And wrongfully so.
When you are in sin, you are in fear of the penalty of sin.
Not just homosexuality but ALL SIN.
Lying, stealing, blaspheming the Name of the Lord, having gods before the living God, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, covetousness, disobedient to parents.
In Houston Texas, the mayor, Annise Parker, a practicing homosexual, issued subpoenas to pastors to turn over their sermons on homosexuality and gender identity.
This unprecedented maneuver is designed to intimidate pastors.
When you are in sin, you are in fear of the judgment of God.
It is truly amazing that people would act like this and know that the outcome, based on history, is against those that stand against the truth. God always win and the devil always loses. People of God who are righteous, always win. People who are wicked, always lose.
This is a fact.
This is like Goliath intimidating the armies of the Lord. But like David, the outcome is certain.
No, I am not advocating going out there to do physical harm. Paul said, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of the flesh) but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds.”
Paul also said, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
This minor skirmish is nothing to the mighty God that we serve.
Let me point something out.
There are many homosexuals that were lied to about the Bible and believers.
Some, not all homosexuals believe that we hate them.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world…..” I find it hard to find the word “hate” in that verse.
There are misguided believers that spew hatred against homosexuals on par with the way homosexuals hate Christians.
However, the full counsel of God must also be given.
God knows how to hate and love at the same time.
Many will say that this is a clear contradiction.
One thing is certain.
God never contradicts Himself. He is God and that’s the way it is. Remember. We die. Not God. We’ve sinned. Not God. We got it wrong. Not God. So to accuse God of contradicting Himself when He knows how to love and hate at the same time is error. If God were a man, then He would be subject to death just like us, but because He is God, He can hate and love all at once.
The key is to understand what and why He hates, and then follow His Word to be loved by Him.
God loves man and He hates sin and sinful man.
Psalm 2:10-12 issues a stern warning.
“Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you PERISH in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”
The rest of John 3:16 says, “…that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not PERISH but have everlasting life.”
The Lord Jesus died for our sins so that we would be free. The anger of the Son is that people could have avoided being judged as sinners by repenting of sin, believe that Jesus died for our sins, believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God, and confess Jesus as Lord over your life.
Then live a life of holiness in obedience to what Jesus taught and commanded.
When churches formed, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a tax exempt status called 501 (c) 3. In that the pastor is restricted from preaching against candidates or to preach against the government.
I am currently looking at my options to come out from this form of bondage.
In the mean while, nobody has a right to censor what I preach.
Pulpit Freedom for me is every Sunday and every time I preach on street corners. 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Any politician that attempts to challenge the God that I serve must be put on notice.
We will pray for you that spitefully persecute the people of God from preaching the truth in love. We will pray against the demonic forces that are using you to destroy the freedom of speech protections enjoyed by all in this country. We will seek the God of heaven for your salvation. Should those that we pray for resist the God of heaven and earth, attempt to do harm against His people, God will certainly bring swift action against those that intentionally intimidate His people.
And I will preach without restriction because God called me into the ministry. Not any politician or any man for that matter.
We must get used to martyrdom, persecution, intimidation tactics, and other forms of demonic activity to dissuade the church from doing what it is ordained to do.
Therefore, we preach the gospel without apology.
Every pastor, preacher, minister, and believer must sound the alarm. This is the day that the Lord has made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it. This day that He has made will summon the saints to pray for this nation, for all that are in authority, and to pray that we be salt and light in a dark world. We will make a difference and in Houston, it will be there that God will show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are loyal toward Him.
Pray for the pastors and pray for the Body of Christ to show up strong.
And if they put one pastor in jail for preaching the gospel, I and many other pastors will descend to Houston to pray and to preach in front of the jails and every place else in Houston until they are free.
City of Houston demands Pastors turn over Sermons
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”
“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”
The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved
the law in June.
The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.
However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.
After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.
The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.
“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley. “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”
Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.
“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans.
However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.
Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered him to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.
The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation” regarding the non-discrimination law.
“This is an attempt to chill pastors from speaking to the cultural issues of the day,” Riggle told me. “The mayor would like to silence our voice. She’s a bully.”
David Welch, pastor of Bear Creek Church and director of the Houston Area Pastor Council, also received a subpoena. He said he will not be intimidated by the mayor.
“We’re not afraid of this bully,” he said. “We’re not intimidated at all.”
He accused the city of violating the law with the subpoenas and vowed to stand firm in the faith.
“We are not going to yield our First Amendment rights,” Welch told me. ‘This is absolutely a complete abuse of authority.”
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, said pastors around the nation should rally around the Houston ministers.
“The state is breaching the wall of separation between church and state,b”Perkins told me. ‘Pastors need to step forward and challenge this across the country. I’d like to see literally thousands of pastors after they read this story begin to challenge government authorities – to dare them to come into their churches and demand their sermons.”
Perkins called the actions by Houston’s mayor “obscene” and said they “should not be tolerated.”
“This is a shot across the bow of the church,” he said.
This is the moment I wrote about in my book, “God Less America.” I predicted that the government would one day try to silence American pastors. I warned that under the guise of “tolerance and diversity” elected officials would attempt to deconstruct religious liberty.
Sadly, that day arrived sooner than even I expected.
Tony Perkins is absolutely right. Now is the time for pastors and people of faith to take a stand. We must rise up and reject this despicable strong-arm attack on religious liberty. We cannot allow ministers to be intimidated by government thugs.
The pastors I spoke to tell me they will not comply with the subpoena – putting them at risk for a “fine or confinement, or both.”
Heaven forbid that should happen. But if it does, Christians across America should be willing to descend en masse upon Houston and join these brave men of God behind bars.
Pastor Welch compared the culture war skirmish to the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, fought in present-day Harris County, Texas. It was a decisive battle of the Texas Revolution.
“This is the San Jacinto moment for traditional family,” Welch told me. “This is the place where we stop the LGBT assault on the freedom to practice our faith.”
We can no longer remain silent. We must stand together – because one day – the government might come for your pastor.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America.”