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An hour and a half west of Bloomington is the city of Terre Haute which is home to the small and reputable school, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Tomorrow night, this little conservative engineering school in the middle of a city notorious for its lowlife druggies (crystal meth) will host a forum on so-called "marriage equality," which is to say homosexual marriage. The questions to be addressed are:

(1) What is marriage from a legal standpoint? What distinguishes it from other legal relationships?
(2) Does marriage benefit the state?
(3) Why does the government recognize marriage?
(4) How does the Fourteenth Amendment apply to the legality of same-sex marriage? How are civil rights involved?
(5) How does marriage law interact with state and national law? How is marriage a judicial issue?
(6) Also, what are the legal ramifications of the HJR-3? [House Joint Resolution 3 prohibiting homosexual marriage]

Across America, the chattering class has found its latest heartthrob, and it's nothing as pretty as Taylor Swift. Desperately trying to clean it up, they refer to this lie and the dirty acts it exists to legitimize and institutionalize as "marriage equality." Their icy hearts go pitter-patter with deviancy's every advance, and they give themselves to exquisite shivers when these advances occur out there in the hinterlands. Already banned from New York by Governor Cuomo's henchmen, Christians are silent as the marriage equality movement inexorably expands out there in the Midwest. Cuomo rejoices that the hated "Bible thumpers" are one step closer to Siberia.

But what have we done to merit such hatred?

Are we guilty of nursing terminal AIDS patients for many years? Are we guilty of calling sodomites and lesbians to flee God's wrath and judgment? Are we guilty of preaching against sodomy and lesbianism in the same sermon, using the same breaths that we use to preach against bestiality and pornography and fornication and adultery and greed? Are we guilty of welcoming repentant sodomites and lesbians into our church homes and families, with joy? Of treating these beloved souls even more tenderly than we treat repentant adulterers, because of the particular shame of their former sin and the alienation endemic to their sexual temptations? Are we guilty of listening carefully to the etiology of their moral disease, and then working to call for the enforcement of laws prohibiting sex between men and children? Coaches and their players? Are we guilty of standing against the destruction of laws that, in prior centuries, were carefully constructed to assure the well-being of children—that they would grow up as God Himself decreed, with a male father and a female mother, the two of whom are married for life? Are we guilty of working to get the administration of Indiana University to recognize that a young man should not be assigned his freshman year to a dorm room where he is subject to the leering-queering advances of a sodomite roommate? Are we guilty of rebuking President Myles Brand for funding a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transexual publicity and promotion center on the campus of Indiana University, abusing the tax dollars of Indiana citizens who are Biblically opposed to these wicked perversions?

Are these the crimes we have committed? If so, we rejoice that we have been counted worthy to suffer for Jesus, because it is our only hope in life and in death to be found faithful to Him and His Word, and precious blood. He bought us from our own slavery to Satan and lifted us up from the pit of perversion we ourselves were drowning in, and placed us on the high rock of safety of being found clothed in the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.

This is the reason we must call out to those perishing in greed and bestiality and fornication and lesbianism, "Flee the wrath to come revealed by God against all ungodliness. Repent and be saved. There is no sin, no bondage to Satan, that is not common to man, and yet God has provided a way for you to be saved from that bondage. It is the righteousness and substitutionary death of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Cross. Will you too believe, as we have? Will you flee this wicked and corrupt generation by repenting, being baptized, and uniting yourself with all Jesus' brothers and sisters in the Church of Jesus Christ?"

Sodomy's apparatchiks have lit their signal flares, and across our country members of the information class have taken note. "Aha, if I jump on this bandwagon, publicly, it will provide me a certain cachet that couldn't hurt my bottom line or chances for advancement. It's the new patriotism and I'm all-American, yes I am!"

So we're left with a very conservative engineering school with influential Christians on its faculty sitting in the middle of as much of a pickup and gun city as you'll find in the Midwest, hosting an open forum on sodomite and lesbian marriage. And not one of the questions is helpful as God would view it. Not a word about the bondage intrinsic to the sin they're discussing, or the deleterious affect that bondage has on children raised in such a perverse home. Not a word about English Common Law and other quite-to-the-point historical precedents. Not a word about the Ten Commandments and historical Sodom and Gomorrah. Not a word about anything that would demonstrate the slightest true love for those caught in the Hell of sodomy and lesbianism. The questions allowed were those that would push the perversion forward.

I wonder if any Christian student—or better any Christian faculty member, administrator, or trustee—will show up to witness to his faith in the holiness of God and the mercy of Jesus Christ? And if not, why not? Because it would do no good?

How do you know? What do you think it was that caused the Apostle Paul to be able to write the church in filthy Corinth, saying:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1Corinthians 6:9-11)

And while we're on the subject, can anyone tell me if that paragon of Biblical witness deep in the heart of New York's Sodomitic culture; that man we Reformed name as our champion, our Goliath; can someone tell me if our superhero said anything in the Name of God to Governor Cuomo when he told followers of Jesus Christ to leave New York?

Said Cuomo:

Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives? Or right-to-life. Pro-assault-weapon? Anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are. 

Setting aside the assault-weapon smear, who else opposes the gay juggernaut and the wholesale slaughter of little babies across America today than Christians? It's long been know that no one but Nat Hentoff and Christians oppose our nation's bloodlust against babies. And who else but Christians oppose the normalization of bestiality and adultery and sodomy? So yes, Cuomo was telling Christians to leave his city and state. Clearly.

Unless, of course, Christians (or Reformed Christians) no longer speak up for the defenceless and break the jaw of the wicked and proclaim the holiness of God. But then, we bear no resemblance to God's prophets of Scripture, the Apostles, the Early Church Fathers, or the Reformers. We've become deformed.

Brave man David would not have let it pass. He would have defended the Name of our God against the Philistine's blasphemies.

Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God. (1Samuel 17:36)

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

Comments

Yes and Amen!

Siberia is quite beautiful. In summer.

Tim, you know as well as I do that, if the students at this "very conservative school" were to a respond to a survey on their opinions of Same-Sex Marriage, at least 50% would respond that they favor it--and I'm being extremely conservative at that. You probably also know that this "pickup and gun city" of Terre Haute also has two other institutions of higher learning, one of which is quite large, and that it was the long-time home of America's #1 outspoken socialist, Eugene V. Debs, as well as the birthplace and childhood home of the socially liberal writer, Theodore Dreiser. And that Vigo County voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

Dear Bertie,

Agreed on the percentage of students who would support same-sex marriage. Didn't know the other things. My point was that if Christian faculty and administration members at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute can't find the faith to bear witness to the Kingdom of God, why should anyone else in really liberal cities and states?

As for what places went for Obama, it's meaningless to make any point about God's Truth based on a distinction between the two reigning parties in these United States just now, don't you think?

Love,

That reminds me: is anybody organizing a rally at the Indiana statehouse on this issue? It sounds like all kinds of efforts are being made by pro-homosexual groups, but I haven't heard anything about the other side.

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