LGBTQ+ Pride: a Celebration of Self-Deception … the Grand Delusion

The “Pride” movement and all its related celebrations and parades are sadly little more than a proclamation of corruption and perversion – human depravity. It all emanates from a worship of pleasure that is saturating society – indeed, its roots are nothing other than the god of self. And inherent to all sin is an inescapable condemnation and guilt – the soul of every human being ultimately knows that sin violates it in some way. Yet, rather than seek freedom in forgiveness, the demand of self is to persist in gratification of its desires – further compounding its weight of guilt. And the greater the burden of condemnation becomes, the louder the cry and demand of the rebellious heart for someone … no, everyone, to affirm and justify it.

Even many who claim the name of Christ have been deceived into believing that they are demonstrating love for LGBTQ+ individuals by affirming them with the language of acceptance or support or even love. Yet one of the characteristics of authentic, Holy Love is that it “does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth” (1 Co 13:6). Now, the broader context of 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 also serves to emphasize that we as Christians cannot be arrogant or rude or unkind toward any, let alone those in sin… especially those in sin who are against you! (Luke 6:27-33) We must love as Jesus loved us! (John 13:34; Mark 12:30-31)

Subsequent to the description given by the Apostle Paul of “dishonorable passions” wherein “women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men” (Ro 1:26–27), he continues enumerating other behavior that characterizes those who reject God. Then Paul emphasizes the depth of their depravity in that “they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Ro 1:32).

All of this behavior seems eerily indicative of the “strong delusion” that God will send on those who “refused to love the truth… so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Th 2:10–12).

Beware and be forewarned – you who identify as and live the LGBTQ+ lifestyle, as well as you who affirm them – God has proclaimed your condemnation! Your end will be delusion and destruction! Repent of your sin and receive the forgiveness and salvation freely offered through the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:5-10; Rev 1:5) to all who will believe! Don’t succumb to temporal desires, however powerful they may seem, in exchange for eternal suffering and death. Your true identity can only be made complete and whole in and by the God Who created you in His image – only He can restore that image (Col 3:7-10) to what it was intended to be and know… true freedom from all condemnation and guilt (John 8:10-11; Ro 8:1), and eternal fellowship (1 Cor 1:9; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 John 1:6-7) with God the Father, through His Son, in the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling in you.

Christian Discrimination: Intolerance is Biblical

It is less than unfortunate that many bring up the strawman of discrimination with regard to the UMC debacle and related/similar situations. The fundamental disagreement here that cannot be dismissed is whether sexual behavior/relations outside of heterosexual marriage constitute sin. LGBTQA+ behavior (practicing, condoning, etc.) is nothing other than giving in to desires of the flesh – the carnal nature.

The reason this is so critical/crucial is that the Bible calls Christians to not even associate with someone who claims the name of Christ but refuses to repent of their sin. Rather, Christians are to exclude/remove them from any fellowship/gathering. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). Being obedient to that teaching completely precludes any facade of unity that a church/denomination could claim or aspire to around the inclusion of those who are unrepentant of any sin.

This also emphasizes the absolute need for any faithful church to not ignore sin within/among its members but to continually call for confession and repentance leading to restoration and reconciliation.

Many churches are setting themselves up to have their lampstand removed (Revelation 2:4-5) by the Lord for these practices of tolerance and inclusion – those practices are nothing other than the fruit of those who have lost their first love. You cannot love God and at the same time love the world and its pleasures (1 John 2:15-17).

Christianity is exclusive! All are welcome to come as they are (John 3:16-21; 2 Peter 3:9). None are welcome to stay as they are.

Child-Sacrifice: sadly “…nothing new under the sun.” (Ecc 1:9)

As society sinks ever-further into the delusional effects of self-worship, the irony of the headlines is seldom so striking as these two stories.

On one hand, NatGeo ponders what circumstances could have possibly led an ancient society to sacrifice its own children while at the same time the state of New York removes its restrictions on child-sacrifice up to the point of birth.

We are, of course, far too civilized to refer to abortion as child-sacrifice, yet the net effect is that the mother – not only if her mortal life is endangered, but even if her quality of life is threatened – can “legally” choose to have her unborn child put to death … however ceremoniously the medical practitioner (priest of her self-worship) may carry out the execution.

Yes, even to put this into words is chokingly painful… We seldom want to see sin as ugly as it really is.

For that reason if none other, we can never fail to proclaim and share the beauty of the Cross of Christ that freely lavishes forgiveness and freedom from God on every repentant soul… no matter how ugly our sin.