Saturday, May 25, 2013

Another word of God? by Rev. Todd Virnoche

"As man thinks so he will do" is a quote I have long heard during my time in Seminary. As benign as this originally appears the roots take us back to the very day in which our ancestors Adam and Eve wrought upon themselves God's wrath; namely death which was the consequence for their insistence to twist God's commandment. Today in the course of our discoveries and deliberations with respect to the vast number of resources that God has provided us with to discern His Word; mankind instead has set off on a path to tone down and invalidate the language God gave specifically to prohibit moral and physical debauchery.

A purposely fractured and manmade manipulation of the King James Bible text has been released under the title of "The Queen James Bible". Why this version? Quite simple... it's no longer governed by copyright. There was no team of scholars, or the painstaking sweat of translation from the original text or even a need within our churches for such a rendition. In 8 verses throughout the Queen James text (Gen. 19:5, Lev. 18:22, Lev. 20:13, Rom. 1:26, Rom. 1:27, 1 Cor. 6:9 and 1 Tim. 1:10 and Jude 1:7) any reference to the sin of homosexuality is removed. The prohibition of such acts removed for ever more by a group of nearsighted pleasure seekers without cause or direction; denying the Word of God which forgives the acts they desperately are trying to bury.

In the garden, when mankind fell, genetically something happen to us… we were translated from moral to immoral; immortal to mortal, from life eternal to death supreme. “ There is a tendency within the church body, especially here in the United States, to forget we were purchased with a price and we are not our own (1 Cor. 6:19-20) and that our bodies are used to glorify our Creator. Sexual sins and especially homosexuality are conceived within the mind and are acted on outside the body; whether by force or compliance these despicable acts compel another individual to error. The scientific community would like us to believe the GLBT crowd is compelled by genetics. If Adam’s error transformed us into sinners; and we are an image of Adam (Gen 5:3) then all mankind is predisposed and destined to error. This error takes many shapes and distorts the original glory mankind enjoyed. Whether you subscribe to ones will to sin; or that we are all sinners… one thing is certain we are all responsible for our actions whether in the mind or outwardly from the body (Rom. 1:32).

In our secular society we teach that nothing is evil; and we approve and applaud an individual’s choice. This too is a corruption of the choice to do what is true and right and just that only comes by way of His implanted Spirit within. In 2 Peter 3 we are warned that evil men would try to deceive many… in Jude we are reminded that they are now among the church; Paul reminds us that ministry would be dismantled… by the same will that caused us to fall originally.

Ministry in the Last Days: But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. (2Ti 3:1-5)