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Pentecost: Power to Live the Truth

Woodcut, published ca. 1880.

I just read in the New York Times that Dr. Robert Spitzer, the man who documented the transformation of 200 former homosexuals like me, now claims (for no apparent reason) that we must have been lying. Who knew? Not my wife and kids…

Bowing to the irrational drive of gay activists who insist that no homosexual can change (in spite of pretty good evidence to the contrary), Spitzer capitulated.

Gratefully, God helps those who aspire to live the truth. We represent the minority who seek change by standing in His power. Raised with Christ, we exit the tomb of public opinion and expand our horizon. In contrast, the good doctor obeys the demands of men and constrains all with the weary credo: ‘once gay, always gay.’

Peter and the apostles defied such pressure. Advancing the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, they determined ‘to obey God, not men’ (Acts 5:29) by ‘telling people the full message of this new life’ (v. 20) Ordered not to do so, they did so anyway, happily ‘suffering disgrace’ for proclaiming the truth. (v.41)

So must disciples like us. We know the power of same-sex attraction but we know more intimately the truth of His abiding, transforming Presence. Pentecost invites us to be re-filled with that power from on high that we might proclaim afresh ‘the full message of new life.’

Pentecost also invites us to be renewed with the Spirit of obedience so that weak people like us might live out the truth we proclaim. The Church’s capacity to proclaim her ethic of sexual wholeness is seriously hindered by the jaw-dropping compromises of her leaders. I just read of how a powerful and conservative religious order admitted that its current leader had illegitimately fathered a child, following in the lurid tradition of the order’s founder who had sexually abused seminarians and fathered several children!

We need a fresh Pentecost that will lead the faithful to repent. We begin by admitting how difficult it is to remain pure and whole. Our only hope is humble reliance upon Jesus and His people, not after the fall but before, as to prevent it.

Pentecost is the way to purity; it always leads us back to Calvary where real strength springs from evident weakness. We must get low in order to be ‘clothed with power from on high.’ (Lk 24:49)

May the power of the Spirit compel us to bow the knee to Jesus. He is our fortress amid every temptation. DSM is sponsoring a 40-day prayer of repentance from sexual sin unto God, our stronghold. Entitled ‘Clothe Us, O God’, this prayer vigil shall run from September 27th to Election Day, Nov. 6th. More on this later…

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy—the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 24, 25)‘

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Rousing a Captive Culture

A well-known Christian leader, hammered by the sexual immorality of his family members, just announced his shift on embracing the homosexual practice of a particular loved one. He is on the brink of accepting ‘gay marriage.’

‘How can I not?’ he reasoned, as he listed the divorces, affairs, co-habitation and children born out-of-wedlock in his family.

We are inundated daily with the breakdown of holy boundaries in heterosexual relating. A new poll reveals that 61% of US singles have sex on their first date; not surprisingly, for the first time in US history, more than half of births to American women under 30 now occur outside of marriage.

The devolving of heterosexual morality in our culture is the single biggest reason why ‘gay marriage’ is gaining ground. We have so bashed heterosexual marriage as the sole framework for sexual love that we are too weak and dazed to protest activists who want to alter its DNA further.

That is precisely why a gay New York Times columnist defended ‘gay marriage’ against the critique that it would destabilize the American family. Pointing to Newt Gingrich’s rather tragic resume of mistresses and marriages, he claimed that heterosexuals have botched it pretty badly, and ‘no-one is trying to heal them…’

Wrong. We are. Most of our dear friends pursuing sexual wholeness in Living Waters are good old traditional sinners. We realized long ago that the fracturing of gender and boundaries at the core of homosexuality is a direct result of heterosexual fragmentation. First things first. The main and plain of heterosexual immorality must be the starting point of our repentance and healing.

Like Nehemiah, we confess ‘that our gates have been burned with fire’–the fire of heterosexual lust–‘and we are in disgrace.’ (Nehemiah 1:17) My son Sam shares candidly of the pornographic fog and multiple partnerships that drive many of his peers. Even Christian friends are tempted to go with the polluted tide. For a shameless generation, we must pray for a godly shame, for ‘we have no shame at all; we do not even know how to blush.’ (Jeremiah 6:15)

Would you please join DSM this Lent for a 40-day fast focused on praying for loved ones who will perish without Mercy?

If you want a complete copy of the 40-Days of Mercy Devotional—Lent 2012, please email me at acomiskey@desertstream.org and request either a pdf or a paper copy (USA only). For the latter, please include your complete address.

And on every Wednesday throughout Lent, beginning on Feb. 29th, I will post a new prayer/teaching on how we can best understand and pray for the Roman Catholic Church as she faces discipline for her sexual abuses. I want us to be a small part of her solution, and forego the temptation merely to rant at her failures. Let us prayerfully, in truth, pray for her recovery in this Lenten season.

