“Let The Fire Fall — Part 2!”



          Last month I wrote an article entitled “Let The Fire Fall”. This is Part 2 on the same subject. In case you didn’t read the last article, just to summarize, it began with a description of the way many years ago they used to build a huge fire on top of Glacier Point in Yosemite. And then when it got dark the fire was released to slide down the mountain side producing a spectacular visual sight for spectators to watch from the basin below. I was moved to relate this indelible memory to the (now more than 2000) fires which have raged in California over the past month, notably right in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage in this state. (This decision paved the way for many male-male and female-female ‘marriages’ which have already occurred in a short span of time.)


          I received a variety of responses from some readers. A few ridiculed me for suggesting that these fires could be a sovereign act of God in response to the court’s ruling. Let me share the views of one man in particular, for his thoughts may parallel that of others.


          This man is a minister, also chief editor of an international Christian magazine. He said that we are presently living in the “age of grace”, and thus, during this time frame, God is not issuing any kind of identifiable judgment against sin. His answer as to the cause of the fires was simply that there are too many people living in California. He completely ignored the fact that even the news media and fire professionals here in California said the fires were started by several bizarre, “unprecedented”, dry, lightning storms throughout the state! My response to him on this point was to say that if every Californian had been out-of-state vacationing, these fires would have been sparked by the fire that came down from the skies.


          This same reverend went on to tell me that God didn’t destroy Sodom for acts of ‘sodomy’ but for the sins of the people. (I had difficulty following his logic or Scriptural exegesis here.) He somehow is able to ignore (or disbelieve) the fact that the lifestyle of same-sex orientation was the primary sin (which the Bible so clearly explains — see Gen. 19) which ended with God’s judgment and resultant total destruction of the city with fire.



          There were other criticisms as well, but the above gives you an idea of the variations which prevail within the body of Christ on the issue of homosexuality, or as I prefer to call it, the practice of sodomy. And I say the “body of Christ” because all those who responded to me believe themselves to be Christian. I don’t say they aren’t either, for I know very well (Biblically and experientially) that one can get way off the narrow road of true Christianity, and still have received a new birth in Christ. It is so tempting and easy to be swayed by popular, politically-correct concepts. The liberal world love to see themselves as being FAIR-MINDED. Looking down on the ‘gay’ man or ‘lesbian’ woman just isn’t fair, they say. People like me are often referred to as being homophobic! Oh yes, they really like to apply that term to us narrow-minded Christians.


          The truth is, I love homosexuals. In the same way that I love adulterers, thieves, murderers, etc., etc. (See Matt. 5:44) But I will not promote murder, stealing, or adultery by saying these practices should be endorsed by the state or sanctioned by the Church. We must continue to call these practices as God calls them — SIN! Jesus came to deliver us from our sins. He took our sin upon Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross of Calvary, through the sacrifice of His life and the shedding of His precious blood. And when we truly come to Him with a repentant heart desiring to receive His forgiveness for our sins, He takes us just as we are, no matter what kind or degree of the filth that is brought to Him. Jesus is a loving Savior. He will forgive a murderer, a thief or an adulterer. And, he will forgive a homosexual.


          Repentance, a willingness to turn from sin, is very much a part of true conversion. And, Jesus is also a GO AND SIN NO MORE kind of Savior. He invites the worst of sinners to come to Him. But He doesn’t say, “Oh, by the way, you can also keep the baggage you brought with you, so just keep on doing the same things you always did. My forgiveness is ongoing and it doesn’t matter what you do, I’ve already covered it.” No, that is not a description of the Jesus I know. Not the Jesus I believe in. More importantly, it is not the Jesus of the Bible.


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          In light of how I introduced the first article Let The Fire Fall, which related to the ‘show’ fires of yesteryear in Yosemite, isn’t it thought-provoking that the latest huge fire is in Yosemite? Several homes (25 as of today) have already burned, and over 2,000 are in danger. More than 26,000 acres have burned (40 square miles). I cannot see all that has happened in the course of the past month relative to the sodomy gains in California, and not associate the vast fire destruction which followed immediately afterwards as possibly being God revealing His disfavor of what is happening.


          I do not expect everyone to believe as I do. I’ve not been called to force my prophetic beliefs on anyone. Nor am I trying to get a ‘following’ of any kind. In fact, I tend to avoid and despise such movements. Having said that though, within my scope of influence, I do believe my task is to watch, study, pray and relate my perspective and insights on certain things which I believe God reveals to me.


          Finally, let me say this: in spite of the fact that I believe our nation is headed for a more widespread Sodom-like, ancient-Egyptian-like, condition, I also believe that we, the Church, must resist the growing evils as much as we can. Jesus alluded to this principle when He said in Luke 12:43: “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing”. Jesus wants His followers, His children, to be busy doing the work each of us has been called to do when He returns.


          Today (Wednesday, July 30), I attended a meeting in a neighboring city, Dixon, CA. The meeting was about the same-sex marriage issue. It was a conference forum call using telephone, computer and video technology. It consisted of over 525 different places throughout the country which were linked together to hear input from many pastors and other leaders. I knew two of them very well, Brad Dacus, an attorney of California, and Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship. I won’t go into all the details about the meeting, but it centered on upcoming ballots which will appear in this fall’s election — particularly noted were Florida, Arizona and California. In California the measure is Proposition 8. Voters will have an opportunity to cast their approval or disapproval that marriage in this state is to be recognized only between a man and a woman.


          So, if you are a Californian, I urge you to cast your vote in support of Prop. 8. If you would like to have more information about the national, joint effort relative to this issue, you can find it at protectmarriage.com



Devoted to God’s Design of Marriage,


Lance Johnson

http://www.comeandsee.org


 

P.S. The following very pertinent letter from Barach Obama was just posted at the Capitol Resource Center:

 

 

Dear Friends,

1. Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club's Pride Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country.

As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.

For too long. issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today's celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

 

How do you plan to vote in the upcoming election, my Christian friends? Lance