“Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead …” (Ephesian 5:14b)
People are talking everywhere — talking about the way the world is going, and the way that many people who claim to be Christians are going — for example, the stands that some of our more traditional churches are taking on subjects such as: same sex unions, abortions, tolerance and acceptance. Many of these denominations have split apart, or are in the process of splitting apart, because of these issues. People are asking, “What is happening?” I would like to say, it is time to take a stand and speak up for what we know is right — before it is too late! God has not called us to be complacent at a time like this!
As an example, I attended a Prayer Conference for a mainstream denomination that had the theme, “Be Still and Know”. I was really looking forward to this Prayer Conference since I had attended one just last year and found it to be very inspirational and mission-oriented.
The conference was to last from Friday night until Saturday afternoon. A friend and I were the only two people from our church to attend. When we arrived, we found that we did not know anyone there. Just before the program began, I happened to see a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen for quite some time. We talked briefly and set a date for me to come visit her and her family. This was a pleasant surprise.
The conference began with the singing of a few songs. The songs chosen were of a very somber nature — songs that I assumed were to be the setting for a prayerful evening. In between a few of the songs, a woman from the organization stood up to the podium to tell us who the women were that would be speaking to us that night. The first woman she spoke about was a pastor from another state who had traveled to the conference with a friend of hers and would be coming shortly to do the scripture reading and prayer. The other woman was a Registered Nurse (RN) and chaplain from one of our major hospitals in the area who would be actually giving the main message.
The pastor took her place in front of the podium and she began by wanting her house mate to stand up so she could introduce her to everyone. Then she began to tell how blessed she was to have this person as her house mate and how wonderful it was to have someone who was at home and looked forward to you coming home in the evening. Someone who could fix your meals and sew that occasional button on when needed. By this time, I am beginning to feel a little uncomfortable — if you know what I mean (especially with what is going on within the mainstream denominations in reference to homosexuals). She read the scripture and said a prayer, and then she took her seat out in the congregation next to her house mate.
Next, the RN took her place behind the podium. She spoke on a book titled “Women’s Wisdom and Women’s Bodies”. I failed to see how this secular book played a part in the “Be Still and Know” theme, although there were some points that she brought out that were valid points on dealing with ones’ life. I became really puzzled right after the valid points when the speaker began talking about our solar plexus, second brain and how it evolved into one brain?!?!?! Are you lost yet?! I was! By this time I was really wondering, “What on earth is going on!” I couldn’t help but wonder if we were getting ready to go into the theory of evolution or not. The conference ended and my friend and I gathered up our belongings to leave.
When we got into my vehicle, the first thing we did was discuss the night’s activities. I was relieved to hear that my friend thought the same things that were running through my mind about the pastor and the main speaker. It was just as disturbing to her as it was to me. We were in agreement that we did not desire to go back on Saturday morning.
The young woman that I had seen at the conference called me at the end of the following week, because, due to a conflict, she was going to have to reschedule our get-together. I asked her how she enjoyed the conference and she was just as bewildered as my friend and I were. She had the same thoughts as we did. I felt that if we three received the same impression then we probably weren’t the only ones.
I could not get this off of my mind! I talked to a Minister friend of mine and he gave me the name and number for the woman who was one of the ladies on the committee in charge of this conference. He said she would be expecting my call.
I prayed and asked the Lord to direct my words. Then I placed the call and introduced myself. I told Mrs. Wilson (not her real name) that I did not know any other way to tell her what I felt, except to just come right out and say it … so that is exactly what I did! She became very defensive, saying she could not imagine why anyone would, or could, have come to such a conclusion! She informed me that she had known the pastor for several years and that what I was saying was simply not the case! She continued by telling me what a hard life this pastor had in the past and how she even had to go through some chemotherapy and how everyone within the church organization for this conference was so happy to see she had someone to move in with her and help her. She said, in fact, that the women who was her house mate was a widow and a wonderful lady.
Mrs. Wilson then told me that sometimes one could look too hard for things that aren’t there as well and just being a little too suspicious about things. I assured Mrs. Wilson that nothing like that had ever entered my mind until that night. I told her that the churches who were in the middle of the big splits now over the gay agenda probably wish they had of been a little more suspicious and questionable if they had it to do all over again. I told her I hoped that the gay agenda didn’t rear it’s ugly head and infiltrate her church.
She asked me, “What do you think we are supposed to do … kick those people out?”
I told her, “You’ve just said it yourself, calling them ‘those people’ — which tells me you don’t consider them to be the same as yourself”. I told her she was absolutely correct in her thinking because they weren’t like her. I said, “You repent of your sins hopefully, but homosexuals (who continue practicing homosexual acts) do not. They don’t feel that they are doing anything wrong and … that is the difference!”
She said, “Well, I hope they don’t infiltrate your church either.”
I assured her that, if they did, it would not be because I was afraid to question something for fear of appearing too suspicious. I thanked her for her time and told her to have a blessed night.
I then called Mrs. Jones (not her real name) from my church who is a part of this same organization to let her know what I had said in case she was ever approached about this situation. She felt that if Mrs. Wilson had known this woman for several years, then she was sure that she knew the truth about her, and that this woman was not a homosexual (i.e. Lesbian). I told her that she was probably right, but that I just wanted people to be aware that things are not always as they seem. I told Mrs. Jones that homosexuals can be your friend for years and you would never suspect they were living the “homosexual lifestyle”. I told her that this is how they gain acceptance (I’ve been there, I know).
It is so much easier to become friends with someone and gain their love and trust before knowing about one’s lifestyle — after all, one’s sex life is not something that most Christians go around discussing in public. As a usual thing, you never give that part of someone’s life a second thought because it is sacred. In fact, that is just something that should not be discussed period. This is the door that leads one into the Liberal stand of tolerance. It is with that Liberal stand that Satan inserts his foot of deceit and starts the ball rolling on these “same sex unions” that are being embraced by some evangelicals and also that are splitting congregations in many areas of our world today.
Although I never did find out for sure if this pastor was a lesbian, the fact remains that we need to wake up and realize that we are all susceptible to coming in contact with the devil and his schemes but we do not have to be lured into his web of deceit. We do have a choice and ignoring the possibility must not be the one we choose if we really want and expect to win this battle!
We need to quit hiding, and get our heads out of the sand! It is time to ‘wake up’ and take a stand for what we know to be right and true, rather than sweeping it under the carpet as many of us, I feel, have been doing! We need to get rid of the mentality that things like this can never happen in our churches — or in our own homes for that matter! It’s time to take a stand and be counted — ready for combat!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)