Ephesians 5:11-13 (NKJV Strong’s) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
There’s many professed believers that will think nothing about a preacher attending a concert of this magnitude.
I waited a while before posting and blogging on this because I wanted make sure that this is an authentic report from confirmed sources regarding the event Joel and Victoria Osteen attended.
Joel and Victoria Osteen attended this immoral concert where Lady Gaga, self described bisexual, performed. But she wasn’t the only one on stage. There were others that would use massive expletives to express themselves.
When a well known person that profess to know God and claims to believe, and preach from the Bible are found among the wicked, it’s cause for alarm.
UNLESS there’s the remote chance that Joel and Victoria were backstage preaching or witnessing to sinners the true gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
But I don’t think so.
I hold on to hope that Joel and Victoria shared Christ, but when you have the interview Joel did with Larry King, preachers must hold to the standard at the expense of losing the stature of your personality.
Obviously, this concert was held during “Gay Pride Month.”
Remember. When the Lord called you to preach (not that Joel was called), you do not make the rules, or change the rules as you see fit.
Here’s why I don’t believe Joel did what real preachers would do.
Evangelist David Lynn was arrested in Toronto, Canada for street preaching to homosexuals.
Real preachers are persecuted, vilified, abused, and slain for the Lord.
If Joel were backstage preaching the true gospel or even witnessing, there’s a good chance he would have been attacked and thrown out.
There’s no question that God moves in places where we cannot see, however, if you study the book of Acts, and the ministry of Jesus, when and where sin is confronted, crowds or small groups of people showed up and committed violent acts to stop the propagating of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There’s also times where Jesus and others ministered “One on one” with no incidents.
Now salt does no good unless it’s used.
Light is of no use if its light is turned off.
We’re called to be salt and light IN the world.
But does it require being in a place where sexual immorality is all in a show?
Do we have to be seated in the theater where scantily clad women and men are present, speaking perverse things?
The places of darkness require you to shut your light off.
There will be various sides of this debate, but we must be clear that the seed of the Word of God, unadulterated, must be planted, and fruit must be born if the Lord sent you into a place to be salt and light.
I once supported Fred Hammond doing a gospel album with Snoop Dog.
A very dumb mistake on my part.
To this day, nothing good came of it.
Now, I’m privy to something occurring behind the scenes to make Snoop Dog’s gospel album happen, but just because something set this occurrence in motion to fruition, it still doesn’t make it right and is of God.
It’s a habit of those that practice lawlessness to legitimize what they do by luring unsuspecting righteous people of God to endorse them.
Presence is endorsement.
When the world see you sitting there in a worldly lewd concert or participating in a “gospel album,” satan used it to keep people in bondage to sin.
But the people that claim to know the Lord ignore His holy omnipotence.
Isaiah 29:13-15 (NLT) “And so the Lord says,
“These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
And their worship of Me
is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites
with amazing wonders.
The wisdom of the wise will pass away,
and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”
What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their evil deeds in the dark!
“The Lord can’t see us,” they say.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on!”
For too long, we’ve been deceiving ourselves because we’ve self deceptively believe that the Lord isn’t there and that we’re safe to attend demonic services in the den of thieves (so called houses of worship) and in the synagogues of satan (worldly concert halls and arenas).
We have fake believers everywhere, just like when Phillip the deacon turned evangelist preached the Word, believers were made, and he got Peter and John to come down to minister the Holy Spirit to the new believers (see Acts 8:9-25).
The sorcerer believed and got baptized.
But when he saw how Peter and John ministered to the believers and they’ve received the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, the sorcerer wanted this “power” to use the Holy Spirit to make money.
Peter knew right then that he wasn’t “saved.”
Still smoking dope, Snoop Dog has yet to bear fruit that he’s repented and have been converted.
Many of you will draw you own conclusions but your conclusions must be consistent with Scripture with no apologies.
You could read about David Lynn’s arrest here
You could read about the event at Harlem, NY’s Apollo Theater from pro LGBT NY Daily News here.
You could read about Lady Gaga’s wikipedia here
John, the apostle of the Lamb said 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV Strong’s) “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
It’s clear that the Bible is a very revealing story of man’s quest to enjoy the pleasures of sin with impunity.
But just like no criminal gets away with their crime, no sinner will get away from the punishment of sin……unless…. you beg God for His mercy and forgiveness, repenting of sin.
Proud of getting HIV/AIDS and other STDs?
Proud of infecting others?
Proud that little boys are molested and later become homosexuals themselves?
Proud that women become surgically altered men and that men become surgically altered women?
Proud that laws are made to establish non gender conforming people?
Proud of coming out from hiding what you were secretly doing in the bedroom?
Proud that you deceptively think that God accepts what you do getting same sex weddings.
Proud of the SCOTUS ruling in 2015 establishing the lower court ruling that same sex weddings is the law of the land.
Proud that president Obama honored that decision by lighting up the WH with the homosexual pride colors.
Proud of little kids being indoctrinated through education of homosexuality, watching homosexual porn.
Proud that they’re writing and passing laws to stop “conversion therapy,” arresting preachers that warn people of their sins.
Proud that some families and friends accept you in your condition, but will one day watch you die, and if you’re not saved, you will end up in the pit of hell?
Paul said this…..Romans 6:20-21 (NKJV Strong’s) “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”
There’s nothing to be proud about when it comes to homosexuality.
I would assume that homosexuals want to feel free of the shame and the stigmatization of the sin. That coming out of the closet free’s their conscience.
If that were true, why are some of them committing suicide?
They want to blame helping people get rid of the stigma of homosexuality on conversion therapy.
