Title: Review of How Apostasy Progressively Takes An Entire Church Movement Into The Abyss
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The Bible clearly states that the progression toward the full effects of sin is progressive. Sin most of the time starts small, but then builds larger, until one day it is so advanced that it will cause the spiritual - physical death of the sinner. This is just this type of story, with the sinner being an entire church movement, and the sin being one of the worst possible in the entire Bible.
This is the sad tale.
For the third time, this Lutheran denomination is debating whether the "Gospel over-rides the Bible". During the debates on the first two issues, this Lutheran church did decide that the Gospel over-rode the Bible, so during this current debate on homosexuality, you just understand how they will rule. Truly, the prophesied Church Apostasy is deepening and widening, foretelling the closeness of the hour.
NEWS BRIEF: "Lutherans To Study Homosexuality", Yahoo Daily News, August 14, 2001
"The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided Monday to undertake its first major study on whether to endorse the morality of homosexual relationships. The study, approved at the denomination's national assembly, includes an examination of whether the church should accept gay and lesbian clergy who refuse to take a vow of celibacy. The project will involve the Chicago headquarters staff, the church's bishops, its 65 synods - or regional units - and colleges and seminaries. The 5.1 million-member denomination will also conduct open hearings and local focus groups. An interim report with possible recommendations is due in 2003 and the final report in 2005."
Notice that this issue is not whether this Lutheran denomination -- 5.1 million strong -- will accept homosexuals in their congregation; the issue is not even whether they will accept homosexuals in their clergy; oh, no, since those issues have already been decided in the affirmative, this debate centers on the problem of "gay and lesbian clergy who refuse to take a vow of celibacy".
In other words, this debate is over whether this Lutheran denomination should allow gay and lesbian clergy who are sexually active in their respective sexual lifestyles. While Bible-believing and Born Again Christians simply cannot understand how a church that calls itself "Christian" could allow such things, Liberal theologians are busily interpreting the Bible in a completely other manner. This re-interpretation certainly involves the issue of homosexuality. Listen to the next relevant statement in this feature article:
"The Rev. Ronald Rude of Denver said theologians are divided on homosexuality ..."
We have just learned that Liberal "theologians" are "divided on homosexuality". Of course, we are not told the basis for this belief, but we know it certainly cannot be the Bible! You can also note that the Rev. Rude did not say Fundamental theologians; no, he is quoting Liberal "theologians" who have long ago denied the Godly origin of the Bible and the inerrancy of the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul told us in Romans 1:21-22, 24 about these type of "theologians".
"Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks."
This is the plight of Modern Liberal Theologians of today. They have rejected God as the Person He has revealed Himself to be in His Bible. They refused to give Him "honor" and they certainly did not "glorify Him as God", and they most certainly refused to "give Him thanks". At this End of the Age, this type of "theologian" has successfully spiritually deceived 5.1 million American Lutherans and tens of millions of other church-going people worldwide. Further, such modern "theologians" have thrown the cloak of respectability to untold millions of people who were practicing the sin of homosexuality and lesbianism; by believing this lie, they will not ever feel the pain of a knowledge of sin so they may repent and be forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Let us stop for a moment to discuss what the Bible says about homosexuality, for this quick examination will simultaneously inform you as to the position God has really taken plus set the stage for you to understand the meaning of the phrase, "The Gospel Over-ruling the Bible".
GOD'S PROHIBITION OF HOMOSEXUALITY -- INCLUDING LESBIANISM
"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." (Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified 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?
2) 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.
Did you understand that, in God's eyes, the land itself is defiled by this type of sin? In other words, God views the nation, which allows homosexuality to flourish, as being defiled. This is the reason God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and this is the way in which He views America today, even as American gays are still celebrating their great national "coming out" party. We humans are worried greatly about polluting our rivers, streams, lakes, air, and land with chemical pollutants. However, God says the pollution about which we should be concerned is moral pollution!! We are polluting our American land with this sexual sin!
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 the Jewish short-hand way of referring to homosexuality.
These verses are the major instances on the Bible where God forbids homosexuality in all forms. Now, notice that none of these prohibitions are located in the four Gospels -- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Remember Rev. Rude's question as to whether the "Gospel over-rules the Bible"?
"Religious" leaders of the homosexual movement erroneously teach that Jesus never condemned homosexuality; therefore, based upon the always spurious 'Conclusion By Silence' they teach that Jesus must have looked favorably upon homosexuality.
