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Monday, December 12, 2016

"Being Tested"

Victory Can Be Yours!

Article #77 – “Being Tested”

               Remember the song in the “Music Man” by Meredith Wilson with Robert Preston.  We have trouble, yes, we have trouble right here in River City.  Yes, we have trouble but it is not ‘pool’ as in the song.  Christianity in this country is being challenged.  We have seen fireworks over the county clerk in Kentucky who has stood firm in her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.   Severe criticism from many that surprise you that they take such a strong position against her actions.  You can take it to the bank that this situation is only the beginning of what will become a national crises.  Next they will be testing the churches.  They, the LGBT movement, will pick and choose who and where they will strike again.  Do you notice that they test those whom they know for absolute certain that they will refuse services?  That county clerk did not stand in their way of receiving a marriage license.  She just kept them from getting one through her.  Any number of other counties, probably all counties, would have issued licenses without hesitation. 

They have already tested some in the private sector even before the Supreme Court decision.  They have taken to court the bakery business that would not bake their wedding cake and the florist that refused to make their floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding.  Those wanting these services for the wedding ceremony could have gone down the street and found any number of businesses that would have been more than happy to accommodate their wishes.  But, instead, they wanted to promote their lifestyle through the courts.  You can place your bets now that the next thing we hear about is same-sex couples testing the churches.  You know for sure that they will not test the majority of churches because the majority of churches will not only do it but heartily approve of it.  Many churches have sanctioned same-sex marriage and even have homosexuals in their pulpits and leadership positions within their church.  No, instead, they will be testing churches that adhere to the Bible teaching that homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (Lev.18:22) and, that marriage is ordained by God as being between one man and one woman. “And He answered and said, Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,’ and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’” (Matt. 19:4-6)

If you are a person who believes in Jesus Christ for who and what He is, then we have an obligation to honor God and His Word.  He and His Word are the only absolutes that exists in this world and we must look to it for our direction in this life.  And, this life is our training ground, our boot camp, our place of preparation for our eternal destiny which is to be with Him.  Therefore, we must learn what He desires of us through His word, the Bible, and then ‘stand firm’.  Please remember, this does not make us homophobic, it just makes us apposed to their lifestyle because it is not an alternate lifestyle; it is a sin against God.  

You, too, can have victory in Jesus!  More to follow.

Lowell Parrish

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