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Is This the Death Rattle of Mormonism? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 March 2014 14:40

Is This the Death Rattle of  Mormonism?

Ed Decker

This is an extremely important report of the coming ruin of the LDS Church as it has stood for almost over 180 years.

Please read it in full.  I know it is a bit longer than I would like, but so important. Check out all the references and give me your take on what is happening.  It is truly an extraordinary time in this ministry to Mormons.

The LDS Church released a statement recently regarding the nature of God, the exaltation of man and other sundry doctrines that have put the entire world of Christian apologetics ministries on a fast spin cycle.

News reports and blogs have been filled with articles saying that the LDS Church no longer knows or understands the final destiny of man and that they have never really claimed that those Mormons who earn their way to celestial glory will have their own planets to be gods and goddesses over.

The LDS Leaders say that foolish cartoon depictions such as our seven minute cartoon in The Godmakers movie that very accurately described the bedrock center of LDS doctrine of ”The Law of Eternal Progression” were demeaning and misrepresenting sacred spiritual things.

My former Mormon mind went into a damp, dark place as I read the many reports, even in LDS responses, that said, basically, “Wow, see, we really are Christians after all and being ‘like God’ really isn’t being a god.”

I wonder what all those temples will be used for now that the Mormons have lost the need for all the secret password stuff to get their own worlds to people and manage.

It was like a major theological shift took place overnight in some clandestine meeting where the LDS marketing people told the brethren that the whole gods and goddesses thing wasn’t working any more and members were leaving faster than the missionaries were reeling them in. It was time to make another major change in the story line.  Once again, the brethren read the poll numbers and new revelation blew in the window.

That this has taken place is no surprise. I non-prophetically said years ago that one day they would be having altar calls in Ward ‘Sacrament’ meetings.  I never dreamed they would give up their polygamous godhoods.

I shook my head in semi-disbelief again when, in 2004, the then holy prophet, Gordon B. Hinkley spoke on The Larry King, Live national television and would not confirm the LDS doctrine that God was once a man. He had done the same thing in a Time Magazine report in 1997 when he answered,

“I don’t know that we teach it. I don’t know that we emphasize it. I

haven’t heard it discussed for a long time in public discourse. I don’t know.”

Apparently the prophet hadn’t read his own scripture proclaiming it. {Doctrines and Covenants 130: 22]. It was classic Mormon slip and slide.

When I was a Mormon, blacks were a cursed race that would never hold the Melchizedek priesthood and heaven forbid that they would ever be able to go through the temple endowments where we learn the steps, signs, tokens and secret words needed to enter celestial glory and godhood.  We knew this because our holy prophets told us that it was true.  [See African Americans and the LDS Church article]

http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/african-americans-and-the-mormon-church

When we went through the Temple Preparation class and learned how important the temple was for our personal exaltation/ godhood/procreating spirit babies and the ruling over our own worlds, we were told that the temple ritual was the very purest ritual of Christ and the early church, brought back by our holy prophets as the very core of the restoration.  It was perfect and unchangeable.

Of course, that was before the release of several of our films, The God Makers, The Temple of the God Makers and The Mormon Dilemma.  These films went with teams of ex-Mormons making the rounds of hundreds of Churches and public venues, actually demonstrating the temple rituals in full temple clothing, garments and all.

The came another suddenly.  All LDS temples closed without notice and when they re-opened, behold a new holy, perfect ritual was in place. This time, without the blood oaths and the ridicule of Christian pastors among numerous changes. [See Temple rituals]:

http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/the-annotated-mormon-temple-ritual

Without beating this to death, another strange suddenly popped up recently with regard to gay marriage. This was after pouring millions into the California ant-gay proposition 8 and decrying this evil amongst us from every LDS pulpit on California.

Suddenly, the gay agenda was fine with the brethren. It was also OK to be a Gay Boy Scouts and even OK to march as church groups in Gay Pride Parades. Then, down from celestial heights, came the new revelation that it was ok to ordain gays in the priesthood and assign them church leadership callings, even as scout leaders.

