Monthly Archives: June 2015

Supreme Court or Supreme Creator on Marriage?

The decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states is not only a direct violation of Scripture, but is contrary to natural law. This decision will accelerate the disintegration of the family, the sexual confusion of our children, and our continuing descent into moral bankruptcy.

Make no mistake: the battle for freedom of religion will now shift into high gear. Churches that staunchly refuse to marry gay couples will be targeted. Our right for tax exemption will be challenged; the use of our facilities for same-sex weddings will eventually become mandatory.

God was grieved with this decision, and we will experience many immediate and far-ranging judgments as a result of it. The sinful lifestyle clearly condemned by God has now been normalized.

This is a watershed issue. Some evangelicals, bowing to cultural pressure, are “rethinking” their views on same-sex marriage under the banner of “love.” We are told that people should be able to marry anyone they love. Eventually, this will also mean that people will be free to enter marriage with multiple partners, as long as they love one another. However, the Bible has a different definition of love. In the Scriptures, love and truth are not enemies. Both in the Old Testament and in the New, love is defined as obedience. Thus Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We believe there is nothing loving in being untruthful about what the Scriptures teach.

Of course, both individually and as a church, we extend our love to the LGBT community, and offer them the forgiveness and reconciliation that Jesus came to provide. We will be their friends, and we will let them know that we care about them, as we are all equally created in God’s image. But we refuse to accept the dictum, “If you love me, you must accept my lifestyle.”

What do we do? We as believers must remember that it is not necessary for us to win in this life in order to win in the next. We will be faithful to our convictions, informed by Scripture, regardless of the consequences. We will renew our commitment to intercession and prayer, and repent of our own sins and failings.

God is sifting His church; the chaff is being separated from the wheat. We must be faithful to God regardless of the cost. SOURCE: Erwin Lutzer, Pastor, Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois

MARRIAGE: Who’s right? The Supreme Court or Our Supreme Creator?

“As Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of Believers stands on the authority of Scripture and God’s Truth as central to our lives.

What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same-sex “marriages”, our churches will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.

While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same-sex attractions or confused about their biological identity as male or female, we cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any other behavior that deviates from God’s design for males and females made in His image, including His plan for marriage.

We believe religious freedom is at stake with this critical decision.  Consequently, we join together to support those who stand for natural marriage in the corporate world, the marketplace, education, entertainment, media and elsewhere with our prayers, influence, and resources.

Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules, our first duty is to love and obey God, not man.  Therefore, we strongly encourage all pastors, leaders, educators, and churches to openly reject any mandated legal redefinition of marriage and to use their influence to affirm God’s design.

“The Lord Jesus affirmed that design by quoting Genesis: “[F]rom the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:6-9).  Jesus later said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31).  We stake our very lives and future on the Truth of God’s Word.”

Dr. Kenyn M. Cureton
Vice President for Church Ministries
Family Research Council

Father’s Day… A Perspective!

This Sunday is Father’s Day! I am planning to see my Dad this weekend. I hope you can see your Dad as well. Dad didn’t point me to Jesus or even live a holy life or anything like that. But by God’s grace Dad became a believer and I believe he is going to heaven. Knowing this means so much to me as a Christian. The Lord in His sovereign grace put my family together. I didn’t choose my Dad or my Mother, the Lord did! Looking back it is amazing what God did in and through my family! When He saved me GRACE came into our family! And GRACE is what we all need! As a result the Lord has saved most of my family! I know bad things happen in our families but remember God is gracious and full of compassion, let Him have His will in your family and in your house! Psalm 86:5 For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

A Hotdog at Sam’s…

Recently Cheryl told me I should go to Sam’s and get a hotdog. She said, “They were good, you’ll like it.” So yesterday I did. But I didn’t get the hotdog, I got a chicken sandwich. Get the hotdog if you go… the chicken sandwich isn’t very good. After I picked up my food I did something I have been wanting to do. I looked around, I saw a black man seated by himself. So I walked up to his table and said, “Sir, do you mind if I eat with you?’ He said, “No, not at all!” We exchanged names, his name was Rodney, he was from New Jersey. I asked Rodney if I could pray. He said , “I’ll pray.” And Rodney prayed like he knew Jesus! So there I am, at Sam’s eating a not so tasty chicken sandwich with a black man that I did not know! I could have just walked by Rodney, but I didn’t! I chose to share my life with him and he chose to share his life with me! I made new a new friend in the process. Let’s be open with our faith and with our lives! You never know who you might meet! I am glad I met Rodney!!! There is no telling how many people we pass everyday that would actually enjoy talking to someone, maybe even about Jesus! Take a chance, meet someone knew and let the Lord open the door for you to share Jesus! Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Acts 16 The Gospel Goes to Europe!

Acts 16 is the story of the entrance of the Gospel into Europe. Here the Apostle Paul and his small company cross the Dardanelles, moving from Asia to Europe. As we look back, across the intervening twenty centuries, we can see that this is one of the most important events of all time. It changed the whole course of Western civilization. Perhaps no single event since the cross of Christ has so affected the world as Paul’s seemingly unpretentious decision to cross a narrow neck of water. Source: Ray Stedman