The elderly, and babyboomers born shortly after World War II, have lived long enough to remember the Marine recruiting slogan: "We're looking for a few good men".
Nowadays, with feminist-sexist exercising their arrogant-twit authority given to them by wimpishly-beardless homo-effeminate-patsy "men" (if one can honest call them that), the few good men turns out to include a few pretend-to-be-macho women troublemakers - conveniently convincing Marine commanders to lower the Boot-Camp standard or be threatened to be reported to the Equal Opportunity Commission and sent to The Brig for so-called "sexist" punishment.
Those who claim that Migraine-Michele Bachmann, feminist conqueror over GOP males in the Ames Iowa Straw-Vote Poll, is supported by "evangelicals" or (worse yet) "conservative Christians" either do not have a clue exactly what a bonafide and genuine Christian is, or they are maliciously lying deliberately, or in despicably-woeful ignorance.
Any woman who, with sexist-feminist fervor, and particularly with stated attempt to become United States President, obviously violates the clear inferred intent of such Scriptural patriachal passages as Leviticus 27:1-7, Numbers 30, Ecclesiastes 7:26-28, Isaiah 3:12, Nahum 3:13, First Corinthians 11:1-16 & 14:33-38, First Timothy 2:11-15 and First Peter 3:7...and plainly is in NO way an authentic evangelical Christian.
So much for Mighty-Ditz Super-Chauvenist Migraine-Michele Bachmann who (conspiring with idiot Iowans who voted for her as sexist accomplices) was politically allowed to conquer questionably-clean-shaven GOP-candidate men far more capable than her to rule the entire United States.
Getting back to the now-mixed-gender Marines and their newly-euphemistic metaphor A Few Good Men, the United States Armed Services were and are not the only ones selectively discriminatory in their proclaimed intention:
Judges 7:2 The LORD said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying, 'My own hand has delivered me.'
3 Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home.'" And Gideon tested them; twenty-two thousand returned, and ten thousand remained.
4 And the LORD said to Gideon, "The people are still too many; take them down to the water and I will test them for you there; and he of whom I say to you, 'This man shall go with you,' shall go with you; and any of whom I say to you, 'This man shall not go with you,' shall not go."
5 So he brought the people down to the water; and the LORD said to Gideon, "Every one that laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself; likewise every one that kneels down to drink."
6 And the number of those that lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water.
7 And the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men who lapped I will deliver you, and give the Midianites into your hand; and let all the others go every man to his home."
Matthew 7:14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'
Matthew 7:23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'
Luke 13:24 "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
Isaiah 10:22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness.
Romans 9:27 And Isaiah proclaims, concerning Israel: "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved
"Why the discrimination," you might wonder. Why not?
Leviticus 21:16 And the LORD said to Moses,
17 "Say to Aaron, None of your descendants throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.
18 For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long,
19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand,
20 or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles;
21 no man of the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the LORD's offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.
22 He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things,
23 but he shall not come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane My sanctuaries; for I am the LORD who sanctify them."
24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.
Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
Romans 9:13 As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
There is, of course, a difference between distinguishment and discrimination, and that "distinguishment" is sometimes called: discernment.
Matthew 22:1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,
3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
4 Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, Hey, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into The Outer Darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
14 For many are called, but few are chosen."
That gets us to the definition of "marriage" - which the homoperverts are diabolically and dangerously attempting to deviantly revise, as they have tried to revise the yippie-skippie/carefree word: "gay" and as abortionist baby murderers have done their damndest to legitimacize that type of homicide with the inappropriate and strangely-overbroad words" "choice" and "reproductive freedom" (as if murdering offspring resulting in eventual extinction of the species is [supposedly] "reproductive" and [an alleged] "right" instead of wrong.
Copious amounts of twisted semantics are imposed by the demented: "Revenue" for taxes, "art" for porn, "welfare entitlement" for earned Social-Security benefits, "science" for anti-Biblical evolutionist mythology, along with many more examples of weaselworded satanspeak. However, that will change:
Zephaniah 3:9 Yes, at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord. The proposed Ballot Proposition of "Marriage shall consist of the union of ONE man and ONE woman" is rather comical - if the subject matter was not so serious. One man and one woman? WHICH one? MORE than one? What type of a "union" is being referred to? A business partnership or military combat unit? Such is certainly not precisely-enough specified!
How about this Suggested Definition instead: "Marriage" shall consist of the heterosexual union of a man and woman, typically for possible reproduction of offspring.
The Suggested Definition does not disallow legitimate harem polygamy of the types recorded within particularly the Old Testament of Holy Scripture, such as the types Abram, Jacob, Gideon, Elkanah, David, Solomon, perhaps Hosea, etc. apparently had.
Any wife or concubine who replaces her maiden last name with her husband's last name (even in the polygamous case of shared husbands) should not be problematic even pertaining to Marital Status declarations such as on IRS Form 1040.
Now, neither propositions posted above - by their stated specific wording - prohibit other types of sexually-oriented unions - whether they be homosexual, bestial, or other kinds, and thus is no real threat to those who wish to engage in diverse forms of sodomy. The phenomenon non-State-registered common-law marriage is not even addressed.
Even Saint Paul restricts only bishops and deacons to monogamy, according to the exact textual wording:
First Timothy 3:2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher...
First Timothy 3:12 Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households well...
That is concordant with God's Divine Instruction for concubines acquisition:
Ecclesiastes 2:8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, man's delight.
