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This is David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries.
And this is the Cutting Edge, a radio program dedicated to warning and informing God's people. We are committed to the study and exposition of the inerrant, inspired and authoritative Word of God. The views expressed belong to us, and are not necessarily shared by this station.
The moral bankruptcy of our society is well-documented. But, few people understand why we have become morally bankrupt. However, when we look at society through the Biblical eyes of God, we can easily see why we are facing the unprecedented troubles of today. This study of America through the eyes of God is what we will always try to do here; stay with us for some eye-opening truths.
Consider this terrible scene in the not-too-distant future. Daytime rules strongly over the entire universe, because Creator God has banished nighttime forever. High above, in the clouds, a throne has been established, a throne which gleams purely white. In fact, those who have been commanded to gather in front of this throne cannot look upon it because their eyes cannot physically stand its pure brilliance. Suddenly, the Creator appears and immediately takes His place, seated in the throne. As He faces the multitude gathered in front of him, His eyes flash with unspeakable anger, and when He speaks, all those present cower with fear. This God is awful in His glory; this God is awful in His brilliance; this God is awful in His unbelievable power.
And, this God is mightily angry.
Why is He so angry, and what is the purpose of this specially constructed White Throne? The answer is found in the Holy Bible, Revelation 20:11, "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it...And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened...and the dead were judged out of those books, according to their works..."
There is your answer. God Himself, which we know will be Jesus Christ, has created a Great White Throne specifically for the purpose of sitting in righteous judgment over every single person who has ever lived. Jesus will command that the book of every person's life be individually opened so that every deed, every thought, and every motive of every person will be played back. Every person will be judged only by what they said, thought, and did throughout their entire lifetime. When their life is thoroughly examined and shown that they never, ever accepted Jesus Christ, who Alone can forgive their sin, each person will be condemned to eternal Hell by their own actions. Jesus Christ, Creator God, is the active agent Who finally condemns men and women to Hell, but no one can ever accuse Him of sending them there. Each person who is eternally tormented in Hell will be there because they chose to live a life of sin and rebellion against God, refusing both the offer of Jesus Christ to be their substitute punishment for their sin and to live a life of obedience to His commands.
Now, let us turn briefly back to the scene of the Great White Throne judgment. One is amazed at the numbers of people who are forcibly gathered before this throne. They included kings, queens, famous people of every profession during their lifetime, people who had won many awards during their lifetime, and people who had enjoyed center stage during their lives. The Bible calls these type people the "great", because they were "great" while they are living. However, they do not enjoy this distinction now that they are gathered in front of this awful throne. Other people that are at this throne are just your ordinary common folk. They lived their lives in rather mundane fashion, working, raising families, many of them doing much charitable work. However, they also lived in unrepentant sin and in rejection of Jesus Christ.
As the observer looked out over this throng of people, he was mightily impressed by the unbelievable numbers of them. Their numbers totaled in the billions. Certainly, they represented the vast majority of those who had ever lived. How could so many people be going to Hell? How could so many people have been so wrong all their lives, even those who had been so vocal in their denial of Biblical truth, a truth which now was so terrifyingly real.
As the Creator Jesus began the process of examining the lives of those people gathered before Him, those who were waiting there turn suddenly realized an extremely horrible truth: this Jesus Christ was not the meek, mild, and submissive Man who had come the first time. Instead, He was angry beyond description, because His unfathomable sacrifice to come from Heaven to be born of a virgin to live a perfect human life and then to die a most horrible sacrificial death all so sinners of every generation would not have to die in their sins, had been rejected by these people. The Holy Spirit, which always speaks of Jesus Christ, had worked in the hearts and minds of every one of these people. In many instances, He worked diligently for most of their lives, only to be continuously rejected. These people had forgotten that Jesus Christ has a perfect nature, one that demands Judgment as well as Mercy. These people had allowed others to delude them into believing that God (Jesus) was only Love, that He could never send anyone to eternal Hell. These people had badly miscalculated, and now they were going to spend eternity in Hell.
