Intro by John R. Houk
© October 1, 2019
If you are a Christian, you must have noticed how organized Church organizations are accepting or are being brainwashed into accepting sexual impurity as normal contrary to God’s Word expressed in the Holy Bible. You may have noticed so-called literary experts are making a reinterpretation Holy Scripture to mean something entirely different than the way Scripture has been interpreted for generations immemorial.
Unfortunately for those promoting sexual looseness of one form or another, the Bible warns there are consequences unless these ungodly reinterpretations are addressed. As to sexual immorality or sexual looseness, here are some Scriptures as noted in the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation – Revelation 1: 20; 2: 1-6, 12-15, 18-27 NKJV (Book of Revelation Explained and/or Introduction – Book of Revelation):
20 The [a]mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the [b]angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands [c]which you saw are the seven churches.
2 “To the [a]angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your [b]patience, and that you cannot [c]bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Revelation 2:12-15 The Compromising Church
12 “And to the [a]angel of the church in Pergamos write,
‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, [b]which thing I hate.
Revelation 2:18-27 The Corrupt Church
18 “And to the [a]angel of the church in Thyatira write,
‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, [b]service, faith, and your [c]patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have [d]a few things against you, because you allow [e]that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, [f]to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to [g]repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [h]their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches[i] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
24 “Now to you I say, [j]and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I [k]will put on you no other burden. 25 But hold fast what you have till I come. 26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—
as I also have received from My Father;
When I became a young Christian in 1978, it would have been only in my wildest imagination the occurrences described above in Revelation could become normal. Much of the sexual immorality described is self-explanatory, but there are a couple terms that may be lost on present day Christians. Those terms are the doctrine of the Nicolaitans and the doctrine of Balaam. For clarity here are references on those terms:
Doctrine of Nicolaitans
Nicolaitans were one of the heretical sects that plagued the churches at Ephesus and at Pergamum, according to Revelation 2:6,15. Irenaeus identifies them as followers of Nicolas, one of the seven chosen in Acts 6, and as men who “lead lives of unrestrained indulgence”^^. He also relates them to Gnosticism: “John, the disciple of the Lord, preaches this faith (the deity of Christ), and seeks, by the proclamation of the Gospel, to remove that error which by Cerinthus had been disseminated among men, and a long time previously by those termed Nicolaitans, who are an offset of that ‘knowledge’ falsely so called, that he might confound them, and persuade them that there is but one God, who made all things by His Word”^^. There is also historical evidence of a Gnostic sect called Nitolaitans [Blog Editor: I am unsure if this is a misspelling of Nicolaitians or if “Nitolaitans” is a separate group] a century or so later.
The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianism, which makes the fatal mistake that man can freely partake in sin because the Law of God is no longer binding. It held the truth on the gratuitous reckoning of righteousness; but supposed that a mere intellectual “belief” in this truth had a saving power.
Nicolaitans of the 2nd century seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st century adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh and sin, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation.^[ [citation\ needed](Theopedia:Writing_guide#Reference_your_work)]^
Today, the doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made God’s law of no effect: that by “believing” we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned in the book of Revelation. (Nicolaitans; Theopedia)
Doctrine of Balaam (excerpted)
Right before the Jews entered the land of Canaan, they destroyed the kingdoms of Og, king of Bashan, and Sihon, king of the Amorites. As a result, Balak, the king of Moab, outside of whose land the Jews were camped, feared an attack from the Jews against his country. Thus, he hired a prophet named Balaam (Num 22:1-6) to curse the Jews, which he thought would give the Moabites an edge if they were to go to war.
Balaam blessed the Jews instead of cursing them (Num 23-24) and Balak was furious. Consequently, Balak dismissed Balaam. Nevertheless, before Balaam returned to his place (Num 24:25), he gave Balak counsel (Num 31:16) that caused the wrath of God to come against Israel. He counseled Balak to let the daughters of Moab commit whoredom with the Jews and to get them to eat the things sacrificed to their idols (Num 25:1-3).
The outcome of this doctrine was disastrous. Twenty four thousand Jews died in a plague that came as a consequence of their sin (Num 25:4-9). The Jews had been forbidden to intermingle with the Moabites (Deut 23:3) and Balaam’s doctrine ran contrary to this command of God. Even in Nehemiah’s day the Jews were forced to separate from their Moabite wives (Neh 13:1-2).
