By: Norm Rasmussen
The following writing below is taken from another writing that addresses issues of homosexuality, which is: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/a-e/BornHomosexualsKeller.htm However, I believe the Lord wants the following writing to be a stand-alone writing so certain people can find it easier on the Internet, because it addresses more than just homosexuality issues. It touches on matters of spiritual apostasy - spiritual deception - at several different levels God wants people to be more acutely aware of.
If you are not a Christian yet, or are a new Christian, it is possible that you are not totally sure what SIN is. Sin is breaking God's spiritual law/s, just like breaking the speed limit is a breaking of the law established by human lawmakers. Sin is disobedience to God and rebellion to what God desires His created beings are to obey. Sin can also be wrong done to others, and sin can be doing things wrong to ourselves - the temple of God if we are born again Christians. (One of the most detrimental sins we can commit against ourselves is sexual sin, because God sees it as desecration against His temple in which He desires to dwell in. Most people don't think that's a very big deal, but they are highly wrong. Unrepentant sexual sin can painfully shut off the spiritual favor and blessing from God in this life, though the more serious judgment for it is often delayed, much like punishment for other sins are as well, because God is very patient with spiritual rebels, giving them the chance to change their ways before executing more serious judgment for their sin/s against Him), but they will find out just how serious God is about committing sexual sins when there will be a loss of eternal rewards on the judgment day for those who have committed sexual sins in this life without any serious repentance prior to dying.
A point worth bringing up regarding sexual sin I believe: Some believe angels (or human-like clones angels created) had sexual intercourse with the human race and some suggest in may have been "the straw that broken the camel's back" and got them banished from God's presence for all eternity and they will suffer eternally for it, along with all other rebellion they committed against God of course.
God does not nor cannot break His law/s, and anyone else who does must ultimately be punished for them, unless God forgives them for them. At the very core of Christian beliefs is the truth that God the Father punished Jesus Christ His Son for our sins on the cross, so we can be forgiven for them, thus freed from judgment for them, if we make Jesus Christ our Savior of setting us free from punishment for our sins before we die and engage in repentance for them if we can't stop committing the same sin/s over and over. Only Jesus Christ can forgive us for our sins and cleanse of all unrighteousness against God the Father, because He's the only One God the Father finds qualified to do that for us.
Now onto some issues of homosexuality (sorry for the break in subject matter, though as you read further, you'll observe some interwoven thoughts regarding sin issues):
What can make a person believe they are "born gay" can be because of a generational curse. Demonic assignments (spiritual curses) against our parents and their parents and their parents (etc.) can get passed along to us at birth, and if the curse of homosexuality is not identified (discerned) and then addressed by someone with Holy Spirit empowerment and then broken through (deliverance) prayer, that person can/will struggle with same-sex attractions their entire lives.
Homosexuality is a SPIRITUALLY originated problem ... just as is any other temptation to sin is. The Bible clearly tells us Satan is the tempter, but he needs a person to ACT on his temptations before it becomes a sin against God. Satan has some incredibly sophisticated means of tempting us into committing sins. (Believing that it isn't necessary to believe that Jesus Christ paid full penalty for our sins so we won't be judged by God for them on the Judgment Day is the most DEADLY sin of all against God and OURSELVES - let us NEVER forget!)
Sometimes a child isn't born with a general curse of homosexuality, but rather may be abused sexually and/or emotionally in one fashion or another, and suppressed feelings of resentment and anger can make them vulnerable to demonic spirits enticing them into same-sex feelings and ultimately into same-sex relationship/s if temptation to do so is acted upon.
With homosexuality becoming so commonly prevalent in Hollywood and TV circles these days, a budding actor or actress can be put on "the acting black list" if they even dare speak out against same-sex relationships ... "and what "liberated" Hollywood celebrities do," their fans love following suit to impress their friends. Satan has so elevated the influence of Hollywood celebrities that politicians are discovering that to not have favorable connections with Hollywood celebrities (sports celebrities NEXT!) is as detrimental to their careers as squeezing zits or picking their noses and eating it while being interviewed on the most watched evening news channels.
A few sidebars: Trans-genders also are being born with generational demonic curses trying to convince their victims they were born the wrong gender, and/or come under that lie after they were born simply (meaning they may not have been born with a generational curse) because they have no idea the influence Satan can have over a person because they have never either been taught about Satan and his demons and his influence over humanity in alignment with the wisely discerned and wisely applied New Testament Bible, or they refuse to believe it if they have. Given time, Satan will have people believing they were really born dogs, cows, snakes, etc. Satan is the master and chief motivator of perverting and disrupting and destroying everything God created for people to have a sound and unconfused mind, enjoy harmony, joy and peace, and rewarding productivity on planet earth, all to the satisfaction and pleasure of their Creator who wants the very best for His created beings ... though won't force it on anyone who doesn't willingly want to contribute to His purposes/s.