Far from the truth.
No one blames a doctor for offering healing from certain ailments?
Preachers offer salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and it’s up to man to either accept or reject the offer.
This offer comes with either a blessing when you accept or eternal punishment if you refuse. The reason is that there must be an incentive to make a decision with eternal consequences or benefits if you choose wisely to accept the offer.
We don’t have a problem when our parents punish us for disobeying their rules.
We don’t have a problem when a police office arrests a person for breaking the law.
So if we obey the law, we stay out of jail.
We don’t have a problem when a judge gives their punishment when criminals are convicted of breaking the law.
But when you break God’s law, everyone has a problem with His justice and eternal sentence.
The beautiful thing is that God nailed on the cross our offense and when we repent, we ask for forgiveness, and God abundantly pardons us of our sins.
When we obey the true gospel, we stay out of hell.
When we disobey the true gospel, we’re not allowed in heaven, and we’re sentenced to spend eternity in the flames of hell, fire, and brimstone.
One of the things that people have to be aware of is that satan is the god of this world (see 2 Corinthians 4:4) and he will blind sinners with lies and deceptions (see John 8:44).
Even if the world banishes preaching and the Bible, the Lord can’t be banished and He will speak to the hearts of men to repent and be saved.
satan wants to lie to men and say that you’re hopeless. That there’s no help in God. satan will tell you that you’re doomed. That there’s no way out of the pain you’re feeling. End your life.
But the Lord does the opposite.
The Lord values every life. satan destroys life.
The pride that’s in the heart of men is in defiance of the commands of the Lord to do things His way. satan lies to you to get you to remain God’s enemy.
God sent His Son to gain you as His friend in holiness and righteousness.
However, the danger of ignoring God’s call to be delivered and set free has a “due date.”
Romans 6:23 says…….“The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV Strong’s) “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
God doesn’t want you to be destroyed or to fall.
However, if you insist on believing the deception that the Lord is your sworn enemy and that you don’t want to have anything to do with the Lord, your own will will judge you.
Your own mouth will judge you.
Matthew 12:36-37 (NKJV Strong’s) “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can walk away from your pride and humble yourself by repenting and asking the Lord for forgiveness.
The sin of homosexuality has brought misery and shame, but through Jesus you can get rid of the misery and shame, and receive His love and grace. You can’t enter into heaven in the sin condition. You must, Jesus said, be born again.
Jesus didn’t die for sin so that you could continue in sin. He died and was raised from the dead to free you from sin.
Exchange your pride for humility.
Be reconciled to God.
You could read about LGBT’s own site on dealing with suicide here
You could read the rates of acquiring HIV from the CDC here
Click the link below for the facts about this article.
According to this article, with 1.1 million people carrying the HIV virus, it’s clear that to prevent further infections, the world is quickly devising medical means to curb infection.
Well, the best way is to abstain from sexual sins is repentance, be born again, and declare Jesus as Lord over your life. Living a life of holiness, to never commit sin again. Committing yourself to a life of righteousness in obedience to the Scriptures, to walk in purity.
Sadly, very few will listen to the Scriptures because the impulse and urges of committing sin is obeyed in the flesh. Sin is an offer that could be taken or refused.
Now for the uninsured, according to this article below, this medicine will cost $2,000.00.
It appears that there will be an influx of people willing to fork over the money to continue to engage in risky sexual sins. But we all know that people will not come up with the money, they will also forego wearing any condoms (false safe sex), and we’re back to square one.
But what about the other STDs associated with sexual sins?
In certain parts of the world, some STDs are mutating against common anecdotes.
Meaning that STDs are getting smarter in combating the physical cure.
It’s amazing how diseases are thinking diseases that out think and out maneuver a cure.
This possibly means, over time, this “preventative” medicine might get outsmarted.
There’s no such thing as “safe” fornication, adultery, bisexuality, or homosexuality.
Besides, if this is what they would term as a breakthrough, then why not offer this “preventative” medicine for free?
Then you have AHA, the Affordable Healthcare Act, commonly known as Obamacare, that’s supposed to pay for this.
Numbers 32:23b says (NKJV Strong’s) “…and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Since the disease became commonly known, this preventative medicine is part of the agenda……from vilifying anyone preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, to applying stigmatization titles on the righteous (homophobia), to making those that practice the vile sin of homosexuality out to be the victim, by passing hate crimes legislation, make homosexuals appear to be worthy of sympathy and empathy, to passing same sex marriage laws to further make the sinful behavior of homosexuality generally acceptable, to indoctrinating children to engage in homosexuality, to questioning a person’s gender from birth, to neutralizing a person’s gender and change it on their birth certificate, to writing gender neutral Bibles, to arresting street preachers for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to homosexuals, to allowing boys to dress like girls, and short masculine style haircuts for girls and women, the use of opposite sex bathrooms if you feel like a boy or girl, and other things.
This is going to continue.
With over 300 million Americans in the United States, a very small population of people has imposed its will on 99% of Americans.
This “preventative” medicine will further embolden many homosexuals to continue their conquest to engage in sexual sins.
Make no mistake about it.
You could read the article here
Apparently, Trump is celebrating a group of people that commit the vile sin of homosexuality.
From NBC News the tweet says this…….
“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Trump tweeted.
“My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!,” the president said.
I will point out that violence against anyone is a crime and I don’t condone or support violence against anyone.
Consequential judgment must run its course when sin is committed. No one should take it upon themselves to execute wrath.
On the other hand, “sin when it’s finished brings forth death.”
And Paul said in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The gospel gives the only solution to sin. That’s what we offer to everyone in sin. Not wrath.
