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December 14, 2007
A Deadly Confluence of Errors
By Pastor Ralph Ovadal

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has said some good things, and some bad things, regarding the issue of homosexuality. While running for the U.S. Senate in 1992, he told the Associated Press that homosexuality is "an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle." Now, there is a straightforward statement by a public official which makes a man proud to be an American. Recently, when pressed by reporters about his 1992 statement, Mr. Huckabee answered, "I still believe this today . . . I don't run from it, I don't recant it." As I said, the former Baptist preacher has said some good things when asked about homosexuality. All Christians ought to commend him for not apologizing for his earlier statements.

But the problem is, although Mr. Huckabee hasn't recanted or run from his earlier strong statements, he certainly seems to be redefining and walking away from them. In doing so, he is mirroring the backward slide of the evangelical pro-family movement in general. Yes, the candidate still says homosexuality is sinful, but he hastens to clarify that to sin means to "miss the mark" and that every one of us "misses the mark" in different ways. This is why, Mike Huckabee concludes, he would not exclude sodomites from his administration! "Because the fact is, I just said, everyone misses the mark. If I did that [exclude sodomites], I couldn't have anybody in my administration; in fact, I couldn't be in it."

Considering Mr. Huckabee was once a pastor, one would think he would be a bit more careful when he decides to preach to multi-millions on the campaign trail. It would be overly generous to say that his comments on homosexuality and sin are confusing. He states that living an "aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle" is simply missing the mark. Then he says it is missing the mark just as he misses the mark; and if he excluded homosexuals from a future presidential administration for missing the mark, why, he would have to rule himself out for the same reason! So this leaves the old Baptist pastor's public congregation with three possible conclusions regarding his teaching on sin. Choice number one would be that Mike Huckabee is leading an "aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle." Choice number two is that, of course choice number one is wrong, and so the aberrant, unnatural sin of sodomy is no different from, say, an unkind word spoken in a moment of weakness. Choice number three is that Mike Huckabee's doctrine on sin is a grievous, destructive error which mocks the righteousness of God and His law while desensitizing both the saved and the unsaved alike toward sin, even "aberrant, unnatural" sin such as the acts in which sodomites engage. I opt for choice three.

I am not writing this article as a political statement. I am not telling Christians to reject Mike Huckabee's candidacy based on his recent statements to the press concerning homosexuality, although I would say that if he doesn't make it to be president and turns back to pastoring, his church would be one Christians would do well to avoid. But I would encourage Christians to reject Mike Huckabee's definition of sin and the polluted well from which that doctrinal error was drawn. Mr. Huckabee is a product of a neo-evangelical church and pro-family movement which is increasingly manifesting the ill effects of neo-evangelical doctrinal error and spiritual fornication with that woman who rides the beast, the Roman Catholic Church.

With regard to the specific subject at hand, what the sodomites cannot take by storm, they are being given in increments by pro-family leaders and neo-evangelical pastors who seem obsessed with convincing the church and the world that, while homosexual acts are sinful, they really are not abominable, unnatural perversion but simply a missing the mark. And since we all miss the mark, the conclusion ends up being that open sodomites certainly should not be discriminated against in any way, shape, or form, including when it comes to holding office in civil government, teaching children, and being involved in law enforcement and the judiciary. How things have changed, thanks in part to neo-evangelical error which has been spread far beyond the churches where it has been taught.

Until the 1960s, sodomy was a criminal act in all fifty states, with those laws upheld in Georgia by the 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision Bowers v. Hardwick. Until 1983, sodomite acts were a crime in my home state of Wisconsin. That year, our state legislature voted to repeal that statute, thanks to groundwork laid by a Roman Catholic-led effort which teamed up Roman Catholic Archbishop Weakland et al. and a Romanist sodomite activist named Leon Rouse. The latter eventually did jail time in the Philippines for committing sodomite acts on a young boy. But the neo-evangelicals don't seem to see that they are gradually adopting the rationale and the corrupt biblical hermeneutic the sodomites used a couple of decades ago. And in the meantime, the sodomites rage against the neo-evangelicals for holding their old position even as they—the sodomites—push forward with ever more outrageous claims about the Word of God and perverted sexual acts. Thus, the neo-evangelical leaders and pastors credit themselves with being contenders for the faith while in reality they are teaching a generation, saved and unsaved, to hold the Word of God and His righteousness in contempt.

Of course, we could talk about the effect this is having with regard to many issues, but the issue here is homosexuality, sin, and the current political situation. Back when Bill Clinton was the first president to appoint open sodomites to posts in his administration, evangelical and pro-family leaders rightly blasted him, in some cases holding up those appointments. When his successor George Bush appointed a number of open "gays and lesbians," criticism from evangelicals was muted, to say the least. Now, former pastor, Republican Mike Huckabee gets a free pass from neo-evangelical pro-family leaders and high-profile preachers when he says that he is willing to appoint sodomites to positions in his administration because they are sinners who miss the mark, just like everyone else. Don't get me wrong: I am thankful that here in America we have some public figures who have the courage to call homosexual acts a sin. But the egalitarian sin doctrine being preached by many politicians, pro-family leaders, and their pastors must certainly stir the wrath of the Lord and, in the long run, will be the undoing of the evangelical pro-family movement's efforts to turn back the tide of sodomite perversion and tyranny. This is not to even mention the horrendous effects in general of teaching Christians and unbelievers alike such an error. To so degrade the sinfulness of sin is a great impediment to the effectual preaching of the gospel and a great license given for all manner of sin, within and without the church.

