"Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My words, they will keep yours also" (John 15:20).
Christians, pastors, take heed. In case you haven't noticed, times are "a-changin'". Whether at home or abroad, if you follow God's command to speak biblical truth in all things, most especially on matters of sex and sexuality it seems, you will be persecuted.
"A servant is not greater than his master."
I don't presume to compare my friend Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries to Jesus Christ. None of us can compare, even remotely, to the one and only God-man—to the Lord of the universe and exclusive path of eternal salvation. That said, Pastor Lively is one of the most "Christ-like" people I've had the honor to know.
As did Christ, Scott Lively speaks absolute truth, in absolute love, with absolutely no fear of personal destruction or even death. He loves everyone, whether friend or foe, Christian or pagan, straight or "gay."
For example, Scott and his family took into their home and nursed, both physically and spiritually, the late Sonny Weaver, a former homosexual who died, as so many have, from AIDS—a natural consequence of unnatural behavior. Sonny became homosexual after being raped at 7 years old by a "gay" man in a local YMCA. He became a former homosexual after accepting Jesus as Lord of his life.
Lively loves those who seek to defend him just as he loves those who seek to destroy him—and make no mistake about it, precisely because Pastor Scott Lively has chosen to both obey and emulate Jesus Christ, there are people, very powerful people, who seek to destroy him. These people, unless and until they come to know, accept and surrender to the Lord Jesus, are and will remain enemies of God.
And so Scott Lively prays for them.
Remember those pastors in Houston who were told to turn over their sermons to radical lesbian-activist mayor Annise Parker? Remember the national outrage over this blatantly unconstitutional act of governmental abuse?
You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Pastor Lively, you see, has, in the spirit of Saul Alinsky, been "Hitlerized" by a left-wing extremist group ironically calling itself the "Center for Constitutional Rights" (CCR). CCR is a George Soros-funded organization with, I kid you not, the beastly street address of 666 Broadway, New York, NY.
Because Lively exercised his God-given First Amendment rights, as well as his free-speech rights afforded by the laws of Uganda, and spoke biblical truth about homosexual sin after having been invited there by a number of Ugandan pro-family groups, homosexual activists set-out to make an example of him.
In March of 2012, CCR sued Lively in a Massachusetts federal court for "crimes against humanity"—the same charge filed against Nazis who stood trial in Nuremberg—on behalf of another moonbat organization called "Sexual Minorities Uganda," which, and again, you can't make this stuff up, prefers the moniker "SMUG."
And so Lively enlisted the pro-bono legal services of Liberty Counsel, one of America's fastest-growing civil rights organizations.
Lively explains: "With full knowledge that these are bald-faced lies, SMUG asserts that I 1) masterminded the 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, which they call the 'Kill the Gays Bill' [in fact, Lively publicly opposed the bill, which has since been struck down by Ugandan courts], 2) inflamed passions against homosexuals in Uganda by characterizing all homosexuals as irredeemable, genocidal child molesters, and 3) introduced to Uganda the heretofore unknown strategy of criminalizing public promotion of homosexuality as a means of opposing the rise of a homosexual movement in Uganda. The proof that these are lies is found in the very same documents they misuse against me."
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