Even though he made a policy change regarding transgenders serving in the military, he made a very hypocritical statement in support of Lesbians, bisexuals, gays, and transgenders.
Evidentially, evangelicals, some of them, won’t say a word.
Just as Obama led the way to increase homosexuality across the land, we see that this statement is lock step in globalism.
Decriminalizing homosexuality is code for the world, including the true worshippers to no longer be anti homosexual.
But look at its contribution to the world.
HIV/AIDS and other associated STDs that’s ravaged many communities, as well as placed a heavy burden on healthcare.
They want you to focus on contributions that benefit humans across the globe in other areas but the most significant contribution will be sexually transmitted diseases that’s hurt, not help humans.
By celebrating sin, once again we see something detrimental to all people celebrated.
Will Franklin Graham denounce this?
Will other preachers denounce this?
I don’t think so.
Some will say that this is no big deal but remember.
God is no respecter of persons.
Say nothing if you want.
It’s your choice, but be very careful in supporting something you know that God is against.
Just as we can’t support David when he killed the husband of Bathsheba after committing adultery, we must not let our silence be an endorsement for a man that supports the sin that God is against.
As a note, God showed no mercy in killing the love child of David and Bathsheba, and by right, David and Bathsheba could have been stoned according to the law.
To allow the child to live, it would have been taken as God endorsing the sin of David and Bathsheba.
But through this union, Solomon would be born, see 2 Samuel 12:24-25.
As James said, in James 4:4
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
We must live by Jeremiah 17:5-10 no matter who’s in the White House.
And yes, pray for all that’s in authority according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
You can read the story from Newsweek Here
The Scriptures are there for a reason.
To warn the wicked of what’s to come and to help those that were delivered from sin to remain faithful to the Lord till the end.
In their ignorance, they assume that death and hell is a joke but the Scriptures are clear about what is to come for those that fail to repent and turn to the Lord.
As Paul said, “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us which are saved, it is the power of God.”
The true born again believer does not wish hell upon anyone.
That’s because God’s mercy is extended to all who would accept His terms of deliverance.
This should cause many of us in Christ to intercede more. Preach salvation to the sinners in the streets more. Be more zealous to remain faithful to the Lord.
Psalm 5:4 says, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.”
God does not sit there and is pleased to watch men and women operate in wickedness. And for those that think they could take sin into heaven, the latter portion of this verse eliminates that thought.
Evil shall not dwell with God.
While this verse that I am about to quote is referenced to Israel, the Lord doesn’t take pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Notice Ezekiel 18:32….“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”
In the book of 2 Peter chapter 3 and verse 9, Peter says….“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
God has done everything in His power to deliver us from so great a death. But it is up to man to choose deliverance or be condemned into eternal suffering forever. Sadly, people are deceived into thinking that hell would be fun.
The earth is the last place for “fun.”
In hell, there will be pain, misery, darkness, and suffering.
The judicial system is a type of what you will see when you are thrown into the eternal lake which will burn with fire and brimstone.
You will not be able to use the excuse and ask…..“Why didn’t someone tell me about this?”
You’ve mocked it. Made joke of it. Laughed at it. Ridiculed it.
You’d never thought it would happen to you……but it did.
All the time, you’ve heard the Scriptures, argued on FB or other means of social media, and contempt of God simmered in pride, defended your sin, and condemned in the heat of your anger, the righteous for preaching the gospel to you. You were sickened to hear the truth about Jesus and cursed Him to your hell.
You’ve slapped away the grace of God to deliver you. In your progressive rhetoric, you’ve stood your ground and suppressed the truth.
All for what?
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
But you could be delivered right now.
Repent!!!! It means to change your mind or reconsider.
The Lord is not going to turn you away but receive you into His kingdom when you ask Him to forgive you and to cleanse you from all sin. God said that He would abundantly pardon you.
Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
The Holy Spirit will make you a brand new creation in Christ.
Free from every enslaving yoke of sexual immorality and all other sins associated.
Are you willing to continue to make a joke of it? Or will you take this seriously?
Hell is full of misery, torture, pain, heat, and no relief. There is no parole, no escape, and no second chances. There is no pleasure, water, or coolness.
But that’s the least of your worries.
On the day you stand before the Great White Throne Judgment Seat, you will behold the One that you’ve joked about. After there is no discovery of your name in the Book of Life, you will be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone forever (Read Revelation 21:8).
This lake which burns with fire and brimstone will make hell a much better place to be held in prison.
Hebrews 2:3 says ‘…..how shall you escape if you neglect so great a salvation?”
If there were ever such a sign over the doorpost of hell, it would shake some sense in people. “All Who Pass Through Here, Abandon All Hope.”
The untold numbers of those that rejected the Lord is unfathomable.
The many that had a chance to get it right, threw it all away for the pleasures of sin. Their days of pleasure ended on the day of their deaths. For thousands of years for most of them, all they’ve know was “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
You do not have much time to reconsider. Do it today.
We will look at…
1. The rainbow that God created as a sign of the covenant in Genesis.
2. The meaning of the LGBT rainbow gay pride flag colors.
3. The meaning of the Biblical colors associated with the true rainbow of God.
4. And the rainbow around the Throne of God in heaven.
The rainbow was first observed from the Biblical account of the flood of Noah. After the Lord destroyed the earth because of sin, the Lord made a covenant not to destroy the earth by water.
Notice the Scripture in Genesis 6:5-8.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Verse 11 and 12 says…..”The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.”
After the flood, the Lord made a covenant.
Genesis 9:12-17 “And God said:“This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
In the LGBT flag, there are six colors. According to Genesis 1:26,31, God created man on the sixth day.
