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It’s not Always Mental Deficiency

Communists/socialists are not necessarily stupid. Agility of mind is a cross-ideology gift, coming down from Him Who causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust. But cleverness and a ready ability to access mental catalogs of information cannot substitute for the wisdom which begins with the fear of the LORD.

So let us not assume unwisely that the comrades (at least not all of them) are ignorant of how their ideology has wrecked nations and brutally ended millions of lives over the last century or so. They might even be able to follow logically, for example, the socioeconomic plunge of Venezuela down from freedom and prosperity to chaos and indigence in a matter of decades. So why do they persist in following the pied piper of Marxism?

The God centered wisdom commended by the Bible includes the understanding that humans are God’s created beings, and recognizes the present universal corruption of human nature. (Thank God for the redemption freely offered to all through Christ!) This fallen state in which we all share, so evident in every arena of the human experience, they willfully ignore. And that is par for their course.

For example, they have been taught since childhood that the Earth is very, very old and therefore interpret geological phenomena accordingly. “Look at those rock layers on every continent. Yes, I believe. Uniformitarianism explains it all, Charles Lyell be praised! That sedimentary stratification is the result of water acting on the Earth’s surface over millions of years.”

Point out fossilized tree trunks which vertically intersect with multiple rock layers…suggest to them that the Earth doesn’t look old, but looks like it went through a catastrophic global flood several thousand years ago during which the layers were put down rapidly…propose that the existing Colorado river is not the slow poke carver of the Grand Canyon but only the residual trickle of an unimaginably powerful torrent which sculpted that magnificent marvel in short order, and you will be dismissed as a Neanderthal – who were simply a human ethnic group, not the semi-human cave dwellers of myth.

(By the way, whatever happened to that fine old English word once used as an epithet for the haplessly outdated, namely ANTEDILUVIAN? You know, as in Donovan’s Atlantis song: “The antediluvian kings colonized the world.” Perhaps it was one of the first victims of Newspeak. But back to topic.)

So our once red now green friends scratch their secularly indoctrinated heads pondering what went wrong with all previous attempts at engineering a classless utopia. As they ignore the violent, selfish, and greedy perversity of human nature which is so evident from the deluge of evils with which it covers the Earth, their inward thought is, “This time WE will get it right. We’ll fix the planet and establish a new, man made Eden for those who inhabit it!”

This hubris…this ugly toadstool of arrogance grows on the compost pile of a-Theism (intentionally so spelled). A-Theism is deliberate and formal in the case of the hard core communist. This is his profoundly devout religious creed: “there is no God!” The garden variety socialist might not be as doctrinaire, still he adheres to a practical form of a-Theism. He asserts that if there is a deity, it is detached from humanity’s concerns and irrelevant to the utopia seeking agenda. And he reckons that people who talk about the present kingdom of the living, loving, righteous and holy God will be at best tolerated nuisances in the society he envisions.

Being envisioned is as far as the Communist/socialist utopia will ever get. Can you say doomed to fail…again?

“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” (Psalm 2:1-4)

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Contra Gaystapo

Having shared an article which attempted to show that homosexuality is just fine according to the Bible, a friend asked for a rebuttal. Five lines of argumentation to that purpose follow…

1. The term “homosexual” is euphemistic; that some Bibles use it in translating from the original languages is regrettable. The meaning of the word used at Deuteronomy 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, 1 Kings 15:12, 1 Kings 22:46, and 2 Kings 23:7 (translated “sodomite” by the KJV) is male temple prostitute.

At Leviticus 18:22 we don’t have a single word, but we read “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Cf. Leviticus 20:13, where capital punishment is to be inflicted on those who commit this. By allowing the word homosexual, as it is commonly used today, into our vocabulary we are already apologetically compromised to some extent.

Two pertinent Greek New Testament words (transliterated MALAKOS and ARSENOKOITES) refer to those committing such abominable practices which also are described by the apostle Paul in Romans 1. The first word means “soft, effeminate” and the second “one who lies with a male as with a female.” So the proscription of Leviticus applies; remember the two testaments are not at variance but together constitute the whole and coherent counsel of God. Cf. Romans 3:31

The word sodomite apparently came into the English language because of the Biblical city Sodom; hence also the related words sodomy, sodomize, etc. Among the sins of the inhabitants of that ancient Canaanite town was the “going after strange flesh” mentioned at Jude verse 7. Cf. Genesis 18, 19.

