Church, Law, Bible Moral Standard, and Weddings

An Open Letter to Russell Moore

Church Pastor criticizes Champion of Liberty Roy Moore for applying Bible Moral Standard and U.S. Constitution to Weddings

keyThe Federal Government has no legal right to force same sex marriage on states that do not want it and have amended their state Constitutions to not recognize it. The Federal Government also has no authority to force states to allow the murder of pre-born babies. However, the courts will continue to do whatever they want until some state actually has the courage to say no.

By Paul BlairBarbWire guest contributor

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roy-moore-and-russell-mooreDid you ever wonder why Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were the only three Hebrews that refused to bow down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar erected in the plains of Shinar?   I suspect that a distant relative of Russell Moore was on the scene misquoting Romans 13 to the others.

For those of you that are confused, Russell Moore, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, was quoted criticizing Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s instruction for state officials to disregard a Federal judge’s ruling and NOT issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Russell Moore (no relation to Roy) was quoted in the February 12 edition of the Baptist Press to say, “As citizens and as Christians, our response should be one of both conviction and of respect for the rule of law (1 Peter 2:13; Romans 13). Our system of government does not allow a state to defy the law of the land.”

While Mr. Moore sides with Pharaoh in Exodus 1, let me explain how our system was actually designed to work.

In 1787, members of twelve of the thirteen colonies gathered in Philadelphia charged by their respective state governments with amending the existing Articles of Confederation. Before they were finished, they crafted a new Constitution for the United States.

The new “federal government” was created by a compact between the states to serve the union of states and was delegated by the compact to have few and specific powers. As James Madison clearly stated in Federalist #45:

constitution2The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce…The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

According to Article 1, Section 8, this new creation was only given 17 areas of responsibility in which it held “supremacy” over the states. In case the new government attempted to exceed its limitations, it was not up to the Supreme Court to decide. Judicial review exists nowhere in the Constitution. It is ridiculous to think that the sole referee to determine if the Federal Government was exceeding its limits would be a branch of the Federal Government!

So what is the proper recourse if the Federal Government exceeds its limits? In 1798, the author of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote in the Virginia Resolutions:

…in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.

[Roy Moore is well-known for defending the Ten Commandments in the past when under government attack]

In other words, Judge Roy Moore and the State of Alabama are right. According to our Rule of Law, when the Federal Government acts outside its authority, it is up to the states, who created the Federal government in the first place, to simply reject any unconstitutional and illegal acts committed by the Federal Government.

ThomasJeffersonThomas Jefferson commented in his Kentucky Resolutions:

…by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they (the states) constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.

If I was to send Mr. Moore a letter on official stationary demanding that he paint his office lime green, he would be under no obligation to do so as I have no authority over him in the matter. The same holds true when the Federal Government attempts to act outside the seventeen specific areas in which they are allowed to act.

In America, we have no king. The people are sovereign and “We the people of the UNITED STATES” created, designed and then delegated few and defined powers to the general government. So in accordance to Romans 13, Judge Roy Moore and the State of Alabama are attempting to uphold Romans 13 from those seeking to undermine the Rule of Law.

The Federal Government has no legal right to force same sex marriage on states that do not want it and have amended their state Constitutions to not recognize it. The Federal Government also has no authority to force states to allow the murder of pre-born babies. However, the courts will continue to do whatever they want until some state actually has the courage to say no.

Christians, the law is on our side. We have the Biblical right, the legal right and the moral responsibility to end the attack on natural marriage and also to end the murder of 58 million pre-born babies.

We must decide whether we are a union of states who delegated limited powers to the Federal government to serve the states in areas of general welfare or recognize that we are now 320 million individuals RULED by our Supreme Leader in Washington DC along with nine politically appointed attorneys.

But Mr. Moore, please understand the ultimate consequence of your position. When a federal judge somewhere rules that a pastor must perform same-sex “marriages,” or that churches can no longer preach that sex outside of marriage is biblically immoral, you will have already consented to this unlawful affront against God and His church by what you said on February 12th. What will you do then?

Paul Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and was a three year starter at offensive tackle for Oklahoma State University. After college, he was a Fourth Round Draft Pick of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears in 1986; he was one of only three rookies to make the team of the defending World Champion Bears. He spent five years in the NFL, and retired after the 1990 season due to a fourth and final knee injury. As Founder and Chairman of Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, and current Chairman of Reclaiming America For Christ, this Patriot Pastor’s desire is for Americans to understand their Christian heritage.