When the flood came upon the earth, Noah was six hundred years old according to Genesis 7:6.
Notice Revelation 13:16-18 “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom.
Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
So the flag with six colors makes perverted sense.
The monetary system is under tremendous strain with no relief in sight.
These are unmistakable signs to inform us that these are the last of the last days.
Notice what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 24:36-44 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
In order for there to be a fake, the truth must first be present.
With fallen man, perversion always come after order.
So with the elite of the sin of homosexuality, they can never be original. Before the LGBT rainbow, God created His rainbow first.
During our Sunday morning service, my daughter, Minister Sheryl gave a very brief story about the origin of the gay flag.
I will briefly share some of it and give additional impressions to round it out a bit.
The flag was originally made or created with eight colors.
The pink and turquoise colors were removed for production purposes.
Therefore, since 1979, it has consisted of six colored stripes.
It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow.
Aside from the obvious symbolism of a mixed LGBT community, the colors were designed to symbolize the following colors, and their meanings:
1. life (red),
2. healing (orange),
3. sunlight (yellow),
4. nature (green),
5. harmony (blue),
6. and spirit (purple/violet).
The removed colors stood for sexuality (pink) and art/magic (turquoise).
According to teachinghearts.org…
The law of color combination of pigments states the following:
There are three primary colors from which all other colors can be made.
- The primary colors are red, blue and yellow.
- Purple is a combination of red and blue.
- Green is a combination of yellow and blue.
- Orange is a combination of yellow and red.
- White is a combination of all colors – red, blue and yellow.
- Black is the absence of any color.
The natural rainbow that the Lord puts in the sky has seven colors.
There are seven colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
There are many sites that give various definition with Biblical citations that is extremely too numerous to record but we will just be very basic so as not to confuse you.
According to the Bible….
1. Red- life of the flesh is in the blood, remission of sin.
2. Orange- character.
3. Yellow- gold
4. Green- eternal life.
5. Blue- heaven
6. Indigo- royalty
7. Violet- High Priest & King
Extensive and near exhaustive references could be looked here.
The manifestations behind the LGBT flag is perversion.
According to wikipedia, the gay flag also represent “freedom”.
Question is. Freedom from what?
Psalm 2:1-3 gives the answer. “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”
Righteousness restrains lawlessness.
If you want to stay out of jail, a person abstains from committing crimes.
When you lose your freedom, it’s because you have been convicted of a crime.
When a crime is committed, a person runs to avoid being caught.
If you want to stay out of hell, you repent of sin, ask God for forgiveness, be born again by the Holy Spirit, and obey the teachings of Jesus forever.
Now the elite of LGBT want to pervert justice, punish the righteous, and free the prisoners of sin by hijacking the law, the judicial system and the constitution according to Isaiah 5:20.
The sin of homosexuality has kept many people in the closet until recently.
Even today, the shame and stigmatization of homosexuality still exists, and they are doing everything possible to remove the convicting power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Creating their own perverted brand of “church” and “gay Christianity,” hence, creating the kind of god that would accept them for who they deliberately intend to be.
The agenda is determined to remove all stigmas associated with the sin of homosexuality.
Civil Rights was first.
14th Amendment was second.
First Amendment is next.
Why the First Amendment?
To silence the Bible (eradicate its existence) and the true believers.
This is the next level of warfare on the battlefield. To be able to monopolize the use of the First Amendment to unfairly fetter believers while the elite of homosexuality can say what they want without bondage to the convicting power of the Bible.
Nothing righteous comes when they present their colors.
Please note that when the rainbow is seen in the sky, God is saying that He would not destroy man with water.
The next time that God destroys the earth, it will be with fire (see 2 Peter 3:10-13).
Therefore, the gay pride flag is essentially a deliberate mocking of God.
Deliberately taunting the Lord. 1 John 2:15-17 says, Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of the Father abides forever.”
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
We all know that gay pride for them means that they are proud to be a practicing homosexual however, God created male and female.
Therefore any sense of pride or to be proud to be something that God never created is pride and arrogance according to Isaiah 29:16.
The confederate flag issue is just a diversion to distract our attention from the real agenda to raise the LGBT flag. One level of bondage (for Black and White) making way for the other level of bondage (all colors of races).
A flag that all people could unite behind and still be in spiritual and sexual bondage. In heaven, about the throne of God is a rainbow but it is not what you and I think.
Notice Revelation 4:3 “And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.”
I could be mistaken because the Scriptures above said “…in appearance LIKE an emerald.”
The rainbow around the throne may not be multiple colors of the seven colors that are made by God on the earth. The color of the rainbow around the throne is in appearance like an emerald.
Emerald is green which represents “Eternal life.”
God doesn’t want the rainbow back because LGBT never had it.
Remember. The rainbow God created appears from the ground to the sky and then back to the ground.
The rainbow man created is perversion.
The rainbow in heaven might be one color. Emerald. Which represents eternal life.
John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
There is a series of messages that GCMWatch is compiling that comprehensively explain the EX Homosexual Movement that the Lord has called for in the times we are living in.
According to Hebrews 11, when the Lord raised up certain people, it is for a purpose. Each successive age with evil intended from the devil was addressed by a man or woman of God with a Word from God for that successive age. The charismaniacs (WOFM) Word of Faith Movement abused Hebrews 11 and preached it out of context. Upon further review, we see that it takes faith to stand against every wind of false doctrine that Paul talked about in Ephesians 4.
Faith is conviction.
