There is a vital connection between the prophecied apostasy ("falling away") of the end times and the rise of homosexuality, which is one of the chief symptoms of a society that has departed from the teaching of God's Word.
It is our desire to show love and compassion while being honest about what the Bible says regarding this topic.
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Nov. 17, 2008 - In the aftermath of their disappointment about the passage of Prop. 8, Homosexuals harassed Christians from Lou Engle's House Of Prayer in the Castro District in San Francisco. They shouted, 'We're going to kill you. We know who you are' as police escorted them to safety.
Nov. 11, 2008 - Members of a pro-homosexual, pro-anarchy organization named Bash Back lured the security staff of Mt. Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan outside the church where they were demonstrating during the church service. Then protestors who had mixed with the congregation inside stood up and began a major disruption. They shouted "Jesus was gay" and other profanities, threw flyers, condoms, and confetti into the crowd. Two women went to the pulpit and began to kiss. The congregants did not react violently, and the pastor prayed that the people so full of anger and hate, would know Jesus' love in their lives.
July 16, 2008 - Anglican Church officials said that 230 of the 880 bishops were staying away from the Lambeth conference in Canterbury, England. The church is on the brink of schism over the ordination in 2003 of Gene Robinson in New Hampshire.
Conservative Anglican leaders staged their own conference in Jerusalem last month at which they pledged to form a council of bishops to provide an alternative to churches who they say are preaching a "false gospel" of sexual immorality.
June 14, 2008 - Dr. Ted Baehr, Movie Critic, notices that there aren't many homosexual marriages being planned when California law will allow them. He says it is the same way with the release of homosexual marriages. He suggests:
If there are very few homosexuals who show up at the box office, or who show up to get married, it could mean that the press, the government and businesses have vastly overrated their size and importance.
June 8, 2008 - Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson and Mark Andrew were "married" in a civil ceremony Saturday.
The 77 million-member Anglican Communion, a global federation of national churches, has been in upheaval since 2003 when the Episcopal Church consecrated Robinson as the first bishop known to be in an openly homosexual relationship...
In the United States the Anglican Church is known as the Episcopal Church.
Apr. 23,2008 - Tim Gill, founder of the software giant Quark, is now a full-time philanthropist. He is very influential in local and state-level politics, identifying up-and-coming conservatives and using negative campaigning to eliminate them early. This tactic sends a message of fear and intimidation to other conservatives.
Gill's giving to candidates and causes began in 2000. According to Atlantic Monthly, it started with $300,000, then $800,000 in '02 -- and a whopping $5 million in '04.
He claims he has an even "larger target list in 2008."
Jan 15, 2008 - MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus causes about 19,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Most of these cases occur in hospitals, but now the disease is spreading among homosexual men, especially in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. In San Francisco research shows that homosexual men are 13 times more likely to be infected than people in the general population.
Although researchers have stopped short of declaring this form of staph a sexually transmitted disease, the infections are found where skin-to-skin contact occurs during sexual activity.
Sept. 16, 2007 - Mass defections from the Episcopal Church may take place if the church's hierarchy does not return to a Biblical position on homosexuality. For example, The dioceses of Fort Worth, Pittsburgh and Quincy, Ill. has decided...
...if they don't receive assurances by Sept. 30 that the House of Bishops will reject the consecration of bishops living in a same-sex relationship and same-sex blessings, they are prepared to cut themselves off from the Episcopal Church.
The Episcopal Church of the U.S. is much more liberal than the worldwide Anglican Communion. That over-arching organization is led by bishops in Africa and Asia, and has largely has maintained traditional doctrines.
May 3, 2007 - The House of Representatives passed a "hate crimes" bill (H.R. 1592) that Christians consider damaging to both freedom of speech and religion in the United States. White House spokesmen say that if it is also approved by the Senate, the President's senior advisers would recommend that he veto it."
Former White House insider Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint commentary, called it a "Thought Crimes" plan.
Mar. 19, 2007 - Last week Peter Pace, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called homosexual acts "immoral" in response to a question from the Chicago Tribune. Pace is known to be an advocate of the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law that allows homosexuals to serve in the military only if they stay in the closet. In a speech in 2005 he said,
"The U.S. military mission fundamentally rests on the trust, confidence and cooperation amongst its members. And the homosexual lifestyle does not comport with that kind of trust and confidence."
