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Suppression of the truth is a serious matter. In Romans 1, encased in the array of degrading attributes of spiritual and sexual perversion we find this:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness” vs 18
As a former homosexual, its always very interesting for me to see the homosexual community go up in a fit of rage whenever someone manages to break through the carefully erected media barriers and tell the unfiltered truth about homosexuality.
Actor Kirk Cameron did that recently and the predictable “outrage” was fairly predictable. The homosexual community and their media cohorts have become experts at a social neurosis I would call frenzy ad infinitum, a perpetual state of an unjustified and toxic mix of furor, hatred and angst. The source is their deep seated fear of the truth (which they have branded “homophobia”). This truth, we should note, is the one Jesus said makes people free.
The “outrage” would be in a sense justified, even expected, if the person was lying. But this is rage, not because of a brazen lie being told, but because attempts by the homosexual media police to suppress the truth is failing. And they know it.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (Psalms 2:1) Its an age old question that still rings true today.
Here’s why its going to continue to happen and why the homosexual media watchdog org GLAAD, the Southern Poverty Law Center and others like them will be unsuccessful.
God is truth and truth is God
First, the protection and dissemination of the truth is the domain of God himself. God is the truth and he watches over it until it has brought forth its fruit. If homosexuals could destroy God, trust me they would. But, they take aim at the messengers he sends in hope that by killing the messenger, the truth will die with him. Throughout history men and companies of men through intimidation, threats and death have tried to suppress and kill the truth, but they have all failed. Homosexual activists and the antichrist spirit empowering them for now will also fail.
Remember when the religious leaders tried to suppress the truth about Jesus while the church was still in its infancy?
The first time in Acts 4, The government was “greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.” It was an inconvenient truth they sought to suppress. When that didn’t work and the apostles continued spreading the message of freedom in Christ, they ratcheted up their opposition.
“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” (Acts 5:28)
After Peter’s bold rebuttal, they were outraged and wanted to immediately kill them. In their minds, that would shut them up once and for all. But the pharisees were persuaded not to do it, lest it cause even more of Jesus’ followers to rise up.
They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. vss 40-42
Likewise the homosexual community with its media and celebrity power wants to shut down all truth about homosexuality. Its newest concubine, the former civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been assigned the task of branding certain individuals and groups on a “hate list” which means that the false branding can be certified, officialized and used as a tool to shut down opposition. The SPLC is being positioned as a parasocial arm by homosexuals and their government allies to operate in the way Hitler used the paramilitary SA “brown shirts” to be his hands-off arm to intimidate, threaten and brand pre-war Jewry as enemies of the establishment.
In January, after a group of 14 mainly African American pastors protested outside the SPLC headquarters in Montgomery, AL, Mark Potok, editor of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report posted the following lie:
“Our listing of anti-gay hate groups is completely unrelated to religion, Christianity or the Bible. These groups are listed because they repeatedly lie in an effort to defame LGBT people, an exercise they’ve been extraordinarily successful at. The idea that we are criticizing these groups because they represent Judeo-Christian morality is simply ludicrous.”
The only criteria for being listed as a “hate group” is for lying about homosexuality? If lying about homosexuality is the sole criteria, then the SPLC reveals its own hypocrisy and one-sided agenda by not listing homosexual groups who lie about the reality of homosexuality.
Freedom of sexual expression is spiritual bondage, but that truth is lost on the blind guides in the religious and political homosexual world just as the freedom in Christ the apostles preached was lost to the spiritually dead pharisees. In their hatred they lashed out to stop it.
God is in control of all things
What we are seeing develop is a revival of the cycles of persecution the church must endure. It starts with bullying, branding and bigotry. What’s important to understand is that if God allows it, he also controls/moderates it, therefore it will be unsuccessful at suppressing the truth. The suppressors are actually tools God uses to build, spread and strengthen his people.
Religion Facts confirmed that very thing.
In its first three centuries, the Christian church endured regular (though not constant) persecution at the hands of Roman authorities. This experience, and its resulting martyrs and apologists, would have significant historical and theological consequences for the developing faith.
Among other things, persecution sparked the cult of the saints, facilitated the rapid growth and spread of Christianity, prompted defenses and explanations of Christianity (the “apologies”), and, in its aftermath, raised fundamental questions about the nature of the church.
