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Rainbow Repression: We Told You So

Oct 20, 2018

Evidently it is not good form to rub it in and say things like ‘we told you so’. But, well, we DID tell you so. I and others repeatedly sought to alert people to this. We warned you for years. We pleaded with you to wake up and listen. We did all we could to sound the alarm and sound the trumpet.

Yet most of these warnings fell on deaf ears. What were we warning about? The homosexual agenda in general, and the ramifications of legalised homosexual marriage in particular. We warned that there is a militant agenda at work, and that once we go down the path of legalising fake marriage then everything will change.

Every day we see this militant agenda in action, and every day we see the ugly fallout from giving homosexual marriage the green light. Just in case folks have forgotten, I even wrote books about all this. And I penned seemingly countless articles about this very matter.

Let me remind you of just a few pieces on this. Twenty-five years ago for example I warned about these things:

billmuehlenberg.com/1993/12/08/the-iyf-and-culture-wars/

Twenty years ago I tried to alert folks as to the grave implications of granting special rights to homosexuals:

billmuehlenberg.com/1998/02/02/caution-needed-on-sexuality-discrimination-legislation/

Eight years ago I tried my best to warn folks about the massive threat of running with homosexual marriage:

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/12/10/same-sex-marriage-who-says-nothing-will-change/

I penned many dozens of articles on this matter. A few more:

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/02/07/war-has-been-declared/

www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/05/15/homosexual-marriage-everything-will-change/

And again:

billmuehlenberg.com/2015/07/01/this-is-how-homosexual-marriage-impacts-me/

billmuehlenberg.com/2016/09/30/yes-homosexual-marriage-impacts-every-single-one-us/

People thought I was a broken record, saying these things over and over again. They not only refused to believe me and others, they just wanted us to go away and shut up. “You are just a fear-monger!” “That will never happen.” “You are just stirring up hate and division.” “The church will never be impacted by this.” “You are so negative!”

I personally heard such claims made over and over again especially by clueless Christians. Most believers refused to believe that there were any problems. Most felt that I and other watchmen on the wall were just being troublemakers and intolerant and unloving.

Well, now the homosexual agenda is almost entirely implemented, and now we have homosexual marriage. And now we see even more dominos falling, and even more of the slippery slope in action. Um, guess what? We told you so. Everything IS changing. Everything IS being impacted. Everything IS now under threat.

Just this past week I wrote three articles on how Christian schools are now under severe attack. Being forced to have homosexual students and staff may soon be a reality. This is all the DIRECT result of the homosexual steamroller in action, and part of the consequences of granting homosexual marriage. And it is all part of the homosexual playbook.

So now, finally, a few Christians are starting to wake up. As they see the schools they send their children and grandchildren to – hoping to get a good Christian education and to be safe in a good Christian environment – coming under attack, some are finally starting to wake up.

Of course many Christians still have no problems with these attacks on Christian education. But those that are now worried about this may be part of the “too little, too late” movement. I am aware of all sorts of Christian churches that said and did NOTHING before homosexual marriage was passed in Australia.

Now a few of them are speaking out on things like the threat to religious liberty. Um, why in the world did these churches and church leaders not do such things BEFORE that fateful vote went through? Why did they simply ignore or even scoff at our warnings for decades? So now some are trying to play catch-up ball. But it may be too late folks.

However, any resistance – as late as it may be – is still worth supporting I suppose. One noted example of this hit the press yesterday. It seems the Sydney Anglicans have decided enough is enough and have sought to draw a line somewhere. Here is how one news report covers their welcome resolve:

The Sydney Anglican diocese is set to ban same-sex weddings from any Anglican church or building, and prohibit its properties from being used to promote homosexuality or “transgender ideology”. Critics within the church say the far-reaching policy could stop pastors and teachers from speaking in favour of marriage equality, and stifle student-led LGBTI support groups at Anglican schools.

Documents obtained by Fairfax Media also reveal the church sees the current debate about its right to fire gay teachers as a “key threat” to its ability to foster a Christian ethos at its schools. The 51st Synod of the Sydney diocese will next week debate the introduction of a property policy to ensure church-owned buildings are used only for “acts or practices which conform to the doctrines, tenets and beliefs of the diocese”.

The policy specifies it would be inappropriate to use church-owned property for “advocacy for transgender ideology (e.g gender-fluidity)” and “advocacy for expressions of human sexuality contrary to our doctrine of marriage”. It also bans local Anglican boards from allowing property – such as school halls – to host same-sex marriages or receptions associated with same-sex weddings.

While we would have liked to see such firm resolve run with years ago, I am glad at least one church body has woken up to the very real threats we face, and is seeking to make a strong stand. Of course we will have to wait until next week to see how the Synod actually proceeds on these issues. Please keep them in prayer.

