GP – God’s Promise!

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Being born at the tail end of 1981, I grew up with many rainbow images, such as the rainbow colored marshmallows of my favorite cereal, Lucky Charms, and my favorite video series from elementary school had the word in its name, Reading Rainbow!  I preferred M and Ms to Skittles, but I was quite aware of the Skittles’ rainbow themed commercials.  My sister’s cartoons of choice had rainbows front center in their imagery too: Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, and My Little Pony.  I’m sure I even thought of Oz when I saw a rainbow. In high school I discovered the band Rainbow, that featured Ritchie Blackmoore, the man who wrote the famous “Smoke on the Water” riff, and Dio, the greatest voice of metal. I still see the rainbow featured often in my daughter’s 21st century cartoons, but to be fair, when many of us see a rainbow image today, childhood shows and cartoons probably don’t come to mind.  What comes to mind today when you see a rainbow?  What comes to my mind with rainbow imagery makes me think the band Rainbow would have chosen a different name if they were to form today.

Most of you probably answered something about gay pride, same-sex marriage, or the LGBTQ community coming to mind when you see rainbows today.

The image of the rainbow is linked so closely today with homosexuality; the White House was lit up with the colors of the rainbow the evening of the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in America for instance.  The link is so strong to homosexual practice that many Christians today shy away from the use of rainbow colors or imagery to avoid promoting actions and a lifestyle that Scripture states as sinful.

This however does not have to be the case and should not be the case.  The Bible after all prominently features a rainbow as a sign of a promise that God made with Noah after he destroyed the world via a flood.  The promise that God made was that he would never again destroy the world via a flood.

We can remember much when we see a rainbow.  We can remember God’s promise to Noah and all living creatures.  We can look to the rainbow and be reminded of how God has given us promises that are both of Law and of Gospel.

When we look to the rainbow, we are reminded that God did destroy the world once due to the wickedness of mankind.  We can understand how wicked we are capable of being when we consider the many millions of deaths that occurred in the 20th century under Atheistic, Communist regimes.  Just how bad men had become Scripture is not clear, but certainly evil enough that God destroyed all of mankind, except Noah and his family.  Noah alone found favor with God, because he walked with God.

Concerning Law, the outside color of blue reminds us of the flood waters of Noah’s day.  The outside color of red, reminds us that God has promised that he will destroy the world again.  He will keep his promise and not use water.  This time he will destroy the world with fire.

The rainbow also can remind us of God’s promises of good news.  The outside blue, reminds us of baptism into Jesus Christ.  The way to be saved when the world is destroyed by fire is to be in the waters of baptism.  Peter tells us that the waters of Noah’s day, the waters by which eight people were saved, symbolize the waters of baptism that now save us.  He says that the waters of baptism save us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In baptism, we are buried with Christ in his death and raised with him to new life.

The outside red of the rainbow reminds us of communion.  Communion is a meal that Jesus instituted on the night that he was betrayed to death.  In it, he took bread and after giving thanks, broke it and said, “Take Eat, this is my body given for you.”  He also took a cup of wine and said, “Take drink, this is my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”  He told his disciples to eat of this bread and drink of this cup often in remembrance of him and that when we do this we are proclaiming his death until he comes again to bring us to the eternal home he is preparing for us.

The rainbow also points to Jesus.  It is a bow, as in a bow and arrow.  God’s bow is no longer pointed down at us. It is pointed up to heaven.  God’s wrath against the wickedness of men has been turned to his Son, who became sin for us, and who was pierced for our transgressions.

Here with the rainbow we see God’s promises of both Law and Gospel.

Join me in sharing this message of God’s plan of salvation and the end of evil.  Join me in sharing the promises of God, both of warning and of hope, found in the rainbow.

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23. Law and Gospel on Facebook

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I (Andy) have recently noticed, on the Contradict Facebook page I administer and on other pages, that most posts on homosexuality speak just the Law of God ( i.e. his standards, commands, and expectations). The Gospel is typically missing.

