When the Whole World Will Be Gay

When the Whole World Will Be Gay

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Gaiety will be a fruit of God’s way of living in the world to come.

When my daughter was born to much rejoicing by my wife and me, we agreed that my wife would give her the first name and I the middle name.

Curly-haired little moppet that she was, I chose the name Gay. I hoped that would be one of the blessings that she would enjoy in life at the human level—a life involving true gaiety and enjoyment in submission to God’s great law of love.

It never crossed my mind that the term “gay” would be perversely adopted to describe the lifestyle of those willingly in rebellion against God’s laws governing gender roles, marriage and family.

How did “queer” become “gay”?

Well in reality it hasn’t. Genuine gaiety is still that, gay behavior in its truest sense reflecting carefree happiness and joy.

Queer is still that—something which is out of sync with the traditional norms of society.

My 1993 version of the Oxford Concise Dictionary defines the adjective “gay” in its formal, primary sense as “lighthearted and carefree.” In a secondary sense, the definition is “mirthful, characterized by cheerfulness or pleasure.” Then in the sense of color, “brightly colored, showy, brilliant.” The only noun it attaches to this word “gay” is “gayness.”

That version of the Oxford Concise Dictionary then allows for a colloquial definition of the term “gay,” describing its informal usage thus: “homosexual, intended for or used by homosexuals. Generally informal in use, but favored by homosexuals with reference to themselves. Dissolute, immoral.”

In the 2008 edition of the Compact Oxford Dictionary, under a different, more liberal set of editors, that dictionary gives the formal, primary adjectival definition of the word “gay” as: “homosexual.” The secondary definition follows up with “relating to homosexuals.” It then creates a noun of the term “gay” with its definition rendered “a homosexual person, especially a man.” The Compact Oxford then defines as “dated” the definitions of “lighthearted and carefree,” and “brightly colored, showy,” which down through the ages since English has been spoken were once attached to its formal, primary meaning.

Thus in one fell swoop, a group of liberal dictionary editors, under the influence of the aggressive homosexual lobby, seek to change our language to make the perverse appear “normal,” and the normal appear perverse!

While it is true that God loves the sinner, ever recognizing the tremendous human potential that every human being has once sin is repented of, He absolutely abhors sin.

Sin is defined as the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). That law encapsulates God’s basic law of love (1 John 5:3), His statutes and judgments. The laws and judgments pertaining to gender, social, marriage and family behavior are articulated in Genesis 2:21-25 and Leviticus 18:6-30. They are clear cut, allowing for no misunderstanding.

The term abomination is used in those verses to describe the Maker of mankind’s attitude to those practices which these judgments outlaw. The word means by dictionary definition “a feeling that causes disgust or hatred.” Thus infractions of these judgments result in sins that are literally hated by God as absolutely disgusting. Disgust as per its definition describes a practice that is regarded as revolting. Thus God’s—your Creator’s—view of such infractions of His judgments are that they are disgustingly revolting and are positively hated by Him.

But He still loves the sinner—to the point that He “gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

That which our Maker defines as an abomination can never be termed “gay.”

Herbert Armstrong made quite a point of this.

In his book Mystery of the Ages, Mr. Armstrong made a statement which was repeated in an article in the March 1986 edition of the Plain Truth. He stated:

God condemns homosexuality. He destroyed the whole populations of Sodom and Gomorrah for this sin. It is condemned in the first chapter of Romans, saying no such person can enter the Kingdom of God. Then we try to change the ugly, reproachful name homosexual, and call those who practice it “gays.” The public media and the public in general are coming to make this perversion acceptable by calling it “sexual preference.”

You cannot get a more politically incorrect yet totally truthful observation on the matter than that.

As for me, I shall continue to absolutely refuse to apply the term “gay” to those who adopt perverse lifestyles. I will continue to use the word “gay” in its truest sense, and label perverse behavior for what it in reality truly is.

Pray God that He will bring forward the day when the whole world will be gay in the truest sense of the word!

Man Steals 800 Books in Quest for ‘the Meaning of Life’

Man Steals 800 Books in Quest for ‘the Meaning of Life’

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But the liberating answer to that question is available for free!

A young man from Nanjing, China, was arrested last week for stealing more than 800 books on topics ranging from sociology and history to poetry and philosophy, according to reports on Monday. When questioned by the police who arrested him, the man said he stole the books because he was searching their pages for “the meaning of life.”

