Joseph Herrin (07-31-2013)
I am going to begin today’s blog post with a video recently released by the United Nations. This two minute video was created to coincide with a worldwide campaign to promote the acceptance and normalization of homosexual behavior. The video is titled The Riddle and is part of a campaign that is called Free and Equal.
Satan is a master of deception. His cunning is without equal. Even as he deceived Eve in the Garden, he continues to deceive men and women today. Whether he is persuading one person, or a billion, his methods do not change. He speaks a little truth, and attaches it to a very destructive lie. He pretends to be offering mankind something that will benefit, but it brings only death and judgment.
Consider the message of this video. The truth that the video contains is that homosexual behavior is practiced worldwide, in every nation. The whole world lies in the power of the evil one, and sin is an universal condition of the descendants of Adam. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
This video is not lying when it speaks of homosexuality being found throughout all nations of men. The deceit comes in when the question is asked:
“What has existed in every country throughout history, yet is still considered abnormal?”
This question expresses “The Riddle,” to which the United Nations claims to provide the answer. Their answer: “Being gay.” The U.N., of course, is following Satan’s script, for long ago he posed a riddle for mankind when he spoke in the garden.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which Yahweh God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
It is interesting that Satan would couch his deception in the form of a question. He has done so with this U.N. program, and he did so in the Garden of Eden. The similarities do not end there, however. As in the Garden, Satan is presenting his deception in an attractive manner. We are told that the fruit in the Garden of Eden was “pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise.” Similarly, we find that the message and the speakers in this video are presented in an appealing manner. Most of the speakers are physically attractive. Some were chosen to evince sympathy, or to appeal to the minds of men and women, in a non-sensual manner.
The video begins with a young woman. She has an appearance of innocence. She has an unblemished complection, and is standing silently. When she speaks, she does so in a soft voice, with an expression intended to elicit sympathy. The following speakers maintain this soft voice, for the video is intended to express a view of homosexuals as a persecuted group of innocent victims who deserve the sympathy and support of all mankind.
If a person were to visit a Gay Pride parade in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, or other cities across the United States and the world, they would find a very different image of homosexuals. If they were to attend the Southern Decadence homosexual festival in New Orleans, they would see a far more debauched, raucous, and prideful image of homosexuals. If one were to observe the antics of pro-homosexual groups such as ACT-UP, peruse the pages of a “gay” magazine, or visit a gay nightclub, they would not find much evidence of humility, modesty, or anything resembling a wholesome image. The words “innocent,” “shy,” “respectful,” and “modest” may come to mind as one views this U.N. video, but these words are not typically used to describe the lives of homosexuals when they gather together in groups.
Not all homosexuals are loud, outspoken, arrogant, exhibitionists. Some lead quiet lives of reserve. Some remain in a long-term relationship with a partner, but such lives are the exception, rather than the rule. The homosexual community is renowned for its promiscuity, and its overt hedonism.
A much-cited study by Bell and Weinberg (1978), published by the Kinsey Institute, and often called the most ambitious study of homosexuality ever attempted, gathered its data before the AIDS crisis had begun. This study showed that 28 percent of homosexual males had had sexual encounters with one thousand or more partners. Furthermore, 79 percent said more than half of their sex partners were strangers. Only 1 percent of the sexually active men had had fewer than five lifetime partners. The authors concede: “Little credence can be given to the supposition that homosexual men’s ‘promiscuity’ has been overestimated” (p.82).“Almost half of the white homosexual males…said that they had had at least 500 different sexual partners during the course of their homosexual careers,” (p. 85)…
William Aaron’s autobiographical book “Straight” draws similar conclusions:
In the gay life, fidelity is almost impossible. Since part of the compulsion of homosexuality seems to be a need on the part of the homophile to “absorb” masculinity from his sexual partners, he must be constantly on the lookout for [new partners]. Constantly the most successful homophile “marriages” are those where there is an agreement between the two to have affairs on the side while maintaining the semblance of permanence in their living arrangement. [p. 208]
Gay life is most typical and works best when sexual contacts are impersonal and even anonymous. As a group the homosexuals I have known seem far more preoccupied with sex than heterosexuals are, and far more likely to think of a good sex life as many partners under many exciting circumstances. [p.209]
Christians may wonder why there is such a strong push to make homosexual marriage legal if there is so little fidelity among them. Certainly some of the interest is pecuniary, for with the legalization of homosexual marriage will come various “family” benefits, such as health insurance coverage, survivor benefits, and tax credits. Legalizing homosexual marriage will also make it easier for homosexuals to adopt children. Relatively few homosexuals are interested in marriage for the sake of fidelity to a partner. Dr. Nicolosi shares the following information.
