I’VE LIVED LONG ENOUGH…

AN ESSAY IN ANSWER TO

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/14/city-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons/

I’ve lived long enough and ministered long enough to see the full circle. When I was in high school (early sixties) without an inkling of understanding about sodomy, our evaluation of a “Queer” was the lowest conceivable rank of a homosapian.  Later, while in Bible college in 1972 the newspaper had an article about a police raid on a men’s room at Pensacola beach.  There were political celebrities involved and the debate was whether to print their names in the Pensacola News Journal.  I wrote a letter to the editor in favour of publishing them, while many others wrote in favour of the more socially acceptable, politically correct, comfortable silence.

ANY CHRISTIAN SOLDIER WORTH HIS WEAPON

The Bible demands that a person choose sides on this issue.  A Christian soldier has no choice.  He must stand on the side of righteousness with his Commander and Chief, or else be a defector to the army of the god of this world.  But the average Christian is so swayed by the love of the world that they have been deceived into silence, tolerance, or, at worst, compromise.

The verses commanding a Christian soldier to muster to the side of righteousness are plenty, but the stay-in-the-barracks Christian soldiers are too busy watching the arm-chair quarterbacks play the game of Christianity on TV to search the scriptures.

Lev 18:22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Rom 1:25  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.

Rom 1:26  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:

Rom 1:27  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 recompence of their error which was meet.

Rom 1:28  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;

Pro 28:4  They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Mat 10:18  And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

These verses call to arms any soldier worth his weapon.  When a Christian soldier ignores these commands, is he not insubordinate?  We live in a day of parade-dress soldiers in the army of the Lord.  When the parade trumpet blows, they grab their burnished sword and they are off to impress the crowd.  But when the battle trumpet blows, they cherish their uniform so much that they will not jump in the foxhole, lest they tarnish their image.

Jer 48:10  Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

FELONY

I took my first pastorate in Tallahassee, Florida in 1975.  The laws concerning sodomy made it a felony to be caught committing such crimes against nature.  By the way, Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines sodomy as “A crime against nature”, while other modern dictionaries are quite soft toward the abomination. Those promoting sodomy in our “Christian” nation were working hard at the grass-roots level for societal acceptance.  I built one of the first changeable letter signs and mounted it between two telephone poles  in front of my church located on a major route in and out of the capitol of the state.  Many citizens drove out of their way to and from the city, just to view my weekly sign preaching.  My signs preached against every violation of the Bible that became a current and popular issue in the news.  A few may remember that a pop singer named Anita Bryant took a bold stand against the sodomite agenda.  She was much bolder than most pastors of that day.  She sang commercials for the Florida Orange Juice company, so in order to affect her pocketbook, the sodomites boycotted Florida Orange Juice.  This was a very hot issue in that day, so I put on the sign the double pun, “We support Anita in putting the squeeze on the fruits.”  This sign made it to print in the Flambeau newspaper, which was the Florida State University campus newspaper.  Among the 14 churches in a city of 120,000 people, my church was the only Independent Baptist church that was clearly vocal on the subject of sodomy in that era. We preached publickly and wrote news articles and letters to the editor against it.

SODOMITE CHURCH???

About this same time, the Metropolitan Community Church, which is a sodomite assembly, started a local chapter in Tallahassee.  This “church” exists for the sole purpose of creating a comfortable religious atmosphere for sodomites.  They are still functioning world-wide…check them out on the web.  The pastor of this organization, Robert Angel, was a practicing sodomite living openly with the assistant pastor in the parsonage.  This group used a bible with their own twisted private interpretation.  For instance, they taught that Lev. 18:22 was under the law and was included in the context with eating pork and therefore was not applicable.  Romans chapter 1 was written by Paul, who “also did not like women in red dresses.” They were referring to Paul’s admonition on women’s modesty.

Our ministry stood boldly and publicly against this abomination.  We preached against them on our signboard.  We picketed and preached in front of the sodomite bars and clubs.  We made loud noises and protested against this beginning of later horrors.  Not one other Independent Baptist church joined us in this effort.

