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Counterfeit Marriage: God's Fundamental Design Being Undermined
"Destroy the family, and the society will collapse." --Nikolai Lenin
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JESUS ON GENDER AND MARRIAGE - By BRYAN FISCHER - In Matthew 19, Jesus answers our questions about gender. Now as you are aware, Facebook offers its users 51, 56 or 58 different gender choices (depending on who’s counting). Included are options such as “bigender, gender fluid, genderqueer, non-binary, pangender, two-spirit” and the ever-useful “neither.” But Jesus cuts through all this fog and confusion by telling us flatly that there are two and only two genders. “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…?” (Matthew 19:4). When Jesus asks, “have you never read,” he is referring to Scripture, for he himself is quoting from the book of Genesis. In other words, Jesus’ guide for understanding gender was the word of God. And it should be our guide too. Science corroborates Scripture at every turn on this subject, by the way, for every human being has either male DNA or female DNA from the moment of conception until the end of life. So Christ’s view of gender is not just biblically correct, it is biologically correct.
Likewise Jesus slices through all the sturm und drang regarding marriage, again by quoting Scripture. “Have you never read that he who created them…said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh?’” (Matthew 19:4-5). It’s impossible to get clearer than that. Marriage is the union of a man (that’s one man) and his wife (that’s one woman). You have the word of Jesus on that. Let’s also not miss that Jesus uses the phrase “from the beginning.” Marriage as a man-woman institution did not evolve and gradually develop over the eons of time and cultural experimentation. It has always been, from the dawn of time, from the first man and first woman in all history, the union of one man and one woman. You can’t “evolve” upward from that; you can only devolve into some lower and inferior and clouded understanding of marriage. Marriage has always been a man-woman institution and will be until the end of time. What God has defined, man may not redefine. Any other kind of “marriage” is a counterfeit, a fake, something bogus, something pretend. It is not and never can be the real thing. Read more at http://barbwire.com/2015/10/07/jesus-on-gender-and-marriage/
It is pleasing to Satan, the Great Deceiver, to see people being duped and capitulate to the Devil's favored artificial imitation of marriage, mocking God's favored design of one mans and one woman.
Should a Christian go to a gay 'wedding'? - By Bryan Fischer - Is a refusal to attend a same-sex wedding of a friend or family member an act of hate? No, on the contrary it is an act of love and genuine compassion. ...Why should a Christian politely decline to attend a homosexual wedding? For exactly the same reason a Christian baker should politely decline to bake a cake for a gay wedding. It sends a message of affirmation for something God has plainly condemned. A wedding is a celebration. Guests are there to rejoice with and congratulate the couple. Their presence represents approval. Approving of homosexual "marriage" in any way, shape or form is one thing no sincerely devoted follower of Christ can do. This is simply because a homosexual "marriage" is based on a sex act the Bible uniformly condemns from beginning to end as immoral, unnatural and unhealthy. Homosexual "marriage" is a sham and a counterfeit. In reality, there is no such thing as a homosexual "marriage," since God has defined marriage from the dawn of time as the union of one man and one woman. Jesus reaffirmed God's definition of marriage with words that came from his own lips during his incarnation.
Gay Marriage Is Satanic - By MATT BARBER - Declared Jesus: "'Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator "made them male and female," 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"? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate'" (Matt. 19:4-6). Rather conspicuously, and as I've noted before, Jesus did not say: "At the beginning the Creator made them lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). For this reason a male, female or shemale will leave his, her or whatchahoozie's father and mother, father and father or mother and mother and be united to his or her wife—and/or husband—and the two or more will become one flesh. Not that there's anything wrong with that." Here, and as I've likewise explained, is what marriage is: "Marriage is the God-ordained, lifelong, covenantal union between man and wife, designed to provide men, women and children optimal stability and overall well-being. Marriage is that biologically, spiritually and morally centered institution calculated to ensure responsible procreation and perpetuate the human race. Marriage, real marriage, represents the fundamental cornerstone of any healthy society (any society that hopes to survive, at least). "Here's what marriage is not: "Anything else." And so the notion of "same-sex" marriage is a self-defeating proposition. "Gay marriage" is not marriage at all.
