John MacArthur – We Will Not Bow.
John MacArthur of Grace To You recently affirmed that the church will not bow to anyone but Jesus Christ.
This follows the recent SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage and a host of other incidents involving Christians and homosexual issues. He warned that the church (aside from God) is now alone. Disagreeing with homosexuality is no longer an option. Christians and churches must openly embrace homosexuality and same sex marriage or be penalized and even taken to court. It has already begun. According to MacArthur:
At the seminary [The Master’s Seminary], we put an article up on the seminary website about homosexuality. Within a matter of hours, we received a letter ordering us to cease and desist immediately or face a very severe lawsuit. Could we be sued for taking this position? Absolutely. Insurance companies that provide liability insurances for churches so that we’re protected against lawsuits are beginning to say, “We will not accept responsibility for lawsuits on homosexual or same-sex marriage issues.” The church is out there all on its own.
He also noted that:
Barry Lynn, who heads up an organization—a hostile, satanic organization against the gospel and against the Word of God—is making all the moves he can to make sure churches lose their tax-exempt status. And the way they’ll do that is they’ll begin to sue and drag the churches into court on that issue. The government provides student loans for students at Christian colleges. But if that school or that college doesn’t affirm same-sex marriage, and have open enrollment to homosexuals, they can cut off all that funding—Cal grants, Pell grants—which enable students to go to college. This is going to come. We enjoy, as a church, a beautiful campus, large piece of property. We don’t pay property tax, because we’re granted freedom from that tax. How long will that remain if we don’t comply?
You can read about who Barry Lynn is HERE One wonders why a self proclaimed Christian would choose to participate in this sort of activism. Whatever the case, I like MacArthur’s encouraging ending thoughts:
Our Lord is coming.
Let’s pray. Such a joy to be together, Lord, and to know the truth and to love the truth and to hear the truth, embrace the truth. Make us not only people who know it, love it, believe it, but proclaim it. Give us courage. Give us boldness. Protect us. Protect Your gospel, Your truth. We don’t want to say we’ve given up. You can do anything. You will build Your church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. You will call out Your people. You will preach Your gospel. You will draw Your own to yourself. Use us for that. Make us a light in the darkness. May we be known for our love and our truthfulness. May we be faithful to preach the gospel of loving grace and the threat of eternal judgment. And Lord Jesus, be glorified in your church, and Lord, be glorified in the world. Come quickly. Come quickly. Amen.
You can listen to the audio HERE