An Advancing LGBTQ Movement: What Should Christians Do?

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 1: 26-32 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

An Advancing Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Movement: What Should Christians Do?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
By Ed Vitagliano
Reprinted from: American Family Association
 
 
Since it erupted into the public sphere in the 1960s, the potency of the sexual revolution has been clear and undeniable. It has practically swept the field of all opponents, and the power of its message has been nowhere more evident than the success of the homosexual movement and, in the last couple of years, the transgender movement.Part of the strength of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer movement has been its ability to intimidate and bully its opponents. However, part of its success has also been its capacity to warp the truth of God’s word. So-called “homosexual theology” has become a deceptive siren song that is swiftly capturing hearts and minds within the one bulwark that had remained standing firmly against the movement – the evangelical church.This one-two punch of intimidation and twisted theology has created an atmosphere of both fear and delusion. The issue of homosexuality and transgenderism threatens to divide the church.

Last August, for example, over 150 evangelical leaders signed the “Nashville Statement,” a document affirming the traditional Christian views on gender, human sexuality, and marriage. Most of the articles in the statement represent doctrine that is as old as the Bible itself.

However, the Nashville Statement also made it clear that the issues of sexuality and gender are non-negotiable for faithful Christians. In one of its most controversial statements, the signatories said:

WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.

Not all religious leaders could support such a simple and biblical statement. The day after the release of the Nashville Statement, more than 300 leaders, educators, and activists from various Christian denominations signed onto an alternative statement, according to the Huffington Post.

Titled “Christians United,” the liberal religious leaders said they were performing a work of “resisting those who persecute” lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. Activist and pastor Brandan Robertson, who drafted Christians United, was representative of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer approach: condemn Bible-believing evangelicals as mean-spirited backwater bumpkins who are behind the times.

“Conservative evangelicals often get the most air time, polluting the image of Christianity as one that is exclusive, condemning, and archaic,” he told the Huffington Post. “The reality is that there is a rapidly growing wave of Christians around the world that embrace an inclusive, unifying, healing message, and that’s what I had hoped to portray in this statement.”

Language like this doesn’t leave any room for debate, like the question, “When did you stop beating your wife?” Christians might believe their views on sexuality and gender are simply an expression of faithfulness to the Bible; meanwhile, opponents – increasingly even in the church – insist that such Christians are cruel persecutors of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

Before any further steps can be taken, Christians, churches, and even entire denominations must decide if they are willing to endure the harsh criticism that will inevitably explode against them if they stand for scriptural fidelity.

Beyond this initial decision, here are five things that Christians should begin doing in preparation for the assault that is most assuredly coming:

  1. Learn what the Bible teaches.

The confusion in the church over these issues is astounding. Many Christians are not only helpless when asked to present a biblical answer to the prevailing pagan sexual ethic, they are themselves ignorant of the actual scriptural principles regarding gender, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

According to polling from the Pew Research Center, for example, “Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful.”

Between 2007 and 2014, Pew found that acceptance of homosexuality among all Christian groups had grown from 44% to 54%. Even though approval of homosexuality among evangelicals remained a minority position (36%), that acceptance had grown from 26% in the earlier survey.

Generationally, the news is even worse. Pew found that evangelical Millennials were even more supportive – 51% of this younger age group said they believed “homosexuality should be accepted by society.”

At a time when sound doctrine regarding gender and sexuality is being attacked from both within and without the church, Christian parents and leaders must get themselves up to speed.

  1. Teach what the Bible says.

They also need to teach it – and teach it and teach it.

Anecdotal evidence indicates that many pastors aren’t. At AFA, we frequently hear from supporters who have pleaded with their ministers to address the subjects of gender and sexuality, only to hear: “Oh, no, I can’t do that! It would offend the people who have a family member that’s lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender or queer.”

Some polling indicates the anecdotes reflect the truth inside the church. According to the American Culture and Faith Institute, in the run-up to the 2016 election, 86% of conservative Christians said it was either “extremely important” or “very important” for their pastor to teach them what the Bible says about lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.

Unfortunately, there was a disconnect between the clergy and members of the congregation. For example, the ACFI survey revealed that, while 67% of pastors said they had addressed same sex marriage from the pulpit, only 46% of those in the pews said they’d heard their minister preach on the subject.

There are a number of possible explanations for this discrepancy, of course. Congregants might have missed church on the day the sermon was preached, or maybe the subject was only tangentially discussed. Perhaps pastors overestimated the number of times they addressed it.

Nevertheless, the average Christian clearly desires more preaching and instruction from the pulpit on the issue of human sexuality in general and homosexuality and transgenderism in particular. If church leaders won’t address it, the false teachers certainly will. Matthew Vines, for example, who claims to be a “homosexual Christian,” created a one-hour YouTube video declaring the traditional Christian view of homosexuality to be wrong. It has been viewed over 1 million times. Vines also conducts training sessions for those who want to contest this traditional view of sexuality in their churches.

