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SIH STSTA ICONNote: For an in depth study of the Biblical teaching on same-sex marriage, please see my posting: http://wp.me/pU88A-nE

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On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States in a 5 to 4 ruling that, in effect, rules that states can no longer prohibit same sex marriages.   Over the past 50 years, we have seen our country ban school-sponsored Bible reading in schools; it has prohibited state-sponsored prayer in school; it has legalized the taking of unborn life; and now, it has mandated the allowance of gay marriage in all 50 states.

In this sequence of events, we can see our country’s gradual rejection of honoring, respecting and obeying our Lord Jehovah, replacing these with an exaltation and submission to the gods of this world (including man himself).

No longer are God’s desires what is important… they have been replaced with the desires and sinful lusts of man.

No longer is our Creator Jehovah looked upon as our Lord and King… now, mankind sees themselves as the one to whom we owe our allegiance.

No longer is what the Lord says that is important, now all that is important is that we all are politically correct, never condemning any action of others, but being accepting and aiding in the commission of sin.

Obviously, in the eyes of our society, it is more important that man be allowed to have his way than to be restricted by a Lord who only desires what is for our good and His glory.   Paul addressed this very issue in Romans 1:21-32.  In this text Paul addressed the gradual decline of the Gentile world as they rejected the witness of God they had received and turn instead to the ruler ship of another…

Romans 1:21-32

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

 

Sounds like our country, does it not?

Folks, our Lord has graced us with the truth of His Word and we have willfully turned from these principles.  We have chosen to follow the desires of the creature instead of the desires of our God.   According to the above passage of Scripture, we have now entered the last stages of this rebellion against the Lord.  What we saw take place with the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is the official, public declaration of our nation’s condition, just as rebellious gentiles of Paul’s day, who turned from God and then steadily lost the truths of His Word that they once possessed.  We have now, officially, publically, arrived at this place.

God has turned us over to our own lusts, taking His Word out from among us, which is now clearly seen by the immorality that is taking place around us.

At the founding of our nation we were given a choice by Jehovah, much like the choice given to the Israelites by Moses… the choice was to choose between good and evil which would be, in essence, a choice between the life and death of the nation.   If the Israelites chose the path of obedience to God, following the good, they would be insuring the future life and health of their nation, as it would be surrounded by the blessings of God.

If, however, they chose the path of evil, it would be laying a foundation of wickedness that would result in their eventual death as a nation….

 

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 KJV

“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;  I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

 

Folks, we have made this choice, the path of evil has been now interwoven in our society.  Our Lord has been rejected by our government, our future now is headed on the path of continued departure from the Lord, wickedness on every hand, and eventual ruin.  I truly believe that now, it is simply a matter of time.

Is there no hope?  With each passing day our hope grows more dim.  Of course, the Lord could always graciously, mercifully intervene and work a true miracle of repentance and restoration in our nation.  At this point in time is there any indication He will do this?  Absolutely not.  He can, but based upon the last 50 years, I am hard pressed to say that He will work such a miracle; especially, for a people who have willfully turned away from Him, and continue to do so in our government, churches, and families with no sign of repentance in sight.

Why am I writing this posting?  To accomplish three basic ends.  I desire to remind us, as the people of God:

  1. We should not be surprised if we see things decline at a faster rate. It seems as if the more truth we turn from, the more quickly truth is taken from us.  We have seen in over the past 50 years and I have no reason to believe this will decelerate in anyway.  I believe it is very possible that a greater persecution of God’s people (those who attempt to continue to stand in the truths of God) is on its way.
  1. We should recognize that we are living in the last days and that the Lord’s coming is close at hand, closer than it has ever been before. There is a great need for us to seek to meet the spiritual needs of those around us because our time of service may be drawing to a close.
  1. We should seek the riches of the Lord that is found in His Word and His promises, prayer, and service to Him . We should be constantly guarding our hearts to make sure that our affections are not turned from our Lord and His Word.  May we never allow this attitude we see in our nation rub off on us.