So linguistically, we already are sanitizing “deeds done in secret” (cf. Eph. 5:12) when we use the terms homosexual, bisexual, and transexual. And the very perversion in question is reflected in the perversion of the original meaning of the English word GAY, as used for example in the carol lyric, “don we now our gay apparel, fa la la…” Bright and festive this dark bondage is not.

2. Consider another Greek word, PORNEA, used frequently in the New Testament. It refers to ANY kind of sexual activity outside of marriage. The Bible identifies all such activity as sin. PORNO-GRAPHY means media portrayal of it. Our English word fornication corresponds to it. So “cheating” on one’s spouse, i.e. adultery, is a specific type of fornication. “Pre-marital sex” is another kind, looking at lurid images online or on glossy paper another, perverted behavior with someone of the same sex another.

And even though all fornication is not adultery, the Seventh Commandment must be considered. Jesus vigorously upheld it in His sermon on the mount, where He in no way abolishes the Law (cf. Mat. 5:17 ff.), but rather expounds on its spirituality and breadth of application. Lustful looks? In essence you’ve done the deed, declares the Master. (Who can stand up to such a standard? Let us be thankful He is also the One Who saves us from our sins!) Since marriage is by definition the union of one man and one woman, redefining it equals breaking a commandment Jesus upheld.

3. Let’s think hard about the term “having sex.” Though preceded by foreplay, usually the term refers to coitus itself…getting to the heart of the matter. The bard of Avon called it “making the beast with two backs,” or something to that effect. Can two people of the same sex even “have sex?” Why should we allow an imitation of coitus, a perverse mockery of it done by two men or two women, even be called “having sex?”

What does having sex, let alone the more noble expression making love, have to do with one man shoving his penis into another man’s anus, withdrawing it slathered with blood and dung, and leaving his seed in the other man’s rectum? That is not “having sex” and is an infuriating blasphemy against Him Whose name is Love, the One with Whom they will have to do in His time.

4. Another argument is similar to this one against erroneous views of divine creation: Where does the Bible proactively teach that the days of creation were really eons in duration, or that God used evolution to create humans and other life forms? Where is the positive teaching that would force us to reinterpret as “poetic” what is so clear in the precise historical narrative and prosaic geneaologies of the early chapters of Genesis (repeated in 1 Chronicles and Luke)? How does one tell a six year old about the six days of creation, and ten years later tell the sixteen year old that those days weren’t really days?

Are not all those modern views of creation, originating after Darwin published his magnum opus in A.D. 1859, merely attempts by those ashamed of the clear teaching of God’s word to accommodate and appease Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who calls it foolish?

(And speaking of evolution, how did the very process which allegedly works by natural selection as a population procreates over long periods of time bring forth a behavior which by definition cannot result in procreation? How did the “gay gene” evolve? How did the first mutant who did not want to engage in the behavior which does result in procreation pass that gene down to the next generation?)

Similarly, where does the Bible illustrate, exemplify, or proactively teach the legitimacy of this abominable perversion of what was so clearly established by God with the world’s first marriage? Holy writ gives us patriarchs and matriarchs, where are the Bible’s transiarchs? Where are the passages giving us practical instruction for Christian living in the gay home? How does a child who has been told he has two mothers or two fathers understand the Fifth Commandment?

Let them trot out their mantra “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.” Jesus never said anything about abortion, either. But rightly interpreting the book which tells us how John the baptizer in utero lept for joy (wow – an emotional lump of tissue!), we know it violates the Sixth Commandment.

Jesus never said anything about grand theft auto, does that mean I can steal a Maserati and call myself a member of the BGLQT (By Grand Larceny Quick Takers) community? No, it violates the Eighth Commandment.

5. At Ephesians 5:3 we read “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.” Our society once reflected that view of this particular form of fornication: it was not fit for polite conversation, it was a shameful horror. So a final brief argument from history and from the contemporary fruit of the normalization of these practices.

Sodom and Gomorrah beg the question, what other society has long endured after going down this path, let alone advanced? The demise of those societies might not have been as spectacularly miraculous as was that of Sodom and Gomorrah but they were overthrown in God’s providence and in accordance with His righteous judgment just as surely.

In our own time, consider: what has happened to the Boy Scouts of America? What has happened to women’s sports? How many children have been abused to the point of mayhem being committed on their bodies, eventually bringing them to utter despair and suicide? What about all the insanity in the public square over locker rooms, lavatories, and pronouns?

Only the salt of the earth can preserve western civilization. Only the light of the world can dispel this present darkness. Christians, we are the salt of the earth. We are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13,14)

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