Pastors Stand Against Same Sex Marriage In Rhode Island

Although there are 30 states that have constitutional bans on same sex marriage, 2012 was a big year for proponents who are pushing for “marriage equality.”  In the 2012 elections, Maryland, Washington, and Maine passed same sex marriage laws, with Maine being the first done through popular vote.  They joined seven other states that already allowed same sex marriages: Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Washington D.C.  Several other states recognize civil unions.  (Minnesota defeated a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, so that was a victory for that lobby.   President Obama, a professing Christian, supports same sex marriage, as does his vice-president Joe Biden.  Obama also issued an executive order which has repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military, allowing homosexual soldiers to openly serve in the armed services.

This is only one indicator of crumbling moral values in America.  What disturbs me most however is the trend in the “evangelical Christian” churches to either support same sex marriage, or become silent over the issue.  I was struck recently by the news that Louis Giglio, who was scheduled to do the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, backed out when it was reported that several years ago he preached against same sex marriage.  Here is what he said then:

“We must lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community. … Underneath this issue is a very powerful and aggressive moment. That movement is not a benevolent movement, it is a movement to seize by any means necessary the feeling and the mood of the day, to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family,”

And now, instead of taking the opportunity to re-affirm a strong biblical stance on the issue, Giglio, who is also unsound in some of his theology, instead stated that he refused to be a part of the gay debate:

“Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.”  Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/louie-giglio-explains-withdrawal-from-inauguration-refuses-to-be-part-of-gay-debate-88041/#Gd0SP4fFHAIfSYZm.99

 So much for making it clear that homosexuality is still a sin and an abomination before God.

The Obama administration has selected an openly gay poet, Richard Blanco, to read a poem he has written for the inauguration.  Giglio’s replacement is yet to be named.  I believe it will either be a gay-affirming pastor, or one who will try to remain neutral and will not be clear about homosexual sin.  The Inaugural Committeee spokeswoman stated:

“As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans,”

 Not a surprise, since Obama’s picks for such events have typically been double-minded or blatantly pro-gay or ecumenical “pastors”, such as Rick Warren.  Remember his prayer at Obama’s first inauguration, implying that the Jesus of Christianity is the same as the Issa of Islam?  You see, President Obama’s administration is clearly exhibiting a disgraceful lack of tolerance for any pastor who has ever spoken out against homosexual sin.  It is the new persecution of Christians with biblical views, by the very people who proclaim to be the most tolerant and accepting of differences in society.

Which leads me to my main point.  There are still some principled pastors in Rhode Island and surrounding areas who are willing to let it be known their position on same sex marriage.  I am sure these pastors realize the “dangers” that come with openly defying political correctness, ecumenical New-Evangelicals and the emergent church crowd, and the religionists of secular humanism.  Consequences could included but not be limited to losing some church members along with the benefits of the tithes and offerings that come with them.  They will certainly lose some invitations to various “Christian” gatherings.  And of course, they will be labeled as hateful, anti-gay, narrow-minded bigots who do not understand that God loves and accepts everyone.

So thank you to these pastors who signed the Rhode Island resolution to defend traditional marriage.  (This does not mean necessarily that any pastor not on the list supports same sex marriage, but I do know that there is a coalition of “Christian” churches that are supporting same sex marriage).  If your pastor is on this list, thank him for signing on.  I recognized several and I intend to write them a word of encouragement for their stand.  It is better to stand for the truth of God’s word, than to embrace the accolades of secular society and rebellious “pastors” and apostate churches such as the Episcopal Church and the ELCA.
Whether their stand makes a difference in halting same sex marriage is not the point at all.  It may not, as clearly this country is falling apart morally, calling the evil things good, while calling good “evil.”

