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Monday, March 14, 2016

Matt Drudge Pimps Anti-Cruz Propaganda

On his site today, prominently displayed in red headlines, and including an exclamation point, Matt Drudge has this:



Notice the right-hand column that deceptively reads "Video: Pastor Calls for Execution of Gays -- Then Introduces Ted Cruz at Conference!" 

If you only click on the link, you will easily see that the pastor shown, Kevin Swanson, in no way "calls for the execution of gays." When discussing homosexuals, Pastor Swanson references Romans 1:32 which says that those who engage in such things are "worthy of death" (or "deserve to die" in the English Standard translation). As is typical when reading such Scripture, the verses prior help give the proper context. Here's Romans 1:18-32:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
As any unbiased reader can see, those who "deserve to die" are those who practice any type of "ungodliness and unrighteousness." Of course, this is all of humanity since "all have sinned." And as even the most elementary observers of Christianity knows, this is why Jesus had to die for our sins. The "wages of sin" is death. Christ died so that we might live.

So thus, what we are really talking about here is sin, and that includes homosexuality. Unsurprisingly, the left and its apologists want nothing to do with calling homosexuality a "sin." We do not usually find Matt Drudge on the same side as modern liberals in such issues. However, sadly, this is the case here.

What's more, the event to which Drudge is referring is over 4 months old. It seems that Drudge, much like his cohorts at Breitbart, are so in the tank for Donald Trump that they will do and say almost anything to ensure that Trump is the GOP nominee. Mr. Trump is perhaps the most biblically ignorant hedonistic man (or woman) ever to run for the office of U.S. President. As I have often noted the last several months, Donald Trump has not proven himself trustworthy when it comes to matters important to conservatives. When it comes to marriage and sexuality (or immigration, abortion, national defense, the economy, and so on), this is certainly the case.

This is nothing more than a sad attempt to paint Ted Cruz as a religious extremist too out-of-touch for the American people. This is standard operating procedure for the left, but Mr. Drudge should know better.

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
www.trevorgrantthomas.com
Trevor and his wife Michelle are the authors of: Debt Free Living in a Debt Filled World
tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com

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