1989, a book touted as the new “Gay Manifesto” was published by two openly-homosexual social scientists – Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. The book: After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s. The two authors combined their psychiatric and public relations-advertising expertise and experience to devise a strategy for homosexuals and their allies, suggesting that if they would listen and do what they were instructed to do – they could get “everything they ever wanted and more” in this life and, in essence, no longer be considered the tail of society, but become the head: finally and fully affirmed and accepted.
I’ve referred to this book over the last 20 years – especially in connection to ministry. However, it has remained out of print, and I’m sure the homosexual activists/extremists who have used the book to formulate their devious game plan prefer that it would stay that way. Recently, I went on to Amazon.com and found that a few new and used books were being sold for as high as nearly $300 per copy – I thought it was important that I own a copy. I must say, since I received the book, I haven’t been able to put it down. It reads like a book of pernicious prophecy – what was predicted has come to pass. Reading this book is chilling to the bone.
This blog post is not meant to be a comprehensive report about the book – I have discussed its focus in a number of articles and radio broadcasts in the past. Everything the authors proposed that homosexuals should do to make incredible strides in Hollywood, the media, public schools, and the government, is exactly what we have seen unfold in our culture. Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land and is regarded to be 100 percent legally equal to heterosexual marriage.
Yet there is one final battle that homosexual activists must wage in order to win the war – one which is currently underway – and that is the battle to redefine, destroy, and take over the Church. Without question, accomplishing that goal requires everything from:
Rewriting and reinterpreting God’s Word;
Creating biblical homosexual heros and gay eroticized romances within the Bible;
Eliminating the sin of homosexuality and its very mention anywhere in the Bible;
Hailing fire and brimstone down from the skies onto the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah, and changing the cities’ demise and destruction due to “inhospitality” – not homosexual sin;
Fabricating and fictionalizing a gender-fluid god who is an all accepting, open, and affirming diety;
And finally concoting a false Christ who not only accepts and affirms all things “gay,” but one who may possibly even appear to be so himself, ultimately wearing his symbolic sea
mless purple-pride robe to the cross.
All of these points have been in the works for decades now not only in the homosexual Metropolitan Community churches (MCC,) but slowly spreading these deceptive doctrines into many well-known mainline – and even Evangelical Christian denominations.
Today, homosexual and transgender men and women are becoming accepted leaders within the Church, and same-sex marriage ceremonies are becoming common practice. Friend, this constitutes the greatest “falling-away” biblical Christianity has ever seen. The Church is now the homosexual activists’ final frontier.
As a Bible-believing, evangelical Christian who is born-again and Holy Spirit filled, I firmly believe in God’s Word – the inerrancy of the Bible, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and Bible prophecy. The Bible says things are going to get worse – not better – before Jesus returns. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3a, the Bible says, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first.” Churches and pastors that were once Bible-believing are dropping like flies. In Matthew 24:1-44, Jesus paints us a picture – and it isn’t pretty – of life on earth prior to His return: sin will abound and people will be deceived. False Christs and people claiming to be His representatives will arise and lead many people astray, and the love of many will grow cold. We are well on our way, folks!
Homosexual authors Kirk and Madsen realized that the greatest obstacle to normalization of homosexual behavior amongst the general population and culture would be Christianity. Why? Because even they understood the Bible’s clear biblical teaching concerning the sinfulness of homosexuality. They also understood without question that marriage, according to the Bible, was designed to be only between a man and a woman – heterosexual marriage. So what did the homosexual authors instruct their readers to do? They told them to “muddy the moral waters” by publicizing support of moderate churches and raising serious theological questions and objections to conservative biblical teachings. In other words, cast doubt upon the Word of God.
Where have we seen such intentional misleading before? Right in the very beginning of Genesis – in the garden, when the serpent (Satan) beguiled Eve. “Yea, hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1). Satan is the author of confusion, the one who led the woman to question God’s goodness and cast doubt upon God’s Word. And here we are, these authors are doing exactly the same thing: Satan, rewrapped into a modern-day package. Kirk and Madsen also specifically urged their readers to target conservative Bible-believing churches – to portray them as “homo-hating” and “antiquated backwaters, badly out of step with the times and the latest findings in psychology.” Ah, but what these devious writers didn’t understand is that God’s Word doesn’t change on a whim with the changing cultural preferences – or even with the “latest findings” in psychology. No, the Bible says, “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).
Let’s take a look at the downward spiral we have been seeing with the Church’s watered-down responses to the homosexual activists’ movement:
For years, liberal denominations such as the Episcopal Church and sects within the Lutheran Church have debated within themselves and changed their rules – allowing openly-gay and lesbian clergy to serve. Many, including numerous other liberal denominations, have become “open and affirming.” They not only welcome LGBT men and women into their services, as they should, but they actually AFFIRM their sin – even celebrate it! Same-sex marriage ceremonies have become common practice in many of the liberal denominations.
Aside from liberal denominations and churches, mainline evangelical denominations are also falling prey to the homosexual movement. An AOG (Assemblies of God) church in the Midwest, with the blessing of their pastor, stood behind a male Sunday school teacher who claimed salvation even as he transitioned into a woman. To this day, that teacher remains in leadership at this church as a “female” teacher.
Part of the LGBT activists’ plan to destroy the Church is to target the beliefs and convictions of upcoming generations of pastors and church leaders. They do this by infiltrating Christian colleges. Mel White (the late Rev. Jerry Falwell’s ghost writer and nemesis) came out as homosexual and then began a homosexual activist organization called SoulForce.org. The youth involved with this organization have been traveling the country for years, entering Christian colleges (often uninvited) to force discussions which promote acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism. The impact they have had on the minds of future church leaders is absolutely staggering. What kind of pastors and churches will these institutions produce? I can’t even imagine.
Evangelicals all around the country began going to gay pride parades to pass out water bottles to the homosexual and transgender attendees. Soon after, booths were set up all over saying, “We Are Sorry.” Sorry for what?Christians began to apologize for other Christians who made stupid or derogatory comments to homosexuals. Well, that was fine…but the ones who needed to be saying sorryweren’t the ones who were apologizing! Little by little, the #WEARESORRY movement began spreading into churches – and they were jumping on the bandwagon, apologizing to homosexuals. In theory, it sounded okay to apologize for unloving treatment; however, many took it several steps further. Churches began to welcome LGBT individuals into membership and even into leadership roles and staff positions – a direct biblical prohibition. Ultimately, what happened was that well-intentioned handing out of bottles of water led to churches removing homosexuality as a sin from the Bible. Tragic.
Carrie Underwood, an outspoken Christian and American Idol winner whose hit, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” won the hearts of millions of Christians, attended GracePointe Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a once-major nondenominational megachurch. Shockingly, she acknowledges that her church no longer believes homosexuality is a sin—and she fully agrees! She is now an advocate and supporter of same-sex marriage.
It was recently reported that GracePointe’s church building and all of its property were put up for sale after membership dropped dramatically from 2,200 members down to 240 attending a Saturday evening service in a new location.
Friends, we are living in a new day and age. Homosexuality is now accepted, celebrated, and embraced by the majority of Americans. Bible-believing Christians who hold fast to the Bible and its teachings are being marginalized and pushed into the background. Many evangelical churches (including GracePointe) now label themselves “progressive,” not only accepting homosexuals as members and leaders, but also affirming and celebrating homosexuality, homosexual relationships, and same-sex marriage.
It is my firm belief that, without question, we are in the last days as described in the Bible. The Church is the homosexual movement’s final frontier – they intend to take it down by force – and in order to succeed – they must. Battles large and small rage as we speak – they are being waged all over the nation.
However, God has ALWAYS left Himself a remnant – a group of faithful followers and believers who will NEVER give in to sin or to the acceptance or promotion of it. Battle lines have been drawn in the sand – we must choose TODAY WHOM we will serve.
As a former homosexual man, I believed and espoused the lies of the homosexual movement myself for many years. Thankfully, I realized that homosexuality and Christianity are like oil and water – they do not mix. The veil of deception was removed the day Jesus saved me in my former partner’s home in January of 1992 – and I am forever grateful to Him!
Let me be 100% clear: I would love to see LGBT men and women worldwide flocking to the Church in droves! I would love to see every Bible-believing pastor and congregation open their arms – and doors – in real Christian love to LGBT men and women, for the purpose of them hearing the true gospel and hearing the true Word of God which sets the captives free! I would love to see the greatest revival in history as millions of LGBT men and women fall to their knees in repentance with blinders removed as I did and pray and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be truly born again! HALLELUJAH! AMEN!!
I urge you, my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, to stand firm like never before, to draw closer to Jesus and to God’s Word every day. Pray that the Lord will help you remain faithful and true to Him and to His Word. Let our love never grow cold toward our LGBT family and friends. Let us be instant in season and out of season, and always share the Truth and the hope that lies within us with every man, woman, and child. And let us always be ready to proclaim and clearly share the gospel of Jesus Christ with every human being!
Jesus is coming again soon – I believe the hour is at hand and the time is so short until we will meet Jesus Christ any moment in the air! Let the love of the Lord flow in us, and through us, and touch the hearts and minds of our LGBT family members and friends everywhere, that Lord willing, each precious soul would also become a 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Even so, Lord Jesus, let it be! AMEN! – Stephen Bennett