A Christian group at Harvard University is being condemned for practicing its free exercise of religion simply because the students are following the precepts of the Bible. Placed on probation for one year, their future is uncertain.
Harvard College Faith and Action (HCFA) offers Bible studies, worship, and other activities for more than 200 students every week.
When a Christian group or individual Christian practices their deeply held religious beliefs according to the scriptures of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, neither the United States Government—in any form, nor any other ruling body, academic or private, has the right to impinge or impunge these practices of religion, under the First Amendment.
The questions being raised in opposition, are not matters of laws which prevent discrimination, but whether the First Amendment really means “free exercise of religion.”
Certainly, following what God said in His word, cannot be a violation of any law. Not one of God’s laws violate the Constitution, in fact, the Constitution of the United States has its origin in the laws of God.
What God said regarding the manner of human behavior is at the very foundation of all Christian belief. There is only one who has the exclusive right to determine what is right for human life, the One who created us.
If an individual or religious group is not permitted to follow the dictates of their scriptures, they cannot enjoy the Constitutional intent of freedom of expression in religion.
The controversy surrounding this Christian group at Harvard, has to do with the Bible’s stance on sexual purity. One of the members stated openly that they wish to pursue a lesbian relationship. According to the Bible, those who follow Jesus are to lead sexually pure lives and not practice fornication, adultery, or same-sex relationships. These practices are described by the New Testament as improper for the followers of Jesus.
Harvard believes that they have the right to oppose the moral stance of this Christian group based upon existing U.S. law which prohibits discrimination based on sexual preference.
In this regard, a Christian group who is following the instructions of the Bible, cannot be found in violation to a law that would force the members to compromise their deeply held religious principles.
Jesus was clear that those who follow Him must keep themselves from immorality and this would include, fornication, adultery, and same-sex relationships. All of these behaviors are clear and unambiguous in the Bible.
Harvard University, the United States government, and every private citizen must respect the rights of Christians to practice their beliefs by following what God said in His word. If this right is impinged, then there is no freedom of religion for Christians.
A person might object to this idea because they don’t believe what the Bible states. They might disagree because they believe they have the right to live any way they choose. A person might protest because the standards that Christians set for themselves are outdated and archaic.
None of these views or opinions affect the free exercise of religion afforded under the Constitution for those who do believe what the Bible teaches.
It is important to understand that a person cannot simply declare any behavior as religious and therefore their right to practice, based on religious freedom. There must be a historical and factual basis in the religion in order for this practice to continue.
In Christianity, moral purity has been a part of its foundation for over 4,500 years. Beginning with the laws of Moses, and continuing with the Christian church in the New Testament Gospels and Book of Acts; God has always demanded sexual purity and He has never changed His mind or ammended His position.
Practices of adultery, fornication, and same-sex relationships are listed as sins that will prevent a person from entrance into heaven.
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-10
This foundation to support moral purity as absolute, meets the demands of historical practice during the entire record of Judaism and Christianity. For this reason, no human law may impinge, or invalidate the rights of Christians who insist on agreement amongst its members to not participate in sexual immorality.
The Bible has defined all same-sex relationships as sinful and therefore forbidden if one wishes to join a Christian group. This organization of Christians at Harvard has published and made known, this policy in its bylaws.
Objection: Only The Old Testament Prohibits These Sexual Practices
When the Apostles of Jesus met to determine the rules of conduct that new believers in Jesus must keep, they chose only three.
Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from 1. things polluted by idols, 2. from sexual immorality, 3. from things strangled, and from blood. ~Acts 15:19-20
The Old Testament requirements for sexual purity in avoiding fornication, adultery, and same-sex relationships, was upheld as necessary for the Christian church. We know that the book of Genesis, chapters 17-19, described ‘The Lord,” Jehovah, who is the same, “Lord, Jesus,” who is also Jehovah, who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by fire because of their same-sex behavior.
Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. ~Genesis 19:24
Many people do not know that the same Lord-Jehovah of Genesis 19 who destroyed these two cities for their sexual immorality, is the same Lord, Jesus, who is also Jehovah-God, in the New Testament. The Bible is clear that Jesus visited the earth many times before He took the permanent body of a man at Bethlehem.
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This is important because some in the LGBTQ community have stated that Jesus never condemned same-sex relationships. In fact, it was the pre incarnate Jesus who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for Sodomy.
People sometimes object to the Christian stance on sexual purity stating that the Old Testament laws of sexual sin in sodomy, fornication, or adultery, are no longer applicable in the New Testament age. This is absolutely untrue. It was the issue of sexual purity that was most often spoken of by the early Christian Church because Jesus made it an emphasis in His ministry and his own personal walk.
Although various atheist groups object to the Christian stance of not allowing those who will not agree to the standards set forth in their bylaws, the First Amendment to the Constitution was written for this very purpose. It was never the intent of the Founders of our nation, nor Thomas Jefferson, to erect a “wall of separation,” between church and state. These words are not included in the First Amendment, but were added in commentary by others later on.
The purpose of the First Amendment was to allow the free exercise and expression of religion in all parts of American life. Not just personal, but also governmental, academic, and in the workplace. Personal expression of religion does not establish a religion by the United States government. The clause of the First Amendment states that CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW regarding the establishment of religion.
Unfortunately, because of the indifference of Christians in America, this most important of all laws, has been trampled upon by atheists. We allow far too many objections from a small minority of people, in impinging the Constitutional rights of a majority.
It should be our personal goal to petition our Government for a return to religious freedom and to uphold the precise language of the First Amendment regarding religion; not the incorrect interpretations of biased persons who would like to see religion banished from the United States.
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