But, as these people listened to the proceedings, they also realized one other extremely important fact: as Jesus was reviewing each person's life in the most thorough detail, He was constantly referring to the commands and the precepts of another Book, the Holy Bible. Jesus was not referring to the Koran or to any of the many books of Mormonism, or to the writings or teachings of any other religion. Much to the terror of those watching, Jesus was demonstrating the Truth which He had so loudly proclaimed, that He, and He alone, is the Way to Heaven. No man would ever be able to live in Heaven for eternity if he had lived his life according to the precepts of any other religion, no matter how sincere he might have been. These are terrible insights, but they come too late for those who are gathered before this Great White Throne.
Then, some in the gathering gasp as they realize one other terrible truth. Jesus is holding up to each life the absolute adherence to every word and every command He had uttered, even those awful commandments found in that hated book called Leviticus. Why, how could this be? Every Twentieth Century person knew that these commandments were "ancient", "outmoded", and had been changed by popular vote, an overwhelming popular consensus by the people living in that century. How could this man now insist that these laws had never been overturned, that man never had the power or authority to change these laws? How could Jesus get away with this? The answer is simple:
And, that time has finally arrived, as Jesus perfectly examines each person's words, thoughts, and actions. And no one is escaping Hell. Everyone in this gathering are doomed by their sin and their rejection of the Perfect Substitute for their sin. But, then, someone notices one other terrifying detail in the drama unfolding before them. Jesus is literally and narrowly applying His commandments to each person's life!! Jesus is the most narrow-minded Person in the history of the world!! He literally and seriously meant what He said, even if He uttered it in the book of Leviticus some 2,000 years before His virgin birth. An awful cry leaps from the throats of so many people yet to stand before His throne. Oh, no, they cry, when I was living, I tolerated things in my life which Jesus is now condemning!! I, also, allowed myself to be convinced that these commandments had been annulled.
Then, the cry went up, "Oh, no, Jesus is a homophobe!" He meant what He said in Leviticus, when He condemned the practice of homosexuality!! But, this time, this label, which carries so many grave connotations, did not silence this Man, Whose power was unlimited and eternal. Even though many people were silenced when this label was applied in the Twentieth Century, it does not work now. Millions upon millions of people who had actively practiced homosexuality and lesbianism during their lives, and who had viciously attacked anyone who had tried to warn them, were now reduced to waiting, absolutely stupefied as they awaited their terrified turn in front of Jesus Christ. They thought, "How could I have been so stupid, to believe a lie which seemed so much like truth then, but is so obvious now?"
We now switch back from this awful scene in the not-too-distant future to our present reality, in the latter part of the Twentieth Century. Today, many people, including some highly respected "great" leaders, are advocating the practice of homosexuality. They are urging the world to ignore the "outdated" and "outmoded" commandments in that hated book of Leviticus. These leaders are further trying to convince everyone, including very young children, that homosexuality is just as acceptable as God's ordained heterosexuality. Before mankind still has the time to avoid the Great White Throne Judgment Scene, let us quickly review the Biblical facts.
God teaches that He gave every word of the Scriptures to His servants to record. Every word is God-breathed. If there was only ONE instance in the entire Bible where God issued a prohibition against homosexuality, that ONE instance would be more than enough to enforce that command for all eternity.
Finally, we must also remember that, while God never changes His mind about any of His moral commands, Satan is all too ready to step in and deceive people that God does change.
1. Genesis 18:20-19:25 -- God preserves for eternity the story of Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed because of their open practice of homosexuality. God destroyed these cities completely. What is shocking is that this instance occurred hundreds of years prior to God's Law which we will quote you in a few moments.
Since God never punishes without first warning, we know that His unwritten commandments included, not only murder, but homosexuality. We shall return to this story shortly, but let us now go to God's written Law.
2. Leviticus 20:13
"If a man lies with a male as if he were a women, both men have committed an offense -- perverse, corrupt unnatural, abhorrent, and detestable." (Bible Commentary) The King James Version uses the word "Abomination" instead of abhorrent. God also issued this command against homosexuality in Leviticus 18:22, again referring to this practice as an "abomination". In chapters 18 and 20, God uses this word, "abomination" five times in connection with His prohibitions against the various sexual sins. Do you think God was trying to impress something upon us?