The Book of Hebrews is a book about standing in faith for the conviction of the salvation of Jesus Christ. The Hebrew Christians were challenged to depart from the faith because the disciples of Judaism persecuted the believers in Christ so severely, that some departed the faith instead of holding fast to their confession of faith in Christ without wavering.
We are in the successive final age or days of Noah and Lot according to what the Lord Jesus said in Luke 17.
We all knew what happened during the ages of Noah and a few centuries later, Lot. Sexual promiscuity and perversion on an unimaginable scale. The sin of homosexuality is circling the globe faster than the earth is spinning on its axis. However, just because sin is abounding, grace does much more abound.
The Lord has raised up people with a Word for this successive age to counter the evil that is in the world. The sin of homosexuality and all sexual promiscuity is at the forefront of our times. Therefore, we are compelled to respond with the Word of God. Not just to counter the LGBT agenda, but to save people from the wrath of God that is sure to come.
You could read the second article here……http://www.gcmwatch.com/10305/gay-activists-react-klan-style/comment-page-1#comment-113633
Ezekiel 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:12-17, Revelation 12:7-9, Genesis chapter 3, 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Ephesians 2:1-3.
In these verses of Scripture reveals the origin of the power behind the darkness of this world.
For those that know their Bible, the reason is clear.
Many that claim to be in the church and those that are in the world still do not believe that there is a devil that is instigating issues of darkness.
Many believe that Jesus walked the earth. So, what’s the problem?
After the Lord was baptized in the river Jordan by His earthly cousin, John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
When it was time for Jesus to be betrayed by Judas, after Judas dipped his bread after Jesus dipped, satan entered into Judas.
When Jesus asked a question about what people were saying about Him, and when Jesus explained to them that He would be betrayed, be killed, and be placed in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights, Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked Jesus. Jesus in turn looked at Peter and said, “satan, get behind me. You pay more attention to the things of men and not the things of God.”
Obviously, for those that have understanding, the Lord is speaking to the devil that inspired Peter to rebuke the Lord.
If you are spiritually astute, you now got a glimpse of happens when people think, speak, and act. The spiritual source behind every person is always revealed in a person’s thought, speech, and actions.
In that order.
It is either evil or it is good.
Jesus said it like this….
“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
Please note that it’s not a grammatical error of the person of the devil, spelling satan with a lower case letter is only fitting for him. Because the devil is such a low life loser, having been defeated by the King of kings and the Lord of lords over two thousand years ago.
In all movies, there is always good and evil. In most cases, its movies show how good always triumphs over evil. So again, the question is asked.
What’s the problem?
Well, we look at our lives and we see that we are either driven by God or the devil. Our actions reveal “who’s our daddy.”
Having said this, years ago, as people started coming out of the closet, many became very vocal and outspoken. Almost to the point where it appeared that they had numbers. Many voices. Paul Neil shared something that is worth noting and he receives the credit for this that many in “hollywood, the rich, and famous,” (the rest are my words) are the puppet masters or the puppet master associates.
But even they are not the real power behind LGBTQ.
You see, the person you think is pulling the strings on a puppet is on a set of strings him or herself.
When they are challenged by the light of the glorious gospel, the demons speak venomous things to try to push the light back out. Granted, there are people that claim to be believers in Christ that say things just as harsh and at times worse than LGBTQ people.
Those that claim to be believers, yet speak evil things, do not speak for those that operate according to 1 John 4:7-16. They are not in the will of God and we that are true to the Lord, condemn all behavior inconsistent with true Christ-like, Biblical values.
In listening to Dr. Michael Brown, the majority of people that practice the sin of homosexuality just want to be left alone.
I heard that but it doesn’t mean we surrender, dilute, or shrink back from speaking the truth, the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in love.
Then where is this other stuff coming from?
Those that are in high positions in almost every state.
God doesn’t have puppets and He doesn’t have strings. Those that are saved, willingly submit to the power of God. And at anytime, if we so choose, we could return to the demonic puppet master.
At any time, I can watch porn and masturbate (I still have Directv and access to the Internet). At any time, I can act out my former sinful sexual self. But I don’t want to because God loved me, and saved me, and delivered me from the horrible pit of sin. There is no desire to return because He fully satisfies me with good things so my youth is renewed like the eagles.
Besides, the Bible also says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
We are not pulled to act, we are inspired by the Holy Spirit to act.
At any time, we can stop ourselves from being led by the Spirit. We are not manipulated or coerced. And while there is repercussions for disobedience to the Lord, the Lord gives His people space to repent.
With the devil, when he gives power, he takes it away. Why? With the world, it’s about worship. World Idol. Every person that received glory from the world was destroyed. Count them up. How did some of them die? And even if they went “peaceful” if they died outside of Christ, in hell they lifted up their eyes.
All that work for nothing but eternal separation from the presence of the Lord in the pit of hell, called Hades, and after that, the judgment, and the lake of fire forever.
One thing about shows and actors, we forget that an actor is a hypocrite. That’s what an actor is. A play actor. They come out of who they are and assume the personality of their character. Depending upon their spiritual source, it’s either good or bad.
More than likely, it is bad.
You see, their sin on screen influences sin off the screen. In other words, those that are in darkness, plunge further into darkness. Those that have yet to plunge initially will plunge and be caught by demonic forces portrayed though hearts of darkness, teaching people the ways of darkness.
And when they stand on stage, you do not see them as a real person, you see the spirit that drives them and they think they are bigger in life. You acclimate to their sinful ways and fall into sin because they taught you. They trained you. They copycatted what they do and they pursue it with fierce gusto.
And if you try to preach to them the righteousness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they will fight you. With our African American hip hop artists, now you see why they act out what they rap about or they are already acting out. It’s that they have found a way to communicate it to the masses, and more African American copycats show up.