It matters only their faithfulness to the word of God, does it not?  If you are in Rhode Island, and your pastor is not on this list, please encourage him to take a bold stand for the word of God.

http://apprising.org/2013/01/10/louie-giglio-is-no-hero-to-be-admired/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-respond-to-giglios-withdrawal-new-era-of-religious-intolerance-in-america-88068/

http://www.riformarriage.com/

Rhode Island List of Pastors Signing The Petition Against Same Sex Marriage:

(P.S.  There will be a hearing held on January 15th at approximately 5:00 PM, in Room 313 of the Rhode Island State House, for those who can come and stand up for marriage.  http://www.riformarriage.com/)

RESOLUTION ON MARRIAGE IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

By Bible Believing Pastors and Church Leaders of Rhode Island

 

Relative to bill H-5015 before the RI General Assembly

WHEREAS, The laws of nature, human reason, and thousands of years of human tradition in all cultures have always affirmed marriage to be a heterosexual institution; and

WHEREAS, Our own society has been based from the beginning on the Judeo-Christian ethic which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman; and

WHEREAS, The Bible and Jesus Christ in particular define marriage as a heterosexual union between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27; 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6); and

WHEREAS, Monogamous heterosexual marriage, involving the intimate, permanent union between the two complementary sexes, male and female, is uniquely and naturally suited to fulfill our deepest needs for human companionship; and

WHEREAS, Under normal circumstances, children are best nurtured in the context of a two parent family, where appropriate male behavior is modeled by a loving father and appropriate female behavior is modeled by a loving mother; and

WHEREAS, Heterosexual marriage provides the strong moral, social, and economic foundation for both family and community life; and

WHEREAS, The Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament clearly and specifically forbids homosexual conduct – as well as all other forms of sexual misconduct outside the bounds of heterosexual marriage (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11); and

WHEREAS, The Bible plainly declares that God loves all people, regardless of their lifestyle, and that he accepts, forgives, heals, and transforms all who come to him in genuine repentance and faith; and

WHEREAS, It is the function of government to provide for the common good of society, to protect marriage and family life, and to promote social righteousness; and

WHEREAS, Civil laws play a decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior in society; and

WHEREAS, Our concern as clergy is not merely to preserve the institution of heterosexual marriage as a religious rite within our own denominations but to preserve the well-being of marriage and family life throughout our state and society; and

WHEREAS, The passage of laws legalizing the marriage of two persons of the same gender will force the teaching of the validity of this lifestyle in the public schools of our state; and

WHEREAS, The passage of laws legalizing the marriage of two persons of the same gender will place persons of conscience who oppose such unions for moral reasons in jeopardy before the law in their business and legal relationships;

Now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That we urge our General Assembly to defeat H-5015, which broadens the definition of persons eligible to marry to include persons of the same gender; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to upholding the sanctity of monogamous heterosexual marriage in our churches and local communities both by our preaching and teaching and by our marriage practices; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to strongly deplore any hateful speech or violent behavior toward persons of a homosexual lifestyle, such speech and behavior being incompatible with Christian love; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we commit ourselves to proclaim the love of God toward all persons, whatever their lifestyle, and to offer the hope of forgiveness, acceptance, wholeness, and transformation to all who come to him in genuine repentance and faith; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That we welcome people of all lifestyles to attend the public services of our churches so that they might discover and experience the forgiving grace of God in their lives as we have in our own lives.

SIGNED AND AGREED to 9 January 2013

Alejandro Gaete- Church of the Master, Providence

Alexander Kollie- Solid Rock Assembly of God Church 1753 Phenix Avenue, Cranston

Alexander Martinez- Anchor Baptist Church, Cranston

Archie Emerson- Ocean State Baptist Church, Smithfield

Bernie Norman- Faith Bible Chapel, Westerly

Bill Balson- Stillwater Fellowship, Hope

Bill Reynolds- Beacon Free Will Baptist Church, Exeter

Bryan Speroni-Community Baptist Church, Pascoag

Clinton Smith Sr. – Narragansett Bay Baptist Church, East Greenwich

Chris Baker- Knotty Oak Baptist Church, Coventry

Dave Aucoin- Abundant Life Assembly of God, Swansea

Dan Carrillo, New Hope Chapel, Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Dan Crichton – Grace Bible Church, Cranston

