freedom or tyranny? Personal responsibility or victimhood? Truth or lies? The answer is obvious we hope.

Even in most churches, which have historically been the bastions of traditional morality, we are seeing the shift toward the latter worldview described above embraced. This shift is exposed in a new documentary called "Enemies Within: The Church," which highlights the Southern Baptist Church, but mirrors what is happening in many or all of the other denominations as well, large and small. Apparently, even the previously strongest and most conservative, traditional family values churches and leaders have flipped. Apparently, with enough pressure and enough love of the world and money and power and popularity, the most trusted leaders can make deceptive step-by-step compromises until quite rapidly they have sold their souls on and for a dime. And then shun and villainize and fire and even disappear their brothers and sisters who don't go along.

Here is a quote from this upcoming documentary, coming in December 2021, a short version of which can be seen now on YouTube. The film shows a lot of church leaders and scholars full-on buying into the gay agenda, and why this is utterly wrong.

"The truth will come out eventually. People will realize that the gay movement lied and that people are not born gay, people can change. People are going to realize that the Bible is clear and the Bible is right and that it all made sense from the very beginning, that there are two types of bodies designed. There was male and female and that they were made for a certain design and a certain purpose. And so once people realize that truth, ultimately, all of these people who played all of these games to try to minimize it, or to try to camouflage it, or to try to accommodate, or to succumb to it, they all lied. They were all part of the big lie."

This big lie at the moment is having its way in every aspect of our society. The secular, Godless, unlimited sex worldview has won the day, while the biblical, God-fearing, sex-only-in-proper-marriage-relationships is being excluded and punished. That is where we find our culture in all its entities today. But this accomplished sexual revolution is by no means the only outcome of the secularization of our country and our world. Every non-benevolent force, every tyranny man can devise, is descending upon us. 

As far as government, schools, churches, and even families, go today, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, every human institution ends up doing the opposite of what it was originally intended to do. 

O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men.   Psalms 107:8, a scripture we find throughout the Psalms.

 

 

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