Natural, Normal or---?
(What seems most obvious to a rational and morally sound mind is; if it is NOT natural and normal, it most likely is unnatural and perverted, when it comes to human relationships and sex. What fits in this category? Read on)
Reflecting back to the Olympics for 2014, Russia putting a ban on homosexuality, many protests from the homosexuals hit the media again as those games began. As more of the U.S. states were allowing same sex marriages, the attorney general of the USA (obviously supported by presidential powers) declared a new law granting homosexual couples the same rights as those who had a natural or normal marriage. I wrote this article back then, stating this was “only going to create more problems for the nation, as it encourages this abominable sin (Lev.18:22 & Lev.20:13) and gives place for it to grow.”
Those problems have materialized; or continued to increase may be the most accurate way of putting it, and the nation has continued to diminish and weaken. Now the Supreme Court of the USA has ruled (June 26, 2015) that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. So I am updating the article for this present website, but the material is from the previous article, written and posted online in Feb.2014, with the exception of leaving one word out of the original title, editing this paragraph, some few editorial notes [ ] and the adding of links to other material on this new website. Over 98% of the original article is below.
The article started the next paragraph with;
“I am very thankful for the states like Missouri and their leadership, who were wise enough to pass a law in 2004, banning same sex marriages, but other states have since [dropped their bans and] embraced the practice. The divide in this country is widening for various reasons, but this liberalism to open (and abominable) sin is definitely one of them. Now the news has picked up a story about an NFL football player, whom I will not name, has openly stated that he is “gay”. However, it was reported that Mrs. Obama has quickly given him her approval for his announcement. So it seems that the president and the first lady both approve [and encourage] this sinful life style, which goes against the teachings of Scripture, as we will see later.
Has anyone wondered what is going on with this new “same-sex” homosexual agenda we see taking place in this country? [Can anyone recall where & how this all started?] Is it rapidly becoming “normal” and acceptable in the minds of many? However it is not just here, as other countries are giving in to this same un-natural life style that people lust for and yield to. But that is the dilemma, because those caught up in this mindset do not see, or else ignore the Bible’s clear word, thinking themselves as being “normal” or that they were “born” that way! That is like saying it is God’s fault they are homosexual, yet God condemns that behavior!
What do those words in the title mean to you as far as marriage and the sanctity of it is concerned? Remember, our president recently failed to give support to the sanctity of a one man, one woman marriage. (DOMA) Is this mindset already corrupting the country? [it appears now that it was] How would you define a marriage that is “Natural or Normal” and if you have Christian desires, do you know what the Bible says about this? Some people are now calling the truth of the Bible “hate speech” and a crime, but I see it as listening to and believing God, the Greatest Lawgiver, for the good of all mankind.
When we look around us in this world today, can we recognize a drastic shift away from the normal trend of years gone by and an older more natural life style in mating choices? Back then the country was more blessed and with fewer catastrophes. These things are Biblically related. What is a marriage that is patterned after a more natural way? The word “natural” in one of my dictionaries states; “Present in or produced by nature” and it also mentions “natural laws”. God set these things in motion for planet earth and its inhabitants. Animals or “nature” is a better example at sticking to what they were created for than some of humanity these days. Did you know that some bugs, birds, fish and marine life, as well as land animals, even coyotes which normally run in packs, mate for life? Animals have a natural instinct that tells them they cannot mate males with males or females with females if they want to keep their species alive. Why, because they were created with this inherent nature to be reproducing and after their own kind. (Gen.1:24-25) God created marriage as well for humankind, with one man and one woman.
Because of various kinds of evil, violence and corruption of human minds, God destroyed all living creatures and man with a flood, [except for 8 people.] He preserved life after its kind in the choice few He saved, through Noah, in the ark. Gen 7:15-16 “And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16 “So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.” It is very clear from what the Bible reveals, God created mankind in His own image and likeness (Gen.1:26-28) for the very purpose of reproducing their kind, (V.28 "Be fruitful and multiply;) which homosexuals cannot do in a same sex relationship! So according to God and the purpose for creation, this homosexuality is an unnatural and abominable thing, and the “leadership” now residing in the White House of this country is supporting it. What does the Bible say about this kind of leadership and where will it take the USA?
Isa 3:9,12 “The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.” ---and the results are beginning to be seen in this country, as God allows more and more disasters to strike. V.12 “As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths." (See the booklet “America & Britain in Prophecy”, by R.F. McNair for end time results) Isa 9:16 “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.” This is what is coming and the COG has been warning of it for decades. I personally wrote an article titled “An American Prophecy” back in September of 2011, (Found in the articles section) which has this very issue of homosexuality and where it was taking the country. Now we are almost three years further down the line into that prophecy and things have steadily progressed toward more of a “Sodom and Gomorrah” mindset and certain destruction for this country. What is really behind these things?
