According to a study published June 8, sixty two percent of white mainline Protestants and 56 percent of all Catholics support same-sex marriage. However, that support drops to 33 percent among black Protestants and 27 percent among white evangelical Protestants.
I take the position of Rev. James Ford, Jr. when he told Chicago Fox station WFLD: “This is God’s model, I’m going to be encouraging my congregation, as I have over the years: We love the sinner. We hate the sin. And we stand for the word of God.”
My friend Os Hillman sent me the following commentary by Andrew Womack that sums up this decision in a manner that mirrors mine and I felt it needs to be shared.
SUPREME COURT’S DECISION, JULY 26, 2015
I was truly saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that homosexuals had a constitutional right to be legally married with all those rights and privileges. That was wrong in so many ways.
I will let others detail all the legal and constitutional errors, but I want to comment on the moral inequities of what the majority did.
God, not man, created marriage, and He ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Therefore, man has no right to redefine marriage. Homosexual unions are a violation of the Christian heritage upon which this nation was founded.
The five justices who voted for homosexual marriage rights show not only their contempt for the Constitution but also their total rejection of God and His Word. I’m sure they would assert that they believe in God and might even claim to be Christians, but their actions speak louder than their words.
To paraphrase Charles Finney, “If America fails morally, the blame has to be laid at the feet of the clergy.” God’s ministers lost the moral fight long ago when they quit fighting for morality on many levels. This is just the inevitable outcome of generations of passivity by the church.
I agree with Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, that this is an issue that deserves civil disobedience from committed Christians. Hopefully, this will jar the sleeping church out of their complacency and compel them to take action.
If that happens, this could actually turn out for our good. If the radical LGBT community uses this as a platform to start further suppressing the religious liberties of Christians – which I’m sure is coming – then this could cause a backlash against their radical agenda by so many people that it could bring America back to her senses.
The true hate speech today is not from Christians against homosexuals; it is the other way around. The homosexual community are the ones who hate Christianity and any moral standards. They are the ones who are truly intolerant.
Beneath all the rhetoric is a true hatred for Christianity, the Bible, and all the moral restraints they impose. This is the spirit of antichrist that is working in the whole earth (1 John 4:3).
What should be the Christian response to all of this?
First of all, we don’t need to let this steal our joy or cause us to react in fear. This world or this nation has never been our source of life. That only comes from God. God gives us these things, and the government can’t take them away if we keep our eyes on Jesus. It’s been a blessing to have a nation that was founded upon godly principles and gave us the liberty to follow the Word of God as our consciences demand.
Believers who have gone before us, however, have had it much worse. Paul was in a totally ungodly governmental system, yet he and the Gospel flourished. But that only happened because he never compromised what he believed or taught, and he suffered imprisonment, beatings, ridicule and eventually death because of his stand. Yet here we are, 2,000 years later, speaking of him. He has impacted the world because he didn’t compromise.
Therefore, I, for one, am still going to teach what the Word of God says about homosexuality. I’ve not been mean to homosexuals in the past, and I don’t intend to start being mean now or to pick a fight over this. But if the LGBTs try to force me to shut up or to hire people who violate our standards or promote their lifestyle, I won’t do it.
I’ve heard the reasoning that we might lose our tax exemption or face fines or go to jail, and therefore, it would be better just to not do or say anything that would limit our outreach. Ministers have said they just want to love them and eventually that will set them free.
But it’s the truth that sets people free (John 8:32). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). Yes, the truth has to be spoken in love, but love without the truth is not true love.
Leviticus 19:17 says, “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.”
If we don’t speak the truth, who will? If we don’t speak the truth, it’s because we love ourselves more than we love them. We don’t want to suffer the rejection and possible penalties that may come.
Homosexuality is a very destructive lifestyle. It takes twenty years off the average homosexual’s life, while cigarettes only decrease the average smoker’s life by seven years. If people weren’t hypocrites and fearful of political correctness, the government would put out a warning that homosexuality is hazardous to one’s health.
Spousal abuse among homosexuals is over 100 times as great as among heterosexuals. Depression and suicide are nearly 3 times as great in the homosexual community as the straight community. And nearly 50 percent of homosexuals have 500 or more partners in a lifetime.
Any way you slice it, homosexuality and homosexual marriage are not normal or beneficial to this nation. “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
This is a sad day for America and all who love godliness and the influence that godliness has on our society. But my hope is in the Lord, and I am going to keep on keeping on, regardless of the consequences…”
My friends, one has to put their faith in something. As for me, I put my faith in God and His word. God defines sin and not society. God is omniscient, (all knowing), omnipotent, (all powerful), and omnipresent, (everywhere at once). His only communique to mankind is through His Holy Bible and on occasion direct revelation. God is the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Court is headed by none other than Jesus Christ who will judge sin. His constitution the Bible defines sin. It will never be changed by nine black robed judges who wish appease a society that will not be denied its sinful desires.
Violations of God’s laws have consequences. Some of the consequences for homosexuals are listed above in Mr. Womack’s commentary. There are consequences for nations and their leaders too. I believe as Franklin Graham does that President Obama and this nation will be judged for this continuum of policy designed to remove God from society. Throughout the Bible there are plenty of examples of serious consequences when evil leaders lead their nations into apostasy.
The justification that I see coming from society for this mindset is that two people who love each other should be allowed to fulfill their desires and live together in peace. If that is the case what about someone who falls in love with someone other than their spouse? Should adultery be legalized? Polygamy? Should marriages between a man and a woman be allowed 500 or more partners to have affairs? Should ten year old boys and girls be allowed to marry adults? Is there anything under the sun that should be forbidden?
God gave us laws of morality and they are not open to debate. We are not gods who determine what is wrong and right . . . God determines that.
Many will not agree with me on this, but don’t take my word for it read the Bible for yourself. It makes it clear that God the creator of all that is seen and unseen will not allow his word to be defiled or changed with the whims of a society hell bent upon living immoral lives. Now if you choose not to believe the Bible or only want to believe the parts for which you agree, then do so at your own peril.
This ruling like the one on abortion will come at a huge price to this country. God help us all . . .
1 Joh 4:3
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world . . .
July 1, 2015 – Click here to listen