Free will is priceless to those who let God instruct them in how to use it wisely. But free will is the most destructive force given to God's created beings who refuse to believe that the One who gave it to them in the first place shouldn't be allowed to help them use it wisely.
I'll go one step further by going on record as stating that I'm a firm believer it isn't God nearly as much as many people assume it is, but rather Satan, who is behind such destructive things as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, droughts, etc. -- harsh weather conditions hurting the growing of our foods for survival and destroying our loved ones and our homes. I'll bet you a quadra-bazillion-trillion dollars that when Jesus comes back to earth and rules and reigns for 1,000 years you won't experience ANY of the "acts of god" (notice the little "g") disasters we are experiencing more and more of, and war WILL completely cease, and so will worthless politicians and strutting military and law enforcement personnel. However ... if fire and brimstone and meteors start dropping out of the sky prior to our Lord's return ... God's signature may be all over it and Satan will be little more than a kid waving a lit sparkler while watching the Fourth of July fireworks grand fanally going off overhead.
Satan has his demons working so hard on this planet behind the scenes to make same-sex relationships so "normal" - so "acceptable" - so "chick" - so "really manly" - so "daringly exciting" - so "bold and courageous" (etc.) ... that society is now getting dumbed down to this demonic lie - this demonic curse upon the world - that it is getting easier and easier for many to opt out of the controversy that surrounds it and simply go silent on the matter and just "accept people for who they want to be" so as to avoid any further "conflict" -- especially in families though extended to friends and acquaintances of friends.
Satan knows how much mileage he can get out of the sexual sin of homosexuality, and what Satan is ultimately after is to persuade people into believing that sin is NOT sin as God states it IS in the commonly accepted popular translations (KJV, NKJV, NAS, NIV, etc.) of the Bible from their original Hebrew and Greek texts by trusted theologian scholars who translated them and trusted publishers who publish and market them and those translations have been accepted by mainline fundamentalist Christians leaders who teach from them ... or that even if it IS sin, 1 John 1:8-9 covers it, "So what's the big deal anyway?" Satan wants us looking no further than 1 John 1:8-9, because the same person God used to write 1 John 1:8-9 also wrote 1 John 3:9. One of these scripture passages is not to be exclusively separated from the other: God intends them to function as ONE Truth, and the last needs to be first more than Satan wants people realizing.
1 John 3:9 reads in the NKJV bible translation: No one who is born of God (truly spiritually born again, in other words) practices sin (continues to practice sin, with no concern as to how God views the matter), because His seed abides in him and he cannot sin (continuing to keep on sinning that same sin indefinitely and disregarding what God thinks about it, and/or even other repetitive sins, in other words, presumably assuming God won't chastise - discipline - them for it to "help motivate" them to KNOCK IT OFF!), because he is born of God.
Yet to walk in the wisdom of God: None of us will attain sinless perfection in this life ... but we are extremely wise from God's perspective to keep striving to obtain that objective! (I believe that any of us Christians who assume that Matthew 7:21-23 couldn't possibly apply to ME may have their brain deeply sedated by Satan's "denial anesthetic").
Satan's ultimate strategy behind those who practice homosexuality (not just be tempted to engage in it; big difference!) is to get them to either believe they were "born that way" so how can God fault them? ... and/or better yet from Satan's perspective ... if he can convince people that practicing homosexual even ISN'T a sin - SO MUCH BETTER! Why "so much better?" Because it makes God's Word more untrustworthy to people who are blinded to what God wants communicated through it!
Once Satan can dumb down the masses that homosexuality is not a sin, (Or that I was "born that way" so why would God create me that way and never expect me to act out one day the way He created me to be?), then he can go to other sexual sins and cause the masses to believe that the sins of fornication and/or adultery is really NOT a sexual sin either (Especially in divorce and remarriage matters, though in some extreme abuse cases, I believe, God can and does extend His mercy and compassion by allowing the abused person to divorce the abuser and remarry a non-abusing born again believer that will enhance the quality of both their lives to be a more fruitful ministry team God can use to help advance the Kingdom of God in the lives of others). Satan's end-run brainwashing technique? "Sin isn't sin" ... "or even if you are stupid enough and gullible enough to think it's sin ... get past it and grow up."
Inclusive in Satan's strategies for the human race: Satan wants to get people to be so blinded to the truth of God's word - so ignorant and unknowing of what God wants them understanding about it - so distrusting the Holy Bible - making the Holy Bible to be so "emotionally explosive to the politicians who need our votes and support" - that it becomes "totally worthless" - "totally untrustworthy" - "too controversial for the good of our country" - "too divisive to the masses, and we need to silence those who say otherwise."