Eventually, when attempts to silence opposition to homosexuality through bullying, branding and bigotry fail to achieve the desired effects, homosexual activists and their allies will use the legal system to pass laws which will imprison and even execute those who tell the truth about their lifestyle. With the rise of homosexuals to power via government and media, we are on the precipice of another cycle of persecution because we will not abandon the truth. And their hatred of God and his truth will once again cause them to lash out in anger.
So when Kirk Cameron broke through and once again put the truth about homosexuality out there like he did, it was only a matter of time before the suppression elements came together to condemn it all. Im not sure it will help to try to convince the suppressors that they will not succeed. As with all the suppressors of the past, death will eventually stop their advances. For the faithful who fall, God himself will raise up others who will lay down their lives for the truth because ultimately no lie will be successful. History, scripture and God himself are witnesses to that.
The uber weird, dead ancestor worshipping Unity Fellowship Church Movement is sponsoring a drag queen contest to spice up its 2010 Convocation. The Los Angeles based denomination is grasping for new lows in an effort to appear relevant to a group of people who are blind to God’s word.
Called “Bright Life: The Illumination”, the bizarre and dark entertainment event is being headlined by the winner of a reality TV cross dressing show.
But let’s look at it from God’s perspective. He has already spoken on this and the verdict is holy.
A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this. ” Deuteronomy 22:5
Deuteronomy 22:5 strikes not only at the act of wearing attire of the opposite gender but also at the intent behind it. God’s holy requirements for his people meant that they were not to adopt, approve or practice the customs and religious rituals of inhabitants of the promised land. Notably, the religion of the Canaanites was infused with sexual perversion. It was one of the most sexually vile cultures of antiquity. From History World.org:
The Baalim and the Baalot, gods and goddesses of the Earth, were believed to be the revitalizes of the forces of nature upon which agriculture depended. The revitalization process involved a sacred marriage (hieros gamos), replete with sexual symbolic and actual activities between men, representing the Baalim, and the sacred temple prostitutes (qedeshot), representing the Baalot. Cultic ceremonies involving sexual acts between male members of the agricultural communities and sacred prostitutes dedicated to the Baalim were focused on the Canaanite concept of sympathetic magic. As the Baalim (through the actions of selected men) both symbolically and actually impregnated the sacred prostitutes in order to reproduce in kind, so also, it was believed, the Baalim (as gods of the weather and the Earth) would send the rains (often identified with semen) to the Earth so that it might yield abundant harvests of grains and fruits. Canaanite myths incorporating such fertility myths are represented in the mythological texts of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra) in northern Syria; though the high god El and his consort are important as the first pair of the pantheon, Baal and his sexually passionate sister-consort are significant in the creation of the world and the renewal of nature.
The UFCM is carrying on the religious sexual idolatry of the Canaanites. And just like the Canaanites, its fairly clear this denomination has no intention of even considering what God says is detestable to him.
If you are confused about so called transgenderism, transvestites, drag queens, cross dressing, intersexed and the growing continuum of gender confusion issues, please see our past articles here, here, here and here.
In the twenty first century there has been a phenomenal increase of same-sex marriages. It been legalized in Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and DC despite failed attempts to vote it down. Same-Sex marriage has also been established in the Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), and Sweden (2009). And the battle to legalize same-sex marriage rages on both in the United States and indeed worldwide.
Here are some other developments around the world:
● The judicial system in Nepal has mandated same-sex marriage. Based on its court decision, the Nepal government will introduce the same-sex marriage bill this year.
● On January 8th of this year the Parliament of Portugal passed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage and the bill is expected to be ratified by Conservative President Anibal Cavaco.
●On December 29th, 2009 the Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrand, signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Mexico City.
●On December 28, 2009 the first same-sex marriage was performed in Latin America’s Argentina.
●And in February 2010, a same-sex marriage ceremony between two homosexual men in Kenya was interrupted by local Muslims and Christians who disapproved of homosexuality. Had it taken place, it would have marked the first public same-sex marriage ceremony in East Africa. These two men knowing that homosexuality in general is prohibited in Kenya, had the boldness to defy the law, were set to get marry was straight rebellion to the laws of the Kenyan government, and the Word of God.
Ironically, Jesus said in Luke 17:26-30, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when Son of man is revealed.”
