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BiblicalMarriageMen, I believe that one of the main reasons why the nation succumbs to the homosexual assault of holy wedlock is because of the churches' low esteem on the sanctity of marriage.

How can we expect the world to honor the ordinance of marriage as sacred if we do not regard the vows we make to each other as sacred and holy? Are we not at fault for the decline of esteem for marriage as something very sacred, established by God in the Garden of Eden, and honored by Christ when He turned the water into wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee?

Vows are indeed sacred and we should treat them with utmost respect, coupled with the fear of the Lord.

The divorce rate in America has made a mockery of holy wedlock, thus weakening God's high moral standard. Divorce should in no way be "the norm" of the Christian church. Sad to say, with approximately 50 percent of Christian marriages ending in divorce, it is pretty much "the norm" in this nation.

We who call ourselves Christians should be weeping over the sacrilege of our broken vows that invoke the name of our triune God. Sadly, we ask: Where are the tears? This does not mean that I, as a pastor, should not be merciful and understanding to those who have, for whatever reason, suffered the sadness and hurt suffered by break-up and divorce. The church should make every endeavor to help and support a suffering couples with all the love and care we can give.

The reason why we Christians of this 21st century cannot muster the strength to fight in this day of battle and experience a resounding victory over the perversity of the homosexual agenda is that we have become weak through our failure to stem the tide of divorce. Sad to say, unless we repent, the homosexuals will put the final nails in the coffin of holy wedlock between one man and one woman.

We must ask ourselves: Is God pleased with the state of the church for the way it treats the values of a Christ-like marriage for the world to see? Answer: Definitely not. In fact, quite the opposite. We must repent that the pearls of God's design for marriage have, and are being trampled on.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WhenTheEnemyWhile we still have freedom of speech in this land, we should exercise our freedom to speak out against the evils that seek to destroy all the righteous goodness that has made this country the great nation that it is--or should we say, has been.

Marriage is a foundation stone, ordained of God, from which springs all the families that make the nation what it is--either good or bad. The sanctity of marriage has been, and continues to be, under enormous attack from the enemy.

We read in Scripture that marriage symbolizes the spiritual relationship that Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom has with His bride, the true church that is meant to be always seeking to please her ever-loving Husband. That is why we as the bride of Christ should steadfastly resist all efforts to pervert the marriage act and the ordinance of holy matrimony that God has blessed, not only within the church, but also outside of it.

The well-being of our nation is dependent on our allegiance to uphold the truth and our resistance to all that is false.

Men, we need to pray about the government taking control of the Internet. There is talk of them passing a bill, "Net Equality," but as usual, no one knows anything about it. Sound familiar? They will surely try to stop all opposition against gay marriage, etc. The Internet is a major bastion of our freedom of speech and we do not need the government taking control.

Pray, stand up, and speak out. Call your representative and be a voice.

Isaiah 59:19 says: "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." The standard needs standard-bearers. This means you and me.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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AbundantGraceLast night I was impressed to watch a lady on Fox News who owns a Florist business. Because of her religious beliefs, she refuses to sell flowers to homosexuals for their weddings. All I can say is that she is one courageous woman who is prepared to stand up for her honest convictions in the midst of a nation that has become so wimpy and flaky on this subject. May God bless her over and over again. All Christians need to pray for her because the powers that be within the states, the government, and even some churches will surely try to demonize her and put her out of business.

It would be a great testimony if all Christian businesses, and churches, who provide services for weddings would also follow her example and demonstrate to the world how deeply offended genuine Christians are regarding the defaming of marriage. The holy marriage ordinance, sanctioned by God for the purpose of joining together a man and a woman in holy matrimony has been abused and defiled. Homosexuals are trampling under their feet the holy things of God. Those who call themselves Christians and sanction this behavior need to read their Bibles a whole lot more in order to understand what God says about this subject.

Many argue that we should just love and encourage these people no matter what their lifestyle. I believe this is sloppy love, not biblical which puts our love to God first. It is cheap grace which is not true biblical grace.

Titus 2: 11-14 tells us about biblical grace: "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

No matter what politicians do to change the laws of this land, we all have to one day answer to God's laws, whether we believe them or not.

2 Corinthians 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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repentIn my last post, I asked the question: Do we not care if God should decide to stand up against us and become our enemy?

Isaiah 63:9, 10 says: "In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them."

The last enemy that America needs against them is Almighty God! But like Israel in the days of old, we have, and are rebelling against Him. We vex His Holy Spirit when we create laws that deliberately violate His moral laws. When homosexuals can enter into the same holy, ordained-by- God covenant of marriage as heterosexuals enter, we are thumbing our nose at God. We fail to connect the dots when calamites come upon us.

As a nation we desperately need God on our side. We constantly hear our present administration declaring that ISIS will never come and attack us here. How can they be so certain about that? Was not 9/11 a wakeup call for America? We are like an adulteress woman who cheats on her husband and defiantly states that nothing is wrong. All will be well. Really?

There is only one thing left for us to do if we are going to keep God on our side. And that is to repent. God loves us all, including homosexuals, but He has commanded all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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StandUpAccording to the 1893 Webster's Dictionary, the word "tolerate" means:
1. "to allow or permit negatively by not preventing, not to restrain as to tolerate opinions or practices."
2. "the power or capacity of enduring."

We conclude that tolerance itself is not a bad thing if used correctly. However, if it is used to sanction evil behavior, e.g. murder, rape, and immoral behavior that corrupts cultural values as well as bringing judgment from the God fo heaven and earth, then we must steadfastly resist abusing tolerance.

Because the homosexual community screams out their values, flaunts their behavior in the gay pride parades, and seeks to push their immoral agenda in our state education system, it does not mean that the rest of us who fear God should not be alarmed, disgusted, or even outraged by all this being rammed down our throats.

They are alarmed when we express vocally our indignation and they want to imprison us for "hate speech" when we speak out. The fact that 36 states of our nation have now fallen for their demands to legalize homosexual marriage in the name of tolerance is like poking a stick in the eyes of God who has shown us many undeserved mercies.

Where is the fear of God in the legislators of our states? Why have we hardened our hearts against His laws? Have we become so ungrateful for all His benevolence towards us? Do we not care if God should decide to stand up against us and become our enemy? The words in Isaiah 63:10 should cause us to walk in the fear of God: "But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them."

It seems to me that if we do not have the moral courage to stand against the violation of the sanctity of the holy marriage institution as given by God between one man and one woman, we are standing on dangerous ground.

All this is happening because we have, and are abusing tolerance.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

 

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