Cris Putnam ~ Same Sex Marriage And The Dividing Line, Part II
This issue in America is painting Christians in a corner. Homosexuality seems to leveled against conservative evangelicals. The Presbyterian Church USA, The Episcopal Church, and Evangelical Lutherans not only accept homosexuality, but put homosexual pastors in front of their churches. At President Obama’s inauguration, there was an openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson. Gene recently divorced his gay partner and husband. People do not understand what TOLERANCE means. As Christians, we should tolerate and love homosexuals, but we do NOT tolerate ideas and sinful lifestyles that are clearly opposed to the will of God. In other words we tolerate people but not ideas. The LGBT agenda, however, is the group that is intolerant.
John 16:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
II Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Timothy 4:3-4 King James Version (KJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
A pastor in Canada was ordered to never preach from Romans 1 again. He was fined $10,000 for speaking against homosexuality, and causing pain and suffering. That is right around the corner in the United States, and is already happening. The lesbian mayor of Houston ordered subpoenas for the sermons of five pastors. This was overturned in court but lets one know where we are headed. This same mindset is likewise entrenched in Europe as well.
Tom Horn’s book “Blood On The Altar” refers to the divided church in America:
- Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA)
- Presbyterian USA (PCUSA)
- United Methodist
- United Church Of Christ
- Southern Baptist
- Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
- Presbyterian Church Of America
- Assemblies Of God
More people overall are becoming pagan. The good news is that liberal churches are dying and evangelical churches are growing. Liberal churches desire to deemphasize sin and bring the world into the church. They make strides towards universalism. Rob Bell believes in gay marriage. Rob Bell was seen as a solid evangelical a decade ago and is now a theological liberal.
The Bible is clear that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom Of God. Several verses are listed below.
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” -H. Richard Niebuhr
What’s the big deal?
- Homosexuality is against the created order.
- God’s moral character is immutable.
- The New Testament forbids homosexual acts.
- Jesus affirmed traditional marriage as a sacred symbol of His marriage to the church upon His return.
The Created Order-
Mark 10:6-9 King James Version (KJV)
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Homosexuals cannot procreate since it is not natural or biologically feasible. Children are raised better when they have both a male and female role model.
The Created Order
- Marriage has a natural teleology
- It is something we describe
- It is not something we define
- Marriage is not a cultural construct
God’s Immutable Moral Character
Leviticus 20:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
Leviticus 11:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
People argue that the laws against homosexuality are no different than what kind of fish one can eat. There are different kinds of OT laws- 1)civil, 2)ceremonial and 3)moral. Homosexuality is a moral law. It cannot be compared to a verse from Leviticus that says you cannot eat shrimp. God’s moral laws do not change but civil laws do change.
Romans 1:26-27 King James Version (KJV)
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
New Testament Clarity
1 Corinthians 6:8-9 Lexham English Bible (LEB)8 But you wrong and defraud, and do this to brothers!9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither sexually immoral people, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive homosexual partners, nor dominant homosexual partners,
Marriage Supper Of the Lamb
Revelation 19:6-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
Jesus compares the marriage of a man and a woman, to His marriage with the church. Any other relationship is blasphemy.
Marriage has always been defined throughout history as a relationship between a man and a woman.
Today’s diversion is equality. Gay marriage has nothing to do with equality. The only thing this entire issue is about is to redefine what marriage is. Homosexuals already have the same rights as anyone else. He does not want equal rights…. he wants rights that no one ever had before. This is not about equality at all. They tried to adopt the language of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s and apply the language to themselves. We are not talking about equality, we are talking about redefining marriage. Not all discrimination is bad! We do not allow an adult to marry a small child. We do not allow polygamy. Blind people are not given drivers licenses. Discrimination is making a distinction. What they are saying is that there is no distinction between God’s plan for marriage and gay marriage. There is an obvious distinction- procreation, families and children.
The Hate Crime Laws of 2009 have made LGBT and others a specially protected group of people.
Two years ago, a Christian photographer in New Mexico was sued for thousands of dollars, putting him out of business, because he refused to take pictures at a lesbian wedding. This is a precedent for anyone with a business. The same thing is happening over wedding cakes for these events. They want to force Christians to approve of these relationships and celebrate their “weddings.” This is where we are headed. Even some Christians approve of this apostasy. In Idaho, Christian pastors were nearly forced to marry gay couples. The pastors were sued, but narrowly won this case. In California it is law that one can use the male or female restrooms from day to day, depending how you feel on that particular day.
135)ho anomos- lawless one, Antichrist/ It literally means without the law or outside of the law. Against the law.
136)epiphaneia- appearing, Christ’s first coming/ The advent wreath and candles of Christmas are associated with the epiphany. An epiphany announces the coming of Christ. It can also mean a sudden revelation of understanding that one receives.
