The Days of Noah, Part 2 (Gen 6:5-8)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

In the last study we focused in Genesis 6 on verses 1-4, that difficult text about the sons of God, the daughters of men, the giants. It was then I shared my conclusion: that the sons of God were fallen angels who intermingled, had intercourse, with women, producing dominant physical offspring, leading to God announcing the time for man would be 120 years. The world was supersaturated with sin, like a sponge. It was seeping out, and God wouldn’t strive with man forever.

We see that again here in verses 5-8, which focus more on the human side of all of this that led to God’s judgment, and yes, we’ll consider our own day as well. I have some thoughts about it the Scriptures have provoked. But let’s start by reading the word of God, and to give us some context I’ll read verses 1-8.

Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Again, our concentration is on those last four verses, 5-8, and the first thing we see, in verse five, is the verdict. The sinfulness of man has been compounded by the demonic invasion of verses 1-4. So what is the verdict? Well, we saw in verse three God set a time limit on man: 120 years. Now that is expounded upon: “Then YHWH saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent on the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Only evil continually. Let those words marinate a bit in your mind… only evil continually. Continue reading “The Days of Noah, Part 2 (Gen 6:5-8)”

The sermon on the Sunday after the Supreme Court legalized so-called “same-sex marriage” everywhere

The following is the audio and transcript of my sermon this morning from Romans 1:18-32, given the Lord’s Day after the Supreme Court made so-called “same-sex marriage” legal in all fifty states.

Father, You know the burden upon me this morning. I pray You might guard my heart, my mind, and my mouth right now. I want my words to be Your words, my thoughts Your thoughts, my heart Your heart. Help me to speak truth, and truth only. Help me shepherd Your people by turning our hearts toward You, the Good and Perfect Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls. Where repentance is needed, may it be. Where confession is necessary, may it be. Where a shake-up of the way we think has to happen, I pray it will. Above all, though, Father, I pray You might be glorified, and as a result, Your people be strengthened. May grace and truth win the day through Your Son Jesus, in whose holy name we ask this. Amen. Continue reading “The sermon on the Sunday after the Supreme Court legalized so-called “same-sex marriage” everywhere”

I cannot pledge my allegiance

I love my country. Let me make that clear. If you know me in the least you are more than aware I am not part of the hate America or blame America wing of the political spectrum. On the contrary, I am a patriot. I love my country.

I love its flag. Our flag. I love how it represents men who fought that I might be free. I love how it represents men who died to set other people free. And if you want to get silly, attach the flag to any sporting event and the chances of me getting interested increase exponentially. I love that Superman’s outfit deliberately includes American colors. Captain America is even my favorite Avenger.

I love my country. I love the flag.

I just can’t pledge allegiance to it any longer.

Some Christians do not say the Pledge because, as Paul writes in Philippians 3:20, our citizenship is in heaven. I understand that point of view and, to a degree, sympathize with it. However, I also understand that as Christians, while we are on this earth, we have a dual-citizenship. We are not to have friendship with the world, for that is enmity with God (Jas 4:4). We are not of the world, but we are in it (at least for now). My home is with Christ and that is much to be desired, but for now I am also an American. So that’s not why I can no longer say the pledge. Continue reading “I cannot pledge my allegiance”

Religious Liberty Is In Hospice. To Whom Will You Bow When It Dies?

Hospice.

You know the word. And you know what always comes soon after.

Death.

When the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1788 it did not do so without controversy — either before, during, or after. As they were concluding their meeting Benjamin Franklin is famous for his response to a lady who questioned him about what the result of the Convention was. He said, “A republic. If we can keep it.”

Indeed, many leaders in the several states lamented the results of that Convention and fought hard against their respective state’s ratification thereof. Only with the guarantee there would be a Bill of Rights added to the Constitution, enumerating certain things the federal government absolutely could not do, was ratification achieved.