Have we got news for you!! Jesus is the author of the Book of Revelation.
Look what he states at the very End of the Age, just after the final judgment. In Revelation 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, and will be punished with eternal fire and brimstone in Hell.
SEPARATING THE FOUR GOSPELS FROM THE BIBLE
Most Fundamental, Born Again Christians have no concept that Modern Liberal "Theologians" have separated the "loving", "positive", "affirming" Gospel of Jesus Christ from the rest of the "negative" and "awful" Bible! Such "theologians" have taught that Jesus is only Love, that He never, ever taught anything that was not Love, and Compassion, and forgiveness. All the Judgment stuff that is found in the Gospels were added later on by Bible scholars who were copying the manuscripts, these Modern theologians teach.
Certainly, the hateful, vengeful God of the Old Testament gave way to His gloriously loving Son; therefore, Modern Liberal theologians feel they can safely ignore the Old Testament.
Then, with a sweep of the "theologian's hand", the Liberals totally discount the Apostle Paul as one angry, misguided Pharisee who carried over the Pharisee's hateful attitude when he converted to Christianity. All of Paul's writings are totally discounted by these modernists. The Epistles of Peter, James, John, and Jude are simply ignored. After all, these books come after the writings of the Apostle Paul, so they are thrown into the modern trash heap as well.
The Book of Revelation is ignored because it is too "difficult" to understand, and it does not "address the needs of modern humanity".
That leaves the only the Gospels as the Modern Bible; and do you know something, Jesus did not specifically speak out against homosexuality. However, this fact does not get the Modern Liberal of the hook, for Jesus firmly upheld the entire Moral Code of the Old Testament Law. When He was asked if He was going to abolish the Law, He said:
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." [Matthew 5:17-18; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Until earth is finally dissolved so that the final Heaven can be created, the Moral Code of the Old Testament stands firmly intact. But, this does not cause the Modern Liberal theologians to even blink, for they know they are dealing with Biblically ignorant parishioners on the one hand and people who desperately want to be told what they believe on the other hand.
Let us go back to Romans 1 to see the kind of people whom Paul described in verse 21, already quoted above. After stating that a kind of people existed who refused to acknowledge God, give Him honor and thanks, the Apostle Paul told us exactly what kind of people they are.
"But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools; professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves ...Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their own hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, abandoning them to the degrading power of sin." [Romans 1:21b-24; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Doesn't this description fully and completely describe the condition of the Modern Liberal "theologians"? First, they questioned God's Nature, such as His Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and Omniscience. Then, they questioned the inerrant nature of His Word, the Bible. Then, they recreated Jesus Christ in their own image. By recreating Jesus, they could then begin to tell their followers what Jesus really meant and what He really taught, and what He really will tolerate.
Now, the final step is being taken. God has "given them up" to the degrading power of sin generally and the power of sexual sin specifically. It is no surprise that these Modernists are now focusing on sexual sin, for that is the progression which the Holy Spirit revealed to the Apostle Paul in Romans 1.
OTHER CHURCHES TEACHING HOMOSEXUALITY SEEM JUST FINE!
NEWS BRIEF: "Homosexuality is divinely ordered', says catechism", by Victoria Combe, Religion Correspondent, ISSUE 2208, Monday, 11 June 2001, UK Telegraph.
"A RADICAL rethink of Church teaching on homosexuality that declares it to
be 'divinely ordered' is revealed this week in a catechism commissioned by the
Archbishop of York. The second most senior churchman in the Church of England,
the Most Rev David Hope, has given the new catechism his imprimatur and describes
it in his foreword as 'a celebration of Christian living'.
Written by Canon Edward Norman, canon and treasurer of York Minster, the catechism seeks to define Anglicanism for the first time since Thomas Cranmer wrote The Book of Common Prayer in 1662 ... 'Homosexuality', says the catechism, 'may well not be a condition to be regretted but to have divinely ordered and positive qualities'. It continues: 'Homosexual Christian believers should be encouraged to find in their sexual preferences such elements of moral beauty as may enhance their general understanding of Christ's calling."
This abomination that is passing for "Christian teaching" is simply a huge lie straight out of the Pit of Hell! I can clearly see this Catechism in place in the secular and religious teachings of those two most prosperous ancient cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. The reason the young and old men alike of Sodom were bold enough to demand that the angels in Lot's house come outside for public homosexual acts is because Sodom had no such law forbidding such practices.