Dave Gadoury- Cranston Christian Fellowship, Cranston

Dave Medeiros- Harvest Community Church, Woonsocket

David Lachance- Christian Hill Community Church, West Warwick

David Smith- Faith Baptist Church, Warwick

D. Paul Lawrence- American Baptists Churches of RI

Don Stiles- Calvary Baptist Church, Narragansett

Doug Brandenburg- Narragansett Bay Baptist Church, East Greenwich

Douglas W. Tourgee- Riverpoint Advent Christian Church, West Warwick

Drew Boyd-First Baptist Church of Warwick, Warwick

Emmanuel D.T. Bautista- Frenchtown Baptist Church, East Greenwich

Ernie Robillard- First Baptist Church in East Providence, Rumford

Gary Muniz- North Kingstown Assembly of God, North Kingstown

Gene Giguere- Harvest Community Church, Woonsocket

George Barclay, Norwood Baptist Church, Warwick

George Warren- New Hope Baptist Church, Pascoag

Hugh Fisher- Narragansett Bay Baptist Church, East Greenwich

Jeffrey R. Francoeur- Colonial Baptist Church, Rumford

Jim Menzies- Perryville Bible Church, Wakefield

Jim Ricci- Cranston Christian Fellowship, Cranston

Jim Sole- Quidnessett Baptist Church, North Kingstown

Joe Campbell- Quidneck Baptist Church, Coventry

Joel Fraser- Narragansett Bay Baptist Church, East Greenwich

John Gibson- Heritage Christian Fellowship, Warwick

John Goasdone- First Baptist Church of Narragansett

John Lawson- Cranston Bible Chapel, Cranston

John Wheeler- Stony Lane Baptist Church, North Kingstown

Jonathan Angell- North Kingstown Assembly of God, North Kingstown

Keith Mlyniec- West Kingston Baptist Church, West Kingston

Lester Sedam III- Pilgrims Baptist Church, Ashaway

Lyle Mook- Christ Church, East Greenwich

Mark Cote- Jamestown Chapel, Jamestown

Mark Galloway- the Church of The Apostles, Coventry

Michael Hamilton- North Tiverton Baptist Church, North Tiverton

Michael J. Ives- Presbyterian Reformed Church of R.I, East Greenwich

Michael Link- Quidnessett Baptist Church, North Kingstown

Mike Sokoll- Providence Baptist Church, Providence

Nash Desent-Historic Baptist Church, North Kingstown

Norman Seiders, Warwick Church of Christ, Warwick

Olivier Bala- Mount Hope Community Baptist Church, Providence

Paul Chapman- Curtis Corner Baptist Church- Wakefield

Paul Martins- Barrington Baptist Church, Barrington

Peter Atkin- Living Hope Christian Church, North Kingstown

Phil Curtis- Exeter Chapel, Exeter

Randy Lewis- Blackstone Valley Baptist Church, Cumberland

Ray Tierney- Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Providence

Rich Chapman- Calvary Chapel Greenmeadow, North Kingstown

Richard K. Leahey- Solid Rock Church, Cranston

Rick Ferris President – C12 Group So. New England

Robert Akinrimisi Lighthouse Gospel Ministries, Providence

Robert Burnock – Darlington Congregational Church, Pawtucket

Robert Mathis- Friendship Baptist Church, Warwick

Robert Santaniello- Exeter Chapel, Exeter

Roger L. Stafford- Chepachet Union Church, Chepachet

Scott Aiken- North Scituate Advent Christian Church, North Scituate

Scott Finkbeiner- Shannock Baptist Church, Shannock

Scott Tucker- Calvary Baptist Church, Middletown

Steve Bacon- Harvest Community Church, Woonsocket

Steve Boyce- New Life Worship Center, Smithfield

Steve Martel- Harvest Community Church, Woonsocket

Stephen DeSantis – Warwick Assembly of God, Warwick

Timothy Kuhn- Bible Baptist Church, Central Falls

Todd Stricklin- Narragansett Bay Baptist Church, East Greenwich

Tony Phelps- Christ Our Hope Presbyterian Church, Peace Dale

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9 responses to “Pastors Stand Against Same Sex Marriage In Rhode Island

  1. Just an observation: 76 pastors were listed in support of this resolution. None were Nazarene. There are 6 Nazarene churches in Rhode Island.
    This issue is not a liberal/ conservative, democrat/republican issue. It is a basic tenet of our faith issue. As strongly as I can state it, people of character cannot separate or compartmentalize their life into secular/religious spheres because all of life is spiritual and our votes/positions must be biblically based.

