Jesus was crucified by haters of the Good News for bringing and announcing it. He was resurrected, which showed God's promise kept, justifying and vindicating Jesus's teachings and acts on Earth.
Many people who are pro-homosexual marriage (secular or religious) are very fond of attempting to point out analogies and such that are what proper Christian theologians term "half-truths" at best.
So, a man walks into a bakery owned and operated by a devoutly religious Christian family. The man doesn't realize that about them. He commences to explain that he is about to celebrate two anniversaries on the same upcoming day. He has one anniversary with his wife, who he describes to the mother of the family as a devoted, faithful, saintly woman. He goes on to the point of saying that she has never cheated on him. The mother doesn't smile because the man's tone is condescending. She listens and waits patiently wondering where this is leading.
The man then says that the same day as his wedding anniversary will be his first anniversary of the day he met his mistress. That mistress, he explains, has been nagging him to divorce his wife, the mother of his children; but he tells her not to be a fool because his wife is very wealthy, though she is always giving a great deal to support charities aiding the poor and such.
After that, he says that he wants two cakes, one "To My Faithful Wife, Mary," and the other "To My Lover, Cressida."
The mother is saddened and tells him that they will not make the cake he wants for his mistress. The man wants to know why not and says he will pay good money for it.
The mother explains that her family owns and operates the bakery and that they are a Christian family that won't facilitate the celebration of anyone's adultery by preparing a cake for it and no matter how much money is offered.
The man is offended and incensed. He's aware of the laws that bar Christian bakers from refusing to make homosexual-wedding cakes if they offer any wedding cakes at all. Therefore, he says to the Christian mother, "You will bake a cake celebrating my adulterous affair, or I will sue you for violating my civil rights. Adultery isn't illegal in this state, and I'm not in the military."
Should the mother, out of fear, agree and just bake the cake for him as he wants, or should her family and she stand up against this man and his threat whether the government will side with him or not and even at the cost of the family's bakery business?
If the government were to side with him against them, would you consider that fair and just or religious persecution and specifically anti-Christ?
Perhaps you will think that this is a non-issue because adulterers are not a protected class under the US Constitution or any state Constitution. Well, what's the difference between homosexuality and adultery that renders one protected and the other not?
Homosexuality was universally illegal in the US under the secular law. Anti-adultery laws are going the same way as those anti-homosexuality laws. What other secular laws are falling by the wayside, and how long will it take before the people who are granted license by the secular state will then be elevated to the protected status afforded to homosexuals? As laws drop away, does the free-exercise-of-religion clause also back off exactly to match the increased license by the secular state? If so, what good is the free-exercise clause in terms of one's functioning out in society and whether commercially or not?
It would appear that the protection of a minority-religious tenet is simply up for majority rule in a manner that will render the free-exercise clause as applicable only in private, which will render it a non-protection for the purpose of the First Amendment in the first place. It would be completely absurd to posit that the First Amendment was even contemplated as applying only to conduct in private and of a non-commercial nature. In other words, freedom of religion in the US is going by the wayside. In other words, atheist and homosexual fascism are holding more and more sway here.
Iniquity shall abound. There will be many false prophets trying to turn the people to iniquity, to sexual depravity, to violence, to greed, to get them to falsely believe that there is nothing wrong with one or the other or all of them. What does that do? What should you be prepared to endure if necessary?
Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:4-51)
And what was homosexual sex during Jesus's days on this Earth and in his eyes then?
That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:20-23)
You see there adulteries and fornications. There was no homosexual sex that did not meet one or the other of those. It was illegal to Jesus. He never condoned it. He hasn't changed on it either.
If you are a true Christian, you will not support or celebrate or facilitate homosexual weddings.
What did Jesus say about what constitutes a marriage?
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 KJV)
That's Genesis. Even though Jesus came and enhanced our understanding about God and God's laws, what did Jesus specifically say about that from Genesis?
But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:6-9)
That's what God has joined together as one flesh, not homosexuals to each other (who when engaging in sex with each other, were always having sex out of wedlock, which was and remains illegal in Christianity).
In Christianity, marriage is a holy sacrament or rite. In any case in authentic Christianity, it is clearly sacrilegious and heretical to attempt to defile what Jesus deems marriage by claiming as part of it that which is plainly other than exclusively one man and one woman, not men marrying men or women marrying women.It is denying Christians their free exercise to force them to either 1) help in a celebration defiling that holy sacrament or rite or 2) go out of the business of commercially celebrating that holy sacrament or rite defined by Jesus.
That does not mean that I am advocating that anyone claiming anything on religious grounds may do anything he or she wants. What I am saying is that anything in the secular law that is anti-Christ is evil, against the holy law of God, and will not stand.
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- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
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- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)