...Moreover, the very thing that defines "gay marriage," the biologically and spiritually disordered act of same-sex sodomy, likewise mocks God's design for natural sexual intercourse. The Bible, throughout both the Old and New Testaments, unambiguously condemns as sin rising to the level of "an abomination," all same-sex sexual conduct, be it, "loving, monogamous and committed," or otherwise. Homosexuality is mock sexuality. And "gay marriage" is mock marriage. So, again, and lest there be any uncertainty as to where I'm going with all this, "same-sex marriage" is evil—always and without exception. It is centrally defined by the sin of Sodom, which is expressly wicked conduct. All good things come from God the Father, and all wickedness comes from the father of lies. If God designed biblical marriage and natural human sexuality, and He did, then we are left no doubt as to who designed its counterfeit—as to who fabricated pagan "gay marriage" and otherwise perverted God's perfect purposes for human sexuality. "Gay marriage" is satanic.
The 'Holiness Code' and Homosexuality - By Ed Vitagliano - How could a homosexual activist possibly evade the condemnation inherent within such a verse? Here are the main arguments made against the biblical teaching of Leviticus – and the answers to them: (1) This is a part of the ‘Holiness Code’ and no longer applies. ...Many activists argue that the Levitical condemnation of homosexuality was only meant to keep Israel separate from the surrounding nations – and thus did not reflect God’s universal disapproval of such activity. “The point is that The Holiness Code of Leviticus prohibits male same-sex acts for religious reasons, not for sexual reasons,” said former Catholic priest Daniel Helminiak in What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality.“The concern is to keep Israel distinct from the Gentiles.” The problem with this assertion, however, is that God not only held Israel to these standards of sexual conduct but also the surrounding pagan nations.
...(2) The context is idol worship, not committed gay relationships. ...Ex-gay Joe Dallas, founder of Genesis Counseling and the author of three books on homosexuality, also discounts such arguments. “If the practices in Leviticus 18 and 20 are condemned only because of their association with idolatry,” he said, “then it logically follows they would be permissible if they were committed apart from idolatry. That would mean incest, adultery, bestiality and child sacrifice (all of which are listed in these chapters) are only condemned when associated with idolatry; otherwise, they are allowable. No serious reader of these passages could accept such a premise.”
(3) We don’t obey many of the other prohibitions in Leviticus, so why pick on homosexuals? ...The very idea of a preacher belittling God’s warnings against sexual sin is itself abhorrent. And make no mistake – he is belittling God’s holy and just commandments. He is equating eating “a little shrimp in my jambalaya” with the practice of sodomy. Would he do the same with the other sins in Leviticus? Would he say eating “a little shrimp in my jambalaya” is no different than committing adultery? Incest? Bestiality? ...In passages such as Mark 7:17-23, Acts 10:9-16, etc., the New Testament makes clear that the food prohibitions under the Old Covenant have been removed. This is clear even to first-year Bible school students. Why wouldn’t Dunivant know this? One suspects that he does, in fact, know it, but is being disingenuous in order to promote the acceptance of homosexuality. On the other hand, nowhere in the New Testament have God’s prohibitions against sexual sin – adultery, incest, bestiality, and homosexuality – been repealed.
How the Left Has Sabotaged Marriage and Family - By Paul Kengor - In response, of course, liberals were jubilant. Their leader, the one who promised to fundamentally transform America, responded by literally illuminating the nation’s house in rainbow colors. Americans saw all of that. They saw the pictures of their fundamentally transformed White House; they saw other culture-transformers dancing in the streets joyously rejecting what a great country once called the laws of nature and nature’s God.
...Communist Party USA and its publication, People’s World—successor to the Soviet-funded and directed Daily Worker—were thrilled with what Anthony Kennedy and friends had done. For communists, this was a stunning victory, the securing of a long-elusive effort to vanquish the fixed marriage model set forth long ago by nature and the Creator. Indeed, if you thought the White House seemed eager to hoist the rainbow colors, you should have seen the American Communist Party. ...For communists, two centuries ago and still today, that requisite anti-religious secularism has been there all along. Much of the wider American culture, outside of the far left, has also become secular and dismissive of traditional religious teaching on matters like family and marriage.
...They may all come to the “marriage equality” position from entirely different motivations, and otherwise hold little in common ideologically, but they all share one crucial component: Each of them rejects the idea that there is a single, absolute, eternal standard for male-female marriage ordained by nature and nature’s God, and each believes that he can render unto himself the right to abolish any such standard and create his own definitions.
As for communists, they couldn’t care less whatever tags or hashtags or slogans or colors the majority culture uses to redefine marriage and family. To them, the larger objective remains the same: to reject and abolish a traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and family. They are getting what they’ve long wanted, and they could not have done it without the support of mainstream Americans. The radical left could never have achieved this ultimate takedown of marriage without the larger public’s acquiescence and assistance. The wider same-sex-marriage-supporting public has been the indispensable handmaiden to the radical left’s ability to at long last alter marriage and family. It has been quite a coup.
