MIAMI BEACH — Christians who have so far avoided controversial "culture war" issues will likely be pulled into those battles as their religious freedom becomes threatened due to gay marriage, Dr. John Inazu warned Monday.
Theologically conservative Christian non-profit organizations, including churches, could face losing their tax exempt status or being shut down, and Christian doctors, lawyers, counselors and other professionals could be forced out of their professions, he explained.
Inazu, associate professor of law and political science at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, was delivering a presentation, "Religious Liberty and the American Culture Wars," at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's "Faith Angle Forum." more >>
Several prominent Christian leaders including recently declared 2016 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, pastor John Hagee and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, say if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage next month they have no plans to honor that law.
The Christian leaders are among more than 36,000 people who have signed The Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage co-drafted by Deacon Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon, and Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, according to Fox News. Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America Action and James Dobson, founder of Family Talk Radio were also involved in organizing the pledge.
"We're sending a warning to the Supreme Court and frankly any court that crosses the line on the issue of marriage," said Staver. more >>
For over eight years I have been involved in the battle to protect natural, biblical marriage. Soon, the most consequential ruling in the Supreme Court's 226-year history will be revealed. If they decide, as I expect, that gay marriage is a "constitutional right", then it becomes federal law and we cannot "discriminate" against any gay couple or gay person.
SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) would impose same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination restrictions on every person and state in America. This redefines marriage, opening the door for polygamy, polyamory and polyandry. Curriculum in schools will change to align with this position.
End of the matter? Actually this represents only the beginning of an avalanche of court cases related to this issue. Leaders and people in churches, schools, ministries and universities will face the revoking of tax-exempt status, penalties and jail time if they don't comply. more >>
Some Christians think the church shouldn't harp on the whole sin thing so much. Especially when it comes to homosexuality – our culture's "special" sin. "It's not our job to convict," they say. "That's the Holy Spirit's work. We just need to love on them and pray for them."
And I get it. I really do. All too often the Word flows freely from our mouths but lies dead in our lives. We preach, preach, preach but aren't willing to take the time to get involved in these people's lives and love on them. That's actually what the point of this post is about. But, before I get into that, I want to state something as clearly as I possibly can:
The body of Christ has a responsibility to call all types of sinners to repentance and faith in God through the good news of the gospel and this includes sinners of the homosexual type. more >>
When an influential political leader states that, when it comes to abortion, our "Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed"; when a New York Times columnist tells us we need to remove homosexual practice from our "sin list"; when the Solicitor General tells the Supreme Court that, potentially, religious schools could lose their tax exemption if they refuse to redefine marriage – when statements like this are being made on a regular basis, don't tell me I'm overreacting when I sound the alarm.
Ironically, she claimed to be a truth-based realist in her bio, yet it seems that her personal, anti-Christian biases had robbed her of her ability to think clearly, since it is anything but fear mongering to tell American believers that we had better come to grips with the most aggressive assault on our faith in our nation's history. more >>
Presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, along with the conservative group Leadership Institute, have started an online petition calling for the liberation of America's universities and colleges from the influence of "liberal extremists."
Even though the petition is not clear on what specific actions signers are endorsing, it acknowledges that "liberal radicals" have controlled universities in the United States "for more than a generation," and because of that, it has led many of America's inspiring young minds to embrace a more secular and liberal worldview.
"Join Sen. Rand Paul — sign the national petition to save our students!" the petition urges. "Whereas, these institutions of higher learning have become little more than left-wing indoctrination centers dedicated to brainwashing the next generation of America's leaders." more >>