The thief, identified only as “Mr. Lee,” stole the books from a single bookstore over the course of about six months. He would visit the store three or four times a week and swipe several volumes each time. Plain-clothes police officers began to monitor the shop after the owner filed a report about the unusually large volume of highbrow reading material that was going missing each week.

It didn’t take long for the officers to identify and arrest the culprit, who admitted to having pilfered over 800 books from the store to further his quest to discover the purpose of mankind’s existence. Mr. Lee admitted that, after having devoured more literature than most college graduates read during the course of their formal education, he was no closer to understanding who, what or why man is. “I was hoping to find the answer by reading those books,” the thief said, but he still “couldn’t comprehend the meaning of life.”

Mr. Lee is not alone in his burning desire to learn the answer to what philosophers and scientists call “the big questions.” Since mankind first appeared on Earth, people have tried to understand what humanity is, why mankind exists and if there is a meaning and purpose for human life.

As in Mr. Lee’s case, the concrete answers to these abstract questions have mystified the vast majority of people. But the answers are available in a book that, somewhat ironically, need never be stolen or even bought, because it is absolutely free (Matthew 10:8). With remarkable clarity and detail, the landmark classic Mystery of the Ages answers those questions which all the sociology, poetry, history and philosophy books in the world cannot explain.

If you are reading, Mr. Lee, just click here and we will mail you (or anyone else) a free copy—no charge, no follow-up, no obligation and no risk of arrest.

The Media—Getting It Wrong

The Media—Getting It Wrong

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From premature reports of Mark Twain’s death to the misidentifying of the Boston bomber, the media have often got the story wrong. Is there any news source that you can really rely on?

After his obituary was mistakenly published, Mark Twain sent a cable from London stating, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Since mass media became just that—MASS media—courtesy of the plethora of electronic junk that we assemble about ourselves, the tendency for journalists to get a story wrong has certainly increased.

Google has certainly contributed to lazy research when it comes to seeking background for a story. To add to that journalistic weakness, the propensity for every man and his dog to get in on the act on a so-called “breaking story” has increased exponentially with the tidal wave of communications gadgetry that the average Joe and Jill Public now have at their tendonitis-prone thumb tips.

The occasional trickery of deliberately faked journalism of the type publicized in the case of Jayson Blair of the New York Times and Stephen Glass of the New Republic is one thing. There is also the tendency for a journalist, though he may be quite sincere in his reporting, to simply be incapable of ridding his piece of natural bias. Then there’s the so-called “false equivalency” of the type where a journalist or editor seeks to give “balance” to a piece by allowing equal weight to both sides of a story, irrespective of which side has the truth.

When we add to this the reality that to keep his job the journalist must subscribe to the overarching bias of the editorial policy of his employer, then you have a recipe for confusion.

Recently we had an example of yet another contributor to the tendency for journalists to get it wrong—the mass impact of social media.

This contributed to the recent most infamous example of misreporting in the wake of the tragic Boston bombing.

Writing for Quill, the journal of the American Society of Professional Journalists, Monica Guzman of the Seattle Times described how easy it is in this age of social media for a journalist to get it wrong. How was it, she asks, that a poor missing kid, whose body was later found on April 23 in Providence, Rhode Island, was misreported by so many as the Boston bomber who created the havoc of April 15?

Tuned in via Twitter to the rash of messages transiting the ether over what was happening in Boston one week following the bombing tragedy, Guzman said she saw a tweet from “an influential user” who maintained that the bomber suspect had been found. When she asked two basic questions of the tweeter—where and how—the response came back that a lot of people had posted it.

Sharp lass that she is, Guzman mused, “What I call repetition he called confirmation” (Quill, May/June; emphasis added).

What was it that moved so many to share an erroneous communication so widely and so rapidly that it was accepted as fact and reported to the public via the mass media?

Guzman says two things drove this act of mass misreporting. The first was “a hunger for the most current information.” That desire is an offshoot of our late 20th- and early 21st-century lust for instant gratification—we want it and we want it now! That which was the catch-cry of the baby boomer generation has since become an inbred mantra of the generations they have produced.

The second thing Guzman observed which fed the April 23 rumor mill was a need to talk—to be first to spread the news, to be the one who “broke” the story to all and sundry. This stems from today’s social media frenzy of messaging about what I’m “doing now,” what I “just did,” what I “just saw,” or “have you heard?”

