Hate crimes law a reality 
        By Bill Keller


While you were in bed late last July, well in the wee hours of the morning
the Senate craftily attached the Hate Crimes Bill adding homosexuals and
transgendered people to the list of protected groups under this legislation,
to a Bill on military spending. This is the very Bill that I told you over 7
years ago would one day be law and used by pro-homosexual activists to
silence those who preach against their sinful choice of perverted and
unnatural sex.

The way they will use this new law is to say that people like myself who
speak out against this sin, even from the Bible, are subject to criminal
prosecution under the Hate Crimes Bill. They will claim that we are
preaching hate which is inspiring people to commit acts of violence against
homosexuals, even though nothing is ever said to encourage people to commit
acts of violence, and there will be zero incidents they can point to to
substantiate this allegation.

In recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on this issue,
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder admitted a homosexual activist who is
attacked following a Christian minister's sermon about homosexuality would
be protected by the proposed federal law, but a minister attacked by a
homosexual wouldn't be. I hate to keep doing this, but I tried to tell you
years ago this day would come, and last year told you this would be law
before the end of 2009.

Over these past 10 years, I have shared with you the pressing spiritual
issues of our day. I can remember over these years ago talking about those
who were out to redefine marriage, receiving many emails telling me how
paranoid I was and that same-sex marriages would never be legal in the
United States.

In commenting over the years on many of the spiritual battles our nation has
been fighting, one of the points I have always brought to your attention is
that we MUST start dealing with these issues in advance, not waiting until
it is too late. We are like a football team that shows up for practice when
we feel like it, is not disciplined enough to work out like we should,
doesn't listen to the head coach, and then can't figure out why we get beat

The most frightening thing is, nothing seems to wake us up. Instead of the
church waking up, it continues to follow the world into spiritual decay.
Today we have churches that not only condone but promote the sin of
homosexuality. We have churches today that support a woman's decision to
kill her baby. We have churches today that treat the Bible as a book of
fables, Christ as "just a man," and promote the lie from the pits of hell
that "everyone will make it Heaven if they try."

Sadly, the quickening spiritual decay of our nation has failed to wake up a
church more preoccupied with building buildings than building men and women
of God. More churches measure their success by the amount of money they
collect for their accounts than the amount of souls they collect for the
Kingdom of God.

I am afraid the only thing that will wake up the sleeping church is real
persecution. The Bible clearly tells us that in the last days sin and evil
will run rampant. There is no doubt in my mind that the church as we know it
will one day soon no longer exist. Like in other parts of the world today,
the church will come under great persecution and be forced underground.

It will be at this time when all of the ways we have figured out to divide
ourselves will finally come to an end and the Body of Christ will finally be
one. We won't have "denominations." Whether you speak in tongues, sprinkle
or dunk are not going to be important issues any longer. Your color or
nationality will cease to be an issue. Those who want to lead won't be
getting paid, but paying for the privilege with their very life.

Back in 2005 I wrote a Devotional talking about the next major battle for
Christians to fight. There has been a move to make speaking out against
homosexuality, even from the Bible, hate speech and a crime. It has been on
the books in Sweden and Canada for years now. I stated that once they made
it a law to preach against homosexuality, even from the Bible, anti-God
groups would be able to make it a law that you can't preach from the Bible
against ANY sin, and eventually the entire Bible will be called hate speech!

Sadly, people didn't listen and President Obama has signed this new Bill
into law.  The pro-homosexual groups have the tool they have been looking
for to silence those who speak out against their sinful choice of deviant
and unnatural sex.

I will be praying for you to
start seeing the big picture. Back in the mid-'80s, I traded commodities,
futures, and options. I was day trading before there was such a term. While
I watched the business news and read the Wall Street Journal each day to
stay in touch with everything going in the financial markets, for a trader,
by the time it was on the news or in print it was too late. People buying
off of stories in the WSJ were usually buying at the top from sellers who
had already made a nice profit.

This is the same thing. Once you start seeing these spiritual issues on the
news, in the papers, the work by those who serve satan has already been
completed. That is why we cannot afford to sleep or lose sight of the fact
that this is a spiritual battle we must be fighting each and every day. The
eternal souls of people are at stake.

Let me leave you with this word of encouragement. Again, we should not
be surprised with all that is going on in the world. Not only is God
allowing some of this as a portion of His judgment on this nation for our
sins, but the Bible tells us that the last days will be full of sin and
evil. However, Christ told us to be of good cheer, because He has overcome
this world and we know that in the end God wins.

These are actually exciting times for those who serve the Lord since God is
allowing us to be part of bringing in that last great harvest before His Son
returns. May He find us faithfully serving Him at that glorious moment! I
may end up in jail for preaching against the sin of homosexuality, but I
refuse to be silent and will keep declaring God's Truth and the hope we have
in Jesus!