The day after the news article, "Pastors enter marriage debate," appeared in The Oregonian, the county commissioners for Multnomah County, Oregon sprung the news on a shocked state that they would commence the following day (March 3) to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.
Since no one believed the mean-spirited Lon Mabon back in the early-1990s and his warnings about the "homosexual agenda," everyone � especially those pastors � was caught flat-footed. Even with San Francisco, New York, New Mexico, Texas and other locations already defying state laws in offering those licenses for weeks, it seemed to surprise even the liberal media that Portland, the second-largest, per-capita residence of homosexuals in the U.S., would make this "stunning" move.
However, it was not sudden. The sodomites have been working towards this for 30 years � and this is not the end point of their agenda.
So how have the erstwhile "pastors" entered the homosexual marriage debate? The first hint came when Tim Nashif, a "Christian" political hack and distemper sufferer, was interviewed the morning when the first licenses were due to be issued. As I drove to the county offices with two street preacher friends to confront the sodomite invasion, I listened to Nashif with interest. Would he and some others be headed down to the offices to protest? No. Nashif was still "stunned" and said they needed to "find out what had happened" before making any moves. He promised further developments later that day.
Between six and 12 opposition protesters were in evidence throughout most of the day � but no pastors, no Nashif.
By that afternoon a newly-minted Defense of Marriage Coalition held a press conference saying they would file a lawsuit in Multnomah County � a court system rife with homosexual employees � hoping for an injunction. In addition, a proposed initiative petition was filed for a state constitutional amendment � but nothing that would prevent the state from having co-equal "civil unions" for sodomites. Nashif said that they were still uncertain about pursuing the initiative route because of time constraints. This, despite the fact that waiting until the heat cooled on the issue would make signature gathering harder. Of course, these folks have made an absolute principal out of procrastination, so this was not unexpected to me.
So, what is the underlying problem with the day-late-and-a-dollar-short crowd?
The original article said it all: "The pastors say they know those views will bring them heavy criticism."
Criticism? Haven�t these ever heard of Matthew 5:11-12?
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
Don�t they want to be "blessed"?
Don't they know what Paul observed in 2 Timothy 3:12?
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
What part of Jesus' command, "Pick up your cross and follow Me" didn�t they understand?
I went to see the The Passion of the Christ the other day. Did they? Did they see what happened to Jesus? How is it they are afraid of criticism?
James E. Marti, pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, whimpered, "I want them (homosexuals and their supporters) to know we�re not against anything. We�re for marriage."
Can it be true? These pastors are not against abominable sins? What ever happened to "love what is good and hate what is evil"? (Amos 5: 15; Hebrews 1: 8-9)
All of this is bilgewater.
These pastors are simply afraid. They have been absent from the battle for years due to their cowardice and they only now timidly step forward with "nice" and "neat" responses because they sense that sodomites might eventually capture their pulpits (and they will). Opportunists like Nashif sense the fear and the chance of gain and push the bandwagon.
The enterprise is fear-driven. It reminds me of a scary warning in The Revelation in which both those who do and those who don�t enter the Kingdom of God are described. Pay attention to the first on the list of those who are out:
"He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-- their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (Revelation 21: 7-8)
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"By that afternoon a newly-minted Defense of Marriage Coalition held a press conference saying they would file a lawsuit in Multnomah County � a court system rife with homosexual employees � hoping for an injunction."