Marriage is ordained of God

February 20, 2011

If Maryland becomes a same-sex marriage state, there is no doubt that some openly gay men and women will come to church demanding acceptance. Under the false pretense that they are married, in their minds they should not be denied church membership.

But what the world must understand is that as Christians, we're not homophobic and bigoted as many would depict us. We do not hate men and women caught up in the homosexual lifestyle. We simply believe that marriage is ordained of God and the family is sacred.

According to the Word of God, which is our only source of divine truth, marriage is between a man and a woman. For out of marriage comes family. In matters of faith, doctrine, conscience and morality, the courts, the legislature and the executive branch of government have no jurisdiction. The church of Jesus Christ will never embrace what the Bible condemns. We must obey God rather than Annapolis or even the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gregory B. Perkins

The writer is pastor of St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Baltimore

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