The Supreme Court's decision on Gay Marriage is stirring up a lot of backwash, and the current attitude among the intelligentsia is that churches that disagree with this ruling should lose their 501.3.c and that opinion is simply Bullsh!t! The power to tax is the power to destroy, and the enemies of religion know it. In some pars of 'Merca laws are being considered to ban "hate" speech - trying to get around something called the 1st amendment. Part of this article is about how churches can avoid trouble if the state goes another step further and demands that churches that don't believe in gay marriage to perform them.
What happened to the Separation of Church and State all of a sudden, Liberals? It was nice when you banned Prayer and Bible study in public schools - now you're going to see it works both ways. The people unwisely allowed government to put it's big fat nose into some things it had no business intruding itself into, for quite sometime. It started with divorce with old jolly King Henry VIII wanting a divorce he couldn't get from the Pope. Then the Eugenics craze, of which the Planned Parenthood founder called for the removal from society and even death to "undesirables", hence the next big power grab by the state - marriage licensing to keep out the unfit. (Read Margret Sanger's prose on eliminating the Negro from the Earth. (The Idea for the Nazi Holocaust came from PP in America. It is NOT a "Women's Rights" Organization - it's a Eugenics organization, biding its time, waiting for the next wave of Eugenics popularity. Concentration camps are also an 'Mercan invention - they're called reservations.) While this was going on the tax code and other laws were passed to give married couples distinct advantages in the law, like tax breaks and power of attorney. Unmarried couples, including gays, couldn't take advantage of them. Instead the had to buy some heavy duty lawyering to get the equivalent for themselves. This WAS unfair, but the SCOTUS decided to take the road to the proverbial slippery slope which will lead to many unforeseen consequences ahead in the months and years to come. It would have been better to remove the Government from the equation altogether!
The SCOTUS has given gays the right to a civil marriage, and only a civil marriage. It has not given anyone the right to make demands on pastors, ministers, and priest[esse]s and force a church to marry them. Never fear, the Episcopal Church - King Henry VIII's personal church (Anglican, Church of England) will now marry gays. Christians have to face the facts - they don't have a monopoly on marriage, and never have. Even the unchurched, Pagans, Buddhists, Taoists, Atheists, etc. can marry. Now that Christianity lost the latest battle in the USA, what's their next move? An end to no fault divorce, mebbe? IF CHURCHES ARE REQUIRED TO DO GAY MARRIAGES THEN CERTAIN STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO MAKE IT MORE PALATABLE.
The Episcopalian Church embraced gay marriage last week. Earlier this year, the Presbyterian Church (USA) affirmed its support for marriage equality, joining many other major Christian denominations that officially endorse LGBT rights. And according to an April 2015 poll, majorities of congregants within many Christian faith traditions support marriage equality—including 60 percent of all Catholics, 52 percent of all orthodox Christians and 62 percent of white mainline Protestants. They’re joined by 94 percent of Unitarian Universalists and 77 percent of all Jews.
What's the 'diff'? A church wedding will be only be performed when certain pre-conditions are met. Things like (I'll use CAW as a comparison - this is only a hypothetical example. CAW does NOT have this policy):
Ah, #7. The power of computerized information processing! Add a letter of good standing to other churches if the couple changes churches, and I think we have a winner! If one partner chooses to get a secular divorce, then they are still married in the eyes of the church. This means no repeat weddings without sanction, and excommunication for the offender(s). These rules are for everyone - across the board! If you don't like it then you can opt out of a religious wedding altogether and settle for a Civil or a 'Jerry Springer' wedding...
A Church will see a secular marriage in much the same way, as the Catholics do. A divorce that violates #5 means that it won't be recognized as a separation, and denial of communion for the offenders will be the result.
The main three problems with the gay lifestyle is the bunny hopping into bed with different partners - "sex" without commitment, AIDs, and recruitment into the lifestyle. Gay marriage is actually a good way to get the couple out of the bad aspects of that lifestyle. It will also slow down the spread of AIDs. You can trust a married gay couple because they can't engage in these practices. Personally, I feel that some of the other "sex" practices are revolting, but they're also none of my business.
There's only one other alternative - That means we should immediately cease and desist from officiating over any marriage, heterosexual or homosexual, that includes a license from the state. This is a lot simpler and more a more direct act of civil disobedience. No more church weddings - I can live with that, can you?
For Christians -- "Are you not willing to give your tithes and offerings to a church even if those financial gifts are NOT tax deductible? If not, what is your real motivation for giving to begin with? Are you not willing to sit under the preaching of a courageous man of God who is the servant of God and not the servant of men--even men in government? If not, why are you even attending church?" Chuck Baldwin.