Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

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The hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ and our confidence in the sovereignty of God gives Baptists in Kentucky joy and optimism even in the face of today’s ruling.

I don’t think many people in America are surprised by the SCOTUS ruling in favor of same sex marriage. Given the tenor of the court and the culture, frankly, I would have been shocked by any other outcome.

Moving forward, one of the most pressing questions now regards  religious liberty. Does the ruling threaten this foundational principle of American law and life? In the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy writes:

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons.

Appealing to the First Amendment, biblically faithful Baptists in Kentucky will continue to preach and teach God’s truth on the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, as well as the sinfulness of the homosexual lifestyle. Should the First Amendment fail to provide protection to the Church, nothing changes. Like the early disciples, those who love the Lord and live by His Word will continue to do what pleases God rather than men and face whatever consequences Caesar may bring.

As for our ministry to those who practice homosexuality, again, nothing has changed. We will continue to love all sinners and hate all sin, including the sin of homosexuality.

Our prayer is that those who are bound by sin and lost from God’s family will believe the gospel, be adopted in Christ, and be liberated. Our churches are loving and welcoming to all people of all faiths and those who have no faith even though we refuse to affirm any belief or practice that contradicts the word of God. As people who have been saved by the Lord Jesus from our own sin and sinful lifestyles, we approach others with grace, love, and mercy. To avoid being unloving, we refuse to compromise the  truth of God’s word.

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7 Comments

  1. Brenda Buffin
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Well stated

    • Keith Harle
      Posted June 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      I agree, but fear God’s judgement.

  2. Joshua O Odetunde
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I quite agree with this submission. Furthermore, as Christians, we should not forget that we are depending on the power of God in the gospel of Christ to be free from sin, and not our constitutional law no matter how good we think it is.

  3. Robert Thomson
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    It’s sad the minority over rules the majority, if this is truely a Christian nation then why are the Christians acting like helpless sheep and cowards? This is proof of too much apathy in the church and too many” feel good” sermons presented to not offend folks. Jesus was not afraid to flip tables and calling out the sinful leadership. Wake up America Gods judgement follows and so should impeachments. ” Love the sinner but hate the sin”. Does not mean tolerate it, with active apathy what are we teaching our children and grand children? Robert Thomson. US Army disabled retired

    • Joshua O Odetunde
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      I agree that we should not compromise with unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them. However, we should also remember that the weapon of our warfare is not carnal but mighty through God. Therefore, we should be as wise as serpent but as harmless as dove.

  4. Joyce Sanford
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Satan is surely celebrating today. Have people of the US forgotten what has happened every other
    society that abandoned God. I thought in a democracy that majority ruled but in our world that certainly is not true. Seems our leaders and the supreme court do not consider what the people want. Certainly the Lord’s wrath will soon fall on the United States. But this just means that christian people need to get up and get in the community telling the good news of Christ, for too long we have thought that just going to church is enough. Surely we will now see the results of our unconcern

    • Joshua O Odetunde
      Posted June 29, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      As disappointing as the Supreme Court ruling may be, we should remain hopeful that we are more than conquerors in Christ. The unlimited power of God is ours. Therefore, instead of becoming discouraged we should become more zealous to overcome evil with the goodness of Christlike love. God is depending on us as the salt of the world to make the difference in America. God would have spared Sodom if just 20 of them were found to remain on His side!!

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