That’s why the Lord Jesus said, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
That’s the only way you will be able to bear good fruit. Yet, many that aren’t born again are trying to bear good fruit and we know that this is impossible, based on what the Lord Jesus said.
“…a bad tree cannot bear good fruit…”
Therefore, LGBTQ people or anyone that is not born again, cannot bear good fruit.
So there is a tremendous effort to discredit, restrict, impose man made laws and policy, speak evil of the people of God on the level of Goliath towards Israel, use violence, use politics, use the media, circumvent Internet free speech rights, use and play stupid childish, immature computer savvy blocking methods, harass, belittle and degrade anyone that uses the Word of God to tell the truth in love.
Modern day Gestapo, North Korea, Chinese and every other evil national totalitarian tactics to stop the truth. It’s not just the people that do these things, it’s the devil and his angels driving unregenerate people to do these things because they are blinded by the god of this world called the devil.
When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Berlin Wall was busted through, the people shouted. In fact, on one tape, at the Berlin Wall, the people that were once held captive by communism sang, “This Is The Day The Lord Has Made” in German.
If what the Bible said weren’t perceived as a clear threat, the devil and his kids wouldn’t even bother to say a word. But because the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation, the promise of being made free by Jesus is too great a promise not to ignore.
Because when people are free, corrupt systems disappear.
The more homosexuals, lesbians, adulterers, fornicators, bisexuals and all sinners come out of the dark places to His marvelous light, the LGBTQ community would suffer heavy political loss.
Their sin of homosexuality would see a considerable decrease.
That’s why they push so hard vocally and vehemently against real marriage and righteousness according to the Word of God.
Back in 2004 or so, it seemed as if LGBTQ numbers were like 15% or more of the American population. This would be a formidable number because that means their influence appears to be heavy in every state and major populated cities.
But after they did an analysis of their actual numbers, it turned out to be significantly much less.
2% to 3% of the American population, which is far less than the African American minority numbers at between 12% and 14% of the US population. Yet, African Americans make of half the HIV/AIDS cases annually in America.
Why do they seem bigger?
Because heterosexual couples that live in sin or they are actually married support homosexual marriage. Coupled with the fact that politicians embraced their lobbyists. Coupled with the fact that the media embraced their sin of homosexuality. Not because it was popular but they saw another way to make money. Yes, they are being used like a dingy, rain soaked, never cleaned, floor mat and they do even know it.
Talk about being played.
Just like African Americans that do not know the truth are being played.
Each and every year, they vote blindly and stupidly. Hoping that they would one day “overcome.”
They do not mind if you keep singing, “We Shall Overcome” because if you knew the God of the Bible and the New Testament, ratified by the blood of Jesus said, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” you would stop singing that song.
That song of hope remains an expectation that never will happen and that you will never overcome and win. That’s exactly what the devil behind the curtain wants you to think.
So they add to the voice behind the curtain. And they are just as boisterous.
Another hidden figure is the amount of bisexual activity that goes on with unregenerate men and women.
But the God of the Bible, the Word of God, and the redeemed of the Lord is not a threat.
We are a promise.
The promise of hope, and joy when a person is turned from the power of satan to God, from the power of darkness to light. From sin to righteousness. From a child of hell to a child of God. From the presence of demonic forces to the presence of the Lord.
With the Chick-fil-A situation, again, they tried to use the tactic of “loud and boisterous” in hopes that they would strike fear and terror.
A pip squeak called satan, defeated by Jesus, is behind the curtain, remember.
We are not impressed or intimidated.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous hand. Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing (hence the title of my blog), and those who strive with you shall perish, You shall seek them and not find them- Those who contend with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing. For I, the Lord your GOd, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.”
Could it be that God is using a chicken to teach man, in particular, perverted, unregenerate man the gospel? The gospel of creation?
For those of you that know already, the leadership of Chick Fil A took and made a vocal stand against same sex marriage.
In the blink of an eye, LGBTQ sent messages out that they would “boycott” (a well documented Civil Rights tactic) the establishment in an failed attempt to send fear in the world.
In particular to Christians.
Quite the contrary is occurring.
McDonalds and KFC is joining Chick Fil A in supporting their stand against same sex marriage. Usually, the opposite occurs. Most establishments would have capitulated under the political incorrectness stress and pressure of LGBTQ.
But we are seeing the trend reverse.
First, I believe it’s because these establishments are reading the numbers that LGBTQ is a very small minority with a very big lying demonic spirit, mouthing off lies and deception to make it seem as if they are bigger than they are. And that they make it seem like they have teeth, every time they act like they want to bite.
It’s hard to bite when all you have is gums.
But as a roaring lion, the devil’s teeth was pulled at Calvary and Jesus triumphed over death and darkness under the earth for three days and three nights, was raised from the dead, and Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of His Majesty in heaven.
Second, the food establishment knows that even if there were to be a boycott by LGBTQ, their money wouldn’t be missed. For Chick Fil A and other supporting establishments, it’s not a calculated risk. And these supporting establishments could and should anticipate residual revenue should Chick Fil A be overwhelmed with people coming on August 1.
And a word for the Mayor of Chicago, you are going to see revenue and residual revenue.
And just know that it came from God.
Will you repent and turn your life over to Christ as a result? Only God knows.
It is a bold statement to let LGBTQ know that it is not running the show like they used to and they know it.
Like toddlers and adolescents, standby for their immature temper tantrums.
