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When the Hate Pours In

Jan 16, 2012

There is a very familiar pattern that emerges when one gets involved in the culture wars in the public arena. Especially if one is a Christian as well, there is a very predictable course of events which will occur whenever one attempts to stand up for what is true and what is right.

Things tend to go something like this: you will make a statement or claim, or post an article or link, and the other side will come in like a flood, attacking everything you have to say. Very rarely do they even bother to use logic, reason, evidence or sound argument.

Instead they will tend to make use of just about every logical fallacy in the book, such as straw men arguments, false dilemmas, red herrings, question begging, and so on. But the number one logical fallacy which almost invariably comes up is for the other side to start attacking the person.

All these logical fallacies have nifty Latin names, and this one is known as an ad hominem. It is an attack on the person making an argument, instead of responding to the argument itself. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made. Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting).

Here is how one source explains this:  “An ad hominem (Latin for ‘to the man’ or ‘to the person’), short for argumentum ad hominem, is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it. Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as a logical fallacy.”

This is quite common, and people such as me experience it all the time. This is because it is always far easier to attack a person, throw mud, and engage in name-calling, than to actually refute an argument with sound logic, proper reasoning, and admissible evidence.

I can provide what seems like a never-ending supply of examples here from my own website. This one came in just hours ago: “you’re an unreasonable, vile bigot”. Consider a few more from various people that came in during the past day or so: “You are a Pig-headed fool.” “god, you people are reprehensible and loathsome, and so very very stupid.” “you are pure evil.” “you are scum- you are whats wring with the world.”

Of course this is just a small sampling of what has just come in. There would be many thousands of such comments I have received over the past few years. And of course what I shared with you here is the material which I can print. Most of it I simply cannot print in public since it is so rude, crude, poisonous, and putrid. But this is routine stuff from the other side.

This is how the other side tends to argue. All this ugly hate mail used to go straight into the bin. But now I am collecting it, and may one day put it all into a book. Maybe I will entitle it, “More Sweetness and Light From the Tolerance Brigade”.

By releasing it in a book I can then let the whole world know just what kind of people we are dealing with here. And it will perfectly demonstrate that these folks who shout the most about tolerance, acceptance and love are in fact often the most intolerant, un-accepting and unloving people around.

Of course not all these guys argue this way. Some are reasonable and open to civilised debate. But some will be just a bit more sophisticated and nuanced, yet still engage in ad hominem attacks. Consider this one for example which just recently came in: “Bill, you do realise that your obsession with homosexuality raises serious questions about your own sexuality.”

This is a perfect example of an ad hominem attack. Notice how the person does not in any way deal with my arguments or the evidence or the facts. All he does is cast aspersions on my character, in this case suggesting I am actually a repressed homosexual!

And such a person then goes away, pats himself on the back, and thinks he has landed some telling blow, some knock-out punch. But all he has done is show how foolish, shallow and irrational he can be. Indeed, these folks prove to the whole world that they do not have any arguments at all. All they have is heaps of mud to throw.

In all this I can certainly relate to what Margaret Thatcher once said: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

Quite so. But let me finish with two additional thoughts. First, in the light of all this hate mail – as well as death threats which also come my way – I can quite understand why so few Christians are willing to get involved in these battles. It is certainly not for the faint-hearted or the thin-skinned. It can wear you down and become quite overwhelming at times.

All the abuse and hate and ugliness and foul language can certainly take its toll. But despite all the hate and abuse, we must take a stand, or we will lose it all. These battles are far too important to pull out of because we don’t want to get our fair share of abuse.

Enmity, hatred and persecution go with the territory. Jesus made it quite clear that if the world hated him, it will hate us as well. That is the price we must pay to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus told us directly that we dare not allow the fear of man to cause us to remain silent: “Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 10:33).

Therefore anyone who wants to get into this work must surround himself or herself with a shield of prayer, and a team of intercessors. We dare not go into these battles in our own strength. Without solid prayer cover we will all just be toast.

And that leads to the second point. We must be aware that behind all these cultural and intellectual battles are spiritual forces battling it out. There are dark forces at work here. Indeed, the truth is, behind all this vile, ugly rage and poison are demonic spirits. These folks will laugh to hear this of course, but any biblical Christian is fully aware of the pervasive nature of the demonic in the Bible, and how Satan is doing his best to enrage people into hatred against truth, against Christianity, and against everything that is right and good.

