In Episode 1 of his new livestream teaching and commentary series, Dr. Lively explains what the Bible says about the influence of sexual perversion on the rise of apostasy and the Kingdom of the Antichrist and how that is reflected in the present American spiritual and political crisis.
Many Pastors Succumbing to Progressive “Evangelism”
Jesus warned that in the last generation “many false prophets will arise and mislead many [and] because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”
“Wickedness” involves a wide spectrum of secondary behaviors as shown in Romans 1:18-32 and 2 Timothy 3:1-5 but one specific category of sin is pinpointed by God throughout the Bible as the gateway to widespread apostasy that triggers His wrath: extreme sexual deviance, particularly male homosexuality. My Scripture-based argument in support of that assertion is fully detailed in my book The Petros Prophecy: Simon Peter’s Prophetic Warning About the Heresy of the Last Days.
More important to this article is the false doctrinal teaching (i.e. heresy), associated with all LGBT sin — so-called “gay theology” – which is the chief tool of “evangelism” by “progressives” who are leading an increasing number of pastors and other Christian leaders into apostasy.
One of the most recent, perhaps their biggest American convert ever, is J.D. Greear, President of the Southern Baptist Convention. In a recent message, Greear “defended a former staff member who said that while he was on his personal pastoral staff and ‘very active’ in his church for many years, he secretly looked at gay porn and hooked up on gay dating sites…saying that he needs to ‘feel his pain’ and ‘learn to grapple with his questions from his point of view.’ ” More alarmingly, “Greear has insisted that the Scriptures only ‘whisper’ about homosexuality while addresses other sins–such as greed or boasting–in a much greater way. He’s also called on Christians to stand up for LGBTQ rights.”
A month earlier, famous Christian author Max Lucado made a similar detour from the faith. There has been a steady increase in these progressive conversions for years now.
Any pastor who claims that Scriptures “only whisper” about homosexuality or considers it “just another sin” doesn’t know his Bible, I don’t care how esteemed he may be among men. The Scripture warns all of us clearly “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). But conform they have.
The LGBTs smugly predicted they would accomplish this goal all the way back in 1987 at the height of the Reagan Revolution when Bible-based pro-family advocacy was very strong and rising. In their seminal strategy blueprint “The Overhauling of Straight America” they said “The first order of business is desensitization of the American public concerning gays and gay rights. To desensitize the public is to help it view homosexuality with indifference instead of with keen emotion [i.e. “Just another sin] … While public opinion is one primary source of mainstream values, religious authority is the other. When conservative churches condemn gays, there are only two things we can do to confound the homophobia of true believers.
“First, we can use talk to muddy the moral waters. This means publicizing support for gays by more moderate churches, raising theological objections of our own about conservative interpretations of biblical teachings, and exposing hatred and inconsistency. Second, we can undermine the moral authority of homophobic churches by portraying them as antiquated backwaters, badly out of step with the times and with the latest findings of psychology. Against the mighty pull of institutional Religion one must set the mightier draw of Science & Public Opinion (the shield and sword of that accursed “secular humanism”). Such an unholy alliance has worked well against churches before, on such topics as divorce and abortion. ”
That “accursed ‘secular humanism’ ” is indeed accursed – the Satanic religion of Marxism whose goal has always been to replace Judeo-Christian civilization by any means necessary. By the LGBT strategists’ own admission, this is SPIRITUAL warfare in the cultural realm! And they are winning.
Has the Bible changed in our lifetime? A ridiculous question. Has sexual sin itself changed? Not in terms of the forms of deviance it takes – everything from fornication to bestiality has always been practiced by some. Has the duty of preachers and teachers to expound Bible truth to the world changed? Obviously not. The only factors that have changed in this equation are the rise of “progressive evangelism” and the transformation of our culture through their preaching of all “social justice” themes, but most destructively “gay theology.”
There is absolutely no logical reason for Christian pastors to succumb to “gay theology” at any level – even if it’s just minimizing God’s condemnation of it (e.g. “Just another sin”), except to conform to changing social values. Some call that “man-pleasing.” Yet in all such situations where the world contradicts God’s truth we have this stark warning: “Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).
In June of 2013 I published a Warning to the Church in America in which I predicted what’s occurring today. My prediction was not a prophecy, but simply an educated guess based upon my knowledge of the history, goals and tactics of the LGBT movement. It has largely come true – with much more, and much worse to come. This issue will be central to the coming persecution, which will begin quite soon if the grossly misnamed Equality Act becomes law.
For His own reasons, God has made the social acceptance of homosexuality a key spiritual litmus test for human civilization. All sins are destructive, but only this one is specifically associated with the rise of apostasy and subsequent outpouring of God’s wrath, from Genesis to Revelation. I have charted the key passages to highlight this crucial fact.
If you are in a congregation that is minimizing the danger of the LGBT agenda in the church or our society I urge you to first study this issue for yourself, then challenge the leadership with the facts, and if there is no repentance, shake the dust from your feet and move on.