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No Holy Communion, Funerals For Same-Sex Couples

by Susan Hogan

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death.

The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also said that people “living publicly” in same-sex marriages may not receive the sacrament of confirmation or be admitted to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by which many converts become Catholic, preparing them for baptism and confirmation.

At the same time, Paprocki said that children living with a Catholic parent or parents in a same-sex marriage may be baptized. But when it comes to same-sex unions, priests cannot bless couples, church property cannot be used for ceremonies and diocesan employees are forbidden from participating, the decree said.

The bishop’s decree has not yet been made public by the diocese, but was sent to clergy and diocesan staff in an email last week. That email, in turn, was shared with other clergy around the country, as well as Catholic LGBT organizations, which posted the document and condemned it as unduly harsh, particularly in light of Pope Francis’s more compassionate posture.

“Although some other bishops and dioceses have instituted similar policies in part, this document is mean-spirited and hurtful in the extreme,” Christopher Pett, incoming president of DignityUSA, said in a news release by the organization that rallies the church for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics.

Although same-sex marriages have been legal across the United States since the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the decree reiterates church teaching that marriage is a “covenant between one man and one woman.” The church’s official catechism states that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”

Four years ago, after gay marriage was legally recognized in Illinois, Paprocki “performed an exorcism in response to the law, suggesting politicians were ‘morally complicit’ in assisting the sins of same-sex couples,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

The 64-year-old bishop, trained as a lawyer as well as priest, has served the Springfield diocese since 2010. He was previously a priest and auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is known for his passion for running and penchant for playing hockey.

In a statement provided to The Post, the bishop said of the decree: “These norms are necessary in light of changes in the law and in our culture regarding these issues.” The decree states:

    Jesus Christ himself affirmed the privileged place of marriage in human and Christian society by raising it to the dignity of a sacrament. Consequently, the church not only has the authority, but the serious obligation to affirm its authentic teaching on marriage to preserve and foster the sacred value of the married state.

Last year, the pope released a 256-page document, “The Joy of Love,” which affirmed the church’s traditional views on marriage, as The Post reported. At the same time, the pope said unconventional unions are not without their “constructive elements.” He called on the church’s clergy to be pastoral and not to use doctrine as a weapon.

Other clergy have also embraced a more welcoming approach. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of Newark, recently welcomed dozens of gay and lesbian Catholics to worship. “I am Joseph your brother,” Tobin told the group, according to a New York Times report. “I am your brother, as a disciple of Jesus. I am your brother, as a sinner who finds mercy with the Lord.”

The Rev. James Martin’s latest book — “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the L.G.B.T. Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity” — also calls for a gentler approach. Of the Paprocki decree, the noted Jesuit author, said in a pointed Facebook post:

    If bishops ban members of same-sex marriages from receiving a Catholic funeral, they also have to be consistent. They must also ban divorced and remarried Catholics who have not received annulments, women who has or man who fathers a child out of wedlock, members of straight couples who are living together before marriage, and anyone using birth control. For those are all against church teaching as well. Moreover, they must ban anyone who does not care for the poor, or care for the environment, and anyone who supports torture, for those are church teachings too. More basically, they must ban people who are not loving, not forgiving and not merciful, for these represent the teachings of Jesus, the most fundamental of all church teachings. To focus only on LGBT people, without a similar focus on the moral and sexual behavior of straight people is, in the words of the Catechism, a “sign of unjust discrimination.” -WP

Messiah Revealed

God Allows Terror Attacks Because Of Transgenders/Theory Of Evolution

by Christina Smith

According to Anne Graham Lotz, God allows terror attacks because of transgender rights and the acceptance of the theory of evolution.

Lotz is the daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham and leader of AnGel Ministries in North Carolina.

During her appearance on right-wing pundit Steve Deace’s radio show, she claimed that God abandoned us because of transgender rights. Later she told Deace that the US is under the judgment of God in part because “we embrace of the theory of evolution,” which started “this downward spiral away from God.”

Lotz said: “What I see in the nation of America right now, just the chaos on every level.”

“There is silliness, there is craziness, there’s the most illogical rulings. The one in North Carolina on HB2, which is to protect our children in bathrooms and locker rooms, has become something where the justice department is suing us for something that’s just common sense.”

“To me, it’s evidence that God has backed away.”

She continued to say that she believes that God allowed these terror attacks and that if people repent and pray that God would protect them.

“In our nation, one of the things we pray for is that some of this craziness would settle down… [but] our nation seems to be shaking its fist in God’s face, we’re abandoning God as a nation.”

