Red Deer Advocate, November 20th, 2010. The counsel of the world is usually wicked counsel. One could not stumble upon more wicked counsel than what is given here by the smiling Harlan Cohen. This columnist is counseling the anxious sinner to, in the words of the Bible, ‘hold the truth in unrighteousness’ (Romans 1.18.) In other words, he is telling him to suppress the truth that is rising up inside him and convicting him of sin. It is for the suppression of God’s truth manifesting inside that the ‘wrath of God is revealed’ (Romans 1.18, 19.)
This columnist is far from caring or even knowing what the Bible says, undoubtedly. What is his authoritative basis for the counsel he gives? In a follow-up (on December 4th) to the article pasted in here, he states what it is: “I think he’s sick because being gay in today’s world means facing discrimination, bullying, and hate.” This diagnosis is based on nothing but what he thinks; it is based on his mean opinion. On the basis of that, he counsels the tormented inquirer to be proud and to smile!
On the basis of God’s word (no opinion but God’s) the counsel would be to allow truth to rise up and suppress your sin, which is the holy counsel’s answer to the counsel of the wicked. And this counsel should be taken for the following reason: “knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things [sins like fornication] are worthy of death” (Romans 1.32.) According to God, they are worthy of death, death of body and soul: judgment from God upon the whole man, both here and hereafter.
The next piece of decent advice to the man convicted of his homosexual experimentation is this: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3.19.)
“Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me” (Job 21.16.) This is a fitting word concerning newspaper columnists of Harlan Cohen’s stripe. The prosperity and minute of fame that they enjoy is not in their hand; it is never secure. Prosperity made from wicked counsel is about as secure as chaff in a windstorm! “God distributeth sorrows in his anger” (Job 21.17.) The wise thing is to put wicked counsel far from you, and to secure prosperity in heaven by receiving the counsel of God.
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