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Can the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage be reversed? Should it be?

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Can the Supreme Courts ruling on same-sex marriage be reversed Should it be

Conservative Christians around the country have been trying to figure out ways to go against the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. We had Kim Davis doing her thing three years ago. We had Judge Roy Moore suspended for trying to stop same-sex marriage license from being given out in Alabama. There were multiple attempts to subvert it until very recently. Today, it appears to be just a normal part of life. Everyone has moved on.

Did America have a change of heart? In some ways, yes. But there’s also a sense of hopelessness over a situation most believe cannot be changed any time soon. Most conservatives and Christians are doing what we can to stay afloat; fighting past battles is very low on the priority list. But there are still occasional attempts similar to Davis’s and Moore’s that pop up from time to time. None of these can work. It’s not possible for them to work based upon the Constitution. There’s nothing that the citizens, Senators, Congressmen, or even a President can do to directly oppose or reverse the decision. There’s only one thing that can be done. The original ruling must be overturned and that’s no easy feat.

To do this would require one of two things: a 3/4th majority of state legislatures amending the Constitution or a powerful ruling by the Supreme Court itself to overturn its previous ruling. The first option is all but impossible on this particular issue given the sentiment of citizens in the nation itself. The second is very difficult given the doctrine of stare decisis, but it’s conceivable under the right circumstances.

First and foremost, the balance of power in the Supreme Court must be changed. It’s easy to argue that appointing Supreme Court Justices is by far, hands down the most important task of the President. It will have bigger and longer-lasting effects on the future of this country than any other action the President is capable of taking. So far, we have one strong originalist and one ideologically-yet-to-be-determined, so it seems things are heading in the right direction. But Chief Justice John Roberts has been acting as a counterbalance so far, meaning President Trump will need to get at least one more originalist on the bench to replace one of the progressive justices in order to have a remote chance of reversing some of the damage done from the bench over the last few decades.

The next thing that would need to happen is that a case must be reviewed by the freshly-conservative Supreme Court that is directly related to the ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges. This, too, is not an easy task and will require the type of planning nobody’s talking about doing right now. As I said before, the issue has been pushed aside. But there’s still chance it could happen. Slim, but present.

In essence, this is a one-time shot. It has to be perfect to have any chance of working. The timing would have to coincide with the next appointment in the Supreme Court. The proper path of venues would need to be chosen ahead of time so that it would have the best chance of reaching the Supreme Court in the appropriate session. Those involved with the case would need to be compelling.

Of course, this raises the question of whether or not it even should be considered. Has the battle been lost permanently? Is it too early to try to reverse a decision that hasn’t even reached a decade since it was made? At this point, it doesn’t seem to be as important to most conservatives as it was just a couple of years ago.

But if one of our goals is to be reestablishing the power of the people and the states while reducing the power of DC, this would be a great issue upon which to make that happen. The proper path here would be to attack the Constitutionality of the Supreme Court’s ability to make the ruling in the first place. This should be a state issue; even proponents of gay marriage who know the law and understand the Constitution are very well aware of this. It’s the Achilles Heel of the ruling. For this reason, it’s no surprise that making this an issue for individual states to decide has been conservative’s argument since before the Supreme Court ruling was even made.

One thing that we must remember regarding whether or not this should even be tried. The Bible is unambiguous. Marriage is between a man and a woman. As I noted before, the financial ramifications of unions should be wide open. If a gay couple wants to get tax breaks, share benefits, or any of the other secular benefits associated with legal marriage, so be it. But the covenant of marriage has always been between a man and a woman millennia before the United States was even a nation. That portion of Biblical worldview means Christians cannot give up on this issue any more than we shouldn’t give up on overturning Roe v. Wade.

Does that mean same-sex marriages should be outlawed? That’s up to the states, and I would assume most states would not outlaw it. But the mandate for adherence by churches, bakers, and anyone else to be forced to participate in same sex marriages must be reversed.