“What happens then is God abandons us and backs away, he takes his favor and blessing away from us.”

“[If we repent] I think he would begin to reveal the plots of terrorists before they are carried out, even the weather patterns he can control and protect us from violent storms.”

“I think that’s why God allows bad things to happen. I think that’d be why he would allow 9/11 to happen, or the dreadful attack in San Bernardino. To show us we need him.”

Now I’m no expert on religion, but I would think a higher power would be angrier about conservatives crapping on poor people, encouraging unjust wars, and worshipping money. –Liberal Mountain

Faith, Trust, Hope, Confidence, Love, Attitude

When a drought-stricken village gathers to pray for rain, but only one villager comes with an umbrella. . .that villager has FAITH.

When a father throws his child up in the air, but the child laughs since he knows his dad will catch him . .that child has TRUST.

When one goes to bed not knowing whether one will still be alive the next day but sets the alarm to wake up. . .that person has HOPE.

When one plans big things for the future but has zero knowledge of the future. . .that person has CONFIDENCE.

When a child does something contrary to society's beliefs, customs and traditions, but a parent willingly forgives the erring child. . .that parent has LOVE.

When an octogenarian wears a silk-screened T-shirt emblazoned with words:

"I'm not 80 -- I'm 20 with 60 years experience". . .that person has ATTITUDE.

Have a happy day. . .
Live each day like the above examples!

-Contribution by Ralph

Gays Should Have To Wear Special Colors

American media mogul, Pat Robertson believes that homosexual people should be required to wear “specially-coloured clothes” as a way of identifying themselves and warning straight people of their sexuality.

“We need to stop spreading lesbianism and homosexuality … the only way to stop the spread of these diseases that are plaguing the country is to make some sort of obvious distinction between gay people and normal, straight people.”

“That way, regular people would know that the person wearing the said color is a deviant sodomite and that they need to stay away from them at all cost, as well as keep their children away from their reach.”

“I personally believe that we must impose a rule on the gay population that would require them to wear specially-colored clothes, for example. I’m thinking we need to go through the Senate with this and we need to make it official. That way, regular people would know that the person wearing the said color is a deviant sodomite and that they need to stay away from them at all cost, as well as keep their children away from their reach,” Robertson opined. –LGBTQ Buzz

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise

Christians Need to Stop Saying “The Bible Clearly Says”

by John Pavlovitz

A reader recently shared the following declaration, and it’s one I’ve heard about a billion times—give or take a few hundred thousand:

“The Bible clearly says…”

He said it, as so many Christians do: matter-of-factly, definitively, and without a trace of suspicion that he could be wrong.

And he is wrong.

The Bible doesn’t clearly say very much, and we who claim the Christian faith need to be able to admit this—especially when encountering moments of disagreement on what we believe it says. Regardless of the topic at hand, there is probably less clarity than the person suggesting it would have us believe:

Is the Bible clear on violence?

We see Jesus condemning it, and then we see God both commanding it and prohibiting it. Turns out the Bible clearly sometimes says violence is abhorrent to God and sometimes God fully authorizes it—which leaves us to determine when and how violence is redemptive. We get to determine its clarity, and that clarity usually mirrors our biases and preferences—and the verse we choose to justify them.

Is the Bible clear on marriage being between one man and one woman?

Many of the Patriarchs had concubines and multiple wives, and yet they were the presented pillars of God’s people, with such realities rarely presented as deficiencies. King Solomon had 700 wives—and yet God does not get angry at the number of wives, but the fact that they are not from among the Israelites. So when did God finally “make it clear” what marriage was and wasn’t? Is there one catch-all verse that decides that matter and overrides all the other verses?

Is the Bible clear on the existence of a literal hell where bad people go to suffer eternally?

Throughout the entire Old Testament the idea of a literal hell is nearly nonexistent. Jesus refers to a place translated from the word Gehenna, which was a literal perpetually burning, local dumping ground. When he references afterlife suffering, the actual offenses are vague and numerous. Sometimes Hell is promised for religious hypocrites, sometimes for harboring angry hearts, sometimes for neglecting the poor, sometimes for unbelief. And the majority of the New Testament writings including Paul’s letters are absent the word Hell and any graphic images of eternal damnation. So how can the Bible be described as clear on the matter of hell when the existence of it, and the specific ways of entering it or avoiding it are not consistent?

The Bible also seems to clearly: affirm stoning non believers, view menstruation and semen as spiritually unclean, imply that faithful sick people will all get well. I don’t think we’d universally agree to any of these things.

