Homosexual Sin and the Christian Approach


Word- Lamp to Feet & Light to Path

John R. Houk

© November 3, 2014

 

Homosexuality – Homosexuality – Homosexuality

 

Using or seeing anything to do with that word involving the alternate lifestyle promoting homosexuality typically strikes like a one-two-BOOM punch. Before my Born Again experience in the late 1970s I had no problem with homosexuals. I even had some friends that were gay. I was so accepting of the gay lifestyle in fact I had a gay dude enter the beginnings of propositioning me. Even before being a Christian I remember the feelings of revulsion as I looked at the gay person straight in the eyes and said rather loudly, “NO! STOP!”

 

I didn’t care how a homosexual lived as long as I was not connected AT ALL to that lifestyle. Back on those heathen days I only had the lofty ambitions of partying with boozing and bonging. In my perception of acceptance or rejection the standards of affinity had nothing to do with gender, race, religious affiliation, atheism, political persuasion and so on. In those days acceptance or rejection was based on the camaraderie of the small group of buddies having a carefree intoxicating and/or stoning good old time.

 

Thank God I was delivered from that self-destructive life. I am convinced today I would have ended up a jail bird either for using pot, selling it or get caught associating with nefarious drug dealers. After being Born Again I became a student of the Bible eventually even attending and graduating from a Bible school after my college days.

 

These days I have become fairly intolerant of the homosexual lifestyle. As far homosexual individuals my attitude has been don’t confront me and I won’t confront you. The thing is though I tend to get my ire up when I read or see a homosexual activist justify their lifestyle at the heinous expense of Christianity.

 

It is at this point I write a blog post castigating any homosexual lifestyle self-justification and it is also the time that Leftists and homosexual activists come out of the woodwork like cockroaches to infect Christian Truth with distortions, lies, deception and almost always followed with the intended epithet of ‘homophobe’.

 

Then there is the situation among well-meaning homosexuals that have become disillusioned with the near pornographic promiscuous homosexual permissiveness. There are (rough speculation) two kinds of disillusioned homosexuals. There is off course the activist homosexual that desires to handle gay promiscuousness in the same way that moral-minded heterosexuals handle heterosexuals handle promiscuity; i.e. with condemnation as not good for society. The other disillusioned homosexual is kind that can’t get over the programming that the physical desire for the same-sex is very normal yet desires to commit to seeking God Almighty in a committed spiritual relationship.

 

I still have no problem being critical of the monogamous gay activist that is still Leftist in the desire to transform society that is anti-Christian in its vision for transformation. These Christian bashing homosexuals will go out of there way with anti-Christian venom.

 

I do have difficulty addressing homosexuals that desire a Christian lifestyle while simultaneously maintain a homosexual lifestyle by justifying the monogamy of homosexual relationship.

 

As a Christian I must choose very carefully on how to deliver a condemnation of homosexuality while knowing the same homosexual person desires a relationship with the Savior Jesus Christ. The Gay-Christian typically acts like an apologist by claiming the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality are thousands of years of misinterpretation of the true meaning of Scriptures. The Gay-Christian cherry-picking the Bible is often joined by Progressive Christian (another view) theologians that cast doubts at least to some degree on the efficacy of the Divinity of the Word of God in the Bible.  

 

That being said there are an awakening amount of people who have abandoned the homosexual lifestyle because they have come to understand what Savior means in the Redemption of Christ. Christ has Delivered those who believe in Him from the snares that exist because the first man Adam sold out to Satan by disobeying the Creator.

 

What value is there in telling a Christian that he/she has been propagandized by Progressive Christianity that sin is relative to the acceptance of present society? I see no up-side with confrontation when the love of God is always the first path of delivering the Good News of Jesus Christ. Christians must depend on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to show us how to wipe away the darkness of any seeker of Christ. If the darkness is too heavy for a Christian to discern the Holy Spirit path then find somebody who does discern in love. If the darkness has a person in the grip of homosexuality so badly that one refuses to forsake that sin (or any sin for that matter – sin can be addictive) then some form of confrontation will be necessary. Stand firm in the Truth of the Word of God even if a point is reached to shun the recalcitrant person or persons.

 

Take note the way of Christ is not to punish sin with brutality such as hand amputation, whipping, stoning or some such insane act of violence. The way of Christ is to given a sinner a chance of repentance even if it is the last moment before the human spirit separates from the body in physical death:

 

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

 

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Matthew 18: 21-22 NKJV)

 

God has designed Divine retribution to be distributed by Himself and in this life God has designed civil governments to govern humanity until Christ Returns to establish His Kingdom on earth.

 

 1Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Romans 13: 1-7 NKJV)

 

Take note as long as government is a force to deter evil submit to the governing authorities. The implication is when government ceases to enforce the common good in favor of the evils despotic rule then submitting to that government is not commanded by God.

 

Either way vigilante justice when a just government is ordained is never a good thing. Harming homosexuals because the lifestyle is an abomination in the sight of God is not any single persons call. The right call is to live in peace with all humanity until evil men beginning to force good men to experience evil.

 

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord. 20 Therefore

 

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
[b]

 

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12: 17-21 NKJV)

 

Now the thing that inspired me to think on all this is a Charisma News alert I received. A former homosexual Michael L. Brown wrote an article on the penchant of Gay Christians to redefine Scripture through the filter of homosexuality rather than the Divine origin of Scripture. I found it striking that Mr. Brown began his article in an inoffensive manner as possible for homosexuals especially those that desire Christ in their life. As you read on you will an awesome defense for God’s Word.

 

JRH 11/3/14

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What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality

 

By MICHAEL L. BROWN

10/31/14 11:00AM EDT

Charisma News

 

One night I was reading the stories of people who had left the church because they thought God hated them simply because they were attracted to the same sex. I was so overcome with emotion that I put the book down, got alone in another room, fell to my knees and wept. The pain of these men and women for whom Jesus died was palpable and heartbreaking.

 

Could it be that we have been misinterpreting Scripture when it comes to their salvation? Could it be that there is some new understanding of the Bible that would allow us to affirm committed, same-sex relationships?

 

If not, does that mean that we tell a 15 year-old girl who identifies as lesbian, “If you want to follow Jesus, you’ll have to be celibate for the rest of your life, never enjoying the companionship of a spouse and abstaining from sex for life”? Do we tell her, “If you do want to be married, you’ll have to find a way to be attracted to men”? Is that the good news of the gospel?

 

A spate of books, videos, articles and blogs would tell us that, indeed, that is not the gospel and that the good news of Jesus is that you can follow Him and enjoy a committed, homosexual relationship too. And some of the authors of these books, videos, articles and blogs claim to be committed Christians themselves.

 

How do we sort this out?

 

It’s really not that difficult. God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119:105). It is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12-13).

 

If we will humble ourselves before the Lord, keeping our focus on Jesus and asking the Father to give us His heart for those who identify as LGBT, letting the unequivocal testimony of Scripture guide us, we will find clarity.

 

So what does the Word of God say about homosexual practice?

 

Here are five simple truths that will help separate truth from error and biblical revelation from emotion. (For those wanting a more in-depth treatment, please see my newest book, Can You Be Gay and Christian?)

 

1) The testimony of Scripture remains unchanged: The Bible forbids homosexual practice.

 

It’s clear that the vast majority of those who have changed their views on what the Bible says about homosexuality and now believe in “gay Christianity” have done so based on either their own same-sex desires and attractions or their interaction with “gay Christians” (or with any gay or lesbian person who challenges their assumptions).

 

In other words, they have not changed their thinking based on study of the Scriptures alone, since no new textual, archeological, sociological, anthropological or philological discoveries have been made in the last 50 years that would cause us to read any of these biblical texts differently.

 

Put another way, it is not that we have gained some new insights into what the biblical text means based on the study of the Hebrew and Greek texts. Instead, people’s interaction with the LGBT community has caused them to understand the biblical text differently. This means that, rather than interpreting their sexuality through the lens of the Scriptures, they are interpreting the Scriptures through the lens of their sexuality. This is a guaranteed path to deception.

 

The Word of God, which represents His heart and will for His creation, is absolutely clear on the subject, prohibiting all forms of homosexual practice. This is so clear that a number of leading gay and lesbian theologians acknowledge that they can only justify “gay Christianity” by rejecting the full authority of Scripture.

 

2) The Bible is a heterosexual book.

 

Gay theologians often make reference to the so-called “clobber passages” in the Scriptures, by which they mean the main verses the church has used to clobber them over the head with the Bible.

 

They raise two main arguments against the use of these verses.

 

First, they claim that the verses have been mistranslated, misinterpreted or misused and so, in reality, these Scriptures do not prohibit monogamous, committed, homosexual relationships. Yet they cannot offer any new evidence to back this claim, since none exists.

 

Second, and perhaps more importantly, they point out that out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, there are between six and eight “clobber passages” consisting of a total of less than 25 verses.

 

How important can it actually be? And why does the church make such a big deal about something that God’s Word hardly addresses? Isn’t this evidence of homophobic attitudes in the church rather than a careful representation of God’s heart as expressed in His Word?

