Message 1       July 12, 2015

Many are expressing outrage at the Supreme Court decision concerning “Gay Marriage”…and maybe rightly so.

But the homosexual community is not a new thing, and neither are gay couples living together in relationships.

No. We are not surprised or shocked a single bit by the Gay Community – we have made an uneasy peace with that reality. TOLERANCE

What we are upset about is the Supreme Court basically making new law and changing the long held American Culture and traditions.

They changed what marriage is in America despite the will of the people as shown in elections.  California voted to ban gay marriage – twice.  California…as have several other States.

In Texas it is a constitutional amendment.  Just a few years ago 40 states had either constitutional amendments or laws against gay marriage; then the courts got involved and today there are ZERO.

This is the Court making law and preforming social engineering.

This is not surprising.

Am I surprised that a secular court looked beyond the will of the people, the Constitution and chose the path of activism?  No.  They violated the Word of God and the Words of our Countries Founding.

BUT, LETS BE REAL HERE:  We violate the Word of God on a regular basis.  We are all sinners.  Yes, even the Dark robed men and women of the Supreme Court are sinners and completely capable of error.  They are human after all.

Romans 3:21-31 “…..For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith….. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one….” ESV

Am I surprised by the Supreme Court ruling?

  • No
  • The Court has shown a bend towards the will of the loud minority in the past and with an ideologically split court I am not surprised.
  • Basically 1 or 2 judges are making country changing decisions

Should the court bow to religion?

  • No
  • The Court is to interpret and apply the Constitution and the laws on our Country.
    • Not the Bible
  • The Court is neither a church nor a theological institution
  • Remember this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—“   ?
    • In American they apply to everyone
      • This is a secular reality
    • So do we obey the Court or do we obey God?
      • Both where possible
        • Most laws are easy for a Christian to obey because they are based on Biblical principles.
      • God alone where necessary
      • Acts 5:27 – 32 “And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them,saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”  But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.  God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.  And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Is homosexuality a sin?

  • Yes
  • Old Testament and New Testament

Is “Gay Marriage” a sin?

  • Yes
  • Old Testament and New Testament
  • God very clearly set aside marriage as between a MAN AND A WOMAN.
    • Procreation is very important to God
    • God designed what parts are to fit together for His desired result.

Is “gay marriage’ or homosexuality a “specialty sin?”

  • No
  • They are sinners in the need of grace
    • just like the rest of us
  • Yes, heterosexual marriages are between two sinners as well.

Is “Gay Marriage” The worst sin?

  • No
  • Sin is Sin
  • The only eternal sin is the sin of denying God and unbelief
  • I do find it interesting that homosexuality, which is identified as sin throughout the Word, did not make God’s “top 10” list
    • The 10 Commandments do not contain this “Thou Shalt not…”

Is this the end of the world and we should all panic and flee into the mountains and live in Christian Communes completely cut off from the rest of the world and wait for the rapture?

  • NO!   God is still God
  • God is still Sovereign God
  • God is in control
  • He still loves us
    • Yes, even those who are not like us
  • His Son still paid the price for the sins of everyone who would believe
  • God is still very much at work through all of this time
  • We are to continue to be His children
    • Walking the right walk
    • Talking the right talk
    • Sharing His love
  • We DO NOT allow this distraction take our eyes of the Cross hairs of Mt. Calvary!
  • We DO NOT allow this decision to CAUSE US TO SIN and fail our Savior!
  • We do keep doing what we have been doing
    • There is way more God has expected us to do
    • Now is not the time for fear, but for faith
    • Now is not the time for apathy, but assembly
    • Now is not the time for anything except going forward in faith

Now is not the time to RUN AND HIDE in a RELIGIOUS COCOON!

  • We do not need to stick our heads in the sands!
    • Where is the influence of FAITH in our Country?
    • Where are the voices for God?
    • Where are the prayers and the preachers?
  • Never has Gods Question to us rung so true and so URGENTLY: Isaiah 6:8-9 “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people:”    ESV
  • Now is the time STAND FIRMLY BESIDE PAUL, TIMOTHY, DANIEL, DAVID and JOHN and shout to the WORLD that “…I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”   Romans 1:16-17
  • GO!