Satan got his way by removing prayer from our public schools in America and ban the reading of the Bible in public schools as well, and his agenda for a long time has been to dumb down the students attending those schools to believe "homosexuality should be thought of as normal". Once a person engages in homosexuality, they are committing fornication, which is clearly a sin in the Bible as well. When a child is brainwashed into believing homosexuality is "normal" - so will they grow to believe fornication and adultery is every bit "normal" as well. And once they believe those acts of sin are normal, then being a "murder" is just as normal as any other sin.
And of course the overall conclusion he wants humanity coming to once he can get them to believe that sin isn't sin? Answer: "What's the big deal about someone claiming to hang on a cross for you and dying for your sins and taking your punishment for them so they won't be held against you on the Judgment Day? Fundamentalist Christianity? What a joke! Silence them! Get rid of these flakes! Society - the WORLD - will be much better off without them!"
Though this writing primarily has addressed issues of sexual sin and mostly the sin of homosexuality against God, I can't with any clear conscience address the victory Satan has essentially won in the Body of Christ regarding matters of divorce and remarriage. Way too many Christians have become so "drummed down" regarding what God has to say in His Word regarding divorce and/or remarriage that the Bible might just as well be thrown in the trash anymore when it comes to THAT critically important topic. Essentially Satan has won that battle, and his next conquest is homosexuality issues. But he also has THIS strategy being employed with every demon at his beckoning to get the powers of government and corporate heads and public school administrators on down to prison wardens and your next door neighbor to STOP Christians telling others that Jesus (what God the Father accomplished for us through Jesus dying on the cross) is the ONLY way to have your sins forgiven by God and be made acceptable to God ... THE Judge.
The "law" enforcing "hate speech" is coming soon to a theater near you, brothers and sisters. "Hate speech" is quickly being defined by however someone in power at the time wants it defined and SEVERELY punished for being guilty of it. Can't pay a good lawyer to defend yourself if found "guilty"? No problem. There will be room for you on a cold floor in a "detainee facility" to learn "the error of your ways" if they have run out of beds.
Can you fast forward the tape in your mind and visualize watching on prime time TV the lawyer claiming his/her client is NOT guilty of the crime they are accused of, because they were simply "born that way" and if God "created them that way", "why in the world should their client be punished for being who God created them to be in the first place?"
Satan is laughing so hard he's having a hard time keeping from peeing his Santa Claus pants.
Let us always keep this in perspective regarding people being born with generational sin curses and a sin nature. God never intended people to be born with the sin nature nor inherit generational sin curses through their family blood line. Satan changed God's intention. Execution of his game plan started with Adam and Eve and their offspring, and has been passed along right on down to you and I and onto our offspring.
Spiritual apostasy is making huge inroads, just as we've been warned it would be in scripture passages such as 1 Timothy 4:1 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 so we shouldn't be surprised what we see unfolding before us like a snowball building up size and speed rolling down the world's tallest, steepest mountain. Yet God has always called those who understand how important walking in righteousness with God is to not just sit back and let spiritual deception - spiritual apathy - cowardice - easily have its way as though nothing can stop it from spreading. We may not be able to stop everything Satan has already accomplished and continues to want to do, but we CAN be used of God to slow Satan down. God has repeatedly shown us in the Old Testament Bible that He will use His people who are walking in righteousness to keep shouting out the warning that God will not tolerate walking in disobedience to Him indefinitely, but few in Noah's time cared to listen and we maybe shouldn't be too surprised if fewer and fewer in our world today care to hear it either. But the nature of God is warn those who will listen before judgment is executed by Him. When God decides to "drop the hammer" on a person because of their on-going disobedience to Him, it's always the opposite of immediate joy. When God decides to "drop the hammer" on a locality and/or city, or a section of a nation, or the entire nation because of too many people living in that nation are walking in spiritual deception - disobedience - to Him ... especially the spiritual leaders of that nation who should know better -- those of us living in that location and/or nation may want to keep some strong smelling perfume on hand to coat the blades of our house fan.
In all of what has been written here, let us remember that God will be saving souls from going to hell around this globe no matter how much apostasy and demonic deception and his control faces us. God willing, Satan can try to keep us from sharing the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who need to hear it, but Satan will never be able to stop Christians from praying for the lost. It is God who saves lost souls. He doesn't need one human to accomplish that. But while we're still here on earth and not with Him in heaven, He wants us to remain available and courageous to do whatever He asks us to do, and His Word clearly exhorts us to not cease praying (especially for the unsaved who need salvation) ... even if we are essentially given the choice Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego were given to either be human sacrificial marshmallows or do bending aerobics to "'da devil's man in charge".
And a little voice is whispering in your ear, maybe ... "God would never let such a thing happen to you! You know you'll be raptured out of here before God would let such a thing happen to you." Uhhhh huhhhh. Tell that to the Christians in certain parts of the world who can tell you the name of every bug they've named (if they didn't eat them yet to live another day) in their little dark hole-in-the-wall "attitude adjustment domicile."
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