Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Marriage & Homosexuality: Issues for the Church



We are a society which loves controversy and polarization, and which seeks to demonize others who disagree with us.  This is why we are often at risk when we as Christians discuss such matters as homosexuality or same-sex marriage.  The delicate balance is always how we can remain loving people who accept sinners where they are in life, counting ourselves not better, and yet still claim and endorse the moral commands of God.  Dilemma though it is, the current clime in the United Stated and around the world which allows for two persons of the same gender to marry and enjoy the rights and privileges of marriage cannot be accepted or endorsed by any genuine believer.

We have come to a point in our nation where one is considered intolerant not only if they do not accept the gay lifestyle, but also if they do not endorse and embrace it:  the effort of some of a more liberal bent, will not allow even a 'live and left live' policy while decrying the morality of homosexuality, but continue to condemn those of a moral stance which declares homosexuality as immoral and unhealthy.   Since Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, Orthodox and Conservative and Hasidic Jews, and much of Islam does not endorse the health nor normalcy of the gay lifestyle, the result is a very few condemning a great number of people who while firmly standing for civil rights of all, refuse to accept perversity as a healthy condition.

Homosexuality in history is often seen in increase at the end of a prosperous but decaying and decadent society.  It is a symptom of society in decline and the last days of a nation.   In the animal kingdom, homosexual behavior has been noted by comparative psychologists as associated with stress and over-crowding.  While the extreme left has made massive efforts and leaps forward under the Obama administration for the acceptance of the gay agenda, there remains few parents who wish the lifestyle for the own children, even among the most liberal: there is an implicit knowledge that physical attraction between the same gender flies against nature and the norm, and is counterproductive to the health and well being of society and mental well being.

The notion that some people are 'born gay' as though it were a racial characteristic, is nonsense.   Having seen perhaps thousands of babies over the years and at least as many toddlers, I have seen none with a penchant for gay behavior at a time when there is little propensity for sexuality at all, save for normal gender recognition.  This observation, easily replicable, indicates that becoming gay has to do with psychological intervention or process, training, or proselytizing.  Recent 'Barbie' commercials showing a younger gay boy of about 4 or 5 playing with a Barbie doll, supposedly a tolerance promotion, actually portrays a child too young to experience mature sexuality dressed in what amounts to sado-masochistic garb with leather and metal knobs, and a sporty homosexual hairstyle.  The barbie dolls he plays with in the commercial are likewise dressed in a style reminiscent of porn movies more than anything most loving parents would promote to a child of either gender.  Homosexual behavior then is learned,  and I believe most often comes about from a contorted reaction to violence of a sexual nature against a child,  in which the child learns to identify with the aggressor, by becoming like them to allay anxiety and horror over the univited act.

The normalcy of homosexuality likewise has been debated even in the psychological community for years. Before the 50s, it was always seen as an aberration and was contained as a diagnositic category of mental illness.  After the Kinsey report in which Kinsey suggested that at least 10 per cent of the population might be homosexual, a political rethinking came about:  homosexuality became a mental illness only if one was displeased with their sexuality.  Later, the notion that homosexuality was not normal has been declared by some as abnormal, coming full circle.  The 'boiling frog' phenomena though now has people with penchants towards pedophilia and even necrophilia declaring that their lifestyles also are merely 'alternative' throwing the concept of morality out the window.

Marriage among Same Sex Partners

The above discussion brings us in fullness to the idea of whether there is even such a thing as homosexual marriage, and the answer, simply is 'no'.  It is not even an issue of whether it is right nor wrong, but that two same sex persons living in union as a married couple, are acting out an aberration and cannot, by definition, produce children in any natural way, nor respond to one another in a marital stance between husband and wife. They can only pretend.  
One notes among homosexual couples,  that one always takes a female stance and one a male stance:  they are 'emulating' the normal relationship, not living out an alternative.  Further, the male-female role in gay relationships, are exaggerated and unreal, based upon stereotypes of what it means to be male or female:  the 'femme' character dresses to the hilt, wears extremely prissy and over-feminine garb, talks about house, home and family in prissy and exaggerated ways.  The 'butch' character over emphasizes male characteristics, is usually tough, unfeeling, etc, in essence playing out problems with the roles, not coming to terms with some 'new' lifestyle'.   There is not a marriage, but the acting out and imitation, in a mocking stance of what the partners perceive marriage and gender roles as.