I took a photo of a gay wedding cake and then added the text, “Jesus died for this sin too!” off to the side of the image. With this single statement the Gospel is proclaimed, and at the same time homosexuality is still shown to be sinful.

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Jesus is the Savior of all adulterers. I am one of them. To clarify, in Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, he defines adultery as any lust. He defines murder as hating anyone. Jesus essentially shows us that we all have broken God’s Law, that we are all sinners in need of divine redemption. He provided that redemption through the shedding of his blood for our sins, through his life, death, burial, and resurrection.

“To share or not to share?”  That is the question.  In this episode George shares why he chooses to abstain from sharing religious posts on social media sites, while I share why I am in full support of such posts.  To close George shares four Facebook posts pertaining with homosexuality and wants to know if I’d share them or not.  Putting the Law and Gospel principle into action, I decide to share or not to share.

To learn more about Law and Gospel watch the videos with Law and Gospel in their titles in the following playlist I created on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS-hGmUdPsUnbaRFbrhQqhy9zj-h5mwub

Dr. Peter Jones – Think Tank 2014 Part 1

I attended the TruthXchange Think Tank 2014 at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA.  The following is notes I took from Dr. Peter Jones’ opening address on Feb. 4th, 2014:

An attempt to redefine human civilization is underway

  • Harvey Milk – gay, pedophile – now has a holiday, 2009 Presidential medal, and USPS stamp
  • We are on warp speed to death!

Intentional attempt to rebuild culture on new foundation

  • We mus identify the roots
  • Promotion of One-ism!
  • Sexuality joined to spirituality
    1. It’s social suicide to eliminate the sexes
    2. Perverse sexuality destroys the Creator God
    3. Homosexuality challenges heteronomalit
    4. Gay Party Manifesto – Homo and Hetero will be incomprehensible terms

Imagine Living in the Socialist USA

  • Socialism is not just an economic program but a social agenda for egalitarian change
    1. Norms of male and female are REMOVED
    2. LGBTQ all have same access
    3. Marriage – now has no special rights
    4. Sixteen year old boys – 40 year old men will be seen as healthy relationships
    5. Normalization of sex-workers
    6. This destroys family and terms like mother and father!

Pagan Progression

  • Transgressing boundaries
  • Subject and Object distinction is removed
  • Ending sterotypes
  • As above so below – essentially earth is heaven, we are gods.
  • Spread of the Hindu term – avita – “One not Two”

If you can destroy two – All is One!
God’s creation of differences must be obliterated.  The call for this comes through homosexuality.  Male and Female – M/F is removed.  No Father.  No Mother.  Replaced with Parent A and Parent B.

This is even happening in the Christian church.  Now we are all human beings.  Just look at the latest NIV translation and you will see the church eliminating gender words.

The progression:

  1. Evolution removes distinction between animal and humans
  2. Machine and human distinction is removed (the movie, Her)
  3. Abortion – the baby is swallowed up by the mother
  4. Politics – Socialism – The state swallows up the individual

The goals of this agenda:

  1. Eliminate Binary and silence its defenses
  2. The lie must silence the truth
  3. Gay radicals refuse debate – fear that the truth shall be heard in the debate
  4. Silence the “hate”
  5. Only take children to therapists to affirm gayness
  6. All great literature of the past and works of faith groups will disappear to be replaced by government propoganda

Will the rising generation be shocked?  Nope.

Right is wrong – and wrong is mandatory.

Homosexual Marriage… What does the Bible say?

I received the following email from one, Joshua Suh:

It seems like the last two videos were about love? Is this in correlation to valentines day coming up?! hahah, what does contradict say about gay love? Not that I’m gay or condone gay marriage, it’s always so relevant though, this whole, ” progression” “down with the ignorant conservative” movement, but I would be interested in hearing contradicts opinion from a biblical perspective, aside from all the political banter, just biblical facts. It often happens people quote or misunderstand Bible Verses.. out of context about homosexual marriages! There is always the Inner ” Christian Circle” argument” between Christians who support gays and christians who don’t, which doesn’t really help our case if we can’t agree upon it ourselves..): But what would Contradict say about this?!!

