President Obama has signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This piece of legislation raises "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the status of protected classes so that those who commit or incite violence against such persons may be charged with being guilty of a hate crime.
This bill is part of the Defense Authorization Act, which provides funding for our military. Can you not see where this is headed? Our military forces will be used prevent these "hate crimes" and enforce these regulations. Everything that Jesus has said about the end times is happening at groundbreaking speed...and I for one am glad about it.
Many are hailing what are called "strong free speech protections" in this law which are said to safeguard religious leaders and others who believe homosexuality to be an abomination. The law - they say - allows you to say what you want and only targets bias-motivated crimes. Here is an excerpt of such "protections":
RULE OF EVIDENCE— In a prosecution for an offense under this section, evidence of expression or associations of the defendant may not be introduced as substantive evidence at trial, unless the evidence specifically relates to that offense.A person's statements and affiliations cannot be used against them unless it relates to the offense. THAT is protection? Yes, you are free to say what you want (free speech protection), but if what you say can be tied in any way to inciting a violent act, then you can be charged under this law. Gee, guess I feel better now. How much will it take to move from criminalizing hate "acts" to criminalizing hate "speech"? Not much with these kinds of "protections".
We can see a precursor to the results of this legislation in the following video, which recaps the story of the Philadelphia 11. These individuals were arrested for proclaiming Bible truths about homosexuality in a public forum...and it happened right in this country.
The attorney in this video states that one ought to be "really scared" about these changes. Absolutely not!! What you need to be is wise, aware, ready, and looking up as your redemption draws nigh.
"Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak." Mark 10:1-19
Yes, there will be prosecutions, persecutions, troubles, and tribulations. He has forewarned us that this would be the case. Yet that is no reason to fear. This is good news for the saints because it means that we are truly advancing very quickly into these last days and the soon return of our Lord.
The question is, "Are you willing to labor in bringing in a bountiful harvest of souls during this time? Are you ready to stand for what you say you believe?"
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders should not be persecuted and violently attacked...no one should be. However, neither should such lifestyles - which God calls reprobate - be normalized. The move towards continued normalization of sexual perversion should not be, yet we know this will be the case.
"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:28-30
As time progresses, there will be increasing pressure to denounce the things of God - either outright by speaking against them or by saying nothing and being silent. Do not think that you will be able to stand through will power. If you are not spending time in prayer before the Lord now, you will buckle under such forces.
Redeem the times and seek the Lord while He may be found. If you know the Lord, get to know Him more. If you don't, repent from your sins and seek His face for salvation. Cry out to the Lord all you peoples.
"Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street. " Lamentations 2:19
The children faint for hunger...they hunger for God's word. It is God's words which hold the earth and the Heavens in place. God's words call things into being even though they appear not to be. God's words give us life. God's words are what need to be proclaimed in these last and evil days so that others may be saved.
I leave you with these words, "Remember Lot's wife."