I say all this to bring this new reverse revelation into proper perspective. I subscribe to many official and unofficial LDS sites, blogs and news feeds.  It gives me a perspective from their point of view and is a good balance. They are all over the map on this one.

The Mormon world with its infallible word of god through its holy prophets and spiritual leaders has finally tilted out of its divine orbit. The very core of its existence, the reason for its  “restoration of all things” has now erupted and is spewing surrender across the earth.

Was it the marvelous research and exposure by the hundreds of knowledgeable former Mormons like Ed Decker and Saints Alive or Jim Spencer’s extremely accurate reports on his Maze of Mormonism website. Did that best selling book, The God Makers by Hunt/Decker finally sink in?

No. I think all these things and especially the volumes of material available on the Internet have ripped huge break in the LDS dike.

But I would guess the thing that has brought the LDS Church to its knees is a nationally acclaimed Broadway play called, The Book of Mormon.”

I found it quite strange that official LDS sites and news feeds would actually promote and even publish scheduled showings for the play. If you have seen the play, you may understand my position.  It is a satire, mocking the LDS beliefs, including magic underwear and godhood. It contains foul and lewd language.

I would never, as a church leader, promote some worldly play that mocks my faith in a manner such as this does the Mormon faith.

Acting on the axiom of   “If you can’t beat them, join them.” The LDS brethren opened the door of complete compromise and in doing so, publicly gave up its lifeblood, the centuries old doctrine of personal purity and godhood. “As Man is, God once was; as god is man may become.”

It is the removal of the final separation of Mormonism from general Christianity.  I suggest you read [The Emergent Mormon Church]: https://www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng for more detail on this.

But wait, as they say in those torturous TV infomercials. There is more! These Mormon leaders and PR guys are very slick.  What they say to their people and the public isn’t always the inside truth.  I want you to read the actual report that has triggered all of this and tell me what it really says: Becoming Like God https://www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng

The great Mormon empire the Kingdom of God on Earth, is crumbling from within, where its leaders no longer lead but wanting to be acceptable and liked, follow the rushing tide of ungodliness that is consuming the earth in the last days.

Our calling is now to reach out to the survivors, its victims and bring them the love of the real Jesus and introduce them to the only true God and that peace that will pass all understanding.

Ed

 
Is This the Death Rattle of Mormonism? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 10 March 2014 14:40

Is This the Death Rattle of  Mormonism?

Ed Decker

This is an extremely important report of the coming ruin of the LDS Church as it has stood for almost over 180 years.

Please read it in full.  I know it is a bit longer than I would like, but so important. Check out all the references and give me your take on what is happening.  It is truly an extraordinary time in this ministry to Mormons.

The LDS Church released a statement recently regarding the nature of God, the exaltation of man and other sundry doctrines that have put the entire world of Christian apologetics ministries on a fast spin cycle.

News reports and blogs have been filled with articles saying that the LDS Church no longer knows or understands the final destiny of man and that they have never really claimed that those Mormons who earn their way to celestial glory will have their own planets to be gods and goddesses over.

The LDS Leaders say that foolish cartoon depictions such as our seven minute cartoon in The Godmakers movie that very accurately described the bedrock center of LDS doctrine of ”The Law of Eternal Progression” were demeaning and misrepresenting sacred spiritual things.

My former Mormon mind went into a damp, dark place as I read the many reports, even in LDS responses, that said, basically, “Wow, see, we really are Christians after all and being ‘like God’ really isn’t being a god.”

I wonder what all those temples will be used for now that the Mormons have lost the need for all the secret password stuff to get their own worlds to people and manage.

It was like a major theological shift took place overnight in some clandestine meeting where the LDS marketing people told the brethren that the whole gods and goddesses thing wasn’t working any more and members were leaving faster than the missionaries were reeling them in. It was time to make another major change in the story line.  Once again, the brethren read the poll numbers and new revelation blew in the window.

