Once upon a time, a group of men dragged a woman in a Jerusalem street, and dropped her before a man seated against a wall, a man who busied himself with poking a finger around in the dirt rather than look up at the men.
The crowd looked at him for a moment, and one of them said "this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act."
The seated man - Jesus - still did nothing. So a question was directed at him.
"Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
Then Jesus looked up, looked at everyone in the crowd directly, and said "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
That was in the Gospel of John, chapter 8. It's also one of the New Testament passages that liberals repeatedly cite for Jesus' level of tolerance. He did forgive the woman for adultery.
But what else did He say? That's important, because He said it a lot throughout the Gospels.
"Sin no more." Translated into modern English from the language of the King James, and you get this:
"Don't sin anymore!" "QUIT SINNING!"
Got that, people? The Bible speaks against sin of any kind, and sin includes homosexuality. God made the gay person, but He never made him gay. God made the thief, but He never made him steal; God made the...you get the picture.
So, what is the point of this: Before I get to that, here is the first marriage, way back when it involved Adam and Eve:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
Now, what did Jesus say about marriage?
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matthew 19:4-6)
Did anyone in the Bible support the notion of Adam and Steve? No. In fact, you cannot find anything in the Bible where it is authorized; you can find plenty in there condemning it, but absolutely nothing supporting it. So if anyone begs to differ, well, they just haven't read the Bible, or they prefer to pick and choose and twist.
So, the only remedy is to renounce the sin - get rid of it, let go of it, throw it in the trash can - and allow Jesus to be your savior. That's what Peter said to do in Acts 2:38; that's what Paul said to do throughout most of the New Testament. And I'm not singling out homosexuality as the only sin here. If you hate people, if you curse, backbite, steal, murder, jaywalk, sput on someone, swipe so much as a paperclip from someone's desk, well, that's just as much sin as the gay act in God's eyes. And if you don't renounce it, if you don't accept Jesus, you're just not a Christian, and you will never get eternal life in Heaven. Period.
So, there's Melissa, the sweet cake maker. She decided not to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, a cake that clearly stated a celebration of their "marriage." Why? Because as a Christian she would have been forced to abandon her beliefs and support something that is clearly in violation of God's laws.
The state of Oregon claimed discrimination against the homosexual couple. Melissa was charged, fined, sued, called filthy words, received death threats, and so on.
Here's what an outsider is clearly seeing. Oregon passed a law that says you cannot discriminate against anyone while operating a business. This law apparently DEMANDS you set aside your personal religious beliefs when dealing with a customer, or else.
The Oregon law is also unconstitutional, and the last time this writer read it, Article 6 of the Constitution clearly says:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Constitution sits OVER the state laws of Oregon; it's supremacy cannot be challenged, unless Oregon chooses to leave the Union. Fat chance on that happening.
And if the Constitution is supreme over Oregon laws, Melissa and anyone else like her cannot be made to violate her own religious beliefs. The First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Melissa has a right to religion. Melissa has a right to free speech. Melissa has a right to assemble with like-minded people. So, you people in Oregon, and those people who like to spit upon Melissa, who authorized YOU to remove those First Amendment rights from her?
While you're sitting there spouting off obscenities at a baker, you're forgetting there's going to be a higher showdown later, in the Supreme Court.
And while you're sitting there demanding Melissa cave in to what your "version" of Christianity should be, you forget that the individual whom you claim is all "love and tolerance" will sit in judgement against you, and it will be based on your own rejection of Him; your own hatred, intolerance, and bigotry directed against Christians in general and Melissa in particular will definitely be used against you.
So, quit the sinning and accept Him. The offer is free.
But the offer expires when you do. And when that happens, it's too late.
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