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Churches' marriage policies being tightened
Baptist Press ^ | 7-12-13 | Brian Blackwell

Posted on 07/14/2013 12:39:49 PM PDT by ReformationFan

Churches are beginning to add a stipulation in their bylaws that their ministers perform only traditional marriages on their premises, in response to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions in late June.

Greg Erwin, a Baton Rouge attorney who represents the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Baptist Message state paper and several Louisiana Baptist entities, said it is hard to speculate on what the decisions may mean for churches.

"The ruling means the same for Louisiana churches as for churches in all states except that in states where they have banned discrimination based upon sexual orientation, churches are more at risk than churches in states that would not pass such a law," Erwin said.

If the Supreme Court becomes reliably liberal by losing one conservative judge to a liberal, Erwin said, the court in a future decision could require that churches marry homosexuals.

"It would seem that the law now is that churches do not have to perform marriages that violate its beliefs," Erwin said. "However, if a church rents out its facilities for weddings to anyone but same-sex couples, then a court could find that the church is discriminating in violation of law by only refusing to rent to homosexuals.

"The free exercise of religion guaranteed by our Constitution is subject to future restriction by Congress, legislatures and the courts under the guise of balancing competing rights," the attorney said. "We are at risk by staying true to our biblical principles."

Stacy Morgan, a church administration strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, is working with Erwin to develop a standard policy that churches may adopt regarding the use of facilities and church membership. Morgan advised churches to start a conversation on how they will address the issue.

(Excerpt) Read more at bpnews.net ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: baptist; homosexualagenda; marriage; religiousfreedom; religiousliberty
Sounds like a wise step for all Christian churches to take here in post-Christian America.
1 posted on 07/14/2013 12:39:49 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

IIRC, The marriage is not valid under church law until it is consummated.


2 posted on 07/14/2013 12:42:14 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Source?


3 posted on 07/14/2013 12:51:12 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: ReformationFan
the court in a future decision could require that churches marry homosexuals

And the churches should say, "Hey, what about all that separation between Church and State stuff? Take a hike."

4 posted on 07/14/2013 12:51:41 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Sacajaweau

;)


5 posted on 07/14/2013 12:51:55 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: grobdriver

To the modern-day liberal, “separation of church of state” means protecting the state and everyone else from the church. But making a church go against the teachings its had since its origins is OK. Somehow, I think the mosques will be left alone concerning this issue.


6 posted on 07/14/2013 12:55:14 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

The mosques will never accept the same-sex marriage ruling.


7 posted on 07/14/2013 1:13:51 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: zot; Interesting Times

ping


8 posted on 07/14/2013 1:26:49 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: 353FMG

And the government will most likely never try to force the mosques to accept it. On the other hand, I fear them trying to impose it on the churches with the full force of the state.


9 posted on 07/14/2013 1:33:27 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Crazy that churches find themselves having to address this matter.


10 posted on 07/14/2013 2:37:21 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: ReformationFan

Just an idea but churches could stop being offering themselves for rent and just serve their people. The whole idea of renting a church always seemed bizarre to me.


11 posted on 07/14/2013 2:43:06 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: 353FMG

I don’t believe weddings are performed in mosques....So it is not an issue with them....


12 posted on 07/14/2013 2:49:44 PM PDT by Maringa
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To: ReformationFan

“because of this God gave them over”
—Romans 1:25+

Are religious institutions (especially state-established ones) “created things”?


13 posted on 07/14/2013 2:53:36 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: elkfersupper

Agree. Crazy that society itself find itself having to address this matter.


14 posted on 07/14/2013 3:37:20 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Straight Vermonter

I know of at least one church that will only allows weddings in its facility if the bride and groom are members of the actual church itself. Sounds like a good idea to me.


15 posted on 07/14/2013 3:39:37 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: grobdriver

bringing back house and unregistered churches


16 posted on 07/14/2013 3:46:02 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: ReformationFan

National Guard forcing it on churches like integration ofLittle Rock schools.

time to go underground


17 posted on 07/14/2013 3:48:00 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: ReformationFan
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Yeah ... these Baptists are delusional ... as these churches as "Federal Contractors" (IRS 501 C-3) will soon be REQUIRED to marry sodomites ...

skeptical ?

just drop me a line in about 4.5 years ...




Christian church "Federal Contractor" status under IRS 501 C-3 tax-exempt status is an "abomination" (Old Testament style) ... to the Holy of Holies Almighty LORD God ...

Jesus Christ paid His taxes to Rome.

Why are the Baptists-Methodists-Penecostals-et al different ?



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18 posted on 07/14/2013 4:59:39 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: ReformationFan; TArcher; SeekAndFind
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Yeah ... these Baptists are delusional ... as these churches as "Federal Contractors" (IRS 501 C-3) will soon be REQUIRED to marry sodomites ...

skeptical ?

just drop me a line in about 4.5 years ...




Christian church "Federal Contractor" status under IRS 501 C-3 tax-exempt status is an "abomination" (Old Testament style) ... to the Holy of Holies Almighty LORD God ...

Jesus Christ paid His taxes to Rome.

Why are the Baptists-Methodists-Penecostals-et al different ?



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19 posted on 07/14/2013 5:00:05 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

we need more unregistered churches


20 posted on 07/14/2013 5:01:14 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping.


21 posted on 07/14/2013 5:01:18 PM PDT by zot
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To: ReformationFan

Yea, the nutty left will say, “Leave the mosques alone - beheading homosexuals is part of their “culture.”


22 posted on 07/14/2013 7:08:16 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Patton@Bastogne

>> as these churches as “Federal Contractors” (IRS 501 C-3)

Bingo.

Render unto Caesar what is his — and keep the tax-exempt prostitutes and wolves off of the temple steps.

There are plenty of ways to render unto God what is his that don’t involve subjugation by a state-established abstraction of value.


23 posted on 07/14/2013 8:49:39 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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