Walk in Love
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:1-21 — English Standard Version
Walking in the love of Christ’s example, walking in love as instructed, meant, defined in Holy Scripture is not love as the world defines the word or deeds. The love the apostle Paul writes of, genuine Christian love does not accept sin or turn a blind eye and deaf ear to sin — which is clearly known and understood as sin. If in any doubt as to what is sin and what is not — just open a Holy Bible and learn. And if still in doubt? Pray humbly, submitting, asking God our Father to grace you with His Holy Spirit for discernment and understanding.
Christian love does not mean anything goes, anything is accepted. Let us understand this at the outset while we proceed.
Any one can claim anything spoken or written which they do not like, agree with, or want to hear or see as “hate speech.” This would not be dangerous were it not for governments listening to the weak, corrupted enemies of liberty and freedoms, the foes of free speech and religious freedoms, and considering writing laws to ban such speech and make it a crime. Punishable. By law. This also would not be so bad were all this vitriol and poison directed at the Word of God, Jesus Christ the Lord — and those who are not ashamed of the gospel and are genuine Biblical following believers of God and Jesus Christ the Lord.
It’s one thing using the word “hate” erroneously about something of this world and quite another in directing those who believe in, trust in, have faith in and follow God. Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the inerrant living Word of God as purveyors of hate which must be not only silenced — but arrested. Shut up. Shut out. Incarcerated. Or worse.
Thing is, anyone can claim anything they disagree with, don’t like, or refuse to admit into their little fantasy bubble worlds as “hate speech.”
We live in times in which the English language is being destroyed by the corrupt and evil hearts and minds of men and women. The words “hate,” “phobia,” and hundreds more are now used in place of accurate words of finer definition and meaning.
We live in an age in which corruption and perversion grows by the day.
Fifty years ago if a man saw another man with an athletic and muscular physique he might have been heard to utter, “Boy, I envy him. He is in excellent physical condition!”
Now? Now what passes for men are heard saying they have a “man crush.”
Disgusting. Perversion. The subtle erosion of all things. Breakdown of all things and especially language which is linked to morals, the mind and behaviors.
Let us get one thing VERY CLEAR REGARDING WORDS, LANGUAGE, MEANING AND UNDERSTANDING;
God Almighty, Jesus Christ the Lord, and the Holy Spirit have NO PART IN ANY SIN. EVIL DOES NOT, HAS NOT, WILL NOT TOUCH THEM. EVER. NEVER HAS. NEVER WILL.
God our Father, Jesus our Saviour and the Holy Spirit have nothing to do with any sin, anything corrupt, anything unrighteous, anything an abomination, anything evil.
There is much confusion, semantics and needless debate regarding if God can “look upon sin and evil,” or if God “causes sin and evil,” and on and on foolishly, needlessly.
Looking upon something. Seeing something. Aware of something is totally different than taking part. Or causing it.
God certainly see and knows all the sin and evil taking place on this world. In the hearts and minds of all men and women. God has seen and known all sins all evil from the time the devil beguiled and seduced Eve and Adam in the Garden.
Does not mean God caused that sin or evil, or had any hand or part in it.
The debaters, the writers, the semantic volley’s of endless words fail to mention FREE WILL OF ALL MEN AND WOMEN.
Yes, God knew of everyone BEFORE they were ever in the womb and God and Jesus created all living things and all things on earth that are known. That does not mean God took part or was part of or created a child in the womb of a man and woman who had sex outside of marriage. God may permit the pregnancy and healthy birth of that child, but God was not “making them do it” nor any part of their SINFUL, WILLFUL, LUSTFUL FREE WILL CHOICES MADE IN EACH OF THEIR MINDS / HEARTS to have sexual relations and a resulting child born out of wedlock in sin.
Conversely, although God is certainly aware of every homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender person and every sinful act they commit God DID NOT MAKE THEM THAT WAY THEREFORE GOD ALLOWS, PERMITS, OR APPROVES OF THEIR CORRUPT AGAINST HIM, HIS WORD AND NATURE ways of living.