As Paul said in Romans 5:20b-21,
“But where sin abounded, grace does much more abound, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Isn’t it a shame that LGBTQ hijacked Civil Rights from the African Americans? And sadly, it’s reprehensible that high ranking Civil Rights Leaders that marched in these non violent protests in the past have hopped in bed with LGBTQ.
But thank God that there are independent thinking African American pastors that see the lie for what it is and we refuse to toe their perverted line to swallow the poisonous lies of sin based on deception. Give us the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ over sexual perversion any day.
We must also understand that it’s not just about the sin of homosexuality.
It’s sexual perversion of any kind. Adultery, fornication, bisexuality, bestiality, porn, self gratification, commonly called masturbation.
And if you are a pastor that has yet to speak against sexual immorality, it is clear that you need to get off the sidelines and speak against the sexual sins of our times.
Provided that you are not a hypocrite in the pulpit.
Your silence is deafening.
In fact, if you remain silent, your silence may be deemed by others as permission to engage in Secret Sexual Sins.
You are to speak up against all sin, including the sin of homosexuality. If not, you are party with the LGBTQ agenda and James 4:4 is the authority Scripture that determines your traitor/enemy of God status.
Stop hiding, avoiding the issue, and come out, and speak boldly against the sinful spirit of homosexuality, and all sexual immorality of our times.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4
“In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
The devil has blinded them to accept these lies and deceptions.
Sin and race are two different issues.
To mingle the two is deception.
In addition to boycotting, they allegedly sent the word to same sex partners to show up and also perform modest lewd acts in front of some of these establishments in retaliation.
We are now seeing that as a result of Mike Huckabee’s FB page to support Chick Fil A on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, is one of many solutions to counter the LGBTQ agenda.
Believers in Christ, all across the United States are leading the effort to support our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.
First, we must understand that God “desires all men to saved and come to the knowledge of the truth,” according to 1 Timothy 2:4.
We know that not everyone that serve behind the counters of Chick Fil A and those around that may see a surge of believers come to some of these places that they may not know the Lord. That’s where the church, with it’s bold witness must uphold the standards of the Word of God and share the gospel when the opportunity arises. We must give an answer of the reason of the hope that abides in us.
Actually, Peter, by the Holy Spirit said it like this.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
Gleaning from portions of Romans 12, Paul reminds us….
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good…Bless those that persecute you; bless and do not curse…Do not be wise in you own opinion….Repay no one evil for evil…Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” says the Lord. 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.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Go and have a good time before the Lord.
The world might be seeing a great display of camaraderie. While the numbers are encouraging, what’s important is we provide the world the kind of representation that glorifies the Lord.
The devil is prepared to incite, bait, and resort to things to lure us to drop our guard. But we need not fear what they will do. Perhaps, there may not even be an incident, which would be good because a peaceful assembly to enjoy some good chicken would be a great thing.
Remember, the devil is a liar. And his children may not like the truth but this is what the church is supposed to be and do.
We are “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
We are to “speak the truth in love.”
We are to “walk in truth.”
One more thing.
Isn’t it powerful that when God created the animals on the earth that they were made male and female, and He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply? Isn’t it powerful that when Adam searched for someone compatible that none was found? But Adam took note that the animals paired off, male and female, and they had each other. But Adam was all alone. That is he had no one of his kind to share life with.
Remember, God is Spirit according to John 4:24.
Man was created in the image of God, spirit and soul, both of which are eternal, and he was placed in a physical container. And the Lord God said, “It is not good for Adam to be alone.”
It is evident that Adam wanted a female and the Lord provided a woman. Suitable for his needs. Man wasn’t created for woman, woman was created for man. God was careful enough to make someone completely opposite, yet, compatible. There was no confusion about what Adam needed. Suddenly, Adam was put to sleep and when He woke up, God brought a beautiful woman to him.
Bone of my bone flesh of my flesh.
She shall be called Woman…named Eve….mother of all living.
The animals serve as a reminder that God knew exactly what He was doing.
The chicken, on creative instinct, knew to find opposites of each other to have more chicken. If God created male chicken and male chicken, there would be no chicken and Chick Fil A, and all other chicken establishments would not be in business. Perhaps breakfast, lunch, and dinner would be chicken-less had God decided to create male and male chicken.
No eggs for breakfast or brunch. No chicken fillet sandwiches. No grilled chicken. No gospel bird. No chicken parm. No potato salad. You gotta have eggs for potato salad.
Two male chickens after the fall of Adam, would have been the only chicken sandwich in history. And we could only imagine what chicken taste like.
Hence, the same principle applies if God created only two males or two females.
Perhaps God is speaking through chicken that animals have more sense than perverted humans.
I intend to be at one of the Chick Fil A establishments. I’ve asked members of Prevailing Word to join me, my wife and daughter. We intend to stand and be a witness. For what the Lord Jesus did for us over 2000 years ago, it’s the least we could do.
I encourage you to be salt and light for the Lord Jesus.
As you all know, North Carolina, on May 8, will be voting regarding the determination that marriage is between one male and one female. Elder Raymond King of Securing Hope Ministries emailed a link to me regarding this vote. I will add that there is a broad campaign to misinform the Body of Christ in NC.
GMCWatch also endorsed the stand for NC to vote for the fact that marriage is between one male and one female.
It is stressed again that homosexuality is sin. Sin is the foundation as to why gay marriage is wrong and ultimately against the will of God.
This must be looked upon as a full court press attempt by LGBT and other gay organizations to manifest sin in the United States and around the world.
It is a clear and present danger of epic proportions. And yes, it is a global threat.
There is also a broad campaign to silence African Americans that happened to know the truth about the issue so that LGBT agendas can flourish without objection.
