For years, people had said that things would never get to this point. They have told us that our Constitution and our people would protect the faithful from the persecution that is now ready to break upon our land. It was hard to believe that the level of depravity would rise to the point of persecution on the righteous, but here we are, and it is only going to get worse.
The Christian Post reports
Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d’Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating “non-discrimination” laws.
The pastors are attempting to override a demand by city officials to perform same-sex marriages. And this situation points to the problem with humanists. They believe that faith is faked and therefore something that can be switched off at will. They seek to force all people to conform to their will and mold.
The Post explains
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
This would mean that the Knapps and any other ordained minister would be force to make a difficult choice. They would either have to break their conscience and their vow; performing the ceremony or they would have to face length terms in jail and financial penalties.
The penalty for staying true to what the couple believes could be high.
The Post explains that they could
“ . . .face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines”
“Worse, each day the Knapps decline to perform a requested same-sex wedding ceremony, they commit a separate and distinct misdemeanor, subject to the same penalties. Thus, if the Knapps decline a same-sex wedding ceremony for just one week, they risk going to jail for over three years and being fined $7,000,” the lawsuit explains.
Though the $7,000 is steep, it would cost even more for the couple to have to shut down their business while incarcerated. This would be a devastating punishment for a couple seeking to do what is right. But this brings us back to that same issue of law. Who determines that this is wrong?
You see the danger in abandoning the Law that God has given in His word. There would actually be a means to arbitrate this conflict. If we were governed by the commands of God, we could have more than mere public opinion, which is what even many in the church have advocated. Check out my argument for God’s Law in my book, An Everlasting Covenant. Buy it on Amazon.