[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Supreme Court decision on whether homosexual marriage will be legalized across America is expected by the end of the month. Ahead of that decision, Southern Baptist pastors are sending a strong message that the SCOTUS is not the final authority on marriage, but rather God is, and that they will not comply with any federal directive given in an effort to force homosexual marriage upon the church.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]At the Southern Baptist Convention, a resolution was adopted on Tuesday in which the group, the second largest Christian denomination in the country, vowed to not recognize or adhere to any change in the definition of marriage.
The group released a statement, which was signed by the current SBC president, Ronnie Floyd, and sixteen former presidents.
Southern Baptist Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of Believers stands on the authority of Scripture and God’s Truth as central to our lives.
What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same-sex “marriages”, our churches will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]They continued with an affirmation for their love and support for all people, including those who struggle with same-sex attraction, but said that they “cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any behavior that deviates from God’s design for marriage.”
In addition, SBC encouraged its 16 million members “to openly reject any mandated legal definition of marriage and to use their influence to affirm God’s design for life and relationships.”
Although they did not call for an outright boycott of businesses who support same-sex marriage, SBC did call upon its members “to support those who stand for natural marriage in the corporate world, the marketplace, education, entertainment, media and elsewhere with our prayers and influence, and resources.”
h/t Daily Caller[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]