Monday, November 12, 2007

The Battle For The Church & Sexuality

On Sunday Nov. 11th 2007 BET aired the show "Meet The Faith". The topic was homosexuality within the black church. The panelists included Sherry Lee Ralph, Keith~Gay Blade~Boykin and Bishop E. Bernard Jordan.

Although I've not been too impressed with Bishop Jordan in the past, for reasons I won't go into here, I was hoping that he would be able to at least get a good, right, and well centered word across on what homosexuality is and why the church must preach against homo and lesbian lifestyles. Unfortunately, Bishop Jordan was in no way ready for this panel, or at least, when they GAVE HIM A CHANCE TO SPEAK.

Similarly, BET's show "Exalted" featured Bishop Carlton Pearson who has left every sound Biblical doctrine about the ministry of Jesus that he once knew, and entered into fantasy land with his doctrine of inclusion, which is a step even beyond what many Primitive Baptists believe, and ventures into flat out HERETICAL Biblical understanding promoting dogmas such as "Jesus didn't say he was God" (Which ANY BIBLE STUDENT KNOWS HE DID CLEARLY~ JOHN 8:58, JOHN 14:10-11, MATT. 9:5-6, MATT:28:18 and the list goes ON) and that "Jesus wasn't a Christian" and that he "didn't come to save Christians" the last 2 statements show his utter confusion because they make no sense.

From these shows and their content some things are very clear:


  • Homosexuals and Lesbians have a right to all protections under the law as anyone else in society, and sexual orientation SHOULD NOT be the determining factor for secular employment, housing and other norms. Before you ask, I DO NOT believe in extending spousal benefits of insurance to homosexual or heterosexual partners. Doing so undermines the concepts of family and commitment and is bad for society on a number of levels.
  • Both the church and the homosexual community often speak about this subject in a too highly of an emotional manner. So much so until neither really gets a good understanding without being emotionally riled up or offended.
  • The homosexual community DOES NOT feel that the Bible condemns their sexual orientation based on the traditional scriptures used. They feel that they were born or produced as a part of a diversity among mankind as Same Gender Loving individuals.
  • Many church leaders and ministers DO NOT know the scripture well enough to set forth a clear straight forward argument based on the Bible and the ability to reason.
  • Homosexuals cannot discern the topics of sexual orientation and its relationship to God and sin and consequently twist the Bible and history to serve their views.
  • The passions of the homosexual are unbridled. This DOES NOT mean that they are predators or out to only get sex, it means that they have no control over sincere feelings and emotions toward same gender individuals.
The Gay movement is led by vocal and visible "gender benders",bloggers and television personalities such as Ellen Degeneres, Keith Boykin, Jasmyn Cannick and countless others that promote homo agenda such as Tyra Banks. All of these have decided to move toward their primary objective. That objective is in part, to redefine family, the church, and ultimately steal the Glory Of God. Now, please don't think for a minute that I believe that they (within themselves) are that calculating. No, it's not a conspiracy after the flesh, although some of it may be well coordinated. In reality, it is the spirit that is controlling their actions.

An example of this is found when many of them repeatedly infer that the church was built upon homosexual participation and giving and further that it (the church)CANNOT make it without them and their ongoing support. As proof they often refer to the many pulpits that have been deceived into allowing homosexuals special functions in the church, while simultaneously preaching against the homosexual orientation and the homosexual lifestyle. To exacerbate the problem further, the homosexual declares that many, if not most, of the preachers in the pulpit are "In the closet" and that just about all of the church's musicians and gospel artists are gay or lesbian. This again, is an attempt to call into question the motivations, actions, and messages from some of the country's most influential ministries. More to the point, one of the greatest questions they pose toward any preacher that stands against them and meets their criteria of being homophobic is "Is He Gay?"

There is no wonder or mystery to this strategy. The devil's name "satan" simply means accuser or one who brings an accusation to bear. This is why those of us who are truly spiritual know that they are doing no more than the spirit of the enemy is promoting them to do. Remember, our fight is not against flesh and blood. (Ephes. 6:12)



Now, as a church, we must admit that we have a problem. Too MANY PREACHERS, MUSICIANS, SINGERS, AND GOSPEL ARTISTS are IN THE CLOSET. It's a tragic shame but it's true. Then, still there are a lot of ministers and leaders who are on the DL and live double lives from the pulpits. What we must do is REPENT, allow God to purge his church and get back on our knees and on our faces ask the Lord to forgive our sins and lift our shame. (II Chron 7:14)


We must be affirmed in knowing that NONE of the church's failures excuses or affirms the homo, lesbian, adulterer, or fornicator in their ways of ungodliness. It only proves what we already know. The devil is the father of lies, SIN and is a killer. The devil's primary aim is to cause the church to bow down to him and steal the Glory Of God from it.

What did Jesus tell Peter?
  • Luke 22:31~32 "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren"
Thank God for the prayer of Jesus! This scripture points to the fact that Peter represented what would become, the ministry and revelation of the church. satan's desire was to get control of that ministry and leadership and replace the revelation of God with his own shoddy version of secularism and unfounded dogmas.