In one recent study of gay male couples, 41.3% had open sexual agreements with some conditions or restrictions, and 10% had open sexual agreements with no restrictions on sex with outside partners. One-fifth of participants (21.9%) reported breaking their agreement in the preceding 12 months, and 13.2% of the sample reported having unprotected anal intercourse in the preceding three months with an outside partner of unknown or discordant HIV-status (1).
This study follows the classic research of McWhirter and Mattison, reported in The Male Couple (1984), which found that not a single male pair was able to maintain fidelity in their relationship for more than five years. Outside affairs, the researchers found, were not damaging to the relationship’s endurance, but were in fact essential to it. “The single most important factor that keeps couples together past the ten-year mark is the lack of possessiveness they feel,” says the authors (p. 256)…
With the exception of the pioneering work of Warren (1974), for many years, little attention was given to long term gay relationships. When McWhirter and Mattison published The Male Couple in 1984, their study was undertaken to disprove the reputation that gay male relationships do not last. The authors themselves were a homosexual couple, one a psychiatrist, the other a psychologist. After much searching they were able to locate 156 male couples in relationships that had lasted from 1 to 37 years. Two-thirds of the respondents had entered the relationship with either the implicit or the explicit expectation of sexual fidelity.
The results of their study show that of those 156 couples, only seven had been able to maintain sexual fidelity. Furthermore, of those seven couples, none had been together more than 5 years. In other words, the researchers were unable to find a single male couple that was able to maintain sexual fidelity for more than five years. They reported:
The expectation for outside sexual activity was the rule for male couples and the exception for heterosexuals. Heterosexual couples lived with some expectation that their relationships were to last “until death do us part,” whereas gay couples wondered if their relationships could survive. (p.3)
Satan’s goals in legalizing homosexual marriage have nothing to do with defending the “rights” of a minority group. Satan is no friend of man. His purpose is to destroy, or defile, everything Yahweh ordained to be holy. This defilement includes all of mankind, and the institutions that govern family life and communal living. Satan wants to transform society’s perception of marriage as an institution. Making homosexual marriage between two men, or two women legal, is just one more step to a larger goal of redefining marriage. The sanctity of the marriage covenant has been under attack for a long time as divorce has become increasingly common. With the legalization of homosexual unions the destruction of the societal conception of marriage will be nearly complete. The article previously cited includes the following statement.
Michelangelo Signorile describes the campaign “to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution completely–to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes, but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution.” (1974, p 3).
Returning to the U.N. campaign to promote and normalize homosexuality throughout the world, we see many evidences of thought shaping. Language employed is key. Homosexuals, whom the Bible refers to as “Sodomites,” or “abusers of themselves with mankind,” are referred to as “gay.” The adoption of the word “gay” to describe homosexual behavior was a shrewd triumph for Satan. The English word “gay” traditionally meant “having or showing a merry, lively mood.” A secondary meaning was “bright or showy, as in gay colors.” Lively music was described as “gay.” Synonyms for the word include “cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, lighthearted, joyous, sunny, and lively.”
Despite the fact that a great deal of homosexual behavior occurs in darkened clubs, hidden away from the light of day and the light of public scrutiny, it has become associated with a word that means “light,” or “sunny.” Despite the happy and upbeat connotations of the term “gay,” homosexuals experience far greater incidence of depression and suicide than heterosexuals.
An unusual prevalence of suicide attempts and ideation among homosexual persons has surfaced repeatedly as an incidental finding in studies on human sexuality. Forty percent of 5000 homosexual men and women who were surveyed by Jay and Young seriously considered or attempted suicide. Bell and Weinberg found that 1000 black and white homosexual men were, respectively, 12 and 3 times more likely than heterosexual men to report suicidal ideation or attempts…
In two different studies of homosexual and bisexual adolescents, one third of boys reported attempts, and repeated attempts were common…
The Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide projected that gay adolescents were two to three times more likely than their peers to attempt suicide, accounting for as many as 30% of completed suicides each year.
