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Monday, April 20 2015
Psalm 143: What Does The Bible Say About Perverts?
"There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ ... If any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed"
The English-language word "pervert" originated from a Latin word, perverto, that meant "to turn from truth, propriety or from its proper purpose; to distort from its true use or end; to misinterpret willfully; to turn from right; to corrupt" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary).
Notice that although the definition of "pervert" is today generally limited to anti-nature, self-destructive sexual behavior (see Sexual Abominations), the original meaning of the English word meant any other turning from the truth i.e. "to turn from truth" and "to distort from its true use."
What about the Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures that are translated as "pervert"? There are seven:
King David knew many "perverts" in his life - people who twisted truth into iniquity for themselves (see the Fact Finder question below). David's prayers for them were nevertheless for their repentance before it was too late for them. David knew that Truth is going to triumph over perversion (see David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).
"143:1 A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: (a) What is the only true Gospel? (b) What happens when people declare that anything that they lust to do or believe is the "gospel"?
This Day In History, April 20
295: The 8th recorded passage of Halley's Comet.
1139: The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1453: The last major naval battle in Byzantine (i.e. the East Roman Empire) history occurred; three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport versus the Ottoman blockade fleet.
1505: Jews were expelled from Orange Burgundy by Philibert of Luxembourg (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from St. Malo to explore the eastern coastline of Canada (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1653: In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the "Long Parliament" for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill, which would have kept Parliament in the hands of a few members only.
1657: The English navy, under Admiral Robert Blake, destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife.
1689: The siege of Londonderry began when supporters of James II attacked the city. The population nearly starved to death before the siege was lifted on July 30.
1769: Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians, was murdered by an Illinois Indian. In 1763 he had led an uprising against the British garrisons in North America.
1770: English explorer James Cook discovered what is today the coast of New South Wales, Australia.
1792: France declared war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia in the War of the First Coalition.
1809: Napoleon fought the Austrians at the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria.
1862: Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first "pasteurization" (named after Pasteur) experiments.
1902: Pierre and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
1910: Halley's Comet 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million kilometers.
1918: Manfred von Richthofen (the famous "Red Baron") shot down his 79th and 80th opponents - his final victories before being shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, the next day.
1940: The first electron microscope was demonstrated.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.
1947: King Christian X of Denmark died.
1957: Comet Arend-Roland made its closest approach to earth. It was discovered the previous November by Belgians S. Arend and P. Roland. It was remarkable for its anomalous second tail which appeared as a sharp spike aimed at the sun.
1973: The Canadian Anik A2 became the first commercial satellite in earth orbit.
1978: Korean Airlines flight 007 was shot down by Soviet fighter jets after the airliner strayed over Russian airspace.
1989: The last Canadian $1.00 bill was printed. It was replaced by a $1.00 coin that became known as the "loonie" (as did the Canadian dollar itself) because of the engraving of a swimming loon (a fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere) on one side of the gold-colored coin.
1999: The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 13 people and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.
2010: The Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning an oil spill that would last six months.