While we are on the study of Balaam’s doctrine we should also see that there is a WAY of Balaam and an ERROR of Balaam. The way of Balaam is found in 2 Pet 2:14-15. Balaam coveted wages and chased the money. In Num 22:7; 15-21, Balaam was offered money for his services, which was typical. However, he wanted it so badly that he disobeyed the command of God after stating that he wouldn’t even if the reward were Balak’s house full of silver and gold (v18). Thus covetousness will be the motive of the preachers who cause the folks in the tribulation to follow Balaam’s doctrine.
The error of Balaam is found in Jude 11. It is simply that Balaam was against God’s chosen people like Cain was against his brother Abel. Likewise, the antichrist and his followers will commit the same error. They will fight against God’s chosen people to their own destruction, in the same way that Balaam was also destroyed (Num 31:8).
… (What is the doctrine of Balaam in Revelation 2:14? By Pastor Bevans Welder; Bible Believers – Questions and Answers; 4/26/year-unsure)
Friends the institutional Church has been looking the other way for unwed couples to “live together” for decades (aka fornication), adultery though frowned upon is rarely rebuked in a Church setting (I mean, adultery seems nearly an epidemic among Ministers of the Gospel), killing babies to prevent unwanted births from promiscuous sex is rampant and so on.
NOW largely due to Leftist social proclivities and the LGBTQ Agenda, all the ungodly practices emanating from a LGBTQ lifestyle are sifting into normalcy into Christian Churches. Which leads me to the Prophecy News Watch title, “Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies”.
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Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies
September 30, 2019
By PNW Staff
A pandemic of perversion has engulfed our society as LGBTQ activists demand that we bow down at the altar of moral relativism. But, instead of providing clear Biblical answers to this cultural chaos, many churches have fallen in league with them by aligning the Gospel message to conform with this twisted mindset.
From non-binary deacons that refuse to accept that they are either men or women to hyper-sexual, church-sponsored drag shows, to transgender baptisms and renaming ceremonies, the assault on Biblical values has intensified.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of compassion and salvation but, in some churches, that message has been warped to take the shape of explicit support and even promotion of gender confusion and sin rather than an ethic of faithful marriage between men and women.
The Bible sternly warns against leading little ones astray: “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18.6).
The Church of England, however, has instituted renaming ceremonies for the new identities/names of those confused individuals who have decided to identify as the opposite sex that God made them, including young children.
The UK’s mirror newspaper recently featured the story of a 7-year-old child who had recently ‘transitioned’ and the mother commented how important the church’s ‘rebaptism’ ceremony was in affirming this change, noting that the vicar was even wearing a silk rainbow scarf in support of LGBT rights during the ceremony.
The Church of England’s new pastoral guidance advises clergy to refer to transgender people by their new name. The guidance, which was voted on wasn’t even close, showing how far the Church of England has sunk. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the new ritual.
The House of Bishops came down 30-2 in favor with two abstentions, the House of Clergy voted its assent 127-28 with 16 clergy abstaining and the House of Laity showed 127 votes in favor with only 48 in opposition and 8 more marked as abstentions.
The guidance for the ceremony, while stopping short of calling it a baptism, details how elements including water and oil can be incorporated into the service as well as how the ‘candidates’ can be presented with gifts such as a Bible inscribed in their chosen name, or a certificate.
The guidance further notes: “For a trans-person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service”.
As a central part of the new service, called the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith, the minister lays hands on the candidate or candidates, addresses them by name, and prays for them. Whereas the Church is clear that this does not constitute a second baptism, it explains that the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith enables people to “renew the commitments made in baptism and in a public setting and provides space for those who have undergone a major transition to re-dedicate their life to Jesus Christ”.
The Anglican bishops declare their warrant for the new rite/adaptation to be an “unconditional affirmation”. Baptism, however, is not meant to be an “unconditional affirmation” but an act of obedience after one has responded to the call of repentance and conversion.
In fact, the Anglican ceremony specifically asks the candidate for baptism, “Do you turn away from sin? do you reject evil? do you trust Christ as Savior? do you trust Him as Lord?” Incredibly, under the new ritual the candidate is expected to answer “I do” to each question while, at the same time, ‘affirming’ to live just the opposite.
It is a warping of baptism to treat it as a celebration of “I’m OK, you’re OK” when the fundamental Christian message is that, absent the transforming grace of Jesus Christ, no one is “OK”.
A member of the same clergy that once presided over the coronation of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has now had the effrontery to ask the faithful to pray that her great-grandson, Prince George, age 6, might become a homosexual in order to increase tolerance for the LGBT community.
Earlier this year, Anglican clergy urged the British government to ban so-called “conversion therapy” for those with gender dysphoria, and announced their intention to attempt to recruit transgender clerics.