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Christian News: Government vs. Bible Moral Law

Christian News Clips from American Family Association Journal

Governments are in a full scale cultural war against the moral laws of the Bible.

keyThe government should not compel business owners to engage in any transaction that violates their conscience. The Gay Gestapo (of which not all gays and lesbians are a part) is now pushing well beyond “live and let live” territory into using the law to punitively enforce their political and social agenda. ~Tim Wildmon

 

Gallup: Government too Big

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However, Independents have also turned sour. While satisfaction with government for this group stood at 63% in 2004, it has also plummeted to 28% in this year’s Gallup poll.

“Outside of the president’s party, unhappiness with federal government size and effectiveness has only grown during his time in office,” said Gallup.

gallup.com, 1/22/14; breitbart.com, 1/23/14

 

Canadians fled socialized medicine in 2013

According to a report from Fraser Institute, a free-market think tank, 41,838 Canadians became “medical tourists” in 2013 by seeking medical care outside their home borders. Nadeem Ismail, director of health policy studies at Fraser Institute, said, “Canadians may leave for a number of reasons including a lack of available resources or appropriate technology, a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability. That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them.”

Political conservatives have used this information to attack the Affordable Care Act, asking when Obamacare fails the people, where will Americans be able to turn?

dailycaller.com, 1/16/14

The gender wars are no locker room joke

Beginning January 1, students in California schools have the freedom to choose whether to use the girls’ or the boys’ restroom based on what they feel their gender is, regardless of their biological sex, from kindergarten forward. The law opening the bathrooms also allows children to choose which gender of sports teams they wish to play on.

Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow said, “The mere fact that teachers and administrators will have to explain to kindergarten and first-grade students that they might see girls in the boys’ restroom or boys in the girls’ locker room, but that those kids aren’t kids of the gender they appear to be, could (and here the data is sorely lacking) do harm to their own developing sense of self by suggesting to them that their gender is fluid, that it might change for them too, and that they should be on the lookout for signs that they want to switch.”

Ablow later explained the danger in this law. He said, “I believe that telling third-grade or seventh-grade or tenth-grade children … that this issue is settled to such an extent that they should feel comfortable with females walking in and seeing them urinating or pulling their pants down to change into football gear is a lie that can steal their ability to trust adults, shake their faith in any form of reality, traumatize them by shaming them and kindle waves of completely unnecessary anxiety related to whether they should be doing some sort of emotional inventory to determine whether they’re really going to turn into men or find out they’re suppressing the truth that they’re actually women.”

foxnews.com, 1/14/14

Disney Channel intros lesbian couple

On the January 26 airing of its show Good Luck Charlie, Disney aired a homosexual couple for the first time on its basic cable channel. In the episode, Charlie, the show’s namesake is sitting in the living room with her father discussing a play date with her friend Taylor. It is then discussed that both of Taylor’s parents will  be coming on the play date as well. The two women, Susan and Cheryl (pictured at left), come to Charlie’s house where her father remarks, “Taylor’s got two moms.”

The event was intended to be humorous but Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, did not laugh. She said, “Disney Channel understands the controversial nature of featuring a same-sex couple on one of its sitcoms and said it took extra care in crafting the episode. Families tuning in to watch a children’s network may encounter a premature discussion on sexual orientation that is completely uncalled for. Disney claims it is not responsible for Gay Days held at the Magic Kingdom because it is out of its hands, but Disney cannot hide behind that excuse any longer and pretend it is not pushing an agenda.”

theblaze.com, 1/27/14

Happiness according to economists

A study funded by the Economic Research Council, on what makes couples happy in relationships revealed a clear picture of the anti-family, anti-Christian bias of modern culture. The study advised, “Don’t have children,” “If you do have children, don’t get married,” “Be in a same sex relationship,” “Be a woman 34 years old or younger,” and “Have some [prior long-term relationship] experience.”

These claims were backed up with statements like, “Do what’s right for you, not what people tell you is right,” “Straight couples don’t put as much work into their relationship as gay couples,” and the key to a blissful relationship is “two people with great manners who make each other feel appreciated.”

The ERC is Britain’s oldest economics-based think tank

living.msn.com, 2/11/14

What?