Add to this other popular false teachers on the subject – like popular writer and pastor’s wife Jen Hatmaker – and former Christian music artists who have publicly announced their homosexuality – like Clay Aiken, Vickie Beeching, and Ray Boltz – and the American church is facing a crisis of doctrine that could ravage its members for a generation.

  1. Open your hearts to the prisoners.

On the other hand, Christians must remember that homosexuals and transgender individuals are not doctrines; they are people who are broken in ways that very few of us can even comprehend.

Even though it is difficult, Christians who believe the Bible and hold unapologetically to its teaching on gender and sexuality must find a way to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). That is also what the Bible teaches.

After all, the apostle Paul taught, “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

People who are sexually broken or so confused that they see themselves as a gender distinct from their biology are prisoners, held captive by a spiritual oppression that is slowly crushing the life out of them. A Christian who is argumentative won’t succeed in breaking those chains; one who is patient and gentle in proclaiming the truth might be a vessel God can use to rescue lost souls (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

  1. Take a stand in the public square.

While people often suffer in spiritual darkness privately, they are often taken captive through the public proclamation of Satan’s lies. It is here – in public – that Christians must be willing to be salt and light. This is why Paul went directly to Mars Hill to confront the idolatry that bound the people of Athens in darkness (Acts 17:16ff.)

When he proclaimed Jesus Christ to the Greeks, he was mocked by some and invited to return by others. But some believed the gospel (vs. 34). Yes, ridicule and, in some cases, outright persecution (Acts 19) is the price Christians pay for speaking up in the public square. It is also often the only way to find converts.

  1. Prepare for spiritual warfare.

Certainly, standing for biblical truth in the public square is not for the squeamish. It is brutal. The moral cowards in the church have already found an excuse not to get involved. Especially in this sector of the culture war – sexuality and gender – Christians who venture forth into battle will face a withering backlash unlike anything they’ve ever experienced.

We should expect it and rejoice (Matthew 5:12). We should put on the full armor of God “so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13). We should also follow the example of our spiritual forefathers in Acts 4:29, who prayed for boldness to continue speaking God’s word.

The eternal lives of those in spiritual bondage are depending on it.

FURTHER READING:

One of the attributes of God our Father and Creator is He is Immutable. God does not change. Man and woman are always attempting to change God, alter the words of God to suit them and their evil natures but that does not mean they are justified or right in this. To the contrary. To do so is evil, sin and an abomination. We are to obey God  and all His word which is NOT archaic. Human nature has never changed one iota since the Garden of Eden even though that cunning, honey dripping words of rebellion and perversion from the lips of satan, the father of lies has attempted to make people think human nature has changed and God and God’s word must “change with the times.” The “times” now are no different than when the Jews were captive in Egypt. When Cain murdered Abel. When King David lusted after Bathsheba. When king Herod waxed with rage and desired to murder the child Jesus. Only our technology has changed. There is a constant unbroken thread weaving the fabric of history. We are deceived and deluded to imagine anything truly changes other than technology. Evil always attempts to humanize and lower God to our level and to claim God and His ways and words are outdated, archaic and it is God who needs to get on board rather than it is man and woman who needs to seek forgiveness, humble themselves, and bow before the Lord in obedience. No matter the date on the calendar.

What is the immutability of God?

Verses on the immutability of God

In the article above by Mr. Ed Vitagliano he quoted  the heretic and false teacher Brandan Robertson, citing Mr. Robertson’s words didn’t leave any room for debate, similar to the words; “When did you stop beating your wife?”

The answer to the above question to stop it from misleading and spreading lies is to reply, “I never started beating my wife.”

Equally, we as true believers in these last of the last days need to stand boldly, reply with the truth and not allow the cunning perverted words of satan and his minions to cause us to tremble, waver, fear or falter. Yes, satan is powerful and he has captured and enslaved most of the people of this world and an ever increasing number of individuals claiming to be Christians which are anything but — that does not mean we cave to this evil movement in these evil times. It should mean we gird our loins, prepare for the spiritual war at hand, equip ourselves in the truth and speak out, stand up, speak back to evil with the truth. And we need to rely upon the Holy Spirit to give us the words to say.

And the best place to always begin?

In and with the inerrant word of God…

Ken Pullen

ACP

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

God’s Wrath against Sin

(Jeremiah 6:10-21; Jeremiah 25:15-33; Jonah 1:4-10; Acts 27:13-26)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 1: 16-32 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 22:5 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

Punishments for Sexual Immorality

(Proverbs 5:1-23; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8)

And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you. And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

And if a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister’s nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity. And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people. And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity. And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. And if a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

Leviticus 20: 10-21 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 18:22 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

1 Timothy 1: 10-11 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Our Bodies are Members of Christ

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

The Body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit

(Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16-18)

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 6:9-20 — King James Version Holy Bible

 

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

1 Corinthians 7:2 — King James Version Holy Bible