Tallahassee Ministerial Association

The MCC became concerned for their image and so applied for acceptance into the Tallahassee Ministerial Association.  The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper gave the association free press, whereupon they announced that the MCC was under such persecution that the ministers of Tallahassee felt it was their duty to provide this church with credibility and shelter.  I am not exaggerating.  I called the president of the association and made an appointment with him in his office.  He was the associate pastor of the First Methodist Church.  I asked him if he was present at the meeting that made this decision and if he had voted.  He said that he had voted for this action.  I then asked if he was aware that Robert Angel was an openly practicing sodomite.  He answered “Yes”.  I then asked him why he would vote for something that was so against the Bible.  His reply: “Who knows what good can come from our putting our arm of fellowship around this brother in Christ?” Remember, this is 1979.

FLANK MOVEMENT

I hastily formed the “Bible Believing Preachers’ Association” which, although thrown together quickly, was as legitimate as the Tallahassee Ministerial Association.  My association was formed for one purpose only: to publicly expose the MCC.  I, as a local pastor, felt burdened for the people of Tallahassee, because they truly did not have all the information on MCC or Robert Angel.  In theory, the average citizen could live on the same street as MCC and not be able to distinguish it from any other church in town.  I imagined that if a young boy happened to be invited to MCC and his ignorant father didn’t want to be bothered with “church” that the boy could wander, even with permission, into MCC on a bright, beautiful Sunday morn.  Consider that sodomites do not reproduce, they recruit.  Therefore, I felt it to some degree my duty as a pastor/soldier to at least warn these ignorant, lost sheep concerning the wolf in the pasture.

SO MUCH FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

I wrote a detailed exposé on both the organization and the “pastor” and secured twice as many names on my announcement as the ministerial association had on theirs.  I also had a significant monetary commitment backing the publication of this in the local paper.  I marched into the newspaper office and asked for an appointment with the publisher.  I showed him our announcement and asked for the same courtesy as he had given the other association.  He was aghast!  He could not believe what he was reading.  He looked me square in the face and asked, “Is this true?” I strongly affirmed it was and challenged him to make one phone call to the number on the announcement, knowing that Robert Angel himself would confirm the information.  The publisher replied, “That is absolutely terrible, but I cannot publish this.”  I said that I had anticipated his denial and was more than prepared to get this published in his newspaper, as paid advertising.  He told me straightforwardly that he could not publish this for any amount of money; so much for freedom of the press.  I then told him that I was going to publish this myself and circulate it widely in businesses and government offices in the city and that I intended to put a disclaimer at the bottom that the Tallahassee Democrat refused to publish this announcement.

XEROX TO THE RESCUE

One of the best men in my church was a repairman for Xerox copy machines, and he told me just to give him a number for the copies to be printed.  We put them out by the hundreds and flooded Tallahassee with this warning.

LONG STORY SHORT

The sodomites rallied to the battle and came from all over the state to protest on the steps of the capitol building and call for legislative action to change Florida law in favour of sodomy.  Remember this was now 1980.  I have news articles showing this assembly, along with our opposing group.  My name and photo are on the front page, along with Troy Perry the founder of the international MCC.

SNEAKY ATTACHMENT

The proposed new law change had a clause in it that few were aware of.  It read that the new law would make it legal to practice sodomy but, at the same time, illegal for the private citizen to teach their children in any way against sodomy. Does this sound currently familiar? Public schools, sex education, or church sermons subject to government approval?  This was 1980.

LIVE TV DEBATE

Robert Angel and I debated on live TV in Tallahassee.  He made his predictable twisted argument against each Bible reference on the subject, but at the end he told me something rather pathetically prophetic.  He told me that, “Society has learned to accept adultery…and now they are just going to have to learn to accept homosexuality.” This was 34 years ago.  WOW!

