Second Timothy, Chapter 3, verses 1 thru 5 say “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” We are seeing more evidence of this type of behavior and thinking all the time.
Consider the case of the Florida 18 Year Old who is charged with statutory rape of a 14 Year Old. More than 56,000 people have signed a petition to halt the prosecution of the young adult. Why? Because the couple involved were same-sex, and the prosecution is accused of bigotry. Hmmm. Where does the envelope of boundary testing stop? When does society say “far enough?” 2 Tim 3:1-5 might suggest that we’re heading into a bottomless pit.
Regardless, I was impressed to see the statement by a wide range of religious leaders about Boy Scouts and the membership issue to be voted on this Thursday. I’m glad that they’re willing to make a stand and be counted. They have every right to be heard — no amount of “shout downs” should silence any American.
Still, this is a spiritual battle and we need to petition God to intervene.
“Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” (2 Chron 12:11NASB)
The following letter was released earlier today and signed by IRD President Mark Tooley, which reads:
We strongly support the Boy Scouts of America current prohibition on open homosexuality and retaining it without revision. Nearly 70 percent of BSA troops are hosted by churches and religious institutions. Upholding traditional morality is vital for sustaining this partnership, for protecting Scout members, and for ensuring BSA has a strong future. A proposal from the BSA board to prohibit “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation or preference” for BSA members potentially would open the Scouts to a wide range of open sexual expressions. In our current culture, it is more important than ever for our churches to protect and provide moral nurture for young people and for the Scouts. We implore members of the upcoming BSA Council to affirm the BSA’s present policy, which the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed, and which has served…
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