The freedom for people to belief as they feel compelled to, and to live in accordance with their beliefs, was considered so absolutely necessary that the very first of those rights enumerated in what came to be known as the First Amendment was that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion; or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” So inalienable a right was it, and so vital to both state and national interests, that the very next clause in the First Amendment made clear the freedom of speech (inherent in which is the freedom to express oneself).

For over two hundred years then constitutionally protected rights were considered a given, at least as it relates to matters of faith and practice. However, in the twenty-first century, and especially in the last few years, we are living in a new age (at least for us comfortable Americans). Our freedom to believe what we want and live in accordance with those beliefs is no longer a given, and I write this, in particular, for those who share my faith in the one and only God, Father of our one and only Savior, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I write this with respect to those who, like me, believe that God has revealed Himself through the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. I write this to those who, like me, believe God has made Himself plain as it relates to matters of marriage and human sexuality. 

If you believe like me you know that God is holy, holy, holy, and that He cannot, does not, and will not tolerate any sin, at any time, for any reason whatsoever. True, God is patient toward sinners, but every sin that has ever been committed will have been judged in time. 

So then, you also believe, like me (because the Bible is God’s word and it’s not too difficult to understand), that God created man in His image, male and female He created them, and the two of them joined together as one flesh. Thus, homosexuality is sinful state of mind, homosexual acts are sinful acts, and homosexual marriage is a figment of the imagination, a byproduct of a mind hostile toward God, because God, the Creator of marriage, has already defined it (one man and one woman until death do they part, and what God has joined together let no man separate). 

Well, at least you used to be able to believe that, because on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling in the favor of Hobby Lobby in a recent case in which the government was trying to force the owners of that business to violate their religious convictions with regards to insurance coverage for certain contraceptives considered abortifacients, now the President of the United States is signing an executive order prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The constitutionally of such an order can be debated at another time. Nevertheless, the order means if you are a business owner and have a government contract, you can’t decide not to hire that man, whose mother named him Chris, because he wears a dress and identifies himself as a woman named Christine. His right to be “transgender” is more important than your right to submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ and conduct your business and even hire employees who best represent the worldview you want your business (which you own) to convey.

President Barack Obama’s decision to sign this order is hardly shocking given some of his statements in the past, but the ramifications of such an order, once enforced, are chilling to the mind of us Americans who are used to being comfortable in the land of the free. And should the trajectory of our culture remain unchanged, and I see no reason to believe it will, this order is an ominous portent of things to come.

This is just my opinion, but I believe it to be one grounded in an understanding of the culture, and more importantly the Bible, but things will probably not get better. They will most likely get worse… much worse.

As American Christians we must remember first that we are Christians who happen to be Americans, not the other way around. We are citizens of two kingdoms, but our heavenly citizenship (Phil 3:20), guaranteed to all believers by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, must trump our American citizenship every time

Once that is understood, we must also remember that freedom, while codified in a human constitution, isn’t guaranteed in Scripture. Many of the believers who received Paul’s letters and Peter’s letters lived under the constant threat of persecution. The Christians in Judea were ostracized by their Jewish kinsmen to the point Paul was collecting an offering for them half a continent away. Herod had the apostle James put to death in Acts 12, to say nothing of church history which teaches us that Peter and Paul were both murdered for their faith around A.D. 67. Even today in this enlightened age to be a Christian in more parts of the world than not means to be under constant threat of some sort of persecution (even death) from a government or other religious group.

Therefore, while we might rightly say religious liberty in America has been taken to hospice, with all signs pointing to its impending death in coming years, the question for you and I becomes: To whom will you bow when it finally dies? Is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ such that we will readily endure suffering the likes of which none reading this most likely have ever truly pondered? Will your knee remained bowed before Jesus the King? Or will you bow to the state and to the culture, thus proving your knee isn’t bowed to Jesus in reality now?