IN THE CLOSET OR ON THE BATTLE FIELD

Back then, the sodomite was still in the closet and the righteous soldiers had a chance to keep it that way and even lock the door and throw away the key.  But the righteous soldiers did not rally to the cause and now the righteous soldiers are in the closet and have swallowed their own key and are hoping that the sodomites do not knock on the door.  This is a disgraceful condition for the army of the King of Kings to be in.  Because of this impotency, the battle has been lost on abortion, prayer, and Bible reading in public schools, sex education, normal marriage and the national mind-set toward normal relationships.  But now, thanks to the news media, federal judges in every state, Hollywood, popular politicians and the money-backed sodomite propaganda machine, the average citizen, whether Christian or heathen, has been successfully programmed to extend this unbiblical attitude far beyond silent toleration of sodomy, all the way to defending and vocally assenting to it.  What a shameful thing to go so far against clear Bible instruction.

SO, WHY ARE WE SHOCKED

So, why is it shocking that we are being demanded to submit our anti-sodomite sermons for government approval?  The wimps and weasels that conveniently cowered out of the fight three and a half decades ago have not gained spiritual strength in these last days.

THE BIGGER THEY ARE THE WEAKER THEY FIGHT

In conclusion, allow me to tell one final story from the olden days.  When I was soliciting for signatures on the exposé for the newspaper I made an appointment with the pastor of the largest church with a similar description in Tallahassee, FL.  Dr. Rayburn Blair was a giant among the BBF.  He was very condescending during our meeting.  I presented him with the announcement listing many signatures which he knew.  With a smirk, he handed it back and said, “I am sorry but I don’t sign anything I don’t write.”  As I received the announcement I told him if he preferred, he could write it and then I would sign it.  He smiled and said, “Don’t worry…………..you’ll mellow.”  My last words to him were, “I don’t want to mellow…………it’s too close to rotten.”

I wonder if that is what the church of Jesus Christ has become in these last minutes before He returns…………………………MELLOW!

Dr. Gerald Sutek, Th.D, Ph.D

http://www.streetpreaching.com

I’VE LIVED LONG ENOUGH…

AN ESSAY IN ANSWER TO

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/14/city-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons/

I’ve lived long enough and ministered long enough to see the full circle. When I was in high school (early sixties) without an inkling of understanding about sodomy, our evaluation of a “Queer” was the lowest conceivable rank of a homosapian.  Later, while in Bible college in 1972 the newspaper had an article about a police raid on a men’s room at Pensacola beach.  There were political celebrities involved and the debate was whether to print their names in the Pensacola News Journal.  I wrote a letter to the editor in favour of publishing them, while many others wrote in favour of the more socially acceptable, politically correct, comfortable silence.

ANY CHRISTIAN SOLDIER WORTH HIS WEAPON

The Bible demands that a person choose sides on this issue.  A Christian soldier has no choice.  He must stand on the side of righteousness with his Commander and Chief, or else be a defector to the army of the god of this world.  But the average Christian is so swayed by the love of the world that they have been deceived into silence, tolerance, or, at worst, compromise.

The verses commanding a Christian soldier to muster to the side of righteousness are plenty, but the stay-in-the-barracks Christian soldiers are too busy watching the arm-chair quarterbacks play the game of Christianity on TV to search the scriptures.

Lev 18:22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Rom 1:25  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.

Rom 1:26  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:

Rom 1:27  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 recompence of their error which was meet.

Rom 1:28  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;

Pro 28:4  They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Mat 10:18  And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

These verses call to arms any soldier worth his weapon.  When a Christian soldier ignores these commands, is he not insubordinate?  We live in a day of parade-dress soldiers in the army of the Lord.  When the parade trumpet blows, they grab their burnished sword and they are off to impress the crowd.  But when the battle trumpet blows, they cherish their uniform so much that they will not jump in the foxhole, lest they tarnish their image.

