Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Bible on gay marriage

Some people are ignorant just because they don’t know. Others are willfully blind. One of the most repeated things I have heard not just this week, but ever since gay marriage became an issue is that the Bible nowhere speaks on gay marriage. You had to have never read the Bible enough or are just willfully blind (or as Kent Hovind would say, “dumb on purpose”) to believe that. The Old and New Testaments have plenty to say on homosexuality and on marriage. When you put them together, there is no question about God’s stance on the topic.

The first reference we see to homosexuality in the Bible is in the well known instance of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-29. Two angels came to Lot’s house appearing as men. They agreed to share his house for the night. Young and old men from all over Sodom surrounded the house and demanded to have relations with Lot’s guests. Lot’s response was to chastise them for their wickedness and then cowardly betray his role as a father and offer up his virgin daughters to appease the men. The perverse men rejected the offer on the basis that he was just a temporary resident who was trying to have undue authority over them. Then they tried to force their way into the house. The angels pulled Lot inside and struck the men with blindness. I would think that would have been enough to stop them, but the Bible says they continued to seek the door. So bent were they on fulfilling the lustful desires of their flesh that not even blindness would stop them. Such as it is with many sexually immoral people in today’s society. No matter what penalty they receive for their sins in this life or warning of future penalty in eternity, they are bent on fulfilling those same desires and not only that, but force everyone else to accept their desires as normal. The gay agenda of today has more to do with forced acceptance of their deviancy as displayed in many “gay pride” parades than it does just being tolerant of their presence in society. Unbelievably, the Bible says Lot lingered in the city until after dawn. Maybe he had become too comfortable there. Romans 12:2 warns us to not let the world squeeze us into its own mould. James 4:4 is even stronger when it says that friendship with the world makes one an enemy of God. There is no halfway with God. You are either all in or not in at all. A country that accepts, normalizes, and legalizes homosexuality is not in at all. Nonetheless, Lot did finally warn his sons and their reaction parallels with the reaction of the lost when they are warned of God’s judgment. They mocked him as if he were joking. They were told to be nowhere near the city once the judgment started because the whole place was wicked and needed to be wiped out. I would love to spend more time on how the decision of five unelected judges using usurped, unconstitutional power will affect all of us, but I will have to save that for another post. The overall point from this passage though is that even God will not “strive or abide forever” with sinful, unrepentant people.

The next passage that deals with this is Leviticus 18:22-28. God commands that man shall not lie with man as he does with a woman. Included here is also a command against beastiality, but homosexuality is grouped together with beastality here. Both are an abomination and a perversion that defile people and nations. God told the Israelites that he was driving out nations before them that practiced these things. How long will it be before America is “driven out” for our sinfulness? How long before our land vomits us out? Leviticus 20:13 says that the sin required the death penalty because it was so serious.

Now for those folks who say, “Well that is Old Testament. This is the New Testament era.” Okay, let’s go take a look at the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 gives a list of people that will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Homosexuals, “abusers of themselves with mankind,” or “sodomites” (depending on the term you want to use) are listed among the list of unrighteous people that will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Verse 11 says “such were some of you.” That means that homosexuals are capable of changing whether the curse of sin we inherited caused them to be more attracted to the same sex or whether they chose to be that way. Personally, I believe everyone chooses to be that way at some point or another whether they admit to themselves or others. But again, that is a topic for another post, as I am sure there are plenty of objections to such a “politically incorrect” statement.

There are two more points I wish to make. First, some might ask, “What does this have to do with marriage?” If the Bible is so strongly against homosexuality to the point that it prescribed the death penalty for Old Testament Israel as a way to deal with it and the New Testament says that no one who practices it can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, then who it their right mind could read that and then say, “God is against the gay lifestyle, but is okay with gay marriage?” That is one of the most dumbfoundingly illogical positions a person could take. There also might be some who would object that Christians are so obsessed with homosexuality that they never call it other types of sins. How would they know? How many of those people listen to a wide variety of sermons or read a wide selection of Christian materials on a regular basis to know that is all we preach, write, or talk about? If they have, then they aren’t being truthful when they make such a claim. That is not all we talk about. The reason why there is such an emphasis placed on this particular sin for so long is because of the unprecedented push to legalize and normalize homosexuality to the point that those who disagree are somehow “homophobic” or “haters” or “bigots” or some other silly charge. If they stopped demanding that we violate our religious freedom to accept that which we cannot biblically accept and still call ourselves Christians, then we would stop preaching about it so much even though that is far from all we discuss.

