Tolliver: Exam time for pastors and America…Written by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
Well, if you read the papers, more states, like dominoes, are one by one falling to the wayside and are being placed in the camp of those capitulating states that are condoning gay marriages.
The states that are holding out are akin to being precariously perched on the razor thin edge of a skyscraper window ledge; with a brief financial push or a gust of political wind they too will fall in line and champion sodomites (derivative term from the Old Testament) marrying each other.
For me, everyone and anyone regardless of their sexual preferences should be entitled to rights of fairness in employment and housing and medical care and other attributes that citizens enjoy.
My beef comes in the fact that the concept of marriage, which was initiated and condoned and blessed by God to be a union of only a man and a woman, is now being transmogrified to include same sex individuals.
That is not a marriage. It may be a civil union, but it is not a marriage, which has been already defined by God and which cannot be redefined to suit the peccadilloes of the sodomite crowd.
Apparently with their relentless drive to be inclusive in the definition of marriage, the sodomite crowd over the years has spent considerable capital and time doing a convincing job of telling society that same-sex marriage is OK.
God has the copyright, patent and trademark on marriage and the parameters of what constitutes a marriage. A concept that has been etched in stone and backed by the inviolable Word of God is not subject to change or debate at the whim of contrary people.
Just as you cannot debate that water is made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, you cannot change the gender of who is to marry whom.
Just as you cannot command the sun to stop beaming, you cannot tell God that He’s got the concept of marriage all wrong and it should be changed to accommodate your sexual proclivities.
Just as you cannot fire a rifle and have the speeding bullet reverse itself mid-flight and return to the gun barrel, so you cannot practice the obvious lie that same-sex marriages are approved by God.
Oh, I know…I know. You want everyone to have their own freedoms and for everyone to be happy and in a state of marital bliss regardless of their sexual orientation.
But does that freedom to engage in same-sex marriage extend to the following scenarios, since it is also reflects my choice and my pursuit of happiness that I am seeking?
For example, which of the following marriages would be allowed by the courts on the basis that the parties have either the freedom to contract or it involves one’s individual liberties and the pursuit of their happiness?
- A man falls deeply in love and wants to marry his favorite horse…or cow…or pig.
- A woman wants to marry three men at the same time.
- Three couples — all males or all females or a mixture thereof — want to intermarry with each other couple.
- People engage in “cluster” marriages by which a person from say, Japan, marries 19 different people from seven countries via Skype on a conference call officiated by a “minister”?
As you can see, the combinations of what a “marriage” can be construed to be is endless and that is why God placed limits on marriage, including who could marry. That’s why marriage was the first institution that was placed into society.
One of the questions for the pastors who profess to be followers of Christ is where are their voices and their allegiances to the Biblical concept of marriage when this “Frankenstein” comes to a state near you?
Will these pastors raise a voice as one against such a fouling of the concept of marriage or will they meekly accept and hide behind their pulpits and stained glass windows and refuse to make a comment for fear of losing their Sunday morning pew sitters or the money in the passed offering plates?
Has the power of the pulpit so lost its moral influence and power that the world no longer bends a listening ear towards the Church of the Living God to hear, “What sayeth the Lord?” on social and moral issues?
Is it because those who occupy so many pulpits across America have so diluted their teaching and preaching that the world is more in the church than the church is in the world?
Has the saltiness of the church been trampled and lost and its light hidden under the proverbial bushel basket?
Has the pulpit been hijacked by mere hirelings who care not for the sheep or for even propagating a sound word that has a moral punch within it, or, would so speaking cause the effete pastor to wince because he would rather see the semi-illiterate (lack of Bible knowledge and discernment) pew sitter have their best life now and leave the church happy and not under any conviction or remorse?
The sheep are being scattered and the Caesars (courts and legislatures) of the world are trumpeting their new-found freedoms of control over the institution of marriage and are being energized by the well-oiled lobby of the sodomites who both deny and defy God.
Once the moral rot of the acceptance of gay marriages takes it full toll on these shores, it is only a matter of time before that rot metastasizes to other vital societal organs and America will be a burning ship without a port to run to or able to command a stream of water to quench the flames.
If the true church of God (not including those apostate denominations that have already bowed their knee to Satan in their acceptance of gay marriages) is to make a stand, now is the time.
They might have to forsake the applause and comforts of social acceptance and be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of an enraged Herod, but if they have already died out to self, they have nothing to lose but all to gain.
Lafe Tolliver, an attorney, can be reached at Tolliver@Juno.com.