I received a call out of the clear blue from a fellow who simply introduced the call with “I am from Indiana and looking for someone to do a wedding in your area.” I suspect that it was a call that is related to the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage. I replied that I only perform ceremonies for our local members and he promptly hung up. While I have no evidence, I suspect that this is an example of pushing an agenda and let the unsuspecting beware.
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When one’s moral compass is so confused because of political alignment then such comments like this are spoken: “I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage,” he said. “That’s just my own personal opinion.”
There is no chance this would be the case and, in fact, there is no chance this is the case. Our former president is plainly confused when it comes to this matter. It is no wonder, however. His alignment is more with his political leanings than it is anything with regard to God.
Do you think this is an arrogant evaluation on my part? You might want to think again. The scriptures are clear on this matter.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done (Romans 1:21-28, ESV).
Jimmy Carter is not the only confused man in this world with regard to God; many have already followed the path he is on. What makes this tragic is that he was once our national leader, still is a leader to some varying degree, and continues to wield influence in certain circles. To those who know Scripture he wields little to no influence because our former president does not know God like he thinks he does.
People like me are dismissed as out of touch with the current reality of this world. Be that as it may, I would rather be out of touch with this current reality of the world than be out of touch with God.
How about you?
With the recent Supreme Court decision and homosexual marriage legalization, I have noticed that many people speak of “equality” and “love,” words that are hedonistically defined.
Justice Kennedy said that the self-defeating, non-perpetuating “fundamental right to marriage” decision was a matter of liberty. I wonder if those who support polygamy and polyandry will argue the same. You know they will! After all, there is no rational reason to prevent them from doing so, is there? It is just a matter of time if there is no reversal of the decision.
Justices Scalia and Roberts spoke with great concern concerning the Constitution of this country. For good reason they did. What did the President of the United States say? He spoke favorably of the decision and completely supports this immoral behavior. There is no surprise in this, because this is a norm for liberal/progressive thinkers.
If macro evolution is true (and it is not), then the homosexual community is a weak-link in the chain of human progress. Why? Because homosexuals cannot perpetuate their existence in their continuance of their immoral activities via procreation amongst themselves. They must use artificial means to do so. This failure to procreate means that, in time, the weak-link destroys itself.
It is incontrovertible that homosexual behavior is immoral, just as it is incontrovertible that homosexual intimacy is hedonistic and self-defeating.
My letter to the editor to the Decatur Herald & Review generated responses. Here is one of them.
Listen up Bible believers. I could not possibly care any less about you and your personal religious views or what you “think.” As far as I am concerned no religious leader should ever be required to perform any religious ceremony–weddings or otherwise. They should stay OUT of government and government should leave them alone. It’s bad enough that I am forced to subsidize religion whether I approve or not.
Marriage as determined under the licensing law is a matter of CIVIL CONTRACT. You have no right to determine for me as a gay man with whom I may love or enter into a marriage CONTRACT. Anymore than I have a right to tell you whether or not you can buy a house or a car. If I ever tried to use the power of the government to restrict your right to marry you would be outraged.
I am assuming that the parties to such a contract (as in all contract law) are willing, able and ready to agree to terms. This knocks out the dopey right wing nonsense about marrying kids, dogs or pledging myself for life to a table leg. Do NOT try and force your personal (and aberrant in my view) religious lifestyle off on the rest of us.
Mind your own business. Whether I can or will procreate is none of your business. Straight people have a divorce rate in excess of 50%. That proves you are not stable. Clean your own filthy glass house before you criticize mine.
I recently married my cop boyfriend of 27 years. It was a great wedding. All four of our grown kids were there. One ex-wife showed up and we danced and had a great time. After 27 years I’m betting my relationship has lasted a lot longer than many of your straight marriages. If my getting married ruins yours–TOO BAD. You apparently had little to lose anyway.
In this reply against my letter to editor, there is nothing positive with regard to a “moral component” perspective. It is a matter of civil contract, one’s desire, and the role of government in the affairs of the community. This man married his boyfriend.
From this we can be sure of the following: first, his moral code is only that which he wants and likes. There is nothing that is outside of himself that compels him to behave in a particular way; if he wants, he will. Second, if marriage is a civil contract only, then civil contracts can be altered by the state (community) at will. This moves the moral code from the individual to the community. There is, however, no reason to demand volition from two, when one will do. On what basis should the community demand the volition of two? Only because it wants to; there is no moral obligation on the part of the community that requires them to give attention to another party. If there is, on what basis? Would you say human dignity? That is simply arbitrary. Third, as per the direction of his assertive argument, this justifies polygamy, polyandry, the union of an adult with an arbitrarily declared minor, or two arbitrarily declared minors making a union. If one opposes, on what basis would this be done? The community standard? Arbitrary! Fourth, religious views are aberrant, but not the perspective the homosexual community. Fifth, if “straight” people have a high divorce rate (this is true), then “non-straight” (crooked?) people are not to be judged by a people who fail to live by a particular moral standard they imply (and push) on others.
What should be the proper response by faithful Christians who respect the word of God towards the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage? I suppose some judge that I hate gays and lesbians or at the very least hold them in contempt. But don’t hasten your prosecution. I believe that we need to preach the love of God for all, as well as encourage righteousness and purity in every phase of life. I understand that some tell us they are troubled with same-sex attraction. To these we should offer emotional and spiritual support, just as we do to others who struggle with alcohol, anger, or any other sinful proclivity. But what we mustn’t do is cave-in to the claims of Hollywood, the ACLU, left wing activists, Supreme Court justices, the president, and even some churches. . If God declares a certain behavior deviant and perverse, let not man claim it is normal and acceptable. This is Just-A-Minute.
A federal judge recently ruled in favor of Alabama recognizing same-sex marriage. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is doing his best to resist implementation of the ruling. Judges in the conservative states of Texas and Kentucky already ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The gay and lesbian juggernaut will soon roll over those who resist in Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and yes, Tennessee. There are 50 cases in 26 states pending on homosexual issues. You say, “What difference does it make? I don’t believe in it, but why not let them be?” The difference is a real one if you are a Bible-believing Christian and the government decides to use an anti-discrimination law against you if you refuse to somehow help in a same-sex wedding. You say, why not them be? Well, believe you me, the gays and lesbians are never going to you and me be. They push, they bully, they attack, they force, they manipulate; they will not be satisfied until they trod believers underfoot. This is Just-A-Minute
More and more gay and lesbian promoters are stripping away the rights of others that have long been cherished in our country. They are demanding what they call “gay rights”. But what about religious freedom? It has long been one of the solid rocks our country is built upon. But caving in to the liberal left with its pro-gay and lesbian platform, our government leaders step by step are destroying religious freedom. The government is already telling a professional photographer that he cannot refuse to provide his service for a same-sex marriage, in spite of his Bible based belief it sinful to do so. What about me? I’m a preacher. Suppose a couple of lesbians or gays approach me to do their wedding ceremony. Will the government step in when I refuse and demand I do it? As for me, I’d rather go to jail for the rest of my life. This is Just-A-Minute.
America was largely born on religious freedom. Groups of European religious faithful fled their home countries because their faith did not measure up to the state enforced religion. They had suffered enough persecution so now they came to the new land where they could worship as they believed. Today the new land has turned on them; America is fast becoming a country without freedom of religion. Can a New Mexico Christian photographer refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding? Can an Oregon bakery owned by believers refuse to supply a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage? Can a Washington state florist refuse to supply flowers for a same-sex marriage? All you people who have hidden your head in the sand, come up for a look around. America is on the move to becoming a faithless secular state. Perilous times are here with evil men waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. This is Just-A-Minute.
This is Just-A-Minute. According to a USA Today/Gallup poll Millennials, the youngest adult generation, have made the largest shift to openly support same-sex marriage, gays and lesbians. The change has swiftly grown from 51% a decade ago to 73% in this survey. No other age group tops 50%. The question is raised: “why should they be discriminated against?” My response is: “this has nothing to do with discrimination; it has to do with what is right and wrong, moral and immoral, natural and unnatural, normal and perverse. Call me a bigot, a behind-the-times Bible-thumping intolerant bigot. But a thousand Supreme Court Justices passing ten thousand Supreme Court judgments will never change that which is “against nature” into normal.
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One wag commenting on the battle gays and lesbians are fighting to get same-sex marriage approved by the Supreme Court, said: “I think people ought to be able to do what they want; land of the free and home of the brave, right?” I suppose this sounds good on the surface, however, if people did whatever they might want, we would cease to be a civilized people. The word “civilized” means to bring from a state of savagery and barbarism to a refined, well-ordered and advanced society. The prime mark of the uncivilized is that they do what they want, rather than what is good and right. The more the homosexual community succeeds in convincing others their behavior is justified, the less civilized we become. This is Just-A-Minute
The latest ABC/Washington Post survey found a substantial rise in support of same-sex marriage. A record-high 58 percent said gay marriage should be legal. In 2004 only 32 percent supported it. The biggest increases in approval were among young adults and nonwhites. These advances have come as more and more people believe homosexuality is something people are born with and cannot help, in spite of the fact that there is no evidence to prove the contention and plenty to disprove it. Public opinion has been swayed by celebrities and the media with their one-sided gay and lesbian support and in proportion to the decline of respect for God’s word. This is Just-A-Minute
I am tired of self-proclaimed experts writing books of full of fabrication and falsehood. Boston University religious professor Jennifer Knust has written a book that allegedly overturns traditional Christian views of morality and marriage. She claims the Bible approves same-sex marriage. Well, I don’t know what Bible she reads, but here is what 1 Corinthians 6:9 says: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves” and so on. Now any of these folks can be forgiven. But to receive forgiveness, the fornicator must quit fornicating, the thief must quit thieving and the sodomite must quit sodomizing. This is Just-A-Minute
Last month The Chattanooga Times published an article by Rhonda Swann taking Christians to task for opposing same-sex marriage. In it there were numerous claims that simply aren’t so. For instance Swann claimed that the reason God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was their failure to aid the poor. While Ezekiel certainly lays this at their doorstep, that was not the only thing wrong! Hear the Holy Spirit speak in the book of Jude verse 7: “just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire”. They had unnatural desires all right. When Lot offered his two virgin daughters, the men of Sodom refused them because they wanted the men inside! This is Just-A-Minute
One of our favorite wedding photographs is where Judy and I embrace and she winks while holding our wedding license on my back.
For many years, the state’s part in a wedding has been very small: it has been confined to the issuance of a license and, later, a certificate. Now, however, the government is placed in the role of defining marriage.
Why has the government’s role become so large? The answer is simply divorce. Once God is taken out of marriage all that is left is a civil union defined by the state and not by the word of God. Divorce is a piece of paper.
When God is no longer associated with marriage, then it becomes something the state can begin and end with court papers. So, for many people these days, marriage is nothing more than a scrap of paper.
The latest man-made deviation from God’s plan for marriage has been fostered by those who wish to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Since marriage is recognized by many people as simply a civil matter, homosexuals have decided they wish to have “the right” to get married.
All of man’s digression from God’s institution of marriage, whether it is divorce or same-sex marriage, springs from one motive: remove God from the process.
For the joining of a man and woman to become marriage, it must of necessity include God. Marriages cannot be made without God. In the wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom are asked if they take each other and will live “after God’s own ordinance.” God’s ordinance is not man’s contract law. It is GOD’S LAW.
Homosexuals claim they want the “right” to get married, but do not understand marriage is in accordance with God’s law, not civil law. It is not a civil contract: it is a MARRIAGE by God’s ordinance.
If it is the case that marriage is described as only a union between a man and a woman, then it is the case that marriage is not a union God allows for homosexuals. It is the case that God designed marriage only for a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5,7). Therefore, marriage is not a union God allows for homosexuals. Instead, these are people who are only mentioned among those who will never inherit the kingdom of God and its blessings (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Marriage isn’t just a piece of paper signed by an official of the state. It is according to the divine ordinance of Almighty God.
The newspaper heading proclaimed “Marriage is good for gay health”. Research was cited and psychologists quoted and in the end it was obviously another push to encourage same-sex marriage. Now I don’t wish negative effects on anyone’s psychological well-being, however, I must state that there are some things that are right and some things that are wrong. Some things are sinful and some things are not. Some things are depraved and some are not. A mother and a father – that’s right, good and healthy. But two mothers or two fathers married to each other – that is wrong, sinful and depraved. No amount of official proclamations by federally funded sociologists, university professors or even left-wing religious leaders is going to change what God has declared. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess.