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A Cry for Biblical Justice in the Land

We pray against those political leaders who champion perversion and abortion, and ask for justice according to Psalms 28:4-5 which states: “Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve. Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up.”

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What does the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage mean for people of faith?

A fundamental, significant and disturbing shift in the cultural landscape of this country is taking place before our very eyes. The questions before us are, “Do we see what’s happening?” Do we understand the consequences—both spiritually and morally—if the nation continues down this destructive path? Are we finally ready to do something about it?”

In a landmark 5-4 decision, (Obergefell v. Hodges), the Supreme Court of the United States redefined marriage for every American and held that the Due Process and Establishment Clauses of the 14th Amendment require a state to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. Essentially, all 50 states have now been mandated in this way, regardless of religious beliefs and in doing so, the Court struck down duly passed laws and referendums across numerous states. While many are not entirely surprised by this troubling outcome, a God-ordained institution held in sacred honor since creation has been diminished and relegated to the whim of man. This is dangerous ground—fallen and sinful mankind is attempting to dictate its own standards to a Holy God.

What does this mean for people of faith? We have a majority of Supreme Court Justices who no longer value the freedom of religion—especially in matters of moral conscience—or our Constitution. In the oral arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges and three other cases concerning whether states would remain free to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, the Justices asked the Solicitor General whether or not creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage will affect the tax-exempt status of religious groups. The Solicitor General answered in the affirmative and admitted that it could indeed become an issue.

Perhaps an even greater danger than losing tax-exempt status, the Department of Education will likely change its guidelines in the coming days, influencing countless young people. Thousands of faith-based entities could be negatively impacted, including adoption agencies, foster parents, homeless shelters, ministry organizations, counselors, Christian run businesses and many more. Pastors, judges and others may be given fines or jail time if they choose not to violate their consciences or moral standards and refuse to marry a same sex couple.

Consider broadcasters and Christian media outlets that could be refused an operational license by the Federal Communications Commission. Anyone who stands for biblical truth could face dire consequences.

It is an alarming day when five unelected judges, who should not have the power to change the precepts of God or shred the core principles of the Constitution, take it upon themselves to threaten our freedoms in such a manner. Never before in our nation’s history have we demanded that Americans violate their faith, nor have we prevented them from living or doing business according to their deeply held religious beliefs. We have always been a safe harbor and a lighthouse of freedom for those who experienced persecution elsewhere.

In his dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia blasted the Court’s overt, “threat to American democracy,” and said, “This is a naked judicial claim to legislative—indeed super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”

Justice Clarence Thomas added, “The Court’s decision today is at odds not only with the Constitution, but with the principles upon which our Nation was built…The majority’s inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty.”

Even Chief Justice John Roberts warned listeners on the danger that comes with this kind of judicial activism, “This Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us…The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment.” He further notes, “Marriage did not come about as a result of a political movement, discovery, disease, war, religious doctrine, or any other moving force of word history—and certainly not as a result of a prehistoric decision to exclude gays and lesbians. It arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship.”

This decision does not change the reality that religious freedom is our First Freedom. We cannot leave our faith at the door of the public square. We must redouble our efforts to promote prayer, preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage and fight for religious freedom. These are among the very reasons our Founding Fathers sacrificed their livelihoods to establish this Constitutional Republic.

If the message of today’s Supreme Court decision says anything to us as people of faith, it is that we must recognize the need to awaken from our spiritual slumber and unite—millions of us—and not yield without engaging in the battle for our country’s future, for the freedoms we have been given in our Constitution, for the right to hold fast to our religious and moral beliefs, and for the powerful voice we have together in the public marketplace. It must begin with individual and collective acts of repentance and humble petition before our Creator.

Resource: Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

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Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responds:

“Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of millions of Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature. “In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.

“No court can overturn natural law. Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court. “Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth. “It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising millions of Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.

“Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter.  The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs. “With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Read more at FRC…..

(Personal commentary from Rev. Ruth Schofield, Founder of the Embassy for World Peace, Washington, D. C.)

Along with our civic duty to influence society and government, the first calling of the Church is to minister reconciliation across racial, ethnic, and denominational lines. This also includes gender differences. We must remember to hate the sin, not the sinner.

After several hours of grieving over SCOTUS’ ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states, the Holy Spirit led me to Ezekiel, chapter eighteen where the Lord declares: “Behold, all souls are Mine…the soul who sins shall die” (verse 4). The soul that continues in sin, without repentance towards God, and faith in Christ, will die in the second death. He will be separated from the presence of God, and endure eternal wrath. While this might seem like a spark of justice to the righteous, it should also quicken our hearts to grieve with the Father over lost souls!

We read at the end of Ezekiel’s chapter 18, “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” (v. 32). Some 600 years after Ezekiel’s lifetime, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

For a Christian to influence the secular, we must have the heart of our Savior for lost souls. We need to wake up from our slumber, get up off our couches of ease, and awaken to the call to be messengers of salvation in a world of bad news. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Christian believers have been reconciled to God through Christ Jesus, and likewise, we inherit the ministry of reconciliation. Will you choose to only stand in protest to the wicked events happening in the nation, shaking your head in disgust? Or, will you become a voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord?

If we truly love our neighbor as ourselves, we would not delight in seeing anyone sentenced to eternal death. The worse horror for anyone is to be eternally separated from God’s presence. Those who have never experienced the presence of God are blinded to this truth.

In these days, which are like the times of Noah, the Holy Spirit has prepared a multitude of lost souls for the greatest harvest ever. However, the laborers are few. The days of Noah are a sign that the harvest will soon be over. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Joel 3:13-14, “Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow—For their wickedness is great.” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”

Indeed, we are seeing many disturbing and atrocious blasphemies within society, just like the days of Noah. Yahweh gave Noah a divine warning to build an ark that served as a vehicle of salvation and preservation in the midst of judgment. Likewise, may the Church of Jesus Christ become a spiritual ark for the lost to find refuge, salvation, preservation, and deliverance.

May we recognize the hour in which we are living and heed the call of the Lord as His Church?

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Christian leaders threaten civil disobedience if SCOTUS redefines marriage!

“We will not obey.” That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage. SCOTUS will announce their decision on June 30th.

“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line. We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.” Read (and sign) the pledge…..

Over 50,000 clergy sent a warning to the U. S. Supreme Court and any court that crosses the line on the issue of marriage. Their pledge appeared as a full page ad in the Washington Post. The signees are a who’s who of religious leaders including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U. S. Senator Rick Santorum, National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry Johnson, Pastor John Hagee, and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

They believe America is facing a real Constitutional crisis if the Supreme Court rules adversely from the biblical perspective on same-sex marriage. The institution of marriage is fundamental and it must be defended.

“Christians are being declared the lawbreakers when we are simply living by what we have always believed, and by a set of laws that the culture historically has agreed to,” Dr. James Dobson said. “There’s no doubt that LGBT activists are targeting Christian business owners.”

Religious leaders across the nation agree, “We have no choice. We cannot compromise our clear biblical convictions, our religious convictions.”

To be clear – the men and women who courageously signed this pledge did so knowing the hell storm that could be unleashed on them – and their families. Once same-sex marriage is elevated to the level of protected status – it will transform the face of society and will result in the “beginning of the end of Western Civilization.”

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