Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption If They Refuse to Marry Gays

We have been warning of this possibility for years....

Churches could lose tax exemption over gay marriage

Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty.  In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings:

Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same­-sex marriage?

General Verrilli: You know, ­­I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is­­ it is going to be an issue.

So the administration admits that the tax exemption of institutions could be at risk if they refuse to acquiesce in the acceptance of gay marriages.  There is no reason to assume that this mandate would not apply to institutions such as the Catholic Church.  Those who think this is a red herring forget that this is the administration dragging the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of elderly nuns devoted to helping the aged poor, through the courts, because they won’t comply with Obamacare’s contraception coverage mandate: as Investor’s Business Daily editorialized:

The Little Sisters contend ObamaCare not only violates the First Amendment's religious guarantees, but also the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That requires the government to implement its policies in ways that do not impose an unnecessary burden on the free exercise of religion …

If the Little Sisters lose their case, they'll either have to violate their religious conscience or face fines of around $2.5 million a year, or about 40% of what they beg for annually to care for the dying poor. Their ministry would be severely crippled, as would the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty.

The Obama administration’s hostility to the free exercise of religion was seen in the Hobby Lobby case, in which the government argued that acting on your religious beliefs in your personal and business life is illegal.  The courts ruled otherwise, agreeing that this was an attempted infringement of the free exercise of religion:

So do scores of Catholic and non-Catholic institutions and businesses who argue either that the way they run their private businesses is an extension of their faith or that a church, something the federal government seeks to redefine, is not something that happens one hour a week on a Sunday but 24/7 through the hospitals, schools, soup kitchens and charities they may operate. They argue that acting out their faith through their works should not be illegal.

We should also not underestimate the passion of gay activists, who, in the secular realm, have argued that no institution has the right to follow the religious beliefs of the proprietors in its daily operations.  Just ask Crystal O’Connor, member of the family that owns Memories Pizza, who touched off a firestorm when she refused to cater a hypothetical gay wedding.

Here;  http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/06/churches_could_lose_tax_exemption_over_gay_marriage.html

"Oh Dennis, that could NEVER happen here!!  This is America!"

Listen closely, the gay agenda has successfully positioned their case to claim that refusing to marry gays is EXACTLY THE SAME AS refusing to marry blacks or bi-racial couples.  Of course nothing could be further from the truth.  Blacks, browns, reds, yellows and whites are all part of the human race.  Marriage is ONE MALE HUMAN joined with ONE FEMALE HUMAN as God ordained from the very beginning...there is no mention of skin color, height or hair color. Your skin color is a physical characteristic while as what you may desire to do with your sex organs is a BEHAVIOR.

"But Dennis, I was born with the desire to have sex with other men."

That's unfortunate, but really no different that most men who were BORN WITH the desire to have sex with women before they are married.  If they follow through on those desires its called FORNICATION in the Bible and this behavior is NOT ORDAINED by God.

If you are a man who desires to have sex with another man and you follow through on those desires then the Bible calls that PERVERSION...and certainly it is not ordained by God.

If we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to wash us clean and help us overcome the un-biblical desires we were all born with, we can be healed!  It may not happen overnight, but if we continue walking close with Jesus He WILL CHANGE US!

Is YOUR CHURCH ready to stand with what the Bible clearly teaches...even if it means that you may suffer financial hardship?  Or has your church already caved into the gay agenda?

"As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Jeremiah evidently thinks Trump is a spiritual leader for America. Sad. Yet another pastor I have to mark and flee from.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t973azt5trU
The Donald doesn't seem to be too happy.

October 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger dennis said...

I have been hugely blessed by Jeremiah's sermons over the years BUT this prayer over the "next president of the United States" seems problematic. Is he going to say the same prayer over Ben Carson or Jeb Bush and say the same things? Of course the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders but The Donald isn't who God has placed in office yet. I'm going to have to pay attention to this and see if Jeremiah walks this one back or if he says the same things over all the conservative candidates.

October 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM  

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