Jesus being a first century Rabbi, like most Jewish teachers, coupled Sodom with the flood generation as a typical image of evil. His intent was to inform his audience that at His second coming the conditions of the world would mirror Noah’s days and the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
As in the Days of Noah
The Midrash Rabbah Genesis is a specific form of rabbinic literature of ancient Judaism commentaries of the Hebrew Scriptures. It is based on the interpretation of the Torah (Old Testament). It speaks about the subject of same-sex marriage during the days of Noah.
The rabbis wrote in the Midrash Rabbah Genesis that the flood in Noah’s day was primarily triggered when males starting writing marriage deeds with other males, and between men and beasts (bestiality). Based on the account of Midrash Rabbah Genesis, same-sex marriages took place during the days of Noah. There was nothing new under the sun and this is stated by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:9. Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah is synonymous with the destruction of the flood generation in Midrash Rabbah Genesis. It states in the Midrash Rabbah Genesis that Lot pleaded all night for mercy for the Sodomites, and that the angels permitted him to plead for them. But once the people said, “… bring them out [the angels] so we may have sex with them,” mercy ran out. The angels told Lot, “for now on you have no right to plead anymore.” Judgment was sent upon Sodom. Flood water was the judgment of God on the people in Noah’s day. Fire and brimstone was the judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah.
The book of Enoch was written before the birth of Christ and although it is not an inspired book, it is a good resource. Parts of it are quoted in Jude 14-15. 2nd Enoch 34-1, 3-4 states, “God convicts the persons who are idol worshipers and sodomite fornicators, and for this reason he brings down the flood upon them. And all the world will be reduced to confusion by iniquities, wickedness and abominable fornications. That is, friend with friend in anus, every other kind of wicked uncleanness which is almost too disgusting to report, and the worship of the evil one. And that is why I shall bring down the flood onto the earth, and shall destroy everything, and the earth itself will collapse in great darkness.” Second Enoch states that perverse homosexual relationships were the main cause of the flood. Both Midrash Rabbah Genesis and the second book of Enoch state that God frowns on homosexuality in cultic prostitution, and in so-called “loving consensual” homosexual relationships. So don’t believe the liberal Christian theologians, gay-affirming churches and inclusionists. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are an abomination in God’s eyesight.
GCM Watch’s article on June 24, 2008, “Gay Marriage: the ‘days Noah’ return” examined the fact that same-sex marriage caused the flood in Noah’s day in the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud is the interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures 1000 years before Christ.
The True Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the prophetic voice to this world. Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! We must be prepared to start looking up for our redemption draweth nigh. We must get the gospel message out and call sinners both in and out of the church to repentance. Acts 3:23 says, “And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which shall not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed among the people.” That Prophet is Jesus.
YOUR WARNING IS BEING SERVED!!!
Jeremiah 6:10 says, “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” If you continue to believe that same-sex marriage is right, if you scoff at the Word of God, if you ridicule the true Bible-believing Christians as ignorant and small minded, let the Sword of the Spirit circumcise your spiritual ear to receive the truth…or believe a lie and be damned.
A friend on facebook sent this link to me. The British actor apparently thinks he is doing something significant by ripping out a page in the bible which explicity condemns the homosexual activity he is enslaved to. It shows how the real problem is not us, but a hatred of God’s word. A story right out of Romans 1. It also makes me wonder what would happen if McKellan would rip pages out of the Koran or desecrate the Torah. And would he publicly brag about that.
In a Q and A with Details magazine, the openly gay ‘Lord of the Rings’ [and X-Men] star admits to a habit of tearing out the Bible passage that condemns homosexuality — Leviticus 18:22 — every time he finds one in his hotel room. The passage: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
“I’m not proudly defacing the book,” he asserts, “but it’s a choice between removing that page and throwing away the whole Bible.”
McKellen says his actions have inspired others to do the same. “I got delivered a package of 40 of those pages that had been torn out by a married couple I know. They put them on a bit of string so that I could hang it up in the bathroom.”
Earlier this year a gay church in Scotland tried a similar trick which backfired on them.
I assume this is just the beginning of McKellen’s dead-end obsession, but he may be ripping for the rest of his life. Even if he does, this foolish man will never change the Word of the Lord. If he happens to read this, know there’s much more in the Bible than Leviticus 18:22. We’ll start with the Old Testament.