That this has taken place is no surprise. I non-prophetically said years ago that one day they would be having altar calls in Ward ‘Sacrament’ meetings.  I never dreamed they would give up their polygamous godhoods.

I shook my head in semi-disbelief again when, in 2004, the then holy prophet, Gordon B. Hinkley spoke on The Larry King, Live national television and would not confirm the LDS doctrine that God was once a man. He had done the same thing in a Time Magazine report in 1997 when he answered,

“I don’t know that we teach it. I don’t know that we emphasize it. I

haven’t heard it discussed for a long time in public discourse. I don’t know.”

Apparently the prophet hadn’t read his own scripture proclaiming it. {Doctrines and Covenants 130: 22]. It was classic Mormon slip and slide.

When I was a Mormon, blacks were a cursed race that would never hold the Melchizedek priesthood and heaven forbid that they would ever be able to go through the temple endowments where we learn the steps, signs, tokens and secret words needed to enter celestial glory and godhood.  We knew this because our holy prophets told us that it was true.  [See African Americans and the LDS Church article]

http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/african-americans-and-the-mormon-church

When we went through the Temple Preparation class and learned how important the temple was for our personal exaltation/ godhood/procreating spirit babies and the ruling over our own worlds, we were told that the temple ritual was the very purest ritual of Christ and the early church, brought back by our holy prophets as the very core of the restoration.  It was perfect and unchangeable.

Of course, that was before the release of several of our films, The God Makers, The Temple of the God Makers and The Mormon Dilemma.  These films went with teams of ex-Mormons making the rounds of hundreds of Churches and public venues, actually demonstrating the temple rituals in full temple clothing, garments and all.

The came another suddenly.  All LDS temples closed without notice and when they re-opened, behold a new holy, perfect ritual was in place. This time, without the blood oaths and the ridicule of Christian pastors among numerous changes. [See Temple rituals]:

http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/the-annotated-mormon-temple-ritual

Without beating this to death, another strange suddenly popped up recently with regard to gay marriage. This was after pouring millions into the California ant-gay proposition 8 and decrying this evil amongst us from every LDS pulpit on California.

Suddenly, the gay agenda was fine with the brethren. It was also OK to be a Gay Boy Scouts and even OK to march as church groups in Gay Pride Parades. Then, down from celestial heights, came the new revelation that it was ok to ordain gays in the priesthood and assign them church leadership callings, even as scout leaders.

I say all this to bring this new reverse revelation into proper perspective. I subscribe to many official and unofficial LDS sites, blogs and news feeds.  It gives me a perspective from their point of view and is a good balance. They are all over the map on this one.

The Mormon world with its infallible word of god through its holy prophets and spiritual leaders has finally tilted out of its divine orbit. The very core of its existence, the reason for its  “restoration of all things” has now erupted and is spewing surrender across the earth.

Was it the marvelous research and exposure by the hundreds of knowledgeable former Mormons like Ed Decker and Saints Alive or Jim Spencer’s extremely accurate reports on his Maze of Mormonism website. Did that best selling book, The God Makers by Hunt/Decker finally sink in?

No. I think all these things and especially the volumes of material available on the Internet have ripped huge break in the LDS dike.

But I would guess the thing that has brought the LDS Church to its knees is a nationally acclaimed Broadway play called, The Book of Mormon.”

I found it quite strange that official LDS sites and news feeds would actually promote and even publish scheduled showings for the play. If you have seen the play, you may understand my position.  It is a satire, mocking the LDS beliefs, including magic underwear and godhood. It contains foul and lewd language.

I would never, as a church leader, promote some worldly play that mocks my faith in a manner such as this does the Mormon faith.

Acting on the axiom of   “If you can’t beat them, join them.” The LDS brethren opened the door of complete compromise and in doing so, publicly gave up its lifeblood, the centuries old doctrine of personal purity and godhood. “As Man is, God once was; as god is man may become.”