 

My friend Larry Tomzcak, an author and cultural commentator, offers a helpful illustration that puts the so-called “clobber passages” in a larger context.

 

Let’s say you buy a new cookbook featuring healthy dessert recipes, none of which use sugar. In the introduction to the book, the author explains her reasons for avoiding sugar products, telling you that you will find sumptuous, sweet dessert recipes, but all without sugar. And so, throughout the rest of the book, the word sugar is not found a single time.

 

Would it be right to conclude that avoiding sugar was not important to the author? To the contrary, it was so important that every single recipe in the book makes no mention of sugar.

 

It is exactly the same when it comes to the Bible and homosexuality.

 

There are a few, very strong, very clear, references to homosexual practice—every one of them decidedly negative—and then not a single reference to homosexual practice throughout the rest of the Bible. It is not part of God’s “recipe” for humanity.

 

Throughout the Word, the only relationships that were acceptable in God’s sight or considered normal for society were heterosexual relationships, and so homosexual practice was either irrelevant (because it had nothing to do with the God-ordained relationships of marriage and family and society) or, if mentioned, explicitly condemned.

 

To give just one example out of hundreds, when a gay couple reads the Word and they come to Paul’s words in Ephesians 5:22, 25, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. … Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” they cannot possibly relate to those words the way a heterosexual couple relates to them, since they do not have a true husband-wife relationship.

 

Yet those are the only kinds of romantic and sexual relationships that God speaks of, and that is the only kind of marriage He recognizes or blesses: a man and woman coming together in a lifetime commitment before Him.

 

3) Gender complementarity is of foundational importance.

 

Despite recent attempts to downplay this truth, male-female complementarity is part of God’s foundational design.

 

As we see in Genesis 1-2, it is out of Adam that God forms Eve, the two of them uniquely complementing each other, to the point that when Adam sees his helper and counterpart, he exclaims, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman [Hebrew ‘ishah], because she was taken out of Man [‘ish]” (Gen. 2:23).

 

As Old Testament scholar Gordon Wenham notes, “In ecstasy man bursts into poetry on meeting his perfect helpmeet.”

 

And this is what we cannot miss: It is because the woman was taken out of the man that the very next verse says this: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24).

 

Genesis is teaching us that because the woman was taken out of the man, the two are now joined back together as one in marital union, each one uniquely complementing the other. And notice: There’s not a word here yet about reproduction or procreation, simply about union (even if procreation is the presupposed outcome).

 

Only a man and a woman can be joined (rejoined!) together in this way.

 

A man plus a man or a woman plus a woman cannot possibly share the same union as a man and a woman, since they do not share the essential of fundamental sameness and difference.

 

To rephrase the famous axiom of John Gray, namely, that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, Mars + Mars or Venus + Venus cannot ever equal Mars + Venus.

 

And in the words of a man who lived as a homosexual all his life (he’s now past 70) but has recently found the Lord, “Even an atheist can understand the lack of anatomical complementarity and therefore biological purpose in male-to-male or female-to-female sexuality.”

 

4) Jesus knew exactly what was inside people, including their “sexual orientation.”

 

We are told today that biblical authors did not understand sexual orientation and that they had no concept of committed, long-term same-sex relationships. What the biblical authors rejected, we are told, was man-boy relationships, or male prostitution, or homosexual promiscuity.

 

All these sinful practices were certainly rejected, but biblical authors like Paul were certainly aware of long-term, male-male relationships.

 

More importantly, Hebrews 4:13 states that “no creature is hidden from [God’s] sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” And it is this God who inspired the writers of the Scriptures. Are gay theologians willing to say that the Lord Himself didn’t understand modern-day, still-evolving concepts like “sexual orientation”?

 

And are they willing to say that the Lord Jesus, who literally looked into the hearts and souls of human beings—John 2:25 says that He knew what was in man—didn’t understand that certain people were “gay”? We’re not talking about the writers of Scripture understanding modern science. We’re talking about them—including Jesus Himself—understanding human nature.

 

To everyone who professes to be a gay Christian, I ask you to get alone with God and ask yourself, “Did God create and design me to be with the same-sex or the opposite sex?”

 

5) The gospel brings good news to homosexual men and women.

 

Gay theologians tell us that the traditional gospel message is a “bad tree,” bringing forth the bad fruit of depression, apostasy and even suicide among gay men and women.

 

To the contrary, the message of the gospel brings forgiveness, freedom, hope and deliverance, as countless thousands of ex-gays can attest, by which I mean followers of Jesus who no longer practice homosexuality. Some of them have even become heterosexual, but even those who have not found a change in their sexual desires have found wholeness and satisfaction in the Lord.

 

In the words of Sam Allberry, a British pastor who is still same-sex attracted but is living a celibate, holy life: “Every Christian is called to costly sacrifice. Denying yourself does not mean tweaking your behavior here and there. It is saying ‘No’ to your deepest sense of who you are, for the sake of Christ. To take up a cross is to declare your life (as you have known it) forfeit. It is laying down your life for the very reason that your life, it turns out, is not yours at all. It belongs to Jesus. He made it. And through His death he has bought it.”

 

Allberry is frequently asked, “But isn’t it harder for someone who is gay?”

 

His answer is clear: “The gospel demands everything of all of us. If someone thinks the gospel has somehow slotted into their life quite easily, without causing any major adjustments to their lifestyle or aspirations, it is likely that they have not really started following Jesus at all. And just as the cost is the same for all of us, so too are the blessings.” (For more from Allberry, read Is God Anti-Gay?)

 

To every reader who is same-sex attracted, I encourage you not to define yourself by your desires but to put all your effort into knowing the Lord and finding intimacy with Him one day at a time, not rewriting the Bible to suit your sexual attractions but casting yourself on God’s goodness and mercy. You will find Him to be absolutely trustworthy, totally understanding and more than enough to meet your every need.

 

Let us, then, not waver in our biblical stance, knowing that is the truth that sets people free (John 8:31-32). 

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Homosexual Sin and the Christian Approach

John R. Houk

© November 3, 2014

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What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality

 

Michael L. Brown is author of Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or at @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.


Watch Michael Brown debate Matthew Vines on what the Bible says about being gay and Christian at gaychristian.charismamag.com

 

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Antisemitism of Middle Eastern Christians


 

John R. Houk

© September 15, 2014

 

Senator Ted Cruz was the keynote speaker at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) summit held in Washington DC on September 10 of 2014. The IDC summit was a bit historical due to the attendance of some Eastern Rite clergy leaders that do not always see eye to eye on matters of theology. In order to make a long story summarized Senator Cruz not only stood with the solidarity for the plight of Christian genocide executed by ISIS but made a stand for Israel as a friend for Christians in the Middle East. This didn’t go over so well with the Eastern Rite Christians visiting the summit away from their homelands in the Middle East.

 

So at this point it might be a good idea to look at the IDC Awareness and Advocacy page to see what they are about:

 

Awareness and advocacy are the two fundamental components of IDC’s work. Awareness is broadly focused on bringing attention in the United States and the western world to the plight of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East. Advocacy is narrowly focused on the U.S. foreign policy community, influencing policymakers to promote values abroad that are consistent with the universal human rights of religion and conscience.

 

These values are not exclusively Christian, nor does IDC seek only to protect the human rights of Christians, but all religious groups. These rights are universal, applicable to all human persons. In this sense, “Christian” refers not only those who confess the Christian faith, but also Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, and even the freedom to confess no religious belief at all.

 

IDC believes that America’s foreign policy apparatus, especially the State Department, too often projects indifference on the question of persecuted religious minorities in the region, especially Christians – a policy that only invites further violence.   In some instances, the U.S. government even provides significant foreign aid to regimes that persecute Christians, as with Pakistan and now Egypt.  With a vigorous and sustained public awareness and advocacy campaign, IDC believes this can change.

 

So to be clear, the IDC peers through the eyes of a diverse Christian perspective that is inclusive of the civil rights of other religious faiths. As one of those kind-of-guys that Christ is the only way to God I may have a bit of a problem of the inclusiveness of other faiths, especially Islam. I don’t have a problem with diversity within Christianity as long as long as those diverse sects, Denominations and Rites follow the basics of Christian faith, viz. Jesus was crucified, died on the Cross, was in the grave for three day and arose in Resurrection to Redeem humanity from this wicked world. As well as include that Jesus Christ is the one and only (First Begotten) Son of God and devoted to the mystery of the Trilogy – Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three persons consisted simultaneously in ONE God. All the other theological mumbo jumbo – in my humble opinion – will not affect one’s Salvation.

 

On the other hand it is a righteous thing to defend the civil rights of a persecuted people. If Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’is or other religious people are being singled out for violence and/or extermination; it is a Christian godly move to denounce the persecutors for heinous acts. Nevertheless I am suspicious of Christians that water down their faith to be inclusive rather than respectful of religious faiths.