Finally, I have heard it said that Jesus never talked about homosexuality. That is wrong also. In fact, he endorsed the Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 view of marriage in Matthew 19:4-6. “Have you not read that the creator made them male and female?” “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife?” To say that this means anything other than male-female marriage is ludicrous because it violates the plain reading of the text and all common sense. He also endorsed all the other Old Testament references to homosexuality being a in because he quoted from both Leviticus and Deuteronomy as Scripture. If He held the books in such high regard, He endorsed what they had to say in those books. Even if one wanted to try to argue that God’s perfect will changed from polygamy to monogamy (a position I also disagree with but am just using for an example here), that still does not change the definition of marriage to anything other than something that only males and females can enter into.

I realize that there will be people reading this who don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. I realize that there are people who love their sin so much that they won’t repent even though they believe the Bible is true. I personally know at least one couple who feels this way. The takeaway from all of this is that people cannot call themselves Christians or say they believe the Bible and also say that homosexuality is acceptable for anyone to practice. Those people were either ignorant of the facts before reading the above references from the Bible itself or they are liars.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gay marriage ruling and reining in judicial activism

The United States Supreme Court reprised its role as America’s black-robed oligarchy, ruling 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that so-called homosexual marriage be legalized in all 50 states by recognizing homosexual marriages from states where gay marriage is legal in states where it is not. The decision here continues a long history of the court interfering with laws concerning this issue. The unelected federal judiciary was never meant to usurp the authority of the elected legislative branch. Judges have the right to determine the constitutionality of laws that exist. They do not have the right to make up laws that did not previously exist. Once again, five unelected people are dictating--in a very literal sense--United States law. Since the Constitution does not mention marriage in any shape, form, or fashion, no court has any business ruling on it.

The minority opinion in the case noted: “Petitioners first contend that the marriage laws of their States violate the Due Process Clause. The Solicitor General of the United States, appearing in support of petitioners, expressly disowned that position before this Court. The majority nevertheless resolves these cases for petitioners based almost entirely on the Due Process Clause.” This is similar to how the argument before the Supreme Court for Obamacare did not use the as its main point that the penalty for not having health insurance should be a tax. Yet the majority opinion declared Obamacare constitutional on the basis that the penalty was a tax, not a fine because the government cannot constitutionally force someone to buy something. The majority justices have done the same thing for gay marriage, making the legal argument it accepted on behalf of the winning side, rather than merely making a judgment based on the arguments presented as it is supposed to do.

I realize the core of this dispute on both sides has a lot more to do with whether to redefine marriage than it does about the role of the judiciary among the other two branches, but it is the stealing of power from the other two branches that this post is meant to focus on. I plan on posting more in the near future on what this Supreme Court recognition of homosexual marriage does to negatively affect the lives of those opposed to it, even though proponents of gay marriage say it does not. For now though, it is worthwhile to point out how this is just another example in a long line of them that demonstrates judicial activism.

The Supreme Court was never meant to have the final word on every controversial issue. Not only does the Supreme Court have no right to impose itself as an untouchable legislative body, it is not even an equal branch of the government as is often asserted. The Constitution grants the most power to the legislative branch, followed by the executive branch, and then the judicial branch. That is because the legislative branch is closest to the people in terms of what the people have the most influence over. By contrast, judges in the judicial branch are appointed and confirmed, not elected. Therefore, they are to be accountable to the other branches of government. Any other system would have endorsed the judicial tyranny we have today.Former Speaker of the House and former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich rightly pointed out in 2011. He suggested judges be subpoenaed to appear before Congress and even should be ignored if they violate the law making process of the other two branches. He provided Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and FDR as examples.