There is no homosexual gene. No “I was born this way, THIS is how God made me!”
Let us be very clear, accurate and truthful — homosexuals choose to endeavor on their lusts and desires for their own sex. Period. No homosexual gene. No born that way.
Not according to me. And if you still refuse to believe God, Jesus, the apostles and the Bible? And you place your faith in only science and medical discoveries, the research me man? Then learn either here on A Crooked Path, or in other reliable sources that in all the exhaustive DNA research done over the past 50 years, all the thousands of labs, researchers, studies, clinics, scientific and medical work being done there has only been time after time learning there is no homosexual gene. Nothing biological making a person “born this way.”
It’s a choice. Period. Driven by consuming lusts for your own biological sex. It is amoral. It is immoral. It is an abomination. It is a sin. Not a lifestyle. Not okay because the U.S. Supreme Court gave its opinion it’s okay, or because now the majority have been given over to reprobate minds and unrighteousness and through the constant erosion within society come to praise, revere, accept, elevate, celebrate and put on a pedestal the sin against God and nature — and the Word of God — homosexuality and all its offshoots.
Changing the laws of man does not change the laws, the Word of God.
Making speaking Biblical truths one day illegal and punishable by fines, imprisonment or worse does not make the laws of man trump the Word of God.
The laws of man are temporary.
The Word and ways of God eternal.
And, as Peter and the other apostles told the keepers and human enforcers of the Law in his time, that which still applies, or should:
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:29 — King James Version Holy Scripture
There is coming a time, and it is here now in which we ought to obey God rather then men. There is coming a time and it is here now in which those professing to be Christian, disciples of Jesus put country, politics, so many other things before Jesus and being His disciple. Nationalism, the Constitution, America, politics, whatever the world events are will all pass away. All things will pass away.
Except the Word of God. Except eternity and each persons eternal spirits and souls. Except God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and heaven and hell.
There is coming a time — and much sooner rather than later or never as many falsely are deluded by — in which the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution will either be removed, or gutted and perverted, added onto, amended in such a manner to make it null and void and permit the tyranny, the fascism that is to come worldwide to enter and prevail and have its way.
There will be so many reprobate minds given over to unrighteousness that there will be nary a whimper at this taking place and cheering and celebration at its removal — because at its core? The greatest troubling of the world? Is God. Is Christ. Is the Holy Spirit. Is the Holy Bible. Is genuine Christianity.
And those things they grow very intolerant and weary of and blame everything they don’t like or think is wrong on.
In grave error they do this — but that is what is swiftly approaching.
And like placing blame on the spotless, sinless Lamb of God and vainly imagining killing Him would rid them of their ills, their guilt, what was nagging in their spirits and souls they vainly in following the lies of the Evil One in which they are enslaved — if they destroy all references to the God of the Holy Bible, if they remove and destroy Jesus, if they remove, destroy, pervert or corrupt the Holy Bible to render it null and void — if they pass legislation of man killing off all speech and writing of this God, this Christ, this Word and what it contains they will finally have the world they imagine.
Oh, they will — but the Word, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are eternal and will never be moved or removed.
And the world which the reprobate unrighteous minds bring about will only curse the God they thought they removed all the more as the world they imagined, their “Utopia” in which they are gods, they worship creation rather than the Creator, they deny, dismiss, and thought they removed what they labeled as “myth,” —Almighty God, Jesus Christ the Lord, the Holy Spirit and the inerrant living Word, the Holy Bible — that world is going to prove to be a living hell before they end up in eternal hell.
For where God does not dwell, for where Jesus is denied, where the Holy Bible is mocked, thrown aside, spit upon and denied? That is pure hell and no peace on earth, no peace within any spirit or soul or life.
And only leads to death. Only leads to the second death.
And the elevation, celebration of permitting the fascist militant homosexual movement and agenda to march forward is one of the key pieces of this puzzle all coming together and picture being clearly seen.
Make no mistake.
