Seneca was a Roman statesman, orator, philosopher, and one-time tutor to young Nero. As Roman Emperor in A.D. 65, Nero turned against Seneca accusing him of being part of a plot against his reign and convinced him it would be noble for him to commit suicide. No, it was a nutty thing to do but he was just as dead whether noble or nutty.
Commenting on the decadent Rome of his day, Seneca declared, “All is full of criminality and vice; indeed much more of these is committed than can be remedied by force. A monstrous contest of abandoned wickedness is carried on. The lust of sin increases daily; and shame is daily more and more extinguished. Discarding respect for all that is good and sacred, lust rushes on wherever it will. Vice no longer hides itself. It stalks forth before all eyes.” Wow, sounds like a Baptist preacher describing America and Canada!
Remember that Seneca was cognizant of the vile, vicious, and vindictive Nero and the decadent Empire but he could have been commenting on present day America since “vice no longer hides itself. It stalks forth before our eyes.” Christians promoting and practicing, rather than protesting homosexuality show the deep and dreadful depravity of human nature and reveals a sad, somber, and serious corruption of modern churches.
The Homosexual Lobby has viciously beaten many Christians into submission with the hammer of “bigotry,” “homophobe,” and “hatred.” They do that because they can’t win in a civil discussion or debate. Such pathetic Christians don’t understand that one’s underlying character is revealed by the people, practices, and principles that he or she defends and supports.
This new morality can defend perversion, adultery, thievery, even murder; but racism, “homophobia,” and certitude are terrible sins! The world doesn’t mind your good works but when you are certain about truth and express it, that is when they go ballistic. However, most Christians are not certain about anything except not wanting to be ridiculed, rejected, and repudiated. So they keep silent thereby giving approval to homosexuality, fornication, adultery, gluttony, anger, hatred, pride, etc. Many of those weak Christians will be horrified to know they are guilty of those sins by their silence!
Charles Spurgeon, the greatest preacher (and Baptist) of the 19th century aptly said, “If we can acquiesce in anything which is not upright, we are not upright ourselves, and our religion is a lie…. One by one the moral precepts are thus broken by the sinners in Zion…We may do this by smiling at unchaste jests, listening to indelicate expressions, and conniving at licentious behaviour in our presence.” He added that if we do that, how dare we make a loud and public profession of our Christian faith.
The great preacher reiterated what the Bible teaches: if one acquiesces, approves, and applauds sin, that person becomes a partaker of that sin. II John 11warns “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” That is true whether it is the sin of fornication, thievery, or sodomy. If you defend it then you are part of it! We are known by what we stand for and what we stand against.
Martin Luther once said: “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” Homosexuality is the battle today that many Christians are fleeing rather than fighting.
Isaiah 5:20 warns, “Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil…” I recommend that warning to all Christians who think their feelings and their experiences are more important than truth. They are not and we must stop accepting what everyone else believes and rest our convictions upon the Scripture. Moreover, supporters of homosexuality must repent because they not only acquiesce, approve, and applaud, but take pleasure and delight in the wickedness of others.
Paul warns in Rom. 1:32, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” A similar Old Testament verse in Ps. 50:18 declares, “When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him….” By consenting with him you have become his willing accomplice, even helping him carry away his loot! The Apostle Paul commands in I Tim. 5:22 “…neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”
It is sinful to encourage evil as defenders of perversion are doing and when those Christians who have made their bed with the spiritually dead complain of the stench it will reveal what fools they are.
When the end finally arrives, we will not remember the ranting, reviling, revolting words of our enemy, but we will remember the silence of our Christian friends in the battle against perversion and for purity.
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