Too many people today consider the Supreme Court justices who are equal to kings and their words and rulings equivalent to the Constitution. That should not and was never meant to be! Believing that the opinions of the court are equal in value to that of the Constitution is the equivalent of a Christian saying their pastor’s words and church’s doctrines are equivalent to the Bible. One of the attempts of the Reformation in Christianity was to end that kind of thinking that says man’s words and church doctrine are equivalent to the Bible. We need a Judicial Reformation in the United States where strict constructionists rule based on the Constitution and its meaning rather than looking for phantom meanings under the guise of liberty, due process, right to privacy, etc…

How do we rectify this? It begins with the other two branches reasserting their authority over the judiciary. Overstepping authority and allowing a majority of unaccountable people to make decisions for the entire country without their input should result in impeachment of every judge who has demonstrated at least a pattern of this. Furthermore, if we elect a President and Senate that will appoint and confirm judges who believe in interpreting the Constitution based on what it says and what it means rather than their desires, that would remove the activists and restore the rule of law, the basic meaning of a republic.  That would restore the checks and balances system to its proper balance. These days, the judiciary is like an unruly child that no one is disciplining. That has resulted in a departure from what America was meant to be and has turned it into an unrecognizable mess that has surely invited the judgment of God according to His discretion and timing unless there is a major national repentance.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Heart sins that defile part 5

The next part in the “heart sins that defile” series is the heart sin of false witness. This reference by Jesus is a repeat from the 10 commandments banning false witness. Exodus 20:16 said, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” He would eventually become a victim of false witness Himself. “The chief priests and the elders and the entire Sanhedrin requested testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. At last two false witnesses came forward and said, ‘This fellow said, “‘“I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”’ ” (Matthew 26:59-60; Mark 14:55-56). This was a twisting of Jesus’ words. “‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ Then the Jews said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking concerning the temple of His body” (John 2:19-21). Bearing false witness doesn’t just mean saying something that is not true. As the Life Application Study Bible note on Exodus 20:16 points out, bearing false witness can also mean “leaving something out of a story, telling a half-truth, twisting the facts, or inventing a falsehood.”

The last heart sin that defiles is blasphemies. This may be the worst and most destructive sin in the entire list of Matthew 15:19. All sins are against God even when they harm other people, but this one is directed at Him. This is one of the “big 10” laws the Jewish people were given.. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless anyone who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11). Tied to the argument against bearing false witness is Leviticus 19:12. “You shall not swear falsely by My name, and so defile the name of your God: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 24:10-16 imposed the death penalty for blasphemy. “The son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel, and this son of the Israelite woman and a man of Israel fought together in the camp. And the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord and cursed. And they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.) And they put him in custody, so that the words of the Lord might be shown to them. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Bring outside the camp him who has cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let the entire congregation stone him.’ You shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and the entire congregation shall certainly stone him. The foreigner as well as the native in the land, when he blasphemes the name, then he shall be put to death’” (Leviticus 24:10-16). The Psalms call people who blaspheme God foolish and indeed they are. “Remember this, that the enemy has scorned, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed Your name” (Psalm 74:18).

One can blaspheme God without using His name as a curse word or using words of any kind for that matter. Jesus said in Mark 3:29, “But the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal condemnation.” God commands that all people repent of blasphemy. “But now you must also put away all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy language out of your mouth” (Colossians 3:8). Hebrews 10:29 says of the person who blasphemes the Holy Spirit by denying His converting power, “How much more severe a punishment do you suppose he deserves, who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded the blood of the covenant that sanctified him to be a common thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”

Blasphemy is a key theme of the end times leading up to the Lord’s return. The Bible says the Antichrist will be a blasphemer. “He’ll speak against the Most High God. He’ll treat God’s holy people badly. He will try to change the times and laws that were given by God. God’s holy people will be placed under his power for three and a half years” (Daniel 7:25). Daniel goes on to write in 11:36-37, “The king shall do according to his will. And he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak blasphemous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the indignation is accomplished. For that which is determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above them all.” The New Testament repeats this same description. The Antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself as God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). The blaspheming Antichrist will not be alone though. It will be a common thing leading up to the Rapture and especially in the global society. “Know this: In the last days perilous times will come. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, slanderers, unrestrained, fierce, despisers of those who are good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Turn away from such people” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Looking at the list, it is easy to see why so many prophecy experts feel that we could see the Lord’s return in our lifetime. We are not the first generation to think so, but we have more reason today to believe it than any generation ever has.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Heart sins that defile part 4