  2. The Epistle of Jude exhorts for the believers to “contend earnestly for the faith.” When false teachers emerge, apostasy flourishes taking center stage, and only those who are in spiritual shape can answer the summons to defend the faith. As Candid 1960 pointed out, I can’t understand why the 6 Nazarene churches in Rhode Island did not sign the resolution. The danger facing the church is real and cannot be ignored as if it will go away. Jude reminds us that God’s past dealing with mankind, seen in the eyes of unbelieving Israel, fallen disobedient angels, wicked Sodom and Gomorrah warns Christians today not to be caught off guard. In verses 5 through 11 Jude reminds us all of the consequences of those who once believed and afterward was destroyed because of their unbelief.

  3. If you are not worshipping The God Who desires that we overcome our disordered inclinations, including our disordered sexual inclinations, and be transformed through God’s Grace and Mercy, so that we sin no more, you are not worshipping The True God, The God of Salvation, The Communion of Perfect Love that Is The Blessed Trinity.

    “…Love one another as I have Loved you.” – The Word of God, The Way, The Truth, The Life (Light) of Love, Jesus The Christ, The Son of The Living God.

    Love requires that we desire Salvation for our beloved.

    The Sacrifice of The Cross Is The Sacrifice of The Most Holy Trinity, for God so Loved us that He sent His Only Son…

  4. I have just began to research the information I have gotten from your writings .I have a son who graduated from Trevecca Nazarene Univeristy and went to Columbia Seminary in Atlanta Ga..He followed Walter Brugeman a Old testament Professor as His books were used and His problem was a Christain inspired Character as later His wife divorced him and He has a dirty mouth..My son left the Nazarene denomination as is with the Methodist Church .He like Adam Hamilton
    supports Homosexuality..I am disappointed what i am finding out.. the name Mendendorf ,Daniels .Ron Benefiel as i Knew his Family for many years as I was in the Redlands Nazarene for forty years and that was the home church of his family.

  5. To the pastors of the churches of Rhode Island, below is a copy of a letter I sent to The Westerly Sun Newspaper here in Westerly, R,I,, which was published in the July 19th (2013) edition of the paper. I believe it will be of great concern to any teacher of Gods Word.

    PS – Only the first three (out of the four) scripture verses listed in my “Letter to the Editor” were printed in the newspaper. The fourth scripture verse “Leviticus 20:13″ was omitted from the letter, which proves my point as stated in the letter.

    Sincerely,
    Robert DeFusco

    **************************************************************************************

    The Rhode Island Legislature – Vs – The Separation of Church and State
    { Just a harmless redefinition of what constitutes a Marriage? }

    The First Amendment
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The culprit behind the potential violation with respect to H5015 is identified in the stipulation prescribed in the law:
    { 15-1-1 “regardless of gender” }
    (See text below)

    Section 15-1-1. Equal access to marriage – “Any person who otherwise meets the eligibility requirements of chapters 15-1 and 15-2 may marry any eligible person {regardless of gender}.

    Section 15-1-2. Marrying kindred forbidden.– No person shall marry his or her sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, stepparent, grandparents’ spouse, spouse’s child, spouse’s grandchild, sibling’s child, or parent’s sibling.

