“They Declare Their Sin As Sodom”

By Garner Ted Armstrong

Atheists, agnostics, elitists, multiculturalists, environmentalists, gays and lesbians, animal rights groups and anti-war groups must be blindly furious these days. After all, our President hardly ever concludes a single radio address or speech without saying “God bless America,” or, “May God continue to bless America.”

Our returning POWs said, “God bless America” during their welcome home ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas. This must so enrage the groups mentioned above that they fly into mindless tantrums. One expects to see another flurry of frivolous lawsuits aimed at forcing our President to quit mentioning “God” in his speeches – no doubt based upon the false notion that the phrase “Separation of church and state” is found somewhere in the constitution.

There is no doubt in my mind that God gave America victory in Iraq – no doubt whatsoever that He who sits at the controls of the universe; who sets up and deposes kings, intervened in human minds, and determined the outcome.

Think of what did not occur in the war with Iraq. Saddam did not launch SCUDS against Israel. He did not use chemical or biological weapons. Other Islamic nations did not intervene, as some had predicted. Saddam did not manage (though it appears he tried) to destroy all his oil fields, thus creating another major environmental disaster, and crippling Iraqi economic recovery.

Instead, a victory which will go down as the swiftest, most precise in all history took place. A regime was dismantled and torn down, but the vast bulk of civilian infrastructure was spared. Most bridges were captured intact. Trains are running again. Even during the intensive bombing, Iraqis in Baghdad moved freely about the city during the day; markets were open; restaurants were open; traffic moved normally.

As advertised, America’s precision bombing targeted thousands of specific regime buildings, planes, military vehicles and encampments, yet, in large measure, spared most (not all, of course, but most) civilian structures.

Now, one must wonder about that oft-spoken plea of the President, “May God continue to bless America.” Will God do so?

In one of my recent commentaries, entitled “Victory in Iraq – Does Any Credit Go To God?” I said, “When Jeremiah said “they that handle the law,” he did not only mean pastors and preachers. They that handle the law includes the U.S. Supreme Court, all the State Supreme Courts; the entire judiciary of our people! God’s laws against divorce, homosexuality, murder, abortion and assorted crimes of all kinds are flagrantly set aside by human legislators.”

It is because of this that I have serious doubts about further blessings from God. Yes, God blessed our military efforts. Was it because we asked Him to? Was it because of any “goodness” on our part, or in spite of us, instead of because of us? Did we earn, or deserve, His blessings?

Consider Isaiah’s comparison between our people and the third world nations; countries who worship idols, ancestors, false prophets and fake “holy” men: “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

“The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

“Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

“From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment” (Isaiah 1:2-6).

Are we a sinful nation? We are truly a world leader. We lead the world in the consumption of energy. We lead the world in our technological superiority. We lead the world in per capita GDP. We lead the world in ownership of private property. We lead the world in automobiles, double ovens, and a host of laborsaving devices in the home. We also lead the world in many other ways.  We lead the world in the production and distribution of pornography. We lead the world in murder. We lead the world in divorce. We lead the world in the production and distribution of Hollywood movies, mostly based upon sex and violence; in television programs which are the same. We lead the world in “gay rights” movements. We lead the world in the breakup of the family. We lead the world in illegitimacy. Every third child born to America in general is illegitimate. Every other child born to the African-American community is illegitimate. We lead the world in killing our unborn; over 37 million have died so far in one of the most ghastly, grisly, unbelievable pogroms to ever stalk the earth, abortion.

God says, “The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

“Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

“Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:9-12).

Does America “declare its sin as Sodom”? Consider: Over the weekend of April 19th and 20th, about 30,000 “gay” revelers were intending to take part in a “White Party” in Palm Springs, California. Apparently, the name of the gay festival is not a racial name, but has some other meaning. The celebration is well known for wild, rampant, promiscuous sex, and, of course, the usual cocktails of various kinds of illegal drugs. During such a “celebration,” the mincing “closet queens” gaily circulate, looking for new partners. Open sodomy and every deviant sexual act is the order of the day. How appropriate that Satan arranges such things during the middle of the Days of Unleavened Bread, which God instituted to remind His people about putting sin out of their lives, and eating of the bread which symbolizes the body of Jesus Christ! Some of the “gay” leaders of the party, along with health authorities were said to be worrying openly that this wild orgy of sex and drugs would accelerate an “epidemic of syphilis” which was already occurring in California.

