Thursday, January 02, 2014

Even the Stones Will Cry Out in Defense of Marriage

Luke 19:   37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the
Lord!”“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” 
There is absolutely no doubt that Jesus defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, as this account in Matthew 19 demonstrates...
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a]and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Some translations render that last phrase "tear asunder."   Let no man tear asunder what God has joined together.   Let us then be careful about tearing down the definition of marriage which Christ Himself gave in order to cobble it together into some fanciful re-definition concocted by post-modern men.

Not that Christian theology is necessary to make a valid defense of marriage.  On this issue, it does not matter whether you believe Man is the result of four billion years of evolution or if you believe that Man is the creation of God Almighty. The bottom line is the same; one social arrangement is clearly the "right" one for society to uphold with the exalted recognition of "marriage" - the nuclear family.

There is intense pressure in today's culture to cast aside the true definition of marriage and set up in its place an absurd and patently false doctrine that in terms of marriage two men equals one man and one woman.  Never mind that it is obviously not so.   The two arrangements are not equal biologically, sociologically, parentally, mathematically, or morally.  Still, the elites in this nation seemed obsessed with the idea that they can re-define reality at their will, and this issue seems to be their tool of choice to condition us to accept their power to redefine all truth.

So great is their sway on the culture that many big pulpits have run from the fight- and therefore we may know that they will run from any tough fight.    Some have totally capitulated, others have simply remained silent or soft-sold the issue in the hopes that it would go away or that someone else would do something.   The national Christian religious figures have failed to cry out.  

Perhaps they have been so flattered by their toadies and hangers-on that they have forgotten that God is able to replace them, even if He must use stones.    If they are silent regarding the truth of God, the very stones could cry out in their stead.   

 In this instance though, God has not replaced them with stones, but rather by a Louisiana red-neck named Phil Robertson.  The Duck Dynasty good ole' boy is not the most eloquent spokesman for the cause of defending God's definition of marriage. He does not present himself as well as many.   He is not the most educated spokesman.   He is probably not the most knowledgable of scripture either.   There are men in pulpits all over this land who are vastly superior to Phil Robertson on all these points- but they won't express the truths he expressed.   They will not use any of their gifts to proclaim the truth on this issue because it draws too much heat and not enough acclaim from "those who matter."

People across this whole nation stood behind Phil Robertson because he said some things, mingled with whatever coarsity, that they were longing to hear from their pulpits, but did not hear.  Indeed, in many churches today, one can sit under the feet of some of these "pastors" for a year and never hear the word "sin" come from their lips.   It doesn't poll well in focus groups or something.

So yes, these men who were too cowardly to fulfill the duties of their pulpit were replaced on this occasion by Mr. Robertson.  They may keep their pulpits, but they have lost their calling.    And some might have more than that to worry about.   How much faith in God does a man have when he won't preach the truth out of fear of man?   Not much according to Revelation and this list of those who will be kept out of the New Jerusalem...

Re. 21:8 But as for cowards and the unfaithful, and the polluted, and murderers, fornicators, and those who practise magic or worship idols, and all liars--the portion allotted to them shall be in the Lake which burns with fire and sulphur. This is the Second Death."

Could it be that someone knows all the right things, and even believes all the right things, but is still counted with the Murderers and liars, simply because they are cowards?   The commonality of all these groups is that they don't really have faith in God.   This lack of faith simply manifests in different ways.   I call on the pastors of this nation to ask God for a renewed and increased amount of faith.


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