History was made on June 26th.
A huge cultural shift was set into law…
And Christians in America will see increasing hostility and persecution…
Why? All because the U.S. Supreme Court made a sweeping decision legalizing same-sex marriage in America.
With just a close 5-4 vote, same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right.
Here are 12 shocking consequences of the Court’s decision that will impact every Christian in America:
1. This decision was a political decision, not a constitutional one.
The Court – 9 unelected judges – voted their personal policy preferences; they did not decide a matter of constitutional law.
The Supreme Court got it wrong.
The Court found a fundamental right to same-sex marriage in the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment… but when that Amendment was written, ratified, and executed, marriage was universally defined in America as the union of a man and a woman… and no one even imagined – much less intended – that the 14th Amendment challenged that.
Chief Justice Roberts, who dissented from the decision, says… “For those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening… The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent. The majority expressly disclaims judicial ‘caution’ and omits even a pretense of humility, openly relying on its desire to remake society according to its own ‘new insight’ into the ‘nature of injustice.’”
The decision is as flawed as the Court’s rulings in Dred Scott (which effectively legalized slavery in free states) and Roe v. Wade (which legalized abortion).
2. Judicial activism crushes our republican form of government.
The Court – packed with President Obama appointees and old-time liberals – is using its power to legislate from the bench.
This is not what the Supreme Court should do. It should interpret the law, not make law. The five justices in the majority abandoned their roles as impartial judicial arbiters, instead imposing their personal opinions on all of America.
In almost 40 states, the people have voted or their representatives have legislated that marriage is between one man and one woman, only.
In our Republic, a vote by the people or the legislature – not judges – guides our nation.
But this Court says no – it will legislate. The people’s voice is ignored by a judicial oligarchy.
This is why the 2016 election is so critical – the President appoints and the U.S. Senate confirms the justices.
As Justice Alito says: “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
3. The Court is redefining marriage in the law, not creating a new “right.”
Nowhere in our Constitution is redefining marriage an option. Our Constitution is silent on marriage.
Sadly, marriage should never have been a government function. But now with this new ruling, the Court has declared that thousands of years of history, human nature, and Scripture are wrong.
The Court has acted as a god.
The Supreme Court says it has a wonderful plan for your life – a good plan, not evil.
This ruling is an astonishing presumption of power, with devastating consequences.
The Court is attempting to have you embrace same-sex marriage.
But although the Court says same-sex marriage is ok – the Bible does not.
Marriage is instituted by God in Genesis and re-affirmed by Jesus.
When Jesus spoke about marriage (Mark 10:2-12 and Matthew 19:3-9) he quoted Genesis 1:27 – “male and female [God] made them” and 2:24 “For this reason a man may… be joined to his woman and the two shall become one flesh.”
Marriage is instituted by God for our benefit and our protection. It’s what gives stability to children – a balanced upbringing with a mom and a dad. Men and women are distinct and complementary. The biological and reproductive differences of men and women matter.
Marriage is also spiritual.
It’s an example of Christ and the Church. And male/female complementarity is important to this picture (Ephesians 5:22-33).
Man cannot change that.
The Court cannot change that.
Christians cannot change that.
4. Churches, religious organizations, and Christian schools will be forced to pick a side… traditional marriage or the Court’s definition.
Every Bible-believing church will be impacted by the decision.
If there is a legal demand for your pastor to perform a gay wedding – will he do it?
What about your church staff, pastors, and assistant pastors practicing homosexuality?
Here are some of the dangers:
- Pastors legally coerced to officiate same-sex marriages
- Churches required to rent out facilities for same-sex weddings
- Churches, religious organizations, and Christian schools required to hire homosexual staff/employees
As politicians and lawyers push and exploit “discrimination” claims for not complying with the above pressures and more, we are starting to see:
- Churches, religious organizations and Christian schools facing lawsuits and crippling fines
- Churches, religious organizations and Christian schools losing their tax exempt status (Time magazine has already printed an article calling for this)
- Christian schools denied accreditation and losing government funding for federal student loans – for a plethora of things: for having an official position that upholds Biblical marriage and sexuality, for having standards of conduct that do not allow same-sex behavior and relationships, for refusing to hire or for firing staff who engage in same-sex behavior, for offering opposite-sex married housing but not same-sex married housing, and more.