    The Inspired Word of God – The Holy Bible (Written by the hand of man under the divine inspiration of God), protected under the Bill of Rights, is now directly in conflict with R.I. Law H5015; Section 15-1-1, for the Word of God condemns same sex marriage, and His word cannot be redacted by man: (See text below)

    1. Romans 1:27 – In the same way the men give up natural sexual relations with women and burn with passion for each other. Men do shameful things with each other, and as a result they bring upon themselves the punishment they deserve for their wrongdoing. (Good News Bible)
    2. Leviticus 18:22 – No man is to have sexual relations with another man; God hates that. (Good News Bible)
    3. Leviticus 18:24 – Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these acts, for that is how the pagans made themselves unclean, those pagans who lived in the land before you and whom the LORD is driving out so that you can go in. (Good News Bible)
    4. Leviticus 20:13 – If a man has sexual relations with another man, they have done a disgusting thing, and both shall be put to death. They are responsible for their own death. (Good News Bible)

    A gay married couple attending church services, with or without their adopted children, after hearing the aforementioned scriptures preached by the clergy (priest and pastor) will most surely be offended. In defense of the nature, character, and reputation of their own family they, through the State’s legal/justice system, will undoubtedly cite them (the clergy and the scriptures) for violating the Same-Sex Marriage Bill H5015, Section 15-1-1, which defines gay marriage as “equal” to the traditional heterosexual marriage. The end result of H5015, as it infiltrates the Church, is that it will criminalize the pulpit and demonize the clergy, priest and pastor. Even if a gay married “Christian” couple chooses not to file charges of “Hate Speech”, under the “Hate Crimes Statute”, surely a gay married “atheist” couple, or an overzealous ACLU Lawyer, will seize the opportunity to do so.
    It is evident that the stipulation “Regardless of gender” prescribed in H5015; Section 15-1-1 under this marriage equality bill, poses an imminent threat (created by the government) to the First Amendment and to the government’s own decree: “The Separation of Church and State”. Now, with the state conceivably at odds with the church, the government will be compelled to violate its own decree (“The Separation of Church and State”), as well as the First Amendment, by trespassing into the constitutionally protected (separate) domain of the Church. Keep in mind what the First Amendment states, particularly the last two stipulations, – “.Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech”, which Rhode Island’s H5015 most certainly threatens to do.
    The government of the State of Rhode Island has no constitutional authority (purposely or inadvertently) to overrule our unalienable (God Given) right of the First Amendment, causing an undue constitutional crisis between “Church and State” by “equating” the civil union of gay couples to that of traditional heterosexual marriage.
    Contrary to the opinion of others, including that of Representative Azzinaro for that matter, opposition to H5015 has little or nothing to do with protecting the “Catholic sacrament of marriage” or the “sacrament of marriage” in general. The only legitimate issue at hand is what has haphazardly taken place – which is the changing of the definition of marriage, as prescribed in H5015; Section 15-1-1, which poses a real and imminent threat to the survival of our nation’s “Religious Liberty” afforded to us under the First Amendment.
    In the final analysis it most certainly is the duty of our legislators to defend and protect “certain” established legal definitions that if changed would serve to crumble the very cornerstone of America’s foundation (The Bill of Rights) and in so doing undermine her ancient heritage.
    In closing I would like to thank Representative Samuel Azzinaro, for by voting “NAY” to H5015 he made a gallant effort to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment. No one can hold him responsible for opening up this can of worms.

    Robert DeFusco
    Westerly

  6. You have missed the point of it all. It has nothing to do what you asked. All that matters is one question: does God approve or not? It is clear that He does not. Unbelievers will naturally disobey God and do what they want for their own satisfaction; Christians are to obey His word in all that He teaches, regardless of what we think should be.

  7. Ctwildheart, no person or State should be condoning and affirming any act, including any sexual act, that does not respect the inherent Dignity of the human person.

    Once you no longer recognize the truth about the restrictive nature of marriage, and make the erroneous claim that in order to be married, it is no longer necessary for a man and woman to live in relationship as husband and wife, making it permissible for every relationship to be defined as marriage if one so desires, you invalidate the validity of a valid marriage.

  8. At the end of The Day, it will become clear that identifying oneself or someone else according to sexual orientation, as an object of sexual desire is a violation of God’s Commandment regarding the sin of lust and adultery. Those who follow The Christ, recognize that from the moment of our creation, at conception, as revealed from The Beginning, God did not order us according to sexual orientation; we are, and have always been, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers…they will know we are Christians by our Love.

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