Magazine article Variety

Clergy Will Disobey Any Ruling That Permits Same-Sex Marriage

Magazine article Variety

Clergy Will Disobey Any Ruling That Permits Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages. Every culture has had homosexuality, but none has ever sanctioned the practice with marnage. To do so requires ignoring the design of nature itself and worse, it denies that the God of nature ordained marriage between a male and a female only.

Our Nation was founded upon the "laws of Nature and Natures God"; with the Supreme Court of the United States' sanctioning of same-sex marriage, it not only is creating law by judicial fiat, it is ignoring natural law.

Marriage, according to the Bible, can exist only between one man and one woman. This definition precedes civil government and religion. The Supreme Court redefining of marriage to include same-sex couples is ignoring thousands of years of history.

There is no disputing that the cultural landscape in America is changing. The assumption on the left is that such change is good. But we should approach such change with caution. Recently, Vision America Action took the lead in placing a full page ad in the Washington Post and USA Today, in which many of the leading pastors and religious leaders in America stated in effect: We're not changing our beliefs or practices to accommodate a Supreme Court ruling that redefines marriage, and sanctions same-sex relations. Though laws are changed by judicial fiat, we will respectfully disobey regardless of the consequences.

1 believe that most homosexuals in America are like most Christians; they simply want to live and let live, and have no desire to impose their beliefs on others. But fringe groups on both sides of the debate over marriage are forcing a dangerous polarization in our culture. We who believe that homosexuality is wrong are compelled by our love for homosexuals to express that belief, based on biblical revelation, but that does not mean we hate those who embrace homosexuality. In fact, we believe that we are expressing the purist form of love. We love them enough to face their rejection and at times their ridicule, in order to offer God's redemption and freedom.

There are millions of Americans who practice their faith and attend churches regularly because they sincerely believe that God's word is true. …

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