When someone says “The Bible clearly says,” they are usually referring to the specific verse they are using, in the context they’ve decided this verse is appropriate, and independent of any other verses that might argue an alternative viewpoint. They are cherry-picking where and when to decide clarity based on what they want God to say: when God sounds most like them.

I can tell a fellow Christian that the Bible clearly says that Christians are to love God and to love their neighbor as themselves—and they’ll argue what loving someone looks like, until their definition of love aligns with their hateful behavior.

If the Bible were as clear as Christians claimed it is, then each of us who have read and studied it would come to the same conclusions on every matter—and clearly we have not. That’s because the it isn’t a textbook, it’s a traveling companion.

The Bible is a sprawling 66-book library, written over thousands of years by dozens of authors in multiple languages—professing to speak of the deepest truths about the creation of all matter, the beginning and end of life on the planet as well as beyond it, and about the Maker of everything and everyone. We’d better have some ambiguity about it all—or we’ve discovered a God who is small enough to fit entirely inside our three-pound brains or our current belief system.

The Bible is filled with mystery and wonder—and it should be. If it isn’t, that’s a problem. The Bible attempts to describe in mere words, something ultimately well beyond any words. We need to wield these words with great humility, never imagining we have it all figured out, never believing that God always agrees with us—
and being very hesitant to claim clarity when it comes to the souls of another human being that we would send to Hell or put through Hell here.

That much, is clear.

-John Pavlovitz

Only Homophobes Will Make It To Heaven

by Walid Shoebat

So why are the Shoebats such homophobes? In 2 Peter 2 and 3 and in Luke 17, the Bible packs some serious warnings few today even consider the implications of.

These sections of scripture are regarding judgment day. In these verses where God is no ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ it spares only what the world today labels as ‘homophobes’ from judgement while God annihilates everyone else; not only the homosexuals will be annihilated, but this utter destruction includes everyone who is a homosexual sympathizer or is indifferent to the sins of our times.

Hard to believe?

If this is hard to believe, it is only because you might be a damned soul.

Trust the scriptures and repent.

In what used to be the most obvious way for one to self-examine their soul, and to know if one is damned or saved, that is, the reading of the Holy Scriptures, we find that in 2 Peter 2:7 it says “Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked” was the reason why God preserved and saved him.

Thats it.

But Lot in our modern times would be labeled as a “homophobe,” a sticky label most avoid today.

So today, to damn oneself, all one has to do is to announce ‘I do not care what homosexuals do in the privacy of their own bedrooms’.

I am disturbed at what goes on when it comes to perversity.

Therefore, it is not just the homosexual act itself that condemns ones soul, but the indifference to evil.

Also scripture adds regarding the damned: “especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority” (2 Peter 8-10).

Yet today in churches they teach that such lust is no mortal sin, so long the act itself is not carried out. Today they call these “chaste homosexuals”.

This too is very disturbing.

Welcome to the Jerusalem of “Sodom and Egypt” where Christ’s Body is attacked by the fallen Church.

Today the fallen church is “Sodom and Egypt” and it is running rampant with deception and where so few will be saved from it.

Regarding the Second Coming of our Lord in glory and power, Jesus in three words reminds “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

This was said by Christ in regards to the condition of this world. This rings true regarding the urgency to reject what you see happening from all sorts of immorality and sexual perversions just prior to His Second coming.

It will be a heedless world, rampant with homosexuality, and where authority (both church and government) is hated, where the bottomline will be whether you are for or against sodomy. Today you are either a homophobe or you approve of sodomy by simply saying that you do not care what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom.

And to know what the world would be like before Christ’s coming, Luke 17 packs some interesting observations. Christ was asked as to where will such events be carried out and Christ replies: “where there is a dead body, the vultures will gather” (Luke 17:37).

The wise see the multiple meanings in these short verses. “Remember Lot’s wife” is regarding the condition of the world being as it was in the times of Sodom and Gomorra. Scripture also describes our times as “in the Days of Noah” before the flood, but this time its judgment by fire.

So what was the condition in Noah’s and Lot’s days? Firstly and most importantly, the number of the saints decreased rapidly till there was almost none left. Many died out and decreased rapidly. Before Christ comes there will be much less Christians. These would either die out of old age or are annihilated by persecution. All of what you see today who speak of love and are indifferent to Sodomy are not Christians.

Secondly, in the ancient biblical stories, none were prepared except Noah, Lot and their families who remained pretty much secluded and lived indoors. To begin a life where one spends family time indoors must become a norm with Christians. Isaiah 26:20 warns:

    “Come, My people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past. “

This “Noah entering the Ark” and Lot “locking himself indoors” under the protection of angels gets us to ask: why did the angels have Lot remain indoors while the sodomites where orgying outside trying to force their way in?

