Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SCOTUS helping to bring in the Days of Lot (Updated)

Updated to add Martin Luther quote
THE NEWS

Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court rulings boost gay marriage
"WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court delivered the history-making ruling sought by [homosexual] marriage supporters, striking down a 1996 federal law that denied benefits to same-sex couples. The court was more cautious in a second case involving California's ban on [homosexual] marriage, Proposition 8, saying it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. But the result was likely again to benefit same-sex couples because it meant that a federal district court's ruling striking down Proposition 8 stands, clearing the way for [homosexual] marriage to resume in the nation's most-populous state."

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POLITICAL REACTION

"My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: "Jesus wept." 5 people in robes said they are bigger than the voters of California and Congress combined. And bigger than God. May He forgive us all." ~Mike Huckabee

"It's an amazing overreach in arrogance by 5 members of the court who think they can redefine marriage for the Federal Government...there clearly is an overreach here on the CA Prop 8 case." ~Tony Perkins of Family Research Council

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SPIRITUAL REACTION

"Can we now stop talking about the United States as a "Christian Nation" so that we can get back to preaching the Gospel to pagan Americans?" ~Chris Rosebrough

"The decision of an earthly court does not make so much as a ripple in the eternal decrees of God." ~JD Hall

"We learn from Jeremiah among others that, as usual, the nearer the punishment, the worse the people become; and that the more one preaches to them, the more they despise his preaching. Thus we understand that when it is God’s will to inflict punishment, he makes the people to become hardened so they may be destroyed without any mercy and not appease God’s wrath with any repentance. So the men of Sodom long ago had to not only despise the righteous Lot, but even afflict him because he taught them—even though their own affliction was at the door [Gen. 19:1–13]. Likewise Pharaoh, when about to be drowned in the Red Sea, had to oppress the children of Israel twice as much as before [Exod. 5:6–21]. And Jerusalem had to crucify God’s Son when its own final destruction was on the way" - Martin Luther


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GOD'S REACTION

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24

"Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. 13 For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19:12-13)

"...Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion." (Jude 1:7)

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality," (1 Corinthians 6:9)

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 TO BE CLEAR:

"Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed." (Luke 17:28)

"How was it in the days of Lot? Lot lived in a city called Sodom. We have a word today called sodomy. We know exactly what that means. That is a homosexual sin. That is a vile kind of behavior drawn out of that city in the plains south of the Dead Sea. What did God do to Sodom? Buried Sodom under fire and brimstone completely. What kind of people lived in Sodom? Read the nineteenth chapter of Genesis and find that when two angels came to visit Lot, the men of that city tried to rape the angels. And when God blinded the men of that city, they still tried to feel their way to smash down the door to get to those angels. That was a vile, wretched place."

"So the first thing you know about the days of Noah and the days of Sodom is that they were days of wretched, vile, massive, sweeping, consummate evil. And that's the way it will be in the days when the Son of Man comes." [source]

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MY TAKE

The verse above regarding the Days of Lot is speaking of the days during the Tribulation when evil pervades the world and the Messiah returns to end it all, not the run-up to the rapture. However, we see the current culture helping satan along to lay the infrastructure that will give immediate rise to such perversions when the rapture does take place.

In Romans 1 we read that homosexuality is not a sin like any other. Homosexuality in itself is an expression of God's wrath. It is the only sin that IS a judgment upon the person exhibiting it.

However, though any nation that teeters too far against His ordinances will be judged in wrath, His grace is such that any individual is not a lost cause in terms of wanting to repent and find reconciliation with God. The wrath will be poured out on America but it already has been poured out in Jesus for all sins, including the sin of homosexuality.

"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.” (Ephesians 2:3)

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,...And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 11)

"You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)

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Further reading

Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality 
"I don’t know how much time America has left, I really don’t. But we’re on a course described here as God casting us out. The land has become defiled. “I’ve brought its punishment upon it,” verse 25, “so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.”"

Contentions On DOMA, SCOTUS Follows the Culture
"[T]here’s little question that the ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is rooted in a fundamental shift in American culture that took place in the last generation. ... But the point here is that g-ay marriage advocates won the legal war because they first won the culture war."

7 comments:

  1. "Sign, sign, everwhere a sign". I guess if we put all of these posts together it is quite blatant. There is always mercy(Gods'warning) before judgment.
    Can we have any doubt about where this is all headed?
    Thanks for the updates, Elizabeth.

    Pam

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  2. Not surprised! The Supreme Court has it's pulse on American society. Who knows what will happen next? This is happening all over the world. things are even changing in Africa. LGBT lifestyle is becoming more visible there too in ways I've never seen before. Everything is coming together as the world collectively hardens its heart against God. Thankfully many will come to saving knowledge of Christ during the tribulation but at a great cost.

    This is all like watching a snowball speeding up and growing, it's just unbelievable. It's also amazing how on point the bible is. It's such a great source of reassurance in these crazy times!

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    1. just saw this too:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2348971/The-touching-moment-President-Obama-called-lesbian-Prop-8-plaintiff-cell-phone-congratulate-SCOTUS-ruling--got-invited-wedding.html

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    2. Goodness. Obama is definitely a judgment on us.

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    3. I just saw that on the news(the phone call). He told them he was so proud of them. It is just.....I'm speechless. It is unreal that a small segment of the population is determining what is right for the masses.
      I dare say again, that the signs are continuing to mount.
      Pam

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  3. "In Romans 1 we read that homosexuality is not a sin like any other. Homosexuality in itself is an expression of God's wrath. It is the only sin that IS a judgment upon the person exhibiting it."

    Don't forget verses 1:28-31, the also include judgements where God "gives them up". And this is for not seeing "fit to acknowledge God". If verses 29-30 are exemplary of a "debased mind", then they too are a revealing of God's wrath as first mentioned in verse 18.

    28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
    29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
    30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
    31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

    -Jared

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    1. Absolutely! Romans 1 is a chapter that clearly outlines the devastating consequences of rejecting God. It ends with, as you pointed out, a debased mind, and a life full of other sins too. I can think of no worse moment than when God gave a person up to their sins. Thanks for pointing that out

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