Jer 48:10  Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

FELONY

I took my first pastorate in Tallahassee, Florida in 1975.  The laws concerning sodomy made it a felony to be caught committing such crimes against nature.  By the way, Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines sodomy as “A crime against nature”, while other modern dictionaries are quite soft toward the abomination. Those promoting sodomy in our “Christian” nation were working hard at the grass-roots level for societal acceptance.  I built one of the first changeable letter signs and mounted it between two telephone poles  in front of my church located on a major route in and out of the capitol of the state.  Many citizens drove out of their way to and from the city, just to view my weekly sign preaching.  My signs preached against every violation of the Bible that became a current and popular issue in the news.  A few may remember that a pop singer named Anita Bryant took a bold stand against the sodomite agenda.  She was much bolder than most pastors of that day.  She sang commercials for the Florida Orange Juice company, so in order to affect her pocketbook, the sodomites boycotted Florida Orange Juice.  This was a very hot issue in that day, so I put on the sign the double pun, “We support Anita in putting the squeeze on the fruits.”  This sign made it to print in the Flambeau newspaper, which was the Florida State University campus newspaper.  Among the 14 churches in a city of 120,000 people, my church was the only Independent Baptist church that was clearly vocal on the subject of sodomy in that era. We preached publickly and wrote news articles and letters to the editor against it.

SODOMITE CHURCH???

About this same time, the Metropolitan Community Church, which is a sodomite assembly, started a local chapter in Tallahassee.  This “church” exists for the sole purpose of creating a comfortable religious atmosphere for sodomites.  They are still functioning world-wide…check them out on the web.  The pastor of this organization, Robert Angel, was a practicing sodomite living openly with the assistant pastor in the parsonage.  This group used a bible with their own twisted private interpretation.  For instance, they taught that Lev. 18:22 was under the law and was included in the context with eating pork and therefore was not applicable.  Romans chapter 1 was written by Paul, who “also did not like women in red dresses.” They were referring to Paul’s admonition on women’s modesty.

Our ministry stood boldly and publicly against this abomination.  We preached against them on our signboard.  We picketed and preached in front of the sodomite bars and clubs.  We made loud noises and protested against this beginning of later horrors.  Not one other Independent Baptist church joined us in this effort.

Tallahassee Ministerial Association

The MCC became concerned for their image and so applied for acceptance into the Tallahassee Ministerial Association.  The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper gave the association free press, whereupon they announced that the MCC was under such persecution that the ministers of Tallahassee felt it was their duty to provide this church with credibility and shelter.  I am not exaggerating.  I called the president of the association and made an appointment with him in his office.  He was the associate pastor of the First Methodist Church.  I asked him if he was present at the meeting that made this decision and if he had voted.  He said that he had voted for this action.  I then asked if he was aware that Robert Angel was an openly practicing sodomite.  He answered “Yes”.  I then asked him why he would vote for something that was so against the Bible.  His reply: “Who knows what good can come from our putting our arm of fellowship around this brother in Christ?” Remember, this is 1979.

FLANK MOVEMENT

I hastily formed the “Bible Believing Preachers’ Association” which, although thrown together quickly, was as legitimate as the Tallahassee Ministerial Association.  My association was formed for one purpose only: to publicly expose the MCC.  I, as a local pastor, felt burdened for the people of Tallahassee, because they truly did not have all the information on MCC or Robert Angel.  In theory, the average citizen could live on the same street as MCC and not be able to distinguish it from any other church in town.  I imagined that if a young boy happened to be invited to MCC and his ignorant father didn’t want to be bothered with “church” that the boy could wander, even with permission, into MCC on a bright, beautiful Sunday morn.  Consider that sodomites do not reproduce, they recruit.  Therefore, I felt it to some degree my duty as a pastor/soldier to at least warn these ignorant, lost sheep concerning the wolf in the pasture.

