Tuesday, June 05, 2012

gay pride

Consider this post by Don Costello as President Obama declares June as Gay Pride Month.

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.” Ezekiel 16:49-50 

Costello hones in on the phrase ”Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride …

He notes "[t]he first sin listed in this scripture is 'pride'. Now pride itself is sin, but Sodom’s pride was IN their sin. Sodom was proud of their sin. In Isaiah there is a very revealing verse that shows us how Sodom was proud of their sin."

He then looks at Isaiah 3:9 in the KJV; “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not…” and then in the NIV; “The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it.

These are Costello's remarks:

1) The use of the word “declare/parade” is not only accurate but also very interesting. The Hebrew meaning of the word “declare” is nagad. It means “to stand boldly out against, to manifest, to announce (by word of mouth), to proclaim, to celebrate with praise”. Remember that the context is sin so the various definitions fit right in with the NIV use of the word “parade”. “To boldly stand out (in their sin), to announce (their sin) by word of mouth, to proclaim (their sin), to celebrate (their sin) with praise”, are all very revealing.

2) Anyone who has witnessed a Gay Pride Parade has seen these definitions literally come alive before their eyes. In these parades the homosexual is celebrating the pride he or she has in their homosexuality. In their ignorance, the homosexual movement’s use of the word “pride” indicts them as a prophetic link to ancient Sodom in Ezekiel 16:49. “This was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride,…” Their behavior at these parades, according to Isaiah 3:9, also is a prophetic link to ancient Sodom, “…they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not…”

3) The first homosexual “pride” parade was held in 1970 in New York City celebrating the 1969 Stonewall riot, when homosexuals rioted for three days in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a homosexual hangout. Twenty nine years later in 1999, Interpride: The International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Pride Coordinators listed 108 homosexual celebrations in 108 U.S. cities and 15 others in Canada. A group across the Atlantic, The European Pride Organizers Association listed 53 homosexual celebrations in 19 different European countries, for a total of 176 homosexual “pride” celebrations worldwide.

4) In 2004, I found at least 310 homosexual “pride” celebrations. This increase is not only amazing but obviously a fulfillment of the prophetic word spoken by Jesus in Luke 17:28, 30: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” One of the arguments used by homosexual sympathizers is the false teaching that homosexuality was not at all a factor in God’s decision to destroy Sodom, that other sins were the cause for such a reaction from heaven. To bolster this false theory, advocates for homosexuality say that of all the references to Sodom in the Bible, only the passage in Genesis 19 specifically mentions any form of homosexuality. All the other passages they say, point to other sins. Ezekiel 16:49-50 is one of those passages.

I have found that although Ezekiel 16:49, 50 does mention ‘other’ sins that Sodom was guilty of; in this case “pride” these ‘other’ sins are also characteristics of the contemporary homosexual movement. In their effort to do away with the Scriptures that condemn homosexuality, these preachers of sodomology have inadvertently strengthened the indictment that God condemns homosexual behavior in every time period. When we study these ‘other’ sins of Sodom we see that the homosexuality of 21st century America is no different than that of 20th century B.C. Sodom or of 7th century B.C. Israel or of 1st century A.D. Corinth. This is one of the most intriguing parts of this study. In the Bible whenever there is a resurgence of homosexuality within a culture, no matter what century, no matter what continent, there are certain characteristics linked to the homosexual culture that manifest. No doubt the most bizarre is the religious characteristic. In their effort to shift the sins of Sodom away from homosexuality, these devil’s advocates have recklessly pointed us toward a previously hidden but now revealed glimpse of the homosexual movement in ancient Sodom. Their effort has also provided us with a glimpse of what the homosexual movement will do in the future.

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