SUPREME COURT'S MARRIAGE DECISION
Pastor Roger Anghis
I am sure that you will have read column after column concerning the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage. Many that I have read are biblically based but most have been secular based even when written by a member of the Christian community. Many have stated that ‘Love won’. No it didn’t. That may sound harsh but truth quite often does sound harsh. Love didn’t win. Love lost! When you embrace what will eventually cause a person to spend eternity in hell, you failed to love that person enough to tell them the truth.
First I would like to Reprint portions of an email that I got from David Barton of Wallbuilders.
“The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that established homosexual marriage as national policy is unambiguously wrong on at least three crucial levels: Moral, Constitutional, and Structural.
On the Moral Level
The Court’s decision violates the moral standards specifically enumerated in our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence sets forth the fundamental principles and values of American government, and the Constitution provides the specifics of how government will operate within those principles. As the U. S. Supreme Court has correctly acknowledged:
The latter [Constitution] is but the body and the letter of which the former [Declaration of Independence] is the thought and the spirit, and it is always safe to read the letter of the Constitution in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration first officially acknowledges a Divine Creator and then declares that America will operate under the general values set forth in “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” The framers of our documents called this the Moral Law, and in the Western World it became known as the Common Law. This was directly incorporated into the American legal system while the colonies were still part of England; following independence, the Common Law was then reincorporated into the legal system of all the new states to ensure its uninterrupted operation; and under the federal Constitution, its continued use was acknowledged by means of the Seventh Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Numerous Founding Fathers and legal authorities, including the U. S. Supreme Court, affirmed that the Constitution is based on the Common Law, which incorporated God’s will as expressed through “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”
Those constitutional moral standards placed the definition of marriage outside the scope of government. As acknowledged in a 1913 case:
Marriage was not originated by human law. When God created Eve, she was a wife to Adam; they then and there occupied the status of husband to wife and wife to husband. . . . It would be sacrilegious to apply the designation “a civil contract” to such a marriage. It is that and more – a status ordained by God.
Because marriage “was not originated by human law,” then civil government had no authority to redefine it. The Supreme Court’s decision on marriage repudiates the fixed moral standards established by our founding documents and specifically incorporated into the Constitution.”
What he points out here is that our laws are the laws of nature, or in other words, God’s laws, and they were established in America long before the Revolutionary War and were reaffirmed after the War by being “directly incorporated into the American legal system”. Note also that the use of ‘common law’ did not stop and was uninterrupted into our Constitution: “, its continued use was acknowledged by means of the Seventh Amendment in the Bill of Rights.” In that Amendment it states the only way a case was to be examined is via ‘common law’. Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
It was well established at our Founding that marriage was defined by common law, which really meant it was defined by God not man, and because God defined it no man or government has the right to re-define it.
On a Constitutional level Mr. Barton continued:
On the Constitutional Level
The Constitution establishes both federalism and a limited American government by first enumerating only seventeen areas in which the federal government is authorized to operate, and then by explicitly declaring that everything else is to be determined exclusively by the People and the States (the Ninth and Tenth Amendments).
Thomas Jefferson thus described the overall scope of federal powers by explaining that “the States can best govern our home concerns and the general [federal] government our foreign ones.” He warned that “taking from the States the moral rule of their citizens and subordinating it to the general authority [federal government] . . . . would . . . break up the foundations of the Union.” The issue of marriage is clearly a “domestic” and not a “foreign” issue, and one that directly pertains to the State’s “moral rule of their citizens.” But the Supreme Court rejected these limits on its jurisdiction, and America now experiences what Jefferson feared:
Mr. Barton states that it clearly is NOT the place of the Federal government to take a position on marriage. Marriage is a domestic issue which Thomas Jefferson makes clear is a domestic issue which makes it an issue of the State.
third area Mr. Barton discusses is what he calls ‘structural’:
The Constitution stipulates that “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government” (Article IV, Section 4). A republican form of government is one in which the people elect leaders to make public policy, with those leaders being directly accountable to the people. More than thirty States, by their republican form of government, had established a definition of marriage for their State. The Supreme Court decision directly abridges the constitutional mandate to secure to every state a republican form of government.
This Supreme Court decision overruled the will of the people in 30+ States.
Our form of government is a representative government and the laws of the land cannot usurp the will of the people. Mr. Barton continued: As Jefferson affirmed, the judges’ “power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control.” He therefore warned:
[T]o consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. . . . The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal. The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.
Our Constitution guarantees that each State will operate under a republican form of government yet this decision violates that guarantee.
As Christians we always have to judge laws by the Word of God. This is what our Founders did but we no longer do. It addressing this we have to see how God set this up. In Genesis 1:27-28 it says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth . . .” This is the only form of human physical relationship that God has ordained. This is confirmed by God in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.: The first reference to homosexual relationships and how God looks upon it is found in Genesis 19:4 “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came
in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
God Himself gives His opinion in Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Again we see in the book of Romans that God has NOT changed his opinion on the subject of homosexual marriage: Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
The Supreme Court, in its arrogance, decided to overrule the Word and the will of God. That is because we, the church, have allowed ungodly men and women to be placed in seats of authority. We need an awakening to God for this to be turned around. We are not in a battle with man, but we are in a spiritual battle. We can win this battle if we turn to the real source of our power, God! But we must repent for the direction we have allowed this nation to go. Call out to God for forgiveness and return to His ways.
I don’t believe that God is through with America. We are still the main source for the gospel going out to the world. As Isaiah stood before the Lord and said send me, let us put on that same mantle and tell the Lord, Send Me! He changed the course of Israel with one man. What can He do if His body in America takes that same attitude of Isaiah?
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of BuildingtheTruth, BuildingtheTruth.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-42 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
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The Court’s decision violates the moral standards specifically enumerated in our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence sets forth the fundamental principles and values of American government, and the Constitution provides the specifics of how government will operate within those principles.