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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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The New Normal?

I met a young man recently; upon disclosing that I was a Christian, he shot back that he too was Christian, gay, and proudly pointed out to me his new, week-old boyfriend. He showed little interest when I admitted my familiarity with same-sex attraction and asked if we might discuss other ways of dealing with such desire.

He made his case boldly–I am gay, I am good, I am normal.

Rosie O’Donnell said it incredulously in a recent interview: ‘Can you believe in the 21st century we are still questioning whether homosexuality is normal?’

To be ‘normal’ is precisely what drives ‘gay marriage’. It is not because gays want monogamous bliss, or even particular rights; they want to cure the incurable—to demonstrate to themselves and to the culture around them that they are ‘normal’, just regular folks.

Redefining marriage cannot resolve the conflict at the center of same-sex attraction. The law of our bodies, the deeply encoded keys of our sexuality, is written on our hearts. (Romans 2:15) No matter how conflicted we are in our own gender, or toward the opposite gender, no matter how seductive a certain same-sex friendship becomes, our hearts won’t lie to us.

Conscience demands to be heard: eroticizing another member of the same gender provokes normal anxiety, normal guilt, and normal dissonance.

Fueled by such anxiety, guilt, and conflict, the human heart tries to regain balance. How? By convincing everyone else: ‘I really am normal, my same-sex squeeze is a good thing.’

Busziszewski writes: ‘Unable to make the truth go away, we use every means we can to pretend that we are really being good.’ (The Truth We Cannot Not Know)

It does not work. ‘Gay marriage’ is a really bad solution to a profound need of the human heart—the quest for security and significance in relationships when ‘normal’ heterosexual channels seem undesirable. Such ones, like my friend who blasted me with his ‘normal’, deserve patient and loving care. They need Mercy.

They don’t need ‘marriage.’ All people in the land possess a heart encoded by the Creator and Redeemer of all. I don’t care if many don’t believe in Him. His ways are true for all, whether or not we acknowledge them or Him.

And we all have a responsibility to an upcoming generation who are sexually broken, fractured in their capacity to live out what is true. I don’t want a false solution on the books: the lie that ‘gay marriage’ is a just and true solution for ‘gay’ folks. It resolves nothing.

Instead it celebrates a deception, and seals that lie upon two people. That lie will be lifted up for an upcoming generation to behold, sheep without a shepherd, who will take their cues from the culture: ‘That’s my conflict of desire, and that’s how I want to resolve it.’

In response to the federal court striking down Prop. 8, a CA teen boy who grew up with two moms said: ‘With this ruling, in the eyes of my government, my family is finally normal.’

We all want normal. But ‘gay marriage’ can never normalize homosexual practice. Our hearts bear witness to the truth: two brides and two grooms is broken, a fracturing of reality.  May we respond to the cries of our own conscience and stand for marriage. We fight in peace; the Creator and Redeemer of all bearing witness in our depths.

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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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