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Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Catchy Tune and the Supreme Court Decision is Not the SAME



The new hit song, "Same Love" is the fourth single released by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis off their 2012 debut studio album, The Heist. The track, featuring vocals by Mary Lambert, talks about legalizing same-sex marriage and was recorded during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which, upon approval in 2012, legalized same-sex marriages in Washington state. The song reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number 1 in both New Zealand and Australia.


"Same Love" and the Supreme Court Decision is Not the same thing

The Supreme Court's recent decision on same sex marriages is Not the same thing as the song, "Same Love." The Supreme Court in its wisdom realizes that God does not want robots...

The Lord offers Free Will (liberty) to all---to choose to live by His statutes, or be abandoned to our own carnal desires.

For years I lived controlled by my fleshly desires, and tried to justify and rationalize my behavior. When I was 13 years old, I let another male sodomize me, thinking because I felt close to him that sex would fill my empty soul and cure my poor self image and low self esteem. As a consequence, I walked away from God, He did not walk away from me. God left me to my own devices and self-willed thinking and my mind became depraved. 


Romans 1:21-24 (NIV)
21 "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another." 

I did not tell anyone about my homosexual experience until I was 22 years old and in drug rehab for the first time. For 9 years I wondered if I was gay, and tried to regain the masculinity that I thought I lost by pursuing having sex with women. I was on a hellbent conquest. It was not until I heard a woman speak at an Alcoholics Anonymous convention that "the light bulb went on." She said that she had confused intimacy with sex all her life, and that whenever she felt close to someone, she thought she had to sleep with them---whether the person was a man or woman. She explained that intimacy means "into-me-you-see."

Today, I know that just because I find a person beautiful and attractive, it would be purely lustful to want to have sex with them, and my desire would be impulsive and compulsive. Webster's dictionary describes the word, compulsive as: an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way, especially against one's conscious wishes. Recently, my middle child told me that she is dating another girl. My daughter is struggling spiritually and is extremely hostile to God and the Bible, so all I can do is love her unconditionally and pray for her.

Michael Wood, author of “Pauline Paradoxes Decoded”, says newly clarified meanings of key words used in Bible pave way for more churches to embrace homosexual members. But Wood focuses on the word, "arsenokoitēs" as "sinners," which was understood as boy-raper, throughout antiquity, and through the time of Martin Luther and well into the modern age.

Michael Wood is flawed in his theory that the Apostle Paul defended homosexuality. The Apostle Paul embraced all people regardless of their sin (as does Christ), but explicitly wrote about living in the Spirit as opposed to living in the flesh. 

Nevertheless, the Holy Bible is clear throughout the Old and New Testament that God detests the act of homosexuality as well as all sexual immorality.

Last night, I sat down next to two men, who are a same sex couple at an open mic night. One of the men got up to sing and play guitar, and during his set, his partner kept checking me out and making it obvious to me. Sexual immorality deals primarily with lust of the flesh. Jesus Christ did not have to teach on same sex relationships, because Jewish law already prohibited homosexuality. Jesus said: 


Matthew 5:27-28 (NLT)

Teaching about Adultery

27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery 
with her in his heart."
Footnotes:
5:27 Exod 20:14; Deut 5:18. 

The Apostle Paul, and John the Evangelist, who preached to the Gentiles, were inspired by God to focus their writings on lust of the flesh and eyes, and resisting the temptations of the flesh.

The Supreme Court's recent ruling that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits and its decision to decline to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there---and will lead to gay rights activists seeking same sex marriages in other States. 

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced the Court's majority opinion striking down the federal law in a stately tone that indicated he was delivering a civil rights landmark, according to the NY Times newspaper. The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to such unions. Justice Kennedy said the law was motivated by a desire to harm gay and lesbian couples and their families, demeaning the “moral and sexual choices” of such couples and humiliating “tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples.”

I do not think that lawmakers sought to harm anyone, but rather have a keen understanding of the Biblical principles that this country and Jewish and Christian societies were founded upon. Moreover, some people understand that children are impressionable and develop their opinions about normalcy from what they see. 

The constitutional basis for the Supreme Court striking down the law was not entirely clear, as it had elements of federalism, equal protection and due process. 

Justice Kennedy said the law’s basic flaw was in its “deprivation of the  liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment.” He added that the ruling applied only to marriages from states that allowed gay and lesbian couples to wed.


The new hit song, "Same Lovemocks the Holy Bible in its lyrics, and approves and promotes homosexuality.



