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August 2003

Court Battle Over Polygamy Coming?

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision decriminalized sodomy. "Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson is asking his nationwide audience to pray that God will remove three judges from the United States' highest court so conservatives can replace them." The Virginian Pilot goes on to say:

The request for divine intervention is part of "Operation Supreme Court Freedom,"' an ongoing, 21-day "prayer offensive" Robertson is promoting on the show and on CBN's Web site.

Robertson and other conservative Christians oppose certain past Supreme Court decisions, such as those that legalized abortion and barred mandatory prayer in public schools.

Their outrage was inflamed again in June when the court, by a 6-3 vote, decriminalized sodomy. That ruling "has opened the door to homosexual marriages, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest," Robertson stated in an open letter on CBN's Web site ("Robertson leads prayers for Supreme Court justices' removal," The Virginian-Pilot, July 15, 2003).

Meanwhile WorldNetDaily (WND) has reported that some proponents of "Christian polygamy" are saying that "Polygamy is the next civil-rights battle" ("Polygamists see open door for acceptance," WorldNetDaily.com, July 4, 2003).

"As preached here at this ministry [on their web site], Christian polygamy is only about life-long-committed (hence, NONpromiscuous), consensual, NONabusive, loving Christian marriage. The only educational matter here is that this is about men ever-growing in other-centered, ministerial, giving, selfless love in marriage to more than one woman (as Christ so selflessly and givingly loves the Churches)." . . .

Referring to the sodomy case, Henkel told WND: "Lawrence v. Texas has kicked open a whole new door for us."

He says the ruling effectively voided every anti-polygamy law on the books, assuring that "whatever consenting adults choose to do" is permissible (Ibid.).

Inspired Commentary

The dismissal of biblical sexual ethics as societal norms has been mentioned as one of the signs of the last days:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Tim. 3:1-5).

A multitude at first apparently received the warning of Noah, yet they did not fully turn to God with true repentance. There was some time given them before the flood was to come, in which they were placed upon probation-- to be proved and tried. They failed to endure the trial. The prevailing degeneracy overcame them, and they finally joined others who were corrupt, in deriding and scoffing at faithful Noah. They would not leave off their sins, but continued in polygamy, and in the indulgence of their base passions. ("The Great Controversy: The Flood," The Signs of the Times, Feb. 27, 1879).

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man (Luke 17:26).

Hermaphrodite Human Embryo Created

An experiment that led to the deliberate creation of a hermaphrodite human embryo was condemned as irresponsible by fertility scientists yesterday.

The chimera - named after the Greek monster that was part lion, part serpent and part goat - was formed by placing cells from a newly-conceived male embryo into a three-day-old female embryo.

The resulting embryo was part male, part female and could potentially have developed into an apparently healthy foetus.

The American fertility doctor behind the experiment claimed the creation of chimeras could eventually be used to treat genetic diseases. . . .

The research is yet another challenge to conventional reproduction. Just as the development of clones raised the possibility of children with just one genetic parent, a chimera created by merging two unrelated embryos could have four. Details of the experiment were presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology in Madrid by Dr Norbert Gleicher, the head of a private American fertility clinic [in Spain] ("Test-tube 'monster' condemned by scientists," Telegraph Group Limited [London], March 7, 2003).

Inspired Commentary

One is reminded of the story of the tower of Babel:

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city (Gen. 11:4-8).

God's next response to humans making a name for themselves may be that described in this verse:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Pet 3:10).

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