The Wake-up Herald
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
May 17, 2012
"Same-sex marriage" Debacle
by Robert McCurry
‘Same-sex marriage’ continues to be a top news item. Limited space precludes even a cursory listing of the headlines. However, one recurring theme is of special interest: the purported declining opposition to and increasing approval by ‘Christians’ at large of sodomy and ‘same-sex marriage.’
When I began sounding my trumpet warning in the 1960’s of the coming sodomite revolution to America, I was largely ignored; pastors were my primary critics and detractors. This notwithstanding, the sodomite revolution is now here in inconceivable proportions.
The progressive erosion of God-designed marriage has been ongoing for a long time with divorce leading the erosion process. Divorce knows no social, economic, family, or religious restraints and boundaries. It is now pervasive in the culture at large. Sadly, it is reported that more ‘Christians’ than non-Christians are now leading this trend. A tragic spin-off of this tragedy is that an increasing number of ‘Christian’ and non-Christian couples alike are circumventing ‘divorce’ by avoiding marriage—choosing rather ‘cohabitation’—a New Age word for ‘shacking up.’
Pastors and churches have long served as guardians of the sacred institution of God-designed marriage. They have so served by ascertaining that weddings performed under their auspices and direction meets the Biblical criteria. Until recently, Bible-believing pastors were so committed to the integrity and permanence of marriage that they would not perform a wedding for divorced persons--publicly or privately. Church weddings involving divorced people are a recent phenomenon. Of course, there is no verse in the Bible that says, “Divorced people cannot get married in a church building.” But neither is there a verse in the Bible that says, “Sodomites cannot get ‘married’ in a church building.” Unfortunately, sodomites are now demanding their “rights” and an increasing number of pastors are performing “same-sex marriages” in churches. The Georgia Southern Baptist Convention withdrew fellowship from two Southern Baptist Churches in 1998 for performing and/or sanctioning such ‘marriages.’ SAN ANSELMO, Calif. — Days after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the Presbyterian Church's Northern California governing body refused to rebuke a retired minister for marrying gays and lesbians.
Change vs. Changeless. In recent times many pastors and churches have departed from God’s Word and orderly way on the subject of divorce and remarriage. This departure has not taken place because God and His Word have changed. It has taken place in order to accommodate the rapidly deteriorating moral and spiritual fabric of contemporary society--a society that has less and less respect for God, His Word, and His orderly way in reference to God-designed marriage. Times change. People change. Religions change. Pastors change. Churches change. But God and His Word never change. There is no variableness, neither shadow of turning with God; and His Word is forever settled in heaven (James 1:17; Ps 119:89).
Not everyone reading this message is divorced or divorced and remarried. At least, I hope not. However, everyone reading this article has been exposed to and affected by divorce or divorce and remarriage either by parents, grandparents, child, sibling, extended family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor.
Where do we go from here as a nation? Biblical restraints have crumbled and biblical conviction has diminished. The national divorce phenomenon has surpassed flood stage. As for the past, humanly speaking, ‘Things are so broken they can’t be fixed.’ Biblically speaking, God and His Word are the remedy for the future.
Only God’s Word provides the truth and solution to the rapidly increasing divorce epidemic. But this will happen only when pastors, churches and Christians choose to agree with God about divorce. God hates divorce. It is wise for us to hate what God hates.
The past cannot be relived and, generally speaking, the past cannot be changed. And let’s face it, the combined efforts of pastors, churches and the legislature will never completely eliminate divorce. But since divorce is first and foremost a spiritual issue and not principally a legal problem, the Lord’s Church must provide the leadership to stop the hemorrhaging and minimize the damages of divorce in the future.
A few news reports indicate that some pastors have spoken to their congregations in opposition to so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ following President Obama’s May 9, 2012, endorsement; a commendable act, but it may be too little too late; pastor’s and churches, with a few exceptions, have been indifferent, silent and passive for many years while the sodomite agenda pervaded every arena of American culture. But maybe, just maybe, Obama’s presidential endorsement of moral perversion—the first ever for an American president—will serve as a wake-up call to many pastors and churches.
Hopefully, you will never have to deal with so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ or divorce in your family in the future. Please remember this: It is better to build a fence at the top of the precipice than to build a hospital at the bottom of the gorge.
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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