Nov. 4, 2006 - Ted Haggard told reporters that he knew Mike Jones because the Denver hotel in which he was staying recommended him for a massage. He said he had never had sex with him. Jones had suggested that he use methamphetamine. Haggard said:
"I called him to buy some meth but I threw it away. I was buying it for me but I never used it. I never kept it very long because it's wrong. I was tempted. I bought it, but I never used it."
Nov. 3, 2006 - Ted Haggard, pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and president of the 30-million member National Association of Evangelicals, has been accused by a male escort of having sex over the past three years. Haggard denies any homosexual involvement and says that the allegations are political retaliation for his strong support of a proposed constitution amendment banning gay marriage in Colorado. He has voluntarily stepped down from both of his roles so that an "overseer process" can be conducted with integrity.
The accusations were made by Mike Jones, 49, of Denver, who said he decided to go public because of Haggard's opposition to the proposed gay marriage ban.
Jones said he had phone messages that support his allegations. One supposedly was a request to purchase a package, which Jones said was methamphetamine.
The acting senior pastor at New Life, Ross Parsley, said that Haggard admitted that some of the accusations were true, but did not specify which ones.
Oct. 30, 2006 - President Bush received sustained applause when he told a conservative crowd in eastern Georgia that we need to hold the line on traditional marriage.
For decades, activist judges have tried to redefine America by court order," Bush said Monday. "Just this last week in New Jersey, another activist court issued a ruling that raises doubt about the institution of marriage. We believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and should be defended."
Oct. 26, 2006 - Since the state of New Jersey has a law that gives same-sex couples the same civil rights afforded to heterosexual couples, their Supreme Court decided that lawmakers must clarify how these rights are to be granted.
"The Legislature must either amend the marriage statutes to include same-sex couples or create a parallel statutory structure, which will provide for, on equal terms, the rights and benefits enjoyed and burdens and obligations borne by married couples," the court held.
July 7, 2006 - New York and Georgia courts both affirmed traditonal marriage and opposed same-sex unions yesterday.
In New York, the Court of Appeals said in a 4 to 2 decision that the state's marriage law is constitutional and clearly limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman, so any change in the law would have to come from the state legislature.
The Georgia Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision to reinstate the traditional definition of marriage.
June 20, 2006 - During a CNN interview, Jefferts Schori, who was elected on Sunday as the first woman leader of the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church, was asked if it was a sin to be homosexual.
"I don't believe so. I believe that God creates us with different gifts... Some people come into this world with affections ordered toward other people of the same gender and some people come into this world with affections directed at people of the other gender."
The election of Schori is very controversial and may lead to division in the denomination.
June 20, 2006 - A Pentagon document about retirement or other discharge policies lists homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders. The document is simply called a Defense Department Instruction. Critics complain that the mental health community has not considered it a disorder for thirty years.
Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeremy M. Martin said the policy document is under review.
June 11, 2006 - New Hope Ministries is a residential program in San Rafael, California, where gay men use the power of prayer to change their lifestyle. There are more than 200 ex-gay ministries worldwide, and the number is growing.
The movement is dominated by Exodus International, an umbrella organization that oversees hundreds of conservative Christian-based ministries all over world, and also includes non-Christian organizations like Parents of Ex-gay People and Jonah, a program for Jewish ex-gays.
May 18, 2006 - The Pacific Southwest region of American Baptist Churches has voted to disassociate from the rest of the denomination because of the larger body's willingness to accept unrepentant homosexuals into membership.
Nov. 29, 2005 - New guidelines from the Vatican about homosexuality describes homosexuality as a "tendency", not an orientation. It states that active homosexuals and "supporters of gay culture" may not become priests. The guidelines refer to people who wish to join a seminary. It allows homosexuals who have overcome the tendency to begin training to take holy orders, and prescribes a three-year abstinance before being ordained as a deacon.
Oct. 12, 2005 - Read about the growing frustration between opposing views about homosexuality in these three denominations:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
United Methodist Church (UMC)
Presbyterian Church (USA)
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June 30, 2005 - A spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists "a dozen of today's most influential anti-gay groups" that it claims "help drive the religious right's anti-gay crusade." Some of the organizations cited were the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.