Everything else that is being done in protest of gay marriage is just that: a protest. The path to fight it with a chance of success is extremely narrow. Meanwhile, the battle for hearts and minds may have been lost long ago.

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  1. Lew Alessio

    March 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    The author seems to avoid the patently obvious problem of what would happen to the, by then, millions of married same sex couples?

    Rights granted are not rescinded.

    I believe the writer is pursuing a fantasy, the absurdity of which is blatant to anyone who passed 5th grade Civics.

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2 Thessalonians 3:5 – ‘patient waiting for Christ’

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And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)

This is a very straightforward verse, but with a subtle undertone that must be understood. We are flawed creatures who cannot do well nor even have faith in God without God’s intervention. In verse 2 and 3, it is clear that men have no faith but the Lord is faithful. That is why He directs our hearts to love Him and gives us patience to carry on until Christ’s return. Even faith requires what God has put in our hearts.

This should be comforting, especially to those who are unsure whether or not they truly have faith. The faith we have is not our own but given to us by God. If it is given to us by Him, we can be certain it will be true.

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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

In many scriptures of the Bible, there is a “falling away” or discussion of great deceptions that are coming to the world. It has been hard for believers in Christ to comprehend the possibility of the masses falling away from Christianity because faith has been a powerful part of society for nearly two millenniums, but we are seeing it today. Moreover, we are seeing the spreading of a seed that will cause further apostasy among believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior: the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture.

Most who have gone to church in the last hundred years have likely considered the possibility at the very least that the rapture of the church will occur before the tribulation that is spoken of in many books of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation. Some estimates put it at 90% of the Christian church believes in a pre-tribulation rapture. The vast majority of popular churches teach that believers will be called up to Heaven before the tribulation. Simply stated, the Bible does not support this claim.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Jesus will come in the clouds and call up those who are believers. This will not happen prior to the tribulation. The sun and moon will be darkened, and then He shall return. The majority of churches that teach Imminency, the concept that Jesus will return at any moment and His people will be raptured at that time, point to one verse to counter the argument of signs that will precede His second coming:

Matthew 24:36

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This is obviously a true statement. It is also one that is completely misunderstood. The fact that we nor anyone else can know the day or the hour does not mean that He can come at any time. Throughout the Gospels and the writings of Paul, we hear of things that must happen before His return. It is not for us to know the day or the hour, but the season will make itself very evident. We will see certain events occur. One of those series of events are known as the Great Tribulation.

Why it is believed

The simply answer when asking why so many people, even “educated” church leaders, is that we want to believe it. It’s human nature to want to avoid persecution, war, sickness, and beheadings, all of which are spoken of as parts of the tribulation. If someone of authority tells us that we will not have to go through these things as long as we believe, it’s a message that can resonate. Those who hear the truth, that we may be living in the end times and that as a result many of us will go through great suffering due to our faith – it’s just not as positive of a message.

The not-so-simple answer is that Satan is pushing this as part of his agenda. It is Satan that rules the earth. His goal is to pull as many people away from the faith as possible, which is why he and his minions began deceiving Christians at their core starting in the early 19th century with the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture. He has brought about and continues to bring about waves of deceptions to pull people away from even considering the Word of the Bible, but this particular deception is to attack those who are wanting to be strong in their faith. It’s designed to shake the spirits of the believers to the point of non-belief.

Think about it. If you make people believe that they are not going to face suffering, that they are “special” and will avoid all of the troubles that will engulf the world, then they are weakened as a result. They will not be ready. When the tribulation does begin and they’re still on this planet going through it, they will begin to question their own faith. They will not be prepared to fight against persecution. They will be more willing to be deceived in order to save their lives. They will be more open to deceptions of the Anti-Christ. They will be more likely to worship the false messiah to take his mark in order to buy and sell. They will see the formation of the one world government, the one world economy, and the single world leader and they will do so more willingly than those who have their eyes open.

This is arguably the greatest deception that Satan has pulled off thus far.