On a web site dedicated to the promotion of the gay agenda, a reader asked a question of the site owner/administrator (who by the way claims to be saved). The question was how did the site owner know that what they were doing and saying was ordained of God, and how were they sure that they were right?

The administrator went on to answer by saying that he/she walked by faith, and the belief that their life experiences had prepared them to answer these questions and basically promote the gay agenda. That same web site is actively soliciting Same Gender Loving (SGL) or HOMOSEXUAL churches to be a part of their church network. Their objective is to financially support and build up homosexual ministries, pastors, and leaders in an effort to provide an alternative to churches who preach and teach against homosexuality.

To cut to the heart of the issues, GOD IS AGAINST THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA, LIFESTYLE, BIBLICAL INTERPRETATIONS AND INTENTS AS IT PERTAINS TO HIS CHURCH.

Biblical Exposition

Although the gay community says that they were born the way that they are as a complete, whole and diverse human being the church must first note the following:
  • God only created 2 types of individuals from the beginning and HE called them MALE and FEMALE. Any other type of individual born any other way or outside of one of those categories is a product or result of SIN that entered the world through Adam's disobedience. The homo or lesbian need not take the blame for what they feel, think and believe...SIN is to blame and it has placed those things there through the veil of the FLESH and through the tainting of the soul because of SIN. The answer to this dilemma is the same one that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in John 3:7b "...Ye must be BORN AGAIN." No matter how or what you were born with the first time, a NEW BIRTH in Jesus will destroy the yoke and begin to set things in God's proper order. (I Peter 1:23) In addition, Paul points out to the Corinthians (who by the way had a significant homosexual population) in II Cor. 5:17~ "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Christ deals with our nature and essence NOT merely our feelings and emotions. He deals with who we are and what we are.

  • Jesus categorized ALL sexual impurity as SIN~ Matt: 15:19-"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man:..." ref. Luke 7:20 Why would God punish me as a heterosexual for sexual impurity and incentivize and reward the homosexual for non biblical sexual desire? MAKES NO SENSE.

  • Paul reaffirms that all sexual impurity and inconsistency is a work of the FLESH~ Galations 5:19. In this passage Paul goes on to name 4 sexual categories of sins. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness. These four categories define ALL types of sexual SINS and impurities known to mankind. The first 2 are plain and easily understood both by homo and heterosexual individuals as being sins. The latter, Uncleanness deals directly with homosexuality, lesbianism and cross gender desires and cultic sexual practices. The last one, Lasciviousness, deals with bisexuality, sexual contact with non human beings and fetishes. ALL OF THESE ARE SINS OF THE FLESH. It doesn't matter how you feel as it pertains to your desire for these things. The feelings themselves indicates the presence of a sin nature that MUST be submitted to God simply because HE said so.

People in general have a hard time reconciling the fact that SIN dwells within them even without a knowledge of it. ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO GAIN A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF SIN TO BE IN SIN. The HOMOSEXUAL reconciles that they did not ask to be Same Gender Loving individuals therefore God does not and will not consider them sinners or in a condition of sin.

My questions and response to that is Mr./Ms Homosexual WHY DO YOU FEEL SO SPECIAL as to not have to wrestle with issues of sin and unrighteousness? Why do you feel that your birth into this world was somehow immaculate and that you BY NATURE were born holy and your desires are all inherently PURE? NO, you were born in SIN and INTO SIN JUST LIKE ME! Your sin is not my sin, but guess what IT'S STILL SIN, and it's all WORTHY OF DEATH!

Just in case you still want to play church and hold on to your SINS, please be reminded of this:

In I Samuel 5 the Philistines took the Glory of God or the Ark Of The Covenant after many years of struggle and after God had punished HIS people for their sins. The short of the long is that when God began to deal with them, (the Philistines) they were stricken with terrible disease and their god (dagon) was found broken and upon his face in their temple.

The Philistines moved to rid themselves of God's Glory because they soon realized that God was a terrible and All Mighty God and one that THEY could not handle or bend to meet their desires. Don't forget that God is the same God today!

Flesh CANNOT handle the Glory Of God.

All humanity WILL bow before the presence of HIS greatness (Philippians 2:10). Weak, strong, flawed, hetro and homo. Only them that love HIM enough to purify themselves at the CROSS will be seen by HIM in peace (I Jonh 3:3). No FLESH will glory or be justified in HIS sight (Romans 3:19).

Now, so far as the fight with the church and for the Glory of God, it's been tried before and every society, every person, every religion has failed through history. The battle is the Lord's and he wins all the time and every time and ONLY what HE does will last.

Heb. 4:11-16~ "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

Blessed!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

In The Pulpit

Saints, I praise God for another opportunity to encourage and speak to you. Please don’t forget to visit the New Bethel Ministries page at http://www.newbethelcogic.blogspot.com/ I believe that you will continue to be blessed by even more personal and ministry specific information you’ll find there.

We are living in a day that is simply beyond belief. I am thoroughly convinced that the messages, allowances, and indulgences coming from many of our pulpits have helped turned our communities into hell.

