February 6, 2011
Pastor Bill Randles
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
There is a frightening phenomenon that I have observed lately. I have been seeing the unhappy spectacle of young people, between their teens and early thirties, reared in the evangelical subculture, yet Â denying Christ.
They donât consciously do it, I have no doubt that they donât realise that they are denying the Saviour, but indeed they are, and in many cases with a vehemence!
The watershed for these young people is the acceptance and rejection of homosexuality.Through a distorted concept of the civil rights movement of the 1960â²s , Homosexuals are now considered to be the new Â victims of oppression, Â and those who would in any way judge it as evil are now the new bigots.
In fact, we have come to the point in our post christian, paganized culture, where it is not even enough to âtolerateâ homosexuality, the pressure is on to become advocates of it, to champion it, and there is a new freedom Â for people, to hate and demean anyone who would dare call it into question.
The age group I mentioned at the beginning of the article, teens through early thirties are perhaps vulnerable for a number of reasons;
It is they who have been for the most part deliberately propagandizedÂ through our public schools, to develop âsensitivityâ to homosexual issues, and Â to question even their own sexuality, long before they have even entered puberty.
Anti bullying campaigns, and whole school days of self-imposed silence in solidarity with âGayâ students have been invented by âgay activistsâ in order cast homosexuality into a kind of victim status, thus tapping into the natural sympathy and sense of fair play of the young.
Thus to this generation, interaction with and acceptance of homosexuals is an easy bona fide, a way to assert that Â âI am compassionate, open minded, unprejudiced and much more loving than the traditional christian churchâ.
This is how they deny Christ. In the name of âbeing lovingâ, and âunderstandingâ they repudiate the revelation of God given to us through Jewish Prophets and Christian apostles, without a second thought.
Our Christian sexual mores are not mere constructs of uptight pastors,priests or rabbis, they are a revelation from God!
âFor this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and they two shall be one fleshâ¦and what God hath joined together, let no man put asunderâ.
Man didnât originate the above, that is Godâs definition of marriage. Jesus cited it as being âfrom the beginningâ, the original intent for marriage.
That revelation from heaven caused a moral earthquake in the ancient world, Â transforming paganismâs exhausted, debauched, rotting societies, offering a wholesome life affirming alternative. Here is how columnist Dennis Prager,who happens to be a practicing Jew describes it,
When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torahâs prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity.
This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women.
Judaism’s Sexual Revolution
But this generation dismisses that for the most part. For the cheap âholier than thouâ feeling of compassion, sophistication and solidarity with an oppressed minority, Â âchristianâ young people align themselves with the cause of homosexual marriage, at the expense of those who seek to proclaim the Word of God to this generation.
This is how they deny Jesus, and donât even realise it.They repudiate his teaching on a very important subject, they side with a world in rebellion against Godâs moral order. They donât realise it in fact they actually believe they are being more merciful and Christlike than other christians.
Sides are being taken in this culmination of the cosmic struggle between Righteousness and unrighteousness, light and darkness, the truth and the Lie, and neutrality is impossible.
I think we need to reach our own young people because they donât seem ready to stand for Jesus at the point where the world most resists Him.
They are confused about what Love is, but arrogantly believe they are more sophisticated and compassionate than the whole of the christian church through the centuries.