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Friday, September 11, 2015

Cleansing the Heavens

On this 14th anniversary of '9-11', I will refrain from yet another blogpost on that tragedy ( been there done that ); I had thought about writing a few lines on the latest travesty in the news concerning the homosexual issue, that of the County Clerk in Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to grant a marriage license to a homosexual couple. Now, don't get me wrong, Kim Davis is right about one thing, homosexuals, by biblical definition, cannot be married, but something she seems to have missed, as have the majority of evangelical Christians is that if heterosexual couples ( as Scripture clearly delineates ) must be joined with a license from the State ( god ), then what is to say that they ( the State ) can't do the same for homosexual couples?

The apostle Peter wrote ( yes, this may be a bit out of context ), 'For the time [ has come ] for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if [ it begins ] with us first, what will [ be ] the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?' ( I Peter 3:17 ) Some have almost exulted in the fact that Kim Davis, herself a former adulterer and multiple divorcee ( though all before she was 'saved' ) was recently jailed for refusing to follow through with her job requirements & issue a marriage license to a homosexual couple! Although this is nowhere near the beginning of signs, it is the latest in the past number of years that Almighty God, the Living God is stirring ( up ) His People. Something is not quite right in Christendom & many have begun to sit up & take notice!

As we've noted before, people are leaving the Institutional Church ( or otherwise giving up ) in droves & 'why'? Because of hypocrisy like this! We westerners want to take an Ancient Near Eastern text & apply it to life in our modern Western culture. This is not to say that those laws, laws handed down by an Infinite Creator have no application for us today, simply that they were given to a special people, at a certain time, in different circumstances; they were not made for a people living 4,000+ years later, in a different culture altogether! Besides that & more importantly, those laws simply pointed toward Jesus the Messiah & the Marriage of Heaven & Earth!

Homosexual 'marriage' ( can it really be called that? ) is definitely against the pattern the Creator set in Scripture; 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh' ( Genesis 2:24 ) Now granted, nowhere does it specifically say that his wife cannot be a man ( although in context it very strongly implies it ), but as we have noted before, the Creator brought Eve, not Steve to Adam! Homosexual marriage, however, is not the important issue here; the issue is whether the State ( Federal Government ) has the authority to ( re ) define marriage. If 'they' can determine whether or not a heterosexual couple has the right to be joined together, why not homosexual couples who only want the same rights?

Evangelical Christianity is presently 'ready to meet its Maker'! The Institutional Church is crumbling & though, like certain other entities, it is bolstered to whatever extent by a false economy, it's really only a matter of time before Almighty God's just judgement either cures her or kills her! People, Christians in particular, need to learn that if they're willing to bow before idols in one instance, they must be prepared to take the consequences when they refuse in other circumstances! Right or wrong, Kim Davis, as a County Clerk in the State of Kentucky agreed to fulfill a certain job when she took her position; she refused ( again, right or wrong ) to do her job & was thus found to be in contempt. This was not religious persecution, this was the consequence of disobeying orders from headquarters!

The dastardly events of '9-11' might seem to be unrelated & in a sense they are, but at the base of both issues is, 'who are you going to serve?' Are you going to serve idols & so pay the consequences when they fall or you fail to serve their purpose, or will you serve the True & Living God, the Creator of Heaven & Earth! By refusing to grant license to that homosexual couple, Kim Davis thought she was serving Almighty God. Maybe she was, maybe she wasn't; you be the judge, but one thing is sure, she is justly paying the consequences for bowing to an idol!

Charles Haddon Shank


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