137)soter hemon theos- God our Savior/ This is a simple linear translation. Soter means salvation or Savior. Theos means God (theology is the study of God).
138)Kurios Sabaoth- Lord of the Sabaoth/ Lord of the Sabbath.
139)phosphoros- Christ the morning star, light bearer/ Can you see the word phosphorous here? Phosphorous is light that glows in the dark, certainly reminding one of Christ the morning light and light bearer.
140)gnosis- knowledge/ This is not necessarily a complimentary term in all instances. The Biblical Gnostics were a cult who did not believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ. Their heresy is refuted in the book of Colossians.
141)parakletos- advocate, along side of/ This term generally refers to the Holy Spirit. When one is saved, the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside the believer.
142)ekklesia- church/ Ecclesiastic pertains to the church. Ecclesia is the English term for the church.
143)hades- sheol/ The underworld. The term is not as graphic as the word hell. It refers to the people whose lives are over, and they are awaiting judgment.
144)diabolos- Satan, slanderer, adversary/ We receive the word diabolic from this Greek transliteration. Diabolic means wicked, evil, sinister, slanderer or adversary.
145)Niger- black/ Africa hosts the nation of Nigeria and the Niger river. This nation is the home of black (Negro) people.
146)nike- means of success, victory/ Did the athletic shoe company pick the correct name?
147)horion- boundary-line, border, coast/ Our word horizon (the end of sight where earth meets the sky) is derived from this Greek word.
148)pathos- passion, inordinate affection/ The English word pathetic likewise has a negative connotation. Pathology is the study of disease.
149)paradoxos- contrary to expectation, extraordinary, strange/ The Greek meaning of this word is identical to the English counterpart paradox.
Jerry Robinson ~ A Crash Course In Surviving The Coming Financial Meltdown
A Christian Perspective Of How To Prepare For What Is Ahead-
Mr. Robinson asked the class if they agreed that a financial crisis was immanent. The class unanimously raised their hands, agreeing that there is a coming financial meltdown. Central banks create a world of boom, bust, boom, bust. These banks create funny money out of thin air. They create booms and panic. They create money and booms in the stock market. This seminar will discuss things you can do in light of the economics of today. Jerry said that over the years he has helped families, stay-at-home Moms, Retirees and those near retirement, Small business Owners, Missionaries, Pastors, and many more! The late Larry Burkett stated that the Bible has over 2,350 verses on money, wealth and possessions. God talks about money so much in the Bible because money wants your heart. Money can take the place of God and become your peace, comfort and joy. This is why God says to beware. Christians do not believe in the deception. Money is a terrible master. It is a great slave. We must master money and NOT let it master us. In the original Latin, mortgage means death (mort) grip (gage). In reality, all we really need is what God tells us to do.
What does the current global financial crisis mean to you and your faith? What is God saying to His church in this unique hour about this crisis? Could God be saying? …That He Meant it when He said that “the love of money is the root of all evil.?” [I Timothy 6:10]. Unbridled greed is what has caused our economic crisis. Could God be saying? That He Alone is Capable of Ruling Over Mankind? [Psalm 47:7]. Man was never intended to rule over other men. He was commanded to rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the animals. Only after the fall was Adam commanded to rule over his wife but she would not like it. The Bible says that man cannot rule over man. Could God Be Saying? That He is not impressed with our human governments? [Daniel 2:44]. Could God Be Saying? To stop being comfortable on this earth and instead to long for our heavenly home? [II Peter 3:13]. Could God Be Saying in This Economic Crisis? That we should promote His Kingdom as the ultimate solution to our community? [Matthew 6:33]. To talk about God’s Kingdom is the solution. Could God Be Saying? That it is Time for the Church to Awaken from their Slumber and Live Righteously? [I Corinthians 15:34]. Could God Be Saying? That His Return is at the Door? [Luke 21:28].
The Bible tells us that there would be tremendous deception in the last days. Question? Could our current global situation be the ultimate proof that God’s Word is right? It is time to Sober Up. The only way that we can hope to stand in the coming days of adversity and avoid deception is to live a transformed life through a renewed life through a renewed mind empowered entirely by the Holy Spirit. Corporations and conglomerates control the way we think and perceive everything. They want your money, support and devotion from you. There is propaganda no matter where you turn.
The Five Levels Of Financial Freedom [ftmdaily.com/5levels]
For people who want to break free financially and master their money:
1)Build An Emergency Reserve.
2)Asset, Income And Life Protection.
3)Build And Diversify Financial Reserves.
4)Build And Diversify Investments P.A.C.E.- precious metals, agriculture, commodities and energy: Four areas that go up in times of inflation when the dollar crashes.
5)Advanced Investing Speculative.