By definition then, marriage is only between a male and female, eminently for the production of family and children, or the stability of individuals when that is not possible, both for the parties and for society's stability as well.  We hold legal protection of the relationship for the sake of genealogies, the passing of inheritance, benefits, health records, the training of children etc.  All experiments which have attempted group raising of children or the institutionalized raising of children have failed miserably: the family is still and remains the only possibility of fertile ground for healthy, moral and responsible individuals.  This is even more the case for believers, who pass the knowledge of the Lord and the ways of the Lord onto children at a formative age.  

Our society allows for unions between homosexual couples in which they can declare loyalty and support to one another, set up house, etc.  This is a change from the past in which all acts of homosexuality were illegal.   I do not believe, nor will ever endorse the ideal of homosexual marriage, or the employment of homosexuals in the Church,  or even membership, since the Scriptures clearly, very clearly decry the act as an abomination and spiritual reprobacy, or in other words, spiritual death.  The Word is still the word, even if we love and sorrow for people who become entrapped, sometimes through no fault of their own in gay behavior.

Marriage as an institution was first created by God and taught in the scriptures.  Even when such men as David and Solomon betrayed a monogamous union for concubines and multiple wives, their behavior was seen as wrong, and both they and Israel suffered for it.  The proposition here is not one of who can marry, but what marriage is:  it is a union between male and female for the protection of the society and the young.  Any other formulation is not marriage, only a pretense or distortion.
Tolerance towards individuals does not mean having to accept or believe that all of their behaviors are healthy or moral.  We are called to love all people regardless of beliefs, behaviors and lifestyles, we are not called in tolerance to have to accept immoral stances in others.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Judah's Glory

Founded in 1987, originally called "Hope to Heaven" for a year or so, Judah's Glory first became "O Israel", and then changed in name to Judah's Glory.   While the intent is still to develop weekly on site Bible Studies, we continue with audio studies, published studies, blogs and website studies, downloadable in pdf format.   The site at judahsglory.com, currently under revision contains several hundred published studies, all free, which are Bible Based with KJV references and notes. 

The series ongoing are Promise of Messiah,  House that Will Not Die, Propheteuo, (Gifts ), Healing of Christ (Mind of Christ), The Glory of God, Judah's Glory Bible Helps, Judah's Glory General Studies (hard questions); Wars of Israel (Outlines of Bible Wars), Preaching and Teaching the Gospel, and several others.  Many Children's studies are available, including 30 Coloring books Bible Studies, Armor of God for Kids, How to Study Your Bible, and others.

Judah's Glory remains an independent, unincorporated free Ministry, for free and fair use in Christian homes, Schools, Sunday Schools and individual use.   The studies, tracts, and other materials are authored by Dr. Elizabeth Kirkley Best, a former psychology professor, Writer, and Web Director.  The one exception is the tract "A Deaf Messiah" co-written by Dr. Best and Sarah Rose Ebster.  Dr. Best is also the author of Shoaheducation.com,  and several books and booklets on various titles. Sarah, her daughter, continues in a graduate program in Theology in the Bay area.

Judah's Glory is not affiliated with any other ministry, including Jews for Jesus, Chosen People, Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn, or others:  we are a small independent work seeking heart education in the Scriptures and the teaching and preaching of the Gospel, and of the rightful doctrine regarding the Chosen nation of Israel.   While we accept small donations,  we do not ask for funds for any portion of the site or published materials:  since we are not a 5013c corporation,  we legally cannot receive donations over a certain limit.  We have held from the beginning 'freely given, freely give' as a main principle in ministry.