It should not surprise us that the youth are following the example of Church leadership. The congregation of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey now refer to their pastor as Peter. ‘Peter’, formerly Rose Beeson, was the center of one of the first renaming ceremonies in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The ceremony, according to witnesses, was conducted in the same style as a christening or baptismal ceremony with the bishop blessing Beeson and pronouncing her newly-chosen name.
Some compared the renaming ceremony to what God had done with Abraham and Peter, a comparison that Beeson and her church would undoubtedly be quick to support. Voices in the liberal media, such as the Huffington Post, were quick to lend their support to such a radical expression of gender fluidity. But a closer study of the examples of Abraham and Peter reveal stark differences as opposed to Beeson’s case.
God commanded the change in Abraham’s name from Abram to Abraham as his new name meant “father of many” or “father of a multitude”. The name was God-given and an important symbol of God’s promise to Abraham as the father of a nation. Likewise, his wife Sarai became Sarah, “mother of nations.”
In the case of the apostle, Jesus gave Simon the surname Peter to distinguish him from many others having the name Simon, including the father of Judas Iscariot, as well as one of our Lord’s half-brothers, along with another Simon who was also one of the twelve apostles.
Jesus identified the name Peter with the confession that Simon had just made, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. It was upon this foundational ‘rock’ that Jesus would build His church. (Matthew 16.16-18; John 8.24; 20.31; Acts 8.37; I John 4.15)
It is something altogether different to compare the change of Rose Beeson to Peter Beeson. Rose Beeson’s desire to change her name stems not from any incredible, divine calling but simply her own impulse to swap genders.
It should come as no surprise that we then also have another church leader who refuses to be identified as male or female. Methodist Deacon M. Barclay is now accepted by his church as a non-binary Deacon in Chicago, which means that she prefers the pronoun “they” rather than “she” and doesn’t identify as either gender.
Deacon Barclay studied theology for 12 years and had originally tried to become a deacon in Texas but was rejected due to her personal and un-Biblical views on transgenderism. It was only after moving to Chicago that she was accepted into this leadership role, demonstrating the approval of the Methodist Church for transgenderism.
A member of any congregation struggling with gender identity confusion is understandable, but when that person both embraces this transgenderism and is elevated to the role of deacon, an entirely different message is sent, which is to say that the church and God support this lifestyle.
Methodist churches are not the only protestant denominations that are starting to welcome the gender-confused into leadership roles. First Baptist Church of Greenville began accepting LGBTQ ministers and weddings in 2015. It broke away from the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1990s but is now a part of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Another Baptist church in Ohio this last summer called a transgender pastor to lead its church. Peace Community Church called Erica Saunders, a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and then held an official welcoming service this month for Saunders, according to Baptist News Global.
The congregation was founded as First Baptist Church of Oberlin in July 1866 and is affiliated with the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, and the Alliance of Baptists. Saunders was promoted to the church as “one of the first openly trans-women ordained in Baptist life.” Saunders’ passions were featured as “preaching, the study of Christian origins and LGBTQ education and advocacy”.
Naturally, a church that approves of transgender leadership is going to indoctrinate its people with other pro-LGTBQ messages such as sponsoring Drag Shows in the church.
The Ames United Church of Christ in Iowa, which has considered itself open and affirming of LGBTQIA people since 2000, likes to hold these events on an annual basis.
Last year’s event, published on the church’s Facebook page, assured parents that there would be “adult supervision” for the drag queen and king contest as the youngsters dressed in drag and paraded around, skirting the legal line of child sexual abuse. With every step the church is working to recruit more teens and preteens into that lifestyle.
In First Congregational United Church of Christ of Portland, under Minister Michael Ellick, an event was previously held called “Drag me to Church” and the proceeds (a $5 entrance fee) were donated to a local LGBTQ community center.
The church brought in the cabaret group Caravan of Glam to perform. One could be excused for not realizing that First Congregational is merely masquerading as a church upon seeing the four scantily dressed drag queens performing erotic dances to music.
The First Church Somerville UCC in Somerville, Massachusetts, has made their drag event a yearly affair since 2011. A multi-day celebration of the transgender lifestyle, it begins with a benefit concert given by performers in drag, the equal of any adults-only night club.
On Sunday, the pastor then delivers a LGBTQ-focused sermon interspersed with so-called gospel music and followed by church members, both children and adults, cross dressing as they eat brunch.
More than ever before, many of today’s churches have become a plague on society as they embrace and promote the prevalence of gender confusion.
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Intro to ‘Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies’
Intro by John R. Houk
© October 1, 2019
Trans-Faith Takes Over The Church: Transgender Pastors & Renaming Ceremonies
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