Fighting For What’s Right
Elul 5772 – Tishrei 5773
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Homosexuals appealed to Israel’s high Court and won the right to have a Gay Parade through the streets of Jerusalem
By Shira Sorko-Ram
Most Roman Emperors were either homosexual or bisexual. Nero played his fiddle with his lovers while Rome burned. Rome had absorbed the Greek culture which idolized the male body, and rulers had no reason not to indulge in whatever type of sexual pleasure they wished. Obviously, the populace followed in their leaders’ footsteps. The city of Pompeii, which was destroyed instantly by a violent eruption of Vesuvius in A.D.79 at a magnitude of 8, left many remains in tact of the city’s homosexual lifestyle.
Hadrian, crowned emperor in A.D.117, pushed the envelope by being the first emperor to actually present his male lover with an officially public edict. He also killed 580,000 Jews who had rebelled against the Roman Empire, completely destroying Jerusalem, and is believed to have run a plow over all or part of the city. He also changed the name of Judea to Palestine.
The first mention in the Bible of homosexuality is a description of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, when the angels told Abraham’s nephew Lot, “we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the Lord that the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” The decree came immediately after the men of the city demanded the angels be handed over to them for homosexual sex.
THE HOMOSEXUAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD?
Skip now over some 3,500 years in this same country to Tel Aviv which has become a magnet for homosexuals from all over the world. The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, interested in more tourism, has made one of his primary goals that Tel Aviv become the homosexual capital of the world.
But for gays that was not enough. Besides the debauched and depraved yearly parade through the streets of Tel Aviv, gay organizations were also determined to have a yearly parade in – where else – but Jerusalem.
In 2005, the mayor of Jerusalem who was ultra-Orthodox, tried valiantly to ban the yearly parade. However Israel’s high court not only ordered the parade to proceed, but also forced the municipality to decorate the city streets in gay colors, and pay $13,000 in fines for damages to the gay parade organizers for trying to limit their rights to equality and justice. Furthermore, the court ordered the mayor to pay a fine out of his own pocket for his part in opposing the gays’ right to parade through Jerusalem.
A Chick-Fil-A patron stands for freedom to practice her faith and belief in family values.
IT’S ALL ABOUT “FUN”
In Israel, it is against the law for Messianic Jews to share the Gospel with Israelis under 18 years old. But the gay community is free to have homosexual youth clubs where any teenager can walk off the street and be totally accepted into the atmosphere of “love and freedom.” And the media continually describes how “fun” the gay lifestyle is. One friend of ours here in Israel who works closely with the press, says he has been amazed to find so many journalists are themselves homosexuals.
Here is an example of a very sympathetic journalist reporting on the last Tel Aviv gay pride parade:Drag queens, flamboyant dancers and vivacious topless joyful people partied through central Tel Aviv today as people packed the streets… the party was awesome – lots of booze, boobs and bums… drinks were flowing and love was all around. How fantastic!
For people with no Biblical foundation, all the average person knows is that he or she doesn’t want to be “against nature” or be a purveyor of hatred.
This culture of acceptance has permeated Israel because homosexuals have sold a bill of goods that same sex is “natural” and people are born as homosexuals, lesbians or transsexuals. (And surely you can’t fight the way God created you.)
Only sustained intercession of God’s people around the world will break these principalities in high places over Israel.
But for Israel’s salvation they must be taken down. Please include Israel in your prayers!
Now take a deep breath. There is more. In short, the spiritual forces behind the gay movement are focused on making homosexuality in all western countries with a Judeo-Christian value system as common and accepted as it once was in the Greek and Roman pagan cultures.
If gays have their way, those who believe in Biblical values will have to keep their views secret in order to run their businesses, as torrents of boycotts, legal suits, physical and vocal harassment will all be directed at believers.
THE GAY STRATEGY: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN
The biggest prize for the conversion to a homosexual culture would be, of course, to win over the next generation. In some schools, children are already brainwashed with books teaching the beauty of all families, including two moms or two dads. They are being taught by gay teachers, counselors and coaches.
Just as Islamists want to conquer the world and destroy Israel because it is interfering with their goals, so is the homosexual movement wanting to conquer and neutralize the nations that were once based on Biblical principles.
For that reason, I wish to point out the importance of the actions of three organizations in the U.S. which are standing up against the spiritual tsunamis attempting to destroy Biblical and family values and freedom of religion.
Two courageous men: Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, who stood up for Family Values
against a barrage of Gay Outrage, and former governor Mike Huckabee who called on America
to stand up against those who would abolish religious freedoms.
Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, expressed his belief in Biblical and family values. The part that most infuriated the gay community was his statement: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’” Cathy continued: “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
When mayors of major American cities began attacking Cathy with bombastic threats against Chick-fil-A opening restaurants in their cities, and the gays went into full swing with their hate accusations, Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, rose to the occasion and made a call for Americans to support the embattled restaurant chain. And outraged Americans rallied and acted! Hundreds of thousands stood in lines across America, some for hours.
This act of defiance and courage in the face of evil was a great victory! The press certainly didn’t know what to think! The people who fear God and believe that the Bible is His standard for life, had said, “Enough!”
I do want to add that when we looked to buy a picture for this issue of the Maoz Israel Report, there was not a single one from AP or Reuters and the like, showing the long lines at Chick-fil-A. Guess it wasn’t newsworthy enough. There were lots of pictures of gays kissing on the grounds of the restaurant chain, even though in some locales the press probably had to look hard to find them.
THE BOY SCOUTS
The gays have the Boy Scouts in their sites. What better place to station homosexual counselors than in this organization of children, so well known for having an extraordinary imprint on the character of the boys. Pressure from gay activists has been enormous, but since 1991 the Boy Scouts of America has barred openly gay individuals from participating in its program at any level. The gay laser guns are still constantly focused on this organization, explaining how much they want to “restore the social relevancy of one of this country’s great cultural institutions.”
But in 2010, a special committee of Scout executives and adult volunteers concluded unanimously that the anti-gay policy was the “absolute best” for the 112-year-old American branch of the organization with its 3.7 million members and adult volunteers. The Scouts have lost major donors by taking this stand. Of course the gays went to the U.S. Supreme Court already in the year 2000, but the court amazingly sided with the Boy Scouts in a 5-4 vote.
Gay activists are determined to bring in counselors and boys who are openly gay to the Boy Scouts of America.
However, abcnews.go.com states that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, an executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America, said he was committed to ending the ban. He takes over as president in 2014. Do we understand what we are up against?
The Eagle Scouts is another association altogether. Boys can become Eagle Scouts at the age of 18 if they meet the requirements during their time as Boy Scouts. This prestigious organization has now succumbed to accepting boys and counselors who are openly gay. Homosexual activists have succeeded in gaining entrance to this organization of teenagers who are just coming into manhood and are now inundated with a culture that teaches them that all sexual preferences are equal, normal and honorable. In fact, their counselors and leaders are free to express their personal sexual orientation.
There is nothing your child or you can do about it – except to leave the organization.
However, Christians and Messianic Jews can still stand in force with the brave Boy Scouts leadership.
COALITION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN PASTORS (CAAP)
Ben Jealous, the NAACP’s president, said in June that the civil rights group’s board was overwhelmingly in favor of endorsing gay marriage.
But an organization of black clergy members traveled to the NAACP’s annual convention in Houston to protest its recent decision.
The Rev. William Owens of Memphis Tennessee, founder of CAAP, said that the NAACP had abandoned its core mission by supporting same-sex marriage. Owens protested that if they had asked members, they would have lost. “They had to do it under cloak of darkness,” he said. The CAAP with membership of 3,742 African American pastors, asked to see President Obama to protest his new stance of supporting same sex marriage. Owens said, “He has not given us the courtesy of any reply.”
Rev. William Owens leads the coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) who stand for family values.
The African-American pastors are standing up against the current. Owens declared, “The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women.”
WHERE ARE THE EVANGELICALS?
The Catholic Church is also coming out strong against the powerful evil force. Where are the Charismatics, the Pentecostals, and the Evangelical denominations? They must rise up to fight this battle or the next generation will be lost to pagan ideologies.
Every single Christian periodical, TV station, radio show and Internet media outlet should be standing strong and vocal against this onslaught of spiritual powers.
And here’s the good news. The percentage of American people who stand for Biblical morality far outweighs the number of gays and their sympathizers. The Alliance for Marriage (AFM) which advocates a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, released a poll on March 4, 2012 showing that 63 percent of Hispanics and 62 percent of African Americans support an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
But gay activists, though a small minority in comparison, are vicious and active and completely determined to turn the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America and all democratic nations into a global Sodom and Gomorrah, with laws forbidding any opposition to the homosexual value system.
Steve Strang, founder of Charisma magazine, reminds us that there is strength in unity. He states forcefully how Evangelicals in California joined arms with Mormons to pass California’s Proposition 8 in 2008. That fight was over whether to legitimize homosexuality. Now with the U.S, president advocating same-sex marriage, Strang asserts that this election is becoming a referendum on homosexuality. He pleads, “We must unite with those who believe what the Bible teaches about sexuality and morality – whether they are Orthodox Jews, conservative Catholics or Mormons.”
I love my adopted country Israel. But I know that the God of the Bible will bring judgment against sin. The number of believers in Israel is still so small that we cannot yet affect the country’s acceptance of homosexuality. And Israel, as will all nations, will reap the wages of sin – until her promised return to the God of Israel, and to the Lamb who paid the price of her atonement. Please pray for Israel!