Now, why would Sodom have no law forbidding homosexual acts generally, and public acts specifically? The answer is both simple and profound: people in authority believed that homosexual acts contained "such elements of moral beauty as may enhance their general understanding" of God's Word! Teachers from First Grade through College taught that homosexuality was just as valid as heterosexuality. Therefore, it must have been a common sight in Sodom and Gomorrah to see men copulating in public! This is the only way in which the Biblical account makes sense.
Can anyone doubt but that our society is quickly heading in the same direction? Truly, Jesus was completely correct when He said, that at the End of the Age, "... as it was in the days of Lot … Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." [Luke 17:28, 30]
In the End of the Age, Jesus prophesied that homosexuality in all its forms will "come out of the closet"! And, it surely has, leading us to list this phenomenon as one of the leading signs that the appearance of Antichrist is close at hand.
But, now, we see this "coming out of the closet" phenomenon assuming a religious overtone. Now, leading Modern Liberal theologians are advocating sophisticated arguments that God has actually ordained homosexuality so that "Christian homosexuals" can delight in this type of sex!
The Apostle Paul warned, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." [Galatians 6:7]
"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. So do not associate with them." [Ephesians 5:6-7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
But, since the people sitting in the pews of Modernist Liberal churches have been taught to discount the teachings of the Pharisaic, homophobic Apostle Paul, let us hear from the Apostle James:
"This superficial wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, animal, even devilish, demonical." [James 3:15, Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary; Emphasis added].
The Holy Spirit even gave the Apostle Paul the correct label to place on such teaching: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." [1 Timothy 4:1-2; Emphasis added]
To all deceived followers of these Modern Liberal churches, we warn you strongly to realize that the teachings you are receiving are not only going to reap eternal Hell for you, but this teaching is actually coming from demons, as they speak through men not saved. Since these men are not saved, they are first deceived themselves and then turn around to deceive others. They have allowed their consciences to be "seared with a hot iron". But, they have no compunction against turning around to deceive you so that your conscience may become seared with a hot iron!
Jesus taught that the Pharisees of His day were identical to the Modern Liberal theologians of today; therefore, His response to being told that the Pharisees were "offended" mightily by His teachings applies to today. Jesus said:
"Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." [Matthew 15:13-14; Emphasis added; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary].
Bible scholars understand that the "ditch" was literally the "pit", the Pit of Hell. The Jews of Jesus' day who followed the false teachings of the Pharisees literally followed them into an eternal Hell.
If this fact offends your Liberal sentiments, you need to examine your heart before the REAL Jesus, the Biblical Jesus. Once you realize how greatly you have sinned against Him by believing this Liberal claptrap, you will feel a liberation that is truly glorious! As Jesus promised, "When the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed." [John 8:36]
Let the Liberal Bible destroying Modern theologians lead others into Hell, but not you. You have time to turn if you will recognize the truth.
CHURCH APOSTASY LITERALLY OPENS THE DOOR TO ANTICHRIST
This great Church falling away from Fundamental Christian teaching of the past 2,000 years is not only a huge sign that we are in the End of the Age, but is also a huge signal that Antichrist is about to appear. Listen to the Apostle Paul, speaking of the End of the Age:
"... that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the great predicted falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition)." [2 Thessalonians 2:3; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work in the world, but is restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed ..." [2 Thessalonians 2:7b-8a; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Therefore, these Liberal Modern theologians are opening the door to Antichrist! What the Apostle Paul is saying here is that the Antichrist cannot come on to the world scene as long as the Church of Jesus Christ remains true to His Word, His Bible!
Conversely, when Antichrist does appear on the world scene, he can thank the current Liberal Modernists for opening the door so wide for him! THIS is truly what the stakes are today, and what the future holds. These apostate counterfeit Christians are opening the door to Antichrist, and they are going to take millions of precious souls with them.
Are you, and your family, going to be part of the deceived blind multitude following the blind teachers into the Pit of Hell? Jesus told us what End of the Age people must do when we find ourselves mixed up with a society and/or a church following Satan and not His Word:
"Come out from her, My people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues." [Revelation 18:4; Emphasis added; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
Excusing these sexual sins by clothing them with sophisticated and intricate arguments is truly another sign of the End of the Age.
Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.
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