The next post in the “heart sins that defile” series is on theft. Thievery is include in the heart sins that defile in Matthew 15:19. Prohibition of theft is one of the 10 commandments. “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). Theft of people, otherwise known as kidnapping, is the most severe form of theft. The Mosaic Law called for kidnappers to be put to death. “ Whoever kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or is found with him in his possession, shall surely be put to death” (Exodus 21:16). Kidnapping is one of the most common crimes in the United States today, According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) statistics, 635,155 people were reported missing in 2014. That number would likely go way down if all kidnappers received the death penalty. The number of crimes punishable by death is very limited, but for applicable crimes, the death penalty does appear to be a deterrent. “In 2008, Drexel University economist Bijou Yang and psychologist David Lester of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey conducted a comprehensive review of capital punishment research. They concluded that, since 1975, the majority of studies tracking effects over many years and across states or counties found a deterrent effect. One particularly good study, based on data from all 50 states from 1978 to 1997 by Federal Communications Commission economist Paul Zimmerman, demonstrated that each state execution deters an average of 14 murders annually.” Following the Bible is always the wisest choice to make.

Of course, even though kidnapping is not the worst kind of theft, it is not the only type of theft. “If a man steals an ox or sheep and kills or sells it, he shall pay five oxen for an ox, or four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no blood shed for him. But if the sun has risen [so he can be seen], blood must be shed for slaying him. The thief [if he lives] must make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If the beast which he stole is found in his possession alive, whether it is ox or ass or sheep, he shall restore double” (Exodus 22:1-4 Amplified). Penalty for theft should be restitution, the penalty determined by the value of the item. This would include cases where someone borrows an item and it is stolen while in their care. The borrower then is required to make restitution to the owner unless or until the thief is caught. “If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep and it dies or is hurt or driven away, no man seeing it, Then an oath before the Lord shall be required between the two that the man has not taken his neighbor’s property; and the owner of it shall accept his word and not require him to make good the loss. But if it is stolen when in his care, he shall make restitution to its owner. If it be torn in pieces [by some wild beast or by accident], let him bring [the mangled carcass] for witness; he shall not make good what was torn. And if a man borrows anything of his neighbor and it gets hurt or dies without its owner being with it, the borrower shall make full restitution. But if the owner is with it [when the damage is done], the borrower shall not make it good. If it is a hired thing, the damage is included in its hire” (Exodus 22:10-15 Amplified). The rest of those verses are essentially an endorsement of what are called “stand your ground” laws today.

Sometimes people will construct a hypothetical scenario and ask, “What happens if the person stealing is doing so because he or someone he loves is in desperate need? It is still breaking the law and God’s law. “Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry; But if he is found out, he must restore seven times [what he stole]; he must give the whole substance of his house [if necessary—to meet his fine]” (Proverbs 6:30-31 Amplified).

So other than the self-defense, stand your ground instances, another way to protect yourself from theft is to not hoard up the treasures of this earth, but rather to do good deeds for the Father to collect treasures in Heaven. Jesus said, “Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21 Amplified).

Jesus said of the money-changers defiling the Temple: “My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers” (Matthew 21:13). The people making the house of God a den of robbers today are people who don’t tithe. God said in Malachi 3:8-9. “Will a man rob or defraud God? Yet you rob and defraud Me. But you say, In what way do we rob or defraud You? [You have withheld your] tithes and offerings. You are cursed with the curse, for you are robbing Me, even this whole nation.”

Thieves are listed among those people that will not inherit or have any part in the Kingdom of God. “Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality, nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foul-mouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Amplified).

