“We will not obey.”
That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.
“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,” read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. “We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.”
“While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” the pledge states.
The signees are a who’s who of religious leaders including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry Johnson, Pastor John Hagee, and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.
The pledge was co-drafted by Deacon Keith Fournier, a Catholic deacon, and Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel. Also involved in the document were Rick Scarborough, the president of Vision America Action and James Dobson, the founder of Family Talk Radio.
“We’re sending a warning to the Supreme Court and frankly any court that crosses the line on the issue of marriage,” Staver told me.
He said that once same-sex marriage is elevated to the level of protected status – it will transform the face of society and will result in the “beginning of the end of Western Civilization.”
“You are essentially saying that boys and girls don’t need moms and dads – that moms and dads are irrelevant,” Staver said. “Gender becomes pointless when government adopts same-sex marriage. It creates a genderless relationship out of a very gender-specific relationship. It says that it doesn’t matter and that two moms or two dads are absolutely equivalent to a mom and a dad.”
Dobson said the legalization of same-sex marriage could fracture the nation.
“The institution of marriage is fundamental and it must be defended,” he told me. “It’s the foundation for the entire culture. It’s been in existence for 5,000 years. If you weaken it or if you undermine it – the entire superstructure can come down. We see it as that important.”
And that means the possibility of Christians – people of faith – engaging in acts of civil disobedience.
“Yes, I’m talking about civil disobedience,” Staver said. “I’m talking about resistance and I’m talking about peaceful resistance against unjust laws and unjust rulings.”
That’s quite a shocking statement. So I asked Mr. Staver to clarify his remarks.
“I’m calling for people to not recognize the legitimacy of that ruling because it’s not grounded in the Rule of Law,” he told me. “They need to resist that ruling in every way possible. In a peaceful way – they need to resist it as much as Martin Luther King, Jr. resisted unjust laws in his time.”
Scarborough said the pledge was meant to be forthright and clear.
“We’re facing a real Constitutional crisis if the Supreme Court rules adversely from our perspective on same-sex marriage,” he told me. For me there’s no option. I’m going to choose to serve the Lord. And I think that thousands of other pastors will take that position and hundreds of thousands – if not millions of Christians.”
Scarborough is urging pastors across the nation to sign the pledge.
He referenced the “outrageous penalties” being assessed against people of faith simply because they don’t want to participate in a same-sex union.
An Oregon bakery is facing a $135,000 fine for refusing to make a cake for a lesbian wedding and a Washington State florist faces fines for refusing to participate in a gay wedding.
“Christians are being declared the lawbreakers when we are simply living by what we have always believed, and by a set of laws that the culture historically has agreed to,” he said. “Right now the courts are changing the playing field and declaring that what the natural eye can see and natural law reveals is not truth. ... What will we do, and how will we respond?”
Dobson said there’s no doubt that LGBT activists are targeting Christian business owners.
“For about 50 years the homosexual community has had as its goal to change the culture, to change the ideology and if necessary – to force people who don’t agree by use of the courts,” Dobson told me. “I think there’s a collision here and we can all see it and where it’s going to go is anybody’s guess – but it is serious.”
To be clear – the men and women who courageously signed this pledge did so knowing the hell storm that is about to be unleashed on them – and their families.
“We have no choice,” Staver told me. “We cannot compromise our clear biblical convictions, our religious convictions.
It is so wonderful to see people are finally recognizing the seriousness of same-sex marriage. I do not like the word “disobedience.” Protecting Marriage is the height of “Obedience” in God’s Eyes. Going to “War” for the First Covenant God Ordained, which was Marriage is “Honoring God:”
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)
What the Supreme Court does not understand is overturning the Defense of Marriage Act was them saying “Laws” do not matter anymore. The Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act was them saying what the Congress vote on and the President signs mean nothing. The Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act was them saying what the people voted on does not matter either.
I said in my “‘For All The People’ vanishes when personal agendas exist” Blog Posted 10-7-2014, “What the Supreme Court is really saying is we are not ruling right now, but we will be ruling. They do not need to rule right now because turning the cases away did what the Supreme Court wanted doing that would do. That is why they did what they did. People in position of influence with personal agendas is what is causing what is taking place with same-sex marriage. This move is just the Supreme Court trying to act like they have not already made up their minds.”
I said in my “June 26, 2013 was not a ‘Wonderful day for America’” Blog also Posted 10-7-2014, “The Supreme Court ruling on DOMA is unconstitutional. They violated the Congress right to make laws. The Constitution of the United States – Article I – Section 8 – Powers of Congress states:
‘To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.’”
I also said in that Blog “The Supreme Court changing any of the laws the Congress has voted in diminishes the Powers of the Congress and the President, which signs the laws. The Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 and DOMA means anything the people vote in or any laws the Congress votes in the Supreme Court can make them null and void. In essence that means only the Supreme Court has a voice. Unfortunately their voice is not the voice of the people. If that is the case then why should people bother to vote and why do we even need a Congress?” The Defense of Marriage Act had already said how the Congress, President and the people felt about same-sex marriage. The decision had already been made and should not even be in the Supreme Court’s hands now.
Ferguson and Baltimore show the damage keeping that same-sex marriage door open is doing to America. I said in my “The Finger Of God” Blog “It only takes “one” to open the door.” The same-sex marriage door opens the door for all other doors. Rioting today is at its all-time high. You would think having an African President would make things better. The article “Go Behind TIME’s Baltimore Cover With Aspiring Photographer Devin Allen” (Article posted @ Facebook and Twitter) shows a TIME Cover with 1968 crossed out in red and 2015 written in above it.
People MUST protect Marriage at any cost. People’s Eternity is what is at Stake. The Supreme Court’s Eternity is no longer at Stake, which means instead of deciding about making same-sex marriage legal in 50 states the Supreme Court needs to Reverse their decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. They need to correct the mistake that has already determined their Eternity.
God CANNOT “Step In” or “Help” when it comes to Purpose. That is why Jesus felt forsaken. People MUST make their own decision when it comes to Purpose. Never forget satan was still in Heaven at the Foundation of the World, which means he knows your Purpose better than you do and will “DO” anything he has to “DO” to “STOP” people from fulfilling their Purpose.
Marriage is very “Important” to God. That is why it was His First Covenant. Marriage is also Alpha and Omega. That is why Marriage is what brings “Christianity” (Posted at this Website) and Jesus together for Eternity:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:7-9)
HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR STAND FOR MARRIAGE?