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WARNING, "BE NOT DECEIVED"

RECENTLY the birth of a little granddaughter prompted us to take a cross-country trip. Times like this make a person think about and appreciate family ties and family values. Such were my thoughts and those of my wife as we drove along.

Our minds were thus attuned as we were tuned in to the car radio. Therefore, all of this made our response to what we were to hear even more negative. The beautiful classical music that we were listening to was now fading into the background. The announcer paused to identify the station, to alert us to the upcoming news, and to tell us who had sponsored the program we had just heard. The dignified lady's voice matter-of-factly informed us that the music we had enjoyed had been brought to us by the Arkansas chapter of the association of Lesbians and Gays.

Somehow we felt betrayed and like we were in an alien, and even hostile, environment. Encouraged by the president of this country, who was from this very state, the homosexuals were emboldened to "come out of the closet" to push their agenda to break down all barriers against their perverted "life-style." Now their ambitious efforts were hitting us in the face. In such an atmosphere, what would the world have in store for our little granddaughter?

Regardless of the dignified image they were trying to project, the facts were still the same. The beautiful classical music that we had heard via the public service radio station was coming to us courtesy of the association of perverts and queers (who by their very nature would have to compromise family values). Sin by any other name is still sin. Homosexuals coming "out of the closet" does not change the enormity of their perversion; it just shows the obstinacy and audacity of their shame.

The Bible continually warns, "BE NOT DECEIVED." People who believe the Bible do not try to justify the practice of homosexuality, let alone trying to dignify it, but rather condemn it as the most gross and loathsome of sins (Genesis 19; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; Romans 1:24-32; I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Timothy 1:9,10). The apostle Paul solemnly wrote the Corinthians, "BE NOT DECEIVED," and then, along with other kinds of sinners, said that practicing homosexuals would not go to heaven (I Corinthians 6:9). Let us be not deceived. Beloved, we are living in dangerous times, morally speaking. (VOL. 32, NO. 4, 1994)