Rev. Anthony Martlew, L.Th.
THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT
ONE of the main issues, which are threatening to split an already crumbling Established Church, is that of sodomy. The Gay lobby, by insidious methods, has corrupted the nation's thinking processes. Not only the "man in the street" has been taken in, but much worse, the leaders of the Church.
The recent furore over the proposed appointment of the Bishop of Reading caused a national outcry.Sadly, many clergy, joined by members of the public, shouted down those who opposed Canon Jeffrey ohn as being suitable to take high office. Some readers of the Daily Telegraph made comments about those who oppose sodomy as "unchristian".
Again, in an article in the Daily Telegraph, the Dean of Southwark, the Very Reverend Colin Slee, reflected the anger of liberals within the Church when he told his congregation that Dr. John had been a victim of "appalling prejudice". He went on to say that the news of his withdrawal was, for many in the Church, "A devastating blow to their hopes for progress and inclusiveness" .
To make matters worse, the Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking on the steps of Lambeth palace, said, "This has been a time of open and painful confrontation in which some of our bonds of mutual trust have been severely strained. We need now to give ourselves the proper opportunities honestly to think through what happened, and to find what God has been teaching us in these difficult days".
Bible-believing Christians know precisely what God has been teaching us, not only in these difficult days, but also all through history. Modern "scholars" of Scripture ignore the pointed warning of Malachi 3:6:-
"For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."
The architects of modern "cool" Britain, churchmen among them, overlook the fact that Almighty God is most definitely not politically correct. What He set down in the sacred Scriptures stands for all time, apart from the Ordinances. There is not a shred of evidence to suggest that He has relented as far as sodomy is concerned.
We find it incredible that churchmen can make such naive statements as that quoted above. It is obvious that Scripture has no place in their thinking, and their only concern is to be seen to be "worldly" and "cool".
The Lord made the position quite clear on the subject of sodomy, and yet the churchmen recommend such a person for the office of bishop. We can only assume that the "powers that be" have been blinded by satanic influence. Everyone, it seems, is now welcome aboard the flagship "Gay Enterprise". All inclusiveness is the order for the twenty-first century of spiritual enlightenment. "Come and join us. It makes no difference what you believe, or who you are, because we all learn from each other. Welcome, the more outrageous you are, the more we learn from you".
It is clear from Dr.Rowan's statement quoted above, that he has no conception of the warnings of Scripture. The spiritual leader of millions of Anglicans worldwide should be totally conversant with what Scripture teaches. Sadly, there is little chance of that, for he has openly attacked the Word of God. It is reported that he wrote of the Book of Revelation as follows,
"Page after page of paranoid fantasy" and "the product of a diseased mind". If the Archbishop were employed as a salesman for a commercial product, and made scathing remarks as he has done about Scripture, there is little doubt that he would be handed his P45 before coffee break!
A key text that we ignore at our peril, is Hebrews 1:1-2:-
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
This is the foundation of our Christian faith; when this text is understood, everything fits into place, and will keep us from falling into error. There are many Christians today who boast that they never read or refer to the Old Testament. The incident on the road to Emmaus should be a major pointer to the importance of the content of the Old Testament. Luke 24:27 tells us:-
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."
Throughout His earthly ministry, our Lord referred to Scripture time and again. He confirmed its authenticity, and put greater light upon it. Nothing He ever said contradicted it. But, say the critics of the Old Testament, "Christ came to put an end to the law, and we are not under the law, but under grace. All those laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, they were all done away with when the veil of the Temple was rent in twain. Besides, we don't think much of the God of the Old Testament; everything that happened in those days was all blood and fighting".
Has it not occurred to those critics that there is more blood and fighting in these "enlightened days", than there was previously? When Jehovah ordered the destruction of certain nations, it was in order to eradicate evil, so that others could live in peace. Israel, in her "wisdom" chose to ignore those commands, and instead of destroying the evil nations, made pacts and trade agreements with them. They also encouraged intermarriage, against God's commands. Christians who assert that Christ did away with the Law do not appear to understand what He so clearly taught, as recorded in Matthew 5:17-19:-
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Paul tells us in Ephesians 2: 15 that the Law stands, apart from the ordinances. These basic facts of our faith should be taught by those in high places in our churches today. Instead, they have chosen to ignore them, and as a consequence they have changed the truth of God into a lie.
"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances., for to make-in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;" - (Ephesians 2:15)
"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 for ever. 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 judgement 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." -(Romans 1:24-32)
Wake up, Protestant Christians, we need to come out fighting and not let the enemies of the Truth walk all over us!
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