However in America, you can still push back the dark forces. If you will! The Lord is looking for His people to stand in the gap so that he can delay the judgment that will certainly come to the nation that forgets God.
If we truly believe that disobedience to the word of God brings eternal separation from our Creator,then the most loving thing we can do for this dying race is to proclaim the truth – with tears and with a broken heart. There is no place for arrogance and self-righteousness. Just a broken heart for a race doomed to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah.
A WARNING FROM BILLY GRAHAM
Right is wrong and wrong is right. If you are
against same sex marriage, you are an
intolerant hate-filled bigot, a racist,
a xenophobe. If you are for same sex marriage,
you are a freedom loving, tolerant soul,
full of love for all peoples.
Evangelist Billy Graham´s letter calling America and its “deceived people” to repentance is one in a series of escalating warnings that America is in growing danger of God´s judgment, prominent faith leaders told Charisma News.
“This may be our last chance to call the nation to pray,” says Anne Gimenez, national chairperson of America for Jesus – The Awakening, which expects hundreds of thousands of people to gather at Independence Mall in Philadelphia Sept 28-29 to pray and intercede for the United States.
In his letter, “My Heart Aches for America,” the 93-year-old Graham wrote that he recalled how his late wife, Ruth, once expressed concerns about the nation´s “terrible downward spiral” – exclaiming, “If God doesn´t punish America, He´ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Graham, who has preached to more people than any other Protestant in history – 2.2 billion – wrote that he wondered what Ruth would think of the country today where “self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”
“My heart aches for America,” wrote Graham. “The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah´s Day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower – wealthy, unconcerned and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented. I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation.”
Jack Hayford, the founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., says Graham’s letter comes as the nation is in a “very grim hour as we approach the election this year.”
“What we need is something on the order of shock troops at this hour, and I can imagine that can be raised,” Hayford says. “I don´t feel despairing. I do feel the urgency. We are at a point that desperate action is needed.”
Rick Scarborough, chairman of 40 Days to Save America, wrote: “Today, our nation faces multiple crises – pending economic collapse, moral disintegration and international terrorism – but all have spiritual underpinnings. The crises confronting us are beyond the power of human beings to resolve without divine guidance. Nothing short of a Third Great Awakening can save us.”
For another Great Awakening to occur, Hayford says the church and believers must engage in “gut-level, spiritually-impassioned intercessory prayer” – something lacking in most churches today, few of which even hold prayer meetings anymore…
As Sunday, September 16 ushers in the Biblical Day of the Trumpets, will the Army of the Lord muster at the Trumpet Call?
THE BIBLE’S VIEW
Now before they [the angels] lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”
So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one [i.e. Lot] came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.”
Then the men [angels] said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place! For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19:1,4-9,12-13)
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination.(Leviticus18:22)
And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.(Leviticus 20:13)
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
And, although they know the judgments of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-27, 32)
Expanding Our Media Outreach
Rev. Leehee Ainav, one of the very finest Messianic teachers in Israel, prepares to record one
of her 52 Hebrew-language three-minute Bible Portions of the week.
Ari and Shira greet our partners, wishing them a Happy New Year on the eve of the High Holidays.
Moments In the Life Of
Congregation Tiferet Yeshua In Tel Aviv
Ron Cantor, one of our regular team of preachers, gives the word of the Lord on Saturday morning.
Our fourth and newest elder Gil, and his wife Tamar are dedicated to the work of the Lord.
Forty Two Israelis Attend the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America Yearly Conference
We were so proud to host this wonderful group of Israelis from 12 congregations who beautifully represented the Body of Messiah in Israel.
We introduced our Israelis on Israel Night at the conference – explaining what cities or areas they come from, their professions and other interesting details!
This picture is so very special to us personally. Pastor Jack Hayford spoke at the conference and afterwards the leadership of the MJAA placed on Pastor Jack a tallit (prayer shawl) and yarmulka and then blessed him in prayer.
Pastor Jack has been our encourager for 35 years – especially when things didn’t go like we had hoped.
To his right is Jeff Forman, also a Maoz Canadian Board Member and to his left is Paul Liberman, on our U.S. Maoz Board. At the outer left and right is David Chernoff and Joel Chernoff, also close friends for 35 years.
Actually everyone in the picture has impacted our lives: to the back left of Pastor Jack is David Shneier who helped us start our first little group meetings in Israel; in front of Joel is Hope Chernoff Edelstein and Marty Goetz – all part of our family of Messianic Jewish pioneers!
Our Tiferet Yeshua worship team led the praise and worship – in Hebrew! We projected the transliteration on the screens so everyone could sing along!
Helping the Poor In Cities
Under Rocket Attacks by Hamas
The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America has a fabulous humanitarian aid organization by the name of The Joseph Project. Through this channel, the MJAA has been able to ship to Israel over $90 million of goods given to them by businesses all over the world. Much of the donations they receive are used for shipping the goods, and, indeed, they have sent nearly 400 large shipping containers into Israel in the last 12 years.
The Joseph Project is licensed in Israel to provide humanitarian aid from their 30 independent centers, blessing victims of terror, unemployed, hospitals, firefighters, soldiers, the disabled and much more – in fact up to 60,000 – 70,000 people a year.
They are now able to increase the flow of containers into Israel, but need more room for which to stock and distribute.
New Humanitarian Aid Warehouse in S’derot of which MJAA Joseph Project will take possession in November.
Its first stock will be survival kits (for use in bomb shelters) for families living under the poverty line,
as well as other wartime aid.
To accommodate their increased ability to serve Israel they have acquired a new “southern command” warehouse in the town of S’derot near the border of Gaza.
This besieged city has endured thousands of rockets from Gaza, constantly terrorizing and oppressing the population.
The Joseph Project’s immediate need is to construct floor-to-ceiling shelving for distribution of goods to the whole southern area of Israel, including Eilat, Beer Sheva, Ashdod and Kiryat Gat aid centers, currently the areas most attacked by Hamas terrorists.
Example of type of palletized shelving Maoz Ministries has committed to supply for the new S’derot warehouse.
Maoz is delighted to give our co-laborers the opportunity to invest in such a worthy project. We have committed to raise $50,000 in order to shelve the entire building in S’derot.
Dear Ari and Shira,
This is to thank Maoz Ministries for the generous interest taken in bringing humanitarian aid to Israel’s poor. Your $50,000 commitment is the largest contribution and pledge in the movement-wide effort to get a new 15,000 square foot warehouse up and running.
The facility has been recently leased and some 42 cargo containers are expected to be shipped during the upcoming year. Each contains some $150,000 of donated goods. Shelving is needed, even before the first shipment arrives and it cannot be acquired and installed in stages.
The amount of the Maoz funding will cover this entire cost and clear the way for immediate action.
This is a strategic move, which will help tens of thousands of struggling Israelis (particularly immigrants), every year.
May the Lord bless you and your donors always for this stretch in your giving.
Messianic Jewish Alliance of America
This warehouse is on the front lines of the war with the enemies of Israel and I couldn’t be happier that we are following the Lord’s leading to “plant the flag in the face of the enemy” of Israel and show the same courage to do so that David the shepherd did when he stood up to the Philistine bully, Goliath, and claimed a great victory for Israel.
Chairman of the MJAA Joseph Project
Happy Jewish New Year 5773!
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You will simply love the photographs of the beautiful mountains of the Holy Land.
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Happy New Year 5773!
The reborn state of Israel has existed for these 64 years only by the absolute grace of God. When has there ever been a nation so despised and hated by almost every country in the world?
Tens of nations would love to completely destroy her inhabitants. Almost every meter of her borders is on fire with terrorists who live for the day she will die.
And yet, GOD. God doesn’t break promises. And in this persecuted, sin-sick nation, a little twig has pushed through the dry and cracked ground.
Several thousand Israelis have been washed in the blood of the mighty Messiah. A new generation of bold believing youth have made their appearance.
Yes, the Bible clearly states that war comes to a nation because of her sins. According to II Chronicles 7, disasters such as drought and famine, pestilence and such come when the people of God forget Him.
But, “when My people who are called by My Name humble themselves…”
For the Jewish people, this month of Tishri is a month of afflicting one’s soul, of searching one’s heart, of fasting and praying.
But, the Bible says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”
That’s why we’re here in Tel Aviv. That’s why you and we are co-laborers. To bring the knowledge of God to the chosen people of Israel – chosen to be a light to the nations.
We are here to preach the Good News – to reach out through our Tel Aviv congregation, throughmusic and recordings, through Internet and Hebrew books, through personal discipling, through home groups and local and national conferences.
As members of His Body, we are here also to bind up the broken and strengthen those who are hurting. Preaching good tidings to the poor, and healing the brokenhearted. Bringing spiritual life and physical help.
That’s what we’re about.
That is why we are partnering with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America to prepare a treasure house of goods for people who are without. A warehouse holding tons of fine merchandise and products to be distributed throughout the whole southern area of the nation.
Together, we will see the shelves of this warehouse be fitted against its walls and filled with goods to bring HOPE and LOVE!
Together, we are Maoz. Together we are His Body, His hands and His feet.
Together, through prayer and action we will see the Light of Life born into the people of Israel.
May you have a blessed and prosperous New Year,
Ari & Shira Sorko-Ram