To find some churches and church leaders with a bit of backbone is getting to be rather rare of late. Hopefully other churches will join them in standing for biblical principles and values and stop running with worldly, secular and relativistic agendas.

In the meantime the persecution of Christians continues apace overseas. Countries which have run with homosexual marriage and the like have seen a spike in blatant cases of anti-Christian bigotry. Consider just one of the latest examples coming out of the US:

A Christian couple who owns a media company is suing the state of Minnesota after being threatened with fines and imprisonment if they refuse to make films involving same-sex marriage. Carl and Angel Larsen, through their company Telescope Media Group, want to enter the wedding industry, but due to their religious beliefs do not want to create films celebrating same-sex marriages.

Minnesota’s Human Rights Act stipulates that if the owners produce films about traditional Christian marriages between one man and one woman, they must also produce films about unions that violate their Christian views, CBN News reported.

The religious liberty law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Larsens in the suit, said in a Tuesday news release that the couple faces steep fines, including compensatory and punitive damages of up to $25,000, and up to 90 days in prison if they fail to comply with Minnesota’s public accommodation law.

ADF filed suit at the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota’s law, arguing it “illegally controls artistic expression — violating the Larsens’ freedom to choose which messages they will express, and refrain from expressing, through their films.”

In 2017, federal district court Judge John Tunheim, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the Larsens’ suit challenging the application of Minnesota’s Human’s Rights Act in their case. ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco, who represented the couple at the district court, filed Tuesday’s appeal at the 8th Circuit.

“The government shouldn’t threaten filmmakers with fines and jail time to force them to create films that violate their beliefs,” Tedesco said in a news release announcing the suit. “Carl and Angel are storytellers — they script, stage, conduct interviews, capture footage, select music, edit and more — all to tell compelling stories through film that promote their religious beliefs,” he added.

Wow, another shocking example of the war on Christianity. Thankfully America is so much better than Australia in that it has a number of Christian legal groups which take on these cases, and have often won in the courts. Australia could sure use some of these groups here.

But just add this example to the hundreds of others I have shared over the years. War has been declared against the Christian faith, and the homosexual and transgender militants are leading the charge. Some of us have warned about this for decades now.

Will some Christians now finally start to wake up and face these challenges? Or will it be more business as usual? Will we keep sleeping through our own execution?

www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/sydney-anglicans-set-to-ban-gay-weddings-and-pro-lgbti-advocacy-on-church-property-20181018-p50aga.html
www.westernjournal.com/state-demands-christian-us-filmmakers-make-sex-films-face-jail-time

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26 Responses to Rainbow Repression: We Told You So

  • Dear Bill,
    Thank you for your consistent and honest words over many years. We are praying Kerryn Phelps will not win Wentworth. If she does it will be another gay in parliament pushing a perverse and unGodly lifestyle.
    Just imagine trying to protect religious freedoms in schools if she has such a strong position. Please Lord God we seek your face for success for David Sharma. Not perfect but better than Phelps,
    God bless Phil

  • Hi Bill,
    You must be admired for seeing the dangers of the LGBTQI agenda all those years ago – and for standing up and warning a naive public.
    I have been aware and trying to warn people for only the last 18 months, and empathize with your frustration. I recently told my doctor I feel like the little boy who tried to tell people “The King has no clothes!” Sadly, the majority of people are naive and more interested in next weeks football match or episode of Gogglebox.
    This is exemplified in Kerryn Phelps appearing to be a shoe-in for Wentworth. She is on TV bragging about her “Integrity”. I didn’t know much about the woman until last year during the Yes/No gay marriage campaign, during which her behavior was devious, bullying, spiteful and immoral. No integrity, whatsoever. She destroyed her husband and daughter’s lives when she decided to “marry” her female assistant, and has gone on to damage countless other lives with her LGBTQI obsession and power.
    Last year when Margaret Court publicly spoke of her Christian beliefs concerning marriage Phelps attacked her and campaigned to have the Margaret Court Arena renamed. She pulled every trick in the book to prevent the No vote campaigners from getting their message out to the public. She tried to have the Postal Union not deliver “No” vote advertising material, claiming it could be construed as hate mail.
    She said that “only young people affected by marriage equality are young gay people who, for the first time, will have the same dignity as everyone in our country, and they deserve that.” This has proven to be a complete lie. Phelps played a large part in turning the AMA into a pro-LGBTQI propaganda machine. Their policy statement supporting the “Yes” vote was a sham, objectively described as “tendentious and mendacious”. Today, many doctors are frightened to speak out against what they see as wrong, regarding the current trans gender lunacy. Not much integrity there either.
    She has been a destructive force contributing to this damage currently occurring to our society, and if (when) she gets into parliament, God help us.

  • Hi Bill
    The Lord Jesus in heaven is not only God who is overflowing with longsuffering, lovingkindness, grace and mercy, but he is also a holy judge.

    He pleads his warning to us through his Apostle Paul.

    1 Corinthians 6:9
    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
    BE NOT DECEIVED:
    neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor EFFEMINATE, nor HOMOSEXUALS ,Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    Galatians 5:19
    Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

    Colossians 3:5
    Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things THE WRATH OF GOD IS COMING upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

  • Thanks guys. Yes there are no perfect politicians, and we all know how bad Phelps is. But it seems to be just about as bad when a guy claims to represent the conservative party yet insists that homosexual teachers and staff get a free run in our Christian schools. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

  • The book I am reading at the moment is ‘The Sexual State’ by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse. Another good volume. As the opening sentence states in this review ‘This new book by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse rips the mask off the Sexual Revolution to expose the toxic ideologies which are destroying families and killing our society.

    http://www.ruthinstitute.org/store/ruth-books/the-sexual-state

  • An interesting book I am reading is Conjugal Union by Patrick Lee and Robert P George.

  • Anita Bryant also tried warning the public many, many years ago, and it destroyed her acting career. She was booed and even had a pie thrown in her face. Her life was threatened and her homosexual adversaries made her life a living hell. But, like you, Bill, she was faithful to the call and disregarded the hell on earth business they tried to create for her. She looked to what laid ahead for her, that city, made without hands. It can be a total bummer enduring the jeers of man, and especially, a church who treats you like you’re some sort of fanatical “Chicken Little.” But Anita was right, and so were you. I hope knowing others are praying for you, and that you have the praise of God rather than man will comfort and sustain you in this battle. Well done….

  • Thanks Vicki. Yes Bryant was taking a stand on all this back in the 70s. A real champion.

  • Hi Bill. Here is an example of how transgender fluidity is going to cause major problems for law-abiding citizens. I handle all official dealings by phone, (such as the bank) for an adult member of the family with an intellectual disability . Normally, when I call up, the other person needs to identify themselves with security questions, which I help him with by prompting him. Then he authorizes me to continue the discussion, and hands the phone over to me. This week, I called the bank, and when I was asked if I was the person in question, I just answered ‘yes’ and I am guessing they were not able to challenge me saying I was a person with an obvious male name, but speaking in a female voice. I ‘got away’ with representing myself as the other person, without any challenge. Whilst this greatly simplified my genuine dealings with the bank on behalf of the adult family member, this sort of situation could easily be abused by unscrupulous and dishonest people, who have answers for the security question of someone’s account, but not the authority to contact the bank (or insurance company, etc). What confusion and opportunities for evil to flourish, the transgender agenda is going to cause for all areas of life!

  • Yes Lucy – thanks for sharing.

  • We are in an all-out war for the culture and most Christian leaders are asleep at the wheel. Many have accepted the lie that there is a zone of neutrality in which we can live at peace with the pagans until we get raptured. Jesus commanded us to preach the Kingdom of God and to establish that Kingdom globally as we disciple the nations of the world under His Laws.

  • Hi Bill,
    Keep up the good work. It is obvious that Australian laws, regulations, guidelines and public registries are no longer protecting the public and society from certain harmful behaviours and practices, such as: greed/gambling/stealing; exploitation of the poor; weak and vulnerable in institutions; murder including abortion and euthanasia; sexual immorality such as sodomy, adultery leading to the breakdown of man-woman “one flesh” (marriage) and their intact family. The Guardian online reported yesterday, the NAB chief tells inquiry banks ‘drifting’ from customers 20 years ago…”When you drift you sort of, you don’t know that it’s happening. It looks incrementally sensible. Others are doing it. There’s a system that reinforces it, so shareholders appreciate it if you’re making good and better profits.” Andrew Thorburn comment highlighted the core problem in people behaviour as “drifters” towards sin, and it is easier to do evil when everyone else is participating in the practice.

    Australian society has slowly drifted away from God’s laws and his commandments by accepting a secular morality and “people’s choice.” These secular laws such as abortion and euthanasia can be changed again over time as democratic government changes into a totalitarian government, and they will then have the increased power to remove “people’s choice” and replace it with “state’s choice.” Rulers and Kings over the centuries have destroyed lives, such as the Biblical story – King Herod had ordered the execution of all young male children two years old and under in the vicinity of Bethlehem. King Herod isn’t any different to today’s totalitarian governments which have no problem with killing people.