- Churches and religious organizations listed as hate groups by groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center… maybe the government itself.
Your church needs to be prepared, now.
Have your church contact me at (310) 212-5727 or [email protected] and I’ll connect you with free resources and a Christian legal team that can help you.
5. You are no longer free to exercise your religion.
You will be made to care… as persecution will come.
Here are some of the dangers ahead:
Pepperdine law professor Douglas Kmiec says that Christian-owned businesses will be held under public accommodation law – they will be required to serve all people regardless of sexual orientation.
As politicians and lawyers push and exploit “discrimination” claims, expect to see:
- Christians business owners facing lawsuits and crippling fines, and losing their businesses
As Biblical beliefs – that homosexual behavior is sinful and that marriage is between a man and a woman – are increasingly defined as “hate speech,” expect to see:
- Christian individuals face intimidation, financial loss and possibly criminal charges
- Opposition to same-sex advocates silenced – given no news or internet coverage
- Christian employees losing their jobs (because hiring Christians creates a “hostile work environment” for homosexuals)
- Indoctrination and “reeducation”
- Promotion of gender confusion in the young – resulting in an increase in homosexuality
- As religious liberty and the perceived legitimacy of Biblical beliefs are undermined, will doctors be able to refuse to perform abortions?
Your life as a Christian, not just marriage, is now legally redefined.
Every Christian is now under assault.
The left pushed for gay tolerance. Now they have acceptance. But the new push is getting everyone – including you – to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.
6. You are being redefined – and they want you to change.
Redefined by the media.
Digital and traditional media, including TV, have given a lopsided, pro-homosexual, liberal agenda for years.
But now, disagreement has become censored.
Intolerance of Christians is the new moral high ground.
If you are for Biblical marriage, you are clueless, insensitive, out of touch, ignorant, a bigot, a homophobe… or as they said of Christians in ancient Rome… a hater.
TV shows, movies, and news are intolerant of disagreement or beliefs in an opposing view.
Redefined by the politicians.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden say Christians must – and will – change their views.
And they believe government needs to be the one to ensure they do.
Biden said: “In too many places, life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals is actually getting worse. In too many places, LGBT community members face… religious condemnation… The best mechanism to confront this hatred is to speak up in favor of universal human rights.”
In reference to abortion, Hillary Clinton said that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” She also said that “we move forward when gay and transgendered women are embraced as our colleagues and friends.”
Judges will demand “reeducation” or “tolerance” classes. This happened to a Christian baker found guilty of discrimination in Colorado because he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Phillips was fined and forced into a reeducation program, read here.
7. It’s a sad time for America.
Our nation’s foundation was religious liberty. From Jamestown and the pilgrims – our history – was a people fleeing religious persecution and coming to America to worship according to their conscience.
Religious liberty created the United States. The U.S. did not create religious liberty.
Government was instituted to protect religious liberty.
Now the government is assaulting religious liberty.
Our rights – including religious liberty – came from God, not government.
“We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights,” says our Declaration of Independence.
Government didn’t create marriage, God did. Government can’t void marriage; God’s word cannot be voided by man.
You have seen the great American dream turn into the nightmare the world has known from the beginning of time – where a few control the many… where the “majority” or the ruling elite dictate behavior and political/religious beliefs… where all must obey the rulers.
8. We must win the election of 2016.
If we elect a conservative President, Senate and Congress, things can change.
- In 2016-17, we can pass the First Amendment Defense Act, which says the government cannot discriminate against people and institutions that speak and act according to their belief that marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
But, this only covers the federal government…
- The new President might appoint up to four justices, as four of the current justices are 76 years or older now.
The new President could dramatically change the ideological balance of the Court.
It’s critical you support, work for, and donate only to candidates that support these changes.
Some have said we need a constitutional amendment. Sen. Cruz proposed one and Gov. Walker is promoting it. But until the Christian community accomplishes #10-12 below, this is not practical and you should not expect it to happen.
9. But we also must elect local candidates.
Only with the passage of state “freedom of religion” laws can Christians be protected.
20 states have some protections. Most need to be strengthened. All 50 need them.