Open Letter to Supreme Court: We Obey God, Not Men - CBNNews.com - Some leading religious conservatives say they won't go along with a Supreme Court ruling that would force them to violate what they call a "biblical understanding of marriage" as the union of a man and a woman. Their open letter to the Supreme Court was published as a full-page ad in Wednesday's Washington Post. The ad said that "any judicial opinion which purports to redefine marriage will constitute an unjust law." More than 60 people signed it, including Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez, and Rev. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. They concluded by quoting the Bible, saying, "We must obey God rather than men." (Read the letter here: http://drjamesdobson.org/docs/default-source/special/washington-post-adfinal.pdf?sfvrsn=2. The complete Marriage Pledge can be read in its entirety at http://www.defendmarriage.org.)
Would Jesus Officiate At A Homosexual Marriage? -
Coach Dave Daubenmire - The devil’s kids are highly skilled masters
of confusion. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that Satan is “the author
of confusion.” He doesn’t just practice and spread confusion; he is the
one who comes up with the evil, crazy ideas. It’s the same trick he used
with Eve. All the devil did was question the authority of God, and that
tiny seed of doubt he planted in the heart of Eve has led us to where we
are today. “Did God REALLY say…?” That was the confusion and doubt that
Satan planted in the heart of Eve. The question “Did God REALLY say
homosexuals cannot be married?” is the fiery dart that the enemy is
using today. But the devil never answers the questions that he asks—he
merely plants the seeds of doubt. Doubt leads to confusion, confusion
makes you disoriented, and disorientation causes one to get off track.
...Jesus speaks the truth (actually, He IS The Truth), and the devil always questions the truth. Satan never forces you to agree with him; he merely dangles the apple and invites you to take a bite. What has happened in the marriage debate is nothing short of the age-old “bait and switch.” You see, today the enemies of God are doing everything they can to get us to question God, His authority, His positions, and His nature. It’s the same trick that was used in the garden. The Bible tells us that there is “nothing new under the sun.” This spreading of confusion has always been one of Satan’s most effective weapons.
...Didn’t Jesus eat with sinners? Didn’t Jesus say that it was the sick that needed a physician? Didn’t Jesus forgive the woman at the well? Didn’t Jesus say to love our neighbor? Would Jesus reject and discriminate against homosexuals? WWJD?” In all honesty, however, the real question we should be asking is: “Would Jesus Unite Two Men in Marriage?” I believe the answer is very clear. If Jesus wouldn’t “marry” two men, why should any of his followers? Love homosexuals? Yes! Marry them? No way! WWJD?
...Let’s go ahead and clear up a few things—marriage was the idea of Jesus’ Father. He is the one who defined it as a union between one man and one woman. Jesus told us that He came to fulfill the law, not do away with it. (Remember, I’m speaking to Christians here.) Can you tell me of one time in the entirety of the Scriptures when Jesus ever contradicted a position that His Daddy held? But we’re confused. We want to change the institution of marriage so as not to appear “hateful” or “bigoted” or “intolerant” or “unloving” or “discriminatory” because, as they tell us, Jesus wasn’t any of those things.
Don’t you see the bait and switch? Elena Kagen, Ruth Ginsburg, and their gang of God-haters are not deciding on the nature of Jesus or the proper treatment of our fellow man. They are deciding whether or not the institution of marriage should be redefined. Did God REALLY say…? Does God change His mind? Does Jesus have the power to override the authority and laws of His Father? Was God a “conservative” and Jesus a “liberal?”
Jesus said “My Father and I are one and the same.” “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The question is not whether God loves everybody. It is not whether or not we have the right to marry the one we love. It is not whether or not Christians are “to judge.” The question is: are Christians supposed to reflect the very nature of God? If you ask the wrong question, you are sure to get the wrong answer. Answer this question and let all of the confusion fade away. Would Jesus officiate a homosexual marriage?
Samuel Adams, 1794 - “In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator; — They are imprinted by the finger of God on the heart of man. Thou shall do no injury to thy neighbor, is the voice of nature and reason, and it is confirmed by written revelation.”
PURPOSES OF MARRIAGE: SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ STRIKES OUT - By BRYAN FISCHER - We stand as a culture at a critical point in our understanding and definition of marriage. With out-of-control tyrants wearing black robes substituting their fevered imaginations for the express will of the people in state after state, our nation is being engulfed with a tsunami of wrong-headed and societally fatal decisions regarding marriage. We cannot even begin to evaluate the public policy implications of same-sex “marriage” until we first understand the purpose and design of marriage as an institution. As I have written before, according to the laws of nature and nature’s God, there are three purposes for marriage: companionship, sex and procreation. Same-sex “marriage” does not, indeed cannot, fulfill even a single one of these three purposes.
