God Speaks Out on "The New Morality" Ambassador College Department of Theology
Pinning the Guilt Where It Belongs
WHO IS THE GUILT? The pagan teachings about sex brought the curse of ruined marriages, resentments, bitterness, frustrations and neuroses. The New Morality is wrecking lives, breaking up homes, threatening the destruction of civilization. The Creator designed sex to bring blessings and happiness — to bind together husband and wife in love — to protect and preserve the institution of the home and family. But look at the mountain of woe and anguish piled up by a society that has rebelled against its true God, rejected the divine Maker's knowledge, lost its way and blundered on in the misleading paths of human devising.
Two Extremes From Happiness
The "sex-is-evil" doctrine resulted in unhappy marriages. As one physician wrote, back in the years B.N. (Before the New Morality): "Many a newly wedded couple have wrecked the possibility of happiness of a lifetime on their honeymoon trip; and it is a matter of common knowledge to the members of our profession that the great majority of brides are practically raped on their entrance into the marriage relation." This was the result of ignorance regarding the physical details of marriage. To disseminate such knowledge was a crime by law. Because of this ignorance, the physician continued "The ordinary figure of a 'bull in a china shop' can but faintly describe the smashing and grinding to powder of the most delicate situation that can occur in all human experiences. Ideals that have touched heaven are rudely crushed to atoms; hopes beyond the power of words to express go out in despair; dreams become a hideous nightmare; and love, which was as pure as crystal waters, is muddied, befouled, and made into a cesspool. And all this because of ignorance." That was before World War I. Wives, disillusioned, said: "All men are BRUTES!" Husbands resented their frigid wives, became bitter and frustrated. But men were not brutes. Brutes do not make these blunders. Brutes do not need the knowledge these men were denied. Brutes are equipped with instinct. But men must learn — or be taught. And teaching in this sorely needed area of knowledge was denied men and women, and prohibited by law in modern times, until a generation ago. Then World War I started the revolt against Puritanism and repression. The legal bars finally came crashing down. But the avalanche of sex knowledge suddenly released was purely physical knowledge. Again I repeat, it was only half true, because only half complete. The most vital factor in the realm of sex is RIGHT ATTITUDE. The authors of the flood of books on sex were devoid of UNDERSTANDING of the Creator's purposes and living LAWS regulating sex. Man, from the Garden in Eden, has rebelled against his Maker — has rejected and lost the necessary knowledge revealed by the Maker for man's happiness and well-being. God says: "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." So man reasoned out the way that seemed right! What had been WRONG? The concept that sex is evil — that knowledge about it must be prohibited — and the resulting sense of shame, and feeling of guilt. They revolted against Puritanism and repression. The psychoanalysts lent an aura of professional respectability to the revolt. They theorized that neuroses resulted from inhibitions and repression of natural sex urges. The way that seemed logical and right, therefore, was to reverse the teaching, and institute a "New Morality" accepting sex as GOOD — to cure neuroses by abolishing repression and changing to permissiveness and promiscuity. If repression and inhibitions caused psychic disturbance, the "cure" was to abolish repression and inhibitions — to call sex GOOD — to make it available whenever and wherever impulse or desire led. Since ignorance produced "brute" husbands and "frigid" wives, the solution that seemed right was to release the full knowledge of biological details — to emancipate women from the sense of dread, shame, and guilt and to show them — as well as men — how to enjoy sex. Yes, that way SEEMED RIGHT! Just one thing was WRONG with it — it failed to take into account the Creator's PURPOSES, and invisible yet living and inexorable LAWS respecting sex. And that one thing WRONG resulted in taking humanity out of the proverbial frying pan and throwing it into the fire! If the fruits of dualistic interpretations were BAD, the new interpretation of the NEW MORALITY is bearing fruits that are FATAL! Already it has been tried in the balance and found wanting. Its results ARE ALL BAD! But WHO IS to BLAME?
Sex and Psychiatry
This "New Morality" wears the cloak of respectability, because it is advocated by professional leaders — the psychiatrists, the doctors, the theologians. And, now, even the politicians are beginning to endorse the new "freedoms" by the powers of governments! First, the father of modern psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, theorized that neuroses and emotional disturbances were caused by sex repressions, inhibitions, and ignorance. Next, the doctors swung into line in the direction leading gradually to this "New Morality." Then the educators, rejecting the knowledge from GOD, disseminating only materialistic knowledge, allowed the new permissive teachings to be injected into educational institutions. The educated clergy are reared in the educational system. Gradually the younger ministers coming along absorbed the new "liberal" teachings. And today much of the clergy is coming to endorse the "New Morality." Now observe, please, that even ministers themselves fix the BLAME. I have quoted in Chapter 6 the sentence of Dean Samuel Miller of Harvard Divinity School, and of Yale's Chaplain Coffin — that there is no supreme moral authority — no connection between religion and how we live, but that religion has become a tranquilizer and a spiritual lullaby; that the Church does not have "a cutting edge" — that is, it does not have the Word of God, which is the "two-edged sword." Also that they are "changing wine into water — watering down religion." The attitude of the churches, and the theologians, was well expressed by a London businessman with whom I have had dealings in the purchase of college property. "We must," he said, "adapt our religion to the changing conditions of a changing world."
The Voice of God — Where?
Instead of being THE VOICE OF GOD to prevent society from plunging off the precipice into the tragic cataclysm of moral degradation, the theologians "adapt" their religious codes and their preaching to conform to this changing, degenerating world! As quoted in the preceding chapter, instead of leading the world into the right ways of God, they allow the WORLD to lead them into degeneration and degradation; they have REJECTED God's WAYS — His LAWS — and have "taken the culture of our time and absorbed it." Now hear further evidence, before I reveal what God Almighty foretold of these modern theologians. An article by David Boroff, in the August, 1961, Coronet, summarizes the situation. Speaking of the Protestant clergy, he says in part: "A change — over in attitude has taken place, with powerful implications for the whole range of sexual activity — marital, premarital, even extramarital.... Fundamentalists in all parts of the country still regard sex as sinful and the body as something to be distrusted. And such attitudes are deeply rooted in the American mind.... "However, much of Protestantism no longer wishes to be identified with repression and Puritanism. 'In fact,' says Professor Roger Shinn of New York's Union Theological Seminary, 'repression is a Christian heresy.'" His reasoning: The "Old Morality" teaching that sex is sinful and that virtue demands the utter nonuse of sex brought only unhappiness, suffering, and curses — therefore it was a "Christian heresy." The "way that seemeth right," consequently, is to reverse everything — go to the opposite extreme — invent the "New Morality" and call sex GOOD, and say that the utter freedom-of-use under any and all circumstances now becomes virtue. This could hardly be classified as intelligent reasoning! Continue a few quotes from the Coronet article: "In recent years, Protestant theologians... have been influenced... by the findings of psychiatry — especially the revelation of the psychic damage that may be done by sexual repression. This new set of attitudes is shared by thousands of Protestant clergymen and is taught in such great centers of Protestant learning as the Union Theological Seminary and the Harvard and Yale Divinity Schools. According to Dr. Seward Hiltner, a Protestant theologian, since man is a 'whole or total being, sex is good if it serves the fulfillment of man as a total being.'" This reasoning allows the application that ANY illicit use of sex may be good — under certain circumstances. God's teaching — to come in the next chapter — will show what uses of sex God designed for WHAT GREAT AND BENEFICIAL PURPOSES — a wonderful knowledge designed to bring supreme happiness and blessings — of which these human leaders know nothing! Continuing the Coronet quotes: "How can people practice a liberal ethic without falling into the trap of 'anything goes'? Protestant theologians offer a few very hard and fast rules... 'When I counsel,' a minister told me, 'I'm not in the habit of telling people what to do. I merely outline the question so they can find the answers themselves. There simply isn't any fixed answer for every question.'" In other words, this theologian avoids committing himself, or making himself legally liable for wrong results. He knows that in all too many cases the person counselled will "decide for himself" the way of fornication, adultery or sodomy. "One minister was visited by a married man," continues the Coronet article, "who was having an affair and was suffering from the pangs of guilt.... It turned out, however, that this man was married to a bedridden invalid with whom sexual relations were impossible. 'The only function I could serve was to relieve the man's feeling of guilt,' the minister said."
Churchmen Themselves Blame Theologians
Many Protestant churchmen are placing the blame squarely on the theologians. Methodist Bishop Hazen G. Werner is quoted in the Augusta Chronicle (Georgia, U.S.A.) of September 29, 1961: "'We have been dried out by the hot winds of secularism. We who are to overcome the world have been overcome by the world.' " This shift toward the false "New Morality" on the part of upwards of 50 % of the clergy is actually drawing some ministers and priests into the vortex of committing immorality themselves. From Panama City, Florida, came this AP news story: "Twenty men, including three church figures and two school teachers, have been arrested on perversion charges, officers said today. Sheriff Charley Abbott and Police Chief Tom McAuley said an investigation into an extensive homosexual ring is continuing. They said the men arrested are accused of molesting about 50 children. The officers said all were booked on charges of lewd, lascivious and unnatural sex behaviour." Here is another report on how theologians are rapidly changing their views on chastity. It came over our UPI wire service at the Ambassador College News Bureau, Pasadena campus, on May 1. From Green Lake, Wisconsin: "A united quest for an effective approach to sex and family problems in the 1960s brought more than 600 scientists and clergymen together to clear cobwebs and open dead-end paths in basic Protestant church thinking.... Delegates (summoned by the National Council of Churches and the Canadian Council of Churches) have asked themselves, for example, whether fear of pregnancy is a deterrent today to premarital sex relations. More effective contraception is forcing a review of the Christian case for chastity, local ministers say. Where, then, does the pastor look for explanations opposing extramarital sex? Are there any remaining arguments against the practice? "Sex relations out of wedlock is only one of many problems causing serious thought by theologians, medical men, sociologists and laymen at the weeklong conference.... Many persons feel American and Canadian Protestantism has not found the way to deal with them. 'There has been a major shift in our thinking about sex,' said Dr. Silvanus M. Duvall, co-chairman of the conference, 'from the attitude that it is a sin to be repressed, to a feeling that it is something good and should be enjoyed.' Dr. Duvall, who has co-authored several books, said pastors are unable to meet today's problems with yesterday's preachments because their people are confronted by a social revolution." I could weary the reader with reports and evidence piled upon evidence of the shocking facts showing it is THE PREACHERS who are primarily to blame for this moral debacle! Not all preachers! A large percentage — some place it as high as 50% — still follow the "Old Morality" that sex is evil. Of course that is a perverted PAGAN teaching. But the trend is rapidly toward the "New Morality." Every year the percentage of ministers embracing this licentious course becomes larger!
GOD Pins the Guilt
God has given a very serious responsibility and charge to His ministers! But of course these are not HIS ministers! God has charged us who are His ministers: "CRY ALOUD, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression!" Through the Apostle Paul, Christ commands His ministers: "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall JUDGE the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom: PREACH THE WORD; be instant [keep at it] in season, out of season; REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT with all long suffering [patience] and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, [the people] having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Tim. 4:1-4). That time has come. People are filled with LUST. They heap to themselves, in the pulpits of churches, men whom GOD HAS NOT CALLED, who are willing to "tickle the people's ears" by approving SIN — adopting the "New Morality" — teaching that SIN is righteousness! God has called His ministers to thunder forth His TRUTH without fear or favor — to show His people THEIR SINS in great POWER! The WORLD TOMORROW is GOD'S broadcast — around the world. It THUNDERS FORTH GOD'S TRUTH! The PLAIN TRUTH is GOD'S magazine. It makes His TRUTH dynamically PLAIN. It never compromises with SIN. I am going to be persecuted for writing and publishing this book — but HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WILL READ IT — and they shall have been WARNED, regardless of criticism, false accusation, character-assassination, falsely imputed ulterior motives! GOD ALMIGHTY NEVER CALLED THESE "NEW MORALITY" MINISTERS! They come before their congregations in Christ's name, but THEY SPEAK LIES to deceive the people FOR FINANCIAL GAIN! LISTEN to God's stinging indictment against them: "WOE be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD" (Jer. 23:1). Notice that carefully! God does not say "My pastors" — they are not His ministers. But He does say that the people of their congregations are His people! Not converted people — but His racial, national people, the descendants of ancient ISRAEL — who have LOST their identity and become the "LOST sheep of the House of Israel." (If you have not read the booklet, The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy, remember it is FREE — write for your copy now!) Continue: "Thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed MY people:... For the land is full of adulterers" (verse 10). Yes, the "social revolution" is approving adultery, fornication, homosexuality. The pastors are absorbing the world's degeneration and approving it! And this is actually bringing a CURSE on the very LAND! Continue: "... for because of THE CURSE [see marginal reference] the land mourneth" — or, more plainly from the RSV reading: "For the land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up." Continue, verse 11: "For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house [the churches] have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD. Wherefore their way [contrary to GOD'S WAY] shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them.... " The theologians will be PUNISHED — in God's own time. What they sow, deceiving the people, they shall reap!
Shocking Homosexuality in the Ministry
These ministers of Satan (see II Cor. 11:13-15) commit adultery and walk in lies (verse 14) — "they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me AS SODOM...!" The Sodomites were DESTROYED for homosexuality, the most repugnant and nauseating of sex SINS! Yet today's "New Morality" clergy are approving it! Many are participating in it! Listen to reports PROVING IT! Here is a London newspaper report: "The archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, tonight spoke in the House of Lords in support of a change in British law to make homosexual acts between consenting adults in private no longer a criminal offense. The Archbishop said the right to decide one's own moral code and obey it, even to a man's hurt, was a 'fundamental right of man given to him by God, and to be strictly respected by society and by the criminal code.' " THAT FROM THE HEAD MINISTER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND! You doubt that many preachers, themselves, are homosexuals and adulterers? You just read, above, from the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah, that GOD says they are! Now read additional evidence! A Congregationalist minister, Pastor Robert W. Wood, wrote a book, Christ and the Homosexual. A newspaper review of his book in a Pasadena paper said: "Mr. Wood seems... interested in proving that 'homosexuality is the creation of God (since God is the Creator of everything); and as such it is just as good as any other creation of God.' He says further that homosexual love" — HE MEANS LUST" can be truly sacramental, or holy, in the eyes of God. He seriously discussed the desirability of performing marriages between two persons of the same sex. "A homosexual, he says, 'can be a successful clergyman.' There is no hint that a spiritual leader ought to be more mature than that. Mr. Wood maintains that the rate of homosexuality in the clergy is higher than in most other professions. The author even suggests that this perversion may one day be useful in solving the problem of over-population." (It certainly did solve the "over-population" of Sodom and Gomorrah!!!) "He says that homosexuality is not a sin, and that under certain conditions in certain ways it may even be morally right." I have much, much more evidence — many more such reports. Theological seminaries — several of them — are known to have, as students being trained to become pastors of churches, a high percentage of homosexuals. I have reports that homosexuals are ORGANIZED — and that there is a determined campaign to seek out, seduce, and "convert" to this loathsome perversion CHILD "converts." One juvenile court chief counsellor testified 50 children came before him within six months, for involvement with adult homosexuals. A reliable magazine article reported that a high portion of the men in the State Department at Washington, D.C., are homosexuals! Some men who profess to be the ministers of Jesus Christ argue that the Bible nowhere condemns fornication or homosexuality (sodomy). The Bible repeatedly, again and again, in strongest language CONDEMNS these things. The minister who says it doesn't is lying, and he is a liar! It would more than fill the remainder of this chapter to enumerate all such passages. But hear just one: "BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind [homosexuals]... shall inherit the Kingdom of God" (I Cor. 6:9-10). However, if one REPENTS, turns from such perversion or unfaithfulness, and accepts the payment CHRIST made for his sin, he may be forgiven. Verse 11 says: "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
God Holds Ministers Guilty
Now listen further to GOD'S indictment in Jeremiah 23: "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets [preachers] that prophesy [preach] unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the ETERNAL. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination [reasoning] of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you" (verses 16-17). This is a PROPHECY! It is for OUR DAY, now! It is speaking of the clergy of the United States and the British Commonwealth of Nations — the actual people descended from the ancient House of ISRAEL! This Message was not preached to them by Jeremiah — for they had been removed from their land of Samaria in captivity more than a hundred years before Jeremiah wrote! This writing was not taken to them or preserved by them — but was preserved by the House of JUDAH. Do you realize that the CHURCH of God of the New Testament is actually built upon the very FOUNDATION of the PROPHETS of the Old Testament, as well as Christ and the Apostles of the New Testament? Notice, Ephesians 2:20, the Church is "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." Now notice — grasp clearly — what God says of today's clergy in Britain and America: The people, as a whole, have turned from God — He says they "despise me." Our lands are full of adulterers. And does the clergy cry out against these sins? No, God sees a HORRIBLE THING — the pastors themselves commit adultery and walk in lies (verse 14) — they "strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness" — that is, they tell the people that their sins are right — holy and good. They encourage the SINS, so that their people DO NOT REPENT and turn from sin. They preach a false Jesus (see II Cor. 11:4) whom they deceive people into believing saves people IN their sins, instead of from their sins! They tell the people NO HARM — NO PUNISHMENT, but only "peace," will come from their adultery, fornication and sodomy (verse 17). In other words, as Paul wrote Timothy, quoted above, the time has come when the people will not endure God's TRUTH. They "heap to themselves teachers" — they employ pastors — that will tickle their ears with lies, vanity, and fables instead of God's TRUTH. The people are REBELLIOUS against God and His LAW. They are "a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: which say to the seers, 'See not'; and to the prophets [preachers], 'Preach not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, preach deceits'" (Isa. 30:9-10).
Clergy Obey Men — Not God
In other words, the congregations say: "If you don't preach the lies we want to hear, we'll fire you and hire a pastor who will preach what we want to hear." Continue Isaiah's prophecy: "Get you out of the way, turn aside from the path... " — that is, the people say to their pastors, "Get out of GOD'S WAY — tell us that SIN is good — proclaim a 'New Morality.'" Now, complete the prophecy (Moffatt translation): "... trouble us no more with talk of Israel's Majesty! Well, here is the reply of Israel's Majesty [Christ]: Since you despise my warning and trust in wile and guile, and lean on your own policy" — the perverted morality — "this guilt of yours shall split you, like a high wall bulging to break, till swiftly, suddenly, down it crashes — as a man smashes a pitcher in pieces, so wantonly that not a shred remains" (Isa. 30:11-14). I knew a certain minister of a large church in Eugene, Oregon. A life-long friend said to him: "You know that God's definition of SIN is the transgression of God's LAW. Why don't you preach the TRUTH to your congregation?" And he replied, "Why, Maude, I wouldn't dare! Some of the important men of our city sit in front pews in my church. Their contributions pay my salary. I have to preach what they want to hear, or be fired! And I have a wife and family to support." About that same time — just prior to the beginning of The WORLD TOMORROW broadcast and the publishing of The PLAIN TRUTH — more than 30 years ago — I had been preaching on salary. Those who controlled the church treasury demanded I preach contrary to GOD'S WORD. Immediately I rejected the salary. I learned that if I worked for MEN, I would have to preach what MEN demand. But I was working for God. And from that moment I pledged that I would look to GOD ALONE, in faith, for all financial support. And God has demonstrated by more than 30 years' experience, that HE WILL PROVIDE FOR His OWN WORK! I have never been muzzled! This TRUTH now goes forth, in this book, to hundreds of thousands — whether readers like it or not — whether this world's (Satan's) clergy persecute or not! To conclude the prophecy of Jeremiah 23: God says: "Behold, a whirlwind of the ETERNAL is gone forth IN FURY [the seven last plagues of Revelation 15], even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The ANGER of the ETERNAL will not return, until He have executed... in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly" (verses 19-20). NOTE IT! This is a prophecy to be considered in the latter days — this 20th century — NOW! Read God's stinging REBUKE against today's false clergy in Ezekiel 34. Read it in Ezekiel 20. Read God's pronouncement of their fate, now SOON to come, in Jeremiah 25:34-38! Speaking of this latter half of the 20th century in prophecy, God says: "In those days, and in that time, saith the ETERNAL... My people hath been lost sheep: THEIR SHEPHERDS [clergy] have caused them to go astray!" (Jer. 50:4, 6.) WHERE does Almighty GOD pin the GUILT for this moral collapse? He pins it squarely on the world's clergy — the theologians — the priests — the rectors — the ministers — the preachers! They, who ought to be society's moral LEADERS, have forsaken the Creator God and have become society's FOLLOWERS! WHY has God "opened the DOOR" of radio and the printing press — reaching a MASS AUDIENCE of nearly 25 million people every week, on every inhabited continent AROUND THE WORLD? Read it, in Revelation 3:8. Though we started the smallest of any ministry — though we had no financial backing — though we ourselves had but little strength — Christ OPENED THE GIGANTIC DOOR of radio and the printing press, to thunder His MESSAGE — BECAUSE WE HAVE KEPT HIS WORD FAITHFULLY! Even under every persecution and opposition from men, we have been preserved and prospered!
They Hate GOD'S LAW!
WHY do these pastors preach the fables — the deceits — the flatteries — instead of GOD'S TRUTH? Because human nature is HOSTILE to GOD (Rom. 8: 7). Because THE PEOPLE are in REBELLION against obedience to GOD'S LAW (same verse). And because the preachers have been willing to FEED THEMSELVES — with salaries — instead of feeding the flock with TRUTH (Ezek. 34:2 — read it!). Remember, as pointed out earlier, the SUBTLE manner in which so many ministers today are injecting this so-called New Morality into a so-called Christianity. They profess to uphold a high standard of morals — but they "allow for the exceptional case." They put emphasis on the compassion of Jesus — and then they twist and pervert His true compassion by having "compassion" on the "exceptional" case of one who is the "victim" of homosexuality, or of a "problem" of sex. In other words, they have "COMPASSION" on the sinner who is committing SIN and in "compassion" they approve his continuance in SIN!!! They say: "Jesus had compassion on the woman taken in adultery. He dealt with her UNDERSTANDINGLY, with LOVE, and MERCY and COMPASSION." They make it sound very sentimental — very "righteous." BUT THEY NEGLECT TO SAY THAT JESUS ALSO SAID To THE WOMAN: "Go, AND SIN NO MORE!" (John 8:11.) They neglect to preach that Jesus said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3 — and He repeated it in verse 5!) If this woman had not REPENTED, Jesus would have had no compassion with rebellion. They NEGLECT to repeat what Jesus said about sex SINS: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." And, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill [perform — obey]. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Mat. 5:27-28 and 17-18). Now notice this subtle, clever, cunning deception of Satan at work. Notice how words like "love," "compassion," "mercy," are used to TWIST God's truth and His WORD, into representing that sex SINS should be treated with "love" and "compassion." Notice how GOD'S LAW is rejected as evil — and how SIN is represented as GOOD to be condoned!
The Deceptive Twist
I have a book, by a minister who proclaims this "New Morality" and yet writes a book titled No New Morality, authored by Douglas Rhymes, Canon of Southwark Cathedral in England. In the flap of the cover, it is stated about this book: "What is the 'new' morality? Is it new? Is it just about sex? Is extramarital sexual intercourse [adultery] always wrong? "These subjects are now under hot debate. Here one of the leading exponents of the mis-titled 'new' morality discusses the nature of this way of thinking, and its application to people's sexual difficulties.... the author refused to accept that Christian morality must be based on rules. [He means, on GOD'S LAW, which he rejects as a basis for Christian morality!!!] "He believes it must be rooted in love, not in law." In the book itself, the author says: "One group after another has questioned the whole foundation upon which morality is based — at first from outside the Church, with the questionings of writers, dramatists, psychologists, existentialist thinkers — and now from within the Church itself. "From Cambridge Harry Williams and Donald McKinnon questioned the very foundation on which traditional morality has been built." (Emphasis added.) This would lead most to assume that this FOUNDATION for "traditional Christian morality" is the BIBLE — and the TEN COMMANDMENTS. But, of course, as we have seen, that is not true. That foundation was pagan dualism, contrary to God's Word and His Law! Yet notice how that PAGAN foundation is made to appear to be GOD'S LAW. First, he speaks of the foundation of "traditional Christian morality." This was neither Christian nor Biblical, but PAGAN. And it, of course, produced evil results. But, assuming this PAGAN concept to have been GOD'S LAW, he uses this twisted argument to condemn God's Law! Next he quotes a few human "authorities": "Paul Tillich speaks of the moral law too intolerable to be borne. The Bishop of Woolwich criticizes the idea of moral laws which 'come down direct from heaven and are eternally valid for human conduct....'" Notice that play on words! It is assumed that this PAGAN sex dogma is the "moral laws which come down from heaven." Then he condemns, NOT the paganism which bore the evil fruit, but GOD'S LAW, which he labels "pagan." Continue: "The group of Quakers who drew up the document, Towards a Quaker View of Sex, say 'we reject almost completely the traditional approach of the organized Church' " — meaning Roman Catholic and her Protestant daughters — " 'to morality....'" Again, what they see as EVIL is NOT the Law of God, but paganism falsely cloaked as "Christianity." Here again, what is objected to is HUMAN DEVISED codes, falsely represented to be THE LAW OF GOD — and thus he condemns God! He says: "In fact, St. Paul found it quite impossible to live by the law." Now I am sure this clergyman should know better than that!
Paul Observed Mosaic Law
When Paul came to Jerusalem the Apostle James told him the Jews there had been falsely informed that Paul taught converted Jews to forsake Moses' law. To correct that, Paul took four men who had taken a Nazarite vow, as provided in Numbers 6:21. This vow was not commanded or obligatory, but might be taken voluntarily. The period of this vow was just ending for these four men, at which time they were to shave their heads. Paul himself had, earlier, observed this Mosaic ordinance (Acts 18:18). And now, in order to demonstrate to Jerusalem Jews that the rumors were false, and that Paul did follow Mosaic ordinances, Paul took these four men, paid their expenses, and purified himself according to Mosaic directions with them — to show that HE KEPT THE LAW, even beyond what was directly commanded! See Acts 21:17-26. Also Acts 26:22. This churchman joins so many others in arguing for "the exceptional case." He, like them, uses the argument of showing "love" and "compassion" and "having mercy" on those unrepentant, willingly in the grip of habitual SIN, in a manner to approve that sin. This is plain permissiveness! Luther rebelled because the Catholic Church was selling indulgences for money: that is, granting advance permission for people deliberately to commit SIN! That is precisely what many modern clergymen are doing today. They simply use different terminology. They merely call it by another name. In his appendix, on "The predicament of the homosexual," this Church of England canon argues for "compassion, understanding and concern" to APPROVE this revolting, soul-damning perversion. He says: "Homosexuals are a minority group, but a considerable one (it has been estimated at about 10% of the nation), and they are a persecuted minority." Then he says the church should concern itself with the problems of persecuted minorities. "Should not the Church, for example make an urgent move to insist that Parliament implement the recommendations of the Wolfenden Report...?" He continues: "Ought we not to be working towards the kind of society in which we can learn to accept the homosexual so that he does not have to hide behind a mask?" Now what kind of society would that be? What about the habitual criminal? Should not such a society release such from prison, encourage them to prey on society, stealing, robbing, slugging, murdering? Where would such ANTI-Christ policies lead? Surely the time has come when the people will not endure sound doctrine — when they are heaping to themselves pastors who willingly turn their BACK TO THE BIBLE, and turn the people to fables, preaching the soft and smooth things — preaching DECEITS! Let me tell you one thing — ON THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST! Almighty GOD the Father will not compromise the millionth part of an inch on His LAW! His law does not BEND to fit our lusts. Jesus Christ never did and never will compromise the millionth part of an inch with God's LAW. IF Christ had been willing to do that, He never would have given His life for us! Instead of PAYING the FULL PENALTY of our transgressions FOR us, He would have merely stretched the Law to fit our wrong desires. Jesus Christ gave His OWN LIFE to pay for our sins, rather than CONDONE sin! Sin has caused every wail of human woe — every war — every bit of suffering and unhappiness! God HATES sin! His hatred of SIN proves His LOVE for the sinner! Sin is humanity's ENEMY! Christ came to SAVE us from sin — not to encourage sin. And "Sin IS the transgression of the law!" (I John 3:4.)
What Homosexuality Is
The way to show LOVE for the homosexual who is wallowing in a moral cesspool is to get him out of the cesspool — not to approve what he is doing. "This is the LOVE of God, that we KEEP his commandments: and his commandments are NOT grievous!" (I John 5:3.) Homosexuals are not born — they are MADE! Homosexuality is a perversion of the MIND. It is a psychic and mental and spiritual DISEASE. Once "hooked" with it, true sex love for a wife or husband becomes impossible UNTIL the mind is changed — purified — straightened out! A number of such men have come to me for counsel. How have I treated them? That depends on their attitude! If they repent, acknowledge their transgression, will turn to God for HELP in being freed, accepting the blood of Christ to justify their filthy, revolting, guilty PAST, and really FLEE from it, I have shown them every consideration, given every help, as long as they remain truly repentant and flee from their sin. But homosexuals, fornicators, adulterers, who have not repented, but continued wilfully in their sin — and, usually, even lied to me about it — have been dealt with in precisely the same way GOD deals with all such! "GOD HEARETH NOT SINNERS" (John 9:31; Zech. 7:13); "Behold, the ETERNAL'S hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that HE WILL NOT HEAR!" (Isa. 59:1-2.) Not long ago a 5-column-wide headline screamed across the top of the page of the London Sunday Express: "Commandments CAN be broken, vicar tells his parish." The news report said: "A VICAR has told his congregation that it is often right to break the Commandments — and sometimes it could be the 'height of wickedness' to keep them.... he calls them 'the Terrible Ten'" which "should not be regarded as absolute standards.... And in keeping the 'law of love' it would often be right to break the Commandments." This man claims to be a minister of Jesus Christ — and therefore he professes to "know the Lord." WHAT DOES CHRIST SAY TO HIM? Jesus Christ calls him A LIAR! "He that saith, 'I know him,' and keepeth not his commandments, IS A LIAR, and the truth is not in him" (I John 2:4). He talks of LOVE — meaning license to sin! CHRIST says: "For this is the LOVE of GOD, that we keep His commandments." This vicar calls them the "Terrible Ten." Jesus says: "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven" (Mat. 5:19). And he did not say such will be in the Kingdom of God — DEFINITELY THEY SHALL NOT! But by those who shall be there, they will be called with contempt "the least" — the lowest — the most despicable — of the very dregs of degenerate humanity! WHERE DOES GOD ALMIGHTY PIN THE GUILT for this moral debacle? He is going to mete out divine PUNISHMENT on these hypocrites who deliberately lead His people into the ways that bring on them unhappiness, suffering and death! Today church attendance is at an all-time HIGH — but so, also, is CRIME; and moral degeneracy is at an all-time LOW. This spells out just one thing — the CLERGY of this world is Misleading the PEOPLE!
Today about one-third of all marriages end in divorce. This frightening trend, too often callously glossed over by clergy, psychiatrists, educators and scientists, has led to a tremendous rise in juvenile crime and immorality. (See PDF for Graph)
These men have joined the psychiatrists, the doctors, the educators, the scientists, in REJECTING the true FOUNDATION of all true KNOWLEDGE. In their smug complacency and intellectual vanity, they fancy they are the wise — the scholarly — the men of great intellect. HEAR what GOD says of them!
God Brands Clergy GUILTY!
God says: "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.... Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie...." "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not proper; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication... " (Rom. 1:22-29). Does this mean that God teaches repression — or even nonuse except for reproduction? BY NO MEANS! But He teaches right use for right purposes! This Biblical passage is both historic and prophetic. Much of prophecy is dual. It is a former application, which is merely the type and forerunner of that which is prophesied FOR OUR TIME, NOW. This passage speaks literally of those pagan philosophers whom the Gentile-born Christians at Rome erroneously "looked up to" as the great of the world. They had set the system of education. It was their philosophy which was adopted by the great false Church that was to spring up from Rome. Socrates was the original exponent of these pagan philosophies. Yet, revolting though it be to mention, Socrates publicly masturbated for all to see! Such are the minds which set the philosophic standards to TODAY'S HIGHER EDUCATION! Yet those perverted pagan philosophers were only the TYPE of the clergy of TODAY. They have absorbed the false and unfounded philosophies of those Gentile perverts. They profess to be ministers of Jesus Christ — yet they reject His teaching, and adopt the pagan perversions palming them off as "Christian." They, too, have not liked "to retain God in their knowledge." In the schools and colleges and universities in which they were "educated" God's knowledge had been rejected. In this world's theological seminaries, God's knowledge is rejected. Seminary students are taught little from the Bible. They study from textbooks written by men, contrary to the Bible! I'm aware that most of my readers have never realized this! It is time you get your eyes opened to THE FACTS! Now notice — these clergymen defending adultery, fornication, homosexuality — THEY ARE BRANDED AS GUILTY THEMSELVES in this passage in Romans 1! No wonder they attempt to justify it! As Jude said, they are "ungodly men, turning the GRACE of our God into lasciviousness" — LICENSE to commit SIN — calling God's holy Law "The Terrible Ten!" The GUILT has been pinned on the world's false and counterfeit clergy! God pins it squarely where it belongs! "For," says God through Paul, "such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for SATAN HIMSELF is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS [Satan's] also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; WHOSE END SHALL BE ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS!" As they sow, so SHALL THEY REAP!