Is a master deceiver and subtle destroyer working, thru human agents, to bring down the USA with unrecognized warfare? Do we have record of this type of warfare recorded for us in the Bible, yet going unnoticed or ignored by the many today? Do America’s leaders, both religious and political, actually aid in the destruction of this nation? Let us notice this passage of Scripture once again, that has the most accurate application to today’s “same sex marriage”, as it ever has in this country. Rom 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth.” (RSV) This has been going on for a good long while and has steadily grown worse over the years. God has been systematically removed and His truth denied from the public and children in this country, while being replaced with laws supporting wickedness. One thing leads to another until the unrepentant mind becomes totally corrupted, and that is what is happening with homosexuality. V.24 “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,”--- V.26 “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural,---
Before moving on to the next verse, let us pause here and give some realistic and honest thought to this and what the Bible reveals. What you find will probably surprise, maybe even shock you, if you have not sought to learn the truth about this. What is termed “oral sex” may seem “normal” and is practiced among those who think they are “strait”, or even as a stimulant in some marriages. (Some have concluded this is not even “sex”—just pleasure!) However, it is actually the beginning stage of homosexuality, as it is a perverted and unnatural use, even in marriage. The act can be performed by either sex and there can be no reproduction from it, so it is not natural for God’s intended purpose of being fruitful and multiplying. You do not find this being performed by animals in the wild. It also will eventually affect the mind of a human over time, which will come to see it as normal behavior. The COG has understood and taught the harm in this for decades, to its married members, especially if one partner is strongly opposed to it, possibly creating enough problem they become incompatible sexually. Many go to the Scriptures for selfish support of their own sexual desires in marriage, (I have even heard unnatural practices defended in the past by some ministers) failing to understand and properly apply the very Scripture they use. This is a deception that hurts the Christian conscience of some, as well as an unseen and silent destroyer of some marriages.
Let us take a quick look at the explanation of Heb.13:4; (We find this explanation in Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words; Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
UNDEFILED—amiantos ^283^, "undefiled, free from contamination" (a, negative, miaino, "to defile"), is used ---(d) of the marriage bed as requiring to be free from unlawful sexual intercourse, <Heb. 13:4>.” This is not giving license for a couple to engage in unnatural or selfish and abnormal sex practices in their marriage. It is to protect the marriage “bed” from selfish or covetous and impure motives and actions that would contaminate it, things not created as the “natural” use, which also includes adultery. Men and women were intended to mate for life at creation, to have normal or natural sexual relationships. So in this, even oral sex, being a part of homosexuality, should be avoided and we humans sometimes need to learn from nature what is the “natural” use of the opposite sex in marriage. Now back to Romans one; V.27 “and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” In this context, the word “natural” from Vines is; 1. phusikos ^5446^ originally signifying "produced by nature, inborn," from phusis, "nature" --- denotes (a) "according to nature,"---
(agreeing with the regular dictionary I quoted from earlier. It used to be a widely circulated “fact” that the aids virus began to spread through homosexual activity, until the pressure from those engaged in such acts became great enough to get that hushed up.) V.28 “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.”-- V.32 “Though they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.” (RSV)
What the overwhelming majority fail to grasp, is in this world today and especially now here in the USA, a struggle for control of human minds is going on! We claim to be a nation that follows the “rule of Law” but these “natural laws” set in motion at creation are being ignored big time, even hidden or banned from public view! This is a warfare that goes on in the mind of the unsuspecting, brought on by the evil god of this world; (2Cor.4:4, Eph.2:2& Rev.12:9) it feeds this new generation of liberalism and pleasure seekers to find any way there is to gratify the lust of the flesh. (Rom.13:13-14 & 1John 2:16-17) Whether it be through drugs, alcohol, immoral sex & perversions in the mind, it is not really new, having been around for nearly 6,000 years! (Rev.12:9) Satan will use anything to corrupt, but homosexuality is what we are dealing with here, which also begins in the mind. No one is “born perverted”—it is a learned and acquired trait. We are not fighting a nation or nations in a military war with this, but an unseen power seeking to destroy the world and everyone in it! [The more homosexuality and perverseness, the less natural human reproduction!]
It's a kind of warfare the majority doesn't seem to understand, or even see. It uses every diabolical means to weaken us from within, even right in each individual mind, as well as those in political leadership positions, sapping our strength, (Both physical and Spiritual) perverting our morals, sabotaging our educational system, wrecking our social structure, destroying by corrupted thinking the spiritual and religious life of the nation, which in turn is weakening, as God allows through catastrophe and disaster, our industrial and economic power, even demoralizing our armed forces, and the list goes on! It is all a part of the breaking of the pride of our power (Lev.26:19) and bringing on the soon destruction of the nation. This “warfare” is a spiritual one meant to also get at the true Christian to corrupt their minds, if possible, once they have been enlightened; (Heb.6:4-6) so they will fall away. 1 Pet 2:11 “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,” (NKJ) Why? Because, giving in to those lusts can weaken the mind and bring it back to the pulls of the flesh in other areas as well. (Mark 4:19 & Eph. 4:17-20)
To be engaging in the abnormal and the unnatural is to be going against God and the natural and normal purpose for creation, as well as being a hindrance to the intended joys of the natural sexual relations intended for marriage. The creation itself, along with the Bible can teach mankind that homosexuality is a destroyer of life, defiling body and mind, if we are willing and submissive enough to be taught by our Creator. It is essential that to be a true Christian and remain one, all unnatural and abnormal sexual relationships have to be recognized, be made to cease and be repented of. No practicing homosexuals can inherit eternal life, but they can and must heed the call to repentance, relying on God for help. (1Cor.6:8-11& Heb.4:16)
As for the nation and its impending destruction, because of these mounting and un-repented of sins, as I conclude, the world news just came on and the weather, in its “catastrophic” proportions is hitting the south and eastern states once again. The reports show the results to our people and the economy is once again taking its toll. Parts of Britain, as just reported, is also being affected with severe flooding, but none of the leaders in these countries seem to be able to “connect the dots” to their unrepentant national sins of going the wrong way. I hope you, as individuals, can recognize sin’s consequences and will take the steps needed to change, before it is too late! (Editor for TCOGMSO)