A Hallelujah Christmas

I was recently reminded of the importance of the ministry and it’s mission were I serve  in this beautiful music video called, “A Hallelujah Christmas.”   The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives, this is the “Hallelujah” for us at Christmas!


A Hallelujah Christmas – Cloverton Music Video

Unfortunately there is a fervent shift to pervert the Gospel and grace of God to include the message of “gay Christianity” from many sources.  In context of this above-mentioned video, and the Gospel, I am asking you, please, read this article I wrote: site:
Will the Church Show Justice and Mercy to the Same-Sex Attracted? A Clarion Call for Genuine Salvation and Biblical Hope; Not Compromise!” and please keep us in prayer in this spiritual battle in our culture as a front-line ministry.

Please continue to pray for First Stone Ministries continued funding through regular, ongoing and end-of-year donations.  Will you join us in 2015 by committing a portion of your income to our ministry? There are several ways you can give:  1. ACH of Checking/Savings (enclosed),  2. Debit/Credit Card (www.firststone.org),   or  3. Standard USPS.

I want to invite you to join First Stone Ministries e-newsletter list.  We send out monthly updates that include upcoming events, support group announcements, our quarterly newsletter and other encouraging posts.   As a reminder, for donations to qualify for the 2014 tax-year, they must be postmarked by December 31, 2014.

Sincerely,

Stephen Black
Executive Director
First Stone Ministries
Oklahoma City, OK

New Hope Video Stories

Here are three video stories of Hope from the First Stone Ministries‘ staff.  The first one is from Laura Leigh Stanlake who was interviewed for Dennis Jernigan’s Sing Over Me documentary. They did not use it in the documentary, but released Laura’s story as a bonus feature.  The second video here is also Laura Leigh giving her testimony at the 2013 National Restored Hope Network Conference in Oklahoma City.  Laura Leigh is the Director of Women’s Ministries at First Stone Ministries in Oklahoma City.

The third video is from me, Stephen Black sharing briefly for the new PFOX video testimonies project on their new web site. There is freedom from homosexuality for those who really desire.  Yes, a changed life happens through the transformational work of the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.  There are many who have left homosexuality behind for good.  I am so grateful for this changed life!

 

There are many more stories of people who have come out of homosexuality:

The Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage

devil heartby David Kyle Foster

For over ten years I lived the homosexual lifestyle and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, “Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?”

Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a man. I wanted to be strong, solid, stable and reliable.

I recognized the obsession with youth and beauty that drove their fantasies and lusts and knew that once I entered my thirties, the thrill of being wanted would quickly come to an end. I cringed at the epidemic of perverse sexual behaviors commonly practiced and celebrated by gay culture and wanted nothing to do with them.

Such behaviors were so obviously perverse. Simple anatomical design declared it. A man was designed to interact sexually with a woman. That’s the design. And when sex is practiced outside of that design, physical damage and a legion of diseases are unleashed – not to mention the judgments of the Lord described in Romans 1:24-32:

 

God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual immorality.

God gave them over to shameful lusts….

….. receiving into themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

 

God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

and in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10…….

the sexually immoral…..those who practice homosexuality…..will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

God created a man and a woman to become one flesh in a lifelong covenant of love (i.e., “marriage”), and to be fruitful and multiply when possible. God invented marriage. He designed it as a prefigurement of the marriage between Jesus and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:31-32), and laid out its parameters from the dawn of time. Even cultures that do not know Him have followed that design from the beginning. There is no ambiguity about His design nor His description of it in the Scriptures. Indeed, every departure from that model is universally condemned and forbidden by Him, for what it does to our bodies, our souls and to the image of God that is stamped into the one flesh, marital union of male and female.

Having same-sex desires is a great trial – there is no doubt about it. The feelings have as great an intensity as those found in the alcoholic for alcohol, the drug addict for drugs, the smoker for nicotine. And in all such cases, it seems unfair to the natural mind that God would allow us to have such intense desires yet not allow us to act on them.

The idea floated by so-called “gay theology” that God created people to be homosexual (i.e., that He is the cause for such desires) is as ridiculous for the homosexual as it is for the drug addict. The Scriptures are clear about what God designed and what He desires. They are also clear that because of the sinful actions of our forebears, we are born with a sin nature that pulls us strongly in various destructive directions. Homosexual desire, born from a complicated convergence of our fallen nature, idolatry, rebellion, temperament, environment, experiences and developmental factors is just one more way that happens.

It does no good to pretend that it is good and natural and holy. That’s called denial. Statistics overflow with evidence that homosexual sex causes damage to body, soul and spirit. It actually damages the body of the partner. It tears at the body in ways that result in homosexual sex being the number one risk factor for contracting AIDS in this country. In fact, an entire cottage industry of scientific study and medical care has arisen from the proliferation of gay sex in our modern culture.

Homosexual behavior also tears at the soul, causing much higher rates for substance abuse, suicide, depression, domestic violence, early death – even in the most gay-friendly regions of the globe. Why? Because active homosexuals are trying to find something through gay relationships that can never be found there. The happiness that they seek can only be found in submitting their sexuality to the Lordship of Christ and allowing Him to bring healing to the broken areas that have caused their homosexual desires. Yes – it’s a slow and sometimes arduous path to take, just as it is for the addict, but the only one that leads to joy, peace and eternal life with God.

