Calling Evil Good and Good Evil

 

 

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We live in the time known both historically and culturally as the age of “Postmodernism”. The birth of the era preceding this, “Modernism,” most historians, philosophers, sociologists and theologians, place in the year 1789 (or at the beginning of the decade of ‘The French Revolution’ [1789-1799]), with its demise coming approximately at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  Therefore, we have lived in the pivotal age of Postmodernism for over two decades.

What are the key characteristics that mark this time? Most obvious is its wholesale rejection of objective truth, hence, its repudiation of moral absolutes. This explains why we are increasingly reading about and observing the Judeo-Christian Worldview under an all-out attack. Of course, this means God’s existence, and especially Biblical authority, are no longer viewed as having any practical value for living in the ‘real’ world. In fact, for those who embrace Postmodernism and who want to retain the concept of God in their lives, they will only do so if His Word is allowed to be modernized, revised, or massaged into meeting their ‘relevant’ demands upon it.

 Nowhere has this black art been more on display than on the cover of the December 15, 2008, issue of Newsweek magazine, where it announces:  “Our Mutual Joy: Opponent’s of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side” by Lisa Miller.  This article is a very candid and grievous display of selective reporting and Biblical ignorance.  Ms. Miller totally ignores the Bible’s clear instruction about homosexuality and makes bold, opinionated assertions for homosexual marriage which, amount to baseless postmodern rants, against the both clear and authoritative revelation of the Living God (Romans 1:18-20, 26-27; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Through her careless words, Ms. Miller demonstrates that she neither knows what the Bible teaches about homosexuality, nor what God describes as being the only proper conjugal relationship. In addition, her understanding of what the Bible teaches about love is from Hollywood, rather than from the mouth of the Living God!

The following snippets are just a few of the examples of Ms. Miller’s failed attempt at supposedly ‘objective’ reporting: “Social conservatives point to…”, “But the Bible authors could never have imagined the brave new world of…”, “Paul is not talking about what we call homosexuality at all…”, “…gay-marriage opponents, who use Scripture as the foundation for their objections”, “Biblical literalists will disagree, but the Bible is a living document...”, A mature view of scriptural authority requires us,… to move beyond literalism”, “…our modern understanding of the world has surpassed its (the Bible’s) prescriptions”, “What happens in the bedroom, really, has nothing to do with any of this”, “We cannot look to the Bible as a marriage manual, but we can read it for universal truths…” (huh?). That’s enough!

 Now read the following passage from Scripture that Ms. Miller conveniently left out: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; see also: Romans 1:26-28).

 Well, can God’s Word be any clearer than that? Is not the real problem here, a moral problem with God? If words have meaning, then the Bible says that homosexuality is an “unrighteous” lifestyle that will send the violator to an eternal sentence of Divine punishment in the fire of Hell (Matthew 25:46; cf. Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:24)! This lifestyle, just like the others listed in this sobering Bible passage, need spiritual washing (regeneration), sanctification (God’s holiness), and Justfication (the new birth [John 3:3-7]). In other words, there’s hope for the homosexual (and “all” lost sinners). He can be forgiven by God, cleansed by God, set-apart for God, and declared righteous by God, if he would but own his sin and then turn from this idolatrous lifestyle to the Living God for full pardoning mercy from the true and living God (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-11). Let’s be honest. Ms. Miller’s article was nothing more that “calling evil good and good evil.”

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