SO MUCH FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

I wrote a detailed exposé on both the organization and the “pastor” and secured twice as many names on my announcement as the ministerial association had on theirs.  I also had a significant monetary commitment backing the publication of this in the local paper.  I marched into the newspaper office and asked for an appointment with the publisher.  I showed him our announcement and asked for the same courtesy as he had given the other association.  He was aghast!  He could not believe what he was reading.  He looked me square in the face and asked, “Is this true?” I strongly affirmed it was and challenged him to make one phone call to the number on the announcement, knowing that Robert Angel himself would confirm the information.  The publisher replied, “That is absolutely terrible, but I cannot publish this.”  I said that I had anticipated his denial and was more than prepared to get this published in his newspaper, as paid advertising.  He told me straightforwardly that he could not publish this for any amount of money; so much for freedom of the press.  I then told him that I was going to publish this myself and circulate it widely in businesses and government offices in the city and that I intended to put a disclaimer at the bottom that the Tallahassee Democrat refused to publish this announcement.

XEROX TO THE RESCUE

One of the best men in my church was a repairman for Xerox copy machines, and he told me just to give him a number for the copies to be printed.  We put them out by the hundreds and flooded Tallahassee with this warning.

LONG STORY SHORT

The sodomites rallied to the battle and came from all over the state to protest on the steps of the capitol building and call for legislative action to change Florida law in favour of sodomy.  Remember this was now 1980.  I have news articles showing this assembly, along with our opposing group.  My name and photo are on the front page, along with Troy Perry the founder of the international MCC.

SNEAKY ATTACHMENT

The proposed new law change had a clause in it that few were aware of.  It read that the new law would make it legal to practice sodomy but, at the same time, illegal for the private citizen to teach their children in any way against sodomy. Does this sound currently familiar? Public schools, sex education, or church sermons subject to government approval?  This was 1980.

LIVE TV DEBATE

Robert Angel and I debated on live TV in Tallahassee.  He made his predictable twisted argument against each Bible reference on the subject, but at the end he told me something rather pathetically prophetic.  He told me that, “Society has learned to accept adultery…and now they are just going to have to learn to accept homosexuality.” This was 34 years ago.  WOW!

IN THE CLOSET OR ON THE BATTLE FIELD

Back then, the sodomite was still in the closet and the righteous soldiers had a chance to keep it that way and even lock the door and throw away the key.  But the righteous soldiers did not rally to the cause and now the righteous soldiers are in the closet and have swallowed their own key and are hoping that the sodomites do not knock on the door.  This is a disgraceful condition for the army of the King of Kings to be in.  Because of this impotency, the battle has been lost on abortion, prayer, and Bible reading in public schools, sex education, normal marriage and the national mind-set toward normal relationships.  But now, thanks to the news media, federal judges in every state, Hollywood, popular politicians and the money-backed sodomite propaganda machine, the average citizen, whether Christian or heathen, has been successfully programmed to extend this unbiblical attitude far beyond silent toleration of sodomy, all the way to defending and vocally assenting to it.  What a shameful thing to go so far against clear Bible instruction.

SO, WHY ARE WE SHOCKED

So, why is it shocking that we are being demanded to submit our anti-sodomite sermons for government approval?  The wimps and weasels that conveniently cowered out of the fight three and a half decades ago have not gained spiritual strength in these last days.

THE BIGGER THEY ARE THE WEAKER THEY FIGHT

In conclusion, allow me to tell one final story from the olden days.  When I was soliciting for signatures on the exposé for the newspaper I made an appointment with the pastor of the largest church with a similar description in Tallahassee, FL.  Dr. Rayburn Blair was a giant among the BBF.  He was very condescending during our meeting.  I presented him with the announcement listing many signatures which he knew.  With a smirk, he handed it back and said, “I am sorry but I don’t sign anything I don’t write.”  As I received the announcement I told him if he preferred, he could write it and then I would sign it.  He smiled and said, “Don’t worry…………..you’ll mellow.”  My last words to him were, “I don’t want to mellow…………it’s too close to rotten.”

I wonder if that is what the church of Jesus Christ has become in these last minutes before He returns…………………………MELLOW!

Dr. Gerald Sutek, Th.D, Ph.D

http://www.streetpreaching.com

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