Folks, it is just as Paul says, “we are dead and our life is hid with Christ”.   If our nation continues on this path of decline, let’s not be discouraged our Lord is still on the throne, we are hid in Him, and soon, we will be home with Him!!!

Colossians 3:1-4 KJV

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. Thank you, Rob! There is so much work to be done. May we be found faithful!

    Yesterday a Unitarian Universalist “minister” performed the first marriage of this kind at our County Courthouse. A picture of her presiding at this ceremony is on the front page of today’s paper. There are no words for the sadness. There is only faith in our Holy, Just, and Loving Lord.

    Psalm 96
    11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
    let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
    12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:
    then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice 13 before the Lord:
    for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth:
    he shall judge the world with righteousness,
    and the people with his truth.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Very well said. Things have really changed over times, and not for the good I am afraid. It is just as you say… may we all continue to trust our Lord as we see these things take place around us.

  2. Rob, I commented earlier. Did it go to your spam file?
    Thank you, God bless you!
    Maria

  3. wow! I just sorta finished a blog swinging in this direction. I’ll ping ya.
    Powerful message and truth.

  4. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    My Dear Brother in Christ Jesus, what a powerful message. I have studied this lesson very careful and listen to your entire video pod cast and it is crystal clear as to where we stand as a nation with the Lord. There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind as to the choices we have made and the decision God has granted to us. I applaud you on making the decision to make an share this video pod cast with the world. I congratulate you on your deep abiding thoughts that went into speaking truth to power instead of sugar coating the message or making it political correct. You are truly a blessing to the Kingdom of God. Your three closing points put in the main ingredient of Jesus as the source when He said in John 8:32, “Know the truth and the truth will set you FREE! Thank you Pastor for standing up and speaking the truth. May God bless you abundantly in every way possible in Jesus name, Amen!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for the kind words my friend. Just as with you, it has become a great burden on my heart to see the things that are taking place in our country. May we all realize what is taking place and seek the Lord’s direction during thes troublesome times. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry as you sacrificially meet the needs of others throughout the world.

  5. Joyfully serving says:

    Great teaching and thank you for spreading the truth which is the word of God.

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Here we have a straightforward blog post explaining what the Bible has to says about the Supreme Court’s recent decision on same-sex “marriage.”

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thanks for the reblog, Tom. Lord bless you as you continue to speak out against the ills facing our nation and the much needed remedies for the grace situation we are in.

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Just shared this

  8. The True Light! says:

    The world rejects God’s word. Mr. Obama supports the world and they honor him…his approval ratings are climbing. This country needs to realize they are not progressing toward anything but utter destruction!

    I grieve for the Lord, and the Spirit. Such direction in this nation and across the world make Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross void for so many who refuse it!

    Steve

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree 100%. It seems like our descent is now accelerating. I believe, if the Lord does nto graciously intervene and grant repentance to us as a nation, things will be getting much qorse very quickly. Lord Bless.

      • The True Light! says:

        Even the Lord has His limits. He does not wish that any should perish, but He has a plan and sadly it includes punishment for those who refuse Him and His love!

        Thanks as always for your reply, Rob…

        Steve

  9. I totally agree! All we can do is what we’re doing, posting God’s Word so none can claim, in the end–they did not know.

  10. Shofar says:

    God bless you for writing this post Pastor Rob! Keep up your faithful words of exhortation, edification and comfort which we need for this faithless generation. Jesus asked when He returns will He find faith on earth. (Lk 18:8) Yes, because of servants of God like you, there will be those looking for His return. Let us continue to encourage the brethren! Maranatha, The Lord cometh! -Liz

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you for the encouraging words Liz. May we all seek to encourage one another and share Christ with those who we come into contact with. there is such a need around us.

  11. lovessiamese says:

    Amen! I’ve been researching myself, not just how decadent our country has become, but the effects of sodomy in past empires that embraced everything that was evil. Also how dealt with His people Israel every time they turned away from Him, and turned to the religious practices of the peoples around them. I’m reblogging. Thanks for visiting TheKingsKidChronicles.

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