 

And just for clarity’s sake I nearly always give a pass to Jews that are suspicious and critical Christian motives. Jews have been the recipients of heinous persecution for thousands of years. NONETHELESS, I refuse to denounce Jews or Judaism for its insularism or it dislike for outsiders for one primary reason: Salvation is of the Jews.

 

I realize this is a reprehensible thought among Jews but I believe Jesus Christ is as much the Messiah to Jews as he is to non-Jews. I believe it was a part of the God’s plan for the Redemption of all humanity through Jesus who was born as a sinless man to provide the remittance price that brings humanity back to God Almighty. I believe because of the Abrahamic Covenant Jesus the Messiah was born a Jew and ministered the Good News of His coming to the Jews  because as the Apostle Paul says, “To the Jews first and then the Gentiles.”

 

From the Christian perspective here is a summary that fits my belief that Israel is a Promise of God to the Jews and eventually the Jews will recognize Christ as their Messiah:

 

From the first human beings God created and placed in the Garden of Eden, to the very last person born on this earth, our gracious God has offered salvation to sinners on the basis of faith in the promised “seed,” Jesus Christ. Before Messiah’s birth, Old Testament saints admitted their sin and trusted in the “seed” who was to come, and they were saved. Adam and Eve were given the promise of deliverance through their “seed” (Genesis 3:15), and they believed (see Genesis 4:25-26). So it was with Abraham as well:

 

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great.” And Abram said, “O Lord God, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Since Thou hast given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who shall come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:1-6).

 

Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you, but I do know Him, and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” The Jews therefore said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:54-58). THE ENTIRE ESSAY IS ILLUMINATING – READ IT (The Promised Seed: The Source of Blessing in God’s Perfect Plan; By Bob Deffinbaugh; Bible.org; 5/17/04)

 

So I am a Jesus-is-the-only-way kind of guy and all the Promises to the Jews from God are still effective and one day the Jews as a religious people will recognize Jesus Christ as their Messiah. I will never condemn Jews with idiotic conspiracy theories and the Promise of Land is a restoration miracle that shows the time of Jesus Christ’s return is closer in time than any other time in history.

 

Now in affirming my faith in Christ and God’s Promises to the Jews I do get a bit disturbed when I read of Christians that are antisemitic. AND I am disturbed that there are still Christians out there that place blame on Jews for crucifying Christ. This is idiotic considering Christ’s death, burial and Resurrection is what brings Salvation to those who believe in the Redemptive act of the Lord Jesus Christ. How moronic is it to hate Jews or Roman Gentiles for that matter for killing Christ when the Lord’s death was a necessary sacrifice to transfer humanity out of the dominion of Satan and into the Kingdom of the Father’s dear Son?

 

Since the days of Islamic conquest of the Christian lands of the Middle East that were formerly a part of the Christian Roman Empire, Muslim brutality slowly shrank the Christian majority making the faithful a minority in their own land. Even in seasons of tolerance Christians and Jews were required to submit to the rules of Islam. This meant an absolute acceptance of Islamic Supremacist Sharia Law. Part of Sharia was to enforce rules regarding non-Muslims living under Islamic rule. This meant the rules which can be anglicized as dhimmitude based and later expanded upon the so-called Pact of Umar:

 

The so-called “pact of Umar” is of uncertain authorship and exists in various versions. It is a document that regulates the behavior of Christians and Jews in Muslim lands, Supposedly, it was supposedly originally given by the Caliph Umar ibn al Khatib as a treaty to the patriarch of Jerusalem, Sophronias. but in actual fact it is a reflection of customs that had evolved in the lands conquered by the Muslims under Umar bin Aziz and later caliphs. The document illustrates the position of Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and some others in Muslim society: they were “protected,” provided that they “knew their place.”

 

 

However, though it is probable that the document itself is an impostor, like the forged “Donation of Constantine,” it is important because it was accepted as genuine. It was used as the basis and justification for enforcing the “Dhimmi laws.” These supposedly guaranteed fair treatment of non-Muslims, actually guaranteed that they would always be singled out in society as second class citizens, and were an invitation to persecution by unscrupulous rulers. The creation of this pact myth allowed rulers to claim that Jews and Christians had “violated the pact” if they dared to dress like Muslims or speak like Muslims, or worship too close to Muslims or violate any other provision of the “pact.” It was also used to justify suppression of Synagogues and Churches that were built or renovated after the Muslim conquest. Whenever Muslim rulers clamped down on non-Muslims and whenever anti-Semites and anti-Christian elements wanted to raise the ire of the masses against the non-Muslims, they referred to this “pact.” For example, the 1354 Decree against the Dhimmi of Al Malik al Salih refers specifically to the pact of Umar and must have had in mind a document similar to the one below, since it mentions wearing of the Zunar and other provisions that noted in this document.

 

A different and more lenient version of the pact is given as the Covenant of Umar. That version is more specific in its assertion that the pact was given in Jerusalem and really reads as though it was given by Umar to the Jews and Christians of Jerusalem. However, that is not the pact that was referred to in later restatements of the Dhimmi laws.

 

READ ENTIRETY to view the pact (Broken, useless & hijacked links removed – The pact of Umar – 800? Intro by Ami Isseroff; Zionism-Israel.com; 1/9/10)

 

Now I realized I utilized a lot of page space on this Pact of Umar but I want readers to understand that once Christians were conquered by Muslim armies they did not have a quaint existence as a vanquished people. Indeed many Eastern Rite Christians initially welcomed Muslim conquest due to the theological differences from the then ruling Byzantines who had made the Eastern Orthodox of the Greek Eastern rite the State Church.

 

I thought about trying to list the Eastern Rite Churches that separate from the Greek-Eastern Orthodox Rite but I have discovered that may be a bit daunting since after Muslim conquest these Churches have continued to evolve theologically with on and off again unions and disunions amongst themselves which included some associations with the Roman Catholic rite along the way right up to the present day.

 

As far as Islam goes and current events the various Assyrian Churches of present day Iraq and Syria is one region, the Lebanese Maronite Church and the Coptic Church which represents 10% of the Egyptian population have been making the news of Muslim persecution lately. Pakistan’s Christian minority has also been affected by Muslim persecution as well but have not made the news much in the USA.

 

The IDC Summit that took place in Washington DC was concerned largely of the persecution and genocide taking place under ISIS controlled portions of Iraq and Syria. If you want to sort out some these Eastern Rite churches affected on your own you can wade through the Wikipedia articles I found here:

 

Eastern Christianity

 

Assyrian Church of the East

 

Full communion

 

The sad thing of all these Churches is that they have lived under the second class status of effective dhimmitude being a people subject to the same propaganda the Muslim majority has received. That propaganda especially since the rise of Islamic reform movements pointing back to the days of purist Islam and the glory days of Muslim domination under Islamic Conquests and the Ottoman Turks at the end of WWI. Mustapha Kemal decided to save everything Turkish by reasserting what was left of the Ottoman domains by establishing the Republic of Turkey abolishing the Ottoman Sultanate and the last Caliphate. Mustapha Kemal changed his Ottoman name to Ataturk to finish this Turkishfication resulted in the Armenian Christian genocide to get rid of the large Armenian minority. Also relatively new Greek independence led to a post WWI attempt to retake ancient Greek locations of Anatolia that included Istanbul which was the Islamized ancient Greek Capital city of Constantinople. Ataturk managed to withstand Greek reunification and in the process gave the Greek indigenous population the violent boot from Anatolia which was also a bit of a genocide.

 

This post WWI effort to bring Constantinople back under Christian governance by the then nascent Greek nation may have been a lost opportunity to introduce Jihad conquered Christian lands to Western-style forms of governance with an emphasis on Christian Liberty and Civil Rights. The thing is war-weary Europe began to perceive a colonialist mentality might be easier to utilize the extraction of oil reserves the winning powers of WWI could exploit from Muslim dominated oil enriched lands.

 

If one includes present day Iran as part of the crude oil discovery in the Muslim Middle East then 1903 is the beginning. The largest Middle Eastern oil was first discovered in March 1938 in Saudi Arabia. Oil became the new gold that ran geopolitics. Military powers used their clout to develop the oil fields and the relatively new Arab nations largely carved into existence by WWI and WWII victors became the capital to exploit oil wealth. The Muslim nations soon woke up to their political clout based on oil rather than military weaponry. After two World Wars between military powers largely of Western origin, Muslim nations reaped the benefits of Capitalism rather than the threat of Western military imperialism. As long as weaponized innovations continues from Western powers and now Asian military development in China and India with Japan perhaps compelled to re-militarize, frankly the Capitalist arm of oil control among Muslim nations will eventually be determined by military might again. But that is another essay. (An essay on Middle Eastern oil development)

 

The seeds of the defeat of WWI inspired European Jews to repopulate the Holy Land of which the new League of Nations awarded the Brits with the Palestine Mandate intended to be developed as a Jewish Homeland. Regardless of Muslim and Arab apologist propaganda to the contrary, Jews immigrating to their original Holy Land revitalized a barren land ignored by Ottomans. (See HERE and HERE) In reality Jews had been immigrating to the Holy Land for some time even while under Ottoman control. The Brits began to view the Jewish Homeland issue as a detriment to their National Interests when it was realized the emerging independent Middle Eastern lands were to be dominated by Muslim Arabs which had loads of petroleum. So the Brits began secret efforts to a Greater Syria to be led by Hashemites to secure an oil supply. The Jewish presence in formerly Muslim conquered land is seen by Muslims as an affront to Islamic Supremacism. Couple Islamic Supremacism with the Antisemitism spreading through Europe which began to infiltrate Muslim nations as well. Also the Christians living in Muslim lands had become totally dhimmified to supporting all causes Islamic even if it was and is to the Christian communities’ own detriment.