We must, by the grace of God, waste no time in setting our minds (NOW!) on things above, and not on the things of the earth (Col 3:2). Beloved, Satan has attacked us in our comfort here in free America, but the days are coming when I believe he will attack us otherwise. I pray you, I, and we all might remember that “Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Mozilla CEO’s [forced] resignation an atomic bomb in the war on marriage

The [forced] resignation of Brenden Eich as CEO of Mozilla, maker of the much used Firefox web browser, should make the bones of Christians chill, for it is a much bigger deal than it seems. The fallout is going to spread far and wide, and the effects will be devastating.

You’ll have to forgive the hyperbole, but this is tantamount to an atomic bomb being set off by the homoterrorists(1) in their war on marriage. And like the two real atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in part, dropped to deter any more from being dropped in the future (a weapon so awful no one would want to use it again), the forced resignation of a CEO is intended by homosexual uber-rights activists to deter anyone who desires any prominent or powerful position from even thinking of giving aid and comfort to the idea that marriage is really between one man and one woman.

Let’s re-visit the facts of the case. In 2008, six years ago, Eich gave $1000 to support the passage of Proposition 8 in California. That measure was passed by that state’s citizens with 52-percent voting for passage. The proposition limited marriage to the traditional (biblical) definition of one man and one woman, which by the way, was a position still support by then presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Since then federal courts overturned Proposition 8, and this past summer the Supreme Court upheld those courts’ decisions, opening the door for the eventual national legalization of “same-sex” marriage.

Eich has since distanced himself from his previous support of Proposition 8 and had pledged to make sure his company was inclusive of same-sex couples and all that goes along with that. But that was not enough for the homoterrorists.

You see, he had some time in his past spoken (with his wallet) against their movement, and that can and will not be tolerated.

Be clear about this. Brenden Eich was not going to be let off the hook for a relatively small amount of money that came out of his checking account six years ago, even though he had seen changed his views to match those of his current persecutors. Why? Because this is an atomic bomb set off by the homoterrorists to deter any CEO, or anyone period, from giving any support whatsoever to those who affirm marriage(2). And that’s where the fallout will be… “Say anything in support, or give any support of the idea, or organizations supporting the idea of marriage being between one man and one woman, and we’ll have your scalp.” The homoterrorists are coming after anyone who dissents with an ideological passion resembles the bloodthirstiness of the French Revolution.

So Christians, if you’re not awake yet, the alarm should have long since gone off. The days in which we will be able to speak or write truth freely regarding marriage are coming to an end. The politics of the situation are not going to improve with an act of God, changing the hearts of people and turning them toward Himself. And, of course, that can happen and that is our desire.

Nevertheless, the days are coming and are already here when the prophets of the new cultural commandment will demand your capitulation, or you will be slain as a heretic. And what is that commandment? Celebrate evil with us… or else.

(1) Credit for that term to James White, but that’s a perfect way to describe the homosexual uber-rights activists.

(2) And by marriage I mean the biblical definition of marriage [God created it to be between one man and one woman until death do them part], which is the only real type of marriage. Qualifying the word marriage with words like biblical or traditional only lends unintended credence to the notion there really is some other kind of marriage. There isn’t.

“The goal is to rehabilitate”: Same-sex “marriage” and the war on religious liberty

Think the story of the Hugenins in New Mexico was the exception to the changing rules? Think again, because an Oregon bakery has gone out of business as a result of holding fast to the Christian faith and refusing to endorse so called same-sex “marriage” with their business.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, OR, is a family bakery that has left their location and moved their business to their home as a result of “constant protests and death threats.” Why? Because they refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, and that brought on a state investigation by Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries to see if it violated the state’s Equality Act of 2007, which like other kinds of state laws gave uber-rights to LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender).

After owner Aaron Klein declined to bake the cake and the investigation was triggered, the Kleins’ lawyer responded to investigators, simply saying that the Kleins “elected not to participate in an event that is not even officially recognized under Oregon law when doing so would violate their constitutionally-protected conscience and religious beliefs.”  Continue reading ““The goal is to rehabilitate”: Same-sex “marriage” and the war on religious liberty”