To those who know me as Trevor from Walid Shoebat’s site, you know who I am, and to those who do not, I am a Protestant who loves my Catholic and Orthodox brethren. I also hold to the belief and confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, being of two nature where He is fully man and fully God in one perfect, harmonious union; born of a virgin, indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit, who was crucified under Pontius Piltate, died and was buried, descended to hell, and on the third day, He rose from the dead by the power of God (Romans 10:9); and ascended to heaven and seated by the right hand of the Father.
I write in response to the Supreme Court ruling in the sodomites so-called equality marriage and to compose my thoughts on the decision. It is indeed a sad day for Christendom when a Court decides to override the just lawful proceeding by an overwhelming majority who opposed the right for sodomities to marry. David once pondered, “Lord, how long will the wicked, How long will the wicked triumph?” (Psalms 94:3, NKJV). He goes on to say:
They utter speech, and speak insolent things; all the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces Your people, O LORD, and afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, ‘The LORD does not see. Nor does the God of Jacob understand. (Psalms 94:4-7)
In this way, we can see the sodomities and their advocates celebrating today their vile passion on full display, with no shame in their shameful conduct. For we know from the beginning of the Church, the sodomities have been in full force, and were explicitly condemned in the Epistle of the Romans, and to see this happening as validation of the Scriptures. They boast that the Scriptures are arcane and therefore not for the so called “modern times.” As if they wish to cast off the yoke of Scriptures, not knowing that the Law is good.
For David wrote, “ Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law,” (Psalms 119:18). How can the Law be wonderful? For we know the penalty of breaking the law is instantaneous death, as it is written, “Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses,” (Hebrews 10:28, NASB). Thus, the Law was written in such a way it required absolute perfection.
We know that we cannot hope to achieve perfection by the flesh, which again was condemned by the Epistle of Galatians, and by several early Church councils in their wrestling against heretical sects. If we dared to achieved perfection through the so-called “enlightenment” as advocated today by atheists and
those who clairvoyants passing off as Christians, then we have made Christ’s death at the cross of void. We know of certain leaders within the Church (in this case, I speak of an universal Church without regards for denomination affiliations) who now says that sodomities can marry without impurity. We know of a certain Jewish rabbi, a woman no less, who said in the Old Testament that the law against homosexual was not about sexual attraction, but of food! By use of sophistry, those leaders who were either appointed by short-sighted board of directors or self-appointed, have led astray many to deception.
The Law is good because it requires absolute perfection and absolute obedience. Thus, we know that the requirement of the Law demands perfect sacrifices without blemish of any kind. Space does not permit to exhaustively list every single requirement God ordained in the Law, but we can agree that the Law must be satisfied. For God, through the prophet Jeremiah, declared:
But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24)
We know that through God’s love, He has established His ordinances to govern the nation of Israel in its relations to God and themselves, and to their neighbor, and strangers within their border. Violation of God’s ordinances demands swift judgment, and there are specific regulations for specific violations of His ordinances.
Then when all conditions are met, His righteousness are extended and met. It is an unbroken circle of God. It is no wonder then, that through the prophet Malachi, God reveals the secret thoughts of the priests who grew weary of sacrifices. They began to mock it openly. They began to cheapen it. Even then, God said that His soul hated those sacrifices. The book of Hebrews says that the animal sacrifices were not sufficient, for the sins were covered but not blot out.
It was for this reason that Christ came. For as I postulated, the Law demanded absolute perfection, and as previously stated, we cannot hope to fulfill God’s Law through the work of the flesh.
By being born of a virgin, Christ whose noble and pure blood was from the Father, that is God, Christ was without sin, for it is written that God would visit the sins of the father to the third, even to the fourth generation. With God being the Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, He was without sin, therefore, Jesus was born without sin. Through the work of the Law, the Pharisees incited the crowd to cry out, “Crucify Him!” and raising their hands toward Christ, unknowingly that God was transferring the sins of the nation of Jews, and by extension the whole world (for the Nicene Creed states that Pontius Pilate had Christ crucified as a representative of Rome) unto Christ. This satisfied the Law of Atonement.
Had Pontius Pilate understood this proverb, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD,” (Proverbs 18:33, NASB), he would have seen that his gamble to have Christ released instead of the notorious murderer would have failed miserably. Pilate knew that Christ was handed over to him out of envy.