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Corruption

A wise man said: ‘The corruption of society begins with a failure to call things by their proper names.’ Nowhere is this more apparent than in the latest battles to redefine marriage throughout the USA.

A senator from New Jersey insists that ‘marriage equality’ is a ‘civil right guaranteed by our Constitution’; in Washington State, a senator fell off the fence to become the defining vote for ‘gay marriage’ on these grounds: ‘I believe in traditional marriage…but this is about everyone having the same opportunities for love and companionship and family and security that I have enjoyed.’

Equality. Love. Family. Security. These words play upon our emotions and tempt us to extend the border of marriage to include whoever wants in. Those who waver, like the just-quoted Senator from Washington, are branded as ‘unjust bigots and haters’.

To refuse gay activists and their supporters is costly for senators. Last summer in New York, 4 wavering senators were plied with political favors from Governor Cuomo until they relented, then having redefined marriage, had their coffers filled by gay millionaires throughout the year. A legal investigation is pending.

The facts: marriage is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution for any group that arbitrarily redefines it. Marriage has always been defined as a union of one man for one woman for the sake of the new lives created there. You cannot alter the fundamental DNA of marriage then cry foul when the state refuses to include your redefinition.

The facts: both New Jersey and Washington have already ceded to gays the entire ‘rights’ package for couples joined in civil unions. Washington State recently passed ‘an everything but marriage’ bill to guarantee just that for gays. Why then does the Senator insist on ‘gay marriage’ for her state?

The facts: gay activists and their supporters will do everything in their power to attain the gold ring of ‘normal’—full marriage and family rights. Their drive is unrelenting, their goals irrational yet cloaked in noble language.

Do not be deceived. Language matters. Definitions matter. For generations to come. We tamper with the most fundamental union on earth to our peril.

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Mercy For Minors

Day 33 of our 40 Days of Mercy Fast

Mercy for Minors

‘Truth wears a crown of thorns.’ (1103)

Jesus instructed St. Faustina: ‘Pray to defend the souls of children against the spirit of evil.’ (1156) That’s why we fight for marriage—one man committed to one woman. For the sake of the children conceived there, we vie for the integrity and clarity of marriage.

Little ones have no vote in the battle to redefine marriage. They have no voice to speak out the shame visited upon them by two moms or dads. Children are subject to multiple indignities when adults assert their perversions as a ‘right.’ All kids can do is cry out in the darkness over which they have no control, like the 8-year-old in a CA school who according to his teacher tried daily to match one of his lesbian ‘moms’ with a friend’s father.

Adults need the discipline of true marriage to direct their sexuality constructively; kids, in turn, need a mother and father who must give an answer to each other.

Instead we have two lesbians raising 11-year-old Tommy who thinks he’s a girl; he wants gender-reassignment surgery, so his two moms are giving him hormone blockers so he can take time out as a teen and consider whether to have his penis removed.

Consider as well the nature of gay unions. A recent study of longstanding same-sex relationships reveals that half are open, meaning mutual consent for multiple sexual partnerships in the ‘marriage’. After ‘gay marriage’ was initiated in New York last July, a New York Times reporter championed the example of gay open marriages as an example that should be followed by ‘straight’ ones. In an article entitled ‘Married with Infidelities’, the reporter cited the expertise of a gay sex columnist and father of an adopted boy, who defended his multiple partnerships as an antidote to ‘boredom, lack of variety, being taken for granted, and sexual death.’

Breathtaking selfishness. So we champion the rights of adults to have better orgasms while subjecting children to adult sex games. Lord have Mercy.

We are incapable of staying on one level of evil; the road from ‘gay marriage’ goes down and down. Citing a ‘gay marriage’ precedent, a polygamous ‘family’ composed of one father, four wives, and sixteen children is suing the state of Utah for failing to recognize its ‘marriage’.

A group of psychiatrists met recently to decriminalize the actions of ‘minor-attracted’ people, e.g. deeply broken people who sexually abuse children. These ‘experts’ cited the decriminalization of homosexuality and its removal as a disorder from diagnostic manuals as the precedent for normalizing pedophilia.

Marriage alone dignifies human sexuality and its fruit—the creation and rearing of children. Adults in conflict with real marriage, be it through same-sex attraction, a lust for kids or multiple partnerships, need to repent unto Mercy. They need their broken hearts enlightened by Truth and cleansed by Mercy; they need a merciful Church to which to turn and be loved into the image of Jesus Christ.

‘Oh how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s Mercy! You will call out in vain, but it will be too late.’ (1448)

Broken ones do not need legal precedents, especially marital ones, to normalize their perversions. Such laws encroach on the rights of children; kids will be impaired all their days by those exercising false sexual ‘liberties’.

