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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