Monday, May 4, 2015

War on Churches

Hillary Clinton believes that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed." She said that in the context of wanting to expand the practice of killing unborn babies but this mentality also applies to gay marriage, another top priority progressive issue. The Supreme Court is currently deliberating on a case which could result in gay marriage becoming the law of the land.

Apparently the Supreme Court decision could come down to what Justice Kennedy will decide because his is the swing vote with the other eight justices being divided along conservative and progressive lines. It is amazing that the Supreme Court is even considering this case because marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution. However, the fact that this has become a Supreme Court issue does make sense from a biblical perspective because the rule of law is being eclipsed by the rule of man as we get closer to the Lord's return; "the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, 'Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles'" (Psalm 2:2-3, NIV).

Justice Samuel Alito cautioned the Court about embracing gay marriage saying, “until the end of the 20th century, there never was a nation or a culture that recognized marriage between two people of the same sex.” But it is clear in this postmodern age that progressive humanists believe they are smarter than all who have gone before them. Indeed, it is an evolutionary worldview that embraces change as generally being good because things appear to have improved over time. And add to that the unshakable faith humanists have in their own ability to make things better. They rationalize it was human efforts that have resulted in the glories of Western Civilization without acknowledging the blessings of God.

The Supreme Court does appear to be considering the ramifications of a gay marriage decision in setting a precedent for other combinations such as two couples marrying or polygamy. The not-politically-correct scientific evidence showing that children do best when they have a mother and a father was reluctantly considered by the Court. They also briefly discussed the implications for religious freedom which used to be an important constitutional issue. So the decision could go either way except for the fact that courts in general have ruled in favor of gay marriage even when this was clearly contrary to the will of the people. The ruling elite always know better than those being subjected to their uninspired whims.

While we will probably not know about the Supreme Court's decision until July, it is likely they will make a historic decision that gay marriage should be the law of the land. Progressive humanists love to make history by their decrees which is one of the characteristics of the Antichrist: "he will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws" (Daniel 7:25). There are many other indications that we are very close to the Lord's return so this Supreme Court decision will probably be consistent with the current pattern of growth in the spirit of Antichrist as God removes His restraint of evil.

So what will it mean when the Supreme Court blesses gay marriage? Multiple Christian leaders are on record declaring that they will engage in civil disobedience by refusing to comply with the government mandate to perform homosexual wedding ceremonies. But when churches refuse to comply with the law of the land, the government will revoke their non-profit, tax exempt status and they will also be subject to civil lawsuits. Progressives who have already been targeting Christian businesses that provide services to weddings are no-doubt salivating over the opportunity to go after churches.

When gay marriage is the law of the land, it will not be long before the only churches left operating as we now know them will be those willing to compromise with the world by performing gay weddings. Many people will be surprised at the number of churches that will continue to operate as if nothing is different. But we are in the final, Laodicean phase of the Church Age which means the culture has successfully infiltrated the public church. Eventually, the true church in the United States will have to be underground as it is in China, the Middle East and many other places around the world.

The good news for Christians is that we don't have long to persevere in the growing North American persecution. New developments foreshadowing the return of Christ are occurring at a pace making them hard to keep up with; this should give us an urgency to get on with what God has called us to do, "understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed" (Romans 13:11).

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