By: Rev. Charles Burnett-Morrow
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
To hear some folks tell it, Homosexuality is an abomination, and nothing of a heterosexual nature falls into that classification. This notion is SO WRONG!
And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress SHALL SURELY BE PUT TO DEATH.
Among other things, the Bible clearly teaches that one who divorces, remarries (or has intercourse with another partner) and then REMARRIES their original spouse (as Elizabeth Taylor did with Richard Burton, as an example) commits an abomination!
Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is ABOMINATION before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Adultery is also an abomination before the Lord, but NO ONE is trying to bring adultery laws back so that men and women can be jailed for this "crime" AS WAS ONCE THE LAW IN THIS COUNTRY!
STRONG'S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE (Greek Dictionary) includes in it's definition of the term "FORNICATION" as it appears in Acts 15:20: "sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mk. 10:11,"
II Corinthians 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived : neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
But that we write unto them, that they abstainfrom pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
And one hath COMMITTED ABOMINATION with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.
Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land?
A HYPOCRITE is one who tries to enforce a rule in another's life, but are not willing to embrace and follow that same rule in their own life... ONE CHOOSES TO REMARRY IN SPITE OF BIBLICAL MANDATES THAT THEY DO NOT DO DO SO! REMARRIAGE IS A CHOICE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE! Why can the heterosexual not be required to embrace a celibate life after a divorce when Gay people are told every day that they MUST do so or be damned? And how can the Word of God brand a remarried person an ADULTERER, yet the church says that remarriage is sanctified by God, IN SPITE IN SPITE of clear Biblical testimony to the contrary? DIVORCE DOES NOT SEPARATE A COUPLE IN GOD'S EYES, IT ONLY ALLOWS AN INDIVIDUAL TO EXIT AN ADULTERESS MARRIAGE. Period. The Scriptures are incredibly plain and clear in regard to this matter! The ONLY way for a marriage to be terminated in the eyes of God is the DEATH of one of the parties. So divorced and remarried persons who have a living "former spouse" are living EVERY SINGLE DAY in adultery. To claim that one has "repented" of their former marriage or divorce is a joke! To repent, one must cease and desist doing what is wrong. Thus, one who has repented would have to immediately leave their adulteress subsequent remarriage. Otherwise, applying the same standard, the homosexual can claim to have repented of their homosexuality and continue to live daily as a homosexual.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, COMMITETH ADULTERY: and whoso marrieth her which is put away DOTH COMMIT ADULTERY.
The Lord here makes TWO VERY DISTINCT STAEMENTS:
1) The only justifiable reason for divorce is ADULTERY.
2) Remarriage is NEVER justified. God allows for an individual to exit an adulteress marriage, but there is NO PROVISION WHATSOEVER for any subsequent remarriage(s)! PERIOD.
He (Jesus) makes it clear that while divorce is a matter that addresses issues of infidelity here on earth, IT HAS NO FOUNDATION OR ACCEPTANCE IN HEAVEN! So a divorced person on earth IS STILL MARRIED in God's eyes. Once you are first married, YOU BECOME ONE FLESH in the eyes of God UNTIL ONE OF THE TWO PARTIES DIES and divorce is only a man-made means of ending a bad relationship, NOT a justifiable excuse for entering into any other marriage(s). This point is CLEARLY seen as articulated by the Lord in the passages appearing below. THIS WAS THE POSITION OF MOST CHRISTIAN CHURCH DENOMINATIONS IN AMERICAA RIGHT UP INTO THE 1970's!!! SUDDENLY, WITH DIVORCE AS RAMPANT IN THE CHURCH AS IT IS IN SECULAR SOCIETY, THIS ISSUE WAS REVISITED AND THE WORD OF GOD "RE-WRITTEN" TO ALLOW FOR DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE. ADULTERY WAS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY PRISON TIME WITHIN MY LIFETIME! THAT TOO HAS BEEN CHANGED IN THE PAST HALF CENTURY. HMMMMM... But of course Mr Romney tells us that we are supposed to live today according to the way that our nation's forefathers defined issues like marriage (HEY Mitt, how about their definitions of ADULTERY, DIVORCE, SLAVERY, WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS PROPERTY, SEGREGATION, SUFFERAGE, etc, etc, etc?) HYPOCRITES!!!!!!! The whole lot of you!
Even if a person wants to twist, distort, and torture the words of Jesus - AS MOST HYPOCRITICAL CHRISTIANS TODAY DO ----- NO DIVORCE IS JUSTIFIED EXCEPT THAT ADULTERY BE THE ASSIGNED REASON! No-Fault divorce in most states today do not even require that ANY reason be given or proven!
OH, BUT YES, OUR "CONSERVATIVE" FRIENDS IN GOVERNMENT ARE THE BASTIONS AND GUARDIANS OF BIBLICAL, JUDEO-CHRISTIAN MORALITY AND LAW! LIARS, HYPOCRITES, AND SELF-RIGHTEOUS FOOLS!
If people want to claim that homosexuality was not created "from the beginning," then they must acknowledge in truth that NEITHER WAS DIVORCE! But, according to JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, anyone who marries a divorced person is committing ADULTERY (AN ABOMINATION)! But of course, preachers, churches, and "Christians" have rewritten the meaning of the Lord's words in an effort to justify themselves in their own sin and ABOMINATION! Divorce is every bit as rampant in the church world today as it is among the un-churched. Most of the time, the reason for the divorce is not even much more than the vague excuse "irreconcilable differences."
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself expounded even further on the concept of adultery (an ABOMINATION) when He plainly stated that a man who looks upon a woman with the intent to lust after her has commit adultery in His heart (which is where God looks at man and from where righteous judgment is derived!) THEREFORE, a married man who purposely looks at strippers or pornography with the intent to be sexually stimulated is committing adultery (AN ABOMINATION)!
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
2 Peter 2:14
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
The HYPOCRITE shall stand before God guilty of three sins for his one transgression. 1) The actual sin for which he refused to acknowledge his guilt, 2) The sin of hypocrisy, which the Word of God states is a "stench in the nostrils of God." and, 3) Judgment by which they judged others but were not willing to apply to themselves and their own lives and actions. The heterosexual "Christian" world MUST try to make homosexuality some hideous horrible sin in order to make their heterosexual transgressions appear the "lesser evil." But the Bible says:
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guiltyof all.
While their own inability to live up to the "ideal" set forth by the Lord OUGTH to cause them to be more understanding and sympathetic with the Gay-Lesbian community, they embrace hypocrisy with wild abandon and choose instead to set themselves up higher (or at least so they believe) by putting us down! Paul clearly taught that the ability to live a life devoid of sexual expression and intimacy is a GIFT and is not at all something that people can simply choose to do.
I Corinthians 7:6-9
6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
So many read the following, but ignore it without the least bit of concern:
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth . Yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand .
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest : for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
None of our contemporary hypocrites dare suggest that sex outside of marriage or extra-marital sex are on the same level as child molestation, rape, incest, or beastiality - YET they happly try to suggest that two consenting homosexuals are no better than the same afore mentioned. They cannot dispute the Scriptures I have cited above, so they resort instead to convoluted logic and extra-biblical reasoning suggesting that same-sex sexual encounters are somehow a greater sin than heterosexual sexual sins. Scripture does not support this notion in any way, shape, size, or form - but since when do they rely upon Scripture to derive truth? After all, there are more Scripture passages in the NEW TESTAMENT ALONE straight from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself that deal directly with divorce and remarriage than there are passages in the ENTIRE BIBLE that are said to address homosexuality. Hmmmmm...