While demonic episodes occur in the Old Testament, they especially come to the fore in the New. Jesus of course faced demonic activity on a regular basis. We read of these power encounters with foul, enraged demonic forces in the Synoptic Gospels, especially lengthy accounts in the Gospel of Mark. And we also read much about demons in the book of Acts. As the disciples proclaimed the gospel they found themselves often confronting demonic forces.

Satan hates the truth, he hates Christ, he hates Christians, and he hates everything that is decent and right. Thus it is no wonder that such incredible outbursts of rage and hatred will come our way as we seek to stand for Christ and his Kingdom. Indeed, it is to be expected.

One could almost say it is a truism that if you find everyone getting along swimmingly with you, and no flak, opposition, or difficulties, then maybe you need to look at your life and see if you really mean business for Jesus. Satan of course will leave alone the believer who is doing nothing for the Kingdom, who does not want to rock the boat, and is not pressing on in biblical holiness and Christian discipleship.

Satan saves his heavy artillery for those who take God seriously, and who will put him first no matter what. And when they take a public stand, you can expect all hell to break loose. So we must deal with all levels of the battle: intellectual, ideological, philosophical, and spiritual.

If Jesus and the disciples faced nasty demonic opposition, so will those who follow in their footsteps.

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50 Responses to When the Hate Pours In

  • “attempts to stand up for what is true and what is right”

    Proof you’re right?

    “There are dark forces at work here. Indeed, the truth is, behind all this vile, ugly rage and poison are demonic spirits.”

    Proof?

    I call a carrot a carrot. I call a bigot a bigot.

    You write articles demonising and spreading hate-filled lies about predominantly gay people but also atheists and Muslims.

    You’re a bigot.

    QED

    David Eggs, UK

  • Many thanks David for so perfectly illustrating the very thing I was talking about. I just love it when you guys come along and make the very point I was discussing. A perfect example indeed of ad hominem. But you guys need to be careful, lest others think I am paying you to send in these comments!

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • In sporting terms, ad hominem is called “playing the man, not the ball”.
    John Bennett

  • Did anyone see any so called ‘rainbow’ protest at the tennis, in particular at the Margaret Court arena? At this arena young Australian tennis champion Bernard Tomic made the sign of the cross at one point. What happened? Did people get their rainbow banners confiscated? Must have been a big flop! Hooray! Or perhaps it would have been better had they made a stir and thoroughly got up the noses of those attending the tennis and made fools of themselves because they can’t allow a sporting personality to have opinions they dislike.
    Anne-Marie Modra

  • Thanks Bill
    I’ve been waiting for a clear picture like this, of how the other side fights and how the filth and hate comes from Satan. He is using them.
    Daniel Kempton

  • Now that I’ve picked myself up off the floor after reading David’s comments above I can comment myself. Bill – are you SURE you’re paying these guys to respond like that? QED indeed!!! 😀

    The finish line is still ahead Bill. You know what to do.

    John Symons

  • Thank You Lord, that You watch over and protect Bill and his family from the attacks of Your enemies. Thank You for Your comfort and strength as Bill stands firm and proclaims the Truth of Your Word, the Bible. Give Bill Your favour in speaking Light into a dark and sinful world.
    Thank you, Bill for being a standard bearer and inspiration for so many of us who have known you over the years.
    Mike Evans

  • Many thanks indeed John. Yes I know what to do, and with God’s grace I sure will do it.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks for the encouraging words Mike.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • “I must work the works of Him Who sent me while it’s day; the night cometh and no man can work” John 9:4

    Thank God for believers who are willing to take the flak to make a stand for Jesus. He did so and more for us. Covering you and your family with prayer for the protection of your hearts and minds against the vile attacks of the evil one.

    Dee Graf

  • Many thanks indeed Dee. We may never know (in this life at least) just how valuable such prayers really are.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • All this hate mail I believe stems from narcissistic rage which has to be seen to be believed. Even then it can seem to be an eruption from a satanic underworld which is so hellish it must be a figment of an overwrought imagination. It is not of course; it is perfectly real and perfectly satanic.

    Underlying it is a terror of being exposed as an absolute mess and nothing like the perfect ideal narcissists think they display. Narcissists cannot stand to be criticised, unfortunately we live in the most narcissistic era in history so there is no shortage of very sensitive toes!

    Collect those outbursts meant to intimidate and silence and publish them. The undecideds are the battle ground here and they need to see exactly what the opposition is like. More power to your elbow Bill. I salute you.

    You never know some of the authors of your hate mail may even repent if they see for themselves what they are really like.

    Alan Williams

  • Thanks Alan

    Yes I that is the ultimate purpose of this website, to see people come into right relationship with God through the forgiveness of sins that Christ offers. So we keep praying for these folks, just as Jesus said, ‘pray for those who persecute you’ (Matt 5:44).

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks for writing this Bill – encouraging.

    Jasmine Yow, Adelaide

  • Thanks Jasmine

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill you are an inspiration. Thank you for fighting so well and challenging and encouraging us all to stand firm for the truth.
    Alastair Robb

  • Thanks for that Alastair.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill, when you said that you were keeping the hate mail and might publish it in some form, I found that there was something in me that said, “YES! go for it”. I also have picked up that view from what others have said. There is a certain glee in it.

    Maybe it’s the voyeur in me, wanting to see what the other side can really say.

    Maybe that will make me feel good about myself. …Did I say that?

    I have second thoughts now about the wisdom of publishing such stuff, I fear that it may borderline on mud slinging and may be counter productive in the long run. Such a publication would have to be carefully and prayerfully written, and even then is likely to be misunderstood as self justification.

    Darn! I was looking forward to the fun.
    Let the …. play in their own mud.

    Letting a few “get past the keeper” as is happening now is probably sufficient for the revelation of the kind of game that we are in.

    Yes thanks Mike, we pray for Bill.
    God – may he be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. May he be that watchman that can discern the enemy’s plans. May his trumpet sound be loud and clear. May his armour be always in good condition and well worn.
    May he see the defeat of the enemy as he comes in like a flood.

    Bruce Knowling

  • Thanks Bruce

    To be honest it is unlikely that I will turn this stuff into a book. But I will keep collecting them nonetheless. I have many more projects I would like to get into books first anyway.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill, thanks for the insight into the character and motivation of the mud-slingers and internet trolls who zone in on this site to make their ad hominem attacks. Thanks also for your website which takes a strong stand against their nihilism and inability to debate respectfully. The left is synonymous with infantilism and what the world needs now is responsible adults not hate-filled children in the grip of demonic forces.
    Rachel Smith

  • David Egg said:
    ““There are dark forces at work here. Indeed, the truth is, behind all this vile, ugly rage and poison are demonic spirits…………….. You are a bigot”

    David:
    Three brief comments. 1. If you find such articles, written I might add, in a reasonable and irenic spirit, why do you continue to read them if they disturb you so much?

    2. The dictionary definition of a bigot is someone who is a “violent and unreasonable adherent of a creed or view”
    I suggest to you that Bill, like other Christians, is always open to reason and discussion with those who disagree with his views. Such open discussion is conducive to finding truth, if that is your objective – maybe not?.

    God himself declares that He is open to a reasoned discussion – “Come let us reason together, says the Lord.” Why not therefore openly present your views?

    After a reasoned and civilised exchange they may well be rejected by Bill and others on this blog.
    So what? At least it would be a test of your sincereity and others will be able to see whether you have any convictions of your own on the issues raised, and you are able to present them without resorting to ad hominem attacks of “bigot”.

    3. If you have a reasoned objection to the truth of the Bible – why not say so? If you reject it, then where do you think ultimate truth lies?

    Graham Wood, York, UK

  • I recently discovered your website via Jan Markell’s radio show which you appeared on. I decided to visit your site and have read many of your articles. The purpose of this comment is just to encourage you. Remember that people like David Eggs can potentially be God’s elect. The fact that people who oppose the gospel are even here reading your articles is a great blessing for both you and them, although for them, at this stage in their possible spiritual journey they won’t be able to identify the blessing. Because the Holy Spirit is only given to those who have believed and spiritual discernment is exclusive to those with the same Spirit, a believer can only expect the words of an unbeliever to be opposed to the gospel of truth. This is to God’s glory since saving faith is God’s exclusive domain. I can see how frustration and disappointment would be a continual battle for you, but I believe your work here has great worth.
    Cal Williams, CA

  • Bill,
    it is so encouraging to travel with a bloke who sees stuff as clearly as you do, and who is willing to put it out there for others to be inspired by. Yep, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. I am working my way through Gary North’s book, “Unholy Spirits,” at the moment. I reackon it says much to clarify the nature of the battle we have been called to. I encourage others to get a copy and have a read – very timely stuff.

    You know, we shouldn’t be surprised at the vitriol and venom that is spat at those who make a public stand. The emptiness of mind that accompanies an existentialist/nihilistic perspective makes a culture ripe for demon possession. Just think of the conditions in Jerusalem just prior to the destruction of the city and the temple in AD 70 (as described by Josephus), and you get a picture of the degree to which men are degraded by demonic oppression and possession.

    The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. The fool has said in his heart, “No God for me!” An empty-headed culture, that turns its back to the Triune Creator God, can expect nothing more than to sink into the bog that is the manifestation of the degradation of the unregenerate heart. Without God’s grace we are hopelessly lost. God be merciful to us, and help us to repent!

    Lance A Box

  • Jesus told us that the world would hate us because it hated Him. Keep running the race and you will here those precious words “…well done good and faithful servant…”
    Alison Stanley

  • I must admit, I was a bit like a previous commenter, having to pick myself off the floor before I felt I could make a comment, speaking the truth in love rather than responding from my initial reaction.
    I wish I had the time to find websites where people like David expound their views, so I could make comments speaking of the love and forgiveness of my wonderful saviour who has saved me from opinions just like them. Apart from the lack of time on my part, my comments would probably not make it onto the site. God bless you Bill for being able to respond in the opposite spirit to our attackers. It is the only attitude in which to fight as a soldier of Jesus Christ, knowing how much we have been forgiven. As one of my favourite authors Margaret Jensen puts it, “It is simple, just not easy”. Or in other words, it is only difficult, not impossible and Bill, you are being an excellent example to the rest of us with your forbearance and patience. Thank you Bill.
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • Hi Bill – Praise God that He has raised you up, for such a time as this. I’m sure you well know that many people support your marvelous ministry & that you inspire others to stand tall & speak up for truth, in real cross-shaped love (not the insipid, spineless variety!).

    It’s a joy to wait & see what you’ll add to the media flow each week. This one has been one of your best – forthright, clear & much-needed. Christians the world over recognize Satan’s petty ploys, but in our western “Churchianity” we too often fail to see what we’re really dealing with.

    We are at war. Your battle cries are a timely reminder.

    May your armour bear up as you press on.

    Blessings,

    Jim Collins, Hobart

  • I stumbled on your website a couple of weeks ago while researching commentaries on Acts 4:32-35. WOW!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I have your website bookmarked and have recommended it to my friends and family. There are many of us who agree with your viewpoints, and we are encouraged by your thoughts and ideas. Thanks again!!
    Valerie Evans

  • If there’s one consolation for the victim of an ad hominem attack, Bill, it’s that it’s most often resorted to by people who have no other legitimate arguments they can bring against you.
    Pr Mark Henderson

  • Many thanks Valerie (and others above).

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill, you should respond to the smearers who provide an email address with something like:

    “Thank you for your contribution to my upcoming book :)”

    Smiley face and all!!

    Mario Del Giudice

  • Hi Bill,

    As usual I’m slightly off topic.

    I have heard of a book called Left Turn by Tim Groseclose.

    I was wondering of you have read and could review it.

    Back on topic…keep fighting the good fight and be refreshed and renewed in the Lord.

    Anthony McGregor

  • Thanks Anthony

    Yes I am aware of his book but have not yet bought it. May do so soon.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Bill,
    Christ, dying on the cross, said ‘forgive them they know not what they do’. To love these enemies is to pray for them. Satan is frustrated by nothing more than to have his satellites converted and for such converts ‘there is no greater joy in Heaven’.
    You are right, the greater the pain, the greater the gain.
    Keep up the good work.
    Klaus Clapinski

  • Hi Bill. There is a small (but perhaps slowly growing) group of men who meet 6am Saturday mornings for breakfast, discussion, debate, Bible study and prayer. I am going to suggest that in 2012 we add your name and your ministry to the top of regular things to pray for. Stay faithful. Fear God and not men! God will be with you–you are battering down the gates of hell, and they are powerless!
    Steve Swartz

  • Many thanks indeed Steve. So very much appreciated.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • I was lucky enough to invade the website of the leading homo paper in the UK and it took them a month to realise what was going on. In that time I collected no fewer than 157 vulgar, lewd, abusive, arrogant, foul and derisive comments thrown at me.

    No one actually addressed the issues I raised.

    Roger Marks

  • Ad hominems, personal attack, hatred … all these are merely stages in the process of actual physical violence.
    The condition of homosexuality is essentially a rage against nature, reason, justice, the truth and a shaking of the fist against God. Forget your sensitive artistic homosexuals who translate their love into paedophilia, let us concentrate on the violence of sadomasochism, murders within the so-called homosexual community, serial murders, suicide, the brutality of Ernst Rohem, the architect of Hitler’s storm troopers and that of sexually perverted Roman Emperors, responsible for the deaths of thousands of Christians.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Sounds about right Roger.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • By David Eggs’ reasoning, if he calls a dog’s tail a leg, then Fido has five legs.
    As he wrote “Q.E.D.”
    But when one knows one is great, it is very hard to be humble. Humility is not obvious in pro-homosexual spokespersons. Does that mean they know or think they are ‘great’? Or do they just naturally behave that way?
    Arthur Hartwig

  • Roger Marks I also have contributed to the Pink News in the UK and not surprisingly have been banned many times. I also have a store of filth and hatred directed at me personally. I don’t keep this as some kind of unforgiving grudge, but it is vital that we document everything and thus are able to use it as evidence, when necessary.

    I give you a sample from a contributor, merely called Phillip P, I have edited the more obscene remarks:

    “David Skinner” you have been a total sad bigot, a person filled with hatred for an irrational reason………I have kicked you in the teeth. It is time for you to let the scales drop from your eyes, put aside your simple childish ways, and grow up! …“bigoted *********…” “David Skinner” you HAVE been kicked in the teeth, haven’t you!”……“So hatred still drips from your fangs and your very sick mind…………“David Skinner believe in ‘god’. What a pity his ‘god’ is such a joyless, dreary ********“…….”David Skinner” is so suffering from mental illness” ……..“What I am seriously suggesting is that it could well be that “David Skinner” is (clinically) a Paranoid Schizophrenic, relishing life in a world of his own devising, a world dominated and fuelled by his own irrational fears.”………“Jesus, David Skinner, your poor deluded fool……..So ******** with your healing and your “spiritual healing”……..“Your inability to answer that without spewing irrelevant garbage totally destroys your own case.”……….“Really, mind your own F******* business who I sleep with and how. It is not your concern.”…….Poor David Skinner cannot become free of his serious mental illness, for he must realise that religious faith is a mental illness. However, a cause of electric-shock treatment might help………“What a mean old bully that Affidavit Skinnydip is! I doubt any nutty fundamentalist has ever even experienced love. Ah, l’amour…” …….“This poor sad twisted little Christian calling himself “David Skinner”…….“This is the root of poor “David Skinner’s” massive mental problem”…….“Go away you poor impoverished little creature. You are a primitive still plodding down there in the muck at the base of civilization’s ladder…….You’ve been kicked in the teeth and you know you have no weapons left. …….Develop, evolve, . . . or continue to paddle around in your muck. ..“………“

    Here is the original article, dating from 2009 Read the comments:
    www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/04/20/gay-cure-conference-to-be-held-in-london/

    David Skinner, UK

  • Thanks David

    Yes this is standard stuff from these guys. Instead of argument and evidence, it is non-stop abuse, hatred, and foul-mouthed rants.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • The problem for us is that by merely pointing out the hatred of the gay lobby, we are exposing ourselves to the charge of inciting hatred. It seems we have only two options: be walked all over or be stamped on.
    Let us never forget Harry Hammond and the gross injustice he endured from the rabid gays, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and Wimborne Magistrates. All have Harry’s blood on their hands.
    www.christian.org.uk/rel_liberties/cases/harry_hammond.htm

    David Skinner, UK

  • Hello Bill, I admire your strength of character to take this public stand – I would find that kind of sustained personal attack too stressful.