Genesis 1:27— God did not “create” as an original purpose or intent same gender sexual relationships. The concept simply doesn’t exist as a work of the Creator but later surfaces as a result of man’s ever expanding sin.
Genesis 6:19 —God instructs Noah to preserve only male/female pairings of animals to propagate each species. God’s intent is proof that the dead, unfruitful nature of homosexuality is opposite the living, fruitful and creative nature of God reflected even in nature.
Genesis 9:20-24 — The Bible’s first recorded instance of homosexual activity/desire produces not blessing, but rather a generational curse.
Genesis 19:4-13 —The story of Sodom’s sins of greed, inhospitality, hatred and sexual perversion (as corroborated in Ezekiel 16:49). The main point is that pride in one’s sins will draw God’s wrath.
Leviticus 5:3 —Situational moral sins including homosexuality. The word “uncleanness” is translated from the Hebrew tame. Because sexual contact between males was defiling, God instructed the priests and Levites to treat it as signal marker of unholy conduct.
Leviticus 18:22;24-30—This is a second, more distinct command issued by God prohibiting male/male sexual relations. Leviticus 18:22 is a sweeping condemnation of all homosexual activity whether forced or consensual; emotive or nonsexual; contemporary or ancient.
Leviticus 20:13 —This is the 3rd warning to homosexuals of the consequences of their actions. God graciously allows opportunity for repentance, but when it is rejected, he imposes harsh judgment. The word “abomination.” is derived from the Hebrew toevah, which denotes a clash of basic dispositions between the righteous and unrighteous. Thus, homosexuality was seen as destructive to both the family structure and society.
Duet 22:5 — Prohibited cross gender dressing (transvestism, transgenderism et al) among the sexes. These were indigenous practices of the idol worshipping Canaanites.
Deut 23:17 —Sovereign God commanded that there be no prostitution or homosexual conduct (religious sodomites from the Hebrew Qadesh) among the people. The qadesh are forerunners of the contemporary gay christian movement.
Judges 2:11-13 —The “religion” of the Canaanites (descendants of Ham) was as corrupt and vile as could be. On a regular basis it involved child murders (sacrifice), self -mutilation, ritual prostitution and homosexuality. All were practices God called ”evil.”
Judges 19:22-24 —This passage is almost identical to the Genesis 19 story, although it involves a completely different group of people. Interesting footnote: the people of Gibeah were relatives of the Sodomites.
1Kings 14:22-24—This passage highlights the rise of “tolerance” and evil it brings when sin is promoted through government. Governments should never sanction immorality because it contains a destructive element affecting all people, both direct and indirectly. Rehoboam, the king, was strongly influenced by the tolerance policies of his mother, Namah (verse 21) of the Ammonites, also relatives of the Sodomites.
1Kings 15:11-13 — In this passage, the scribe singles out the sin of homosexuality for condemnation. Out of 13 other hideous Canaanite-adopted practices, the practice of sodomy-influenced religion in Israel was viewed as a specific threat to the security, health and spiritual integrity of God’s people. Asa, unlike Rehoboam before him, removed his own mother and her “tolerance” policies. Tolerance is dangerous when it is not based on biblical love.
1Kings 22:43;46 — Jehosaphat, Isreal’s head of state did what was “right” in the eyes of the Lord and removed religious sodomites (qadesh) from influential positions within the country. This was a civil decision based on God’s commandments. Secular leaders can honor God and cause his blessings to come upon the land by restricting laws and policies which damage the well being of the nation at large.
2Kings 23:4-7— Josiah, another King of Isreal institutes reforms which specifically call for the removal of homosexuals who were influential in leading Isreal astray. His actions were part of a “covenant” with God.
Ezekiel 16:49— God didn’t destroy Sodom solely because of of homosexuality. Although it is evident it was a determining factor, Sodom’s sin of pride exacerbated their offensiveness to God.
Daniel 11:37— A reference to the sexual or misoginistic nature of the antichrist as envisioned by Daniel. The word “desire” is from Hebrew chamad, which denotes lust and desire associated with male/female sexuality.
Will the Antichrist be a homosexual? One Alaska pastor believes the scriptures reveal more than we think about the coming evil one.
Says Pastor Harmon of Independent Baptist Church in Wasila in a May 25th op-ed:
In answering this question, it is important to assert the question does not originate with me, lest someone out there think that I am bringing some new doctrine out to bolster the political climate. But as the study of Bible prophecy includes verbiage as to the behavior of the one called “that Wicked” by Paul in II Thessalonians, it is not only a legitimate question to ask, but also one to answer.