The left’s prime target is opposing these protections. They used their digital media and political expertise in defeating the Arizona and Louisiana attempts – and making the Indiana law ineffective.
That means Christians must help elect assembly members, state senators and governors that will support the religious freedom bills.
Even in California, this can happen if Christians vote.
10. Hold fast to Biblical truth.
Call it compromise; I call it apostasy.
Many Catholic and Protestant clergy are celebrating the Court’s decision.
And social media has exploded – showing Christians divided on Biblical truth.
First, Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so all sinners could be saved from their sin – heterosexuals and homosexuals.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
As Christians we need to expose false doctrine that is misleading people on the marriage and sexuality issues.
As the Supreme Court has enacted a massive institutionalization of sin, we must articulate God’s love for all… we must love them to warn them against sin and exhort them to live according to God’s word.
God cares. We should too. “My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law” (Psalm 119:136).
Liberal Protestant churches are overjoyed at the decision.
The Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, who is a pastor at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas – a mega-church that is a spiritual refuge for gays, said: “In one decision we’ve swiftly moved people from being second-class citizens to first-class.”
At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, no mention was made of the ruling on Sunday. However, a Catholic gay activist group called Dignity gathered outside. Their goal: “Our message is now to our fellow Catholics that we would like to see our relationships recognized as holy within the church as well… That is not something that can be accomplished by legal means. We are hoping to change hearts and minds of our fellow Catholics.”
Some evangelicals just want to ignore it.
I love and respect much of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ ministry. But his support for President Obama has distorted a lot of his power and compromised his positions.
He said: “The Supreme Court is there to make a decision based on constitutional rights and legalities that fit all Americans. They are not debating Scripture… They are just not debating Scripture. I guarantee you they were not in there looking at Romans 1 and First Corinthians this and weighing it against the policies.”
In his sermon, he said nothing about Biblical positions on marriage and sexuality. He conceded that the Court upheld a genuine right.
Incidentally, years ago when pressed by Oprah Winfrey on TV he said: “I think that sex between two people of the same sex is condemned in the Scriptures, and as long as it is condemned in the Scriptures, I don’t get to say what I think. I get to say what the Bible says.”
But he is now misleading his fellowship (see video here).
Compare that to Pastor Greg Laurie: “The church is under attack around the world… I’m very disappointed by this decision. It is clearly the wrong decision.”
I encourage you to read Greg’s teaching here with his 6 Things Christians Should Do.
11. Defend and protect marriage.
First and foremost, strengthen your marriage (go to familylife.com for resources). Be a witness in your own life.
Second: Are you able to articulate a defense of marriage? Is your pastor (go to str.org for resources)? Are your church leaders?
Strengthen your marriage; be a witness.
Christians have failed to exemplify, articulate, and promote the value of a true marriage. The world is hungry for this.
Kids – especially millennials from broken homes – cry out for it… they cry out from the ruins of divorce.
12. Your pastor needs to stand firm.
Did your pastor speak up last Sunday? Most did not.
Most turned their back on speaking Biblical truth while the body of Christ was stunned, disturbed and concerned.
Most failed to stand firm on God’s word in the face of this massive cultural shift.
If you’re a pastor reading this, please call me at (310) 212-5727. Let’s talk.
If you’re a lay leader and your pastor wimped out, it’s time for a heart to heart talk.
Until pastors speak up – and actively help candidates who support marriage and religious liberty – we will lose the 2016 election hope of protecting our religious freedom.
God was not shocked, surprised or caught off guard by the ruling.
In His sovereignty, it happened.
The church – you and I – can compromise, withdraw from culture, or stand firm.
We can believe Romans 8:28 is true.
We should not be angry. We should respond to all this in love, in patience and in kindness. And always in truth.
We need to pray for America. For our community. For our family. For our pastors and churches.
Our goal is not political dominance and control. It’s spreading the Gospel to all who will hear – to those who are hurting, broken and blinded to truth.
We need to pray for the next revival… the next Great Awakening.
And as persecution, abuse, and hate come, we need to be Christ-like… and stand firm.
“He will go before you. Yahweh will be with you. He will not abandon or leave you. Do not be afraid and do not be terrified” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Greg Laurie said it best in his tweet last week: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible – we win in the end” (Matthew 16:18).
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