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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Silence The Opposition

gayfistQuoting Gary DeMar:

Homosexuals decry anti-homosexual rhetoric because they contend that it leads to anti-homosexual violence. There is no evidence to support this claim. Are homosexuals harassed and even beaten up? Sure. But so are blacks, fat people, skinny kids, short kids, and geeky-looking kids. Christians are ridiculed and taunted every day in America because of their beliefs. Consider how many prime-time TV shows and movies go out of their way to make anyone holding religious values to be odd, hypocritical, and downright evil. Do we shout down the opposition, call for “hate-law” legislation, or throw blood and condoms at the opposition? If you can’t take it, then pack your arguments and go home.

The goal of homosexuals is to vilify any one who suggests that homosexual behavior is immoral and unnatural or that someone who is involved in a same-sex relationship can change. There is only one way, the “gay way.” There’s the story of how “gay” activists “terrorized” a Focus on the Family meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in November 2005. A number of former homosexuals were in attendance. A similar thing happened at the 2006 Reclaiming America conference that was held at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. “The anger, rage and hatred were indescribable,” one Focus on the Family conference participant told Christian Civic League of Maine at the 2005 meeting.7 What did the police do to stop the harassing protest? Nothing. If pro-life activists had used similar tactics at an abortuary, you would have seen the full weight of the law used against the protestors.

An article that appeared in the February 1987 issue of the Gay Community News called for a “gay revolution” that would work to close “all churches” that condemned the homosexual lifestyle. The author went on to write: “We shall sodomize your sons…. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together.”8 From the start, the tactic has been to silence all opposition to homosexuality and to portray homosexual relationships as mainstream. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, authors of After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s, laid out the strategy. “Madsen said plans must also be drawn up to deal with ‘the entrenched enemy,’ which might persist in resisting even in the face of the preliminary schemes. They said: ‘At a later stage of the media campaign for gay rights-long after other gay ads have become commonplace-it will be time to get tough with remaining opponents. To be blunt, they must be vilified.'”

Read the entire article here. . . .

The Message Of Weakness

Palm Sunday Meditation

palm-sundayQuoting John Piper:

The Son of God is not just a prophet. Some thought he was just a prophet (John 9:17), but he was not a mere prophet. Here Islam makes a great mistake about Jesus. Jesus is not only a prophet like Moses or Isaiah. And he is far above Mohammed in glory. He is the Son of God. And that means he is God. . . .

“He is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of [God’s] nature.” The point of those words is to warn us against the mistake that Islam has made. Jesus is the unique image of God’s divine glory and bears the very stamp of his divine nature. He is not a mere prophet. The whole point here is to show that he is superior to the prophets. He is the eternally begotten Son, without beginning and without ending (Hebrews 7:3).

In other words, God has not just spoken by inspiring prophets and apostles. He has spoken by coming to us in the person of his Son. Who Jesus was, what he said, and what he accomplished by dying and rising from the dead is God’s Word to us. This is what God has said, and what we should hear-what we need to listen to far more earnestly than we do.

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