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Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

How ironic that the very week of Vacation Bible School while we are striving to give our children the best possible future, the U.S. Supreme Court votes to legalize gay marriage.  It should not surprise us.  My entire adult life the Supreme Court has been making decisions like this – such as legalizing abortion on demand in 1973.  Meanwhile, various states have been voting to legalize gay marriage.

However, the Supreme Court decision does not affect anything I believe, nor does it affect anything I will do – as a Christian or as a pastor.

I will continue to preach the truth of the Bible, which as the Word of God calls homosexuality a sin – Rom. 1:26-28, Jude 1:5-8, Mark 10:6-9, I Cor. 6:9-11 & 7:2, Lev. 18:22, et al.  And the idea of gay marriage is not only foreign to Scripture, it has never been a part of civilization since the dawn of time.

The reason our media and young journalists splash the Supreme Court decision all over the front pages is because they believe this is a Civil Rights issue.  So, they want to step up to the plate – for Civil Rights.  While they may be well intentioned, they are sadly misguided.  Homosexuality is a moral issue, not a Civil Rights issue.  It is not a matter of sex, nationality or race, etc.  It is sinful conduct.  It is not even natural – Romans 1:18-32.

By preaching against homosexuality, our culture says we are guilty of “hate speech.”  Nonsense.  We do not hate sinners.  We love sinners and welcome them.  But even while we are merciful and tolerant, we do not condone sin.

We are not going to plan any “gay wedding” at First Baptist Church.  Some say that all churches need to change their constitutions to ensure against gay weddings.  But we have all the authority we need in the Bible.

Yesterday I emailed both our Florida U.S. senators, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio.  I expressed my opinion to them that we should begin impeachment proceedings against all five Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize gay marriage.  As Justice Antonin Scalia said, this is no longer a democracy when nine lawyers can force their rule on the nation.

Meanwhile, as Christians, we need to continue to:

  1. a) Try to make a difference politically. We need to vote. We might be able to reverse the political process.
  2. b) Pray. Ephesians 6:12 makes it clear we are not in a human battle but in spiritual warfare.
  3. c) We need to raise our children for a generation when they will need to stand as a Daniel in an ungodly culture. The America many of us knew when we grew up is gone.
  4. d) We need to continue to proclaim the righteous truth of God’s Word – without fear or favor.
  5. e) And after we have done all we can, we need to stand – Ephesians 6:13. As Martin Luther said in another era, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise.”

Pastor Jim

 

What A Blessing in VBS!

By all measurable statistics, we had a fantastic Vacation Bible School this year here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, FL!  And what a great spirit among students and staff!  We could not have asked for a better VBS.  We give God the glory and thank Him for our new children’s director, Katrina Wall.  Katrina did a marvelous job.

We clearly presented the Gospel and saw no less than 23 children make a commitment to Christ as Savior.  This figure is the highest we have had here in the years for which I have records.

Our offering was also our highest.  We received a missions offering each day of VBS, with the entire offering committed to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.  Our kids brought in a total of $515 this week!

Our attendance was the highest we have seen — with more than 110 people here on Thursday evening alone for the parents’ rally.  Our daytime high was Thursday with 83.  We were very pleased.

An additional highlight of VBS were several new young families who indicated that they wanted to come back to First Baptist and give us a try this weekend or next.  Again, we were very glad to hear that!

Thank you to all who made our 2015 VBS such a great success!

Pastor Jim

Ready or Not — Here Comes VBS!

I love the annual week of Vacation Bible School here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, FL!  For years I have felt that this is one week of my year which I can give to our kids.  I get to know the kids, and they get to know me.  I do not direct nor lead the entire VBS.  But I have a public role which gives me interaction with our children each day.  I love it!

We have an outstanding new children’s director in Katrina Wall.  She has everything ready to roll.  Our online pre-registrations are up significantly this year.  We have a large team of adult and teen workers ready to go.  We look forward to a great VBS!

Our VBS runs this week, Monday through Friday, June 22 to 26, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  Everyone is welcome, of course.  There is no charge.  We look forward to having fun with the kids, lifting up Christ before them, and guiding them into a lifestyle of making biblical decisions.  Join us this week for VBS!