Representatives from some of the groups say that their agenda is to strengthen families, and that the SPLC itself is guilty of hate speech.
Apr. 30, 2005 - The Vatican is advising Spain's civil servants to refuse to marry same-sex couples, and to refuse to process paperwork for the adoption of children by homosexual couples, even if means losing their jobs.
Observers say the Vatican's action signals a toughening stance against creeping secularism, which Pope Benedict has called one of the greatest evils facing Europe.
April. 19, 2005 - The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)recently voted to allow the ordination of active homosexuals aif they are in a so-called "lifelong, committed, and faithful same-sex relationship." The action will now be considered by the denomination's governing body, the Churchwide Assembly, which meets this August in Orlando, Florida. There are many in the church who disagree with the proposed change.
Dr. Roy Harrisville III, executive director of the conservative group called Solid Rock Lutherans, says the Church Council's pro-homosexual resolution is not only unbiblical but also "creates unlimited exceptions to the policy and in effect repudiates marriage."
Apr. 14, 2005 - Homosexual activists have convinced the principals of many schools across the nation to observe this day as "a day of silence," to show sympathy with the silencing experienced by the homosexual community. Christian parents are generally unaware of this dramatic impetus to the homosexual agenda. Some who do understand what is happening have decided to home school their kids.
Bob Knight of Concerned Women for America says parents need to get active. He says, “Fight city hall. Go to your school and find out what they are teaching. Make it clear that you are watching. When parents are watching, they can get away with a lot less.”
Mar. 3, 2005 - According to a six-year study in Illinois, 34% of the sexual abuses by foster parents were committed by homosexuals. Less than 3 percent of people in the general population say they engage in homosexual acts. The study was reported in the journal, Psychological Reports. It presented data analyzed by Dr. Paul Cameron, chairman of the Colorado-based Family Research Institute.
Feb. 28, 2005 - This article questions why advertisers and businesses cater to the homosexual population when, according to The U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of homosexual households for the nation is at 1 percent. Even the gay capital of the U.S., San Francisco, is at only 2.7 percent.
Feb. 5, 2005 - A New York judge ruled that a ban by New York City against homosexual marriages was contrary to their state constitution. The decision will be appealed.
Kevin Quinn, spokesman for Republican Gov. George Pataki , said, "The governor strongly believes that the judge's decision is wrong," adding that "New York's marriage laws are clear that marriage is between a man and a woman."
Feb. 4, 2005 - A Philadelphia judge has refused a request to stop prosecution of Christians who were arrested last Oct. 10th for preaching to people attending the homosexual "Outfest" event.
Eight charges were filed: criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways.
If convicted, the demonstraters face possible 47 year jail terms.
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Jan. 26, 2005 - Hal Lindsey wonders if he is the only one who feels he is in a Stephen King movie. Because of the moral conditions, natural disasters, and other signs of the times, he says, "I marvel that anyone could miss the signs of Jesus Christ's soon coming." The pressing question of our generation is not about our origins, or whether or not there is an afterlife. The big question of our decadent age is whether marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Nov. 30, 2004 - The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down the opportunity to review the decision by the high court of Massachusetts that legalized same-sex "marriage."
But the decision does not mean that the Supreme Court won't hear a same-sex "marriage" case in the near future. The case before the court dealt with the decision by the Massachusetts court; it did not deal with the federal Defense of Marriage Act...
Proponents of a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution say that this event, which they had expected, demonstrates the need for a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel said, "Marriage will be defined by someone. I would rather have it defined by the people of the United States instead of the judiciary."
Nov. 3, 2004 - Voters in all eleven states that offered constitutional amendments banning homosexual marriage have approved the measures.
The amendments won, often by huge margins, in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Utah and Oregon...
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Oct. 29, 2004 - Polls indicate that marriage amendments in 11 states will all be approved by voters.
In addition to defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, all but one of the amendments -- Montana's -- says other marriage-like unions -- such as civil unions of same-sex couples -- will not be recognized.
These amendments may affect the presidential race in three battleground states -- Michigan, Ohio and Oregon.