Isaiah 9:15 ~ "For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed."

As a minister, I know the importance of speaking the right words. Moreover, I know the necessity of LIVING the WORD first and foremost. As a minister (servant) you must keep in mind that you may be the only message or sermon that many people will ever SEE. This is why there is such a great weight of accountability laid at the ministers feet. To handle the ministry gift frivolously is to deny the power of and importation of God into this world through you. Since Jesus, the greatest gift that humanity can experience is the life of a holy child of God. When God moves through the lives of HIS children, mountains will move, burdens will roll away, and the community will be blessed.

As you read many of you are saying, "yea, I know that." But I would challenge you in this…If we all know that living the standard is such an important part of serving God, then why are we forced into asking questions about our leaders such as:
  • Is he or she a homosexual or lesbian?
  • Is he or she a molester?
  • Is the Pastor stealing from the church?
  • Do they have a girlfriend or boyfriend on the side?
  • Is the Pastor on drugs?
These are only some of the questions that our pulpits present to many in their congregations each and every service. Unfortunately, many aren’t interested in knowing the truth, and whatever the minister does is either overlooked or explained away as not being relevant. The reason is because, like the devil, some pastors have learned how to tap into the emotional make up or soulish realm of many people in their congregations. This will often lead to inordinate affections and excuses for erroneous and misbehavior. Many members of the church will often fight for a "wrong" minister and persecute a righteous one.

Conversely, those that are spiritual and desire deeper truths, want a level of satisfaction that the vessel they are receiving the fresh water of the Spirit from is a vessel worthy of honor and one that is able to deliver the full council of God.

There are ministers all over this country who have what they describe as "personal issues" and "private" matters to work out.

With all of what needs to be worked out, it’s a wonder that God has not judged our churches and leadership before now…by the way, just in case you didn’t know, judgement against unrighteousness and unrighteous leadership is in the land.

What I am about to say is common knowledge as to what is going on around the country. Let’s look at the anatomy of some of the "personal" problems we can see from many popular ministry figures:
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homosexual deviance~ Down Low relationships
  • Effeminent behavior~ Pastors with feminine ways
  • Lesbianism~ women leaders who only date other women of the church. This behavior usually ranges from extremely feminine acting women to butch (men acting) women
  • Fornication
  • Adultery
  • Bisexuality~ married and dating men/women on the side
  • Molestation~ ministers who prey on children
  • Seduction and Impregnation of 16 and 18 year old congregants~ there is currently a rash of pastors having children by young ladies whom they’ve seduced. They usually try to "work things out" with their wives before the relationship is made public.
  • Abject hedonism~ multiple women and relationships in the church
  • Crossdressing~ many of our Gospel singers/ministers are flat out guilty
  • Self Worship and Stardom
  • Heretical and non biblical teachings and inspirations
This is happening in many churches all across the country right now. How many pulpits must God uncover before we come to know that God is real?

How do we expect the gang member or thug to trust the church when the church can’t trust itself?

I challenge any minister that is homosexual, lesbian or that has any other deviant and non-biblical lifestyle…COME OUT OF THE CLOSET before GOD SETS THE CLOSET AND YOU ON FIRE!

If you believe that you can do what you do and yet maintain your anointing, relationship with God and Power of the Spirit and still be biblically centered, COME OUT WITH IT. The world needs to see and hear your doctrine. If you feel that you are right why be ashamed? But, before you do, Please read Leviticus 10.

Nadab and Abihu thought similar thoughts and they mixed their "stuff" with what God had instituted at the brazen altar. The next thing you know is that LIGHTNING or the fire of the Lord came from heaven and consumed them both. Only burnt up remains and ashes were left.

God IS NOT interested in our excuses as to why we can’t get it right. He is only interested in our repentance and humbling ourselves to HIS presence and will.
  • I don’t know about you, but I am tired of reading gut wrenching tell all blogs written by the so-called "lovers" of in the closet homosexual preachers and ministers…
  • I’m tired of watching ministers preach in too tight, gay clothing and cuss during their messages.
  • I grow tired of hearing the excuses as to why ministers are having sexual relationships and babies by the young ladies of their churches.
  • I grow tired of hearing how missionaries and evangelists struggle with their very own sexual identity as soon as they get out of the pulpit.
We can say it’s all just an attack of the enemy, continue to make our excuses while our communities are torn further apart or we can take responsibility, bow before the Lord and ask him to take out of us what is on the inside.

God Will Purge HIS Church

God must purge HIS church so that HIS name will be glorified among the heathen. God will not allow his church to be overtaken by the devil. HE yet has a place of righteousness for the Saints and holy men and women of God are yet calling HIS name. Thank God for the countless, righteous pulpits all across America. It is my hope that this will merely strengthen you and reconfirm your importance as we endeavor to win our communities, schools and churches back from the enemy that has lulled so many to sleep.

In conclusion, God knows that we are miserable without Christ and without HIM, we can do nothing. Let’s put the right thing in our pulpits and demand the right atmosphere be created so that we can restore this generation as Christ has called us to do.

Blessed!

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