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Certain parts of the Bible are already being banned from public display in America. An Alabama Judge has been ordered to remove a two-ton stone display with the Ten Commandments on it from the courthouse.
He has defied the order on the grounds that the oath he took as an Alabaman judge requires him to uphold the law as revealed in the Ten Commandments. It is part of the State’s Constitution. He also brings forth the valid legal argument that the U. S. Constitution guarantees that the federal government has no jurisdiction over this particular State issue.
Even reading the Bible in most American public schools is forbidden.
An extremely disturbing precedent has been set in Canada that homosexual activists in the U. S. are trying duplicate. According to a December 2001 decision by a Saskatchewan court of appeals, the Bible is hate literature if it is quoted verbatim and in context when it is used to condemn homosexuality as sin. The appellate court ruled for the provincial human-rights board for fining a man for submitting a newspaper advertisement citing four passages of Scripture. The Bible verses that were quoted, all of which dealt with homosexuality, are as follows:
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse … For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:18-19 and 26-27)
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Lorne Gunter in the Edmonton, Alberta, daily writes, “[Imagine] the hand-wringing if ever a federal court labeled the Koran hate literature and forced a devout Muslim to pay a fine for printing some of his book’s more astringent passages in an ad in a daily newspaper.” Canadian attitudes toward homosexuality have permeated the American media.
The Corinthian verses quoted above reveal some very important truths. There were homosexuals in the Corinthian Church – just as there were fornicators, adulterers, thieves, drunkards, etc. All of these were forgiven and justified before God when they received the gift of pardon purchased for them by Jesus Christ. But just as the thief, the adulterer, the fornicator and the drunkard were required to change their behavior, so the homosexual had to change his lifestyle.
One of the signs of how far America has fallen is the case of Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson. He’s lived in an openly homosexual relationship with another man for 13 years. In spite of this, Robinson was elected as bishop by his diocese in June. But the church requires that a majority of convention delegates ratify his election. After the Anglican House of Deputies approved him as bishop by a vote of 128 to 63, the House of Bishops later approved him as bishop by a vote of 107 to 62.
The fact that the majority of Episcopal leaders ratified him as a Bishop in direct defiance of the clear statements of the New and Old Testament is appalling.
The Bible clearly warned that the great moral apostasy of the last days would be caused by the failure of Church leaders:
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth [the Bible] will be blasphemed. (2 Peter 2:1-2)
The majority of Americans have rejected the Bible, which is the very basis of truth on which our nation was founded. So I don’t believe it will be long before the Bible is banned from all public display or quoting.
Those of you who believe the Bible need to fight for its inclusion in the public life of our country. If we don’t, God’s warning to Israel will fall upon our country:
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, But shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)
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