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Rogue Rulings & Timid Leaders: Why Our Leaders Are Failing Us

June 26th, 2015 1 comment

The ruling by SCOTUS on same sex “marriage” represents a flagrant abuse of power and a frontal assault on the institution of marriage and God Himself, the One who created and instituted this holy union. Americans, as a whole, should be outraged by this rogue, reckless and arrogant act of judicial excess.

But let me tell you another select group of leaders who should be livid – our legislators!


Because the Supreme Court continues to flagrantly step out of bounds, moving from their constitutionally prescribed role of interpreting the law, into an unauthorized role of making the law. This is an assault on the legislative branch and our members of Congress should be tossing penalty flags into the air in protest! As Justice Scalia rightly asserts, the Court’s action is a “threat to American democracy.”

But instead of crying “Foul!,” our leaders continue to roll over while the wheels of tyranny pick up steam. Consider the follow two responses from two our most powerful leaders in Indiana.

Governor Mike Pence:

After affirming his personal belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, Pence says,

“Nevertheless, our Administration will continue to uphold the rule of law and abide by the ruling of the Court in this case. Under our system of government, our citizens are free to disagree with decisions of the Supreme Court, but we are not free to disobey them.”

And here’s a segment from Senator Dan Coates response:

It is my long-held opinion that this deeply personal issue – which divides many families and friends – should be decided by the voters in each state. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed its own definition of marriage, we must ensure that religious freedom is protected across America.

The response is basically the same. The damage has been done. Now let’s obey the law like good citizens and do our best to protect religious liberty. After all, our job is to obey whatever the Supreme Court tells us.

Let me get to the point – these responses are PATHETIC! Where are the STATESMEN?

Let me give you three reasons why we don’t listen to or obey the Supreme Court’s ruling:

1] It is an act of Constitutional overreach. The Constitution nowhere demands the right of same sex marriage.

2] It is an act of judicial activism where five unelected officials chose to impose their political ideals on the rest of America by judicial fiat.

3] It is an act of open rebellion against God’s law mandating the acceptance of a lifestyle He clearly condemns.

So what should be done?

Previous generations understood the doctrine of the lesser magistrate. First penned by John Knox, this doctrine asserts that when a higher-ranking civil authority makes an unjust or immoral law, policy or court opinion, the lower ranking civil authority has the God-mandated right and duty to disobey the higher authority. And if necessary, the lower authority may actively resist the superior authority.

Some see this form of resistance as a form of lawless chaos. But it’s not the resistance that is responsible for the chaos, but rather the lawless acts of the higher authority.

To place this into the contemporary context, it was SCOTUS that introduced the chaos by their unauthorized introduction of same sex marriage into American life. This horrible ruling has unleashed a flood of chaos into every realm of society. Our job is to resist the chaos by disobeying the ruling. When the higher power commands that which God forbids, men have the duty to obey God rather than man.

Unfortunately, for this to happen, the lesser magistrate must demonstrate a willingness to risk personal security for the sake of righteousness and justice. And that type of courage is hard to find in today’s political climate.

SCOTUS & America’s Rejection of God

June 26th, 2015 6 comments


GOD answered Samuel, “Go ahead and do what they’re asking. They are not rejecting you. They’ve rejected me as their King…So let them have their own way. But warn them of what they’re in for.”
I Samuel 8:7-9, Message

My heart is broken with the news of the SCOTUS ruling forcing the people of America to embrace same-sex “marriage.” This is yet another egregious abuse of power where five unelected judges use their office to make public policy and overturn the votes of 50 million American citizens who have already expressed their views that marriage should remain the union of one man and one woman.

But at a deeper level, my heart grieves for God, Himself.

Our forefathers came to this country in pursuit of religious liberty. They wanted the right to worship God freely. And while they represented various Christian denominations, they all embraced the Scriptures as the Word of God. The principles contained in the Bible became the worldview of our nation and the foundation of our public life. The result has been the most stable, prosperous and free nation in the history of the world.

Like the prophet Samuel, I look at the godless reveling now taking place in our streets and I grieve for the Lord Himself. As a nation, we have publically rejected God and embraced perversion. In 1973, we rejected His view of life. Roe v Wade opened the door to the slaughter of 50 million babies. Their blood is still crying out for justice. And today, we officially reject God’s design for marriage. Now our surviving children will grow up without fathers and mothers in “families” that will be whatever we decide they will be. The long term results of rejecting the Lord as the rightful authority over our nation will be devastating.

The next cultural transformation will take place in our understanding of religious liberty. When the government replaces God, and transcendent truth is exchanged for man-made laws, tyranny results. Since homosexuality is clearly and forcefully forbidden by God in the Scriptures, those who believe and honor God’s Word will now become the enemies of liberty. Anti-Christian bigotry will escalate and believers will face intimidation, threats, fines, job loss and prison for attempting to live their faith outside the four walls of their church.

When moral wrongs become civil rights it is the sign of a nation that has lost her soul. We are now running into the darkness. The unraveling of our national stability and prosperity will escalate. The economic pressures will intensify. The Scriptures are clear: Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. (Galatians 6:7, NLT)

We are truly under the judgment of God. Our only hope is that our rebellion would be short lived and our repentance would be authentic and deep. May “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”

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Einstein Loved the Church?

June 9th, 2015 1 comment


As Indiana recently witnessed in the battle for religious liberty and true tolerance, the institutions once known for stridently defending free speech are now the ones most virulently attacking it!

The major media elites have passionately embraced the twin secular doctrines of sexual revolution radicalism and anti-Christian bigotry. Anyone stupid enough to call for an end to the sexual insanity [same-sex marriage, transgenderism etc.] is banned from participation in community life.

Our public universities have abandoned academic freedom, the sacred cornerstone of liberal higher education, choosing instead to promote an agenda of political correctness where anything but lockstep conformity to the script is condemned and punished.

Perhaps this explains why I found this quote by a universally recognized “genius” so illuminating.

Albert Einstein is certainly no poster child for Christianity, but if you value his scientific discoveries, you should pause to reflect on his social commentary as well. During the Nazi rise to power, Einstein was exiled from Germany because he happened to be a Jew. As he reflected on the atrocities taking place in his beloved homeland, he shared this profound insight on the only institution powerful enough to resist the wickedness of his day:

Being a lover of freedom, when the [Nazi] revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted in their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks.

Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.
[Cited in Arthur C. Cochrane, The Church’s Confession Under Hitler (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1962, 40.)]

Who had the power and courage to stand for TRUTH in the face of punishment and even death?

The Church of Jesus Christ!

Nothing has changed. Stand Church! If we don’t , who will?

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