It is a legitimate question given the rise of homosexual marriage, how the gay church has thrown its weight behind it and what snippets about the antichrist the Bible reveals.
While the word “homosexual” is not in the Bible, the behavior of those who practice homosexuality, and God’s estimation of them, very definitely is. When the word came into existence I cannot tell you, but what we can say for sure is that when Noah Webster published his first dictionary in 1828, it was not included. This means that homosexuality is a modern word invented to replace the word Noah Webster did include, sodomy, defined as a crime against nature. This is historical revisionism in action.
The appearance of the word “homosexual” in the bible is a rather juvenile claim by defenders of gay christian theology but as the pastor points out the behavior is there as clear as day. Homosexual conduct has always been tied to idolatry both in the OT and NT. Its roots are deeply entwined in the “religious” practices of the peoples whom God forbade his people to associate with. Specifically, the worship of Astoreth (also known as Aphrodite, Isis in their respective cultures) who was believed to have dual sexuality. The Apostle Paul carried forward this understanding by further revealing homosexuals worship each other’s bodies as gods, having rejected the true God.
Pastor Hamman points out something else perhaps not brought out before:
While the Genesis account does not graphically describe their sin, leading some to deny it as being the same as homosexuality, their sin is obviously just that by how it is described: lying with mankind as with womankind. What other conclusion can be reached when they want to “know” the men who were in Lot’s house, the same word the Bible uses in Genesis 4 in relation to the conception of Cain? And that Lot himself understood their intentions is clear; not only did he call such behavior wicked, but he also offered his virgin daughters as substitutes, which the men of Sodom refused.
And one more thing: Sodomy is the only sin for which God came down from heaven to destroy. Though God dealt with many other sins in various ways, there is no other for which he came down from heaven to verify and destroy.
Say what you will, but that is significant. Just like the only time scripture recording Christ “standing” at the right hand of God when the first martyr of the church Stephen was being murdered for telling the pharisees about their many sins.
The Alaska pastor makes a good case that the reason illicit sex has been so pervasive and profitable throughout time is due to the “desire for women”. Using Daniel 11:37 as a reference, he explains that the male antichrist will hold no regard for it. I believe Daniel 11:37 is a glimpse into the sexual nature of the antichrist as envisioned by Daniel. The word “desire” is from Hebrew chamad, which in context denotes lust associated with male/female sexuality.
From a lost perspective, the reason sex sells, pornography is profitable, and prostitution is “the world’s oldest profession” is mankind’s desire of women. From Christianity’s position, it is part of the glue for the bond of marriage and the propagation of a godly heritage. But homosexuality does not regard this — in their unbridled lusts they burn for their own gender.
But consider this: The time is ripe for such a leader. Indeed, it should not be surprising that the one who is against everything Biblical and Christian should be a partaker of so great a sin; there is no greater way to reject the Creator than to reject your gender and his design for it. And at what other time have we seen such perversion come out of the closets onto our streets, threatening violence if we do not accept their ways?
Is it any wonder that Revelation 13 says that this same Antichrist will make war with the saints of the tribulation, and overcome them? Are they not now readying themselves to make it illegal to “offend” them in any way, calling it hatred to preach against their sin? Is it because they love us? The time is ripe for such a man.
Is Pastor Hamman’s commentary just speculation or is it revelation? It is striking that the homosexual agenda (both political and religious) far surpasses any and all others in terms of its ferocity and aggression.
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The fight we help to lead against gay christian doctrine is nothing new to the church. It has, through the centuries since its founding on Calvary by Christ, fought valiantly against many forms of false Christian-oriented doctrines.
As we began taking a closer look at a first century heretical sect called the Nicolatians, there emerges a convincing picture that the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolatians bare a striking resemblance to modern gay church theology. What’s more, the “allies” of the gcm, whom we have cited here such as Bishop Carlton Pearson, Cynthia Clawson and Bishop John Spong among others are part of a wider movement of various forms of antinomianism. Indeed, the beliefs of the Nicolatians were based on a form of antinomianism which taught that the grace and love of Christ allowed one freedom from adhering to the moral laws of God. In this first part we will look at what we know about the Nicolatians from scripture and cultural context. In the sequel we’ll look at its simularities with the gay christian movement.