The entire chapter of Leviticus 18 governs the practice of various types of sexual sin. God concludes His warnings in 18:24-29, "Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in all these things the ...land is defiled; therefore, I visit the iniquity of it upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants...Who ever commits any of these abominations shall be cut off (killed) from his people." These are strong words from an Omnipotent, Unchanging God.
3. Deuteronomy 23:17, God forbids cult prostitution, either male or female.
4. 1 Corinthians 6:9, "Do not be deceived [there's that word again], neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality...shall inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God."
5. 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul lists all the sins which are properly controlled by the Old Testament Law. One of the sins so mentioned is "those who abuse themselves with men". This is shorthand way of referring to homosexuality.
Jesus also had some very stern things to say about homosexuality in Revelation. In Chapter 21, Jesus tells us that certain people will be cast eternally into "the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone." (verse 8) However, earlier in this verse, Jesus listed those types of people who would be cast into this Lake of Fire. He includes those who are "depraved and defiled with abominations..." Jesus used the same words, "defiled" and "abominations" here that He used in Leviticus 18 and 20 to refer to homosexual acts!!! Remember also that God said in Leviticus 18 and 20 that these sexual sins defiled the land, and the land would vomit out her inhabitants. Here, Jesus reiterates that this sexual sin defiles.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man sows, that and only that is what he shall reap." That word, "deceived" keeps popping up again and again, particularly during the End of The Age. At this point in our history, those who are loudly proclaiming that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality are specifically targeting our children, no, your children. We have been warning you repeatedly that this lie keeps cropping up in various textbooks, especially health textbooks, in the Junior and Senior High Schools. If this is not enough to convince you that now is the time to either homeschool your precious children or to do whatever is necessary to send them to a Christian school, we invite you to understand a new development. A homosexual activist group has prepared a series of books which show homosexuality to be perfectly normal, and has published them through Alyson Publications, located in Boston, Massachusetts. One of these books, "Daddy's Roommate", was discovered in the Seekonk Public Library by two of our members, Bruce and Renee Swallow. They immediately protested and began a drive to get the book removed from the library. At first, library officials seemed cooperative, but they later began most uncooperative. In fact, they stated that they were not in the business of "censorship". This is a standard answer to virtually any protest over a book or a magazine to which Christians object. This label serves the same purpose as the label, "homophobia" -- it is simply a smoke screen behind which the activity can continue. Whenever anyone is called a "censor", they recoil, because they remember that time in history when Hitler's Nazi Party acted as a most cruel and unreasonable censor. They did censor many books which should not have been censored. And, the infamous pictures of Nazi officials burning books is indelibly etched into the minds of millions of Americans. Thus, proponents of the practice of many immoral and unGodly activities, including homosexuality and lesbianism, have created these terms, "homophobe" and "censor", with the express purpose of silencing, confounding, and even confusing their opponents.
The cry that we cannot "censor" any books rings very hollow, especially since school libraries have decided to censor the Holy Bible and other Christian literature. Further, logic demands a hearing on this line of reasoning. If immorally offensive books, like "Daddy's Roommate" accepted and protected because we cannot "censor" books, then other equally offensive material cannot be refused admittance. For example, if an author were to publish a book on how to kill another human being, and draw and quarter his body for wrapping in the freezer so it can be someday eaten, this book could not be denied entrance in the libraries throughout this country. Do you see the illogical nature of this line of reasoning? This book, "Daddy's Roommate", and others like it, should be denied entrance into any library anywhere, because the very fact that it is on the library shelves embues it with legitimacy in the eyes of those people who cannot discern. Further, any child to whom this book is read will clearly believe that homosexuality is just as valid as heterosexuality. Is this what you want your child to believe?
Renee Swallow checked this book out of the Seekonk Public Library so that we could accurately report on it for you, so you can be the judge. Remember that this book, "Daddy's Roommate" targets children ages 2-8, precious children whose young minds are wide open to teaching of any kind. Certainly, you will agree with us, after we report on this book, that this teaching simply amounts to very serious child abuse.
The book opens with a young boy telling the reader that his "Mommy and Daddy got a divorce last year". The picture shows his Dad waving goodbye to his son standing inside the house with his Mother. Dad is loading his luggage into the back of his car. Since he is wearing his overcoat, Dad is most definitely permanently leaving the house.
