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The campaign for immorality
(SBG: “John MacArthur isn’t one to get involved with politics, but he does have biblical insight into one party’s campaign platform. Here is a sample of John’s sermon…”)
“While we were gone the last couple of weeks, we were exposed to the two conventions that were held: the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. And I know that politics is the topic among many people today, and I suppose that’s natural since it is such a huge part of media exposure. And as you know, I’m not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform. This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.
At the same time, it advocates a homosexual marriage, which is an oxymoron, an utter impossibility, and a gross violation of the law of God. And then to add to that, the murder of abortion, and then a platform originally leaving God out. All of that’s Romans 1. Romans 1 says God will judge, God has judged throughout human history, nations that experience sexual freedom. Romans chapter 1 lays that out clearly: the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against those who advocate sexual freedom, sexual conduct outside of marriage. And that’s an indication of the demise of a nation.
In the United States on record is 1.5 million abortions a year. Every third baby conceived is murdered in the womb. Four thousand a day plus, 170 an hour–Planned Parenthood alone kills one every ninety-five seconds.
The Physicians Association of Planned Parenthood released this statement, quote: “Abortion is a treatment for unwanted pregnancy, the second sexually transmitted disease.” Pregnancy is a sexually transmitted disease. Our nation and others are murdering a whole generation of humans in mass infanticide that was legalized in January of 1973 by the Roe v. Wade decision made by an unrighteous group of people on the Supreme Court. Now forty-three percent of all women have an abortion and forty-seven percent of abortions are repeats. It’s legal to do to a child what you might be arrested for doing to a cat, or a dog, or certainly an eagle. In fact, Massachusetts made it illegal to award goldfish as a prize at a fair. And the document from the Massachusetts law said this was “to protect the tendency to dull humanitarian feelings and corrupt the morals of those who abuse them–a law to prevent the abuse of goldfish.“
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(And…part two, posted below…!) AGM†
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Homosexuality and the campaign for immorality
(FromSBG… “I posted John MacArthur’s sermon on a certain party’s political platform, that sermon dealt with abortion. This is the second part of John’s sermon series on immorality and it deals with homosexuality…”)
Earlier in the service I read from the first chapter of Romans what is really a very, very shocking portion of Scripture. Just to remind you that Romans chapter 1, verses 18 to 32, describes the wrath of God that is unleashed in the world.
The wrath of God is divided into a number of elements. There is eschatological wrath. That is the wrath that will fall on the earth at the end of human history in a time called the time of Tribulation. There is sowing and reaping wrath. That is the wrath of God that comes consequent on sin–whatever a man sows, he reaps. There is cataclysmic wrath. That is the wrath of God that He sets on man from miraculous use of the natural order, such as the Flood, or any other massive disaster that catapults souls into eternity. So there is that wrath of God which is eschatological and which is consequential and which is cataclysmic. And then there is that wrath of God which is eternal wrath, and that would be the wrath of God unleashed on the ungodly forever in the punishments of eternal hell.
But the wrath that is being referred to in Romans 1 isn’t any of those. It is the wrath of abandonment. The wrath described here is the wrath that is executed when, according to verses 24, 26 and 28, God gives them over–gives them over, gives them over. In other words, it’s when God abandons a nation. It’s when God abandons a society and gives them over to the consequences of their behavior, which is escalating iniquity and disaster leading to judgment. This wrath of God is released from heaven, “revealed from heaven,” verse 18 says, “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth.” And he goes on to say they all have the truth; the truth is visible from creation.
Through the years at Grace Church–and I’ve been here a long time, since 1969–this church has existed in a hotbed of homosexual activity in Southern California. And I’ve had my share of personal opportunity to meet people who have been washed and sanctified and justified. And some of them are sitting among you and you don’t even know that because they were saved from that, just as there are adulterers and swindlers and the rest that make up a redeemed congregation. I’ve had some incredible experiences. I can remember going down to a local hospital–a young man dying of AIDS; raised in a Christian family; rejected the gospel; lived twenty-plus years in a blatant, outrageous, homosexual lifestyle. The L.A. Police Department told me some years ago that the numbers of partners that active homosexuals have would be an average of about 500, some as many as a thousand–that kind of lifestyle.
This young man in his room was surrounded by these kinds of friends. He had called the church to say, “Could someone come?” He was dying and he was afraid to die. And he held my hand, and squeezed my hand, and I prayed that God would forgive him and save him, and he cried out to God and repented of his sin and pled with God to be merciful and gracious and save him. The same as David. And I prayed, and he was squeezing the life out of my hand.
And then when the prayer was over, he just looked still and he looked at the clock on the wall. And I said, “What are you looking at?” He said, “I want to remember the time of my salvation.” And he lived for a few more weeks and all those people shunned him. I’ve seen that and not just once. And that’s why we’re here, to preach the message of deliverance to the people who are trapped in that horrible sin. I can’t imagine that somehow it could be illegal in the United States of America to speak in love to those people, and that some party in this country would adapt the tolerance of homosexuality as something they affirm. Unbelievable.
SBG: “As I read this near the end of the sermon, it brought me to tears…”
Turn to Psalm 107, and I’m going to close there–Psalm 107. Some years ago I was standing here at the beginning of the service, and I got up to read the Scripture, and this is what I read, starting at verse 4, “They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; they didn’t find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way, to …an inhabited city. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; they stumbled there was none to help. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death…broke their bands apart. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has shattered gates of bronze and cut bars of iron asunder.” I read that.
After the service was over, a handsome, tall man, 6’ 3” or so, walked up to me. He’d been sitting right back there. His name was Robert Logerstrum. He was one of the directors of the gay pride parade in Los Angeles, lived completely consumed in a world of homosexuals, and was dying of AIDS.
He said, “I have to talk to you; I have to talk to you.” I said, “Absolutely.” So we sat and talked and he said, “I just have to tell you, you preach a long time.” I said, “Well, why are you saying that?” He said, “Because when you read that Scripture, I knew I was in the right place, and I just wanted to get wherever I needed to get, to whoever I needed to talk to, to tell how the Lord could break the bands of iron and bondage that holds me. And then you kept talking, and talking, and talking, and talking.” Later when I talked to him on a couple occasions, he couldn’t remember the sermon. All he remembered was the Scripture.
But, he gave his life to Christ. He was dying of AIDS, and he went to some of his friends and he said, “I don’t want to die. I’m terrified to die. Where can I get help?” And the homosexual friends that he had said go to Grace Community Church. They sent him here. These are unconverted people who know the reputation of the church.
He came that one Sunday. He came, gave his life to Christ. I baptized him right here a few weeks later. He was totally transformed. He went back and the gay pride parade, went down Hollywood Boulevard, right by his apartment, and all his friends came by to see him in his dying days, and he gave the gospel to all of them. And he went to glory. And his baptism testimony was recorded and played at his funeral to the whole homosexual community.
You may read or listen to this sermon in its entirety here….
~A personal note:
May many be brought under God’s conviction through the faithfulness of Pastor MacArthur, the testimony of men like Robert and the young man who found freedom and redemption through Jesus Christ…oh Lord, thank You for working in and through these men. I SO look forward to our collective eternity with You, together! Please soften hearts, open ears, and make blind eyes see that YOU are the only way of salvation and that YOU are WHO every person alive needs! Your loving sacrifice of Yourself for any who come to You shows clearly that while there will always be evil people who will still call “evil good, and good evil”, it is a lie, and that Your definition of good is the only real and true good that exists, and there is not a soul alive who does not need the forgiveness of God that is only found through You. Please bring many homosexuals to repentance and surrender to You, and freedom from the bondage of a lie as old as the devil himself. And not just homosexuals, but drunkards, perverts (of differing types), liars, adulterers, idoloters, blasphemers, SINNERS (such as all of us who are saved once were!). Open their eyes to their own sin against a Holy and Righteous God and their need of forgiveness through You, Jesus…and in those now saved souls, may You be glorified and the Father be praised, and the celebratory joy in heaven be SO loud and happy that we can almost hear it here. 😀 Blessed be the name of the Lord! Maranatha!~AGM †