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What stood out to me was that he didn’t want to hear any politics, just biblical facts.

  1. On Judging – First, I have heard it said a lot that we shouldn’t judge others.  People who say this are likely getting this view from Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  When more of chapter 7 is read we see that, “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  This shows that we can judge others, only after we have addressed our own sins first.  If you notice, the judging in that situation is done with the goal of helping your brother remove the speck from his eye.  Matthew 7 also falls with the Sermon on the Mount which is leading us to see that none of us righteous enough to enter heaven.  We all need a Savior!  This means we can’t throw judgment upon others, while claiming that we are righteous on account of our own merit.
  2. Marriage in the Bible – Marriage is established in Genesis Chapter 2 at the creation of humanity as a relationship between a man and a wife.  Genesis 2:18, 21-24 reads:

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’…and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.

Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

3. Homosexuality is a Sin – I pulled the following verses from a John MacArthur article that shows God opposing homosexuality throughout all of his Word to us:

– In the patriarchs (Genesis 19:1-28)

In the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13)

In the Prophets (Ezekiel 16:46-50)

In the New Testament (Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Jude 7-8)

Of these I often cite, Leviticus 18:22 from the Old Testment, to show that homosexuality is a sin, which says, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination,”  and I quote Romans 1:22-27, which I recommend all of you to look up and read directly.

4. Division amongst Christians – Josh mentioned that there are divisions amongst Christians on this issue.  I firmly believe that if all the passages listed above are read, it’s unavoidable to come to the conclusion that God sees homosexual activity as sinful.  As we share God’s standard with others, I think we need to approach it as Jesus commanded, by removing the log from our own eye first.  We all have lusted, which means we all have committed adultery in our hearts (Matthew 5:27-28).  We all need a Savior and we all must come to repentance.  We all have sins that we will struggle with throughout this life.  The struggle against sin is a sign that we have faith in Christ.  Hebrews 10:26-29 says:

 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,  but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.  Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

The Gay Agenda!

Erwin W. Lutzer in his book, The Truth about Sam-Sex Marriage, quotes Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen’s, both gay activists, in their writings as having said, “Almost all behavior begins to look normal if you are exposed to enough of it at close quarters and among your acquaintances.”  The media is definitely helping… most TV shows have at least one homosexual character now, if not more, Smash and Glee are two examples.  Movies such as Milk, Brokeback Mountain, and Valentine’s Day play their role.

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They also write, “Portray gays as victims, not aggressive challengers.” Victims gain sympathy, especially in the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

They also say that it is best to make gays look good.  Now we got homosexual curriculum for schools to highlight the achievements of homosexuals.  Anyone who takes a stance against homosexuality must be portrayed as a villain, a bigot, a hater.  They must be seen as a gay-basher.

They insist that gays must be portrayed in a positive light.

Lutzer also quotes Eric Pollard, the founder of ACT-UP, a militant homosexual group, as having used Adolf Hitler’s own words as a strategy for homosexual activists: “By clever and persevering use of propaganda, even heaven can be represented as hell to the people, and conversely, the most wretched life as paradise.”

Such strategies are certainly working for the gay communities.  And ultimately what happens is that the majority that actually opposes same-sex marriage and believes that homosexuality isn’t beneficial to society are forced into silence.

Truth About Same Sex MarriageLutzer in his book presents six things you must know about what’s really at stake with same-sex marriage.  The truth must be spoken no matter how hard it is to speak it, and in the face of the strategies of the homosexual communities we must be careful to speak the truth in love.  Lutzer does a good job of recognizing that judging an action as wrong, does not mean hating the person, or people who participate in such actions.

This is a tough topic even amongst Christians as many disagree on the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality, and many openly gay men and women also profess faith in Jesus Christ, while rejecting that homosexuality is a sin, like one of the gay characters in Smash.