June 29, 2013 – Defense of Marriage Act

After the Supreme Court’s ruling against “The Defense of Marriage Act”,  my son used Romans 1:18-32 to explain why homosexuality exists.  Though many quote verses from the Torah to show that it’s wrong and an abomination to God, Romans explains why such deviant behavior exists, why God allows it,  and how those who know it’s wrong still support and encourage it.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,  since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

First, God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness. Wickedness can be translated ‘lawlessness’ or meaning ‘without laws or rules.’  In the case of our society today, it could also be considered moral corruption.

How is God’s wrath being revealed from heaven?  It is through those small things that no one wants to admit comes from God: lightning strikes that cause wildfires, whirlwinds, hurricanes and tornados that destroy homes, floods and droughts that destroy crops and bring famine, earthquakes and tsunamis that wreak havoc on the land and the oceans destroying the works of man’s hands (Psalm 77:18, Jeremiah 51:16, Ezekiel 38:19, Jeremiah 5:12-13, Jeremiah 29:18 and many more.)

Unlike the Israelites who stood in fear at the thunder, lightning and smoke on the mountain from God’s presence, men and women today mock God when disasters come, Christians blame Satan rather than realizing their own lawless doctrines that have permeated society.  Separation of church and state doesn’t really exist and the church’s complacency and ignorance has brought judgement to this country.   Scripture does say that God judges His own first!  Virtually no one is humble enough to cry out for mercy and forgiveness for their own personal lawlessness which just escalates the corporate decaying of this world.   Jesus warned that ‘in the last days’ things like earthquakes, famines, pestilences would be birth pangs for His return (Mat. 15, Luke 11).  Of course, when those who trust in the Creator for deliverance speak about ‘end times’, it only brings more rolled eyes and mockery from the godless world.

Wickedness does its best to suppress the truth about God.  In this country, this has been going on with great zeal for about two generations.  God is made into the image of what man decides ‘god is’ rather than actually trying to seek and find out who the Creator God actually is.   Wickedness has bred an anti-God, anti-faith, anti-religious sentiment among the nations of the world from the beginning in the garden  and we see its culmination in today’s post-modern humanistic world view.

Yet, Yahweh Elohim, the Creator, in his lovingkindness has revealed Himself to all of mankind – from the heavens filled with galaxies of stars and planets, to flowers and trees, to birds and fish to land animals; all things created made from tiny atoms and microscopic cells.  Most importantly, however, Yahweh Elohim created mankind, male and female, as evidence of his divine glory.  Man and women were to become one flesh, procreate in God’s image, and fill the earth.  It is His revelation to us through creation that should be our foundation for faith and belief in Him.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”

In the beginning, mankind knew God, but with sin and disobedience he became separated from his Creator.  As time passed, mankind chose his own ways rather than the ways of Yahweh Elohim.  God, not Satan,  often used apocalyptic ways to call mankind back to Himself: the flood during the days of Noah, the fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, the confusing of language at Tower of Babel, and the plagues that destroyed Egypt.

Today, Yahweh is no longer known – personally or through the created universe.  Men and women no longer glorify Him or give thanks to Him for anything, including their very breath of life.  Thankfulness has been replaced by greed.  True wisdom has been replaced by foolishness – ‘the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom’ (Proverbs 9:10).   Morality and the spiritual fruit of self-control have been replaced by decadence, inpudence and self-indulgence.  Hearts that at one time may have been  receptive to a Creator have become darkened by arrogance.  Evolution has transitioned this modern world into a godless orb floating through bazillions of light years.   Believing he has evolved from primates, the only natural path that follows is for men to behave like animals and to succumb to all sorts of unnatural behaviors.  Consider for a moment that AIDS began in Africa with men having sex with monkeys; syphyillis began with men having sex with sheep.  Yet, it is in the futility of their thinking that men deny the truths and the realities of these truths.

The time is coming when Yahweh will once again use apocalyptic events to draw the creation back to Creator.  There will come a moment in time when the Potter will tire of the clay pot dictating the ‘way of life’ that directly opposes the direction of the Potter’s wheel.   One can only hope that Satan will not be blamed again and there were will be a few who realize that the Creator is calling them back to Himself.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

Homosexuality is the result of sinful desires in the the heart of mankind.  It was once called sodomy.  It was an illegal behavior – sexual impurity –  in this country and still is in many parts of the world.  It was for sodomy that Sodom was destroyed.  Yet, this truth has been whitewashed with the lie that Sodom’s sin was a lack of hospitality or other beneficial lies that mask the truth of the sickness in that city – a degradation of the human  body.