 

In the earliest days of Christianity after the Apostolic days, the Patristic Fathers which are primarily the great theologians – that lived in Christian dominated Middle Eastern areas – taught Jew-hatred as much as Christology:

 

Tertullian is influential since he writes a tract with the title Adversos Judaeos, which would become the name of the entire tradition, the so-called Adversos Judaeos tradition. This contained of an allegorical anti-Jewish exposition of Old Testament texts. In this tradition the Old Testament promises pertain to Christians, whereas judgements (sic) pertain to Jews. Tertullian repeats (from earlier Fathers) that circumcision is a mark so that they may be punished, referring to texts like Is 1:2, 4, 7, 15; they will not enter into Jerusalem (Tert. Adv. Jud. 3). Cyprian’s influence mainly lies in his extensive list of Scriptural arguments against the Jews, the so-called Testimonia, gaining great influence in the theology of the coming centuries. Later, the eastern church fathers also wrote strongly Anti-Jewish tracts. Gregory of Nyssa: “God-murderers, prophet-murderers, fighters against God, God-haters, they who transgress the Law, they who fights grace, they who have another faith than the fathers, advocates of the devil, brood of vipers, slanderers , those who have darkened minds, the leaven of the Pharisees, the sunedrion of the devil, Destroyers, thouroughly (sic) evil ones, the stoners, the haters of good. ”(Greg. Nyss. Or. in Christi Resurrect. 5). The beloved John Chrysostom is vehement in his assault against Jews.” (see his eight Orations against the Jews). Admittedly, this could be qualified even if not possible to make undone by saying that he in later texts he can acknowledge that God has not rejected his people (Homilies on Romans 18). In sum, these few examples show that this is no small problem in Patristic theology. (Anti-Jewish structures in Patristic theology; By Anders Gerdmar; AndersGerdmar.com; 10/28/09)

 

The Patristic Fathers are a source of rich theology for the Episcopate Churches (e.g. Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) that place a high stock on tradition more than Scriptures. Unfortunately these early Church Fathers became entrenched in an unscriptural blame game that the Jews in entirety are Christ-killers due to the Crucifixion. As I already mentioned the sinless man portion of Christ needed to die as a sacrifice of blood to remit and expiate the price needed for humanity’s Redemption. The reality was that the Jewish ruling class that empowered the Temple Sanhedrin were jealous and fearful of losing their entrusted status provided by Roman conquering authority. Due to that fear of status loss, Jesus was perceived as a person that would rock the boat by inspiring Jewish rebellion against Roman authority. Thus the Sanhedrin leadership convinced Pontius Pilate that Jesus represented that rebellious spark and under threat of the Sanhedrin squealing to the megalomaniac Caesar of the day authorized Jesus’ humiliating Crucifixion. Or at least so the Holy Word of God portrays in the four Gospels.

 

The leading Clergyman of Christian Eastern Rite Churches in the 21st century are alarmingly in the same position as the Sanhedrin in Christ’s pre-Resurrection days right now in today’s age. The primary difference being in Christ’s day the Sanhedrin had an influence of a Jewish majority in Judea. Due to a millennia of Jihad the former Christian majority of the Middle East has been reduced to the minority under even worse restrictions under Islamic Sharia than the majority Jews experienced under Roman law and Roman military enforcement. The Roman solution for Jews that desired self-determination in their own homeland was extermination and eviction of the majority. The Jihad Islamic solution to reduce a Christian majority to a minority was convert, live under a humiliated status or die.

 

The Christians that didn’t convert to Islam immediately did so after centuries of humiliation removed memories of the previous generations of faithful Christians eventually reducing the faithful to a minority. Becoming a minority was not an overnight phenomena.

 

Here are excerpts that should give you an inkling of how Jihad Islamized and Arabized the formerly Christian majority of the Middle East and North Africa:

 

 

Most of what follows are quotations that illustrate the plight of Eastern Christianity since the Islamic conquests of the Eastern and Southern parts of the Mediterranean world.  … While modern Islamic scholars have endeavored to re-define jihad, claiming that it is primarily a struggle with self, Jacques Ellul points out that history proves otherwise.

 

 

“In Islam, however, jihad is a religious obligation. It forms part of the duties that the believer must fulfill. It is Islam’s normal path to expansion.” P. 18, 19

 

“Hence, the second important specific characteristic is that the jihad is an institution, and not an event, that is to say it is part of the normal functioning of the Muslim world. The conquered populations change status (they become dhimmis), and the shari’a tends to be put into effect integrally, overthrowing the former law of the country. The conquered territories do not simply change owners. Rather they are brought into a binding collective (religious) ideology — with the exception of the dhimmi condition — and are controlled by a highly perfected administrative machinery.” P. 19

 

 

“The religious obligation to fight the Christians required a permanent state of war which justified the organization of seasonal raids (ghazwa)’They sometimes consisted of short pillaging incursions to collect booty, steal livestock, and enslave the villagers. Other campaigns, led by the caliph in person, called for considerable military preparations. Provinces were ravaged and burned down, towns pillaged and destroyed, inhabitants massacred or deported.” P. 48

 

 

“Under the Umayyads, the Peoples of the Book, particularly the Christians, represented the large majority of the Islamic states’ subjects and —with the Zoroastrians — its principal taxpayers. This economic strength also constituted a political power that had to be controlled, since revolts would have paralyzed the Arab army, which was accumulating booty and slaves for the caliph in the dar al-harb.” P. 69

 

“The two pillars of the nascent Islamic state in the conquered lands were the army — formed by Arab tribes and the slaves taken as spoils of war — and the conquered masses: tributaries, slaves, freed men, and converts, a workforce which fed the economic sector. The third pillar — juridical power — was being elaborated. It would undertake to balance and rectify the enormous demographic disparity between the conquered Peoples of the Book and the Muslims. – the legal institution would formulate a collection of laws which gradually whittled down the rights of the dhimmis and confined them to a cramped condition, by transferring to the umma all the key positions that the dhimmis had formerly held.” Pp. 69, 70

 

 

“Does the expression ‘protected religious minorities’ or ‘tolerated religious minorities’ adequately describe the dhimmi peoples?

 

“In the lands conquered by jihad the Peoples of the Book formed majorities, among whom the Arabs of the first wave of Islamization and the Turks of the second wave were in the minority. Presumably the complex and little-known processes that transformed those majorities into minorities covered some three or four centuries for each wave of Islamization. By contracting it, the expression ‘religious minorities’ reverses a chronological process that had spread over centuries, whose result — the minority condition — is taken as its starting point.”

 

 

“Decimated by razzias in the countryside, they sought refuge in the towns which they developed and embellished. Branded with opprobrium, the conquerors still chose to drag them from region to region in order to revive ravaged lands and restore ruined towns. Once again, they built, again they worked. Once again they were driven out, again pillaged and ransomed. And as they dwindled, drained of their blood and spirit, civilization itself disappeared, decadence stagnated, barbarism reigned over lands which, previously, when they were theirs, were lands of civilization, of crops and of plenty.” P. 265

 

“The elites who fled to Europe took their cultural baggage with them, their scholarship, and their knowledge of the classics of antiquity. Therefore, in the Christian lands of refuge — Spain, Provence, Sicily, Italy — cultural centers developed where Christians and Jews from Islamized lands taught to the young Europe the knowledge of the old pre-Islamic Orient, formerly translated into Arabic by their ancestors.” P. 265

 

READ ENTIRETY (The Middle East After the Islamic Conquest; About Middle East Resources Editors; Middle East ResourcesChristianity Under Islam)

 

The brainwashed Eastern Rite Christians that have lived for about a millennia under this kind of Islamic Supremacist indoctrination have caused these people who cling to what tradition they can inherent in Patristic writings combined with Islamic theology on the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), it is not surprising that Eastern Rite Christians have embraced the same Antisemitism that is ingrained into Muslims via their Quran, Hadith, Sira and Sunna. (This essay on the shrinking of Middle Eastern Christianity may be of interest: The Forgotten Christian World)

 

This explains but does not excuse the hostility of Arab Christians booing Senator Ted Cruz off the stage at the September 10 In Defense of Christians summit held in Washington DC. I wasn’t surprised in the glee of Muslim apologists cheering the IDC Arab Christians. I won’t be surprised if Leftists that believe Israel is occupying land that should be a Palestinian State cheered on the IDC Arab Christians. I was surprised at some of the criticism delivered by stalwart Conservatives who whined Senator Cruz undermined the purpose of the IDC summit for self-promoting political reasons among pro-Israel supporters.