What a Diner Did for Customers Who Prayed in Public Wasn’t Only
Tolerant, It Was Downright Generous - By Nicole - Mary
Haglund, owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner in North Carolina, does something
unique and very unexpected for people she catches praying in public at
her restaurant: she gives them a 15% discount.
o SAN FRANCISCO AFTER THE ‘PUBLIC NUDITY BAN’ – AFTAH EXPOSES DEPRAVED AND NUDITY-FILLED ‘UP YOUR ALLEY’ STREET FAIR - By PETER LABARBERA - PERVERSE EVENT IN WORLD’S “GAY-EST” CITY FEATURES “DADDY-BOY” MASTER-SLAVES, HUMAN “PUPPIES,” “NAKED TWISTER” AND LOTS OF BARED BODY PARTS
WARNING: Rear nudity, offensive photos and graphic descriptions; as always, AFTAH will block frontal nudity but we will publish photos with rear nudity. Our goal is to convey the “gay” Mecca’s radicalism and perverseness as realistically as possible without being pornographic. (Click link for disturbing photos.)
“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.” (Romans 1: 29-31; NIV)
SAN FRANCISCO, POST-”NUDITY BAN”: San Francisco adopted a “public nudity” ban in 2012. However, it exempted annual nudist events and homosexual-oriented street fairs like the “Up Your Alley” held in the city Sunday. The event drew thousands and featured hundreds upon hundreds of men (and some women) in various states of undress, including full frontal nudity. “Up Your Alley” also promoted condom-less “barebacking” sodomy (condemned by the CDC) despite the presence of AIDS groups; and celebrated human degradation (“slaves”); and consensual violence, e.g., whipping people to the point of bleeding as an S&M ritual (see photos below). All Photos: Americans For Truth, Peter LaBarbera. Fair use allowed as long as “AFTAH.org” is credited. Click on photos to enlarge or view in a separate window.
...I was curious to see what out-and-proud San Francisco was like AFTER the city council passed its 2012 “public nudity ban”–which, curiously enough, exempts massive street fairs celebrating nudity and perversion. (This is San Francisco, after all.) So I ventured out to the world’s most sexually deviant city last weekend (Sunday, July 27) to cover its annual “Up Your Alley” street fair, also called “Dore Alley“–put on by the same proud perverts (er…sadomasochistic “leathermen”) that annually stage the notorious Folsom Street Fair.
Organizers of the “Up Your Alley” fair call it “Folsom’s Dirty Little Brother,” which, considering Folsom’s unbridled debauchery, is quite a recommendation for boundary-defying libertines and tourist gawkers who are there for the freak show. [See previous AFTAH stories on Folsom HERE (2007); HERE (2008) and HERE (2009).]
Below is the first installment of a several-part photo-story on the twisted event and the bizarre ethos of San Francisco; the next installment will document the fair’s promotion of “barebacking” (anal sex without a condom)–thus violating the CDC’s longtime, basic recommendation for HIV prevention to “men who have sex with men”: always use a condom.
...I was curious to see what out-and-proud San Francisco was like AFTER the city council passed its 2012 “public nudity ban”–which, curiously enough, exempts massive street fairs celebrating nudity and perversion. (This is San Francisco, after all.) So I ventured out to the world’s most sexually deviant city last weekend (Sunday, July 27) to cover its annual “Up Your Alley” street fair, also called “Dore Alley“–put on by the same proud perverts (er…sadomasochistic “leathermen”) that annually stage the notorious Folsom Street Fair. Organizers of the “Up Your Alley” fair call it “Folsom’s Dirty Little Brother,” which, considering Folsom’s unbridled debauchery, is quite a recommendation for boundary-defying libertines and tourist gawkers who are there for the freak show. [See previous AFTAH stories on Folsom HERE (2007); HERE (2008) and HERE (2009).] Below is the first installment of a several-part photo-story on the twisted event and the bizarre ethos of San Francisco; the next installment will document the fair’s promotion of “barebacking” (anal sex without a condom)–thus violating the CDC’s longtime, basic recommendation for HIV prevention to “men who have sex with men”: always use a condom.
...As always at such “leather” festivals, there were scenes of whipping for the purpose of sexual gratification–i.e., consensual sexual violence. Normal, healthy society tries to alleviate pain, heal wounds, and lift the human spirit. Disordered, sadistic/masochistic “sexuality” inflicts pain, intentionally causes wounds, and celebrates human degradation.