It is the removal of the final separation of Mormonism from general Christianity.  I suggest you read [The Emergent Mormon Church]: https://www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng for more detail on this.

But wait, as they say in those torturous TV infomercials. There is more! These Mormon leaders and PR guys are very slick.  What they say to their people and the public isn’t always the inside truth.  I want you to read the actual report that has triggered all of this and tell me what it really says: Becoming Like God https://www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng

The great Mormon empire the Kingdom of God on Earth, is crumbling from within, where its leaders no longer lead but wanting to be acceptable and liked, follow the rushing tide of ungodliness that is consuming the earth in the last days.

Our calling is now to reach out to the survivors, its victims and bring them the love of the real Jesus and introduce them to the only true God and that peace that will pass all understanding.

Ed

 
#DEADBABIESUSA Largest Massacre in Human History PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 23:37

#DEADBABIESUSA

The largest massacre in Human History

President Obama marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision with a statement calling on the nation to "recommit" to the principle "that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health." Obama said. "We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom,"

While the new Affordable care program makes it a mandatory provision in all Insurance programs, morally, it is not anyone’s right to kill their children.  What was said to liberate women and their health issues has turned women into adversaries of their own babies.

This has gone so far beyond its originally promoted purpose. Millions of women have become killers of their own flesh and blood.  It is genocide on the most massive scale in the history of humankind and our president wants us to beef up our support of this heinous crime.

Since Roe vs Wade, 55 million babies have been murdered in the USA. The numbers are beyond the size of many nations.  Over 15% 0f our nation’s population - dead.  Actually, in the over-200 Nations of the world by population, #DEADBABIESUSA would be the 24th largest nation in the world, just a few million less than Italy and The United Kingdom.

In the USA, the number of dead babies is almost 20 million more than the largest State California at 38 million and ten million more than the next two states, Texas and New York combined.

This is not just abortion, it is genocide. It goes far beyond Holocaust numbers. The Holocaust claimed between five [low] and 20 million [high] lives. This homegrown murder rampage has claimed double to 10 times as many victims than those who died in that brutal era.

World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. Over 60 million people died, over 2.5% of the world population.  The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 37 million. USA mothers have killed 20 million more than that.

In America, from the revolutionary war and including every conflict in which we had troops, up the present day as we war in the Middle East, records show we lost a staggering 2,717,991 lives. The Civil war claimed the most lives, 636,000. Abortionists have killed 20 times that dreadful number.  And we sit by the sidelines when they bill us for what they call a woman’s right to her own body.

I am afraid that unless we see a miracle turn-around in American Christian complacency, we will see the end of an America we once knew as the best. Pray for that miracle!

And pray for me, that my health improve and that we can complete the major rewrite of our Web and Facebook sites. We do need a few heroes of the faith to step up and give a needed boost to our finances that are really at the bottom of the barrel right now.  Maybe you can send in a gift or click through a PayPal Donation to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Special thanks of gratitude to Pat B. for his gift that is replacing my old laptop with a new Mac Book.

 
Israel and the Christian Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:22

I laid awake one night recently, deeply concerned over several responses I had received that day regarding my last email newsletter.  In that letter, I recommended that you read an article about replacement theology, written by David Reagan. I knew I had to respond to the criticism.   Our Christian relationship to Israel is so shaky right now I could not let it just slip by me. Read his article here.

http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_jewishlife8.php

I know several negative emails out of many thousands of readers are not the end of the world.   Nevertheless, it is a subject rarely taught and most often misunderstood.

What exactly is Replacement Theology? Clarence Wagner explains it here.

http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/general/the-error-of-replacement-theology

The Error Of Replacement Theology

“Perhaps you have heard of the term Replacement Theology. However, if you look it up in a

dictionary of Church history, you will not find it listed as a systematic study. Rather, it is a doctrinal

teaching that originated in the early Church. It became the fertile soil from which Christian

Anti-Semitism grew and has infected the Church for nearly 1,900 years.

