Light for the Last Days

Signs of the Times – Sex and Sexuality

A number of scriptures imply that there will be great sexual immorality and confusion in the last days of this age.  Jesus said that ‘wickedness will increase’ (Matthew 24.12) it will be as in the days of Noah and Lot (Luke 17.26-36).  In the days of Noah when ‘every imagination of the heart of man was only evil continually.’ (Genesis 6). And the days of Lot homosexuality was rife and being imposed on society (Genesis 19).  According to Revelation 9.21 when the judgements of God strike the earth in the Great Tribulation period, ‘The rest of mankind … did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.’  We list here some recent news items on this subject.

Petition calls for rejection of Wilton House Report.  September 2017.

Christians should be made to re-interpret the Bible so that it fits in with the LGBT world view, according to a report by Wilton House, a government based think tank.

Voice for Justice UK has asked people to sign a petition about a government funded report which brands religion an enemy of homosexual rights and calls for state funding to re-interpret the Bible to make it fit in with LGBT ideology.  The petition reads:

We call on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to reject wholly and without reservation the recent Wilton House report, Opportunities and challenges: the intersection of faith and human rights of LGBTI+ persons (9-09-16)

In a report of September 2016, Wilton Park (an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) branded religion an enemy of LGBTI rights, and called for state funding to reinterpret the Bible to make it compatible with LGBTI ideology. It further called for the new belief system to be required teaching in all churches, Sunday schools and theological seminaries, highlighting Evangelical Christians as being especially prejudiced against homosexuality. It accused them of disseminating hatred and intolerance, seen especially in the pernicious influence of missionaries working in the Global South. (https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/WP1488-Report.pdf)

The report was emphatic. Such views must be stamped out.

This report is clearly based on a biased and, we maintain, deliberately misleading portrayal of Christian belief in order to promote particular minority interests. It is an open and blatant attack on the human rights of Christians worldwide, and clear denial of the rights to freedom of belief and of speech, enshrined in UK law since Magna Carta. Its stated aim is the imposition of LGBTI and transgender ideology.

As an executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, unless repudiated, there is every danger this report will be interpreted as State endorsement of the suppression of religious belief, and support for the global enforcement and promotion of LGBTI ideology.  This is outrageous and a clear denial of Christians’ legislatively enshrined and protected right to freedom of belief. We therefore call on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office unequivocally to reject this report and to issue a statement declaring that it in no way represents Government policy. We further call on the FCO to promote and defend freedom of religion and belief around the world, with particular reference to the African countries identified by the Wilton Park Report as particular target for ideological reconfiguration.

We further ask that Wilton Park be made subject of an inquiry to investigate its open promulgation of LGBTI and transgender so-called rights, and clear hostility to Christian belief.

To sign the petition go to http://www.citizengo.org/en/signit/74211/view

Children as young as five excluded for sex offences.  September 2017.

Children as young as five are being excluded from school for sexual misconduct amid fears that increasing numbers are being warped by online porn.  The data, obtained by the Press Association, revealed there were 754 reported incidents between July 2013 and April 2017.  However the true figure is likely to be much higher, as the vast majority of councils contacted said they did not hold the information or refused to disclose it.

The data shows that boys are the most likely to be punished for sex incidents, with 18 committed by a boy for every one committed by a girl.  The most common age of those excluded was 14, though seven of the perpetrators were just five years old.  It comes at the same time as rising concerns that parents are powerless to stop children accessing porn online via iPads or Smartphone’s.

Last year, a court in Cheltenham heard how a 12-year-old boy repeatedly raped his younger sister after becoming fascinated with hardcore online pornography.  And in 2014, a 13-year-old boy from Blackburn admitted raping his eight-year-old sister after watching porn on a friend’s Xbox and ‘deciding to try it out’.

The Freedom of Information figures for permanent and temporary exclusions showed there were at least 40 incidents of children below ten years old, the age of criminal responsibility, disciplined for misdemeanours.  Schools said children could be censured under the term ‘sexual misconduct’ for a range of issues, including sexual abuse, assault, bullying, and harassment, as well as lewd behaviour.

Church of Sweden to require pastors to perform same sex marriages.  July 2017.

The Church of Sweden, already known as among the most liberal in the world, will soon be requiring all its pastors to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.   This comes as the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven pledged his support for a proposal to use government power to force the change.   According to PM Lofven, ‘no priest in the Swedish Church can refuse to marry same-sex couples’ no matter their theological or moral objections, and in the future only pastors who support homosexual marriage will be eligible to be ordained.

The Swedish Church has 6.1 million baptised members and is the largest religious organization in Sweden.   Until 1996, all Swedish babies were automatically registered with the church unless their parents took steps actively to cancel their children’s memberships.   Until their separation in 1999, the Church of Sweden was an official part of the State. In recent years, the church membership has been on a steady decline of 1% per year and only 2% of Swedish church members regularly attend services.

Performing same-sex marriages in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden is old news, but forcing pastors individually to perform the rite is entirely new.   The synod of the church, its elected ruling council, recently committed to marrying same-sex couples but up until this point has allowed pastors to decline performing various ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms and funerals based on personal objections. 

The lesbian Bishop of Stockholm, Eva Brunne, can be safely assumed to support the new policy as she herself is now married to another female clergy member.   Bishop Brunne garnered international attention in 2015 by removing Christian symbols, including crosses, and preparing churches for Muslim immigrants to pray in.   Sweden is a country that prides itself on its intensely democratic and feminist tradition. Church governance, though no longer officially under the control of the national government in a direct way, is itself an elected democratic system that closely mirrors Swedish society.   The result are policies not based on centuries of carefully cultivated wisdom but instead the progressive politics that are destroying the West. 

Thus, we now see protests from Pastors against Sweden’s ‘National Day’ holiday as a ‘poisonous’ display of patriotism and a church that seems to welcome Muslims more than its own Christians.  Furthermore, democracy brings a Church that relies on a popular referendum to vote God right out of its doctrine, as it is doing with same-sex marriage.   This decision has no basis whatsoever in the Bible but instead in liberal politics and could very well spell the death knell for a church that is testing the limits of how far a church can go and still be a church at all.  It should come as no surprise that part of this death march by the church has resulted in a shortage of pastors in several communities as people abandon this radical leftist church.  

Internet censors Christian programme on homosexuality.  April 2017.

If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject. In the words of Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, ‘This is pure religious bigotry and censorship.’

Last December, Vimeo contacted Foster to inform him that some of Pure Passion’s videos had been marked by a moderator since ‘Vimeo does not allow videos that harass, incite hatred or depict excessive violence.’  They instructed him to ‘remove any and all videos of this sort from’ from his account..’

Foster wrote back to Vimeo, saying, ‘You must have the wrong account. We only post content that helps people, not hurts them. We never defame anyone. We never incite hatred or depict violence of any kind. Our message has been one of love from start to finish.’  He explained that, ‘Our videos help sexual abuse victims, people who have been sex trafficked, those who are addicted or in any other condition that causes them distress.’

The next day, Melissa B., a ‘Trust and Safety Coordinator,’ responded: ‘It seems that a number of your videos go against the Vimeo Guidelines of: ‘We also forbid content that displays a demeaning attitude toward specific groups, including: Videos that promote Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE).’’

An email from Sean M. who explained:  Your statement equating homosexuality to ‘sexual brokenness’ betrays the underlying stance of your organisation. To put it plainly, we don’t believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don’t allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view.’   Vimeo’s message is clear: If you have same-sex attractions, whatever their cause, you must embrace them, if not celebrate them.