    Publishing those vile emails sounds like a good idea, but I would never buy such a book. Perhaps providing them in your website would be more effective.

    Richard Lawson

  • Michelle Malkin did something similar with her book Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild (2005).
    Jonathan Sarfati, US

  • Bill I often say that my skin is just that much thicker than my skull, so I can survive any character assassination that people like to throw at me.
    Ruth Bonnett

  • Well played sir!

    I get the same thing, but on a much smaller scale with my friends on Facebook.

    God bless you and all those who stand in the gap!

    Jarrod Carter

  • When others are hard hearted, they can’t be whole hearted.
    It is sad when others attack, humiliate and knock you down.
    Bill, thankfully, you know the truth and these other people do not know God’s truth.
    Judith Bond

  • Bill, Jesus said,

    “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seve other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45).

    Of course, the ‘this generation’ that Jesus was talking about was the generation in which He walked, talked and lived His earthly life. Having cast out demons throughout his ministry; having cleansed the temple early in His ministry, and then later towards the end of His ministry, the land was swept and cleansed. But then, the leaders of the people evoked the curse of innocent blood upon their own heads (Matthew 27:4, 23-25). This open the floodgates of demonic entities, and the land was filled again, only this time worse, with demonic activity. Josephus recorded the gross and desperately wicked behaviour of the people left in the city leading up to the destruction of the temple and the city in AD 70; it was irrational, franetic, demonic manifestations in the lives of all who were living in the land at the time.

    Well, “we the people of New South Wales, … etc. … humbly relying upon the blessing of Almighty God” have broken covenant in the same way. In our past our culture was swept clean, and the hoards of demonic entities were restrained in our land. Yet, the public silence of church leaders, for far too many decades, has given room for the rebellious to abtain positions of influence and authority. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30). “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” and witchcraft has grown with the increase of overt rebellion in the public domain.

    Our battle is on several fronts, and confronting the enemy merely on one front will not seize the lost ground. First, there needs to be personal and corporate repentance for the lawlessness that characterises much of the preaching and practice in Australian churches. It is not the miraculous that indicates faithfulness to the ways of the Lord. Jesus said that many will come to Him in the day of judgement and point to their experience of miracles, but He says that His retort will be to them, “Depart from Me you who practice LAWLESSNESS” (Matthew 7:21-23). Secondly, on the back of repentance, there needs to be prayer directed towards spiritual wickedness in high places (which includes imprecatory prayers directed towards those who occupy seats of power and influence, but who exercise that power in an ungodly way). Thirdly, there needs to be an encouragement to Christian families to live consistently godly lives (informed by the Law of God) in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation, not embracing the wickedness of the prevailing culture in the name of making the gospel relevant, or being too extreme in our Christianity.

    Bill, your series on Christian Reconstructionism is timely, necessary, and an important tool in the process of reclaiming our continent before the Lord has to go to the same measures that He had to in Jerusalem in AD 70, and also in other parts of the world throughout history, where the People of God have not heeded His warning: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand our of its place — unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5)

    Lance A Box

  • Lance, I agree. Even if we were to halt the relentless advance of the gaystapo without at the same time turning the spotlight onto our own sins, for which homosexuality is due recompense, we will be in a worse situation. Our western nations, like Ninevah, need to repent and then the curse of homosexuality will disappear like an unhealthy vapour.

    Christians who like to hold Romans 1 up to the gays need to read Chapter 2 also.

    David Skinner, UK

  • God have mercy on these poor children of His, so deceived by the enemy of man. As well as clearly teaching God’s truth about human sexuality we need to have a sincere longing for their conversion and salvation and to pray daily for their needs. Our Lord has died for them, greatly loves them and longs for their salvation and so should we.
    I continue to pray daily for you Bill and for a few other spiritual warriors. May the Blood of Christ be your shield and protection against every attack of the enemy. May Almighty God bless and protect you and your family and may He reward you one hundred-fold for your faithful service.
    It’s not that I think my prayers are anything great, but I do have supreme confidence in God’s faithfulness and that’s what counts!
    Anna Cook

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