This is not a peaceful movement and it will resort to any means of arm-twisting tactics to force Christians to comply even if it means banning them from using social media and in the end even killing them.

Therefore, as Christ prophesied, so few are prepared. Even the bulk majority of whom call themselves ‘Christian’ will not be ready and will end up in the wide gate part of the damned.

Why are they damned?

Today, like never before, instead of focusing on these verses, and how to prepare one’s own soul, or how to confront the coming evil, many would consider not even worry about what is unfolding. They make-believe that a secret and sudden “rapture” is coming ‘before’ all the chaos unfolds. So by this, they developed an escapist mentality. So instead of prepping to ensure a plentiful oil supply in their lamps, these are infected with this escapist view. They ignore that such view was never held by any of the church fathers. This mentality was formulated as late as John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) and later popularized by a drunkard named Cyrus Scofield, an American lawyer, who popularized the teaching among American Protestants.

So they miss-read the scripture when it says:

    “the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17).

Yet this is a clear reference to the resurrection of the dead plus the few ‘narrow gate’ rescued living saints. Jesus appears from heaven, bursting through the clouds with a shout of joy to rescue His living saints on judgment day. The lead angel in Christ’s victory procession shouts as well. Then there’s a mighty blast from God’s trumpet. Nothing secret about this at all: “He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect” (Matthew 24:30, 31).

This is no secret rapture. It is judgment time. It is the complete destruction and annihilation of the wicked:

    “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26, 27).

    “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:28-29)

“They drank, they married wives”. So not all were homosexuals, yet they too were destroyed regardless that they believed that marriage is between a man and a woman. It was a society were many believed in marriage, as Lot’s daughters were betrothed to be wed. They loved marriage between a man and a woman, yet even these too were damned for scoffing at Lot’s concerns:

    “So Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law that were to have his daughters, and said: Arise: get you out of this place, because the Lord will destroy this city. And he seemed to them to speak as it were in jest.” (Genesis 19:14)

They mocked Lot as if his warning was a joke and they too perished. It was, as it will be, in the ends of days; a complete and total destruction of this earth and its inhabitants, just as it was in the days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorra.

While sin abounds, Christ sandwiches and adds this itty-bitty little verse in between “remember Lot’s wife”. It is one of the shortest verses in scripture that packs much meaning. First of all, the story of Lot and Noah reveals that the number of the saints will decrease tremendously since in Lot’s story God rescued only three individuals and in Noah’s story God rescued only seven.

“Remember Lot’s wife” is a phrase that hits multiple birds in one stone. In it, Christ gives the urgency, that when that sign of His coming is seen, that one must flee without looking back:

    “On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:31-32)

In other words, do not be concerned with the luggage. Just get the hell out.

And then in verse 37 they asked Jesus “Where, Lord?” as to where all this will happen. Did Christ give a specific location? No. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

“Remember Lot’s wife!” is simply sandwiched within these verses. And when they asked Him “where” as to where will this happen, Jesus did not say “in Egypt” or “in Rome,” He simply hinted on where you should focus on throughout the earth; where gatherings are, that multitudes gather for a reason, as if one sees vultures then there must be death and mayhem. It will be as if one sees smoke one must then realize there is a fire.

But this does not eliminate the example given about death, since prophecy is multi faceted. Vultures and corpses speak of death and mayhem just as Lot’s story is regarding homosexuality gone rampant, so that when you see homosexual gatherings expect to see Lot’s family about to be molested.

It will be this type of a world. It is the same for when scripture speak of Sodom and Egypt it signifies that homosexuality and neopaganism will plague all societies.

I was shocked when I attended funeral services in California last week to see several who considered themselves ‘Christian homosexuals’ while the priest rightfully addressed “you pagans, you need to repent and come to Christ” almost everyone I spoke with was sympathetic to homosexuality damning their own souls for the rights of men to sodomize other men.

On the streets I was shocked to see that almost half the people I saw at Save Mart while picking up some groceries in Manteca California or the airport at Sacramento so many people had tattoos covering their arms and their legs, all such expressions is their love for paganism. According to a Nielsen poll, one in five Americans has a tattoo, and nearly 90 percent of those who do never regret getting inked up.

