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03/14/2013

FRC promotes NOM's #marriagemarch with truly extreme church materials

by Jeremy Hooper

The Family Research Council is an official cosponsor of the National Organization For Marriage's upcoming march outside the Supreme Court, so it's not a surprise that FRC would want to promote the event. In this week's "prayer targets," the nakedly hostile anti-gay group is doing just that:

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Prayer Targets [FRC]

But what is in those linked materials that FRC is disseminating to churches for the purpose of "marriage march" promotion, you ask? Well, my fellow friends in connecting the dots between obvious animus and the mainstream "protect marriage" movement, here are just a few snips from the sample sermon and powerpoint presentations that FRC is passing around:

Homosexuals claim: "We were born this way; it is in our genes; God made us gay." They cite old "gay gene" studies predominantly conducted by researchers who are homosexuals; studies that have been repudiated by credible research. Yet these same biased and discredited studies have been widely publicized by the liberal media as true and factual. They essentially practice Joseph Goebel's Nazi philosophy of propaganda, which is basically this: Tell a lie long enough and loud enough and eventually most mindless Americans will believe it.
Hear this: God did not make anyone homosexual. The Bible declares that the definitive problem is ours: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “We all, like
sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6). Every one of us has a sin nature that twists and perverts God-given desires not only toward homosexuality, but toward all sorts of sin, including sexual sins such as promiscuity, adultery, pedophilia, etc. Our sinful nature is the root of all manner of evil, but with God’s help, we can choose not to give into those evil desires.

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[T]here is a deceptive perversion of the divine pattern. Hear me: Any and all sexual sin outside of the marriage covenant relationship is a deceptive perversion of the divine pattern, but for the purposes of this message I want to focus on one sin in particular: homosexuality. The Word of God, which does not err, is abundantly clear. Leviticus 18:22 says: “You are not to sleep with a man as with a woman; it is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13a says: “If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed an abomination…” Homosexuality is an abomination to God. This is the strongest biblical word for the denunciation of sin, the proof of which is in the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were destroyed in a hail of fire and brimstone (Gen. 19).
Again, why is homosexuality a sin? Because it is open rebellion against the divine pattern, the created order of God, who made us in His image as male and female. Some say: "Well, that's Old Testament, Jesus never said anything about homosexuality." I would disagree. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
…Homosexuality is a deceptive perversion.

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If Christians don’t “render to Caesar” (Matt. 22:21) and don’t function as “salt” and “light” (Matt. 5:13-16) in the arena of government, then we disobey the commands of Christ and allow Satan to prevail by default.

It is ironic that those who are in the homosexual lifestyle struggle with all their might to achieve freedom from the so-called shackles of biblical morality and traditional institutions, and yet Jesus tells us that those who commit sin are “slaves to sin” (John 8:34). In trying to find freedom, they sadly find themselves as slaves.

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**FULL SERMON

**FULL POWERPOINT

Gee, that doesn't sound like simple marriage advocacy to me. But I guess NOM wants us to all pretend we don't see this and instead buy the lie that their upcoming event will be loving, focused, and about nothing more than "protecting" an institution. And of course they'll all want us to buy the ridiculous claim that they, the heterosexual Christians, are the persecuted ones in this debate.

The awesome thing about this: We don't have to buy into NOM's bullshit.

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