Why churches teach it

Building a church is not as black and white for most as it is for others. It’s much easier to build one with a happy message than to try to build one through promises of fire and brimstone, persecution and suffering. There are those sitting in the seats of church leadership who realize that a pre-tribulation rapture is not correct but they continue to preach it in fear that their congregation will shrink or disappear altogether if they go against the grain.

As with any man-made organization, the Christian church world has a “club” among the leaders. There are those who are in the club and those who are not in the club. Those who are in the club are able to speak at events, sell books, build up an online following, and prosper as a church. Those who are not in the club have a much harder time finding relevance in this world. Today, the club is made up of pre-tribulation rapture teachers. If you’re not preaching a pre-tribulation rapture, you can’t be in the club.

It’s a catch-22 for many. Not all do it because of ignorance or greed. There are those who teach it because they feel that a message that can resonate with more people is better than a message that alienates many. In other words, they realize that they are not teaching this particular issue properly but if they can misinterpret this one little point, they’ll be able to get the other important messages out to more people. It’s a misguided attempt at an honorable sentiment that is actually more dangerous than not reaching the people at all. We believe there is a likelihood that many people will fall away in the last days, but others will open their eyes as well. If they open their eyes and start reading the Bible, they will see what they had missed their whole lives and will have an opportunity to head down the right path before it’s too late. If, however, they are weakened by expectations of a pre-tribulation rapture, it will be more difficult to bring them back to the truth.

Debating the Issue

It is sad when I read some of the assertions of those who continue to fight the truth of post-tribulation rapture. They are often excellent writers or orators fighting from a misguided perspective. For example, in the book Triumphant Return by Grant Jeffrey, he states:

Several incorrect premises have caused some to reject the pretribulation Rapture and accept the position called the “postribulation Rapture.” The first premise is an emotional contention that it would be unfair for the modern Church to escape to heaven scot free to escape the martyrdom that other believers have experienced.

In all of our studies of those promoting a post-tribulation rapture, I have never heard this premise before. It’s appalling that Jeffrey would lead with such a poor premise, as if trying to mislead the readers into believing that the post-tribulation doctrine is so weak that those who believe in it are emotional and ignorant simpletons.  Below, you will see videos of people who have formed their doctrine based solely on the Word of the Bible, who make it crystal clear that a post-tribulation rapture is without a doubt the reality, and that the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture is damaging to those to which it is taught.

The Words of Jesus Christ should be the resounding end of any debate that He will return before the tribulation:

Matthew 24:29-31

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There are other verses that also make it clear, but this is obviously the most specific. There are those who will say this is referring only to the Jews. There are those who will use charts and graphs to convince you of a pre-tribulation rapture. They will point to interpretations by Darby, Ephraem the Syrian, and Scofield as proof. Do not be misled.

Rather than point to the evidence or attempt to debate the concept, I will defer to a few people who have done more research on the subject than me. Please take the time to watch these videos and share this article. It’s important that believers are prepared for what’s to come. Whether it’s today or in a thousand years, we cannot allow people to be guided down a path that can lead them to be part of the falling away the Jesus spoke of in His ministry. We must open our eyes, see the truth, and spread it to all that we can.

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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls: ‘Stop pretending you’re a victim because you broke the rules and rolled up your skirt’

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Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting their dress code. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence; there have been plenty of protests over the years, especially by feminists, in opposition to school dress codes that require girls to wear skirts. But this protest is different. The students are protesting because girls are no longer allowed to wear skirts.

Principal Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, changed the dress code in the most recent iteration of policy. Now, it states: “The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

But students brought signs and demanded the old policy be put back in place. Signs had various messages from “My body, my choice” to “Even Jesus wore one.”

The policy was put into place after the principal and others on staff had handed out “hundreds of hours of detention” to girls who would break the knee-length minimum for skirts, especially by rolling up their skirts to reveal more of their lower bodies.

One America News host Liz Wheeler lambasted the students, who apparently can’t tell the difference between rights and privileges. Only in America can students feel so victimized because they can’t wear skirts to school.

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