To this end, particularly in times of budgetary constraint, free messages twittered on “breaking” new stories become fodder for the journalist. The tweeter to the journalist becomes a primary source of information as they convey firsthand certain observations, reactions and opinions from the immediate vicinity of a “breaking” story.

This lust to be first with the information, and the urge to talk about it, drove a great part of America’s media industry, via the use of reports from social media sources, into mass acceptance of a falsehood in April. As Guzman observed, “public voices took Boston scanner chatter as fact, passed on dangerous rumors or made dangerous assumptions … all driven by emotion, drama, pride and the deep, wild rush to be first” (ibid).

There’s a powerful lesson here. It speaks to the very foundation of all that the Trumpet magazine stands for as compared to the mass media.

Let’s do a brief comparison.

The mass media is a profit-making enterprise. As we have witnessed over the past decade, many organs of the press simply went broke as electronic media increasingly took over from newspaper and magazine news publishing. The survivors are those which still either turn, or continue to struggle to turn, a profit—too often by dumbing their editorial approach downward so as to cater to a rapidly descending public taste in the interest of maintaining sales.

On the other hand, the Trumpet is not for sale. We are not a profit-making enterprise.

None of our publications have a price on them. They are given away on request, gratis (Matthew 10:8). The Trumpet will never change its editorial policy of eternally seeking, and publishing, the truth—no matter how unpopular the message—no matter how politically incorrect, no matter the degree of opposition our message engenders. We are simply not interested in dumbing down our message to popularize it so as to cater to the public’s taste. In fact, we probably have the world’s most unpopular message to deliver.

Come to think of it, so did Jesus Christ! It’s the same message!

Regarding journalistic efforts to predict the future outcome of an event, the best that the news media can do is guess. The facts might infer a certain outcome is inevitable, yet so many variables can lead to that guess becoming just pie in the sky. This is where so many analytical journalistic pieces get it wrong. They simply cannot predict with certainty the outcome of a major world event.

The Trumpet is different.

We are not averse to strongly revealing and publishing an actual, inevitable outcome of any major world event, even though the facts at the time would seem to point to an opposite result to that which we maintain at the time. The real difference between the mass media guess and the guaranteed outcome to any current event on which we report is due to our understanding of the revelation of Bible prophecy for our times.

We simply possess, and publish, the “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19)—the God-guaranteed outcome as declared by the One who states that “I am the Lord. I change not” (Malachi 3:6). The very One of whom Jesus Christ declared, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

The enlightened understanding of the final outcome of major world events that are unfolding today was all prophesied millennia ago, then documented and published in a book we call the Bible—specifically for our day today. Those prophecies contain an overarching message which, almost lost by the end of the 19th century, was actually restored in the early 20th century through one man that book refers to as a latter-day Elijah (Matthew 17:10-11).

His name was Herbert W. Armstrong.

It is possession of that restored message from God to humankind that the Trumpet publishes today and that is broadcast by the Key of David television program.

It’s that restored, divinely revealed knowledge that gives the Trumpet more than just an edge over the mass media in reporting the news. We can tell you, with full confidence, the very outcome of major world events. No organ of the press or mass media can do that!

So how does one really get to the truth on any matter these days when we are so attuned to the instantaneous nature of the “breaking” story via social media in particular?

Well, a good start would be to treat any news report with a healthy skepticism unless the reporter produces hard, primary evidence of the story’s reality.

With the plethora of news that inundates us from all angles, 24/7, this would seem to be an impossible task. Given the state of today’s mass media confusion, is there any news source that you can really rely on?

Considering the comparisons made above, to an open mind the answer should be starkly obvious. It’s the one that refuses—point blank—to be politically correct. It’s the one which insists on “proving all things,” on holding fast to that which is good and right! (1 Thessalonians 5:21). It’s the one which has the capacity—proven over seven decades of its message being published to multiple millions worldwide—to demonstrate the prophesied outcome of major world events then track them till they become embedded in documented history!

The editorial policy of the Trumpet magazine remains absolutely consistent with that of our forerunner under Herbert Armstrong’s administration—the Plain Truth. It embraces all those principles mentioned above—yet with one added refining point.

Herbert Armstrong’s prophesied directive from God was to preach the good news of God’s coming Kingdom on Earth “in all the world for a witness to all nations” as a sign of the imminence of Jesus Christ’s return (Matthew 24:14).

The leadership Herbert Armstrong put in place to continue that work following his death patently rejected that task (Amos 2:11-12).

