Pastor Blake Gideon on the recent decision made by the Supreme Court concerning Gay Marriage
“Several weeks ago, our Southern Baptist Convention met in Ohio and during that convention our current president, Ronnie Floyd, along with sixteen former Southern Baptist presidents released a statement on biblical marriage. I am going to read that statement this morning. It will be a little bit personal to us (EFBC as) I have adapted it so that it’s not just a statement made by our convention but a statement made by myself and by this church. And so, if people are wondering where we stand on the issue, this will clarify that question:
As Christians, we are committed to biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of believers stands on the authority of scripture in God’s truth as central to our lives. What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive, and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Consequently, we will not accept nor adhere to any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body, including United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same sex marriages. Let me say that again. We will not recognize same sex marriages. Our church will not host same sex ceremonies and we will not perform such ceremonies. While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same sex attractions, or those who are confused about their biological identity as male or female, we cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any other behavior that deviates from God’s design for males and females made in His image including His plan for marriage.
We believe religious freedom is at stake with this critical decision. Consequently, we join together to support those who stand for natural marriage in the corporate world, the market place, education, entertainment, media, and elsewhere with our prayers and influence. Regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling, our first duty is to love and obey God, not man. Therefore, we strongly encourage all pastors, leaders, educators, and other churches to openly reject any mandated legal redefinition of marriage and to use their influence to affirm God’s design. The Lord Jesus affirmed that design by quoting from Genesis: ‘From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh so they are no longer two but one. Therefore, what God has joined together let no man separate.’ Jesus said later, ‘Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.’
We stake our very lives and future on the truth of God’s Word. So let it be said, God does not acknowledge gay marriage nor do we acknowledge gay marriage, therefore, we will not obey this law that stands contrary to the will and Word of God.
I want to say an encouraging word to our congregation. Perhaps you’re tempted to fret or to be anxious or to worry. Let me remind you.
- The tomb is still empty.
- Jesus is still on his throne.
- The Gospel is still more powerful than any decision passed by the Supreme Court.
- Jesus IS coming.
- And in the end, truth always triumphs over evil.
So, in the words of Isaiah, the grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”
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