Worship of created things is seen in every aspect of life in America.  If we’re not worshipping the works of our hands – the technology we have created in building the World Trade Centers, the Titanic, great cathedrals or even the internet – we are putting animals above human beings.  Pitbulls are given reprieves while children are being molested and abducted daily by perverted men.   Whales and birds are being protected while babies in the womb are being murdered and farmers can no longer produce food with needed water.

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the penalty appropriate for their perversion.”

Women lusting after women; men lusting after men is called shameful and the result of  arrogance against Yahweh Elohim, the Creator.  The due penalty for perversion is alienation from society, sickness and untimely death.  Those who embrace unnatural relationships will never feel normal no matter how their relationship “marriage”  is defined.   Changing the laws of society will never change the laws of God and therefore, these unnatural relationships will never be natural.   Sickness and death are the result of sin and it is received their very own bodies.

“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.”

Depravity of mind leads to moral corruption in all aspects of society.   When there are mass shootings in schools or movie theaters, the world wonders about the evil that could have done this.  When governments become corrupt, the  governed wonder about the evil in the souls of those who could do such atrocities.  Depravity has no limits and shame  is an antiquated word as seen in gay and lesbian communities (and parades) where nudity and explicit sexual activities come ‘out of the closet’ and into public view.   The world cannot imagine what is going to happen by abandoning the natural laws of creation.

“They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;  they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

If you do not see gossip, murder, strife, deceit, and malice in magnanimous proportions today, then you need to check your heart and mind to see if you are one of the fools with the darkened heart living a life filled with godlessness and moral corruption.  You need to stop and consider if your thinking is really futile.  God-haters abound in this world  and now despise, not tolerate,  those who love God.   Newspapers full of gossip about the ‘rich and famous’ are on every newsstand.  Those who are ‘rich and famous’ slander anyone who doesn’t agree with them and lead the procession deeper into moral decay.   Those who are full of ‘gay pride’ are arrogant and boastful to the point that their ‘parades’ are nothing more than pornography strutting itself on the streets giving law enforcement agencies  fits.  Disobedience to parents is the normal behavior today among toddlers, youth, and teenagers while parents lose rights and power to pass their morality and belief systems  onto their children.  Of course, all understanding of morality comes from the Creator that has been abandoned for situational ethics which only compounds the world’s problems.   The denial of a  Supreme Being for the United States Supreme Court is the epitome of arrogance in an anti-god, anti-religious, anti-moral, anti-law society.

The depth of the evil is seen in those who know the righteous standard; those who know that that men and women who practice deviant sexual behavior and commit shameful acts with those of the same sex should be put to death, but instead approve of the lifestyle, make excuses for genetics or join in the consensus of tolerance and equality.  Sodom and Gomorrah was all about same sex relations that spiraled out of control – inflamed with lust – and those cities received punishment for its sin.  America and Americans will too.

Homosexuality is nothing new and has been around since the beginning when sin entered the world.  This is why Yahweh, the Creator gave laws against it and other perverted forms of sexual behavior.   It was wrong.  It is wrong.  It will continue to be wrong.  No court, no judges, no clay pot made out of dust and water demanding its rights can change the facts.  Twisting evil for good and good for evil doesn’t change the reality that homosexuality is an abomination to God, brings illness and death, and is not normal.

Though God’s judgment may not come today or tomorrow in the form of a lightning bolts on the U.S. Supreme Court building, thunder shaking the White House or an earthquake leveling the Capitol, it is coming soon.  When it does, the book of the Apocalypse says that mankind will still not repent from the works of their hands and will continue to punch their fists in arrogance toward the heavens.  Yet, the wrath of God brought on by our own wickedness is being revealed more and more each day as this world sinks deeper into depravity and lawlessness. And, one day, believe it or not, the Messiah of Israel will return in the clouds, in glory,  and all the world will bend the knee to Him as Judge of the nations.  Until that moment in time, Yahweh remains long-suffering and patient, not wanting anyone, including gays and lesbians (bi-sexuals or trans-sexuals) to perish.  He allows sinful mankind to live out his perverted immoral choices hoping that one day gays and lesbians will come to the knowledge of the Truth, stop worshipping and serving themselves, the created beings, and return to Yahweh, the Creator.   

©2013 Tent Stake Ministries

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