Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and Playboy mansion is dead at 91. The world is now a far better place.
The greater tragedy than the death of this one wicked man is how many minds and hearts he corrupted, marriages he ruined, and doors of perversion he opened to millions. He is now in full reality mode as He faces His Maker and gives account for his life of filth and debauchery.
I can hear the “thou shalt not judge” police sirens already. Excuse me, but true believers of Jesus Christ are called to judge all things. Educate yourself by reading 1 Corinthians 6, especially this part.
“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?” (1 Cor. 6:2-3).
Let me be clear. I do not rejoice over the death of the unrighteous. God wills that no man perish, but that all come to repentance (2 Pt. 3:9). The chances are very slim that Hugh Hefner called out on Jesus in his dying moments. If he did, God heard him and saved him just as he did the criminal on the cross in the hour of his death. What mercy! And let’s not forget, that this wicked and perverted man lived to a good old age of 91. Oh, what rich mercy God had on this man to allow him so many years to repent!
However, we should not be fooled. We live in a society that does not understand the gravity of sin and the universal state of the fallen nature man. Sin steals, kills, and destroys. Unless we repent and forsake our sin now, it will keep us separated from God both now and forever. We cannot afford to trifle with that thought and make light of sin. It always plays for keeps.
Hugh Hefner was a very wicked man. Much of America will laud a man like that as they do all their darling celebrities. It doesn’t matter if the celebrity is a chronic adulterer, a lifelong sodomite, or God forbid, a sick and twisted child molester. It doesn’t matter what kind of slimy and lowlife character they are, man will find a way to celebrate them and say nice things about them in the end. That is what’s wrong with America. We defend sin. We justify wickedness. We put up with every kind of filth and vice. We’ve lost our moral compass and have made God our Almighty Servant.
I love my nation, but this is the one sore spot in her character that is very bothersome to me. It is like the rotten core of an apple that looks good and shiny on the outside, but once you bite into it it is gross, and you spit it out. So is America. So will Jesus do to us when we do not live for Him.
“I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16b). Read the entire account of the church of Laodicea in context. The vomiting is a result of the Church losing its salt and savor, losing their ability to influence society, being lukewarm and good for nothing. When we side in with the world and their ideology (such as the aforementioned “thou shalt not judge” but it’s a false judgment; such as “the love and be nice to everyone” mantra, but it’s a love that tolerates and celebrates evil, is completely void of true wisdom and discernment, and will never minister correction and reproof).
AMERICA HAS BEEN KISSED BY THE ENEMY
I watched a commercial recently where athletes were making a case for being nice to everyone, speaking kindly, tolerating everything, celebrating our differences, avoiding racism etc. It’s the popular American thing to do now. I abhor it. The only thing wrong with that line of thinking is that the kindness and niceness extends to wickedness. You can’t tolerate and celebrate sin and a man like Hugh Hefner who is probably more responsible for the propagation of sexual perversion for the longest duration of time than any other human being.
In many cases being nice, talking sweet, avoiding conflict, and never being confrontational is hateful and deceitful. Open rebuke and the faithful wounds of a friend is true love.
“Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Pr. 27:5-6).
America has been kissed by the enemy. She is cooperating with him and he likes that. Our nation has been kidnapped and held for ransom. The ransom has been paid by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, but most don’t know it. Satan has blinded them and deceived them (2 Cor. 4:3-4). The pure Blood of the spotless and sinless Son of God was shed, not so we could just be forgiven and be nice, but so we could be free from the sin, filth, and wickedness that abounds in our society…so we could be a shining light that is set on a hill that cannot be hid…so we could be salt that preserves our culture. The true grace of God not only forgives us but frees us from the power of sin, so we no longer allow it to rule our lives.
CALLED TO COEXIST: NOT!
Have you ever seen the popular bumper sticker that says, “Coexist”? It’s propaganda for the tolerance of all religions and genders. It contains symbols for love, the peace sign, liberalism, Islam, transgenderism, the Jew, China, the Buddhist, and Christian. One sticker even has “Trump sucks” on it, which exposes their utter hypocrisy and double standard. I hate that sticker. It’s everything that’s wrong with America. We’ve become a nation of wusses and pansies with no moral compass for right and wrong, evil and good, light and darkness. Hugh Hefner’s death and obituary is another sober reminder of how far our nation has fallen from common sense and sensibility. And the saddest part of it is that much of the Church just blends in. Silence is not golden but yellow in these evil times.
If you always run from confrontation and conflict and enjoy peaceful coexistence with the wicked, and shallow friends who never tell you the full truth, you are really a liability and not an asset in the Church. You are walking in the fear of man instead of the true fear of the Lord, which the Scriptures say is the beginning of wisdom.
As my new pastor friend, Cary Gordon, so succinctly states:
“Wisdom requires the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord produces discernment. Discernment sees through the crowded field of shallow poets, singers and sages, and avoids horrible decisions.
Wisdom is rare and precious. Few have it. Most hate it when they hear it, because in order to become wise, one must see and recant their own follies. Very few are willing to see and turn from their own follies.”
Blogger Matt Walsh might have had the truest obituary of Hefner today:
“It’s unfortunate that we must point out the fact that Hefner was a pornographer and a pimp. That his life’s work was to amass a collection of desperate women who were willing to be used and exploited. But we must tell this truth in order to combat the untruths that people are now saying about him.
We live in a country where men like Hefner are immediately canonized upon death. I’ve seen Hefner described as a “hero” and a “role model.” These are lies, and we must call them lies. The fact that Hefner is dead does not change the fact that he was a peddler of filth. If a man wishes to be remembered as virtuous and decent, he must live virtuously and decently. We don’t become virtuous and decent when we die, as if death itself washes away every bad thing we’ve done. Quite the opposite, actually. Death is when we reckon with the bad things.”
Don’t wait until death to reckon with your sin. Do it now. Hugh Hefner is dead and without hope, but there is still hope for you whilst you have breath.
May the spirit of repentance, true love, and the holy fear of the Lord make it’s way back into multitudes of churches everywhere who call themselves by Christ’s Name. If that happens, be sure that our nation will awaken from the depths of her death and demise. It’s our only hope.
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