The question is now being asked will Christian Churches be forced, coerced, or required to PERFORM Same-Sex Marriages. The answer is NO! The United States of America's Constitution has been very clear about the State and Church remaining separate. Marriage is a civil matter. The SCOTUS ruling specifies that the STATE must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize marriages from all other states. However, you cannot infringe on personal liberties of the individual or the Church and their respective beliefs.
Seems like you have not read the 13th chapter in Revelation lately. And the status can be changed with a stroke of a pen.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
There was a statement by some ministers yesterday, and an echo of things to come. The statement was, "We will not conduct gay marriages in our churches. We will obey God rather than man." Someday, those of us that do not fall away and remain will say the same thing to the State. "We will obey God, rather than man."
The status of churches being forced to marry gays could change very quickly in the next couple of years , if not sooner. There are many gay people that attend church and some will petition their churches to marry them and when the churches refuse, the argument will be made that the churches are " nonprofit" institutions that receive government support and tax dollars to operate, so they do not really have the right to refuse to carry out gay marriage ceremonies under law. Then it will be put to vote again during elections or as a senate bill , the amendment exempting churches will be taken out and the churches are going to lose. That is where this is all heading.
Some denominations marry gays and some don't. That's why America is a great country, the government lets churches decide their beliefs.
Maybe America is that hypocritical nation God speaks of in Isaiah 10:6. A nation cannot have true freedom while abandoning God's principles. Yes there is a separation of church and state, but the Supreme Court echoes the laws of this nation. Are these laws against the principles of God? The United States cannot be a great country if it has lost its moral compass and its capacity to lead.
Interesting. It has done that to the Mormons for a long time, and no one has complained. However, ironically, the homosexual movement has targeted them protest and even violence. Their first Amendment Right to religious expression has been subverted for sometime, disallowing them multiple wives. I suspect, given this Supreme Court ruling, having multiple wives should be revisited. Since marriage is no longer between a man and a woman, all people should be allowed to enter into all sorts of legal marriage arrangements. Otherwise, that would be the hypocrisy.
Are you that naive? If they can shut down your business for not making gay wedding cakes, it won't be long before they shut down your church for not marrying gays and for keeping practicing gays out of the pulpit.
I agree, but not just making it easier for shutting down the churches because we don't agree to do what they want but this makes president for the supreme court to make a decision to take our rights to worship how we want to. esp if its against anything that they decide is going against another group. So all of a sudden since we don't have a transgender pastor we are discriminating against hiring someone of that mentality. This will be going down hill faster. Its time to wake up guys we will be seeing more signs of the times.
The ruling specifically affirms the first amendment protection for churches. This ruling is really a victory for old-time Adventists who support religious liberty. The government has no business telling churches who should get married and who shouldn't, and its not up to the government to enforce the Bible, that is the church's job.
It must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned," writes Kennedy in a paragraph that will likely become the focus of scrutiny by church-state experts.
"The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths," he continues, "and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered."
So, Bigamy should be allowed now too, right? One man and multiple women, and let the Mormons be happy and multiply. After all, the State has long oppressed them and told them they could not marry many women.
Not just bigamy but group marriages are coming next and they certainly can't forbid incestual marriages.