‘Do not move an ancient boundary stone, or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; He will take up their case against you.’ (Pr. 23:10,11)

We fight for the integrity of marriage in order to vie for the virtue of children.

‘Father, we acknowledge You as the Defender of children against every kind of evil. Forgive our pursuit of false liberty; open our eyes to its powerful impact upon the least powerful. Open the eyes of the morally blind, and their defenders; lead them to Your Mercy before it’s too late. Empower us, Your merciful ones, to advocate for children. Send Your Spirit of adoption to those subject to perversion against their will. Protect and enfold them, O Shepherd of the sheep. Carry them near to Your heart.’

Author’s note – Each day’s entry is based a passage from St Faustina’s diary. The passage entry is the number in parentheses at the end of each opening quote or simply a page number in parenthesis. Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy in My Soul (Association of Marion Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263) is available through the publisher or Amazon.com.

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Unholy Week? Crucifying Christ Afresh through ‘ Gay Marriage ’

On the week that centers on Christ Crucified for millions around the globe, the USA has acted in a most unholy manner. Palm Sunday to Good Friday was marked by daily advances of ‘gay marriage’ forces in our land. Our Bridegroom King, whose very image is manifest in male and female, and who is returning for a Bride, spotless and true, is being crucified afresh.

Consider this:

I read on Palm Sunday that Iowa’s unanimous Supreme Court decision to legalize ‘gay marriage’ deliberately excluded any ‘religious’ interference. According to the justice who wrote the Iowa decision, the Judeo-Christian structures on which our entire judicial system is built should no longer inform marriage. Left in the hands of secular servants, marriage mutates.
We crucify Christ afresh.

On Monday, Rick Warren, arguably the most influential Christian leader in the USA, said on national TV that he never really supported a ban on ‘gay marriage’ in CA. (He clearly had and did.) He claims that he called all of his gay friends and apologized for any perceived support of the ban, underscoring that he has ‘never been and never will be an anti-gay marriage activist.’ Deceiving, confusing, political back-pedaling: Warren is rewriting history and has bought the lie that to support marriage is ‘ant-gay’. And he is backing off entirely from standing for marriage when it is most in peril.
We crucify Christ afresh.

On Tuesday, Vermont became the first state in the union to allow same-sex marriage through legislative action instead of a court ruling. That empowers nine other legislatures that are considering marriage measures this year, including New York, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire. Activists in New England are unashamed to admit that they are choosing states where organized religious opposition is the weakest. We are now aware and without excuse: there is a systematic, targeted effort to establish a same-sex marriage stronghold in the Northeast.
We crucify Christ afresh.

On Wednesday, I read of Obama’s appointment of a gay political activist and ‘Christian’ to his advisory board for ‘Faith-based Partnerships.’ The appointee, Harry Knox, was previously head of Religion and Faith for the biggest gay advocacy group in the nation (the Human Rights Campaign), and has been instrumental in reinterpreting scripture in a gay-affirming manner for churches throughout the USA.
We crucify Christ afresh.

By Maundy Thursday, I was beat up. I needed my feet washed from the idolatrous ground of my nation; I was hungry for Jesus and I partook of Him heartily at the communion table that night.

As we gathered for Good Friday as a church, I looked around the body and saw Gideon’s army, a humble band of men and women whom the Crucified has rescued from the idolatry of this world: husbands and wives, singles, old and young, heterosexually and homosexually broken and yet being made new, ‘an army whose weaknesses are being turned to strength and who are becoming powerful in battle, able to route foreign armies.’ (Heb. 11: 34)

I felt hope. Isn’t that what Good Friday is all about? In the darkest hour, at the time when men extinguish the light, God prepares the most glorious expression of His light. N.T. Wright says: ‘The cross is not the world’s victory over Jesus, but Jesus’ victory over the world.’

Jesus death is the ground on which resurrection power is manifest. So is our surrender to His purposes. Let man’s efforts to crucify Christ afresh through ‘gay marriage’ have its perfect work. Raise from the dead a Gideon’s army, O God. Let a repentant, empowered people arise.

Let us arise out of fear or intimidation of the dark powers. Let us hold fast to Him as the One who makes a way for us to make Him known. We do so by upholding His image in humanity and by refusing all efforts, however winsome, to distort that image.

Marriage matters. It represents Christ on earth more clearly than any other relationship. While we have the light, let us live with integrity what it means to bear His image and insist on its clear representation in the land. We cannot afford to be unclear or uncommitted towards marriage in this perilous hour.

We do so in and through Him, His resurrection power rooted in our very weakness. May we emerge out of this dismal winter of ‘gay marriage’ advances and into the spring of upholding God’s design for all. Consider man for woman, woman for man—the awesome dance of masculine strength and feminine beauty. It’s worth fighting for.

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