For a detailed breakdown of the aforementioned five levels of financial freedom, go to: ftmdaily.com/5levels
Save six months of your income. (Liquid cash in case of a need).
The DSL (Diversified Six Months Liquid Savings) Strategy:
1/3 U.S. Dollars. 1/3 Stable Foreign Currencies. 1/3 Precious Metals.
The Profit Principle “In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.”
Invest Wisely- 1)Risk 2)Protective Growth.
Broad Investment Diversification Is The Key
- Real Estate
- Your Own Business
There is wisdom in diversification.
The Ultimate Goal: Trading Cash For Cash Flow.
Closing comments: Do your homework before investing. Investments are tools that can be used to accomplish a certain goal.
The Dollar’s Days Are Numbered Because…
Our Permission To Print Money is Coming to an End.
China, Russia and Iran are moving away from the U.S. dollar. China and Russia are stocking up on gold. Central banks are buying gold. Do not be surprised if China and Russia come out with their own currency backed up by gold.
Gold 101- All the gold that has ever been mined would fit into a sixty six foot square cube.
The best way to buy gold and silver?
- Physical Gold and Silver Coins and Bars
- Exchange-Traded Funds
- Gold Mining Shares
- Gold Mining Mutual Funds
Precious metals investing: ftmdaily.com/gold
The following list is not conclusive. It is a cross section of one hundred and twelve of His marvelous names. If you can think of others, please list them under “comments” and I will add them to this list. Maranatha, Pastor Steve
Thank you Jesus for all that You are: Creator, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince Of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, The Sun Of Righteousness, Adonai, Elohim, El Shaddai, Rock Of Ages, Hosanna, The Gate, Selah, Rock Of Our Salvation, Rock Of Refuge, Yeshua, Jesus Christos, The Holy One, Lord Of The Sabbath, The Truth, The Life, The Way, Our Advocate, Great High Priest, The Branch, Shiloh, The Door, The Light Of The World, The Alpha And The Omega, The First And The Last, The Ancient Of Days, The Good Shepherd (Psalm 22), The Great Shepherd (Psalm 23), The Chief Shepherd (Psalm 24), The Bread Of Life, The Messiah, The Shepherd And Bishop Of Souls, The Judge. The Resurrection And The Life, Captain Of Our Salvation, Mediator, Deliverer, Savior, Redeemer, Our Intercessor, Blood Atonement, Our Mercy Seat, Propitiation Of Our Sins, Covering, The Scapegoat, Seed Of A Woman, Son Of God, Son Of Man, A Man Of Sorrows, King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords, The Lily Of The Valley, Teacher, Dayspring Redeemer, The Amen, The Anchor Of The Soul, The Suffering Servant, King Of The Jews, The Holy One, The Bright And Morning Star, The Rose Of Sharon, The True Vine, The Christ, Yeshua, Joshua, Jehovah, Immanuel, Star Of Jacob, Lamb Of God, Lion From The Tribe Of Judah, Son Of David, The Prophet, I AM, Our Lawyer, Our Defense Attorney, The Faithful And True Witness, The Resurrection, Anointed One, The Beloved, Carpenter, Angel Of The Lord, Head Of The Church, Master, The Potentate, Lord And God, Lord Of Life, Lord Of All, Image Of The Invisible God, The Word, Author And Finisher Of Our Faith, The Almighty Bridegroom, Only Begotten Son, Chief Cornerstone, Root Of David, Shield, Sun, Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend, Lord Of Hosts, God Most High, God Of All Comfort, Prince Of Life, Horn Of Salvation, Servant, and the list goes on and on… Do you know Him? Peter says in Acts 4:12 that “There is no other name written in heaven whereby we can be saved.” Jesus Himself said (John 14:6) that “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by Me.” He is also the Author of salvation, and if you know Jesus then you also know the Father. Amen and amen.
The following are additional Old And New Testament mentions of Jesus Christ. [Taken from “The Life And ministry Of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” pages 16, 22 and 28-32, Brentwood Christian Press, 2014, author Dr. Ken Lindow, Sr.]
The Angel Of The Lord, Living Word, The Passover Lamb, Our Refuge, The Rock, The Scepter, Captain Of Our Salvation, The Lawgiver, Righteous Judge, Kinsman Redeemer, Beginning And The End, Living Water, Righteous King, Faithful Scribe, Dayspring From On High, Chief Musician, Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Friend Who Sticks Closer Than A Brother, Bridegroom, Lover, The Weeping Prophet, The Potter, Glory Of God, Burden Bearer, Mighty Savior, Resurrected Savior, Avenger Of God’s Elect, Great Evangelist, Restorer Of God’s Lost Heritage, Cleansing Fountain, Merciful Father, Returning King, and Avenger Of Israel.