All that to say – the term “gay marriage” is an oxymoron. It is an invention of broken man in defiance against the expressed desire and design of God for mankind. It is the fallen creature trying to tell the omniscient Creator how things should be. Even the misnamed “gay Christian” – those who practice homosexuality without repentance and therefore are not Christian – are examples of man praising God with his lips while his heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:7-9) – calling Him Lord, Lord, while refusing to do what He says (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46) – turning the grace of God into a license for immorality (Jude 1:4). To invent a form of marriage that defies the natural and spiritual order is insanity and can only lead to the destruction of those involved, and according to Scripture, even the society that allows it to happen (Genesis 19:1-29; Jude 1:-7; Romans 1:32).

We all know that marriage is in a bad state these days. Our population has laid the groundwork for faux marriages by practicing adultery and in other ways rebelling against the meaning and purpose of sex and marriage. But inventing and sanctioning homosexual marriages is a logarithmic jump in rebellion and consequent disaster.

In a high percentage of marriages these days, the children will spend a part of their childhood without their original mother or father, and that is very sad and can be very harmful for them. But in so-called “gay marriages” you are guaranteeing that the children will grow up without a mother or father in the home. You are guaranteeing it! You are state-sanctioning that deprivation and becoming a co-conspirator in the consequent damage to their well-being.

And yet the gay-controlled media presses on with its relentless drumbeat, promoting homosexual behavior, relationships and so-called marriage just as ferociously as it promotes the destruction of children in their mother’s wombs.

Our newly released 2-hour documentary called “Such Were Some of You” (www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org) attempts to counter that agenda with truth. In it, twenty-nine former homosexuals expose the facts about homosexuality, its causes and how Jesus has set them free from it. The film opens with people on the street giving their opinion about claims that are made by activist homosexuals in the press, followed by expert teaching on those same questions by Christian leaders like Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Neil T. Anderson, as well as theological correctives from the worlds top scholar on the biblical texts concerning sexual behavior – Dr. Robert Gagnon.

But what makes this film so powerful are the moving stories of being saved, set free, healed, and delivered from the brokenness of homosexuality by those who have gone through that great trial. With love and sensitivity for friends still trapped in the gay lifestyle, they also describe the process by which God has brought healing to the brokenness that created their same-sex desires in the first place.

As the Scriptures promise in Revelation 12, they have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. God also says in Rev 21:6-7: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

And to the reader, hear the word of God found in 1st Corinthians 6:11 (speaking of practicing homosexuals, among others):

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

To see the trailer of “Such Were Some of You”, go to:  http://youtu.be/XUXhKbHMGJg

David Kyle Foster is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M-Div) and Trinity School for Ministry (D-Min). His autobiography (Love Hunger) has just been released. He is also the author of Sexual Healing and Transformed Into His Image and the producer/director of www.SuchWereSomeOfYou.org.

 

Many Will Fall Away From the Faith in the Last Days

Do Not Marvel, Nor Be Dismayed Brothers and Sisters!  Jesus Warned Us, and So Did the Apostle Paul.  Many will fall away from the faith in the last days.

Apostacy

Jesus reminded us and said:  Be careful that no one misleads you, deceiving you and leading you into error.  (Especially the idea of gay Christianity).  For many will come in, they will look just like sheep.  They will come-in on the strength of My name, appropriating the name which belongs to Me, saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.  They know I AM the Christ, yet they will mislead many. It is their desire to deceive. It will be during the time you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. You will see nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places, some that are in strange places. All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs of the anguish for the beginning of tribulation. They will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  Some will actually think they are doing service to God in jailing you, torturing you and killing you, in my name. Many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert God, Whom they ought to trust and obey and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. They will call evil good and good evil.  Many false teachers will rise up and deceive and lead many into error.  They will teach doctrines according to the love of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life. The love of many, a great body of people will grow cold, the hearts will be weight down with sin, and be hardened because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, BUT REMEMBER:  he who endures to the end will be saved.  (From Matt 24).

The Apostle Paul reminded us that the Holy Spirit distinctly and expressly declares clearly that in the last days some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared, they will forbid people to marry and teach perversion of marriage and teach them to abstain from certain kinds of foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving.  They will be teachers who will lead people astray according to doctrines of the flesh. Paul warned that if anyone teaches otherwise and his teaching does not assent to the sound and wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching and doctrines which assert godliness and holiness of piety toward God, FLEE!  These teachers are puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, they are woefully ignorant. They are teachers who have morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which produce envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions, protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth.  These are teachers who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source for their profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw!  Paul warned  IF we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny and disown and reject Him, He will also deny and disown and reject us.  Paul re-warned Timothy to tell the believers to understand clearly that in the last days will come perilous times of great stress, trouble and tribulation. Paul made it very clear to Timothy and to the Romans that there will be many people who will be lovers of self, utterly self-centered, sensual, and sexually perverse, lovers of money and aroused by greed, and the desire for wealth, they would be filled with pride, arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive, blasphemous, scoffing, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.  They will be without natural affection, callous and inhuman in their behaviors, relentless slanderers, false accusers, troublemakers, gossips, intemperate and loose in all morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of all good.  They will be treacherous, betrayers, rash, and inflated with self-conceit. They will be lovers of all kinds of sensual pleasures and vain amusements!  They will be lovers of entertainment rather than sincere lovers of God.   (From Paul’s Letters to Timothy and to the Romans).

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