Far from being “gay,” there is great evidence to demonstrate that homosexuals experience much greater incidence of depression and thoughts of ending their lives, than non-homosexuals. This is not a surprising finding when one considers that Satan is behind the homosexual agenda and he comes only to kill, steal, and destroy.
Marketing is king for Satan and his disciples, when it comes to selling a product, an idea, or a lifestyle. Satan has masterfully crafted a publicity campaign to make the homosexual lifestyle appear attractive. The word “gay” was carefully chosen to evoke a positive, lively image in the minds of men, women, and adolescents. The reality is that homosexual behavior leads to extremely higher occurrences of depression. To refer to the homosexual lifestyle as “despondent,” “depressed,” or “sad” would have been more accurate if one were pursuing truth in labeling, but it would have made the lifestyle harder to sell.
Campaign to Fight Gay Suicide
The image above reveals another aspect of Satan’s marketing prowess. He has chosen the rainbow as the symbol of the homosexual community. The rainbow was created by God as a symbol of promise and of new life, after the flood of Noah’s day had cut off wicked men and women from the earth. Satan has transformed this symbol into an image that promotes the same type of wickedness that has so often elicited God’s wrath. Satan is intent on redefining everything Yahweh declares holy as something unholy, and calling that which is evil good. A further example of this is the association of the word “Pride” with celebrations of the homosexual lifestyle.
Satan has taken pride, an attribute of sinful man that Yahweh deplores, and has transformed it into a virtue in the eyes of the world.
The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate.
When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.
And [Yahshua] was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
This is the twisted, upside down world Satan has fashioned. He calls evil good. He makes a virtue out of that which Yahweh detests. He deceives men and women, enticing them to commit unnatural, and debased acts, convincing them that he is seeking their welfare, promoting their liberty, and protecting their freedoms. Satan lies as he tells humanity that following their unrestrained sexual desires will make them “gay” when in fact it leads to misery. When Jennifer Knapp came out with a new album after she revealed openly and unrepentantly that she was in a lesbian relationship, it seemed fitting that she titled it “Letting Go.”
Satan tells mankind that it is wrong to repress their fleshly desires and passions. He urges them to be true to themselves, and to let all inhibitions go. Christ declares that the way to life is very different.
Now those who belong to Christ Yahshua have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Satan says, “Let go of your inhibitions. Give in to your fleshly passions.” Yahshua says, “Walk by the Spirit and put the passions of the flesh to death. Do not let sin reign in your mortal body.”
The U.N., as an instrument of Satan, is not the friend of humanity that it pretends to be. It promotes values that are destructive. It is well known that the homosexual community is ravaged by the disease known as AIDS. AIDS was first recognized in 1981 and since then has killed more than 30 million people. It is estimated that another 34 million people are currently infected with HIV/AIDS, and they could eventually die from it. AIDS is primarily transmitted through unprotected sex. Statistics show that in 2009, 64% of all new cases of AIDS in the United States were the result of men having intercourse with other men. The incidence of AIDS is lowest in the Middle East and North Africa at 0.1% or less. Not coincidentally, these are Islamic countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.
The hypocrisy of the U.N. is revealed in that it refuses to combat AIDS by the most sure means, which is to advocate for men and women to abstain from homosexual behavior, or promiscuous heterosexual intercourse. The Bible reveals a direct link between sexual behavior that Yahweh declares to be immoral, and the destruction of the body.
Their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own bodies the due penalty of their error.
I Corinthians 3:16-17
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
Satan is a master of deception. He has arrayed an unhealthy and immoral lifestyle in the garments of respectability and wholesomeness. By means of cunning arguments, and clever deceptions, he has deceived the masses. The Scriptures describe Satan as “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9).
Consider the subtlety employed in the question, “What has existed in every country throughout history, yet is still considered abnormal?” The inference contained in this question is that if something is common it must be normal. This is a logical fallacy, but Satan knows that most people will not perceive his deceit.
Rapists exist in all nations of the world, but people would not describe the act of rape as “normal” behavior. The same could be said of murder, theft, pedophilia, and a host of other behaviors. The existence of a thing, even when it is common, does not make it “normal.” Due to the sinful condition of all mankind, we find that all types of deviant, and immoral behavior are common, but they should not be considered “normal.”
The U.N. has immense resources available to promote their anti-Christian worldview and homosexual agenda. The media, private organizations, and national governments, especially the United States, are also investing immense resources as they seek to indoctrinate the world population with a pro-homosexual view. The following statement can be found on the U.N. website.