 

Frankly I don’t know if Senator Cruz realized that a chunk of Arab Christians representing Middle Eastern Christians being exterminated by ISIS were there. I don’t know if Senator Cruz misjudged a Support-Israel message meant to enlist Israeli help against the Christian genocide. I don’t know if Senator Cruz was aware that antisemitic Middle Eastern Christians were in the audience and it disgusted him as a supporter of Israel.

 

AND frankly I don’t care about all those scenarios. Dear God in Heaven the same Muslims exterminating Christians want to do the same thing to Jews while wiping Israel off the map. Arab Christians need to get over the Christ-killer malarkey and abandon any belief in antisemitic Conspiracy Theories either developed by Jew-hating Muslims or adopted from pre-WWII European Jew-hatred Conspiracy Theories that blame Jews for all the woes of the globe and the idiocy of Jewish world domination.

 

Jews left to their own devices are pretty much an insular group. The Jewish desire is to live in peace in their own God-Promised homeland (religious) or in secular land free from Jew-hatred (non-religious). Whether religious or secular the land today an independent and free Jewish State called Israel was well placed for that situation. The Ottoman Turks and the Arab Notables that administered the Levant before 1917 had allowed the area to be stripped of effective resource productivity forcing near slave conditions upon serf like agrarian Arab farmers to struggle to produce crops in which a mere survival portion was given back. In coming Jewish immigrants brought Western technological knowledge of agrarian techniques that revitalized the land agriculturally. The revitalized land needed laborers that the Jews were not able yet to provide opening the door for more Arab Muslims to emigrate to labor (under better circumstances I might add then provided by Arab Notables) for life sustaining work.

 

The Arab speaking Christians that were in the Levant were primarily urban dwellers still under the Christ-killer mentality. As more Jewish immigrants to the Levant under Turkish authority grew harmonious Jewish-Muslim relations existed until the power-wealth minded Arab Notables began to realize Jewish competition might affect their bottom line economically. Hence the Notables and Muslim Clerics began planting seeds of Quranic Islamic Supremacism into the Laborer Muslims producing a lifestyle fear of the old Jewish Conspiracy Theories. Dhimmified Arab Christians bought into this fear mongering joining Muslim Arabs in complaining about the increasing Jewish immigration to the Jewish Homeland.

 

Here are a few of the Israel-hating Christian Clergyman that attended the IDC summit that were disgusted with Senator Cruz’s pro-Israel key note speech:

 

Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai – Lebanon

 

Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III LahamMelkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Syria

 

Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

 

Patriarch John X (Yazigi)

 

[JRH Observation: I haven’t found any real associations with Israel-hatred with Patriarch John X. Which means he probably cares more for his flock than Jewish stereotypes, but still he has associated Syrian dictator and Jew-hater President Bashar al-Assad. The simple answer could be al-Assad has been friendly to Syrian Christians. However, al-Assad has not been so friendly to Christians outside of Syria such as in the days of Syrian domination of Lebanon.]

 

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan – Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Syria

 

“The Free Beacon notes that other IDC summit speakers, including Antioch Church leader John X (Yazigi) and Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan, have all persistently defended the Assad regime.

 

A report from CNEWA in May of 2013 cited Younan’s statement that events in Syria were the result of Western nations carrying out a geopolitical strategy “to split Syria and other countries” in the Middle East.

 

“It’s not a question of promoting democracy or pluralism as the West wants us to understand of its policies,” Younan said. “This is a lie, this is hypocrisy.”

 

Younan added that Western nations “bear responsibility for what is happening in Syria,” and that his and other leaders’ warnings about the violence in the region leading to chaos to countries such as the United States “chose not to believe that.” (‘IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTIANS’ SUMMIT FEATURES SUPPORTERS OF HEZBOLLAH; By DR. SUSAN BERRY; Breitbart.com; 9/11/14)

 

Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of the Great House of Ceilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church – Lebanon

 

The Armenian Orthodox Catholicos of the House of Cilicia called Monday for a serious effort to put an end to Israel’s “criminal practices” against the Palestinians.

 
In a statement made on his return to Beirut from Damascus, where he participated in an annual religious gathering, Aram I Keshishian also called for dialogue and negotiations between all parties concerned in the Middle East conflict.

 
“(This is) the only way to achieve a just, comprehensive and permanent peace,” he said, stressing the need for the Palestinians to gain their “full and legitimate rights, by the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

 
Keshishian questioned why the international community ­ especially the UN and the United States ­ “overlooked the Israeli aggressive policy in the Middle East that has dissipated all hopes for achieving peace.” (
Armenian Orthodox prelate flays Israeli ‘criminality’; from Daily Star Lebanon; 3/12/02)

 

[JRH Observation: Aram I comments on Israel a little over a decade ago reflect the dhimmi attitude toward Jews rather than the Biblical view of a Promised Land to the descendants of Abraham through the Old Testament child of Promise Isaac. This is rather than the Quranic lie that Abraham’s promise was from Allah pertaining to Ishmael.]

 

Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria – Egypt

 

[JRH Observation: Bishop Angaelos as Patriarch John X (Yazigi) also, seems to be more concerned about his flock but the Bishop’s criticism of Senator Cruz makes me suspicious he has a bit of Antisemitism running through him. Below is a quote trying to be an apologist for those who booed Senator Cruz’s Pro-Israel stand at an anti-Christian genocide being perpetuated by ISIS IDC summit.]

 

As mentioned in my previous statement of 10 September 2014, “Christians, along with those who live by faith, morals, and ethics, and the international community, must collaborate to address this threat against not only innocent civilians, but our way of life as we know it today.” Having spoken at this IDC Summit on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and particularly in Iraq and Syria, I take personal exception to sweeping statements made about those in attendance as espousing “bigotry and hatred…against Jews and Israel”. In light of the current very real challenges, this is not a time for such divisive and inflammatory language that demonises communities and causes rifts between them when their collaboration is most needed.

 

As servants of the people, clergy, politicians or otherwise, we are accountable and responsible as representatives, stewards and reconcilers to deal at the most difficult of times and circumstances with the most peaceful means to overcome apparent misunderstanding and conflict. (Comment on the recent IDC Gala dinner by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom; Posted by The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre; The Coptic Orthodox Church UK; 9/12/14 16:14)

 

There is a culture of Antisemitism among Middle Eastern Christians. It is inexcusable. Nonetheless the genocide perpetrated on behalf of Islamic Supremacism is as reprehensible as Hitler’s genocide perpetrated against the Jews in the Holocaust of WWII. The sad thing is in today’s Middle East Hitler’s genocide is seen as a heroic event among Muslims and I have no doubt due to the culture also among Middle Eastern Christians. Indeed Hitler’s Mein Kampf in an Arabic translation is a best seller even today.

 

In a final word on Senator Cruz at the IDC Summit let’s look at this guy’s obvious amateur news editorial praising the Senator for his stand with Israel and in my opinion showing that a remarkable chunk of Christianity are still Jew-haters.

 

VIDEO: Ted Cruz Walks Out of In Defense of Christians Gala Event After Being Booed! IDC News Commentary

 

Published by FITRNews

Published on Sep 11, 2014

 

In Depth Commentary & highlights on Ted Cruz walking out of the In Defense of Christians annual gala event 2014. Includes a clip from the event @ 3.5 minutes in.

FITR News is a Fork In The Road Media Production. We encourage patriots to make a right at the fork in the road.

This first video is our maiden voyage and was uploaded on September 11th of 2014.

The Facebook post of Senator Ted Cruz of the state of Texas of the United States of America, is as follows: “Tonight in Washington should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians.’ Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred.

When I spoke in strong support of Israel and the Jewish people, who are being persecuted and murdered by the same vicious terrorists who are also slaughtering Christians, many Christians in the audience applauded. But, sadly, a vocal and angry minority of attendees at the conference tried to shout down my expression of solidarity with Israel.

They cannot shout down the truth. And we should not shy away from expressing the truth, even in the face of – especially in the face of – ignorance and bigotry.

I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America, that those who hate Jews also hate Christians, and that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ.

These statements were met with angry boos. I went on to tell the crowd that Christians in the Middle East have no better friend than Israel. That Christians can practice their faith free of persecution in Israel. And that ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, along with their state sponsors in Syria and Iran, are all part of the same cancer, murdering Christians and Jews alike. Hate is hate, and murder is murder.

I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East. American leaders have been far too silent as to this horrific evil.

But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion. Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.

After just a few minutes, I had no choice. I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”

The IDC (In Defense of Christians) website was down at the time of the editing of this YouTube video, due to high traffic. When accessible it can be found at http://www.indefenseofchristians.org

Here is their official statement regarding this situation of September 10th: “Statement of IDC President following disruption at IDC Gala Dinner

In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklini issued the following statement in response to a disruption at the Inaugural Summit Gala Dinner: “As Cardinal Rai so eloquently put it to the attendees of the In Defense of Christians’ inaugural Summit gala dinner: ‘At every wedding, there are a few problems.’ In this case, a few politically motivated opportunists chose to divide a room that for more than 48 hours sought unity in opposing the shared threat of genocide, faced not only by our Christian brothers and sisters, but our Jewish brothers and sisters and people of all other faiths and all people of good will.