Although there is no specific written doctrinal work on record by the Nicolatians, several things we can be sure of.
1. Their deeds and doctrines were hated by Jesus Christ. He specifically denounced and condemned this twice and followed with a stern warning to repent.
2. The Nicolatians were closely associated with idolatry and sexual immorality and exerted a certain amount of influence over the people of God. It required a forceful confrontation from Christ and his apostles. The scripture equate this negative influence with leaven.
WHAT THE NAME MEANS
According to Truth Ablaze and doctrinal exposition site, the name of the sect reveals much about the doctrinal error.
The name, Nicolaitanes, is a compound word which is composed of three Greek words, and which, because of being a proper noun, is transferred instead of being translated into English. As thus transferred, it is subject to the laws of Greek construction in regard to ellipsis, contraction and phonetics.
The Greek words used in its construction are first: “Nikos,” of which we use the English equivalents instead of the Greek letters, as we shall also of the other two. Nikos is defined as “a conquest; victory; triumph; the conquered; and by implication, dominancy over the defeated.” Another transferred name in which this term is used is “Nicopolis,” i.e., Niko – conquest; polis city. Hence, the city of conquest, or city of victory. Also “Andro” — “nikos;” a man of conquest, of victory.
The second term used in the name under consideration is “laos,” — people, another use of which is Nicolas, which is transferred and is composed of Nikoslaos and means one who is “victorious over the people,” the letter “s” being, in both words, the nominative case ending, which is retained only at the end of the word to denote the case, while “a” short and “o” short are contracted into “a” long.
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Jesus also linked the Nicolatians to the error of Balaam, an Old Testament false prophet who has become a biblical symbol for apostasy.
Here in Pergamum, we see the “doctrine of Balaam” strictly condemned by Christ. It is important that we understand what Balaam’s “doctrine” was, so that we may steer clear of it today. What the Old Testament alludes to- Jesus makes very plain – the doctrine of Balaam involved idolatry and sexual immorality. I’m not going to post the whole story of Balaam for the sake of time and space. I encourage you to read about him in Numbers chapters 22-24. To make a long story short, Balak hired Balaam (a prophet of sorts who is called a “southsayer” in Joshua 13:22 KJV) to curse Israel. After numerous attempts at bribing him by Balak, Balaam finally comes to the conclusion that he cannot curse what God has blessed (I could really preach here, but I’m going to resist the urge so that we can stay on track). It’s going to take more than some verbal curse to make Israel vulnerable to her enemies. So he comes up with a strategy. This strategy is later revealed in Numbers 31:8,16. What becomes obvious is that Balaam’s strategy included getting the children of Israel to commit sexual immorality with the Midianite women. In committing this trespass, the men of Israel were also mingling with the pagan gods worshipped by these women. This is a perfect example of religious syncretism. That’s a big theological word, but it basically means a “mixture” of different belief systems. What makes it so deadly is that it gives the outward appearance of piety and reverence for God, all the while tolerating the things that He has so clearly designated as an abomination to Him. We must beware of this even today-now more than ever!
Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. The Nicolatians are likewise linked with Jezebel, another Old Testament personality who became known for leading Isreal into unrestrained idolartry and ruthlessly persecution of God’s true prophets.
Though the names keep changing (Nicolatians, Balaam, Jezebel), the message is basically the same. This teaching offers a Christianity which doesn’t demand obedience and loyalty to Jesus Christ alone. This is heresy and God hates it- plain and simple! We can clearly see that the aim of these false teachers is to convince Christians (notice Jesus calls them “my servants” in Revelation 2:20) that sexual immorality, ungodly lifestyles, and idolatry can be practiced without affecting one’s standing in Christ. Jesus strongly rebukes that notion by saying that judgement is surely coming to those who practice such works. He calls such teachings the “depths things of Satan.” (KJV) I think it would be interesting to see how this is translated in various versions for effect.
Even without an extensive knowledge of the Nicolatian sect, we can see why Christ declared his hatred for their actions and their false teachings. Today, though we are accused of hating homosexuals, it is the spirit behind the gay christian movement with its form of godliness that is truly worthy of the hatred of God’s people. Neither should it be tolerated. Our example should closely follow Christ’s in calling on them to repent and return to the truth.