Christians should not attend a same-sex wedding — even of their own child — because it signals “moral approval” of the union, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said in a new book.Boycotting weddings of gay friends and loved ones will be excruciatingly difficult, The Rev. Albert Mohler wrote in We Cannot Be Silent, which goes on sale Oct. 27.“At some point, attendance will involve congratulating the couple for their union,” he wrote. “If you can’t congratulate the couple, how can you attend?”Even if scientists prove people are born gay, the “sinfulness of homosexuality” would not be eliminated because human sin taints the world, Mohler said in addressing other topics of sexual identity. He contended that transgender people who are “saved” should consult with their pastors about whether to have surgery to return to their original gender. ...read more: http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/boycott-gay-weddings-even-family-says-southern-baptist-leader-al-mohler.html
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Christians are commanded to avoid many things. What would happen if they started to obey the Lord? 2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY. 2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, RECEIVE HIM NOT INTO YOUR HOUSE, neither bid him God speed: 2Jn 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition REJECT; Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; AND AVOID THEM. 1Co 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 1Co 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; WITH SUCH AN ONE NO NOT TO EAT. 2Th 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, AND HAVE NO COMPANY WITH HIM, that he may be ashamed. 2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, THAT YE WITHDRAW YOURSELVES from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: FROM SUCH WITHDRAW THYSELF.
I cannot see where attending a same sex wedding would be ok. I agree with Mohler's reasoning on this. But more importantly same sex marriages are public rejections of the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob even while the parties and participants deny that. Mercy triumphs over judgment, and truth stands in the face of rejection. We can extend God's mercies to the unrepentant, but when they who suppress the truth in unrighteousness keep on in their ways God gives them what they want--minds that cannot perceive truth. Lord teach Your children the truth so that we do not unwittingly darken the hearts of the wicked by standing with the lies of Satan in the name of love.
This topic comes up all the time and many posts have been written about it.But the following comments the Pope made don't seem to affect us:“We need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.” “I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters:..."When American forces bomb a Charity Hospital we just ignore it and look the other way.And as Tim pointed out "America is a Time Bomb " we ignore it , like in the days of Noah "God bless..." or is it better to say: "God forgive us " ?Markus
"Papal Supremacy" says that the Pope is the "Prince of the Kings of the Earth"But the Word of God says differently and is direct contradiction to the "Tower of Babel" in Rome: Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and THE PRINCE OF THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, While many "Protestants" believe that Rome is changing, this pope is actually bringing Catholic doctrine back to the old ways, with worship of Mary playing a key role.The popes still dream of world dominion. Claiming all authority and power, they strive to manipulate populations, governments and nations.Their dreams have led them to seek to be "that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Rev. 17:18)
Looks as though the lead topic went off course...But to echo the original sentiments about refusing to attend 'gay weddings' I agree. Scripture tells us in Romans 1:26-32: (NASB)26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.According to verse 32 it is an extremely serious thing to give any kind of approval to those engaged in a same sex relationship. Under OT law they were expected to be killed - under NT "LAW" they are asked to repent and allow the Holy Spirit to fill and cleanse them. Big difference. But if one allows himself to get emotionally involved apart from the NT teaching we will soon find our convictions waning because we begin to question the validity of God's will on this issue. That is why it is extremely dangerous to become close friends with unrepentant homos. Glad one church leader is taking a stand...wonder how long he can stand up to the pressure that is sure to come.Sandra