Romans

Anglican clerics face split over homosexuality

The Church of England is convening a summit of 38 church leaders from across the world to ‘resolve’ issues over gay rights and same-sex marriage. A major split is in the making Biblically correct African leaders are expected to walk out if the rest side with the homosexual movements agenda.  For run of the mill evangelicals, like we in Truth Watch, this is a non-issue.  Debating homosexuality and its place in any Christian communion is an oxymoron.  Common or garden Christians like us and you are justifiably perplexed.  Why on earth does this need to be debated at all?  James 4:4 springs to mind: friendship with the world that defies the commands of God is enmity towards him.  To love God is to hate evil; period, no debate.  In Galatians 5:19 Paul is explicit: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious and anyone living by them cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

It is tiresome repeating the well known biblical facts about homosexuality ad nauseum.  At no point does the Bible refer to homosexuality favourably.  Everything said about it is negative and condemnatory.  It should therefore  be entirely unnecessary to debate this issue within any denomination.  Unfortunately, there have always been elements within the Church who vie with each other to distort God’s revelation.  Their gnostic arrogance has never known any bounds.  They have always stood condemned.

Homosexuality carries the death penalty under Old Testament law.  Jesus said he had not come to do away with the law (God’s moral commands) so homosexuality is still a sin.  We can argue over the death penalty, but homosexuality is sinful nevertheless.  Some say it is no worse a sin than any other.  That is true to the extent that if we commit any sin, under God’s perfectly holy watch, we effectively break all his commands.  But, some sins carried a heavier penalty under the OT code. God clearly regards some sins as more reprehensible than others.  Sexual sins pollute our bodies – the temple of God dwelling in us.  For this reason they carried heavier penalties.

The New Testament tells us homosexuals will not enter heaven and God uses homosexuality in Romans 1 to illustrate the lengths to which we humans will go when we deny and disobey God. Sodom and its sister cities were an earlier case in point and God destroyed them.

It seems that liberal theologians either read into Scripture what they want it to say, by completely distorting the plain meaning of the text, or they make some other broad claim. Their condemnation is assured. They often appeal to natural justice, or resort to the claim we are not to judge.  Either argument is illegitimate.  No Man-made call to justice can override God’s established standards.  God tells us to love him is to obey his commands.  True justice can only stem from God’s commands. We are also perfectly free to judge on matters on which God has already issued his judgment.  If we choose to ignore, or re-interpret any clear command, our love for God must be called into question and our right to speak on matters Christian is abrogated.  Likely as not, any ‘rank-holder’, in any Christian denomination, who plies the lie about homosexuality, is almost certainly not a Christian.  Paul made it clear to the Corinthians that anyone who flagrantly commits a sexual sin should be turfed out of fellowship until they had renounced and repented of the sin.  Homosexual advocating clerics are no different and must, due to their position be judged more strictly. Two courses of action are open to them; repent and be born again, or leave the Church.

Some argue homosexuals are born that way and resort to an unfounded claim to genetic propensity.  This is arrant biological nonsense, quite apart from the fact that no such genetic connection has been found.  Because homosexuals cannot reproduce any such gene would have long since passed out of the human genome.  Of course, it would never have been there in the first place, since to put it there God would have to have contradicted his commands.  God never makes mistakes.

Jesus prayed for unity in the Church.  When church leaders risk that unity over homosexuality, related to only a small percentage of the population (1-4%),  when the plain meaning of Scripture is clear, they are defying the will of God the Father and the Son.  Such people prefer the lie to the truth and the Holy Spirit is foreign to them.

Beatles Christianity -the ‘Emerging’ Church

So, what’s so dangerous about the emerging church, a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries? The full force of emerging church theology, a movement that claims to be Christian, visited two Truth Watch members the other day – in the form of a 60s-something couple from Alabama, USA. A conversation was sparked after reading the inscription on the back of the man’s tee-shirt – something to the effect that Jesus is a problem for organised religion. The couple soon proved the reverse of their tee-shirt wisdom. According to them there is no hell. Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church and hipster pastor, has obviously spread his poison far and wide. Everyone is going to heaven. Misquoting the “no one comes to the father” phrase in John 14:6 they insisted it meant ALL will be drawn to the Father, due to the boundless grace and love of Jesus. Apparently, God’s love is so far-reaching and all-embracing that sin is not an issue. No need for deliberate repentance. God must perform some totally unbiblical alchemy, as the unregenerate pass through the vale of death, to convert the sinful soul into one cleansed of all unrighteousness. What a revelation! All those Christian martyrs could have avoided torture and execution.

So Jesus never really needed to die on the cross. It was, according to these emergent disciples, just a useful device to get the Jews on side. By getting the scriptural record wrong again they were adamant Jesus had to die on the cross because no Jew would accept him otherwise. You see, Jews insist there can be no redemption without the shedding of blood, so Jesus had to shed his blood, just for them. The fact that it was God, not the Jews, who mandated the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins, had been completely missed by his couple. Another contradiction also manifest itself. The Alabamians argued when Jesus said on the cross that it was finished he meant all sin was done away with so all would be welcomed into his kingdom. Oh, don’t forget the eldership issue. Male eldership is rank misogyny. See our women in leadership article.