Replacement Theology was introduced to the Church shortly after Gentile leadership took

over from Jewish leadership. What are its premises?

Israel (the Jewish people and the land) has been replaced by the Christian Church In the purposes of God, or, more precisely, the Church is the historic continuation of Israel to the exclusion of the former.

The Jewish people are now no longer a "chosen people." In fact, they are no different from
any other group, such as the English, Spanish, or Africans.

Apart from repentance, the new birth, and incorporation into the Church, the Jewish people
have no future, no hope, and no calling in the plan of God. The same is true for every
other nation and group.

Since Pentecost of Acts 2, the term "Israel," as found in the Bible, now refers to the Church.

The promises, covenants and blessings ascribed to Israel in the Bible have been taken
away from the Jews and given to the Church, which has superseded them. However,
the Jews are subject to the curses found in the Bible, as a result of their rejection of Christ.”

Having said all this, let me state that my own DNA is in Israel.  My precious mom was a Jewish believer and I have been to Israel a number of times. Once at the invitation of the Government to discuss the Mormon problems. On that trip, I spoke to the Israeli leaders at the Knesset. I have been welcome and enjoyed fellowship in both the Orthodox circles as well as the Jewish Believer circles.

I have traveled and studied throughout the Holy Land. I still remember the warm sunny day when I was in Capernaum and sat on a stone bench in the ruins of the synagogue directly across from Peter’s mother’s house. I wondered if Jesus sat on that same bench. It moved me tremendously. I felt such a special closeness to the Lord that day.

My own personal, non-theological answer to those who preach replacement theology came one day as I sat alone, praying [and listening] for several hours under a large Olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane.

I was thinking about the teaching that the days of God's blessings and hand on the Jewish people was over and now belonged to the New Testament church. My thoughts centered on the scripture that said we are children by adoption.  I thought, how were the true children dropped off the heir list and now only the adopted ones held the birthright. How could the beloved of God be dead to him?

I looked around the garden. It was so quiet. There was hardly another person in there at the moment. Then my eyes fell upon an ancient and gnarled dead tree trunk a little distance down from where I sat.  I got up and walked over to it.  I looked inside the dead tree.  Coming up out of the center of death was new life, a little new tree growing out of the old. I laughed.

I realized that the God who raised the dead Lazarus, the dead widow's son, the Roman soldier's child and the dead Son of God; the one who brought new life out of a dead Olive tree, the same God who created the very universe and the planet on which we stood certainly had the power to fulfill the prophecies given by His holy prophets of old and raise up Israel in His last days..

For me, it was the end of any controversy in the matter.  The God who promised it is not a liar and He will fulfill it.   It is just as simple as that.

The Bible tells us to bless Israel and we should. However, this is really a God thing and way above our pay grade. Let God deal with Israel and its salvation.

The truth and evidence of the Messiah, Jesus, is all around them, almost at every turn in the road. I k now. I have seen it with my own eyes and felt it in my own spirit.  We need to concern ourselves with the lost souls around us and the message of salvation we must bring to them.

 
Homosexuality and the Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ed Decker   
Monday, 23 December 2013 17:59

Homosexuality in the Church

Pastor Ed Decker

An honest. Clear response to emails asking me about the acceptance of homosexual couples in our church.

Thank you for asking us how we deal with same sex relationships in the church. It is a tough question because there are opinions and attitudes that bounce all around the issue. We need to deal with it from God’s Word and with the grace that abounds in His Love. Because the question has been asked several times in the last few weeks, I wanted to spend a little time and give something more than a quick answer.

We welcome all believers and seekers of truth to come and worship with us. That includes those who are living in any form of the sin nature, doing any one of a number of things that fall outside his will. Church is a place where we can all come to the Father openly and without fear.