Again, Luke 17:32 is a short verse “remember Lot’s wife” yet it packs much meaning. Lot’s wife as the family fled from Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 were warned not to look back to the city lest they “be consumed” (Gen. 19:17). So when Jesus says “remember Lot’s wife” it is as simple as not looking back in sympathy for Sodom or you are condemned as when Lot’s wife was damned becoming “a pillar of salt” (Gen. 19:26).

So how serious is such obedience to such instruction “remember Lot’s wife”?

And if one thinks this is a metaphor of something else, II Peter chapters 2 and 3 speaks of Lot’s wife, Sodom and Gomorra in a prophetic end times context. In 3 Peter 5-7 it reveals a world who will deny the flood and are evolutionists:

    “For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

The ends of days will be like Noah’s flood except that He uses fire and brimstone as in Sodom and Gomorrah: “if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah” and so just as the earth in the ancient days suffered “a flood upon the world of the ungodly” (v.5) then in the ends of days, it is just as in the days of Lot: “by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction“.

Extinction means extinction. God will show no mercy. In 2 Peter 2 God reveals that He will spare none, not only the homosexuals but including the sympathizers as well. Only the ones who the world calls “homophobes” will be spared. Again, remember that in verse 7, “Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked” is the main reason why he was preserved by God.

So, to damn oneself today, it is as simple is saying ‘I do not care what homosexuals do in the privacy of their own bedrooms’.

So serious is this that God stated:

    “for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard; then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority” (2 Peter 8-10)

Several points should be considered from these few verses. Priests and pastors who state that it is no sin to have homosexual desires so long one does not carry out the act are actually damning themselves and their homosexual congregants. This is regardless of the claim that they are chaste homosexuals. Scripture uses the word “especially”: “especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion”.

Then also those who despise authority are also damned. The righteous are only the ones “tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard”.

Today this constitutes what the world calls ‘homophobes’.

The ‘saved’ must be extremely grieved about seeing the world plunge into homosexuality and sexual depravity. In fact, scriptures declare that keeping such depravity after the knowledge of Jesus Christ is in fact much worse than their previous condition:

    “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome [by these sins], the last state has become worse for them than the first.” (2 Peter 2:20)

This “last state” of having knowledge of Jesus Christ by believing one is saved regardless to their lusts or effeminate behavior is now worse than the previous state as when one was unchristian.

This one verse alone debunks all the ‘once saved always saved’ arguments propagated by the ones who “hate authority”.

This is true no matter how much these try to twist what scriptures clearly says. These err by stating that scripture does not really mean what it plainly says (Also see Matt: 6:15, Matt: 19:21-35, Matt: 10:22-32, Luke 12:41-46, 1 Cor. 15:1-2, Colossians 1:22-23, Hebrews 3:6, 14, Rev. 2:10, 25-36, 3:1-5).

Even “do not err” is a commandment that one could break and damn their own soul. All the teachings that err will also cost eternal damnation. And what type of err are we speaking of? Here:

    “Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: Nor the effeminate nor liers with mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

The effeminate are cross-dressers or homosexuals and the “railers” are those who always protest against authority are all damned to hell. Today you see a world filled with protests.

The list given in 1 Corinthians 6 are mortal sins in need of repentance. Yet I am always told to “hate the sin but love the sinner”. This is usually said to really mean “hate the sin and accept the sinner”.

Love is not acceptance but at times is repudiation. To “love the sinner” is to do as Jesus did and tell them to “sin no more”.

This is true love.

Do you think Christ is mocked believing that your sympathy towards Sodom is ‘love’? This is what Lot’s wife thought.

Indeed, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah resembles today’s world. What Christ was saying is that many will destruct for disobeying God’s law by rejecting that Sodom is “worthy of death” (Romans 1:32).

And if you think that the homosexual agenda is not a major player in this Antichrist system, just ask yourself a very simple question: why does Apocalypse 11:8 mention “Sodom and Egypt” in end-times context?

The story of God’s people in Egypt (passover) and also another story in Sodom are both combined by John as “Sodom and Egypt” and both are persecuting two lamp stands, a remnant whom I believe extend from the Catholic and Orthodox observances, because only these two do not “despise authority”. Again, scripture condemns “especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority” (2 Peter 8-10). This is no time to be haggling over sola-scriptura and instead obey the scriptures and the authority so long this authority does not demand you break any of God’s covenants. Remember, even Church authority will fall away (2 Thessalonians 2), yet all one has to do is to rewind the clock to see how the authority ruled on sin in the past.

Only two lamp stands will remain faithful. These partake in the proper way for the Eucharistic sacrament. Judges 7 reveals an end-times dilemma:

    “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands.”

Gideon is symbolic of the warring Messiah. The water is symbolic of the water of life. Christ is the Water of Life. To lap this ‘water of life’ like dogs, pertains to gentiles (dogs) taking the water of life by the tongue. These will be chosen. Throughout Christian history, the Eucharist was consumed directly by the tongue where today’s slowly falling away church authority is doing away with this.

There will be only two lamp stands. Ancient Israel is represented by a single lamp stand (Exodus 25:31) and then the church had Seven Lamp stands, all initially in Asia Minor representing seven branches facing a threat from a seven headed beast (seven evil branches) of an Antichrist system called the “first beast (Rev 13:1). This was the Islamic threat; a consecutive seven caliphates that persecuted the church.

This has already come and gone (explained here) and will revive as the second beast (Rev 13:11) with two horns (two power pegs) we call Sodom and Egypt, Shiite and Sunni, Right and Left, Democrat and Republican, Homosexual and Neopagan, Alt-Right or Alt-Left, Conservative or Liberal Socialist … none of it will matter for all is corrupt. There will be no two systems that oppose each other with one being right and the other being wrong; everything will be upside down and nothing makes sense to the few true Christians who monitor this evil world.

This is why in Matthew 24:29 it says:  “Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light …” that both east and west where the sun rises and sets has been dimmed and corrupted. Today amongst so-called conservatives we find pagan symbols vastly spreading across Europe all the way into even Russia mixing paganism with Christianity which will take a month to read it all (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7)

And so if a lamp stand is a branch of the church with multitudes of people, who then are these two lamp stands that suffer in this wicked Jerusalem called by two titles: Sodom and Egypt? Is this “Sodom and Egypt” where “our Lord was crucified” strictly in Jerusalem Israel?

While Christ was indeed crucified in Jerusalem, should we forget the typology here for another crucifixion of His Church? His Body is also the Church (Christendom), which it too will also suffer becoming “Sodom and Egypt” where the two Lamp stands (remnants of Catholic and Orthodox) are also found dead filling the streets of major cities from Cairo Egypt to the heart of the West’s Christendom where you will see the vultures in the air expect to believe that bodies lay under.

“Sodom and Egypt” is symbolic for the persecutions of God’s people (Christ’s Body). It will be everywhere were Corpus Christi (Christ’s Corpse) is surrounded by vultures or that Christ’s Corpse (the Eucharist) is surrounded by only the saints hiding in the suburbs.

While Isaiah 19:2 speaks of a civil war in Egypt, there is also this sense of this ‘Egypt’ where persecution and civil unrest will abound: “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom.”

Egypt is but one kingdom, yet here it says “kingdom against kingdom”. This “Egypt” speaks of unrest in several kingdoms and is why Christ said to watch where the vultures are is where lays the carcass. This is worldwide.

But this unrest includes city versus city, neighborhood against neighborhood. Global civil unrest will abound.

In Isaiah 19:14 it states: “The Lord has mingled a perverse spirit in her midst;  And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.” The error will enter all the works whether conservative or liberal. This will be French Revolutions everywhere. This “Egypt” represents many kingdoms which Christ confirms will be “nation against nation”. Today’s homosexual agenda literally divides families as father against son and daughter against mother, exactly as Jesus prophesied.

While Isaiah 19 speaks of Egypt he hits two nails with one strike of his pen. This is global civil unrest, street wars in major cities, national wars … a world gone into complete chaos which is not restricted to one nation and is why when Christ was asked “where Lord?” He did not give a specific location but urged us to look at the signs.

So what must a Christian do? Christians who live in major cities should start preparing in the next few years to move out. It is best to stay away and move out of all major cities especially if it has a history of rioting and civil unrest. Selections should not be drawn based on right versus left divide, for it matters not. So right off the top, Christians should avoid and move out of Detroit Michigan, Miami Florida, Cleveland Ohio, Memphis Tennessee, New Orleans Louisiana, Buffalo New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,  St. Louis Missouri, Baltimore, Atlanta Georgia, Cincinnati Ohio. All major cities in Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa, Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, Paris, Copenhagen, Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in France, Brussels, all major cities in Germany should be avoided.

In Isaiah 19, scriptures mentions “idols” and people hiding in caves and even the Antichrist, Daniel says, he has “intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant” and “many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other” (Matthew 24:10) and with the “increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (v.12).

“The love of most will grow cold” means exactly what it says, that most who were loving will begin to wax cold. This is not some phenomenon where the millennial generation is born loveless, but that many who were loving will begin to turn sour.

Almost all whom I knew in the field from pastors, speakers to radio hosts and funders have expressed their hatred for us regarding our stand on homosexuality, yet here we are still standing without them since this Antichrist spirit “With flattery will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.” (Daniel 11:32).

These are ‘Christians’ who sold out the farm.

And how is Jerusalem “Egypt” and how does Egypt in Isaiah constitute several kingdoms where “nation against nation”?

This is the fallen Christendom which God calls “spiritual Egypt” and it is filled with idols:

    “And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.” (Isaiah 19:3)

Its the Golden Calf story all over again. The Israel of God sold out the farm.

There is literal Egypt (with its Islam) and then there is this spiritual Egypt. Scriptures confirm, it is “spiritually called Sodom and Egypt” (Revelation 11:8).

And with Wisdom chapter 2 we find the prophecy of the Crucifixion, of not just the Son of God, but nearly all the sons of God. And this liquidation is done through eugenics and is why we find God’s people are decreased to so few just as it was in the story of Lot and Noah.

Today, eugenics is camped in your conservative movement setting you up for your Final Solution while you ignorantly and to your own damnation support it all.

Today we find so many of these so-called conservatives who are not; they say that they are for marriage between man and woman yet they are not, they say they are anti-abortion yet as soon as someone says to punish abortion, they are the first to object; they say they are anti-homosexuality yet they are not, because they believe in the freedom of sodomy so long its ‘private’. Today you will find double-mindedness everywhere. God plainly states: “I hate double-minded people” (Psalms 119:113).

There are certain people God hates. Period.

When it comes to the Church’s Tribulation, most only examine the Apocalypse. They ignore other hints that are the least examined prophecies in scripture. Yet it is these hints that truly pin-point the source of this horrifying tale about the ends of days.

These persecutions by the way are not carried out exclusively by pagans or Muslims, but by elements within Christendom from those filled with an anti-Christ spirit who forsook the holy-covenant. How else can you interpret Daniel 11’s Antichrist “having intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant“? 

These are Christians who are callous about the true covenant and sacraments. Christ said to focus on Daniel where Antichrist stops the Communion which is only done by the Two Lamp stands. These are the Orthodox and the Catholics, the most hated two branches of Christianity by the world.

Only these two see Communion as a “Grain Offering,” while all others have already abandoned the sacrament of the eucharistic sacrifice. Today much of the right is already preaching genetic superiority saying:

    “let our strength be our norm of righteousness; for weakness proves itself useless.” (Wisdom 2:11)

And today we read such headlines as euthanasia. Today we see S.B. 494 passed the Oregon Senate by four votes on June 8, 2017 which is a bill to remove existing safeguards that protect conscious patients’ access to ordinary food and water even after they have lost the ability to make decisions about their care. Did God not warn of this enemy who says:

    Let us oppress the poor just man, and not spare the widow, nor honour the ancient grey hairs of the aged. But let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble, is found to be nothing worth. Let us therefore lie in wait for the just, because he is not for our turn [he is passé], and he is contrary to our doings, and upbraideth us with transgressions of the law, and divulgeth against us the sins of our way of life. He boasteth that he hath the knowledge of God, and calleth himself the son of God. He is become a censurer of our thoughts. He is grievous unto us, even to behold: for his life is not like other men’s, and his ways are very different. (Wisdom 2:11-15)

This describes exactly the condition of today’s world. How many from those who abandoned the covenant and who reject church “authority” have bibles stripped out from the wisdom of Wisdom chapter 2?

Wisdom 2 reveals a language we already hear from even right-wingers promoting eugenists: “for which is feeble [weak], is found to be nothing worth” “not spare the widow, nor honour the ancient grey hairs of the aged”.

Today, this eugenics epidemic is not just some liberal agenda, it is also promoted by major conservative movements. What you see being passed as laws daily is the prelude to Wisdom 2, the persecutor of the Christian by the eugenist, quotes the Christian as saying that “he [the Christian] charges us with violations of our training” and “transgressions of the law,” so that what the eugenist teaches goes contrary to their vocation as scientists and moralists.

Today ‘science’ is working vigorously not to advance life but to “change set laws” (Daniel 7:25) where drugs are to be made legal and where eugenics becomes ‘science’ and is etched into law.

But who else takes the lead combating this besides remnants from the Catholic and Orthodox (the two lamp stands) who insist that scientists must adhere to science rather than fiction? The eugenists are advancing pseudoscientific claims as ‘scientific’. Only these two lamp stands are the main “obstacle in their way”.