    Christians and their institutions must demand that governments and secular people have no right to define their religious beliefs by forcing secular morality on them such as homosexuality, transgender, same-sex marriage and marriage between any 2 people. All civil celebrants in Australia must declare that the Australian Marriage Law is a “marriage between 2 people.” The Australian Federal Parliament has allowed religious churches their freedom of conscience/speech to celebrate a marriage according to their religious belief/custom. Therefore, a secular morality of a “marriage between 2 people” is completely different from God’s command for a covenant man-woman “one flesh” (marriage), and it is impossible for a biblical belief and a secular idea to be practiced at the same time, as this would be like believing a baby should be given life and at the same time the baby should be intentionally killed in a legal abortion. Therefore Christians can’t sit on the fence on these issues of evil laws, but they must make a stand for God’s commandments and laws, because this is how genuine Christians show their real love for God and their neighbour. Christians shouldn’t be ashamed of the Gospel. “It is God’s power to save everyone who believes, Jews first and Greeks as well.”( Romans 1:16).

  • Australia voted for homosexual ‘marriage’.

    Yesterday another homosexual was elected to the Australian parliament, joining the growing list.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBTI_holders_of_political_offices_in_Australia

    Isreal demanded God give them the leaders they wanted. God did that. It all ended in tears. Refer 1 Samuel 8.

    Australia will reap what it sows.

  • Very true, unfortunately we are just like the Jews who refused to believe God would send them into exile and captivity. It was 70 years almost 3 generations. I dont know whether the dye has already set, it seems that Trump has provided a repreive for America for a while and Christians are being heard for the moment. In Oz we dont have the same political clout. Wentworth illustrates the strength and ruthlessness of the opposition and their ability to coordinate their drive to power. I fear Christians are the least united and the domino effect is well in process. I hope God will have mercy on Oz but it is increasingly becoming dark. Thankyou for being the Watcman….who knows maybe God will raise up a Gideon.

  • In her celebratory speech Phelps referred to to her ‘wife’ and thanked and kissed her.
    What is the term which describes Phelps’ wife’s, wife?

  • Hi Julian,
    Phelps the newly appointed independent member for Wentworth said.

    “This win tonight should signal a return of decency, integrity and humanity to the Australian government,” she promised to wild cheers.
    I’ll believe it, when I see Margaret Court , ACL and other courageous Christians being treated with respect by Phelps.
    Australia is in a very serious situation now heading into a multi year recession and we now have another gay pro climate change pollie who will further damage our economy. The other issue is will the labor party give her an offer to good to refuse. ?
    What a disaster for the average Australian trying to make ends meet.
    Every day I look forward to the return of the King. Jesus Christ. True and honourable is He who will rule wisely from Jerusalem,
    God bless all Christians in Australia,
    Phil

  • Bill,

    Secular people argue that same-sex marriage is legal, so why doesn’t the Anglican church accept it? However, they don’t understand that secular laws such as abortion and euthanasia haven’t changed genuine Christians and their institutions beliefs about murder.

  • Hi Bill. Many of us HAVE been listening to you and have been on our knees for our country. Nevertheless, gay marriage was still passed, as was euthanasia and abortion laws. Would appreciate your thoughts for the faithful who ARE doing the right thing in spite of apparent defeat.

  • Many thanks Anne. My thoughts are simple: keep doing what you are doing! Keep being faithful. Keep praying. Keep doing what is right. Keep telling others. Keep speaking out.

    I Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

    Bless you Anne.

  • Today I visited my son and 4 grand daughters. We took scones and home made jam. We cheered their impromptu concert and took them to the local park. My son had a break to pack for house moving day, my grand children have a lovely memory of how to have fun with no money or screens. They have a memory of a family that cares. These things are important, they build a lasting legacy of love and godliness. We have the private sphere. Let’s use it. Stella Morabito has written a good article on this which has inspired me since I read it in 2015.
    http://stellamorabito.net/2015/09/21/to-the-mass-state-traditional-mothers-are-the-true-subversives/

  • Your report on Minnesota’s laws was telling – I understand they were the first state to institute un-Biblical marriage and cl;aimed all would be dandy!
    Re Australia, we do have the ACL legal group acting for Kathy Clubb, Campbell Morgan and others. I guess we could do with more support for them.

  • We must keep praying without ceasing because it seems the time has come. How much worse will it get before the time seems to be ‘as in the days of Sodom & Gomorrah’ Luke, 17 : 24 – 30 . They wouldn’t listen to Lot, They won’t listen to us. We must keep trying to spread the Good News going from those who will not hear to those who will. Unless they hear the Gospel of Jesus they have no choice.

  • Forced labor (here: forcing people to make videos promoting a lifestyle they object to) is akin to slavery!

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