However, when the will of God is before the people, it is important to stress that regardless of the devil’s terror, misinformation, and intimidation tactics, the people of God must stand.
“And having done all to stand, stand therefore….”
In the churches, African American pastors in particular, are picking up the pace in informing the congregations of the importance of voting.
The president weighed in and said that the amendment is “discriminatory.”
He has a right to disagree but we all know that according to the Word of God, the president is wrong.
Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach (wicked thing, or shame) to any people.”
Based on this Word from God, Mr. President, your “discriminatory” comment is dead wrong on arrival.
In my opinion, as an African American, he should know better.
Better yet, the president, as a professed Christian, which is very suspect and highly questionable, the president still should know better. You can’t be a child of God and be against God and His Word at the same time. You cannot be for sin and against God at the same time.
Believers of Jesus Christ should have known better after then Senator Barack Obama made unambiguous speeches to keep Planned Parenthood (Abortionhood) around and to champion homosexual and lesbian issues on an unprecedented scale.
It should have been a clear signal that sin was to be further entrenched. As you all should know, sexual immorality is at the root of abortions and homosexuality, and lesbianism.
African Americans that voted for the president, you should have known better.
You must be for God and against all sin at all times.
Disagree, cry, fuss.
But sin is sin, and righteousness is righteousness. Right is right and wrong is wrong. But light is light and darkness is darkness. You will never find God and the devil sitting on the same throne at the same time, or playing musical chairs. God remains King of kings and Lord of lords. God remains in the heaven and devil is destined for hell.
What is also heartening is there is a growing trend that the regular voting along Democratic lines in the past is starting to dissipate. In the past, it was a regular thing for Blacks to vote against the Word of God in issues that matter the most.
As a result, we’ve been voting for our own demise.
The time has come where we look to the Word of God and determine that the way we vote must be consistent with what God said in His Word. Regardless of the intimidation tactics. It appears that for so long, African Americans, having now the right to vote, have basically been told, to shut up and vote without looking deeper into how such voting would drastically affect African Americans in the future.
The time is now for the true believers in Christ in NC to vote in such a way that the will of God is honored. The end of traditionally voting to appease Blacks in the democratic offices has now come to a close. There is a way for African Americans to vote and remain the watch dog over true Civil Rights without allowing outside influences such as LGBT and other gay organizations to further entrench themselves deceptively behind the true cause of freedom for Blacks in America while keeping us seated at the back of the bus.
Please do not misunderstand me. We are not supposed to remain at the back of the bus.
I will add that it doesn’t mean voting Republican or Independent either. Any candidate that is not consistent with the Word of God should not get a vote. Some dare to say that if you do not vote, then the opposition wins. But what about when a candidate blatantly agrees with all sin.
I believe that the Spirit of God will inform you as to what you are to do but do not be found voting in agreement with sin. What if a candidate is “close enough?” Again, ask the Holy Spirit and He will guide you as to what you are to do. Remember, the Holy Spirit will never lead a child of God away from the will of God (see Romans 8:26-27).
The “down the road” ramifications may be too much for us to bear.
The blatant hijacking of Civil Rights must be aggressively stood against by the Word of God.
And it’s not about pulling up the past and conjuring the voices of the past.
African Americans, your ancestors have stood their watch. We must stand the watch in our time, but this time, with the will of God in mind. You can’t go wrong when you please God because God is pleased to come and walk with us who are undefiled according to Psalm 119:1-8.
It’s not about what we think. It is about what God said and agreeing with what God said that is very unpopular. But this is not a popularity contest.
No people, no nation has ever gone wrong trusting in the Lord.
The conviction must be based on the truth of the Word of God. Not based on what you feel. Because when God issues a command, He didn’t ask any of us how we felt about it.
We are told to obey.
We must live according to the convictions of the Scriptures and be found remaining true to the One who died for us, for our sins, and truly set us free.
I’m not a North Carolinian, but I am a born again believer in Christ and I am an African American. I stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer that God’s Word will prevail mightily and that the will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Please read the excerpts blow and be encouraged.
“The amendment would not change the law – same-sex marriage is already not legal in this state,” the Rev. Sheldon Shipman said he told the 800 members of Greenville Memorial A.M.E Zion Church last week. “So it becomes a civil rights issue, sanctioning discrimination and making it part of the constitution.”
Yet, most of the state’s African-Americans appear ready to rely on the Bible as their voting guide. They cite Genesis and the Gospels as defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and quote from Leviticus in the Old Testament and Paul in the New, which call same-gender sex abominable, perverse and shameful.
As such, the marriage amendment has hammered a wedge between two enduring traits of African-American believers – a tradition of political and social activism, and a streak of moral conservatism, especially when it comes to gays and lesbians.
“That’s the quandary: They can’t see that they will be voting against someone’s ability to live their own life,” says Tracy Godfrey of Charlotte, a gay black man raised in a conservative Baptist church who joined Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian a year ago.
“… On a faith level, they will vote against the very thing they’ve been taught in church, ‘that whatever you did to the least of these, you did for me.’ ”
Amendment opponents call the referendum a waste of time and money, given the existing state law against same-sex marriage. They say the wording threatens the legal status and benefits of all unmarried couples, including heterosexuals, and writes discrimination into the constitution.
Based on his sermon, Davis buys none of it. “You’ve heard the talk. As African-Americans, we ought to know that this is discrimination. Discrimination? Black people have been discriminated against because of the color of our skin, not by our behavior or a choice of lifestyle.”
“I was born like this!” Davis shouted while he pointed at his bare hand, “amen ” and “preach-it” rising up from the congregation. “I need you to understand that you and I must stand for what God says!”