More Names Of Christ from two papers by Marie Florence Chery at the Southwest Florida Bible Institute (SWFBI), prepared for her two classes on: 1) Homiletics on 12/5/15, and 2) The Fourfold Christology Of The Old Testament on 2/9/16.
Almighty, Anointed Author of Eternal Salvation, Beloved Son Of God, Blessed of God, Chosen Of God, Christ Child, Comforter, Consolation of Israel, Divine Son, End of the Law, Eternal God, Eternal Head, Example, Faithful and True, Father of Heaven and Earth, Firstborn, First Fruits, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God of the Whole Earth, Governor, Great God, Holy Child, Holy Messiah, Holy One of Israel, Image of God, Lord God, Lord God Almighty, Lord Jehovah, Lord Jesus, Lord of All, Lord of the Dead, Lord of Glory, Lord of Hosts, Meek and Lowly, Mighty God, Most High God, Nazarene, Offspring of David, Only Begotten, Our Passover Physician, Prince of Life, Rabbi, Righteous Judge, Rock, Rock of Heaven, Root of Jesse, Savior of the World, Seed of Abraham, Seed of David, Son of the Highest, Son of Mary, Spiritual Rock, Stem of Jesse, Teacher Come From God, True Vine, Unchangeable One, Wisdom of God, Wonderful Word, Worthy, Word of Life, Man Of Counsel, Lord From Heaven, Messenger Of The Covenant, Minister, Physician, Power Of God, Prince, Prophet Of Nazareth, Jesus Of Galilee, Seed Of Adam, Holy One Of Jacob, Living Stone, Redeemer Of The World, Anointed, Author, Beginning, Christ Of God, Beginning And The Ending, Beloved Son, Blessed Of God, Christ The Lamb, Creator Of All Things, Door Of The Sheep, End Of The Law, Endless, Eternal, Eternal Father, Eternal Head, Eternal Judge, Eternal Judge Of Quick And Dead, Exemplar, Father, Father Of Heaven And Earth, Finisher, Finisher Of Faith, Forerunner, God, God Of Abraham, God Of Isaac, Carpenter’s Son, Chosen, God Of Israel, God Of Jacob, God Of Thy Father, God Of Whole Earth, God’s Anointed, God’s Holy Child Jesus, Great God, Head Of Every Man, Head Of The Body, Head Of The Church, Healer, Heir Of All Things, Holy, Holy One Of Jacob, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus Of Nazareth, Joseph’s Son, Judge, Judge Of Quick And Dead, Just One, The Just, King, The Light, Living Bread, Living Stone, Living Water, Lord From Heaven, Lord, Lord God Of Hosts, Lord Of Living, Lord Of Lords, Lord Omnipotent, Lord Our Righteousness, Lord’s Christ, Maker, Man Of Holiness, Messenger Of The Covenant, Messias, Mighty One, Mighty One Of Israel, Mighty One Of Jacob, Offspring Of David, One Body, Only Begotten Of The Father, Only Begotten Son, Power Of God, Prince, Prince Of Life, Prophet, Redeemer Of Israel, Redeemer Of The World, Revealer, Righteous Man, Rock Of Heaven, The Sacrifice, Second Comforter, Servant Of Jehovah, Servant Of The Lord, Son, Son Of Righteousness, Son Of The Blessed, Son Of The Eternal Father, Son Of The Everlasting God, Son Of The Highest, King Of Kings.
The Names And Titles Of Christ In Revelation
1. Jesus Christ (1:1)
2. faithful witness (1:5)
3. firstborn of the dead (1:5, NASB)
4. ruler of the kings of the world (1:5)
5. Alpha and Omega (1:8; 22:13)
6. who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (1:8, NASB)
7. Son of Man (1:13)
8. the First and the Last (1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
9. the living one (1:18; 2:8)
10. the one who holds the seven stars in His right hand (2:1)
11. the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands (2:1)
12. the one with the sharp two-edged sword (2:12)
13. the Son of God (2:18)
14. the one whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze (2:18)
15. He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars (3:1, NASB)
16. the one who is holy and true (3:7)
17. the one who has the key of David (3:7)
18. the Amen (3:14)
19. the faithful and true witness (3:14)
20. the Beginning of the creation of God (3:14, NASB)
21. the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah (5:5, NASB)
22. the Root of David (5:5; 22:16, NASB)
23. the Lamb (28 times)
24. their Lord (11:8)
25. a son who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron (12:5, NASB)
26. Faithful and True (19:11)
27. the Word of God (19:13)
28. King of kings and Lord of lords (19:16)
29. the Beginning and the End (22:13)
30. the bright morning star (22:16)
Studying Bible prophecy is vital because its very essence gives witness to Jesus.
Written by Mark Hitchcock, page 8, THE END
2012, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Carol Stream, Illinois