“Tonight’s injection of politics when the focus should have been on unity and faith, momentarily played into the hands of a few who do not adhere to IDC’s principles. They were made no longer welcome.

“When we set out to form In Defense of Christians, many in the foreign policy and faith-based communities said such an effort was impossible. That it would be too difficult to bring such a diverse group of Christian sects, religious and human rights organizations together to draw attention not only to the plight of the deteriorating situation facing our Christians brothers and sisters, but also to the plight of all people of faith, in the Middle East who are suffering.

“For more than 48 hours, our initial IDC conference was successfully bridging divides of faith, language, geography and politics. It has not been easy, and not without challenges. Tonight’s events make clearer than ever, that In Defense of Christians is desperately needed in a world that remains divided to the point where even the most fundamental value of life and human dignity are cast aside.

“We remain undaunted and focused on achieving our goals.”

 

JRH 9/15/14 (Inspired by Caroline Glick essay)

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Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas


In a December 4, 2013 email from Prophecy Update was a link to a year old video entitled “Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas”. There is Redemption, there is the future is here in relation to the End Times have begun, there is be ready for King Jesus’ return and more. You should really watch and share.

 

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VIDEO: Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas

 

Posted by Prophecy Update

Published Dec 10, 2012

 

Take the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and mix in a little bit of “A Christmas Carol” and then rewrite it to fit the End Time scenario according to the Bible and this is what you will get.

 

Our Time is short…


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VIDEO: Our Time is short…

 

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SCOTUS Continues to Push America into Ungodliness


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John R. Houk

© June 26, 2013

 

Thanks to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) America slides deeper and further away from God’s Word on homosexuality. That essentially is a part of the “Change” promised by the Deceiver-in-Chief Obama to extricate the influence of Christian Morality from influencing American culture.

 

I haven’t read the majority and the dissent in which SCOTUS struck down the portions of Defense of Marriage ACT (DOMA) pertaining to States that have legalized same-sex marriage. THEN SCOTUS ruled that the private organization (ProtectMarriage.com) defending California’s Proposition 8 which made same-sex marriage illegal in California DID NOT HAVE STANDING to defend State legislation.

 

In the case of California in which the Leftist Democrats love the abomination of homosexuality against the will of California voters and the State government refused to protect the will of California voters it means the 9th Appellate Court decision vacating Prop. 8 is vacated but that the original Court in California that vacated Prop. 8 is upheld. The experts I heard on Fox News seemed to think that ends litigation pertaining to Prop. 8 since ONLY the California State government has standing to defend the Proposition 8’s legality in the Appellate and SCOTUS level of the Federal Courts.

 

No matter how you look at it, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Word of God pertaining to homosexuality is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! God have mercy on the Americans that stand on the Word of God but are now coerced by the American rule of law to accept homosexuality as normal and legal. Biblical believing Christians are now in the potential situation of criminal and civil actions being enforced against them if they refuse to service anything to do with same-sex marriage.

 

The five Justices that struck down portions of DOMA extricated their opinion from the Fifth Amendment that came into existence as part of the Bill of Rights (first ten Amendments) to give specificity to the Rights of American citizens. What do you think that the Founding Fathers would have thought of using the Fifth Amendment to validate homosexual rights despite God’s Word declaring same-acts as IMMORAL?

 

Fifth Amendment

 

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

 

I am not seeing the dispensation of civil rights to immoral homosexuals.

 

God’s Word on Homosexuality

 

1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.

 

4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.

 

6 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! 8 See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

 

9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

 

13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”

 

24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. (Bold Emphasis Mine – Gen. 19: 1, 4-11, 13, 24-25 NKJV)

 

22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. 23 Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion.

 

24 ‘Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. 25 For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. (Bold Emphasis Mine – I added verse 23 so there is an understanding of the level of “perversion” God views homosexuality Lev. 18: 22-25 NKJV)

 

13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Bold Emphasis Mine – Lev. 20: 13 NKJV)

 

Homosexual Activists and Apologists are big to point out that Lev. 20:13 calls the penalty of Law for homosexuality is death. How wrong is this in modern society, right? I don’t know how Jews have updated this Scripture from the Torah – which is the Pentateuch of the Old Testament to us Christians – But the update in Christianity is the Blood of Christ from His death, burial and Resurrection delivers any Believer in Christ’s Redemptive ACT from the penalty of the Law in this life. In the resurrection of all the dead there will be a time that dead people face the Last Judgment. It is in the Last Judgment where the hearts of men (all people for you politically correct dudes) are expressly known in which people choose unrepentant sin of faith in Christ. The unrepentant will judged with a penalty according to their sin and sent to the appropriate chamber of Hell which I believe is ultimately the Lake of Fire – always burning in pain but never ceasing from an existence of eternal punishment. The unrepentant homosexual still faces the penalty of death in the Law; however not in this life but in the next life.

 

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

 

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

 

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded too many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

 

20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Bold Emphasis Mine – Romans 5: 1-2, 6, 8-17, 20-21 NKJV)

 

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

 

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

 

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Bold Emphasis Mine – Romans 6: 1-4, 12-23 NKJV)

 

The Gift of Grace through the Blood of Jesus Christ wipes away the past slate of sin. At Salvation a person’s inner spirit is renewed and transformed into a new spirit man in the image of Christ rather than in the image of Fallen Adam. What about those who have tasted the Grace of God yet in time rejected Salvation by relying on the unredeemed carnal nature? It happens to the best of us and to those full of themselves, you KNOW the carnal nature if allowed to will dominate a Christian leading to the possibility of having their name whited out of the Book of Life in the Last Judgment. And yet what if you come to your senses and realize your choices have separated you from God that could lead to the Second Death which is eternal separation from the Presence of God occurring after the Last Judgment. All sinners – non-Christians and Carnal Christians – have a moment in their life to change their heart as God knows all. There is no lie that hides the truth from God.

 

This parable is for those who have renounced Christ for what was deceptively thought a better life in sin:

 

11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

 

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

 

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[a] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

 

25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’

 

28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’

 

31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  (Bold Emphasis Mine – Luke 15: 11-31 NKJV)

 

This parable can applied to all sinning Christians. Nonetheless the topic is homosexuality is an abomination before God. A homosexual that has left Christianity or deceptively still views them self as a Christian you need to be aware that repentance will lead you into the arms of our Loving Father God through the Grace provided by the Blood of Jesus. HOWEVER, any Christian that unrepentantly rejects Salvation in Christ and dies in their sin – such as homosexuality – probably will have their name stricken from the Book of Life in the Last Judgment. Now I say “probably” because I am not God and I have no right to act as an eternal Judge. That responsibility was delivered to the Jesus Christ the Son of God and coequal in Oneness as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away,[b] to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

 

7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. (Bold Emphasis Mine – Hebrews 6: 4-8 NKJV)

 

Okay, this is not Islam in which two contradictory verses are both true. I should point out that I am not a theologian even though I have graduated from a two year Bible School program. So what I am about to write be sure to check it out with your Pastor.

 

The Prodigal Son indicates there is repentance to one who has abandoned his faith. Hebrews 6: 4-8 seems to indicate the opposite in that once you have tasted the privileges of Salvation and go on to live a sinners life rejecting Christ’s Salvation, then there is no repentance that can return one back to the family of God.

 

As a Christian I believe the Word of God is the inerrant Truth. Rather than pull an “aha!” and proclaim the Bible is fake because it is a book of contradicting theology, I choose to reason a compatibility in which Scriptures are the Truth if there is a seeming contradiction.

 

I believe that scarlet thread that connects the Prodigal Son and the Hebrews verses concerning there is only one repentance is this: The Prodigal Son never disdained his father but came to his senses that a sinful lifestyle will lead to death. The Hebrews repentance once only Scriptures is applicable to those that have chosen the rabbit hole of no return. Thus any repentance – or life turning change – is a lie and is impossible. To such a person the act of repentance is not a heart change but rather a deceptive live to benefit some agenda and thus is a person throwing the Redemptive Blood of Christ in the old sticking pigsty. And that is my unauthoritative reconciliation enabling one Truth.

 

Allow me to reiterate that SCOTUS’s decision to force the Federal government to recognize States that have made same-sex marriage recognized by a minority of States is an abomination before God. In many cases those States that have legalized same-sex marriage has done with State Courts and NOT by legislation or a People’s Initiative that many States give to their voters. Indeed that brings me to SCOTUS and Proposition 8. Proposition 8 defined marriage as between one male and one female nullifying same-sex marriage. SCOTUS decided that the private individuals that have appealed a District Court decisions that made Prop. 8 unconstitutional within the California State Constitution did not have standing. The Dem Leftists of California’s State Congress and their Dem Leftist Governor refused to defend the will of the California voters in any courtroom.