You can see why Foster described this as ‘pure religious bigotry and censorship.’  Vimeo is forbidding you from agreeing with the Bible when it comes to human sin and brokenness.  Vimeo is forbidding you from preaching the gospel of transformation when it comes to homosexuality.  Vimeo is engaging in blatant, unapologetic, aggressive anti-Christian censorship.

Putin slams Western values.  March 2017.

Vladimir Putin recently made a speech widely circulated on the Internet (http://russia-insider.com/ri19147) in which he criticised the West and its liberal moral values.  Here are some extracts from his speech:  ‘A further challenge for the natural Russian identity is connected to the process we observe outside Russia.  They include foreign policy, moral and other aspects.  We see that many Euro-Atlantic states (the west) have taken the way they deny or reject their own roots, including their Christian roots, which form the basis of western civilisation.  In these countries the moral basis and any traditional entity are being denied, natural, religious, cultural and even gender identities are being denied and relativised.  These politics treats a family with many children as equal to a homosexual partnership, faith in God as equal to faith in Satan.  The excesses and exaggerations of political correctness in these countries indeed leads to serious consideration for legitimisation of paedophilia.  The people in many European countries are actually ashamed of their religious affiliations and are indeed frightened to speak about them.  And these countries try to force this model onto other countries globally.  At the same time as we observe this process at a national level in the west, we observe on an international level the attempts to create a unipolar unified model of the world, to remove institutions and national sovereignty.  In such a unipolar world there is no place for sovereign states.  Such a world needs merely vassals.  From a historical perspective such a unipolar world would mean the surrender of one’s dignity and of God created diversity.’

If you analyse what he is saying here, it is an attack on the globalisation process represented by the European Union and previous US administrations, especially that of Barack Obama.  It is also an attack on the liberal left world view that has given us political correctness, gay marriage and moral degradation.  It comes as a surprise after the years of Communist atheism being exported from the Soviet Union, to hear a Russian leader appealing for Christian moral values.  The downside of this is that the Christianity he advocates in is based on the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian nationalism.  In Russia today this form of Christianity is suppressing evangelical Bible based Christianity.  In fact some would say that Putin who presides over a state riddled with corruption, that persecutes and in some cases eliminates its opponents is hardly in a good place to lecture the West over its loss of Christian values.  Nonetheless there are a number of things he says here which we would say Amen to.  

More transgender insanity.  March 2017.

LGBT pressure group Stonewall is demanding that passports be changed to include a ‘gender X option’, so that people who do not identify as their birth sex do not feel uncomfortable at airport security.  It comes after the HSBC bank changed its forms to include various ‘gender’ options, such as Ind, short for ‘individual’, Mre, which is short for ‘mystery’ and Pr which means ‘person’.  The government said it is reviewing gender options on official documents, including passports.   Stonewall claims that many are ‘afraid to travel abroad’ because of ‘intrusive’ questions at passport control.  

A London school, Chestnut Grove Academy in Balham, has introduced unisex toilets, and even allowed pupils to dress in the opposite gender’s uniform.  The school has come under strong criticism before, when in 2002 it introduced a scheme offering the ‘morning-after’ contraceptive pill to girls as young as eleven – without needing parental consent.  Now, the school has offered this new initiative, in what appears to be a move to promote the LGBT agenda.  On the BBC’s Facebook post sharing the report, it states that one boy at the school has ‘chosen to wear a skirt’.  The video shows one boy commenting on this – with a large poster for ‘LGBTI History Month’ in the background.  ‘I don’t think anything of it,’ he says.  ‘That’s his choice so there’s no need to discriminate.’

Hull University threatens to mark down students who don’t use gender neutral pronouns.  ‘Failure to use gender-sensitive language will impact your mark,’ according to a document from the Religious Activism course.  This is part of the LGBT lobby’s campaign to remove what they call ‘Gendered pronouns’ from public life.  According to the ‘sexuality and gender activism’ website ‘These are those that indicate gender: he, she, him, her, hers, his, himself and herself. Gender-neutral pronouns are, naturally, pronouns that do not indicate gender, including but not limited to: they, their, them, ze, sie, and hir.’  Words such as ‘mankind’, ‘manpower’ and ‘manmade’, as well as ‘forefathers’ and ‘workmanlike’ could also fall foul of examiners at the university.  Academics in the school of social science have told students that using non-inclusive language will have ‘an impact on their mark’.  Staff at the University of Sussex have also been advised to use gender neutral pronouns after the student union requested it to help reduce ‘transgender discrimination’ on campus. 

In the USA Andraya Yearwood, won the girls 100 and 200 metre races, and helped the 4×100-metre relay team take second place in the school sports in Hartford, Connecticut.  The catch?  Andraya is a boy who now identifies as a transgender girl.  His inclusion in the girl’s sports team has been hailed as a triumph of tolerance by progressives and liberal left LGBT activists, who are intent of imposing transgender rights on society.  But doesn’t it occur to them that boys competing as girls in sports have an unfair physical advantage over girls?  Do feminists, who also generally support this programme, really want to engage in head-to-head athletic competition with their male peers?  In reality as a biological male, he has no business competing with other girls, or, for that matter, sharing their locker rooms and shower stalls. 

In the first article in the column I quote from Jeremiah 25 where the nations ‘stagger and go mad.’  One can only say that all of this is a sign of madness taking hold of the western nations, which is leading to their collapse morally, spiritually and politically.

Doctors shouldn’t call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’, says BMA.  February 2017.

The British Medical Association has issued a 14 page document ‘A Guide to Effective Communication: Inclusive Language in the Workplace’, to its 156,000 members, which is taking political correctness to new levels of absurdity, as it panders to the demands of the homosexual and transgender lobby.  

It states that someone who is ‘biologically male or female’ should instead be referred to as ‘assigned male or female’.  This is because ‘Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted.’

It goes on to say:  ‘A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.’  The guide also advises against using the terms ‘born man’ or ‘born woman’ when referring to people who identify as the opposite sex to which they are born. It claims that these phrases ‘over-simplify a complex subject’. 

Actually there is nothing complex about the subject at all.  Either you are born a boy or a girl, with the sexual organs assigned to males or females.  Also it is not a ‘large majority of people who have been pregnant or have given birth’ that identify as women.  It is 100% of human beings from creation to today.  Only women have the body parts required to get pregnant.  

Currently in the UK there is a pregnant woman who now identifies as a man and is planning to have a sex change operation after she has had her baby.  So she is an example of what the BMA is calling a ‘transman’ who has got pregnant.  In reality whether this pregnant person wishes to identify as a man or a woman, the reason she was able to conceive and become pregnant is because she has the body parts assigned to women at birth by our Creator.

Laura Perrins, a contributor to the Conservative Woman, described the BMA guidelines as ‘anti-science, anti-women and anti-mother’.  ‘As every doctor knows only females can have children,’ she said. ‘To say otherwise is offensive and dangerous. This will offend women up and down the country, and is an example of the majority of women being insulted for a tiny minority of people.’

All this nonsense is part of the campaign by antichristian forces in our society to blur the distinctions between men and women and to deny God in creation, who made us in His image:  ‘He created them male and female and blessed them and called them Adam / mankind in the day they were created.’  Genesis 5.2.  One of the strongest arguments for Intelligent Design by God in creation is sexual reproduction, with the male and the female complementing each other and coming together to bring the next generation into the world.  The possibility of this incredibly complex and wonderful process coming into being by millions of years of evolutionary change is absolutely zero.  For one thing if it does not work perfectly in the first generation, there is no second generation and therefore no millions of years to get it right!  Genesis 1 tells how God created all creatures with the ability to reproduce ‘after their own kind.’  In order for this to happen He made them ‘male and female.’  Of course the homosexual agenda is a sexual dead end.  If all people on earth were to follow its ways then the human race would die out!

Tony Pearce

Tony Pearce

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