Published on June 14th, 2015 | by John Locke0
GAY MARRIAGE: MORMONS IN THE CROSSHAIRS
THE CONSERVATIVE LDS CHURCH UNDER SIEGE
The Secular-Progressive Left, as it’s done for decades, has an agenda, one they’re patiently implementing. Progressively they’re targeting their enemies list, methodically. That’s what “progressive” means—little baby steps to a much more intrusive and disruptive utopian objective, that of government-sanctioned, fully legal and enforced, Gay Marriage.
Today the Mormon Church is the proverbial frog in the boiling pot. Leftists will use this perfect wedge issue to slowly alter, then destroy, if they can, the traditional Mormon family and even the Church, if it doesn’t toe the line.
And that’s just the beginning.
MORMONS, GET READY FOR A FULL-FRONTAL ASSAULT
The national gay movement holds its cards close to the chest. Soon, however, LDS gay couples, lawyered-up, will publically demand sacred temple marriages, threatening to use the activist courts, and the US Justice Department to eliminate the Church’s tax exempt status and punish its leaders and members if they are denied their “rights.”
In the same fashion, gay groups have attacked private businesses that, for religious and moral reasons, have refused to participate in gay wedding ceremonies. In several noted cases, private citizens and their businesses have been fined tens of thousands of dollars for not agreeing to support gay weddings. Activists carefully pick their targets, occupying private property, and shutting down their operations with impunity.
WHY WILL GAY ACTIVISTS SINGLE OUT THE LDS CHURCH TO PRESS THIS ISSUE?
As you will see below, specific Mormon Church sacred beliefs are the most powerful, logical, and comprehensive Christian doctrines found anywhere directly opposing the legalization of gay marriage. As well, the LDS Church has deep pockets and much to lose in today’s world.
Key Leftist leaders recognize that the strongest, best organized and funded, religious institutional bulwark opposing their goals is the LDS Church, and if they can bludgeon the Mormons in-line, other Christian opposition will inevitably crumble. To set an example to others, the Left will hit the Mormons hard.
As is explained below, Mormon opposition to homosexual marriage is ingrained in their religion, and as Mormons believe, “from the foundation of the universe.” Besides these comprehensive doctrines, the inherent determination (originating from a unique history of religious persecution) of the LDS people is to follow the Savior, and stand their ground against all opposition.
If the Mormons fall hard, many others will capitulate, or so the Left believes. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) should gird up their loins. It’s going to be a rough ride.
THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Everything is at stake. The Gay Marriage issue remains the classic example of a slippery slope. Gay marriage is not, and never has been, “marriage,” as defined by all cultures, nations, religions, and by Mother Nature, herself, since Adam first got a wonderful glimpse of Eve. Still, playing hardball politics, the Left takes no prisoners. What’s worse is where this all ends.
A FAMOUS LGBT COMMUNITY SPOKESWOMAN TELLS IT LIKE IT IS
In a 2012 speech by Masha Gessen, a popular author and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community spokesperson and activist, a speech that has gone viral, she stated:
“I think that it’s a no brainer that gay people should have the right to marry. But I also think that it’s a no brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. It troubles me because fighting for gay marriage involves lying with what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, you know, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that’s a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist. …The message on the Pro-Gay Marriage side is a lie, it says ‘don’t worry, marriage will remain just the way it is, it’s just that gays and lesbians will have access to it.’ (Marriage’s ultimate survival) it’s never going to happen” (Emphasis added. See Masha Gessen’s speech on Youtube.).
I’ve read Masha Gessen’s books. She is an excellent author and a brave lesbian woman. With great personal danger to herself, she wrote the timely and important Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. She lived in Russia and was targeted by Putin’s henchmen. I respect Ms. Gessen, not only for her professionalism, but more for her honesty regarding the goals and ultimate objectives of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) Community and their allies on the Left.
WHAT THE LEFT HAS ALWAYS DONE TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS
The above revelations should not surprise anyone. The Left has been using such tactical weaponry to attack our Judeo-Christian foundation for much of the past century in their ultimate goal of wholly reordering society and using disruptive tactics to further enhance their political power.
“We are five days from the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.”
–Barack Obama (when newly elected in 2008)
Ms. Gessen is absolutely correct. The LGBT Community is a lackey of the Left, using the Gay Marriage agenda to destroy, progressively, traditional marriage, weakening ancient, foundational social structures, leading inevitably to children and adults abandoning conservative principles of self-sufficiency and self-reliance, and then forced to embrace the secular Nanny State. Such will swell the dependency class, further empowering Leftist leaders in this country, as it’s already done in Europe.
