– Defining “Straight”
First of all let me state that the material about which I write today is sensitive, for mature audiences only, and not for squeamish people, or religious people who are offended by the hard realities of lives which differ from their own! Consider yourselves warned. I want to get down to the nitty gritty about sexual sin in the church!
Again, I want to remind everyone that I am speaking to so-called “Christians! Especially “Evangelicals who think themselves to be “Saved”, blood-bought, Spirit-taught, Word-washed, discerning saints of God!
I am NOT preaching this message to sinners, though they are welcome to tune in and get a clue! But I am not directing this to them because – duh – sinners sin! That is their job description. They can't help themselves! They can actually claim “The devil made me do it”, and get away with that – while they are here, on earth, at least. Oh – of course they will still go to hell, if they don't accept Yeshua's sacrifice which CAN help them stop sinning! But my point is that at least sin makes sense for them. So lay off judging them, leave that to God, and let's clean up around our own door-step, shall we?!
The Pharisaical, Hypocritical Religious Right who sit on their high horses of imagined morality judging the masses – those are the ones in the cross-hairs of this verbal cross-bow! We obviously need a clear reminder of who we are and who we are not! We need to become aware of who we (as the so called, “Called Out Ones”, have really become, instead of continuing to live in denial about what we have or have not let the Spirit do in us! We have NO excuse! We are called out! But have we come out!? That is the question!
We need to climb down off of our high horses of excessive, entirely worthless, flesh sponsored religiosity – shoot those darn things – and humble ourselves to see the reality of what needs fixing, so that we can get the help of the Spirit of God on that mess!
So, to get to the point of this writing, today's phraseology frequently annoys me. I find it inaccurate, inappropriate and insulting, for example,that the term “straight” is currently used to describe all heterosexual beings. I am very sorry to burst everyone's bubble – but not all heterosexuals are anywhere near “straight” - whether you find that definition in the Word of God or Mirriam-Webster's Dictionary.
“Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” ~ Matthew 7:14
“And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.” ~ Isaiah 35:8
Full Definition of straight
1a : free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities b : generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation
2a : lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method b : candid, frank c : coming directly from a trustworthy source d (1) : having the elements in an order (2) : consecutive e : having the cylinders arranged in a single straight line f : plumb, vertical
3a : exhibiting honesty and fairness b : properly ordered or arranged : correct c : free from extraneous matter : unmixed d : marked by no exceptions or deviations e : having a fixed price for each regardless of the number sold f : not deviating from an indicated patterng (1) : exhibiting no deviation from what is established or accepted as usual, normal, or proper : conventional; also : square 5f (2) : not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
(and – in recent times Websters has added “heterosexual” as well, but I beg to differ!)
Due to the abuse I received as a child, much of it from church-going, well respected men in the community, many of whom were considered upstanding and definitely considered to be “straight” – because they would have had no qualms about shunning, or even hanging, or shooting a homosexual – I can tell you that those low-life sons-of-bitches (sorry, can access NO decent vocabulary for that evil) who would get their rocks off on a baby girl are NOT in any sense of the word, “straight”. Unless that would be headed straight for hell! They are as perverse – or twisted – as one can get! (Neither was I overly impressed with the characters of the obviously homosexual females that got pleasure out of sexually arousing a small girl! But, again, at least most of them didn't attend church on Sunday!)
(*Please note: As individual's - whose faces or names which I've recovered in deliverance ministry, as my suppressed memories were released – I have forgiven each of them! In fact, I have much compassion for their sinful condition, and the hateful strongholds which drove them to perpetrate this evil! However, I maintain that they can not be referred to as “straight”!)
Sorry to be gross or graphic. This one of those times when it is what it is! But the point is that sexual perversion is sexual perversion! And ALL sexual perversion – which can be defined as intimacy that has been removed from God's standards of Love and Purity – is SIN!!!! I don't care which way your door swings! And I reallly can't believe, much less support, the prating idiots who openly slam homosexuality from the pulpit, and yet still ogle women like wolves at a meat packing plant, or run around on their wives/husbands in secret, or who fantasize about other mates instead of taking relationship issues to God to be fixed....etc. etc.!
And while on on the subject of double-standard hypocrisy – let me add that I am thoroughly tired of these morbidly obese, disgustingly fat, greedy, food-addicted pastors who preach hell-fire and brimstone on anyone drinking a beer, or a glass of wine, or touching alcohol in any form for any reason, or suffering from any other addiction, while they are practicing gluttony to an early grave! I am astounded at the numbers of people who freely use birth control (which is scientifically and medically proven to be an abortifacient; or who get surgery to prevent life from happening - and yet want to go picket abortion centers - and want to preach condemnation on LOST women who fall prey to that temptation!!!! Abortion by birth control is still abortion folks! The numbers we know about are perpetrated by people who were up front about it! How many have the high and mighty fear-mongering, faithless, disobedient ones, who are playing "Church" and steeped in religious bias - how many children have been aborted by them, in religious denial - for their own convenience!!!! Their blood cries out from the land too! Let's stop treating the Word of God like a fast-food menu! We don't get to pick and choose! We need to read it, believe it, and obey it – by the power of the Anointing with the help of the Spirit!
We have - by our hypocrisy - made ourselves a laughingstock! WE have brought down persecution upon our own heads because of our double-dealing with the Word of God! People - the Word of God must be applied INWARDLY before it will do ANY good OUTWARDLY!!!! The “Church” in America SOOOO needs to get that! This is why our current President openly mocks us and God does nothing! God has allowed a mocking-jay to show us what we have become with our flesh stroking, religiously rich/ spiritually bankrupt meetings – and our so called "spiritual leadership" who are void of both anointing and discernment! We are a really bad joke! Our religious hypocrisy has made us holey, not holy!
Again, I am calling out for Teshuvah! Which begins with having the good sense to listen to the warnings, and to humble ourselves enough to consider that they may apply to us! And then to act on that realization, by repenting of the parts of that judgment for which we are guilty! So that God can cleanse us, and turn back the wrath that is poised like a huge, ominous ax blade above our worthless heads!
In case we've lost sight of it, Proverbs 4:26 & 27 Tells us where the straight and narrow way lies...
“Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.”
And these other scriptures confirm that message over and over;
“So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
“...my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;”
“Do not turn to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.”
Hmmm....that phrase seems to come up a lot! Perhaps politics, religion and ideologies have ensnared us, as they did Israel of old! Perhaps they have become the gods we obey! Perhaps we should stop looking to them now, and seek after God again! We can pray “God Bless America” until America stops goofing off and blesses God! Especially those who are called by HIS Name! He has answered us! Saying, “When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you."
Are you on the straight and narrow way? Or have you found to your surprise that you are on the broad way that leads to destruction? If you are not traveling God's Way, then a U-turn is required. Go back to where ever you left that path, and let His Spirit help you find it again!
Today is the day of Salvation. “Today, if you would hear His voice, 8Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9"When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My work.…”
I think we've seen His work...and He has definitely seen ours! Let's not test Him further! Let's hit our faces in humble teshuvah and seek His mercy again!