Only one man at the time—our editor in chief Gerald Flurry, with his loyal assistant John Amos at his side—stooped to pick up the baton of leadership of that work when it was cast aside on Dec. 7, 1989. Through Gerald Flurry, the editorial policy of the original Plain Truth was revived, as prophesied (Revelation 10:11), in the pages of the Trumpet magazine.

Yet, that commission came with one added responsibility—to urgently warn a lukewarm church and a rebellious house of Israel of a coming, prophesied, Great Tribulation which they faced due to their rebellion against their God! (Matthew 24:21-23).

You won’t get that message anywhere else!

You won’t find any other news source that has such a proven track record of really delivering on the PLAIN TRUTH about today’s world news and its guaranteed outcome!

The Trumpet magazine is THE news source that you can completely rely on—rely on not only to publish the real news behind the news, but to give you, unstintingly, the guaranteed, prophesied outcome!

Zimmerman Case Stirs Racial Tensions

Protesters in Los Angeles blocked traffic and clashed with police on Sunday night, outraged over the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Police arrested several protesters Sunday night while the crowd shouted its disapproval of the verdict.

Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday night in a Florida courtroom for the February 2012 shooting. The trial provoked a national debate about racial profiling, equal justice and self-defense.

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into Martin’s death to decide whether to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

The Zimmerman case continues to stir racial conflict. Bible prophecy shows that soon racial tension will explode in the United States, bringing widespread destruction and suffering. For more about this coming explosion, read “The Race Bomb.”

Will Kyrgyzstan Become a Client State to Russia?

Will Kyrgyzstan Become a Client State to Russia?

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Russia will send $1 billion in weapons to Kyrgyzstan this year, according to reports last Thursday, which represents an acceleration of earlier plans saying the shipments would begin next year. The deal represents a key step in Moscow’s plan to turn the former Soviet nation into something akin to a client state.

Russia’s deliveries will include “tanks, armored vehicles and personnel carriers, as well as rocket launchers, artillery, small arms, and surveillance and communication systems,” said Igor Korotchenko, the editor of a Kremlin-affiliated defense publication. Other sources said helicopters could also be included.

Just a few days earlier, the Kyrgyz government announced it would soon begin selling its shares in the Soviet-legacy Dastan torpedo plant, and that “Russian investors would be given priority in purchasing the shares in the factory … at an auction in the fall” (Moscow Times, July 3).

Both of these reports illustrate the success Russia is having in its efforts to turn Kyrgyzstan into a client state, especially as Uzbekistan is sliding away from Moscow and toward German influence. “Following Uzbekistan’s departure from the [Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization] in June 2012, a new Russian strategy of ‘divide and rule’ seems to be accelerating,” a July report by ponars Eurasia said. The report continues:

Rather than trying to maximize and balance relations with the Central Asian states, Russia is now aggressively entering into a classical client-state relationship with Kyrgyzstan and, to a lesser extent, Tajikistan, the region’s smallest and poorest countries but also the ones where Russian influence has remained strong for 20 years. In exchange for supporting them materially and in their local rivalries, Moscow seeks closer ties and fealty to its foreign-policy directives.

Russia’s loss of influence in Uzbekistan to German sway (as evidenced in part by the German military’s operation of an air base there) has prompted Moscow to redouble its efforts in other Central Asian states—namely Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Russia has been trying for years to convince Kyrgyzstan to evict the United States from its air base at Manas, but prior to 2012, Kyrgyzstan—like all the Central Asian nations—tried to maintain a balance between Moscow and Washington. If the Kremlin’s efforts to fashion Kyrgyzstan into a client state are successful, U.S. influence would quickly be routed from the former Soviet nation, and with it the Manas base.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been working to rebuild Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery, and this news shows that he is making great strides toward that end.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has explained that the most significant aspect of Russia’s resurgence would be its catalytic effect on European unification: “A more dictatorial Russian government is coming fast …. That power will be able to challenge Europe when nobody else can, including the U.S. … Russian elections have recently moved President Vladimir Putin much closer to becoming a dictator. This strikes intense fear in Europe. The Europeans still remember how violent Russia was in World War ii, and Russia is a close neighbor with massive piles of nuclear weapons. … The Russian election is triggering a fear that will hasten the uniting of the European Union. The Russian election will cause Germany and other European nations to want a stronger leader. Throughout history, Germany has often sought a strong leader. Bible prophecy says it will do so again—for the last time!” (January 2004).

To understand more, read “Russia’s Dark Rider.”

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