Therefore, with Christ now as the sacrificial Lamb, the perfect One who was spotless and without blame, for Pilate could not find fault in Christ, He was condemned to die on the cross. As Paul said:
[…]having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:14-15)
We know that Christ gave us a much better covenant and a much better way to please God. As it is written, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).
So why, then, do the leaders of the Church today says that sodomites are excused to pursuit their passion? Do they not know what the Scriptures have said? Again, Paul says:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:
fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you live in them. Colossians 3:1-7, NKJV.
And elsewhere in the Scriptures:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:18-21
The sad part is the church leaders who endorse the so-called same-sex marriage equality have conveniently chosen to ignore this passage dealing with God’s revelation of His wrath upon those who, as the passages shown, knew God and chose to disobey His divine order. We know the fruit of the leaders’ works are evident:
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchange the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that whose who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32)
We have already seen the fruits of such work of darkness and of minds being defiled in which Christian owned business were forced to shut down, of Christian pastors forced to violate their office, and of school system now being told to teach about the so-called gender neutrality, equality, and such things does not reflect the teachings of Christ. We have now seen the highest court of the land ordering that all fifty states of the United States of America are now to accept same-sex marriage as equal rights. Thank be to God that there are godly men and women, leaders within the Church, who having anticipated the decision in advanced by the Supreme Court, made the declaration as inspired by the Holy Scriptures by the First Apostles who said, “We ought to obey God rather than men,” (Acts 5:29).
For we have before us examples of giants of the Faith handed down to us by the Patriarch of Scriptures, Abraham to David, from Prophets such as Daniel to Jeremiah, and from Jesus Christ to the First Apostles, Peter and John, to the Doctors of the Church and Fathers who chose rather than to please the world, they chose to obey God. The penalty of choosing to obey God and proclaim Jesus Christ the Lord was arresting, trials, persecutions, being stoned, being shipwrecked, being beaten, robbed, starvation, nakedness, without a home, wandering through desert and mountains for the world was not worthy of them; they chose to say the name of Jesus on their pure lips, knowing that such declaration brings swift retribution and sometime slow, torturous death, they have received the joy of martyrdom. Let us not despair in the face of success by the sodomities and their allies. For they believe they have won the battle, but be assured that they have not won the war.
The battle line have now been drawn in the sands, as it were, with the leaders of the Church who declared as Peter and John boldly did, “We ought to obey God rather than men,” and making known to the world of their declaration through the Manhattan Declaration which reads: We, as Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, have gathered, beginning in New York on September 28, 2009, to make the following declaration, which we sign as individuals, not on behalf of our organizations, but speaking to and from our communities. We act together in obedience to the one true God, the triune God of holiness and love, who has laid total claim on our lives and by that claim calls us with believers in all ages and all nations to seek and defend the good of all who bear his image. We set forth this declaration in light of the truth that is grounded in Holy Scripture, in natural human reason (which is itself, in our view, the gift of a beneficent God), and in the very nature of the human person. We call upon all people of goodwill, believers and non-believers alike, to consider carefully and reflect critically on the issues we here address as we, with St. Paul, commend this appeal to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
For we now know that the Holy Spirit does work in great wonder, bringing together three major sects of Christendom in defense of life, marriage, and religious liberty after centuries of strife and accusations against one another. With Holy Matrimony now under assault by sodomites and their allies, may God use this to speedily put an end to schism that divides us, and bring us together as one unified force! Amen. For Christ prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest for all of us to be united, for Christ prayed thusly:
I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and those have that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:6-26.
As we see that Christ wanted and prayed for all of us to be one, for together, we are strong, and divided we lose. It is through this schism that the gates of hell have taken advantage and wreak havoc in our Church and in our walk with God! Heal us, O Lord, heal the divide! Close the breech, I pray, Father, so that Your Church which was built on the Rock that is Christ may withstand the assault of the force of hell, and prevail! May Christ be glorified in the day ahead as the Church stand together as light against darkness so that His prayer may speedily be answered, Father. In Christ’s name, amen.
There is much anxiety in the Church. We must be of one mind, sober and vigilant, for our adversary is now working to destroy the Church from within. We have seen the enemy of our Faith winning decisive battle because of schism, of envy, and of conceit. We have seen many leaders of Faith fall from grace because of sexual immorality, misconduct, cheat, stealing, embezzling, turning the grace of our Lord Jesus into license to commit sins and throwing it underfoot! The fruits of their work have thrown many Christians into confusion and despair, of which I have experienced for a while.
Thank be to God for writings of Christian philosophers, Dr. William Lane Craig, who helped me bring back to the source of my faith which is in Christ our Redeemer. We know that the devil hates the cross for it was at the cross Christ destroyed the work of the devil. We know that the devil hates marriage, for God said to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel,” Genesis 3:15.
God proclaim a rivalry that would continue to this day, and we know that Christ have crushed the head of the serpent while all the serpent could do is bruise His heel, by infesting the church with seeds of heresy which countless Church council battled and condemned, by seducing weak minded Christians with appeal of the flesh through the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, and bringing the Church to their knees, in a sense. Yet we are not to be conquered, for Christ said He would build His church upon the Rock, which is Christ, for Peter said, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame,” 1 Peter 2:6. We are, as Peter says, “A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy,” 1 Peter 2:9-10. Another anxiety in the Church is the fate of the west, that is America, and the worry is that God may remove His hand of protection from America because of the disobedience of some Church leaders. May I take this time to remind the brethren of how Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah when the Lord revealed His intention to destroy the cities? While it is a shadow of Christ who intercedes on our behalf against the adversary in the heavenly places along with the saints who are around the throne of God, let us remember that Abraham was able to negotiate with God to spare the cities even if there were only ten righteous people (see Genesis 18:16-33). Sadly, only Lot was found favorable, but even then, the angels took Lot by hand and told him to flee for his life.
Or may we consider another city, which was condemned to be destroy, Nineveh. Jonah being a Hebrew who hated the people of Nineveh, as they were Israel’s sworn enemy, tried to resist God’s calling by fleeing.
As we know from the story of how Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of the whale, which is a shadow of Christ’s burial and descend into hell, and after his prayer of repentance, he was vomited out of the mouth of the whale and began to preach. The respond of Nineveh was so great, even the king of Nineveh was moved:
When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.” When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. Jonah 3:6-10, NASB.
If a king of a pagan nation was able to repent, how much more would America be spared if Christian leaders through act of civil disobedience and continuing to preach Christ may turn the heart of America back to God!?
Christians will pay the price for refusing to the law of the land concerning sodomities’ right to be married, for in the beginning God established marriage between a man and his wife, saying, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh,” (Genesis 2:24), and Christ confirmed this in the Gospels.
With the Law of First Mention, marriage have always been established by God’s ordinance to be limited to one man and his wife. The Church may lose its 503c non-profit tax status for its disobedience, and I say this may not be a bad thing.
Too long, the Church have hidden behind the status as a shield to not be harmed, puffing itself up thinking itself being wiser than the government, not knowing the adversary have already been working to overthrow the Church. The adversary has won this round because of the Church’s arrogance. I say this not to shame the Church but to call the Church first to repentance and to bring Christ back as the Center of worship. Thank God, though, that there is resistance. As was said before, the Church leaders who chose to obey God, have made declaration known to the Supreme Court and to those who read and hear, that they will not obey and comply with the new order.
With resistance come consequences. It will be as in the days of Daniel when he learned of a new law passed that no one may worship God and turn worship to the king, Daniel chose to worship the One True God who is above all gods, who alone belongs worship, honor, praises, and sent His only begotten Son because of His love for the world is so great! Amen. Daniel was found out and was thrown into the lion’s den to be destroyed. God spared the prophet for there was no fault to be found in Daniel because of his faithfulness and devotion to the heart of God, therefore, if it pleases God, may the Church leaders who are found and thrown into prison for disobedience in refusal to marry sodomites have the same courage to face trails in prison! May God use those preachers, lay leaders, and prison ministry to win captive souls to the Cross of Jesus Christ. Yes, there may be betrayal by the members of the Church to save their own skins. For Christ predicted that the First Apostles would endure persecutions by their brethren, the Jews, and then by Romans; later by heretical, by Muslims, and now by sodomities and their allies, we must stand strong together and united. In the words of Christ, we are to occupy until His coming, that is the Second Coming, therefore, let us seek God with all humility, standing fast in the face of coming persecution that the Church may be refined, purified, be made white, and found worthy to receive rewards that Christ is bringing with Him at His Second Coming.
May God bless each one of you, my Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant brethren in Christ, for we all must run the race with all endurance, and seeking daily the Face of God through prayers, hymns, and praise. Let us move past schism and bring Christ back in the center of our worship, and boldly like lion declare Christ with wisdom of a serpent, and gentleness of a dove. In Christ’s name, amen.