The Danger of “the LIE” (#4)

Romans 1:24-25 (NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

As we have been investigating “the LIE” over the past few postings, we understand its completely contrary position to “the TRUTH” of God, as given to us in the scripture. The “father of lies” has been busy throughout the history of mankind, attempting to convince mankind that the LORD is capricious, unloving and unkind; that God is hindering man from realizing his potential.

In this unrighteous deception, Lucifer is the hero (not the villain) and freedom to speak one’s own truth (relativity) and live according to that truth, is the pinnacle of life. Essentially, “the LIE” convinces man to live under the illusion we can be our own sovereign.

Easily missed in “the LIE” is that our desired freedom comes through throwing off God’s rule and command, as described in Psalm 2 “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed (His Messiah), saying “Let us break Their bonds and cast Their cords from us”. 

Simply put,the LIEenslaves man, in an attempt to achieve personal sovereignty. In this enslavement, man, bound by their sin nature grows increasingly perverse apart from God. When man exchanges the truth for the lie, turning to worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator, they begin to resemble the behavior of the false gods they have been worshiping.

One way we can see “the LIE” becoming the truth in our age is how pervasive sexual immorality has become, especially LGBTQ. Remembering that the fallen went after strange flesh (meaning angels copulated with human woman), it should be no surprise they taught men, to believe that sex was for pleasure, and love was relative to what made one feel good at the time.

In our day pop culture has been spreading this product of the LIE, in far reaching ways, as well as repeatedly retelling the war between the false gods and the LORD. Why? Because the more a lie is repeated, the more believable it is. Let’s take a look at how America sport is being used to advance the LIE.

 COMING OUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF SINGLING OUT CHRISTIANS

 Perhaps one of the more foolish questions Christians get asked and we for our part answer just as foolishly is “If I am gay does that mean I am going to hell?”

The reason it is a foolish question is that any person, who continually practices sin (of any sort) falls under the judgment of God (I John 3:4-9). I have instructed my children if asked such a question to respond that unrepentant sexual immorality brings the judgment of God, as well as any unrepentant sin.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NKJV) Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Given our topic it is important we understand the forecast of a nation that exchanges the truth of God for the lie.

Romans 1:24-27 (NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

 In this passage we see the in any society, where “the LIE” has become majority opinion, LGBTQ behavior becomes pervasive and insidious. This is not to say that other sin does not abundantly corrupt the populace. Reading Romans 1:28-32 reveals that sin abounds period, but LGBTQ signifies a debased mind, because it is literally that which kills off humanity, not being natural, and able to bring about offspring.

America has exceeded any nation in the history of the world in this area and now we see corporations, politicians, entertainment conglomerates and sports business promoting “the LIE” and in righteousness looking to suppress the truth.

Just the other day, NFL player Carl Nassib made headlines. Not for a mega contract or any on the field activity, but because he revealed that he has chosen to identify as gay man.

Truth be told, Carl Nassib has achieved a certain level of success in football. Though not a super star, he was rewarded by the Las Vegas Raiders with a three-year $25 million dollar contract in 2020.

His announcement was met with praise from his team, the NFL and former NFL players and even the president.

The Las Vegas Raiders tweeted “Proud of you”.

NFL Commissioner Rodger Godell declared “The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” Goodell also stated “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.

Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms commented that Nassib’s declaration was “Incredibly courageous”.  Chris Simms partner Mike Florio, in anticipating backlash in the locker room from “religious” players, declared “Religion has no place in an NFL locker room”.

Jim Irsay the owner of the Indianapolis Colts commented “I commend Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib for his courage and world leadership“.

President Biden called Nassib and inspiring athlete and “Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today,”

Here we see the reality of those who exchange the truth of God for the lie and call good evil and evil good.

It is a fair question to ask what is so courageous about announcing you are a sodomite? The answer is nothing. The word to describe Nassib’s revelation is not courageous, but “reprobate” and of a “debased” mind.

In contrast, it is quite chilling to consider the comments of Mike Florio. In watching most of the video of his conversation with Chris Simms, players with faith, in his viewpoint, are the problem.

In a further dive down the rabbit hole of calling evil good and good evil the NFL has released a video on TV and online that unequivocally embraces the LGBTQ community, stating that football is gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, beautiful and other descriptors. You can watch the video here.

It is quite clear the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball to a lesser degree have chosen to lead the fight for social and cultural change, even if it infringes upon the personal consciences and God given choices of others.

Across professional sports pressure to accept LGBT (redefinition of humanity made in God’s image), get vaccinated (science falsely so called), and bow to Black Lives Matters anti-God agenda are praised when complied with. Those who would dare question are shamed and run out of the sport. Sadly college sports are just as corrupt and engineered with this abominable agenda.

It can be clearly seen that “the LIE” is being repeated, over and over again in popular culture in America and it has changed the perception millions of people, who now see the truth of God’s word as antiquated, bigoted and to be outlawed. Sadly, in far too many churches, the truth is being exchanged for “the LIE”.

Once more let us remember “the LIE” with is supporting wicked thinking and immoral behavior, is being told over and over through entities thought to be innocuous and even good. During LGBT pride month, both Disney and Nickelodeon, supposedly networks for children, rans programming applauding LGBT in many different ways. Perhaps the most egregious, was a Disney special where Kermit the Frog has a discussion with  drag queen, about the goodness of being LGBT.

In my next post we will investigate how “the LIE” has been transmitted, both in religious and cultural form, with all its anti-God behavior, from the time of Babel.

About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Assembly of God Fellowship. He is the lead pastor at Encounter Church in Fostoria Ohio. His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, being led and empowered by His Spirit. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor.
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