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Friday, June 19, 2020

While Rome Burns…


While many in the church spent the past few weeks whining about having to wear a mask or throwing temper tantrums because they have to social distance, the Supreme Court of these United States handed down a ruling in the Bostock vs. Clayton County case. The decision that the court handed down, will have repercussions for everyone in this country, and especially the church, for the foreseeable future. This is what Kyle Blanchette, writing for National Review, in its online edition of June 18th, 2020 had to say specifically about Neil Gorsuch and his reasoning in siding with the majority.

“Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority, based the Court’s ruling on the claim that discrimination on the basis of gender identity (and sexual orientation) necessarily involves discrimination on the basis of sex. Accordingly, if discrimination on the basis of sex is made illegal by the Civil Rights Act, so is discrimination on the basis of gender identity (and sexual orientation). He writes:

‘An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.’”
By now we have all, unfortunately, gotten used to the Supreme Court making decisions and creating laws out of whole cloth. What the socialists in this country have not been able to achieve by passing laws through the legislature, they have attained by litigating on everything and anything. As in the 19th century with cases such as the Dred Scott decision, the court has shown itself to be the arm of whatever political winds are blowing at the time. Then, the court was firmly entrenched in the slavery camp. Today, it is the Marxist side that claims the court as its staunch ally.

It is worth noting that Mr. Gorsuch is a member of an Episcopalian church that not only has a woman “pastor” as its leader, but as with the entire denomination, has gone over the cliff in affirming homosexuality and the perversions that have been spun from that sinful behavior. So, it should not be surprising to see him find some sort of reasoning, however tortured, to justify his decision. To say that transgenderism is akin to the binary sexual design of God is to invent a category that no one would have thought possible in 1964 when Title VII was passed. Sure, there were homosexuals then, but they were not in view when the act was passed. Nowhere in its pages do you read that homosexuals should not be discriminated against because of their sex. The act understood that even if one is a homosexual, he is still either a man or a woman.

No longer. Now you can be, legally, whatever it is you want to be. No doubt many will come to the defense of transgender individuals by claiming that they were being discriminated against. Let’s leave aside for the moment the fact that people who are either mentally convinced that they are a different gender or who simply want to be the other sex are a miniscule portion of the population. Rather, let’s examine the real consequences of policies such as the one we have just been forced to accept as law. That means that men can now “choose” to be women and participate in women sports. They can enter a female locker or bathroom at, say a gym and no one can impede them doing so. They can go into the rest room behind your 15-year-old daughter and they must be allowed to do so because, hey after all they “feel” they’re a woman. To those who often justify such behavior by saying things like “it doesn’t hurt anyone,” your decaying, sinking ship has just pulled into port.

All this without even mentioning the fact that those who turn themselves into the opposite sex not only destroy their God-given capacity to procreate, but they must do so by mutilating their bodies to the point where it cannot any longer be called a human body. No matter how advanced science becomes, it cannot accomplish what only God can. The body that God gave us at birth is a beautiful demonstration of His creative power. For us to decide that He made a mistake is not only arrogant, but deadly.

The most unfortunate part of all this is that, as I mentioned above, many so-called Christian churches have abandoned all pretense of following God’s law and have given themselves over to the worship of Moloch. And the justification is often that God is love and He wouldn’t want us to “discriminate” against our transgender “brothers and sisters.” Does what God want matter anymore? Does His law mean anything to us or is it just an option that we can discard whenever we find it convenient to do so?

Our prayer should be that God will grant repentance to the myriads of people who have been deceived into thinking none of this matters. And we have one of the major political parties in this country primarily to thank for this state of affairs. To a man the Democratic party in this country has sold its soul to the devil of socialism. Abortion and homosexuality are part of its party platform. The presumptive candidate for president in the next election made it clear that the transgender agenda is going to be his priority when he becomes president. If you are a Christian and you think that voting for such candidates is inconsequential, your chickens have come home to roost and they are making an awful lot of noise!



4 comments:

  1. Absolutely true! I hope everyone in our church reads what you wrote. (As an aside, how about the church publishing some "position papers" for distribution??) Let me add a few of my own words I wrote somewhere at FB earlier today. --- Certainly there can be no ultimate hope in man or anything he touches. And certainly lost men are guided by their fallen natures (and yet constrained even then by a God merciful to His people). That said, let's not say absolutely that "nothing should shock or surprise us anymore." Perhaps our relative lack of shock and surprise suggests we are too easily accommodating and numbed to wickedness. Let me illustrate. I note that many younger people are NOT shocked or surprised by homosexual marriage. Even Christian young people. Why? Is it out of some sweeping resolve to NOT be shocked or surprised? I doubt it. I think it's mostly conditioning mixed with resignation and a measure of acceptance. If you have never lived, (as I have, able to remember back to the late 1950's) when such acceptance and promotion of wickedness was ANYTHING but normal, and was not deeply and openly wedded to culture, academia and Hollywood - you might indeed find you can yet be shocked and surprised, and I'll add to that repulsed. In regards to homosexuality, and "woke" riots and a dozen other such things I lived in Mayberry times (Andy Griffith show). When you see Opie, that was me. I am exactly the same age as Ron Howard. That was the world I grew up in. That's not the world even my children now in their 40's grew up in, all of whom though they may mildly and privately disagree with some shenanigans today, mostly are "not surprised." And consequently, they are not much made uncomfortable by the attending wickedness. On the other hand, I am "vexed" 2nd Peter 2: 6-8 7 says:
    "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.)" I hope that in our own ways we are yet very vexed by the blatantly unchristian turn of the supreme court.

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    1. David, thank you for your comments. It does seem that we have become so conditioned to what goes on around us that we sort of shrug our collective shoulders and move on. But we should be vexed, if for no other reason than that those who engage in such behavior will have to pay a horrible price for their defiance. There is still hope and it is my own hope that God will bring about a revival that will overcome the foolishness of man and will save the mass of those who today are shaking their little fist at him. I fear for future generations who will live in a world where debauchery will be common place. We still have some of the freedoms that this country was founded upon; but they are rapidly dwindling and it will not be long before "bowing the knee to Caesar" will be the law of the land. May God strengthen and increase our faith so that we will be able to stand in the "Day of the Son of Man." Blessings

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  2. Thank you for this article, Pastor Mike. How in the world does the Judicial Branch of our government make law??? That is for the Legislative Branch, if I remember my Civics class correctly. I just don't get how this can happen (besides sin) and then passed/accepted?? Where are the controls? Asking for a friend...

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    1. Well...please tell your friend that the mantra of the left (and it has been since Marx first appeared on the scene of human history), is that the end justifies the means. Thus, if going to court to create laws that they can't get the legislatures to pass, then that's what they'll do. And I must say, to my chagrin, that they have been extremely effective in doing so. All the way back to Roe vs. Wade in 1973, they were already finding "rights" in the constitution that had nothing to do with the document or even with the intent of the document. And they have only gotten better at it. We now live in a society where legislative branches are becoming subservient to judicial fiat. It is no longer the norm to see a law passed and understand that we must now live under that particular law, because some judge, somewhere will eventually overthrow it if it is not part of the leftist agenda. May God have mercy on this country, but more importantly, may He gird us up so we can stand against this tide of sinfulness and depravity. Blessings

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