Source: Washington Times
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Oct. 5, 2004 - Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington Law School, is one of America's foremost constitutional specialist. In a surprising article in USA Today yesterday, he claimed that the same cultural changes that allowed Texas judges to strike down that state's laws against sodomy might be applied to existing laws against polygamy also. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Seminary, says
In any event, the article serves to prove the point that acceptance of homosexual marriage will open the floodgates to the normalization of any and all sexual relationships.
Oct. 1, 2004 - The majority of the members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of a marriage amendment, but the 227-186 result was 49 votes shy of the two-thirds needed for approval. President Bush backs the amendment. The Senate has already taken its vote, and it too fell short of the needed total. Republicans forced a vote on the issue to demonstrate where congressmen stand on the issue.
The measure drew the support of 191 Republicans and 36 Democrats. Voting against it were 158 Democrats, 27 Republicans and one independent.
Aug. 26, 2004- In spite of Vice President Dick Cheney's recent comments to the contrary, a Republican platform committee endorsed a draft statement against homosexual unions yesterday. The upcoming Republican Convention will feature prime time speeches by Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger to show an "open door" to those who have more liberal views on homosexual marriage and abortion. The proposal should satisfy a strong majority of the more than 2,500 delegates. According to an Associated Press survey:
About 72 percent said they opposed same-sex nuptials, while just over 2 percent favored it. The rest did not respond or had no opinion.
Aug. 12, 2004 - The California Supreme Court decided unanimously that San Francisco's mayor overstepped his authority by issuing marriage licenses last February and March to gay and lesbian couples. The court also ruled (5-2 vote) to nullify the nearly 4000 homosexual marriages performed during that time.
As a separate issue, the more basic question about whether or not it is constitutional for state laws to restrict marriages to opposite-sex couples will be decided later.
June 30, 2004 - A new Pennsylvania law includes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as motives that trigger heavier penalties for the crime of "harassment." Pastors in the state are concerned that they might be prosecuted for hate crimes if they preach against homosexuality. Some are seeking liability insurance in case their messages are interpreted to be harassment. The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty has offered to defend pastors who preach Biblical truth about the issue in good faith.
May 29, 2004 - Two Republicans, Gordon Smith and Orrin Hatch, have introduced a new "hate crimes" bill that is essentially the same as an earlier bill by Senator Ted Kennedy that was defeated. This one adds 'sexual orientation' to hate crimes law, and it greatly expands federal jurisdiction." The Culture and Family Institute (CFI) thinks the bill would put the First Amendment rights of Christians at risk,
...making them subject to prosecution simply for expressing biblical views about the homosexual lifestyle... such a bill has already been approved by lawmakers in Canada.
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May 17, 2004 - A court order goes into effect today in Massachusetts that allows same-sex couples to be married. This marks the first time that a state has granted this right, but it may still be stopped by pending legislation in the state. The United States becomes one of only four countries in the world where homosexuals can legally wed.
Mar. 11, 2004 - The California Supreme Court ordered an immediate stop to homosexual weddings in the state, pending a review on whether or not such marriages are permitted by state law. A ruling on the matter may be expected in June or July.
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Mar. 4, 2004 - On the first day of hearings on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a male-female union, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Congress must act quickly to prevent a few judges and local officials from redefining marriage for everyone. Events that have led to the hearing include a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that a Texas law against Sodomy was not valid, the recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to "marry," and thousands of homosexual weddings during the past few weeks in San Francisco and other cities in defiance of existing laws.
Feb. 24, 2004 - President Bush referred to recent decisions by judicial activists and civil disobedience in California resulting in thousands of illegal homosexual marriages. He called for an amendment to the Federal Constitution that would prohibit such unions. He said:
The union of man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith. Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious or natural roots without weakening the good influence of society today.
Feb. 21, 2004 - Governor Schwarzenegger warns that San Francisco must abide by the laws governing marriage.
"While we wait for the courts to act, it's time for the City of San Francisco to start respecting state law. It is time for the city to stop traveling down this dangerous path of ignoring the rule of law."
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Feb. 13, 2003 - In an act of civil disobedience, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presided over a day of homosexual wedding ceremonies. In one day 87 marriage ceremonies were performed, and 95 marriage licenses were issued.
Randy Thomasson, director of Campaign For California Families, said, "These unlawful certificates are not worth the paper they are printed on. The renegade mayor of San Francisco has no authority to do this."