The second page shows Dad and his young son walking into another house, being greeted by another man. Page three announces that "Daddy and his roommate, Frank, live together", showing Daddy, Frank, and Frank's son relaxing in the living room, in a very typical scene. Succeeding pages then show Daddy and Frank carrying out very typical household chores, such as:
Frank, Daddy's roommate, is then shown playing with the youngster in very typical fashion. He is shown playing baseball with him, telling him jokes and riddles, catching bugs for show-and-tell at school, reading to him, and even making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for him. Finally, to ensure that no one misses the fact that homosexual couples are capable of nurturing youngsters in a normal and loving way, the book shows Daddy and Frank reassuring the son, in the young boy's bedroom, that the monsters which woke him up do not exist. The caption reads, "And chases nightmares away".
Other pages further reinforce the normalcy issue, as all three are shown enjoying a baseball game, going to the zoo, to the beach, working in the yard, shopping, and singing together around the piano. All this seems very normal activity for a family to do, and it is meant to. The whole objective here is for homosexuality to be presented in such a way as to appear very normal, healthy, and loving. A homosexual couple is supposed to be just as capable as bringing up children as a heterosexual couple. And this book is teaching this in a very strong manner.
But, the punch line is yet to come. Toward the end of the book, the young son is shown back at home, with his Mother in the kitchen. The captions of these succeeding pages tell the complete story:
"At first I didn't know what that meant. So she explained it."
"Being gay is just one more king of love...and I am happy too". This message is the punch line of the entire book. Every effort is made to show that homosexuality is just as healthy and normal as heterosexuality, and produces just as complete a happiness as does homosexuality. And this book is aimed at children between the ages of 2-8, just the time when young minds are reaching out to the outside world in unbelievable curiosity and with unbounded innocent trust in their parents. Millions of children will, indeed, get the message that homosexuality is just as valid in the eyes of society, and even God, as heterosexuality. This message will also encourage many young boys to at least experiment with this aberrant lifestyle.
The final step in getting this message to as many children as possible is to convince as many parents as possible to buy the book. To accomplish this objective, book reviews have been written to give polish and glamour to the book. Typical of this type of article is found in the "School Library Journal", April, 1991, page 105. After the author of this book review accurately describes the contents of the book, he makes this positive statement, "The tone throughout the book is positive, and the boy has healthy, affectionate bonds with the adults in his life. There is no mention of bitterness or possible criticism from others. The message, that alternative lifestyles are as nurturing as mainstream ones, is intentionally obvious. Bright, framed watercolors in an almost comic book style portray the relationships with a light touch. This is a book to consider for purchase, because of the treatment of the subject rather than for the quality of writing or art. It will be useful for children..."
The message is now complete and very pointed. Parents are encouraged to teach their children that homosexuality is just as valid as God's ordained heterosexuality, And, young, innocent children, ages 2-8, will accept this message without question, thus dooming their precious souls.
Make no mistake about it, dear listeners. This is the sin of Sodom, the foundational sin which lead to this sinful behavior absolutely taking control of that society. Everyone was taught in every state institution, from schools to churches, that homosexuality was just as valid and desirable as heterosexuality. And God destroyed them completely.
This same situation is now developing in America, as we move to teach our children the same lie straight out of the pit of hell. If the Lord Jesus Christ tarries, America will produce the same type of society as did Sodom and Gomorrah.
America is the new Sodom.
But, why should we be surprised? We have repeatedly stated our belief that this current drive to the New World Order represents the End of the Age. We have given many, many reasons for our belief, most of them taken from Biblical prophecy. Turn with me to Luke 17, beginning with verse 26, as Jesus is giving signs of the approaching End of the Age. "And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the time of the Son of Man. People ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, right up to the day when Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. So also as it was in the days of Lot. People ate, they planted, they built. But on the very day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
That is the way it will be on the day that the Son of Man is revealed."
In other words, one of the true signs that the End of the Age is upon us is that society will return to the homosexuality of Sodom. This is the perfect picture of American society today. Our Lord's return is very near. We must protect our children.
And remember Paul's warning about the efforts of sinful people within society to justify their sin and to persuade others to accept their sin, Ephesians 5:6, "Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments for these sins, for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience."
"Come out of her my people".
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