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Should Christian leaders get political?

Over the weekend, news that evangelist Billy Graham has endorsed Mitt Romney for president has irked some Christians for obvious reasons. John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, made news recently for preaching a sermon titled, “Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality” in which he stated that God has abandoned America over the sin of homosexuality, and declaring that “the Democratic Party has become the anti-God party, the sin-promoting party”:

What you see in Romans chapter 1 is the sequence of what happens when God abandons a nation. First, verse 24 says, He gives them over to “the lust of their hearts to impurity,” sexual sin, the dishonoring of their bodies among them. When God abandons a society, the first thing that happens is it becomes pornographic. It becomes obsessed with sex, obsessed with fornication, adultery, every kind of sexual behavior. We have gone through that already in the sexual revolution a couple of decades ago.

The second thing that happens when God abandons a culture is found in verse 26, “God gave them over to degrading passions…their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural…in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” At the end of that verse, “Receiving in their persons the due penalty” is the diseases that come consequent to homosexual behavior. And as you know, they unleashed on the world the horror of AIDS.

But what it’s saying here is that when God abandons a nation or a culture under His wrath, there will be a sexual revolution followed by a homosexual revolution. And we are living in this very condition.

There’s a third step, verse 28, “God gave them over to a depraved mind,” that’s a mind that doesn’t function, that can’t think right. So life becomes filled with unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, envy, murder, and we talked about that last week, the massive murder of millions and millions of unborn infants in the womb that is carried on in our country and around the world.

Also characteristic of this depraved mind is they become haters of God, haters of God. We’re living in the outpouring of the wrath of God in the category of His abandoning a culture, and we’re living in the sequence that is here–a sexual revolution, a homosexual revolution, a reprobate mind that unleashes everything, including murder on a massive scale, and hate toward God.

It was shocking to me a few weeks ago, as I said last Sunday, to see that these very things that God hates and that bring down God’s judgment were affirmed as part of the Democratic Party platform. Open sex with government-provided contraception, murder of babies in wombs, God left out of the platform, and homosexual behavior even, advocating homosexual marriage–an oxymoron, since that’s impossible.

Now, all of a sudden, not only is this characteristic of our nation, but we now promote it. One of the parties, the Democratic Party, has now made Romans 1, the sins of Romans 1, their agenda. What God condemns, they affirm. What God punishes, they exalt. Shocking, really. The Democratic Party has become the anti-God party, the sin-promoting party. By the way, there are seventy-two million registered Democrats in this country who have identified themselves with that party and maybe they need to rethink that identification.

I know from last week’s message that there was some response from people who said, “Why are you getting political?”

Romans 1 is not politics. The Bible is not politics. This has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with speaking the Word of God through the culture in which we live. It has nothing to do with politics. It’s not about personalities; it’s about iniquity and judgment. And why do we say this? Because this must be recognized for what it is–sin, serious sin, damning sin, destructive sin.

You say, “Well, our society cultivates tolerance and you’re giving hate speech.” What I’m saying is not hate speech. What the Democratic Party is saying is hate speech because they must hate the homosexuals if they will allow them to go the direction they’re going, affirm that knowing that it will take them to hell. That’s hate speech. This is love speech. You either warn them or you affirm them. And Romans 1 warns them and any faithful Christian warns this is dangerous, this is deadly. It’s better to warn them than to affirm them. You might be the nice guy to affirm them, but that’s not love speech, that’s hate speech.

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6 Responses to “Should Christian leaders get political?”

  1. turkish coffee #

    "You say, “Well, our society cultivates tolerance and you’re giving hate speech.” What I’m saying is not hate speech. What the Democratic Party is saying is hate speech because they must hate the homosexuals if they will allow them to go the direction they’re going, affirm that knowing that it will take them to hell. That’s hate speech. This is love speech. You either warn them or you affirm them. And Romans 1 warns them and any faithful Christian warns this is dangerous, this is deadly. It’s better to warn them than to affirm them. You might be the nice guy to affirm them, but that’s not love speech, that’s hate speech."

    First of all there are many logical fallacies in what Macauthor is saying,like the fallacy of arguing from scripture, its just circular reasoning, second of all, you cannot prove the existance of hell or who goes there, and thrid of all why cannot God save someone with out asking? If your friend was drowing would you ask them if they would like to be saved, by all means no! you would just DO IT, Fourth of all if "love never fails" why would GOd give them up?, fifith of all calling what you say to be "love speech" macarthur NEVER turns out well, Hitler also claimed to be making "love speeches" too you know

    October 15, 2012 at 4:45 AM Reply
  2. Nellie #

    I hope to have this on my podcast, this is the type of preaching that heaven and hell notices, but the lukewarm could care less about. Truth isn't about making people feel well, or giving people what they want to hear, not what a sleeping church needs to hear. As far as turkish coffee, here goes:
    Hell exists. The Bible claims it, Jesus taught it. Clear.
    God forgives if WE ask for it. If people desire to live their life apart from Him, that is agape love. Not His will, but His love is so free will that people can love idols right the gates of Hell, He allows it. Many people are drowning today spiritually but refuse to acknowledge it. You cannot save those who desire to swim deeper away from God.
    God never gives up on people, THEY DO.
    Lastly, Carter Conlon of Times Square Church said it best for me (paraphrasing):
    "I would rather have people hate me for telling the truth and trying to save them then loving them by saying nothing and allowing them to go to hell."
    Simply, tell the truth in love. If they reject it, their blood is on their hands, If they accept it, welcome them like the angels do in heaven – rejoice. But in NO WAY does God's love condone sinful behavior.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM Reply
    • sa'ad pasha #