BIG GOVERNMENT’S DESOLATING ARROGANCE
If you think that government is too large and intrusive now, just wait until the traditional family comes undone and is no longer the foundation of conceiving, rearing, teaching, providing for and protecting the nation’s offspring. In its incalculable arrogance Big Government actually believes it can replace the traditional family—a father and a mother—and step into that role.
With the destruction of the traditional Christian (or Muslim, or Jewish, or Hindu) Family, you won’t be able to grow government fast enough or large enough to shoulder the costs—in moral degradation, in homelessness, in almost universal crime, poverty, and drug and alcohol abuse. National despair will eat at our character, and inevitably tyranny will be our inheritance. Conditions will get so bad that people will demand a strongman (or woman) to control the rampant, almost universal, predatory evil.
Look around at today’s Leftist Governments. Look at Chicago, Baltimore, or Detroit. We’re there.
Inevitably, you won’t be able to build prisons fast enough to hold the criminal class that will emerge from the destruction of the traditional family. That’s why this issue is so vital. Yet the Left, in its eternally elitist-arrogance, continues to believe that such “change” will not only be controllable, but “liberating.”
THE PLAN: MANDATORY HOMOSEXUAL INSTRUCTION IN OUR SCHOOLS
With federal government recognition of same sex marriage, then mandatory public school sex education for 12 year olds must necessarily including homosexual familiarization, then acceptance, and finally detailed instruction. If not, gay political groups will sue to force the issue, one of “equality,” in the courts. In fact, it’s already here.
SIX-TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT OF GAY COUPLES HAVE CHILDREN
According to recent US national census data, only about one-half of one percent of gay couples in this country have children under the age of 18. The overwhelming majority don’t have children at all, nor do they raise children in the walls of their homes. To say that it is necessary to “strengthen” marriage and the family, providing for children, by opening it up to gay people is disingenuous, at best.
THE GAY LIFESTYLE—ANYTHING BUT CHILD-FRIENDLY
It’s common knowledge that the traditional gay lifestyle is anything but child-friendly. These unions are typically about the individuals, about “self-fulfillment” about “finding oneself.” The large majority seek sexual fulfillment, or security and companionship, above all. They seek what they think is “love.” Their quest is too often, however, hollow, certainly void of eternal perspective. They live for themselves with no interest in being saddled with the very long-term costs and responsibilities of raising children to be productive members of society. The gay community, in many (not all, of course) cases, says “To hell with traditional procreative responsibilities of Christian society, I’m going to get mine, all else be damned!”
C.S. Lewis wrote that when mankind tries to fashion love into a god, such always mutates into a demon. In other words, what is often referred to today as “love” is really just the same old selfish, destructive lust masquerading as its honored cousin.
The Greeks, in fact, knew the difference was so essential that they used three different words to describe what we generally lump into the love category today. (Agape: Godly love, love unfeigned, the unconditional love a mother has for her child, or that God has for his children; Eros: Sexual affection, erotic lust; and Philia: Brotherly love, the love between good friends.)
Love is an essential element of the healthy, stable human being. From the beginning, however, the Evil One understood that such a powerful emotion could be used as a weapon, cankered into what it was never meant to be. “Love,” when weaponized, is destructive. Love so abused can easily mutate to selfishness, to the inability to feel for others’ suffering, and to control, shackle, and enslave.
Genuine love, however, is nurtured and developed, it requires personal service, and sacrifice for others. It requires devotion and empathy above self. Love, in its purest form (agape) is given freely to another, without expecting anything in return. Obviously, from the foundation of the world, nothing has been abused more than so-called love.
AN LDS PERSPECTIVE—A UNIQUE, DIVINELY INSPIRED, PLAN
I am convinced that the opposition to gay marriage by the LDS Church cannot be understood through solely secular eyes. Consider the aforementioned facts and figures demonstrating how few homosexual unions involve the procreation and rearing of children. As Christians, and members of the LDS faith, when considering the Plan of Salvation, God’s Gift of Agency, the procreation of children and the purpose of life, the Pre-existence and the Eternities, and the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage, we approach this challenge from a unique perspective.
For example, due to modern and ancient prophets, we have special insights into the origins of men and women, and our pre-mortal state as sons and daughters of God. We know how and where the gift of Agency (free will) was introduced, and more importantly, why. We all participated in the War in Heaven to preserve our God-given Agency so essential to our learning and growth. Our Heavenly Father taught us the divine plan of procreating, raising, and loving the children to be raised within both earthly, and eternal, families, presided over by a mother and a father. We were taught the principle of eternal increase and self-improvement, especially within the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage.
All these stages in life were designed by our Creator to help us grow, to discover the essential, eternal nature of sacrifice and service to others. They were introduced by loving heavenly parents to bless each of us. Adam and Eve set the earthly example. Men and women were created spiritually, emotionally, and biologically, for each other. As you may recall, when Eve transgressed, Adam likewise followed her lead, though both knew such disobedience (which we know was really not) would force them out of Eden into the cold, cruel world. Still—and this is the point—the first woman and first man would leave the Garden together, as one, or not at all.
The proper unity of the sexes is the essence of an eternal, Godly Covenant. Mormons are taught this from the cradle.
God commanded us all to multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it. Did it need multiplying? Yes. God’s spirit children needed bodies. The earth was created for this. Did the earth need replenishing? Yes. The land was void of human life, life in God’s own image. And in the process of subduing (cultivating, tending, protecting, developing), men and women, working side-by-side, were able to create an environment where God’s spirit children could be born, nurtured, taught, and loved. Here, on God’s earth, His gospel was introduced and commanded to be spread into every land, to every people.
The entire plan—and the purpose of the earth’s creation—from the beginning rested upon God’s partnership with woman and man, to multiply, replenish, and subdue. Both sexes were created as physical, spiritual, and emotional counterparts—equal halves—of “the same flesh.” We know from divine revelation that these same two components—male and female—will continue on into the eternities to fulfill God’s eternal purpose.
Male and Female are essential to God’s Eternal Plan, the core of the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage.
“Man is not without the woman, nor woman, the man, in the Lord.” No member of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ who understands the divine potential for all of God’s children, should fail to see how essential is the traditional union of male and female in His Plan. It’s why we are here. As well, keep in mind that each of us accepted The Plan before coming to this world. As members of the Church, too many seem to have forgotten this essential detail.
Obviously, for physical or other limitations, some are not blessed with children in this life. That doesn’t mean they won’t have the opportunity in the next. That said, we are commanded to bring children into the world within the boundaries of the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage. Under this same covenant, Abraham was promised that his seed would be without number, “as grains of sand on the seashore.” He was commanded to multiply and replenish the earth, the same command given to Adam and Eve, and to each of us today. Unfortunately, this is a charge that too many are ignoring, or running from, including a huge percentage of the Gay Community.
As modern stewards of God’s Abrahamic Covenant, we are also commanded to raise a righteous generation. Creating a godly environment for raising children is one of the top two or three reasons we were born. Again, as members of the Church, we are taught this from the cradle. In fact, looking at the distant past, such an environment did not exist in such Biblical cities as Sodom and Gomorrah, where the scripture tells us that hedonism (selfish sexual pursuits) ruled, so that children born into that environment “were taught wickedness continually.” The most innocent, most impressionable members of society did not have the opportunity to choose good over evil (a prime purpose for coming to earth). Since evil was done continually, evil was the only culturally acceptable “choice.” In essence, Satan’s minions had found a way to rob mankind of the Godly gift of Agency or Free Will (Satan’s original goal in the War In Heaven). With this essential element stolen, God wiped the slate clean and began again.
SACRIFICING OUR CHILDREN TO THE GOD MOLOCH
Similar examples can be found in ancient Babylon, in the Sumerian cities of Mesopotamia, among the Canaanites of what would become Palestine/Israel, who were so wicked they sacrificed their children to the god Moloch. The Greek pagan cities of the Decapolis (in present-day Jordan and Syria), the Mayan Civilization, the Aztecs and Incas—all were destroyed. In fact, the case could be made that their destruction, due to their preying upon the most innocent in their societies, that such was a “mercy killing” by God to end the suffering of the children being born into such overwhelming evil.
As Latter-day Saints, we have powerful insights into the eternal truths regarding the Plan of Salvation and the purpose of life. We have prophets to guide us, men and women we respect and who are called to warn us of evil. The Ancients also had prophets, but in the height of their wickedness, rather than listen, they turned on these prophets and killed them.
Are we, today, as members of the Church, also seeking to silence the prophets, to intimidate them? Or, do we refuse to speak against what we know is morally wrong because of our fear of others’ criticism on Facebook? The pattern is consistent. The wicked always refuse to listen to the prophets, and when the wicked get enough power, they turn and silence what was once moral and good. They remove by any means what makes them uncomfortable. Such is the foundation of modern Political Correctness.
In essence, the wicked advance boldly when good decides to keep its head down. We cannot be silent.
This does not mean that we hate those who disagree with us. Please, my Leftist friends, don’t go there. It demeans you. On the contrary, we love our gay friends and pray for them that they might come to a knowledge of the truth. The Left, however, does not care what is truth. “All truth is relative!” they shout from the rooftops. Besides, as demonstrated by the Left today, they are only concerned about their political power and how to lord that power over others.
When the Left, however, has no moral leg to stand on, it always doubles-down and goes on the attack. This is an age-old tactic, with origins even in the Garden of Eden. Recall, when Lucifer was challenged by God to explain why he’d led Adam and Eve astray, what did he say in his defense? In essence, “How can you be so mean to me, so hateful! I’ve done nothing beyond what has already been done in other places. How can you criticize just me like this! Father, how cruel you are, how hateful and bigoted!”
This tactic is very old and exceedingly threadbare. What’s amazing is that people still fall for it. And what’s even more amazing is when members of the Church do.
No responsible LDS member wants gays and gay couples to be restricted in their own private relationships. That’s their choice, and their business. We’ve fought to ensure that choice, in the pre-existence and in this life.
THE BOTTOM LINE
What we cannot accept is the LGBT Community’s attack on the historically sacred and eternal nature of this institution of traditional, God-sanctioned marriage, then use this aggressive tactic to enhance their political power. By definition, and biological and spiritual design, a gay union is not part of God’s Eternal Plan and never can be. In fact, a homosexual lifestyle, as we know, causes damage, damming (like a dam restricts the flow of a mighty river) those spirits who make such a choice in life. (See the above command given to Adam and Eve.) That’s why every society from the foundation of the world, while at times (though rarely) recognizes gay civil or societal unions, never exalted such to the level held by traditional marriage.
As Church members, we know that marriage is sacred, an eternal union, designed by God from the foundation of the world to accomplish one eternal purpose, “To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man(kind).” Eternal life, again by definition, signifies eternal increase, through the union of male and female. Without that increase, the Prophets tell us, God’s Plan of Salvation is thwarted. The higher laws, and blessings, of the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage cannot be attained.
This is the essence, the Alpha and Omega, of why we are here.
Knowing what we know of Satan, don’t you think it logical that he would attempt to twist the nature of sacred marriage, if he thought it could cause some to abandon their quest for the New and Everlasting Covenant? Don’t you think it probable that such a foundational element in God’s plan would be undermined by Satan, and altered, or diluted, if he possibly could, using any means available?
Such is the dilemma faced by members of the Church today who claim they understand the Plan of Salvation and Exaltation, yet at the same time support gay marriage. It’s fascinating to watch them pretzel themselves into unfathomable philosophical configurations in the vain quest to make both ends meet.
If a gay couple desires a “wedding,” of course they are free to have one. But they are wrong to use government, or any secular entity, to force others—essentially at gunpoint—to join in or sanction such events. We know this is morally wrong because it robs the God-given Agency of another.
The Left—the prime benefactor in all this—screams “whose morality”? “Since we’ve all got a different take on this,” they say, “then let’s get the government involved to force those who are obviously ‘mean and cruel’ and who are standing in the way of our ‘rights’.”
WE KNOW THERE IS ABSOLUTE TRUTH
Again, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that in spite of this popular Leftist mantra, there is Absolute Truth. It’s contained in the Holy Scriptures, it’s proclaimed by ancient and modern prophets, it’s taught by the Holy Ghost. A moral, selfless, giving life is easy to spot. We know it on sight. An immoral, self-serving, sexual gratification-seeking, narcissistic lifestyle that has no interest in raising children in a Godly and safe environment is also glaringly obvious.
We know from history, from life’s best practices, from the examples of our leaders exactly what we need to do to receive eternal joy and exaltation. We know what must be done to multiply and replenish the earth. These are not secrets only for the elect, buried away in some cave or monastery. As members of the LDS Church we understand that there are purposes, and then, higher purposes. “Many are called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set upon the things of this world,” (D/C 121:34,35)
SATAN’S HATRED OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage for the purpose of eternal increase, if nothing else, is the perfect example of that Higher Purpose. That’s why the homosexual union falls short, in this world, but more so in the eternities. It’s centered on the participants themselves, first and foremost, and not upon the eternal plan of unselfish increase, to multiply and replenish not only this world, but God’s Universe. It is the self-sacrificing purpose of our earthly life. It is essential for mankind to overcome the shackling schemes which Satan brought to the earth at the time of Eden to bind men down, to rob them of their divine Agency and their eternal promise, and then destroy them.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some fine, sacrificing, gay couples raising wonderful children. There are. We honor them. But statistically, they are a tiny minority, and shrinking. That’s not God’s plan for humankind. It’s counterfeit, and if it’s embraced, it dilutes the Plan and empowers, as proven above, destructive forces. We have millennia of history, a track record, to prove this statement true.
The Plan of Salvation was designed by a loving God for all his children. Please, my dear Christians, and members of the LDS Faith, don’t join with those who would thwart the plan which God has set in motion. Don’t cheapen, or ignore, this incredible, eternal intelligence you are privileged to know. For where much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).
This precious stewardship you have will one day necessitate an accounting before God. I believe He will look us in the eyes and say, “You were given these Eternal Covenants and Promises, yet you abandoned them. Why?”
For too many, I fear, there will be no answers.