 

So here is SCOTUS making same-sex marriage rights a State decision that the Federal government must honor and then slapping Christian Morality private citizens in the face for defending the California voters because the State government refused to back the voters.

 

SCOTUS defends States’ Rights and then rejects States’ Rights simultaneously. This is all a bunch of malarkey to force Americans to further accept that which God calls an abomination; viz. same-sex relationships!

 

God’s Word including Homosexuality

 

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

 

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the 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 vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

 

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Bold Emphasis Mine – Romans 1: 18-32 NKJV)

 

JRH 6/26/13

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Natural Born Sinners


Hell or Heaven - Rom. 6-23

A Youtube friend sent me one of the most awesome sermons I have read for a person to choose Life in Christ Jesus the Redeemer-Savior.

 

Even if you are a Christian this is a good refresher of the reason you are Born Again. At the end of the sermon CBYakima has a video by TheAbaloneKid. The two may be one and the same person or two good friends. I am uncertain; nevertheless be sure to read and grasp the sermon that is a road map to Salvation in Christ.

 

JRH 7/7/14

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Natural Born Sinners

 

By CBYakima

Sent: 7/3/12

 

From Here To Eternity, my friend on You Tube.

By God’s command I send you the most important message you will ever receive in this life. Take it seriously. Choose the way of God this very day and receive Godly life now and forever.

It’s the heart condition that exists which is our problem that stops us. We are natural born sinners. Sinners by nature who have no connection to God who is our maker. It is our inherited condition. Because of this God is strange to us. Jesus Christ on the bloody stick (often called a “cross”) is strange to us! This is our condition. We are born separated from God spiritually. Thus God cannot be the leader in our lives. God cannot shed grace upon grace on us. God loves all humans but cannot act in our lives until by His grace and through faith God gives, we believe God, and then, by faith!, receive all God has for each of us in this life, which is in Jesus Christ.

Sin has deceived us, because it is just as natural to us as looking at our face in a mirror. We do not see what our heart, and mind and soul cannot see is our lost condition. Only God can wake us up. Only God can bring life to us from the spiritually dead condition and separation from God we suffer in our lost state. If God would appear right now God would be a total stranger to us.

The proof of our fallen and dead spiritual condition is in our sins. God cannot accept sins and receive a sinner for GOD is perfect and Holy. ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN STAND IN FOR US BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD! We are God’s creation. God has given us a way to overcome this condition. Like symptoms of a disease, our sin is the evidence of our lost condition. And even after we are “born again” we will sin because our old nature remains. But when we truly BELIEVE GOD and His WORD, we will be given a new nature through the Spirit of God who will come and reside in us and we will slowly but surely change and understand God more and more.

That’s why God has said we MUST be born again by Spirit and through His word in the Bible which is the truth. He is our physician. Jesus Christ has told us of our condition. Left unattended we will die in our sins and be judged one day by Him.

This is the TRUTH OF GOD, not our thoughts about life but His TRUTHS. Now they seem foreign to us.

In order to overcome it we must be “Born Again”! Jesus Christ is our only sure hope. He paid the price for our sins. He is God the Son with full authority to pay that price in His perfect life and sinless being. Under false accusations and judgment, HE DIED FOR US AND SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS THAT IS THE PAYMENT for all our sins. And He rose from the dead to guarantee us eternal life in Him.

By receiving this free gift of God’s grace is the only way GOD can have direct communication with us. This is how we become God’s adopted children: through Jesus Christ who is our Savior. He has saved us from the penalty of our sins. He has delivered us from death which is spiritual separation from GOD that already exists, into a new relationship, as children of GOD, FOREVER!

Pick up a Bible and reread the passages I quoted in my message. Read the other verses that accompany those scriptures. It will help you understand more.

I know it’s strange to hear these things. That is natural to our STATE OF BEING. Our life and the society around us encourage our attitude of being “better”, and “Getting more out of life”, “success” “YES WE CAN!” , and taking “our place” as another sucker for all the lost ways, apart from Christ, of the different world orders and their beliefs and philosophies. But we were made BY GOD a long time ago. God gave His human family LIFE! God owns us and all that makes up the earth and Heavens and Galaxies.

God is not mocked by the lost of the world! Mankind is already under judgment for sin. It turned it’s collective back on God a long time ago. And civilizations have come and they have gone into the graveyard of NO returns. And all types of people that make up nations and states are under judgment excepting those who believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior which is who He is. Let me repeat a short but most powerful verse all should learn:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

God has a ironclad plan for His creation. GOD WILL HAVE HIS WAY. God calls His human creation! That is God’s way. He is calling you. God is telling you the truth. ONLY JESUS CHRIST SAVES. You must believe WHY AND HOW. If you are destined to be a child of GOD through the Son of God, you WILL understand! GOD will open your eyes and you will see and understand by the Spirit of God. Only the Spirit of God can inform you by the Word of God which is revealed to this world, in the Bible, through Jesus Christ who is God.

May God bless you to be His. I am here to help.

Chaim,
AbaloneKid

 

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Does God Make Wicked People Just too Damn them to Hell?


(Christ) Judge

John R. Houk

© June 21, 2012

 

Here is a query from a person who has listened to the question of Christian faith’s validity or has entertained doubt them self:

 

Subject: read and let me know ASAP

 

OK Bible Scholars. It’s been awhile since I posted a question. See if you can explain this.

Proverbs 16:1 says “We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.” Prov. 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

[Editor: either the email was sent incomplete by the questioner or my lovely wife who forwarded this to me did not copy and paste the entire query she found on Facebook.]

 

[…] at God gives us free will. He doesn’t force His will on us; He wants us to choose to accept and serve Him.

I read tonight, but can’t find it now, where it says that God even created sinners for punishment. That seems intentionally cruel that God would create people, knowing He was doing it with the intention of purposely punishing them; as [if] though He created certain people as a “bad seed” so to speak.

Here’s my question: If He doesn’t force His will, then how do these verses make sense? These verses suggest that we choose a path, but God will determine a different one for us if it’s not His will. Or that we were created with a specific purpose, even perhaps an evil one, and no matter what we decide, He will make sure we fulfill that purpose.

Anyone want to tackle those questions?

 

So let’s begin to answer the query by looking at the New Testament rather than the Old Testament. The Old Testament relates to The Law as given through Moses for the Hebrew Tribes pointing to the coming of the Messiah that would be a better Prophet than Moses. As Christians we know that Prophet that Moses envisioned was Jesus Christ the Son of God who is the Redeemer not only of the Jews but of all who believe in the power of the Lord Jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection that redeems humanity by delivering them from the power of the dark age of Satan’s grasp; i.e. Salvation. That is the New Testament fulfilling The Law and being a better covenant and promise that brings Salvation to all humanity from the bloodline of the Jews. (Side Note: That is why the Jews are still special in the eyes of God. Salvation is of the Jews the Chosen People that were delivered by Moses who in turn bring deliverance to humanity from the slavery of Satan’s age through the Blood of Jesus.)

 

Let’s set the foundation from 1 Timothy 2: 1-6 and 2 Peter 3: 9-12.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-6 – NKJV

 

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (Bold Italic emphasis mine)

 

2 Peter 3:9-18 –NKJV

 

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[a] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

 

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[b] 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

 

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

 

17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (Bold Italic emphasis mine)

 

Now let’s reprise the question:

 

I read tonight, but can’t find it now, where it says that God even created sinners for punishment. …

 

… If He doesn’t force His will, then how do these verses make sense? These verses suggest that we choose a path, but God will determine a different one for us if it’s not His will. Or that we were created with a specific purpose, even perhaps an evil one, and no matter what we decide, He will make sure we fulfill that purpose.

 

The Scripture that person could not recall is from the Old Testament and is probably Proverbs 16: 4 in the King James Version:

 

The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 

I like this examination of verse 4 from GreatBibleStudy.com:

 

In the above passage, the phrase, “things for Himself” takes us back to the Hebrew word maaneh, which to answer to, or to give a reply to. What is being said in the first part of this verse is, “The Lord hath made all things to answer or give an account unto Him.” With that said, we could accurately read Proverbs 16:4 like this:

 

The LORD hath made all things to give account unto Him: yea, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook, have to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment.

 

Doesn’t that make a lot more sense? Now let’s put that verse into context with verses 2 through 5:

 

16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

16:4 [The LORD hath made all things to give account unto Him: yea, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook, have to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment.] (Bold Emphasis Mine)

16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:2-5

 

And there you have it! God did NOT create the wicked so that He could punish them. He created all things to give an account unto Him, even those who think they are getting away with their sins now, are going to give an account to Him on the day of judgment.

 

Typically when such a Scripture is read as a stand-alone thought, the message seems pretty straight forward. That stand-alone message is that God made all that exists and He made the wicked (i.e. sinners) for the “day of evil” which is a reference to the Last Judgment. The Judgment Day for the wicked and devoted sinners will be an evil pronouncement for them.