      "God forgives if WE ask for it. If people desire to live their life apart from Him, that is agape love. Not His will, but His love is so free will that people can love idols right the gates of Hell, He allows it. Many people are drowning today spiritually but refuse to acknowledge it. You cannot save those who desire to swim deeper away from God."

      so would you allow a child to play with a gun? because we are compare to your god less than dust, no idea what kind of trouble we get ourselves into why would an all loving god give a finite,stupid ignorant being control over his eternal desnity?

      October 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM Reply
  3. turkish coffee #

    "Hell exists. The Bible claims it, Jesus taught it. Clear"
    Gehenna (alternatively Gehinnom, or the Valley of Hinnom) described in various locations in the vicinity of Jerusalem is commonly translated as "Hell" (rightly or wrongly) within the context of the new testament (alternatively Tartarus, Hades and Sheol were used interchangeably when referring to synonymous post-death states). The valley (or ravine) has a long history as a site of burning apostates, corpses and as a valley of the damned giving a a literal and metaphorical relevance to those that would later hear Jesus speak of Gehenna in his sermons. Human sacrifice to the Ammonite God Moloch is recorded until 6BCE.
    Joshua 15:8 "the ravine of the son of Hinnom"
    Nehemiah 11:30 "And they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom"
    Chronicles 28:3 "Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel."
    Matthew 5:22 "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell (Gehenna) fire."

    The accurate use of the word "Hell" as a translation of Gehenna is open to interpretation. The subjects about which Jesus speaks, when referring to Gehenna, have no less significance when referring to that literal valley of the damned (as opposed to the eternal concept of punishment and torture interpreted after the fact). There is no suggestion that Gehenna need to be translated to "Hell" any more than any other proper noun for a place or region. Similarly there is no reason to believe that Hell as a concept even occurred to the Jewish prophet or his followers:
    "The meaning of Gehenna must be established from facts furnished by the Scripture, not by falsehoods foisted by human tradition. To the reader of the Hebrew Scriptures themselves, Gehenna can only mean a verdict which, besides condemning a man to death, also ordains that, after death, his body should be cast into the loathsome valley of Hinnom. This being the sense of Gehenna in the Hebrew Scriptures, we may be sure that this is the sense in which Christ used it." – James Coram, The Gehenna of Fire
    Nor did Hell hold any particular reference to fire and brimstone:
    "Webster's Unabridged Dictionary says: Hell [ME, fr. OE; akin to OE helan to conceal, OHG hella, hell, to conceal, ON hel] heathen realm of the dead, Goth halja hell, L celare to hide, conceal, Gk kalyptein to cover, conceal, Skt sarana screening, protecting, basic meaning: concealing. (Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, editor Philip Babcock Gove, Ph.D. [Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., 1993], p. 1051.) "Webster agrees that the Old English origin of the word means “cover.” This word had nothing to do with a place of punishment or eternal torment. Those connotations came much later, just in time, we might say, to be corrupted by Roman Catholicism into its present form. To translate “Gehenna” (which didn't contain any meaning of eternal torment or punishment), with the word “hell” (which also didn't contain any meaning of eternal torment or punishment) isn't a translation at all, but a substitution of a man-made doctrine into a word convenient to be corrupted." – Samuel G. Dawson, Jesus' Teaching on Hell
    The explanation for rendering Gehenna as Hell is weakened further still when considering the changing meaning of hell, both etymologically and in Catholic liturgy.
    "Hell: No such word was in their vocabulary, and they knew of no such place. No word with the meaning that the English word Hell has now was used, or known about unto long after the Bible. It is not in Greek literature in New Testaments times or before, first century writers did not use it, Josephus, or any other historian of that time did not use it, it is not in the Septuagint. A place where God will torment the lost forever after the Judgment Day was not known about. the concept of the place called hell, or the name hell is not in the bible, and does not occur in any writing of either the Hebrews or the Greeks until long after the Bible. The Old Testament Hebrew, or the New Testament Greek, has no word that is even close to today's English word "hell." How do we know about this place called hell? Where did hell come from? It is not in the Bible. Neither is the name "hell" in the Bible. Where did it come from? Not by faith that comes by hearing God's word. It is from the doctrines and precepts of men [Matthew 15:9]. It was not used in the first century because it was a word that was not in their vocabulary, and a place they know nothing about." – William Robert West, If the Soul or Spirit Is Immortal, There Can Be No Resurrection from the Dead, Third Edition

    October 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM Reply
  4. Rose Vosburgh #

    Thank God for John MacArthur. Wish we had more preachers like him today.

    October 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM Reply
    • turkish coffee #

      John Macarthur is a dispensationalist, i think we need less of those

      October 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM Reply

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