....and permanent fidelity to all such:
Malachi 2:16 "For I hate divorce," says the LORD the God of Israel, "and covering one's garment with violence,' says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless."
...along with provision for each female spouse:
First Timothy 5:8 If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a disbeliever.
...whether they are Latter Day Saints in some Texas or Utah Compound, belonging to some Saudi sheik, some African tribal chief, or whoever.
To the sad pastors in stagnant church congregations who bemoan the lack of growing membership or absence of new members coming and staying in, the point can be made that it is better to "preach to the choir" than have an influx of sexually-harassing worldly females (misdressed with non-single-ponytailed loose-long-haired mopheadedness, naked sleevesless arms, nude slacksless legs, and/or baring parts of their socksless feet with noisy-soles-slapping flipflop sandals, lewdly attracting attending to the lasciviously-displayed feet)...defiant feminist sexist chauvenists complaining about no women blattering away from the altar or pulpit...arrogant homosexuals demanding rewrite of anti-homosexual Bible verses while disrupting with plagiaristically-rainbow-colored blasphemy....shrieking children running around without disciplinary removal..."Home Free"-type church-service-bulletin-ads-posting "battered"-women-twit-creep advocates demanding reparations, provisions, and equal positioning in church leadership, and much more.
Once such agitants enter the church door, they are usually hard to extricate out and away from the sanctuary premises.
Indeed, the disturbance caused by excessively-carnal visitors to church sanctuaries will also be enough to discourage long-time patron members from continuing to attend services there: previous stalwarts who might decide to permanently leave and never come back, along with their formerly-dependable offering-plate monies...though caprecious and sporadic monetary contributions and equivalent bribes from whoever are not the ultimate goal of genuinely-Christian clergy:
Acts 8:9 But there was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the nation of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great.
10 They all gave heed to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that power of God which is called Great."
11 And they gave heed to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;
16 for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
19 saying, "Give me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
20 But Peter said to him, "Your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
22 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity."
24 And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
Upon investigating the New-Testament story in Acts chapter 5, one should, in all fairness, keep in mind that Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead in front of Saint Peter not because of a presumption that Peter and pre-televangelists present were greedy for all of the deceased's income, but simply because the Spirit-executed ones lied about the total amount they previously had in their possession.
First Timothy 6:3 If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness,
4 he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,
5 and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
6 There is great gain in godliness with contentment;
7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world;
8 but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.
Thus, there is the very real possibility of losing overly-carnal newcomers who will never return for future services, PLUS lose the long-time patrons also....and that is how some churches have been vacant and turned into libraries or historical-society landmarks.
What can prevent such demise?
Proverbs 14:7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
Isaiah 57:4 Of whom are you making sport? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and put out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit
Isaiah 57:8 Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your symbol; for, deserting Me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a bargain for yourself with them, you have loved their bed, you have looked on nakedness.
Matthew 8:22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."
Matthew 13:36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."
37 He answered, "He who plants the good seed is the Son of Man;
38 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one,
39 and the enemy who planted the weeds is the Devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.
40 Just as weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,
42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear."
Matthew 13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind;
48 when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad.
49 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,
50 and throw the wicked into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth."
The proseliting verse:
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...
...is counter-balanced by the verse:
Second Corinthians 6:17 "Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them," says the Lord, "and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you..."
Should those who have expressed disdain against the Law and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ after hearing it preached to them be pursued and "button-holed?"
Revelation 22:11 "Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."
Proverbs 12:16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an insult.
Matthew 15:14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Luke 6:22 "Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man!"
First Peter 4:5 ....but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
Luke 9:60 But He said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
First Corinthians 5:13 God judges those outside. "Drive out the wicked person from among you."
Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not associate with them....
Second John 1:10 If any one comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting;
Second John 1:11 for he who greets him shares his wicked work.
When we really think about all we perceive in God's environment around us, which we were born into without us asking for it, then both observe and comprehend the mind-boggling creativity of Jesus Christ the Creator, the overwhelming varieties and complexities of His visible moving lifeforms, His benevolence as to establishing everything so phenomenally accomodating to us human creatures, His infinite omnicience in knowing all that is existing and happening everwhere at all times, keeping it together, programming it to continue that way....we are a hair's breath away from becoming paralyzed in awestruck catatonic stupor.
But we realize that it all is His - not ours. Nothing is our own, which we will take into eternity after death...except the free will which He has immutably given each human being as their very own -- a non-interfered-with choice to either like God, His authority, His sovereignty, His ownership of everything...or instead hate Him and all comprehensively belonging to Him.
IF we choose to like and love Him, agreeably enjoy the immense variety and characteristics of His creation around us, He will reward us with the acquisition and ownership of all we have become aware of, plus much more, in eternity. But IF we choose to hate Him, and both relentlessly and ultimately hate all He has made and operates around us, He will irrevocably punish us by taking away all His beauty and pleasant experiences He has so graciously borrowed, and leave us forever confined within perpetual tormenting flames of The Lake of Fire in Outer Darkness away from His presence and everything wonderful He has created.
The choice is ours. Skeptics debate whether or not such a religious scenario is valid and true, but even they must gamble and take a chance of either arrogantly and close-mindedly presuming it all is an absurd myth and childish fairy tale, or instead think deeper and honestly to assume otherwise. I have made my decision already, and you the reader can probably ascertain what that is. But mysteriously, and as incredible as it seems, most people will choose what I consider the wrong option, which is to hate God and everything relating to Him.
Such, to me, is THE Ultimate Non-Forgivable Insanity I want no part of, nor want any fool who chooses such to influence me with.