 

But does God actually create wicked sinners just so there are some people to give an eternal spanking?

 

No!

 

Let’s read the context of Proverbs 16: 1-6 in the New King James Version:

 

1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

 

2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the spirits.

 

3 Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.

 

4 The Lord has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

 

[Verse 4 GreatBibleStudy.com: The LORD hath made all things to give account unto Him: yea, even the wicked, who think they are off His hook, have to give an account unto Him on the day of judgment.]

 

5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Though they join forces,[
a] none will go unpunished.

 

6 In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.

 

God did not make the wicked so much as a person chooses to live a wicked sinning lifestyle. I am not a Universalist so I don’t believe the wicked will someday make it to Heaven. I do believe the Blood of Jesus Redeems all who believe in Christ’s Resurrection and Lordship will be Saved even if it one’s dying breathe. AND YET, if one’s dying breathe is made out of insincere fear I also believe the wages of sin will be received for the one who believes one can fool God with a trickster lie. God knows the intentions and the state of every male and female’s heart.

 

So this is my stand to the query: “If He doesn’t force His will, then how do these verses make sense?

 

God does not force His Will. God holds one accountable according to the Redemptive Blood of Jesus or the refusal to be covered by the Blood of Jesus.

 

JRH 6/21/12

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SlantRight Editor: My wife has informed me there is more to the person’s query as I had suspected. I am following with this post without the full status of the query of Diana’s friend.

GOD SPEAKS: NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION 2 Cor.6:2.


On Youtube I am friends with AbaloneKid. He is a Christian that looks a bit like a New Age character. Nonetheless the AbaloneKid offers remarkable nugget of truth in the Christian faith.

 

Below is a video he uploaded that comes with a message of living a Christ-Like lifestyle. Meditate and be blessed.

 

JRH 6/17/12

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GOD SPEAKS: NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION 2 Cor.6:2.

 

Uploaded by AbaloneKid

Uploaded: Oct 30, 2011

AbaloneKid Youtube Channel

 

 

God speaks to us through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Isaiah 55:11 tells us, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” The Bible records God’s words, everything we need to know in order to be saved and live the Christian life. Second Peter 1:3 declares, “According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who has called us to glory and virtue.”

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). When we have a question about a certain topic or decision in our lives, we should see what the Bible has to say about it. God will never lead us or direct us contrary to what He has taught or promised in His Word (Titus 1:2).

Second, to hear God’s voice we must recognize it. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Those who hear God’s voice are those who belong to Him—those who have been saved by His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus. These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice, because they know Him as their Shepherd and they know His voice. If we are to recognize God’s voice, we must belong to Him. AND WHAT WE HEAR WILL BE ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.

Third, we hear His voice when we spend time in prayer, Bible study, and quiet contemplation of His Word. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives. We should be so familiar with God’s Word that when God does speak to us or lead us, it is clear that it is God. God speaks to us so that we may understand truth. While God can speak audibly to people, once again: He speaks primarily through His Word, and sometimes through the Holy Spirit to our consciences, through circumstances, and through other people. By applying what we hear to the truth of Scripture, we can learn to recognize His voice.

GOD’S WILL FOR US

Pray, especially when you’re unsure of God’s will for your life. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). If you don’t know what to pray, you can always personalize & pray verses such as, “Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul” (Psalm 143:8) and, “Guide me in Your truth and teach me” (Psalm 25:5).

Christians also have the Holy Spirit to discern what is, or is not, God’s will for our lives. “The Spirit of truth . . . will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Sometimes the Holy Spirit will either agitate our conscience if we’re making a wrong decision, or He will pacify and encourage us when we’re leaning toward the right decision. Even if He doesn’t intervene in such noticeable ways, we can have confidence that He’s always in charge. Sometimes God can alter a situation without us even realizing He has acted. “The Lord will guide you always” (Isaiah 58:11).

If God is calling you to take a leap of faith, be encouraged by His presence. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). And remember, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

God’s Word is our ultimate authority for Christian faith and practice. If you believe you have had a vision and feel that perhaps God gave it to you, prayerfully examine the Word of God and make sure your vision is in agreement with Scripture. Then prayerfully consider what God would have you do in response to the vision (James 1:5). God would not give a vision to a person and then keep the meaning of the vision hidden. In Scripture, whenever a person asked God for the meaning of a vision, God made sure it was explained to the person (Daniel 8:15-17).

Don’t Listen to Atheists – God is Love


John R. Houk

© June 6, 2011

 

Some atheists go to great lengths to find snippets of the Bible or physical science to disprove the existence of God Almighty. I am one that believes that if the Old and New Testament are taken as a whole there is a harmonious explanation to be found. If one chooses to set to find disharmony they will find it easily. Believers seeking harmony will find harmony. Unbelievers seeking disharmony will find disharmony. Seek and you shall is the principle.

 

Here is a video that atheists like to show with the belief that the God of the Bible is not a God of love or perhaps does not exist at all:

 

 

LOL I don’t even have to watch the entire video to answer this. God is love because of the promise in Genesis 3: 14-15.

 

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent:
“ Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.

 

15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

 

Adam fell and turned man into a fallen nature and the earth into a twisted nature because Adam’s stewardship was transferred to the prince of deception that old serpent Satan – aka the adversary.

 

What is the reason for suffering, natural disasters, and all matters of evil that God is wrongly accused of causing? It is the Fall of Adam.

 

What is the solution? The Redemptive act of Jesus Christ who emptied Himself of his Divine attributes to become a man not stained with the Adam’s Fall because a part of His DNA was God. Divine DNA trumps human DNA. The LOVE is in that God did not start all over by destroying the rebellious creation and starting over. Furthermore as the centuries passed on, man became more and more corrupt and the earth more and more twisted and awaiting for the promise of Genesis 3:15.

 

That promise is partially fulfilled in the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ paying the penalty of Adam’s rebellious Fall. That which is Redeemed is the human spirit. The human mind, body and the Earth await Full Redemption that begins with Christ’s Parousia (i.e. 2nd Coming). The end of the BOOK tells us that Full Redemption does not arrive until Satan has been secured after his last deception upon humanity after the 1,000 year reign of Christ on Earth. Then the ravaged old Earth is changed into the New Earth and the old Heaven is changed into the New Heaven and man and Earth discover FULL Redemption.

 

The suffering of the Old Testament is the result of Adam’s Fall and a Fallen nature. The promise of Genesis 3: 15 is the demarcation line that divides fallen humanity that results in the blood line that the last child of Promise would be born to begin the Redemption of Christ bruising the Old Serpents head with the Lord’s feet. That bruising began with the unseen battle between Jesus and Satan between the Lord’s death and the Lord’s Resurrection.

 

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1: 17 – 23 NKJV)

 

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

 

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2: 1 – 7; 19 – 22 NKJV)

 

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2: 11 – 15 NKJV)

 

1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:

When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men
.”

 

9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

 

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4: 1 – 9; 17 – 24 NKJV)

 

These verses catch up with the reason evil things happen with a loving God. God is Love and that Love is evidenced of Him emptying the Divine attributes to suffer the same as a man by becoming man and then redeeming to be back on the path to union with God. All that is left is the future of Full Redemption.

 

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (Revelation 21: 1 – 7 NKJV)

 

I know the next criticism from unbelievers is that the Bible is a collection of old myths; However at this point that argument is irrelevant because the whole basis of this response is because of the YouTube video that enjoys utilizing Scriptures out of the context of the Plan of Redemption to prove the premise that God is not a loving God. Ergo, according to the video, God is either non-existent or a lying higher been that is actually evil. This short version of the Plan of Redemption shows the person behind the dialogue to be a deceiver or a deluded individual according the Scriptures chosen.

 

JRH 6/6/11  

 

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


Jesus Cross - John 12_32

Burr Deming is a fellow that I have had an occasional email exchange with. He has sent to me something he has discovered; however Burr does not offer the person to attribute the thoughts he calls an “Anthem.”

 

JRH 3/28/11

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

 

Sent by Burr Deming

Sent: 3/26/2011 7:14 PM

 

I discovered the anthem was inspired by a passage in Paul’s letter to the Galatians that says the world is crucified for me, and I to the world. The idea of removal from the world, a liberation for Paul, must have been an expression of hopelessness for the disciples as they fled Jerusalem. The world is dead to me, and I am dead to the world.

 

I wanted to apply that to our lives today, and the idea that hope is stronger than despair.

 

The last part paraphrases part of the original hymn.

 

Burr
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Is it so hard to imagine the depths of despair

the disciples must have felt in those dark days?

Who will lead us now?

What will happen to us?

How could we have denied him?

 

When we look to the hardest times in life,

when pain and guilt seem like all we have left,

hope can continue for us, too.

We are not forgotten.

 

The truth that speaks to the ages,

can touch each of us now.

We are loved no matter what.

 

Words from centuries ago are sung for us today:

If I could give back the entire universe,

it would not be enough to repay that love.

What Jesus did for me demands my soul, my life.

My all.