Someone involved in the gay or lesbian lifestyle is welcome and will be free to worship with us and fellowship with us, hear the Word taught from the pulpit with us and react as anyone else would.  However, he or she would not be accepted in membership any more than a couple living outside the marriage covenant, or anyone involved in any number of errant behaviors.  We do consider the homosexual or lesbian lifestyle to be sin and I will try to clearly show you why. The Bible looks at this as one of a number of things that displease God.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,   nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.   And such were some of you. 1 Cor 6:8-11 NKJV

To understand this, we have to go back to the Book of Genesis and see where it first appears, in the city of Sodom.

Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally." Gen 19:4-5

Lot was so afraid for the rape of the men in his house that he tried to bargain with them:

So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, "Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men,” Gen 19:6-8

Ezekiel made it clear what God thought of this practice when he spoke these words of God in prophecy:

Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit. Ezek 16:49-51

God [through His prophet] said they committed abominations before Him.  And…In Jeremiah, we see that there were lying and adulterous false prophets in Jerusalem whom the Lord, in His anger, called horrible and placed them in the same level of wickedness as Sodom.

"And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal And caused My people Israel to err.  Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. Jer 23:13-14

The Word, Sodom and its extension, Sodomite are clear and strong terms.  You cannot mistake the root meaning. The definition of SODOMITE is as follows:  [SAHD um ite, SAHD uh me]-one who practices sodomy; unnatural sexual intercourse, especially that between two males. These English words are derived from SODOM, an ancient city in the land of Canaan noted for such depraved activities. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

The strongest New Testament doctrinal position on the subject is Paul’s teaching on the matter to the Romans, who were no strangers to homosexuality. Please read it carefully, because it unmistakably states the Biblical doctrine for both the gay and lesbian lifestyle.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Rom 1:24-28

Let us look at it a little more closely.  The Biblical words describing these practices of homosexuality include uncleanness, lust, dishonor, vile passions, against nature, shameful…

Uncleanness always generates more uncleanness. Here is a divine judgment in which God handed the Gentiles over to disgraceful passions. Women are charged with homosexuality in verse 26 and men in verse 27. Paul uses straightforward language to condemn perversion of sex from its rightful place in the marriage relationship. He regards the union of the sexes in marriage as a natural relationship.

However, here women exchanged natural sex relations for that which is contrary to nature. The men did the same thing. Paul pictures the depravity and degradation of men inflamed with sensual desire for each other.

This is followed by the note of judgment. In themselves . . . that recompense . . . which was necessary. Paul does not go into detail as to the exact nature of the judgment-the psychological and physical consequences. But the nature of the penalty is said to correspond to the enormity of the sin. (from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)

[And likewise the men ...] The sin which is here specified is what was the shameful sin of Sodom, and which from that has been called sodomy. It would scarcely be credible that man had been guilty of a crime so base and so degrading, unless there was ample and full testimony to it. Perhaps there is no sin, which so deeply shows the depravity of man as this; none, which would so much, induce one "to hang his head, and blush to think himself a man." Yet the evidence that the apostle did not bring a railing accusation against the pagan world; that he did not advance a charge which was unfounded, is too painfully clear. It has been indeed a matter of controversy whether paederastry, or the love of boys, among the ancients was not a pure and harmless love, but the evidence is against it. The crime with which the apostle charges the Gentiles here was by no means confined to the lower classes of the people. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)

I think it is clear that this practice is something God finds unclean and perverted from His purpose for us in ‘natural’ relationships.

Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Eph 5:1-5

We need to realize that, as Christians, we have the indwelling of the Spirit of God. We had better keep this temple holy.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 1 Cor 3:16-17

This Godly perspective of who and what we are and how we need to keep our bodies pure for Him is clear:

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. Cor 6:18-20 NKJV

So there it is.  I see it as one of a number of behaviors that keep us from that oneness with God and one of many that are covered by the grace of the cross.  Please come and visit. Have one of the ushers point me out so that I can welcome you personally. Sit and enjoy our fellowship. However, watch out. You are probably sitting next to someone who is there working out his or her own sins and shortcomings.

 
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