Protecting children from sex offenders now controversial

A bipartisan bill that would prohibit sex offenders from working in schools passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 22. Now in the U.S. Senate, the bill has run into opposition from teachers’ unions such as the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. Representative Keith Ellison (D–MN) has contested the bill saying that it would prevent former sex offenders from overcoming their criminal backgrounds. However, as Kyle Olson of Education Action Group points out, the law would not impede their ability to obtain any other kind of work, only keep them from having direct access to children.

breitbart.com, 10/14/23

ghostKinsey286x150Ghost of Kinsey continues to haunt public policy

The United Nations often accredits non-governmental organizations to give them credibility, validation and, in some instances, authority.

But several pro family organizations are concerned that the United Nation’s Committee on Non-Government Organizations is considering the Kinsey Institute for special consultative status with the organization’s Economic and Social Council.

Wendy Wright, vice president for government relations and communications for Catholic Family and Human Rights Initiative, said that by accrediting the Kinsey Institute, the UN would be breaking its own rule of not accrediting organizations associated with pedophilia or human rights violations.

She said, “The Kinsey Institute was started by Alfred Kinsey who claimed that children are sexual from infancy. And his primary source for claiming that was adult men who recorded details of their sexual contact with children for his book Sexual Behaviors in the Human Male. These were criminals, some of them actually in jail, others who had not been caught.” The men were paid for their “research.”

Since the publishing of Kinsey’s book in 1948, its influence has only grown. Kinsey successfully lobbied to lessen the penalties for sexual crimes and laid the foundation for the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

onenewsnow.com, 2/26/14; wnd.com, 2/16/14

– See more at: http://www.afajournal.org/archives/2010-present/2014/may/issues/ghost-of-kinsey-continues-to-haunt-public-policy.aspx#sthash.EK15dFUK.dpuf

 Gay Gestapo

weddingcakeIn Portland, Oregon, Melissa Klein was the owner of Sweet Cakes Bakery, a small storefront operation. Her husband Aaron helped her. Last year two lesbians walked into the bakery and said they wanted Melissa to bake them a wedding cake. The Kleins said they were sorry, but their Christian convictions are that marriage is between a man and a woman, and they would not be comfortable baking a cake for a same-sex ceremony.

Afterward, one of the women filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries claiming she was a victim of discrimination. The same thing happened in Colorado to a Christian florist and in New Mexico to a Christian photographer. They declined to participate in gay or lesbian “weddings,” and they were punished by their respective state governments. In Oregon, the bureau spokesperson said the Christian couple needed to be “rehabilitated.” They subsequently had to shut down their business.

In the wake of such an assault on religious freedom, some states, including Kansas, Arizona and Mississippi, have considered or are considering legislation to try to protect small business owners like the Kleins. But the evidence is strong that many leaders in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered movement (LGBT) want to force Christian business owners out of business.

However, at least one person in the LGBT community sees this for the slippery slope that it is. In a recent column, radio talk show host Tammy Bruce wrote: “As a gay conservative woman, I supported Arizona’s religious freedom bill, which was just vetoed this week by Gov. Jan Brewer

Under these rules, freedom of conscience is squashed under the jackboot of liberals, all in the Orwellian name of ‘equality and fairness.’ Here we are dealing with not just forcing someone to do something for you, but forcing them in the process to violate a sacrament of their faith as well … If we are able to coerce someone, via the threat of lawsuit and personal destruction, to provide a service, how is that not slavery? If we insist that you must violate your faith specifically in that slavish action how is that not abject tyranny? Of all the people in the world who should understand the scourge of living under constant threat of losing life, liberty or the ability to make a living because of who you are, it’s gays.

“Horribly, the gay civil rights movement has morphed into a Gay Gestapo. Its ranks will now do the punishing of those who dare to be different or dissent from the approved leftist dogma. To all the young gays who tweet and email me that this is about ‘equality,’ how exactly? Forcing someone to do something against their faith has nothing to do with equality for you, has nothing to do with bigotry and has everything to do with a personal, spiritual understanding of right and wrong. In other words, I tell them, not everything is about you. …”

This does beg the question about freedom of religion, freedom of association and what the government can compel its citizens to do.

The government should not compel business owners to engage in any transaction that violates their conscience. The Gay Gestapo (of which not all gays and lesbians are a part) is now pushing well beyond “live and let live” territory into using the law to punitively enforce their political and social agenda.

– See more at: http://www.afajournal.org/archives/2010-present/2014/may/commentaries/lesbian-talk-radio-host-calls-movement-%E2%80%98gay-gestapo%E2%80%99.aspx#sthash.SUzB0vOh.dpuf