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BBC, LGBT+ and Propaganda

The onslaught upon us to embrace the LGBT+ agenda as the new norm for our society continues apace during lockdown.  And the BBC seems very much in the vanguard of this as one of the agencies leading the assault upon our hearts and minds.

Some recent examples on the BBC website are here:

  • Here we have the Richardson-Walsh’s settling down to parenthood.
  • Here we have the continued suffering of LGBT+ people during lockdown. It is interesting in this article that there is just the one-sided presented of the parent-child conflict. No mention is made of what the parent might have gone through.

Should we be bothered by this? Should I as a Christian just say “c’est la vie, live-and-let-live”? I think there is a key “love your neighbour” principle here.

I want to be aware of sensitive  to the struggles some people have with gender dysphoria and same sex attraction which are real and we should have great compassion for. However, the fact remains that human beings thrive when they conform to God’s order. Genesis 1 establishes that we are designed to be male and female. Genesis 2 establishes that we are designed to be married as male and female to the exclusion of all others for life.

In the Old Testament Sodom is the epitome of a wrecked society and it is characterised by homosexual licentious acts. As also is the degenerate society present in the New Testament in Romans 1:21-32.  It never ends well for a society that celebrates LGBT+ pursuits. We should mourn when we observe the BBC propaganda.

But what is our response? It is NOT to pursue moral rectification and see all with homosexual and transgender activity eradicated so as to introduce a brave pure world. No, no, no. It is the gospel that is our response. The embrace of LGBT+ ideology reveals a society in breakdown, the bringing of the gospel into that society indicates a church which is wise and can bring hope. Cleaned up sinners are still sinners; let us never forget that. The gospel is the only message which is the power of God to salvation.

Oh let us rise to the challenge today and declare repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Pharisaical lectures and pompous do-gooding are not the answer. The gospel is.

Can We Have Our Rainbow Back?

One of the curious outcomes of the coronavirus outbreak is that the rainbow can be recovered by Christians. It is now a symbol of hope as it should be. It is in so many windows. It is on display in order it engender a sense of optimism concerning the outbreak being over sometime. The sight of it declares hope of a better day. And that is what it is. As we go back to Genesis 9:13-17 we read.

 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”  God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

The rainbow is the sign of covenant and hope. A sign of a God who keeps His promise.

Alas the rainbow has been hijacked, and dare I say tarnished, in recent years as a symbol of Pride festivals and the symbol of the LGBT+ movement in general.

Out of the blue though, the rainbow has returned to the grasp of the general populace. Rather than being the emblem of a segment of society, it is now back within the embrace of us all.

But as Christians we must take it the rightful stage further. It is a sign of hope in a God who withholds judgement. Like judgement fell once in the flood and never will fall again in a flood, so judgement fell once on our Saviour at Calvary’s cross and never will fall again. And thereby we have hope of an ultimate better day. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). Judgement is past for the believer in Jesus; never will it fall again, because it once fell on our Lord. Therefore we are the true rainbow people.

So remember “whenever you see a rainbow” that God is love.

Coronavirus (2)

On Monday I posted here about how sin being in the world, leads to a world under the judgement of God. This in turn leads on to an expectation that calamities will be known in this sin stricken world. Today I want to consider as to whether we can make a direct connection between the fact that certain sins are promoted today and the giving by God of the coronavirus.

One passage which bears upon our consideration is Luke 13:1-5. The passage read:

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Here the Lord is warning against the tendency that we have to categorise sins and sinners. Behind this tendency is the desire to “get ourselves off the hook” because we are not such bad sinners as others. It is very dangerous to engage in such thinking and we put our souls in peril if we do,. Rather as the Lord exhorts in v3 and v5 we should realise we all sin and are sinners and we need to repent.

However, this does not take away from the fact that in the Word of God we see the Lord portrayed as the One who does bring specific judgements as a result of specific sins. The fact that He does this shows that He is not some frenzied tyrant who deals out “the bad stuff” willy-nilly. Rather He is the One who brings just retribution for those involved in the pursuit of ways which are against his will.

Consider the taking away of the northern kingdom of Israel in 722 BC by the Assyrians. The Lord makes it patently clear that He did this because of their specific sins. So we read in 2 kings 17:7-17 how the nation rejected the commandments of the Lord, set up false worship and engaged in child sacrifice. That leads to the conclusion in v18a Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. There is a direct connection between their sin and His judgement.

Further if we go back to the first big judgement after the fall, that of the flood, we see that it was because: the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Gen 6:5).

As a final representation of this principle that specific sin leads to specific judgement consider how the church at Ephesus was threatened with the termination of their existence because they had abandoned their first love (see Rev. 2:4-5).

We seem today to be possessed of a great hesitancy of attributing certain disasters to certain sins. Our forebears were more bold. J.C Ryle writing about the cattle plague of 1865-7 in the UK wrote in respect of the cause thereof:

It has come upon us because of our national sins. God has a controversy with England, because of many things among us which are displeasing in His sight. He would gladly awaken us to a sense of our iniquities. This cattle plague is a message from Heaven.

He then goes on to list the specific national sins. You can read the document here.

Matthew McMahon on The Puritan Board discussion forum here says this: A number of Puritans (including Vincent and Mead), were directly involved in the plagues and fires of London. Mead saw the plague as a direct example of God’s wrath against the city for its sin and wickedness. Vincent saw the great fire in the same way. The reference here is to the Great Plague and Great Fire which occurred in London in 1665 and 1666 respectively.

So what are we to say of the present happenings. I make two observations:

China

The Chinese authorities have set themselves over the last two years to seek to establish total submission from all entities in the country to the Communist party. They want control; they want to take the place of God. The Christian Church is one of the entities which has borne the brunt of the increased repression with church buildings being burnt to the ground for example.

It is interesting that China was the source of the coronavirus infection and has borne the brunt of its effects thus far. The Communist Party which sought to control everything has found itself with a phenomenon that it could not control. Surely we can see the God who truly is, showing that to defy Him has consequences.

LGBT+

The pernicious LGBT+ agenda has rampaged through western societies over the past twenty five years. It has all the capacities if a virus. In fact it is an ideological virus. It has been an attack on two fundamental God given teachings which lead to orderly society and the healthy development of wholesome human interactions. These are that we are born male and female and that marriage is between one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others. The desire and intention to indoctrinate all into the new dogmas is being undertaken with a vengeance. Most international organisations have fallen to the might of those propagating these ideas. The promise is that a new freedom will pertain which will release mankind into a new age of security, peace and advance. And woe betide anyone who will not conform!

The fact that the coronavirus has spread throughout the world makes me to ponder upon how God is signifying His disapproval of the LGBT+ virus which is increasingly infecting the whole world. In sending the coronavirus God is saying that the new zeitgeist will not bring in a utopian state. Security, peace and advance only come when He is acknowledged as Lord and His ways are held to as those which are healthy and wholesome.

I suggest that through the coroanvirus God is providentially working out His judgement purposes. To resist God in terms of His role of ultimate authority (exemplified in China), and Him in being the establisher of the way which is most healthy and best for humanity (exemplified by the LGBT+ agenda) is not consequence free.

You may feel I have overstated my case in this post. That may be so. But I do want us to be aware that God is not indifferent to the rejection of Himself and His ways on His planet. He sovereignly governs for His own glory.

If I am guilty of drawing too many connections that does not take away from the poignancy of the connections made. If you and I only take heed to the principles that to submit to God as Lord and to embrace His way as the way of life, stability, peace and advance that will be good.

And finally to be aware that sin leads to catastrophe will always be edifying for us. In fact it is a mercy of God to know that He is stepping in to show us the consequences of our errors. This all forewarns us of an eternal reality. For in hell the message resounds loud and clear, and that eternally, that ultimate outcome of sin is catastrophe upon catastrophe. As we have a sniff of these realities in the present judgement of the coronavirus let us urgently flee from the wrath to come.

 

 

 

The New Morality

This article from the BBC (here) about Catalan Dragons recruiting Israel Folau struck me for the entrenched dogma that it portrays. Any action which pushes against the new moral values will not be tolerated. The universality of the front presented by all connected with Rugby League to condemn this action of simply giving a man a right to earn a living, i find somewhat breathtaking.

For clarity in this specific context the new moral system categorically states that homosexual relationships are to be welcomed. For anyone to question the rectitude of a man and a man and a woman having sexual relations together is to be guilty of heresy.

David Robertson discusses here how the new totalitarianism is gaining ground. He specifically cites the banning of Franklin Graham from certain venues in the UK.

The BBC is seemingly now in the vanguard and making sure that the populace are indoctrinated with the new morality. Their website has this curious tendency to give “happy-ever-after” stories for all who have embraced homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

Perhaps one way of responding might be to all become Catalan Dragons supporters. I sent a message to them thanking them for their bravery in recruiting Israel Folau. So looking forward to a victory over Huddersfield tomorrow!

And let us pray for the likes of Israel Folau that he might be a man of grace and truth as he has the spotlight on him.

 

State-Sponsored Experiment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), as one of its responsibilities, assesses what drugs are safe to release to the market. If NICE were responsible for the release of the LGBTQ+ agenda into the market of ideas they would be condemned with vehemence. I say this because there has been no consideration to the impact and consequences that the LGBTQ+ “drug” will have when consumed by a society en masse.

It is a scandal that the government in conspiration with academia and the media has unleashed on our society the full force of LGBTQ+ ideology. All of it is based on the assertion among the intelligentsia, opinion formers and decision makers of our land that we are free to choose our sexuality and gender. The persuasive power of it all is in the word “freedom”. The logic goes that if is based upon and leads to freedom then all must be well.

But where is the research? Where is the full consideration of the data? I am no sociologist or specialist in the history of ideas. However, it does not take any detailed research to conclude that the societies that have had longevity are those which have been based upon the promulgation of the ideas that sexual relations should be between a man and a woman and that we are to operate with our sex/gender as established at birth through our genitalia.

Here is one article picking up  how the state education system is being used to push forward the agenda. But does anyone know what this will mean for our society? The unprecedented levels of youngsters struggling with mental health issues should make us start to consider that “the project”, at the very least, has not been helpful.

It seems that we are at a pivotal time politically in this country with all the Brexit mayhem. However, I feel that that pales into insignificance when we view the long-term consequences of re-writing the values of our society.

The experiment is underway and, of course, woe betide you if speak against it. The long-term damage has not been considered. In spite of that it is all proclaimed to be the start of a brave new world.

Oh and of course don’t forget God has spoken about these issues. Genesis 19 tells us of the elimination of a society, Sodom and Gomorrah, that adopted this ideology. And Romans 1:18-32 would tell us that the adoption of such ways is indicative of a society under God’s judgement.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. the fruit of this experiment is guaranteed to be pernicious. And we will see more and more people seeking answers. And what opportunities there should be for evangelism as a result. Let’s keep speaking of a greater freedom and a more solid ideology. Let us preach and speak of Christ and Him crucified.

Gay Pride

I happened to be in close proximity to the Gay Pride march in Oxford earlier in the month. Some things struck me.

How acceptable this all is.

I noticed a bank and business society displaying the rainbow insignia in their windows. To not be an adherent to the LGBT+ agenda is now seen as being out of touch. And if your business is not with the LGBT+ agenda then you are considered discriminatory and bigoted.

How normal this all is.

Looking at the people taking part it seemed that so many were just your average families with parents and kids. Yes there were those who were more “odd”, but the normality of the participants I saw struck me. It was as if you are not part of the in-crowd if you are not participating. How much has changed in twenty-five years; in fact probably ten years.

On 18th September 2003 s28 of the Local Government act 1988 which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools was repealed. This seems like another age completely from where we are today. But that is only fifteen years ago.

How dangerous this all is.

The whole agenda of LGBT+ is a rejection of two fundamental creatorial principles as established in God’s Word. These are:

  • We are made male and female.
  • Sexual relationships are to be between one man and one woman in marriage.

Such principles are the bedrock of a society to function healthy. Moreover, the throwing aside of these standard leads me to ask what other standards will go next. I suggest the driving force in it all is that of establishing a consensus rather than maintaining established principles.

When  consensus drives the agenda we can end anywhere, You might be interested to hear what happened in Rwanda when consensus led to the slaughter of thousands. Listen about that here. In this programme Alan Little uses the eerie phrase “democratisation of evil”. Mmmmmmh makes me wonder about what is going on in our own society.

Homosexual Inclination

Sexual activity, according to the precepts of the Lord, is to be only between a couple joined together in marriage. That couple is to be made up of one male and one female. According, to God’s pure and established order the sexual inclination of the male is to be towards a woman and vice versa. The full physical expression of this inclination is be be enjoyed within marriage.

Our Lord Jesus gives an important nuance on all this teaching, when he observed that not only is the physical expression of sexual lust outside of marriage sinful, but so also is the expression of this in the heart. So we read in Mathew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” 

Alas the way of our beings has been marred by the fall. We are malfunctioning beings. This is clear for anyone to observe, given that we all gets colds and suffer in our bodies in many ways. Even Christians suffer in this way. However, the suffering is not just in our bodies. Our minds are affected as well, as also is our sexuality. One of the ways that our sexuality malfunctions is when people experience same-sex attraction. Their inclination deviates from the norm as established by God.

To give expression to their warped sexuality physically is clearly wrong, given what we have said already. It is also wrong for lust to veer into lusting in our hearts.

However, is the inclination wrong in itself? I would argue that it is as wrong as it is to have a broken leg. Both of them are manifestations that we live in a fallen world. Creation does not function as it was originally intended to and we, as humans, are part of that creation. However, to say that it is sinful to someone to have a same-sex inclination has to be viewed in the light of someone having a broken leg. If having a broken leg is not wrong then neither is having same-sex attraction.

Now there can be cases where people move on to be freed from same sex attraction in the same way that a broken leg can be healed, However, others have to live with this for the whole of their lives. Like someone with arthritis, for example, they have an affliction which they have to live with.

To have the affliction is not sinful. To give expression to that affliction is sinful.

This being the case, means that there should be great sympathy in the church for those who suffer in this way. Harsh, insensitive attitudes towards those with same sex attraction should be banished.

Those who commit themselves to celibacy because of their endemic same-sex attraction, are, in a sense, those who are described in Matthew 19:12b as eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Such are to be admired for their courage to commit themselves to this course. They should never be despised, mocked, rejected or ignored. Their lives are modelled by a daily taking up of the cross and following Christ, their Lord.

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