What part did local churches play in the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage?
Have the people who claim to be Christians been for or against such action?
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17
Before we attempt to answer the question, we need to define the "the house of God." When Jesus referred to it in Matthew 21:13, He obviously meant the Temple:
"And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."
When Paul referred to it in one of his last epistles (1 Timothy 3:15,) he obviously meant the place where Christians assemble:
"But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
Paul wrote to "the church of God, which is at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2) and the "churches of Galatia" (Galatians 1:2.)
America has always had a heavy population of churches. Churches played an important part in the daily lives of people, like the hospital, gymnasium, fire station, police station and school. God and churches walked hand-in-hand in America. Then things began to change in America. The Book that Americans cherished was revised. The Book that was printed on the first printing press in America to distribute to children in the public schools needed improving! In the 1880's, the Revised Version was printed. During that time, the King James Bible was referred to as the "Authorized Version." It was not referred to as the King James Bible until the New Revised Standard Version came out in 1946. The reason the KJV was called the Authorized Version was because the Bible believers of that day believed it was authorized by God in English. Now we have 230+ English translations on the market; everyone of them comparing themselves to the KJV!
What is amazing is that everyone of them will contradict the KJV. Now anyone with a third grade education knows that when two statements conflict, they both cannot be correct. They both can be wrong, but they both cannot be right. Another thing the pseudo scholars in the pulpit began to do was talk about the Greek and the Hebrew, as if they had a personal copy. They know full well that there is no such thing as "the" Greek or Hebrew. This masquerade has been going on for quite sa while now.
In 1962, the Supreme Court disallowed prayer in schools and the next year disallowed the Bible. Once you take prayer and the Bible from the children, the rest of immoral downhill slide comes easy. What does this have to do with God's people? The churches became like the government. They voted on morals and principles. Denominations have debated over what sin is acceptable. Why would you even have to discuss whether prayer or Bible reading was right or wrong? Why would there have to be a vote on whether a Christian is going to endorse perversion or not?
This is the crowd that changed Bibles, changed music, changed the worship service…why wouldn't they endorse changing sexes? The next time one of the "modern day" Paul's says he believes every word of the Book he holds in his hand, ask him, "Which version?" 98% will not say that they believe any Bible version at all. They will claim to believe something that does not even exist! Those with theological degrees will say they believe "the originals." They have never seen one original because they do not exist.
We have completely ignored God's instruction in Hebrews 10:25:
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
Church attendance continues to decrease. Not only are people going to church less, there are less services to attend. Instead of assembling "so much the more," we are assembling less and less. There is no real Bible teaching and no prayer gatherings. No one leaves the service convicted of anything. We "feel good" because we have shared our experiences. God is really thrilled with us and we have no cause to fear!
One of the reasons people are leaving the church is that most churches do not offer them any solid food. When my friends and loved ones are dealing with cancer, heart trouble, drug addictions, rebellious children, financial failure, the loss of a spouse or a prison sentence I want to hear from heaven. I am not interested in someone's experiences or feel-good devotionals. I want something eternal.
God help us to get back to some old-fashioned preaching that will bring some old-fashioned repentance that will result in sinners being saved.
Keep Looking Up!