Today, all across America, Christians are being asked to set aside their belief in the Bible as the word of God in order to fit into the standards of the world. Christian universities are now expected to accommodate LGBT persons under threat of loss for federal funding.
Though the language does not refer to sexual orientation or gender identity, some courts have interpreted Title VII as protecting LGBT individuals, and the recent trend has been in a pro-LGBT direction.
The purpose of the first clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution is to ensure and protect the rights for people of faith to practice their religion according to the dictates of their conscience.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Although the atheist movement has sought to establish a “wall of separation” between religion and government, if you read the text for yourself, you will see that there is no “wall” referenced in the First Amendment, nor a separation between a person’s practice or expression of their religion and government. The restriction is for government not for individual persons.
The purpose of the law was to guarantee the rights of American citizens to worship God without government prohibiting their free exercise. Unless Congress enacts a law to establish a particular religion, there can be no violation of this First Amendment by any Christian living their life according to the Bible.
The primary requirement for any person who desires the forgiveness of sins by the death of Jesus Christ, is repentance from all sins.
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, requires repentance from sexual sins between men and women, or same-sex couples as necessary for salvation.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication…and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ~Galatians 5:19-21
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,…will inherit the kingdom of God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Jesus Said That Unless We All Repent, We Will All Be Lost
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. ~Luke 13:3
Sexual sins are viewed by God as more grievous for those who will believe in and follow Jesus because they are sins against our own body.
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. ~1 Corinthians 6:18-20
For this reason, an individual Christian, or a Christian university, have every right under the Constitution, to insist upon sexual purity for themselves and those who will attend a Christian institution of higher learning.
Simply because society changes the rules of behavior and accepts persons who live in opposition to what God has said is sin, does not require a follower of Jesus to conform themselves into government of societies demands.
In fact, when it comes to a choice for the Christian, we must all obey God rather than man. If our government seeks to force us to disobey God then it is our solemn duty to defy any law or demand from government to obey an unjust law.
When Peter and the other disciples of Jesus were brought before the Jewish counsel and commanded to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, they refused, stating: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. ~Acts 5:27-29
The only occasion when a Christian may disobey a law of government under civil disobedience, in when that law commands us to do something for which God has specifically commanded us not to do.
Jesus asked why it is that we would call Him “Lord,” of our life, but not do what He has commanded us to do. It is a contradiction of terms to take the salvation which Jesus died to give us, but then continue in the sins which made His death necessary in the first place.
But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? ~Luke 6:46
We must obey God, especially in the area of sexual sin and what we do with our bodies. We cannot claim to be a Christian and take the salvation that Jesus suffered so greatly to give us, and continue in any sexual sin.
It is time for those who believe in Jesus, to draw the line for themselves and determine that we will not cross it, for the sake of our love for Jesus. If we remain silent and say nothing for fear of rebuke because we hold that sexual sins are not right for believers in Jesus, then we are participating in the sins of those who do these things.
We must ask if Jesus were walking amongst us today if He would look at people living together in sexual sin, or same-sex couples participating in sex with each other, and not care or say anything. To the woman caught in adultery, Jesus told her, “Go and sin no more.”
In these perilous days where the world demands that we conform to their standards and seek to silence us when we object to their immoral or unjust actions, we must determine to remain steadfast and immovable.
It is certain that Jesus’ return is near, for He said that just before He returned in the Last Days, this is precisely the environment that Christians would find themselves in. Understanding these things, we must determine to live our lives in a manner that is worthy of the great sacrifice Jesus has made for us.