Wisdom 2 packs some amazing predictions never carefully examined by scholars before. We expounded on Wisdom 2. “We came into being by chance” defines atheistic and theistic evolutionists, not creationist Pharisees during Jesus’ First Coming.

The eugenist excuses for his genocidal belief has always been this idea that we should select ‘strength over weakness’ and the text in Wisdom 2 explicitly states it:

    “But let our strength be our norm of righteousness; for weakness proves itself useless.”

To this evil world it will be ‘survival of the fittest’. Christ and His seed today are viewed by this world as follows:

    “to us he [Christ as well as the Christian] is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, Because his life is not like that of others, and different are his ways. He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure. He calls blest the destiny of the righteous and boasts that God is his Father.”

“Our paths from things impure” makes a clear case is regarding immorality gone rampant. Therefore, it will be the ones they call ‘homophobes’ who they seek to kill. Indeed, we are getting so close to where “this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened” (Matthew 24:34). So get ready. –Shoebat

'An Expression of Love'

by David Badash

Albert Mohler says he and his fellow evangelicals have "been called upon to clarify ... and specify what the Bible teaches about human sexuality, marriage, and what it means to be made male and female."

One of America's top evangelical leaders is calling a new anti-LGBT policy statement signed by 150 notable Christian far right conservatives "an expression of love." Albert Mohler, the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a highly-influential Christian evangelical leader, made his remarks in a Washington Post op-ed on published Sunday.

The Nashville Statement draws a line in the sand against LGBT people, especially against those who are married to persons of the same-sex, and against transgender people.

"WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship," one portion of the Nashville Statement, which is structured with affirmations and condemnations, says.

"WE DENY that any affections, desires, or commitments ever justify sexual intercourse before or outside marriage; nor do they justify any form of sexual immorality," says another.

"WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption," reads one of the more offensive ones.

"WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness," reads another.

Mohler, however, insists these are not words of hate, but of love.

"This past week I was part of an effort that put America’s theological and moral fault lines fully in view," Mohler writes in the Post. "I was a signer of something called the Nashville Statement, a document adopted by a group of evangelical Christians seeking to reaffirm traditional Christian values on sexuality."

He says "the vitriol in response to our document showed why such clarification is necessary."

Without considering why so many Americans and people around the world are angry, upset, hurt, disgusted, or have just decided that the Christian right has lost any credibility it may once have had, Mohler does exercises the very un-Christian response and defends his work.

"One of the most intense lines of criticism was that we, signers of the document, dismiss the pain and suffering of those who live outside those historic Biblical sexual norms. That we weren’t acknowledging the rejection they feel in the church and were making their sins appear more significant than our own," Mohler admits.

He also does not address why same-sex marriage, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are his targets, along with those who support the right of a woman to choose to have an abortion.

Why not speak to divorce? Inequality? Immigration? Economic challenges?

Why not speak to the historic Hurricane Harvey, which Mohler's group was apparently unaware was ravaging Texas and Louisiana as they were releasing their statement attacking LGBT people.

"In releasing the Nashville Statement, we in fact are acting out of love and concern for people who are increasingly confused about what God has clarified in Holy Scripture," Mohler says.

In other words, he's doing what evangelical Christians have been doing for decades: calling LGBT people sinners while claiming their "truth," aka hate and condemnation, is love.

Jesus would disagree with them.

Mohler actually believes that he and his "generation of Christians" have "been called upon to clarify...and specify what the Bible teaches about human sexuality, marriage, and what it means to be made male and female."

If you're thinking it's strange that with millions of Americans in Texas and Louisiana under water right now, millions of Americans facing possible loss of health care coverage thanks to the president and his GOP Congress, millions of Americans waking up each and every morning not knowing where breakfast is coming from – if it comes at all – millions of Americans working in jobs that don't pay them a living wage, millions of Americans being forced to work two, three, four or more jobs just to keep their families fed, and millions of Americans affected by suicide and gun deaths each year, why this generation of Christians has been called upon to clarify and specify what the Bible teaches about human sexuality, marriage, and what it means to be made male and female – and not to focus on and help fix the real problems our society faces.

If Albert Mohler and his Christian evangelical friends believe this is their calling – to chastise good, hard-working LGBTQ Americans – so be it.

But they should know this: Americans increasingly see them and their ilk not as Christians, but as extremists, bigots, haters, and the word they truly fear the most: irrelevant. –The New Civil Rights Movement

Carrie Underwood - Something in the Water

Next Time Someone Uses The Bible To Say Homosexuality Is A Sin?

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident. It's funny, AND informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath.. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan, Jim.