Religious freedom?


As I begin this week I have looked back at the Supreme Court’s decision last week regarding marriage and can’t help but come to the obvious conclusion that they completely missed on that. We live in a country that always speaks of the separation of church and state and now the high court has involved religion in the state. How am I, a full-time preacher, supposed to exercise my “religious freedom” if it disagrees with their decision. Well I take my counsel from the New Testament instead of this liberal court. Romans 13:1 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 speak about our responsibility in regards to the governments we live under. These passages encourage us to obey the laws of the land as that is part of our service to God. When we harmonize all of God’s counsel on this we see something else. 1 Corinthians 6:8-10 lists homosexuality as among those who are unrighteous and they will not have a home in heaven awaiting them. The latter part of Romans chapter one deals with this as well. In verse 27 it speaks of men “leaving the natural use of the woman, burn in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty their error which was due.” Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, gives us God’s feelings on this and we, as Christians, must first serve God. We see an example of this in Acts 5:29 when Peter says “we ought to obey God rather than men.” We must take our counsel from God and continue to teach against the practice of homosexuality and “watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” 1 Cor. 16:13


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