‘Free & Equal,’ a year-long effort by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and partners launched today in Cape Town, South Africa, focuses on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia.
This paragraph reveals another cunning ploy by the adversary of mankind. Not only has he chosen the positive word “gay” as a reference to homosexual behavior, but he has coined the word “homophobia” to refer to those who declare same sex relationships to be immoral. The word homophobia is comprised of two parts. “Homo” means “the same.” “Phobia” means “fear.” In essence, the word homophobia describes someone who fears homosexuals.
The Bible describes Satan as cunning for good reason. By describing those opposed to homosexual behavior in this way, Satan makes it appear as if these ones have an irrational fear. It can be compared to hydrophobia (fear of water), or agoraphobia (fear of being in open places, or crowds). This eventually gives those who are opposed to homosexuality a way out. They can say they merely had a mental sickness, but they have been cured. This word also mischaracterizes the true thoughts of those opposed to homosexuality.
I am not afraid of homosexuality. I am not homophobic. I am unable to embrace homosexual behavior as normal because Yahweh says it is not normal. He has defined it as sinful, deviant behavior. I am doing no more than agreeing with God. Nor do I hate, or have enmity, toward those who are practicing homosexuality. I desire their welfare. I wish to see them set free from bondage to sin. I desire that they might know what it is to walk in purity and holiness, with a clean conscience before God.
The Free and Equal campaign focuses on legal reforms and public education. The legal reforms will eventually lead to the enactment of laws where any criticism of homosexuality will be declared a hate crime. This week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas stated the following in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced,” Cruz agreed. “It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage, that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech, as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government.”
“I think there is no doubt that the advocates who are driving this effort in the United States want to see us end up in that same place.”
When the U.N. calls for further “public education” on the subject of homosexuality, they are actually referring to indoctrination and thought control. Already, if a person in government employment, or a large number of politically correct corporations, speaks out against homosexual behavior, they are subject to be required to attend sensitivity training classes, or could be terminated. It matters not if the person’s religious beliefs declare same sex relationships to be immoral. On the U.N. website is found the following statement.
Ms. Pillay (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) underlined that “the balance between tradition and culture, on the one hand, and universal human rights, on the other, must be struck in favour of rights,” adding that “no personal opinion, no religious belief, no matter how deeply held or widely shared, can ever justify depriving another human being of his or her basic rights.”
This is a masterfully deceptive statement. In speaking about “the balance” between religious belief and whatever the UN declares to be a human right, they declare that the UN will always be favored. This is not balance. It is imbalance. Who decides what is a human right? Yahweh would say that it is a human right for a baby to be safe in its mother’s womb. The U.N. says it is the mother’s right to terminate the life of the baby growing within her. Yahweh states that homosexuality is evil behavior. The U.N. says it is a protected lifestyle, while encouraging people everywhere to embrace it. The following statement by the U.N.’s Secretary General, is found on their website:
“To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, let me say: You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values of the United Nations that I have sworn to defend and uphold.”
[Secretary General Ban Ki-moon]
From whence do these “universal values” derive? They are not rights established by the Creator. The right to practice homosexuality as a protected lifestyle is inspired by Satan, and adopted by his disciples. That the United Nations is at variance with Yahweh, and in open rebellion against Him, is revealed in the words spoken at the kick-off of the Free and Equal campaign. South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu was invited to speak at the launch of this campaign. He stated:
Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” declared the high-profile black African leader…“No, I would say sorry — I mean, I would much rather go to the other place,” he said. Tutu added for emphasis, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”
This apostate Archbishop is vividly manifesting the PRIDE of the homosexual movement. He has set his throne above that of God. He would overrule the Creator, calling the Holy One unjust and unrighteous in His judgments.
Brothers and sisters, neither Satan, nor his human disciples, will relent on this matter. They will continue to press forward with their homosexual agenda until it is accepted by every nation on earth. Any criticism of homosexuality will be declared a criminal offense. To agree with Yahweh that homosexuality is an abomination will be characterized as a hate crime. An hour is near at hand when the words of Yahshua will be realized.
“But you will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all on account of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”
As disciples of Christ we must recognize that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood. Mankind’s true adversaries are spiritual forces of wickedness in high places. Many have been taken captive through deceit to do Satan’s will. Yahweh will judge. While we have light we must speak the truth, seeking to deliver some from the bondage of sin and Satan.
To be continued…
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