The lyrics of "Same Love,"claims that people who are gay and lesbian cannot change ---and mistakenly claims that people paraphrase the Bible. But you can read the explicit view of the Bible on lesbian and gay relations (Romans 1:25-32) below.


"SAME LOVE" LYRICS:

"The right wing conservatives think it's a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don't know

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to."

We are experiencing The Great Apostasy, as foretold by the Holy Bible (2 Timothy 3, 2 Timothy 4:3), and it is time that Christians recognize this fact.  


The world is exchanging the Truth of God for the lies told by Satan and his cohorts

Romans 1:25-32 (NIV)
25 "They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them."

PSYCHOSIS and THE EPIDEMIC of the CARNAL SELF and HEDONISM

Just because a person has a sexual preference for someone of the same sex, the question still remains whether or not the act is natural, or a form of psychosis and demonic deception.


The Church of Satan is an organization dedicated to the acceptance of the carnal self, as articulated in The Satanic Bible,
written in 1969 by Anton Szandor LaVey.

Neverthelessif people who practice BEASTIALITY claimed that they could not change their sexual preference or act of engaging in sex with mammals, animal rights activists would be outraged.

Beatiality is as unnatural as trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, or the WRECK of two trains colliding head on, instead of entering separate tunnels that were meant to fit their girth and length. What is normal about a woman strapping on an aparatus to pleasure her female partner? What is normal about a man placing his phallus in one's opening at the end of their alimentary canal through which solid waste matter leaves the body? I mention all this to point out in a descriptive way the unnatural physical dynamics of homosexual and lesbian relationships.


Lately, we read in the press that famous people, when caught having an affair, claim that they have a sex addiction...For people who suffer with feelings of fear of abandonment and loneliness, and return to painful and destructive relationships, or confuse love with neediness, physical and sexual attraction, pity and/or the need to rescue or be rescued, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (S.L.A.A) might be a healthy start towards recovery and Spirituality, especially if they have a problem with the Bible and Orthodox religion.

Although I have not attended Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, I do believe in a 12-Step recovery process---and these programs allow people to develop their own concept of a Higher Power. I recommend 12-Step programs because they can lead to people finding a personal relationship with a loving God.

The one thing that I know about psychosis and acts of sexual immorality---whether gay or straight---is that Jesus Christ has the power to save us and transform our lives.


Romans 7:19-25 (NIV)
19 "For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[a] a slave to the law of sin."

Footnotes:
Romans 7:25 Or in the flesh

THE WORLD AND ITS HEDONISTIC WAYS IS ONLY GOING TO BECOME WORSE

It may not be long before gay rights activists and others stretch the limits of morality and seek to have social tolerance for beastiality, legalized prostitution, etc. Prostitution is already legal in some parts of the world and regarded as a profession.


Revelation 18:1-3 (NIV)

Lament Over Fallen Babylon

18 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’[a]
    She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
3 For all the nations have drunk
    the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
    and the merchants of the earth grew rich 
from her excessive luxuries.”

Footnotes:
Revelation 18:2 Isaiah 21:9

Christians and other people who view homosexuality as immoral, should not fret over the things of this world and the ways of this world. We can only share the Truth of God's Word versus the lies and deception promoted by mankind. 


1 John 2:16-17 (NIV)

16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

WE CAN HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART 


2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

Christ's universal church (the body of believers) is open to all, regardless of sexual preference, skin color, level of education or status in life. Hopefully once people start to recognize God as the Creator and worship Him and praise and thank Him, they will have a change of heart to follow His statutes.

The Holy Spirit convicts us once we surrender our will and align our will with God's will. Then and only then can we be relieved from our carnal desires---the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. E.G.O., means Edging God Out!


What can Christians do? 


We must strive to have sympathy, empathy and longsuffering towards people who are spiritually lost and confused. We must continue to pray for lost souls, not alienate them or condemn them. It is through our prayers and mercy towards the spiritually confused and lost that we imitate the heart of Christ. 


2 Corinthians 4:4-5 (NLT)

4 "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God."

5 "You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake."


In speaking to others, we must continue to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15) without judging and condemning others. Jesus Christ always had and still has mercy and compassion for the spiritually sick and lost. 


1 John 1:9-10 (NLT)
9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.”


"For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will (Romans 8:7)."


Romans 8:8 (NLT)
8 "That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God."

Through love and compassion, we can lead others to Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to convict the individual rather than enact laws to try and force people to comply with God's statutes.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT)
17 "For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."

YOU SEE, CHRIST CAN CHANGE US…


READ ROMANS 8:1-17 about LIFE IN THE SPIRIT





Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother Johnson, XU

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