Thank you so much for your timely, well-written article Persecution Increasing in South Africa… this whole issue of “same-sex marriage” and how Christians (and even non-Christians who oppose it) are being persecuted and victimized is a relevant, hot topic in the U.S. It’s a tragedy that we even have to debate the subject of marriage because for centuries upon centuries marriage (biblically, historically and even culturally) has always been understood/defined as a union between a man and a woman, and clearly the Lord has NOT redefined it. But sadly, this is what’s happening in the U.S…. this is an absolute outrage and more and more Christians (in particular) are being persecuted and are having their constitutional rights violated and assaulted by the fierce, unrelenting pro-sodomite machine.
For example, as the Washington Times reported not too long ago: “Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.” Can you believe it? In another case, a cake shop owner, Jack Phillips (a professing Christian) got caught in the legal cross-hairs when he refused to bake a wedding cake for a sodomite couple. His case went to court and the judge ruled against him, ordering him to serve the couple anyway – even though it violated his religious beliefs and his right (as a business owner). Furthermore, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom group, Mr. Phillips was told, “he must not discriminate when making wedding cakes… that he needed to ‘re-educate his staff that Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act means that artists must endorse same-sex marriage regardless of their religious beliefs.’” Since the ruling, the cake shop owner has stopped taking all wedding cake orders – to avoid controversy. But still the strategic targeting of various Christian-owned businesses continues in an attempt to force the acceptance of a repugnant, sinful “life-style” that no true Christian can or will ever accept. It’s so sad.
Last year, we even had a situation right here in my own home town whereby this lesbian couple was trying to force a fitness center owner to allow them to qualify under the family membership pricing because they said they were engaged (and living together along with their children as a family). Praise the Lord, that (so far) in the state of Texas there is no recognition of “same-sex marriage,” so these women had no case and no legal legs to stand on. However, that didn’t stop them and their supporters from protesting and bad mouthing the fitness center owner….
And isn’t it ironic that those who stand on God’s Word concerning marriage are called the haters, when the militant pro-sodomite lobby are the ones doing the most hateful and intolerant things? After all, they could care less if shop owners, chapel directors, photographers, etc., lose their businesses or have their livelihoods severely threatened/attacked. It’s the worst and most costly kind of harassment – and yet our government is trampling the Constitution and allowing the harassment to prevail. It seems that they will not stop until the reality of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and all of our other constitutional rights are completely stripped away. Typical socialist/communist tactic, all right, where eventually everybody loses.
You are definitely right, Shaun, these are dark days and trying times, indeed, for the people of God, particularly in the other forms of persecution that your article mentioned, such as the eroding away of parental rights. We must “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) and stay the course. Thank you, once again, for sounding the alarm so clearly. May the Lord keep us all strong, alert, and covered by His grace to weather this spiritual storm.
Your sermons on Daniel and Revelation are a wonderful blessing. I must order new copies as they are such a great blessing to pass to others.
Good warning to be awake to the subtle danger behind the scenes [the pamphlet Bible Prophecy Speaks of Popery].
These precious sermons are such a joy and comfort, specially in these days when life is not so easy [the CDs on The Prophecies of Daniel and The Book of Revelation]. We have believed the truth of prophecy [the Historicist interpretation] for so many years and it is wonderful beyond words to hear it preached and adding so much, specially historical information I did not know. Having all this work in book form would be wonderful, I would so love to give to others…. heartfelt thanks for your kind fellowship and faithful ministry, more precious than gold to the hearts of those who love Him, and eagerly await His coming or calling to their heavenly home.
Thank you for continually exposing the truth about Catholicism. I personally know also what Rome was and still is. I myself was a nun. I was forced into this religion by my father, for eight years. I have read of Charles Chiniquy. He became a strong man for the truth also. The Catholic Church is not a branch of the true church. I stand with you to protest and sound the alarm.
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