Summary: We must stand firm on the Truth!

John 15:18-15:25 JOHN 15:18"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: ’No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ’They hated me without reason.’

What a perilous time we live in. Persecution of Christians is on the rise. The world hates us. Simple as that.....if you proclaim Christ, you are reviled and hated. These days we are now being called bigots and accused of prejudice. Some even call us "haters" (even though God is love) and are trying to pass legislation to silence the voice of the Christian. What is a born-again Christian to do? We are scoffed and and ridiculed at every turn. Paul said in 2 COR 4:8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. It sure seems hard to believe that, doesn’t it. Allow me to give you a few examples.

A big issue for Christians today is the homosexual agenda. Man, these guys are relentless! I often wonder how there can be such a low percentage of Americans that claim to be homosexual, yet they seem to be pushing their agenda at every turn. The pro-gay activists have been trying to convince us that 10% of America is homosexual for years. However, there are studies that have that number down to 1.1%. They would have you to believe that this is an accepted lifestyle and lots of Americans do it....but they don’t and the numbers bear it spite of what they and the media would have you believe! Here are some examples of the strong influence of the homosexual agenda.... (Source Onenews Sept 15th

There are now more than two dozen — over 30 public and private — universities/colleges in America that are offering full-fledged minors in gay studies. These disciplines are even offered at Ivy League institutions such as Yale, Cornell and even DePaul University in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest Catholic schools. Students may choose from classes such as "Homophobia and Coming Out," "Gay Love in Literature," "Queer Art History," or even an anthropology course on "Queerness in Advertising." John G. Younger, a University of Kansas professor who travels the country advising professors on how to gain approval for gay studies programs, said he has stopped counting the number of schools that offer classes in lesbian literature or gay history.

In a marathon session Tuesday, in California, two companion bills were passed which would force homosexual education and promotion in schools (through textbooks, instructional materials, school activities and teachers’ attitudes) and monitor against any alleged harassment of homosexuality (by teachers, parents or students). The second of these (SB 777), which passed the Assembly on a 43-23 vote, could be used to ban the use of words like "mom," "dad," "husband" and "wife" in favor of "partner 1" and "partner 2." It could also lead to male students who "consistently assert" themselves as female being granted access to female restrooms and locker rooms. These bills are headed to the governor. Hopefully, he will veto them.

Also in California, the California Senate voted 22-15 last Friday to redefine marriage as between any "two persons." AB 43 now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has until Sept. 30 to sign it or veto it. This represents the second time in two years the state legislature has attempted to overturn Proposition 22, which defined the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Many legal experts say the new bill is unconstitutional since any initiative passed by the people — such as Proposition 22 — can only be repealed by a vote of the people. The outrageous measure is among seven bills that soon could be headed to the governor, who has thus far promised to uphold the line on traditional marriage. The legislative session ends today.

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