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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's Rulings on Marriage

God has not changed on marriage.
Marriage is a picture of Christ and His church.  The Bridegroom and the Bride.  It was created by God. (See previous post here.)

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two rulings in relationship to homosexuals today - Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
Don't be fooled that this will only affect certain states.  There will be more litigation in the future since the door has been opened. 

As someone who voted absentee for Proposition 8 in CA defining marriage between one man and one woman for the California state Constitution, I feel I have had a personal connection to this decision that went not only against the votes of me and my family, but it stands starkly against God's Word.  It makes a mockery of the votes of other Californians who still hold a semblance of moral standards.
Why were we all ignored?  Because a state attorney general refused to fight for the law that people voted for.
This same kind of attitude allows millions of non-citizens to disobey immigration laws here in the U.S.  Who is going to punish them when politicians can't stomach following through on administrating justice?

The U.S. Supreme Court also has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage (for benefits) for what it is.  This benefited relationships with a commitment of marriage between a man and a woman which is the only truly natural and healthy way for families to begin.

These rulings that try to make a mockery of God by letting states define marriage, are only symptoms of a nation being given over to sin (as mentioned in Romans 1).  When people worship pleasure, self, and idols, then anything seems to go.  Morality is only justly and rightly defined by God and is based on His character.

As a Christian, I will not accept what God rejects - though the nation and the world hates God and thinks they are in the right.  God is not mocked (Galatians 6:7), and He laughs at the wicked (Psalm 37:13) for their day is coming.

Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” 
Acts 17:30-31 (Ignorance here is talking about previous to Christ's death and resurrection.)

God is merciful, patient and long-suffering calling mankind to repentance, and He is ready to show love and forgiveness to all who repent and trust in Him.
If you have not believed and disagree with what I have posted here, please visit this site here.

While Christians mourn and are troubled for America (2 Peter 2:8), I hope we can remember that although we may begin to suffer more persecution -that God is still with His children.  Suffering produces a stronger and more purified true church.
Those who never belonged to Christ may flee and be quick to reject God's Word and accept sin. 
I realize that I may get some flack for this post.

My hope is that God will cause many homosexuals to repent and believe that Jesus died for sins on the cross and rose from the dead.  I hope that many will come to know the love and forgiveness of the Lord and turn from their sins as some already have.

All have sinned (lying, lusting, coveting, worshiping anything or anyone other than God, stealing, having sex outside of God's definition and plan for marriage, gossiping, slandering, hating that is equivalent to murder, etc.).
There is only one way to be saved from the punishment that is deserved.
Please visit this site here to learn more.

In case you missed the link early on to my other blog post on the subject of homosexuality, here it is again:


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I Know Whom I Have Believed sung by K.T.

"I Know Whom I Have Believed" is a an old hymn that came to my mind recently.  I don't remember why now, but whatever the reason I wanted to find the song to share with you.  Well, I ended up starting a small project to do my own video.  My back pain limits the time I want to put into things sadly.

I enjoy new songs, but as some of you know I don't mind some of the old ones at times.  I probably should have redone the singing, but it's so long that I didn't want to.  I probably can't sing much better anyway.  It's more about the lyrics! The majority of scenic photos are ones that I took in Tennessee (although two are from California).  Sadly I don't have as many of my older photos on this computer.  God's creation is beautiful, and I included a photo of my Bible as well (the one I read at home).

The lyrics to this hymn were reportedly written in 1883 by Daniel W. Whittle.  The chorus is from 2 Timothy 1:12.  Paul previously is talking (to Timothy) about sharing in the suffering for the Gospel.