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What "progressive" social reformers do not seem to understand is that God predicted in the pages of the Bible what is actually happening today in the modern Israelite nations.
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama proclaimed June 2009 as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month" in the United States, and in doing so expressed his hope that Americans would come to view these sexual proclivities as normal and acceptable behavior! In announcing his proclamation, President Obama noted that he was the first U.S. President to appoint an openly homosexual person for a Senate-confirmed post in the first 100 days of his presidency.
Although many leaders in the homosexual community believe that President Obama has not gone far enough, millions of Americans who understand the value of God's law—and the importance of the biological family in rearing children as part of a healthy community—have found the President's actions shocking and almost unbelievable! What the President—and even many who oppose him—fail to realize is that through his actions, ancient Bible prophecies are coming alive, right before our eyes! The President's actions will bring consequences that neither he nor his supporters anticipate.
Sadly, the words and actions of President Obama are only the tip of an iceberg of social change that is permeating Western culture and threatening to sink the ship of biblical morality that has been one of the distinguishing characteristics of Western civilization. For the last decade, schoolchildren in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and Europe have been indoctrinated with the idea that homosexuality is a normal behavior and that anyone who questions this idea is backward, narrow -minded—and probably a religious bigot.
Unsuspecting children and non-homosexuals are encouraged to participate in "Gay Pride" events to show their support for the homosexual agenda. In America, the National Education Association (representing the schoolteachers of America) has decided to throw its weight behind same-sex marriage, homosexual adoption and other aspects of the "gay" agenda. In Australia, where the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is now the nation's biggest annual social event, ministers have apologized to homosexuals for labeling their lifestyle as evil. In America and Britain, several mainstream church denominations now ordain active homosexuals into the ministry. Openly homosexual couples are invited to church conventions to promote their agenda. Recently, in an attempt to gain the votes of more than 2.6 million British homosexuals, Conservative Party leader David Cameron issued an "extraordinary apology" for legislation his party passed to ban the promotion of homosexuality in schools. Cameron also pledged, if elected, to promote homosexual rights, and said that support for his party would produce the first homosexual Prime Minister of Britain. One homosexual leader described Cameron's comments as "historic." The current Labor Prime Minster, Gordon Brown, is also openly campaigning for the "gay" vote!
Sadly, what is really "historic" about our modern era is that a behavior that for thousands of years was understood as a social and moral evil—a perversion and an abomination in God's sight—is now being promoted not only as a "normal" behavior but as something everyone should accept as good. Moreover, people are being told that those who cling to biblical beliefs regarding good and evil are actually bad people who are stubbornly holding on to what President Obama labeled "worn arguments and old attitudes." Amazingly, more and more professing Christian ministers not only condone homosexual behavior as acceptable; they are even welcoming active homosexuals into the ministry and apologizing for their old (biblically based) ideas that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful and evil!
The Bible clearly reveals that God created a woman for a man, and a man for a woman—and that marriage is to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18, 23–25). Scripture plainly states that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their wickedness and depravity—and homosexuality is specifically referred to as one of their evils (see Genesis 13:13; 19:5–7). God had specifically instructed Moses to warn the children of Israel that homosexuality was an abomination in His sight (Leviticus 18:22); yet, when the Israelites drifted away from God and adopted the ways of their pagan neighbors, homosexuality was one of the practices the backsliding Israelites adopted (Judges 19:22). In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul—an ardent promoter of biblical Christianity—plainly wrote that when people reject the teachings of God they will drift into and embrace and promote sinful ideas, including homosexuality—and that they will reap the consequences (Romans 1:22–32).
What "progressive" social reformers do not seem to understand is that God predicted in the pages of the Bible what is actually happening today in the modern Israelite nations. Long ago, God inspired Moses to warn the Israelite peoples, "I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger" (Deuteronomy 31:29). God warned through the prophet Isaiah, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20)—which is what we are seeing today! God also prophesied through Isaiah, "the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed" (Isaiah 9:16). Today, it is not the rank and file church members or voters who are championing the normalization of behaviors once considered abominable; it is the church leaders, politicians and judges who are pushing these ideas on the average person.
However, God reveals in Scripture that these misguided actions will bring consequences in the years ahead! God warned, "if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes… I will break the pride of your power, and make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze… I will bring a sword against you… I will scatter you among the nations" (Leviticus 26:14–33). The prophet Hosea cautioned, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of God's laws and ways. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children" (Hosea 4:6).
In light of these prophecies, it is no surprise that at the same time the leaders of modern Israelite nations are promoting the acceptance of behaviors God calls abominable, those nations are losing their influence and being subjected to increasing problems. We need to wake up to the fact that there is a God in heaven who will hold His people accountable for their actions (Jeremiah 2:17–19: Hosea 4:7–10). The God of the Bible does not tolerate leaders or bless nations that promote evil and condemn good!