Questions regarding the ministry (we are also on FACEBOOK) may be directed ONLY to Elizabeth K. Best, at judahsglory@gmail.com or elizabethkirkleybest@gmail.com .   Our statement of faith may be found on the site:  we are traditional in our doctrine in views of the trinity, blood atonement, virgin birth, deity of Christ, and other essential doctrines: we are NOT and have never been affiliated with JWs, Catholicism, Mormonism, Unity or even Methodist or Baptist churches or theology, or such entities as Armstrongism.  Our views on the Jews are that of a people who are direct descendants of the 'Children of Israel',  a Chosen nation in everlasting covenant with God, held in slumber until the appointed time in which they will attain their rightful place as first and not last in the reflection of God's Glory.  It is Israel to whom belongs first, Salvation, the Messiah ,the Word, the Oracles of God, the covenant and promises.  We also hold that there is one, blood bought Salvation by the Messiah of Israel.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Slavery & the Bible

Recently on "Answers in Genesis",  the question of slavery and the Bible was brought up.  We have already briefly alluded to Slavery in the Bible when dealing with the question of morality, God, and wars in the Old Testament, dealing with such difficult issues as why God would command the Israelites marching to Canaan to fight against and destroy whole cities of Philistines and others who inhabited the wilderness terrain on their way to the promised land. (See Questions About the Violent Old Testament: warsofisrael.BlogSpot.com/.wordpress.com).

Slavery proves to be just as difficult a topic for the modern mind when confronting the Old Testament as does the idea of a God-commanded war.   The AIG site,  while dealing with the differences between bondservants and slaves,  fails to address one critical factor:  the difference between the prescription of God and the description of the Word.   AIG explores the fundamental issues of the cultural difference of the economy of Israel back then vs. now, but there are several points that need to be made additionally.   The same Bible, as they point out,  decries to the point of capital punishment 'menstealers', 'kidnappers' and those who buy and sell human beings.  The Bible also gave rise to the beliefs and actions of Abolitionists against the slave trade in the 17 and 1800s,  yet at the same time, the bible PRESCRIBES the right treatment or sometimes very severe treatment of those taken in actual slavery in war.

Agreeing with AIG that the great majority of instances regarding the words 'bondservant, servant, maid, slave etc' have to do with a voluntary arrangement of debt payment  (we still have some forms of that today), the nitty-gritty of dealing with the times in Scripture when God commanded roles, designated punishments and sometimes even cruel dealings still must be addressed.   As a former college professor,  I used to use this argument against believers, and heard many of my colleagues and students do the same:  how could the God of Love in I John,  command the taking of young unmarried women in war but killing their families,  and still stay true to his nature?  Consider the following passages:

[Deu 20:14-16 KJV] 14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, [even] all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. 15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities [which are] very far off from thee, which [are] not of the cities of these nations. 16 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee [for] an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: [blb-kjv]

In the instructions to the men of Israel who war against the nations far off, they are to keep the spoil and the women and children, but kill the men, but of  the local, and very brutal nations which threaten Israel, they were to literally decimate the city.  Because we are taught first and foremost in the Old and New Testament to love God first, and others second, and that better than ourselves, the notion of totally annihilating villages, cities and towns by people who name God's name, and then to hear that it is commanded by the God of love seems utterly contradictory:  it becomes impossible for natural reasoning to reconcile.   The reasoning of the Lord though differs from our insufficient minds, and the Bible more than adequately states that the ways of God are not our ways:

more to follow....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Booklet for a New Year

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 https://archive.org/details/WhatDidJesusSayAboutHimselfInTheGospelOfJohn

Just a little gift for the new year of 2015 from Judah's Glory:  A small help/guide when smart alecs tell you Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah!