Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Same-Sex "Marriage"- America's Ball And Chain?

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A New York judge has issued a ruling after a Christian family refused to allow a same-sex couple to use their upstate family farm as a setting for their "marriage."

Cynthia and Robert Gifford have been subsidizing their farm income by renting out the farm and part of their large barn-like house for special events, including weddings.

Because they politely refused this particular "wedding" business, they have now been slapped with a $13,000 fine, with $3,000 of it going to the lesbian couple for the "anguish" they suffered by the rejection.

The Giffords and their employees must now go through a "re-education program."

A similar situation occurred at Le Blanc's Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation preserve in Minnesota.

The Christian owners supplement their income from the 1,700 acre farm by renting out the facilities for special events, including weddings.

When threatened with an expensive court trial and the possibility of fines in the thousands of dollars, they decided they did not have the money to fight the two homosexual men who were demanding the use of their property and the force of the state, so they worked out a compromise.

American Founder Patrick Henry famously said as he looked at the British ships anchored off the coast of the Colonies, "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."

Is the obsession with same-sex marriage, the homosexual agenda, and the laws that have been enacted to enforce the agenda becoming the ball and chain of 21st Century America?

The compromise was that the Christian owners in Minnesota set aside their biblical beliefs on marriage and allowed the "wedding" to proceed even though it violated their conscience and their religious freedom and liberty.

This is becoming a regular event in American life. People are being forced not to just tolerate, but to affirm and participate in something they do not believe in or condone. Something that violates their conscience.

Weekly, if not daily, we hear these same kinds of stories involving bakers, florists, photographers and property owners.

Those filing the suits are most often not looking for accommodation, but affirmation. In the case of the New York couple, the lesbians had secretly taped the 2 to 3-minute phone conversation, which affirmed the kindness with which the property owners declined the "wedding."

In both cases other venues were available.

This is the most significant threat to religious freedom in recent years.

In addition to the $13,000 fine and the enforced "re-education program," the Giffords must now publicly display a non-discrimination sign at the entrance to their property.

We understand what Patrick Henry was referring to, but are the chains of bondage being forged now from within, rather than from without?

In Deuteronomy 32:32, Moses wrote speaking of the enemies of the God's Truth, "For their vine is the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter."

He also spoke of "The sword without and the terror within..." (Deut 32:25).

As in the prophecies of Ezekiel, Moses taught that when people forget God, or " move Him out" of the culture, they become, not as the "true vine planted", but as the "vine of Sodom and the field of Gomorrah."

The sin of Sodom was homosexuality.

It was not, as the religious left would lead people to believe, a lack of hospitality.

Although it is rarely mentioned in some churches, the Old Testament was given as a "tutor" or teacher in regard to God's laws and principles and the consequences of violating or sinning against those laws and principles.

When grace and mercy came through Jesus Christ, God's Son, the laws were fulfilled in Christ and were referred to in the New Testament book of James (2:8) as the "Royal Law of Scriptures."

While the eternal consequences of sin and rebellion toward God are paid in full by the death and resurrection of Christ for those who accept Him as their Savior, often the temporal or earthly consequences of sin or bad choices are experienced in this life.

Sin has consequences.

If we forget what sin is, we must review it in the Old Testament.

Our nation has come to a place where those who hold biblical beliefs on the matter of homosexuality are now being punished by the force of the state and the law.

Both the Old Testament and the New are very clear that homosexuality is not to be celebrated, elevated or normalized.

While only about 2% of Americans practice this behavior, our country is torn and divided by the issue. And it is forging chains that deny the very God given religious freedom upon which this country was founded and it is standing in rebellion against God Himself.

In forging the chains, homosexual activists attack both those who disagree and the basis of their belief---the Bible.

Before President Obama "evolved" and came all out to redefine marriage he said, "I believe in civil unions....I don't think it should be called marriage, but I think it is a legal right that they should be recognized by the state. If people find that controversial, then I would refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans."

Obscure passage in Romans?

The "obscure passage in Romans" was written by Paul under the guidance and inspiration of God's Holy Spirit. And it is hardly "obscure."

Romans 1:24-32: "Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another, they exchanged the truth about God for a lie...Even the women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men abandoned natural relations with the women and were inflamed with lust for one another..." and there is more.

In II Thess. 2:11 it is written, "And for this cause God sent them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie."

It's decision time.

The Lie? Or the Lord?

The lie is using government run education to steal the hearts and minds of our children, indoctrinating them rather than educating them.

The lie is telling people there are no absolutes--- truth is whatever you believe it to be.

The lie has cost the lives of nearly 60 million aborted unborn children in America.

The lie is costing us the very God given freedom and liberty upon which this nation was birthed.

The lie is attempting to redefine marriage and family.

The lie is advancing the homosexual agenda under the guise of tolerance, fairness and equality.

It is from within that the chains of our day are being forged.

So what should we do?

  • Repent of our sinful ways.
  • Remember God's Truth.
  • Rehearse His Truth to our children.
  • Redeem the culture with the life changing message of the gospel by living it and speaking it.
  • Reclaim the political process by electing people who share your values.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


  1. Christians need to re think putting their treasured children into public schools. The anti God indoctrination machine is now moving full tilt ahead, and nowhere more powerful than in the public schools. Every effort should be made to put children in the care of trusted people who love Jesus and will strengthen your young children's resolve to be faithful to him.

  2. I know you don't like this but a business can't advertise an invitation to do business to the general public and then apply a religious litmus test on those that take them up on that invitation.

    They can't refuse a customer because what the legal things their beliefs let them do, be that marry someone of a different faith, different races or someone of the same sex. Either they rent for weddings or they don't regardless of the customer's beliefs, they either photograph them or they don't, they sell flowers for weddings or they don't.

    And if their take on their religions says they must religiously discriminate then make that invitation to do business to only the 'right' people in the first place. But the general public? They have a constitutional right to NOT share anyone's beliefs.

    1. So Oshtur,

      If you had a business that sold flowers and someone ordered a large quantity of them explaining to you that they are radical extremists, who wish to use the flowers to put them down the throat of those who will not convert to their religion, and the flowers would then suffocate them, causing them to choke on them and die, would you feel you should be required by law to sell them those flowers?

      I ask you this because I assume you are not in favor of people being put to death by anything you provided, and that you do not believe in forcing people to convert to some religion or die a horrible death.....but, not everybody holds that personal belief.

    2. Apparently, "one man, one woman" marriage is a bit too "obscure" for President Obama, though it's very plainly given as the standard for the New Testament Church, and the very beginning of God's recognition and definition of marriage.

    3. They can take their sin somewhere else. They do not have to force others to participate or be a party to it in any way.

    4. Exactly what the Judge should have told them, "You can take your sin somewhere else."

  3. I'm not much on legal matters, but it seems to me that the judge should be sued for trying to destroy a Christian couples morality, even their faith. He's a bully judge, and he's wrong.

  4. I believe the judge should be required to stand out on a street corner and hold a sign that says that he is there because he judged wrongly. He became corrupted by the world, and went contrary to God and Christ in a recent ruling, causing harm to some of the Lord's flock.

  5. Hope this Christian couple can appeal this.

  6. The whole mountain might fall on President Obama for what he's done.

  7. I'd call the police if I thought what I was selling was going to be used illegally. Or, as I suggested, only offer it to sale to those I knew weren't not to the general public.

    1. But would you still feel obligated to sell it to them, even if they told you it would be used for a crime, and do you believe the law should require you to sell the item to them?

    2. Paul told us that the sins of those outside the church are between them and God and aren't ours to judge.

      In this case of criminal law, I would tell the customer I was waiting for the police before I completed the transaction, but I wouldn't become an anarchist or vigilante and absolutely refuse, becoming just as much a lawbreaker as the person who merely says they are going to commit a crime in the future. No good can come from that.

  8. First of all, why on their supposed happy day, would a homosexual couple want to force anyone to prepare their wedding? What kind of joy can that possibly bring when their lifestyle is so openly defiant to Christian who have Biblical convictions? Nine out of ten wedding vendors are happy to service the homosexual weddings. Go there for heavens sakes.

    Secondly, why would a Christian vendor see a homosexual wedding as different morally from all the brides and grooms who have been sleeping/living together. Which is the greater moral issue? It is a rare thing these days that heterosexual couples are virgins. Do the vendors ask their clients if they are adulterous? Promiscuous? Incestuous? Fornicators? They are considered immoral and wrong in the Bible. We Christians need to think long and hard about the stands we make.

    I had a wedding event rental and décor business. One day a lady called to make an appointment for her and her fiancé to have me decorate her wedding. Not more than five minutes later she called back and explained that it was for her and her lesbian fiancé. She then asked if I would be comfortable with "doing" her wedding because they wanted vendors that could be comfortable and bless their union. After telling her how much I respected her for asking how I felt, I admitted that I would feel uncomfortable and thanked her for considering my feelings. She said that was ok and we parted on very amiable terms. Ever since I've thanked the Lord that she was so kind and thoughtful. Too bad other homosexuals can't follow her example.

    1. I guess some people just take religious discrimination by business more personally than others do. It's still the businesses job to obey the law.

      The best solution still is for the business to not offer things to the general public that require a religious litmus test to sell.

    2. The USA Constitution states we have freedom of our choice of religion and the right to follow it. My business is not the government's business but MINE to operate it as I see proper. We have defined proper, and our original laws, as following God's laws not man's whims. Your logic leads to following sharia law here. Is that what you are asking for? If so, it allows to torture and kill homosexuals. True Christians respect them as a person but not their behavior.

    3. What you are missing is the customers have their own right to religious freedom, they have a right to NOT be your religion. You make an offer of sale to them as part of the general public you can't subsequently use a religious litmus test to rescind the invitation. Anyone in a licensed business is regulated in how they can deal with customers just as they are in how they deal with employees, potential employees, physical location structures, shoot, even how they run the kitchen regardless of their religious beliefs.

      And how does having regulated businesses lead to sharia law? (Well other than they are both laws...)

      Again just say 'no' to unconstitutional and illegal religious litmus tests. Don't want to sell to people because their faith lets them do things yours doesn't then don't make an invitation of sale to them. Every civil rights law tells how to run a business without acting as a public accommodation, if the need to discriminate is that extreme bother to do what's necessary to do so legally.

    4. Just because some bought politicians made a new business regulation to satisfy a very small minority with lots of money so that that minority can force their morals onto a Christian moral business owner does not make it a good or just law.
      Why would they want their marriage at a place where the owners are not comfortable with their behavior in the first place other then to stir up trouble. They are nothing but antagonists. I fully respect respectful homosexuals but not bully homosexuals. And I do know some good homosexual people who do not act on their weakness.
      A business is only created and ran by a person who has morals and must follow his/her morals to live with him-/ herself. He/she must answer to his/her God at his/her time.
      You obviously have no God in your life and therefore cannot understand what people of faith believe and live by. So sorry you are missing that beautiful gift in your life. I think many of us are praying for you.

    5. Not a new regulation, most states had laws preventing religious discrimination by business even before the enactment of the federal civil rights act in the 1960’s, religious discrimination against customers has been illegal for a very long time.

      As has the means to run a business NOT as a public accommodation - find the 'right' people first, then make just them the offer of sale. That a business is too lazy or too greedy to do so shows the true depth of their morality doesn't it? That's too much work so they would rather play victim after the fact when the reality is they could have avoided this situation and still been in compliance with the law.

  9. 3:10 As Gary says its about affirmation, not accommodation.

  10. wow......what a convoluted mess we have become. Serving one's self creates these absurd discussions....Choosing to do as one likes no matter who or what is offended creates the obscenities of society. Be still and serve God with heart and soul and mind . He is the Creator and knows us and gave us simple guidelines to insure our safety and happiness and ability to serve Him...Whew.....


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