Speaking or writing against God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Bible, and those genuine disciples serving and obeying is the real hate speech. For they hate the truth. They hate God, they hate Jesus and Their word and love this world instead.
Make no mistake.
The number one enemy and thorn in the Evil One who has been given dominion here on earth for a season is — God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the whole, unrevised, uncorrupted inerrant Word of God and all those genuine Biblical disciples of Theirs. True Christianity is the devil’s number one enemy and personal “hate.”
Therefore as society further erodes, as there are more and more reprobate minds and we are living now in Romans 1 things such as making the immoral, the unlawful, the deviant and sinful lawful occur and all out attempts and endeavors are made — and succeeding in making being a disciple of Jesus unlawful. Making obeying God over man unlawful. Making being a genuine Christian and making the Holy Bible we believe and follow unlawful.
Do not be deceived dear brothers, sisters, loved ones, and ones seeking, searching and wanting to know and see clearly.
No one is “born this way” other than in sin.
Watch. Look. Listen. Heed how the hearts and minds of men and women is really working. What is at hand. Who is being served. Direction going. What is praised or elevated and taught as right and what is blamed, condemned and said to be wrong.
The Evil One and every lie he tells to every one of his servants keeping them ensnared and in darkness now passes for what is taught and elevated while what used to be known to be The Way, The Truth — God, Jesus, the Holy Bible, respect, reverence, worship of the One True God and seeking to live a godly life pleasing to the Lord following the Word of God is now taught as to what to blame and why the world isn’t working for people. “It’s all those Christians. All those who believe in God of the Bible, and Jesus, and that old Bible who are to blame! If only we cold rid ourselves of the whole lot oh what a wonderful world it would be!”
They will get their wish. As the old adage goes — be careful what you wish for.
And what is required of all who desire true understanding? True truth? the meaning of life? Why we are here? What we need to do?
Is to then be “born again,” to be “born anew,” to be TRANSFORMED, MADE RENEWED OF MIND AND SPIRIT BY THE ALMIGHTY INFINITE BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION SPIRIT AND POWER OF GOD AND THE SAVING BLOOD OF, FAITH IN, AND OBEDIENCE TO JESUS CHRIST THE LORD.
No gray area. No alternatives.
One way or the other.
You aren’t born one way or the other. We all make choices. We all serve somebody. We all either serve the Lord or we serve the devil, just like Bob Dylan wrote and sang (“Serve Somebody”) and like we’re told by an even greater Authority throughout the ages — God in His living Word!
ACP — A Crooked Path
Sunday. April 14th, 2019
Criminalizing Christianity by Attacking Free Speech
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
By Dr. Robert Youngblood
Reprinted from: American Family Association
There are three groups in America (and other countries like Canada and those in Europe) who are working to restrict free speech by labeling some speech as “hate speech” more than any other groups. What strange bedfellows they make: Lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, transgenders and queers, Muslims, and the secular humanist or progressive mainstream media.
The reason they are such strange bedfellows is of the 11 countries where being homosexual is punishable by death, all eleven are majority Muslim. The media adores its current protections under the Constitution. However, as they help the other two groups ban or limit free speech, they are undermining their currently protected freedom of the press. They haven’t made the connection the printed word flows from and is connected to the spoken word.
Does all of this fall under the category of “you better be careful what you wish for”? Yes, because history shows losing freedom of speech, religion, and the press is a very dangerous path.
At least one thing they agree on is they don’t like Christians sharing what the Bible says and then logically questioning their actions and beliefs. Maybe another thing they agree on is imposing legal and social actions to limit free speech through peer pressure, shaming, and fines to encourage self-censorship. They are doing all they can to get people to believe, “Just stay quiet and you’ll be okay.”
For instance, in Canada, a man was fined $55,000 for calling a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman a male. Of the 107,000 people who shared the article, I wonder how many think, “That wouldn’t happen here in America? Our free speech is protected.”
The reality is the “Equality Act” is a chess move to push America towards a loss of both freedom of speech and religious freedom too. The Epoch Times in the article “Critics see ‘Equality Act’ as ‘Endless Lawsuit Machine’” shared it “would undermine First Amendment free speech rights while opening the door to religious-based discrimination, according to conservative critics.”
Primary Target: First Amendment Rights
Why do they attack America’s First Amendment rights? Because when speech is controlled, actions are controlled. When actions are controlled, then any people you don’t like can be led to jail by law and claw. Then, if their hearts grow darker, slaughter.
David French wrote in the National Review, “Continue down the present path, and legislators will keep passing laws designed to suppress opposing views. Law schools will raise young lawyers to view free speech and due process as instruments of oppression. And a population that long ago rejected the culture of liberty will demand that law conform to its vindictive ideals.”
“Demonize the opposition enough,” wrote French, “and eventually your tribe will get busy finding ways to rationalize and justify blatant censorship and double standards.” Yes, that IS the “Equality Act” hiding under a cyanide-sweet name.
So when I see “Yale discriminates against Christian Values, Blocking Funding from Conservative Groups and Students,” I know we are further down the road than most realize. The Yale Federalist Society invited a lawyer from a Christian legal organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, to speak on campus. Yale’s (appropriately named?) lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender group “Outlaws” characterized ADF as a ‘hate group.’ So they didn’t want ADF on-campus sharing a speech about what they do.
It seems the ADF and what Christians refuse to do is to deny their religious freedoms to call truth the truth, sin as sin according to the Bible, and follow God’s lead even if it is against popular culture.
This ties together when a Canadian man gets fined for not doing something. He would not call a biological male who identifies as transgender a female. Did you realize there are people who “identify” as parrots, dogs, younger than their actual age? Soon, I predict, some will identify as dead to avoid paying taxes each year. Isn’t it Ben Shapiro who says “Facts don’t care about feelings”?
America’s loosening grip on free speech and religious freedom can also be seen in other moments where Americans have been sued for what they wouldn’t do:
- Barronelle Stutzman – She is being sued by the Washington Attorney General and the ACLU because she expressed her freedom of religion by not doing the floral arrangements for a same-sex couple’s wedding because of her beliefs. “If she loses, the ACLU could take everything she owns – her business, her home, and her life’s savings. ”
- Jack Phillips – He won on the Supreme Court 7-2, but within 30 days the Colorado government and their hostility targeted him again. The case was dismissed on March 5, 2019. He is a cake artist who refused to use his talents for a same-sex couple’s wedding cake because of his beliefs.
- Nativity Scenes at State Capitols and other public forums – Despite common belief, there is no law saying a nativity scene cannot be on government public property. “It’s equal treatment. It’s simply a matter of non-discrimination of political speech on one hand and religious speech on the other,” said Thomas Brejcha, the president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society. They provide free legal protection to those who put up nativity scenes per the guidelines they provide. Those who work for nativity scenes refuse to ignore the real meaning of Christmas by remaining quiet.
- Church sued for 2.3 million for not hosting LGBT event – The Holy Rosary Church of Portland, Oregon refused a lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender group hosting an event there based on the church’s ‘morals clause.’ Even an atheist in an article described this as “… eroding rights for religious communities” and “an appalling frontal challenge to the rights of private association, private property, religious liberty.”
- Chick-fil-A banned from airports – Chick-fil-A has not given up its support of Christian values from when Dan Cathy, CEO, made statements supporting marriage defined by the Bible and opposing homosexual marriage. He personally (not the business) donated to politically engaged social-conservative groups. They refuse to comply with the world’s view of something God clearly defines as marriage between one man and one woman.
Did you notice most of these examples come from lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender activists? Yet, they still don’t realize every battle they win brings them closer to creating an Islamic-like majority America where they will suffer more than they can currently imagine.
Doublespeak, Double Standards, and Double Trouble
But back to Canada. I ran across this line from Wikipedia about one earlier ruling:
In February 2013, the Court released its reasons in Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v Whatcott. The Court held that, although Bible passages, biblical beliefs and the principles derived from those beliefs can be legally and reasonably advanced in public discourse, speech which can be described as “detestation” and “vilification” cannot be.
Words matter. Tone matters. Truth matters.
But when the judicial rulings set the tone to limit the words and it limits the truth, then where are we with sharing the way, the truth, and the life available to those in darkness?
Let’s look at synonyms from that ruling for “detestation” and “vilification” as further proof they’re wanting to ban God and the Bible.
Detestation: hatred, loathing, abhorrence, revulsion, abomination, disgust, repugnance, horror, aversion, animosity, dislike, disdain, contempt.
Vilification: condemnation, criticism, censure, denunciation, abuse, flak, denigration, slander, character assassination
So they hold that biblical beliefs can legally and reasonably (another loophole-lovers’ word when not defined) be shared in public discourse except when detestation or vilification occur.
If God detests something because it drives people further away from him and risks their souls to eternal suffering in hell, shouldn’t we warn them with kindness? Is this not for the public good?
Charles Stanley’s article “8 results of Disobeying God” shows this is more than double trouble. He shares, “When we refuse to consult the Lord and are determined to go our own way, we can expect the following results …” and then expands on each of confusion, conflict, cost, loss, regret, pain, disaster, and discipline.
But when darkness despises the light, they don’t want anyone to know they are in darkness. They want to be seen as if they are in the light, celebrated with pride as they ignore God’s promises both the kind ones (John 3:16-18a) and the severe ones ( John 3:18b; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
The culture today embraces God who loves, but hates and denies a God who hates or detests anything but full acceptance of whatever each heart may desire – even if God clearly states He does not approve.
Killing Christians and calling it good
I guess those guys and gals never read the Bible or the Billy Graham article “Things God Hates,” because if they did, then they would realize they are trying to censor the Bible. Maybe they’ll just gather up the Bibles in Canada like they did the guns. But instead of keeping them under lock and key like they do the guns, they might have a good ole’ book burning.
If you’re not following me, let’s look at what Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV) says:
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Within the first 11 words, if you shared that scripture as part of your beliefs, you wouldn’t have protected freedom of speech in Canada.
Jesus warned if the world hated him, it will hate us too (John 15:18-22).
What is about to happen in America unless we become more like the salt and light we are supposed to be? The latter part of John 16:2 shows us when Jesus says, “Indeed the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.”
The world wants to believe a lop-sided lie about who God is like he’s some sort of rainbows, unicorns, and a genie-lamp mixture of unlimited latitude and ease. Easy-secular-believism is a form of “I can tell God the desires of my heart and he will grant them” instead of Lordship-salvation which aligns with “Let my heart desire God and his will for me. Then I will delight in the Lord, and he will give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4).”
Yes, they might want to hear of the kindness of where he provided Jesus as the sacrifice for each individual’s sins. They might want to hear of his resurrection showing the restored relationship we can have.
But it’s the severity of God that they do not want to hear. This is the real free speech which terrifies them because their souls know it is true. Jesus said it in John 15:22-23, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also.”
Turning fear into action
Whew. I don’t like to be hated or disliked. You probably don’t either. As Christians, we are charged with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), and we are fast approaching the loss of our ability to share what the Bible says about sin and salvation.
In each of our lives, I think we will face the uncomfortable challenges to our faith which is why, perhaps, earlier in Matthew 10:28 we have a strange sort of comfort when it says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One [God] who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Getting a $55,000 fine for sharing the truth from science and from the Bible might feel like something we fear more than death in some cases. But the final, real question becomes, “When we are faced with opposition when obeying the Great Commission, will we falter or stand remembering the future vision?”
May God grant each of us the strength to stand tall when tested. And should we fail, may we ask forgiveness and trust in him more for the next time. God help us now, please. If you’re wondering what you can do besides continued prayer, continued sharing of the gospel, continued support of churches who believe in the inerrancy and accuracy of God’s Word, then join our Action Alert email list where you can take action to protect our First Amendment rights, and other rights, here in the U.S.