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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, THE WORD GOES OUT . . .

19 Jun

One of the first postings we placed on Facebook was a slightly different version of the following article . We tweaked it every so slightly for the newspaper audience, but the changes were slight. The editor of the Danville paper refused to print the article citing it as political in nature and not appropriate for the ‘Religion Page’ of the Danville paper. Under the circumstances of recent developments locally, we felt it imperative to re-post this article. Once they refused to print the article, we decided to re-post this on our blog and Facebook. We replied to them our disappointment with the editor’s refusal. We cannot share the editor’s remarks to us, based on privacy issues, but, upon, request, will share with you our response to the paper. Shalom –

The Last Straw
Lev. 18:21 “And you shall not give of your seed to serve a ruler; you shall not profane my holy name; I am YAHWEH your God.” 22 “And a man shall not lie with a man as with a woman, for it is a detestable thing before the LORD.”
Gen. 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors or disesteems you I will curse . . .”
Romans 1:25-28 “ . . . because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
Eze 24:13 Your filth is infamous. Since I have tried to purge you and you would not let yourself be purged of your filth, so now you will never be purged of your filth until I have sated my anger on you. 14 I, Yahweh, have spoken; this will happen; I shall act and not relent; I shall show no pity, no compassion. You will be judged as your conduct and actions deserve — declares the Lord Yahweh.” ‘
Gen. 15:16 “ . . . for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”
As we were talking about things in the news, these are some passages that came to mind in light of all that is in the news concerning the homosexual movement.
Allow us to preface with this statement. We are not bashing homosexuals. We are not declaring people who live a homosexual lifestyle to be evil, wicked or detestable in their character. Every person has the right to make their own choices. And we will fight for a person’s right to make their own choices, even if we do not agree with the decision. But choices come with consequences. The Bible states this is how God sees the practice – the choice – of homosexuality, not necessarily the practitioner.
There are at least these three things that GOD will not tolerate for long – shedding of innocent blood, a leadership stance against Israel, and sanctioned support of homosexuality. There is a connection here we need to explore for the sake of our understanding of what is to come.
When the leadership of a group speaks to or over that group, it invokes a sort of ‘covering’ or blessing over that group – and that covering can be positive or negative depending on what was spoken.
President Barak Obama, by his very name, literally carries the ‘blessing of the high place’ or ‘bama’, which is not a good thing ( explanation to follow) . When he and/or his administration put forth statements, actions and orders – some of which are contrary to the very nature of GOD – it has the potential to literally produce a dark covering or false blessing if you will, over the population of the nation, the ‘subjects’ of this leader, and can lead the population into a state of sin unless they openly, spiritually stand against that ‘covering’.
A word of explanation . . . There are two words in the Hebrew ( and Arabic ) that are homonyms . . . they sound alike, spelled similarly, with differing definitions . The Hebrew (and Arabic) word for ‘blessing’ would be transliterated into the English with the spelling ‘k’- barak. The Hebrew word (and Arabic) for ‘lightning’ sounds the same but would be spelled with a with English equivalent letter ‘q’ – Baraq. Perhaps some of you have heard of the ‘Bema seat of Christ’ – the exalted throne of Messiah Yeshua. The counterfeit of ‘Bema’ is ‘bama’ – the idolatrous high places ( cultic platforms, either structural or ideological ) mentioned over 100 times with much disdain in the Scriptures. Barak O’Bama’s name – as he spells it (with a k instead of the q) – literally translates ‘blessing of the high place’. Do you remember the news reports of the current President carrying tiny carved images of hindu and buddhist idols, ‘blessed’ by the priests of those religions prior to his election that he might win that election? Barak stated he was a Christian. But by his open acceptance and statement of thanks and open acceptance of the blessings of and upon these idols (and of the priests that gave and blessed them) he was stating otherwise. It was done in daylight, in plain view (shown on TV), not under the cover of darkness, for all to see. Sadly, few saw what was openly being played out and shown.
So we currently have a leader that is regularly placing the people of this nation under a false blessing or ‘dark covering’ contrary to the very nature and Word of the God of the Bible, as evidenced by the President’s stance, open acceptance and promotion of homosexuality. By his ( the highest office in the land ) open declaration and acceptance on behalf of this nation’s peoples, the door and acceptance for this practice has been flung completely wide open, evidenced by the ramping up of the move in that direction by our leadership, courts and now every aspect of our society, our communties and even some of our churches. It is no longer being flirted with around the edges of our society but is now going full bore to being fully integrated and embraced as an acceptable lifestyle in our society. Translation ? …. a false blessing. I fear we are so near to “the fullness of the sin of the Amorite”…… it truly is ‘a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living GOD’.
The opening passages of this article show the connection in the thoughts of God between ‘the shedding of innocent blood’ and homosexuality. Both are detestable in His sight. There is also an overriding theme in Scripture concerning God’s reaction to those that would stand against the ‘place where He has put His Name forever’ and the people of that Place, namely Israel in general and Jerusalem in specific. We see in Paul’s writing to the congregation in Rome that due to the rebellion of the people, God ‘turned them over’ to their homosexual propensities. ( we didn’t write that, Paul did ) The increase in open support of homosexuality is a strong indication, based on Scripture, of where we are as a nation and what we can expect. Not only is it a detestable practice in God’s eyes, but it is also that which HE gives a people over to when they refuse to accept His Truth and His ways, when they dishonor Him by esteeming Him lightly.
It is no coincidence that as we continue to take a posture – as a nation, as communities and as denominations – against Israel and her people; as we continue to give our seed over to the god of convenience and expedience through abortion; as we condone, sanction, and even enforce the homosexual lifestyle, we see a rise in homosexuality in this nation. It becomes a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’. One thing you can be sure of. God will not tolerate this much longer.
What must we do as His people, sojourning in this place ? Pray for mercy. Stand for the truth of His Word. Speak the truth of His Word, in love, firmly with compassion, uncompromised and undiluted. And when we have done all to stand, then stand. Be like Nehemiah, for when he had finished speaking and doing all that God had instructed him, he lifted his hands to the heavens and cried aloud – ‘ God, remember me, for I have done as you commanded. Remember me in the time of Your judgment and recompense.’
May Abba bless, keep and extend Mercy in the days to come –
Shalom –

 

 
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