The answer to these sins are simple and given in the next verse. If you have stolen or committed any of these other sins, the answer is simple. Repent of your sins and trust in Christ to forgive them. “And such some of you were [once]. But you were washed clean (purified by a complete atonement for sin and made free from the guilt of sin), and you were consecrated (set apart, hallowed), and you were justified [pronounced righteous, by trusting] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 Amplified). Trade in your thievery for an honest living. “Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need” (Ephesians 4:28 Amplified). Turning your life over to Christ and seeking His forgiveness can lead you to a place of repentance or turning your mind toward a new direction.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto

“A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill. The Republican-led state Senate reached the three-fifths majority needed to override McCrory’s veto in a 32-16 vote. The legislation now goes back to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, which passed it last week by a margin wide enough to override the veto. The bill allows magistrates and other officials to refuse to perform marriages or issue marriage certificates by citing a ‘sincerely held religious objection.’ Once they have asked to opt out in writing, magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months. Senate leader Phil Berger said the bill struck a balance between the legal ruling that allowed same-sex marriages to begin in the state last year and the rights of state employees to exercise their religion. ‘‘If the federal courts say they will be performed, they will be performed,’ Berger said before Monday's vote. ‘But if someone takes a job, they don’t park their First Amendment rights at the door. They are entitled to exercise those rights.’ Democrats said the measure would likely delay marriages for gay couples, making the state vulnerable to lawsuits claiming unfair treatment. ‘We want to be on the right side of history, not creating loopholes for unlawful discrimination,’ Democratic Senator Floyd McKissick said. Announcing his veto last week, McCrory said public officials who swore to defend the Constitution and perform their duties of office should not be exempt from upholding their oath. Similar bills were filed in several states this year, although none has become law yet, the American Civil Liberties Union said. Gay marriage is legal in 37 states and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide by the end of June whether same-sex marriage should be legal nationwide.”

I applaud the North Carolina Senate for taking this stand for natural marriage. I pray that the North Carolina House of Representatives will follow suit. The only part I do not care for in this legislation is that magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months. Magistrates should not be punished for exercising the religious freedom granted by God and recognized in our founding documents. It takes great courage to be like Daniel and take a stand for God in the face of government penalty. Granted, there is no one threatening death on these magistrates, but the seeds of legalized Christian persecution in America have already been planted. It doesn’t get severe overnight, but if it is not dealt with early, it can only grow.

The United States Constitution speaks nowhere on marriage. Therefore, there is no right to gay marriage in the Constitution. “No civil government may legitimately authorize or define marriage or family relations, as affirmed by the 10th amendment, delegating to the people as our founders understood the family as necessary to the general welfare…’“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitution and laws… All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts in the Bible’ [Noah Webster]. The law of our Creator defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family, and the family is fundamental in the maintenance of a stable, healthy and prosperous social order. No government may legitimately authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what God has instituted.”

I am glad that Governor McCrory personally recognizes the biblical definition of marriage, but that is not enough. I know some people like to say that we cannot legislate morality, but in truth that is all any law does. It legislates morality. At their core, laws say this behavior is or is not acceptable. The question cannot be “Can we legislate morality?” but “Whose morality are we going to legislate? Everyone has a worldview that will influence their decisions whether it is based on religious beliefs, personal experiences, or anything else. There is no reason Christians should have to check their beliefs at the gates to the halls of government just because they are Christian beliefs. That is anti-American.

Christians are to obey the government. “Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live” (Romans 13:1-5 The Message).

The Bible also demonstrates what a Christian is to do when what God commands and what government commands is different. Peter and John were once preaching at the Temple in Jerusalem. They were commanded by the governing authorities at the Temple to stop preaching in Jesus’ name. But they had been commanded by the Lord: “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a Amplified Bible). How did the Holy Spirit lead them to resolve this conflict? “Peter and John replied to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide (judge).  But we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20 Amplified Bible). When there is a conflict between God’s law and man’s, God’s law is to win out every time when the Christian is choosing who to obey. The consequences are irrelevant because the rewards will be worth it/. Christian magistrates who refuse to perform gay “marriages” are doing the right thing regardless of whether the law is amended for them or not. That is all that really matters in them. However, as Christian citizens, it is our responsibility to do the best we can as God’s ambassadors on Earth to represent Him in all areas of life including government and politics.