All of this is little more than Beatles ‘Christianity’ – “all you need is love, love: love is all you need”. Now, of course, God is love, but it is a love infused with holiness so he cannot countenance sin in his kingdom. Our false evangelists of their new religion insisted love and relationship is the Alpha and Omega – no strings attached. Never-mind, for instance, that God tells us we must prove our love is real by obeying his commands. This is apparently an inconvenient truth best ignored.  If ignorance doesn’t work then just redefine God’s commands to mean the opposite of their plain meaning.

No one can be received into God’s kingdom unless they are regenerate; having confessed their sin, asked for repentance and by faith received that saving grace that expunges sin. The Roman’s 10:9 faith-based transformation must occur in this act of repentance, otherwise there is no born again transaction and without that there is no salvation. Emerging theology denies all of this when it insists all are saved. This false theology had reached the zenith of its obstinate apostasy in this couple. The fear of God and his holiness has well and truly been lost. By re-branding God’s love, grace and mercy as a free pass for all-comers, Beatles Christianity must come seriously close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

On the day of judgement will Jesus look on this poor American couple and say, depart from me, I never knew you? The emergent gurus are convincing otherwise faithful Christians that they can break the second commandment and mould a god in a man-made image that would have unrepentant multitudes in God’s holy kingdom. It is hard to imagine idolatry more perverse than this. Jesus warned that he will turn many away with his ‘go, I never knew you’. In this one phrase Jesus confirms the heresy in the all-are-saved dogma. If it were true then Jesus would not be turning anyone away. If he rejects many who think they know him by what means could he possibly accept those who never claimed to know him or actively rejected him? False emergent teachers have successfully blinded their followers to this obvious fact. The western Church is facing a full blown gnostic challenge that inoculates emerging church adherents against truth. Sadly, the western Church is unprepared for this assault. There is little doubt a very public schism must come between true believers and the emerging heresy.

A fairytale called evolution

There are many aspects to evolutionary theory that make it unbelievable. The very idea that the complexity of living organisms can have its origins in nothing but inorganic matter is ridiculous. Evolutionary scientists have no idea how it happened beyond wild speculation. The probability that amino acids could spontaneously order themselves in very specific ways to produce proteins which then form complex interacting groupings to achieve a myriad of complex functions is so ludicrous it beggars belief. How DNA, the brains behind cellular life, could ever form on its own is unimaginable. Then there is the way the universe, our planet and our solar system in particular are so very finely tuned to make life possible. These so called cosmological constants only have to be minutely altered to make life and even the cosmos impossible.  It simply cannot happen by chance.

But, lets get down to something a lot more basic that even we lesser mortals can ponder before concluding evolution must be wrong. One of the key evolutionary principles concerns what is called the survival of the fittest. Evolutionists claim life grew in complexity as it self-selected on the basis of survivability. The most complex and highly evolved ‘animal’, according to evolutionists, is us – Man. They claim we got to where we are today because some small apes decided to drop out of the trees, for which they were supremely well designed, and make it on the forest floor.

Think about it. Why would an animal, designed to depend on its tree-dwelling ability decide to head for the ground? Every fibre of its natural instinct would have told it to stay in the safety of the trees. To try to make it on the ground is to defy the very survival of the fittest doctrine. On the ground small apes are highly vulnerable to predators. True, they might have ventured on to the ground to forage for some types of food, but they would have fled to the trees every time a sabre-tooth headed their way. Their vulnerability would have mitigated against ground adaptation. Their whole pelvic design, for example, makes flight on the ground almost impossible. To adapt to terrestrial living they would have had to stay on the ground for many generations, according to evolutionary theory, but that would have left them at the mercy of just about every known predator. They would not be fit to survive on the ground. The great apes can survive on the ground because they are large enough to see off most predators, but even they are restricted to a very small habitat, suited to their survival. The small apes, the Australopithicines, which the evolutionists claim were our forebears, had no size or strength advantage, no speed advantage and no fighting advantage. Their only hope lay in the trees. It is therefore reasonable to conclude the man from apes idea is unworkable – using evolutionary theory’s own dictum.

The fact is real empirical science has been replaced , by evolutionists like Richard Dawkins, with scientism; a religious dogma that insists God cannot exist and therefore everything must owe its origins to chance and the sole operation of natural laws, even if those very laws cannot make something out of nothing and cannot emerge on their own from nothing.  Dawkins and his ilk pretend to get past this fact by waiving it aside with “we’re working on that”.  This is tantamount to the blind faith they attribute to Christianity.

What is even more sad than this self-delusion is the fact that so many Christians think that a fairytale called evolution needs to be superimposed over an all powerful, all knowing God to produce everything there is while God sits idly by and watches with impotent interest. They have adopted their own form of scientism. If Jesus is Lord then he is the king of and creator of creativity itself. If he is Lord he is capable of bringing everything into being and he has told us that is exactly what he did. If Jesus is Lord, no ape needed to swing down out of a tree. God created the tree, the ape and Man. When Christians swallow the evolutionary lie they deny Jesus is Lord – Romans 10:9. If they are prepared to believe in evolution any old lie that comes along will be just as easily accepted. The leadership of the Church has allowed this appalling state of affairs to develop and it is at them that God will point his staff of justice.