“We're nervous that they're going to take it there, and we're nervous that they're going to bring it home,” said Dr. Peter Kerndt, director of sexually transmitted disease control in Los Angeles County.

An article in the Los Angeles Times indicated that there have been very dramatic increases in sexually transmitted diseases over the past several years, usually resulting from large crowds of gay and lesbian deviates. Many of these who would have attended were said to be carriers of both syphilis and HIV – or AIDS. The paper said, “Palm Springs, which is far smaller than either metropolitan area, has in one year developed one of the highest per capita rates of syphilis in the nation.”

As “gay” leaders and health officials tried to issue warnings, it is important to note that they merely spoke of “safe sex.” Not one word about the condemnation of such incredibly filthy, perverted, sinful behavior. Not one word about abstinence.

God says of these, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet [in modern English; they receive the net result of their own sins – diseases, and early death].

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

“Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

“Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:24-32). Many years ago, I was forced off a major national cable network because I dared to quote this very passage of scripture!

Where does the ultimate blame lie? With the JUDICIARY, and with the PULPIT!

It is the legal and moral leadership of our nation which bears the blame for all the horrors we see around us! Recounting the sins of God’s people, Jeremiah lamented, “Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.

“For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.

“For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.

“Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

“And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal [the Hebrew word “Baal” means “Lord”], and caused my people Israel to err.

“I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah” (Jeremiah 23:9-14).

The ones who should be in the forefront, upholding God’s righteous Ten Commandments and His WAY OF LIFE, the MINISTERS of the churches, are instead in the forefront of preaching “THE LAW IS DONE AWAY!” The Supreme Court of our country has rendered decision after decision which are blatantly wrong; an affront to God and His laws!

From the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt, our highest court has eroded the laws concerning public morality, the family, sex, what constitutes free speech (they allow pornography under this vague device), and the very sanctity of human life. Murderers are allowed to go free. Criminals are rarely caught, and when they are, rarely convicted, and if convicted, rarely do they serve their sentences, or truly pay for their crimes. Murderers are kept alive for decades at taxpayer’s expense, watching television, eating three meals a day, working out on weights, or reading books on “how to sue” those who put them in prison! Do you doubt this? A prison warden told me just yesterday that it is A LAW that his prison library must contain just such a manual on how to sue the police and judiciary! He said it was the most popular book in the prison!

Believe it or not our founding documents COULD NOT BE WRITTEN today, and if written COULD NOT BE PASSED INTO LAW BY EITHER THE CONGRESS OR THE COURTS!

Today, the Supreme Court fancies itself the INTERPRETER of the Constitution, not the upholder of it. There is a CAUSE for every effect! The way in which America leads the world, as enumerated above, is the RESULT, the EFFECT of the striking down of laws about the most basic of institutions. It is as if a concerted attack has been mounted against the home and the family. “Gay rights” activists seek the homosexualization of all society, and are working through all available means; motion pictures, television, magazines, the Internet, pornography (now a MULTI-BILLION dollar industry) to bring about a dramatic change in society. They are ANTI-marriage; ANTI-home and family; ANTI-God!

And no, it doesn’t “take a village” to rear children correctly. It takes a father and mother in the home, who know and practice God’s laws of marriage and child rearing!

Today, there is a vast and growing generation of young Americans who are, as a result of broken homes, illegitimacy, crime, drugs, and lack of a stable home environment, underachievers, liars, petty thieves, gang members, sexually “active” by age 9 and 10, delinquent, degenerate, promiscuous, and contemptuous of all authority. Unwed motherhood obviously perpetuates all of this. Sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, are at epidemic levels, especially among the young!

Such is the record of our courts and our pulpits!

Since Roosevelt, the U.S. Supreme Court must be remembered (and WILL be remembered by Christ in His millennial rule!) as the most powerful and effective instrument for the disintegration of morality in history!

WILL God “continue to bless America?”

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