Yes, a Hebrew word from which sin is translated in the Old Testament has the meaning of missing the mark. Another Hebrew word, more common yet, which is translated to the English word sin means to commit an offense. The Greek word translated sin in the New Testament in some cases means to miss the mark but in most cases means to commit an offense. The important thing is, the mark missed is the law of God and the offense committed is against God and His moral law. Sin is the transgression of the law, God's law (1 John 3:4). Sin is an offense against the law of God and certainly God Himself. Any sin, in thought, word, deed, or intent of the heart, including the sin of neglecting to perfectly fulfill every duty we owe to God and man, merits eternal death for the sinner. That is the sentence of the immutable, unyielding law of God. "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). The law demands perfect, pure, perpetual obedience—in short, perfect righteousness—as the condition for acceptance with God and eternal life. This is the righteousness only Christ can provide His people. It is the righteousness imputed to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and so they are legally justified by God.

But surely, regarding the audience to whom I write, none of this is new, and the way of justification and salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is understood. But neo-evangelicals don't seem to understand that while all sin equally condemns the unsaved to eternal damnation, all sins are not equal. The Lord hates some sins more than others, and He clearly deals, in a temporal sense, with some sins much more severely. It also goes without saying that some sin destroys the body, sears the conscience, and results in being given over to a reprobate mind. But again, in the interest of keeping the length of this article under control, I will assume my readers are well versed from God's Word with regard to this issue of sin and its consequences, both temporal and eternal.

The important point I do want to press home, in this brief space, is my earlier comment concerning the pro-family movement suffering the ill effects of neo-evangelical doctrinal error and ecumenical relations with popery. Mike Huckabee's comments on sin are classic neo-evangelical error which stems from an utter neglect of sound teaching on the central doctrines of our Christian faith, including justification. New evangelicalism is superficial, man-centered, and men-pleasing. The egalitarian sin doctrine is birthed in an ignorance of the Scriptures, false humility, and a man-centered religion which seeks the glory of man rather than the glory of God. The egalitarian sin doctrine also happens to be less obnoxious to the world than telling the truth that God judges sodomy to be an abomination—a grievous, filthy, lawless abomination.

Now, what about the new evangelicals and the spiritual fornication with popery which I mentioned as greatly contributing to a losing strategy against New Sodom? The evangelical pro-family movement is completely entangled in Rome's ecumenical "separated brethren" web. Clearly, evangelicals cannot expect to prevail over their enemies if they refuse to honor the Lord and obey His Word. This ungodly ecumenical situation has also polluted millions of new evangelicals and their leaders with dangerous Romanist doctrine, including with regard to homosexuality. For instance, the Lord commended the faithful kings who "took away the sodomites out of the land," but today Christian civil rulers offer sodomites government jobs! Meanwhile, Christian pastors preach what can only be called "compassionate conservatism" and even suffer unrepentant sodomites to sit in their churches, thus corrupting the Lord's flock! It would be interesting to do a nationwide survey of evangelical pastors and see how many of them rightly believe the Bible teaches that homosexuality is not just an abominable sin but also a criminal act which the civil government is duty-bound to punish. I fear the vast majority would check the option that homosexual acts are sad, bad for health, and a missing of the mark; but since we all miss the mark, homosexuals certainly should be accepted and not be discriminated against, so long as they don't use tax dollars to push their "lifestyle" on impressionable children.

Anyone who has listened to or read the teachings of neo-evangelical pastors knows the human source of the egalitarian sin doctrine. But from whence does this "no discrimination" against open sodomites originate? Simply put, from Rome. The Roman Catholic catechism states that homosexuals "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." This is the official position and teaching of the Vatican which is echoed throughout other Romish documents and by Roman Catholic priests and pro-family leaders. It is the heart of Roman Catholic political policy which is being promulgated in our state and federal governments by various official Roman Catholic lobbying organizations. "Evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Corinthians 15:33). The no-criminalization/no-discrimination-against-sodomites teachings of popery have become the creed of neo-evangelical pro-family leaders, and this has become the teaching of pastors of the same persuasion, thanks to the ecumenical corruption of the evangelical churches. The decriminalizing of sodomy unleashed an implacable, relentless, perverted enemy of religious liberty. The egalitarian sin doctrine combined with the no-discrimination error makes all things possible and, in the long run, probable for the sodomites, at least politically and legally.

This confluence of errors is the basis of Mike Huckabee's statements which in turn further discipled many millions with a deadly error which spawns a plethora of deadly effects, including assuring the sodomites victory, if not now, someday. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

 

This web site contains references to Wisconsin Christians United (WCU). That ministry, which was founded by Ralph Ovadal in 1993, has been included as a ministry of Pilgrims Covenant Church since April 1, 2005. 

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