Skip to main content

God Bless Barronelle Stutzman!

Hurray for Barronelle Stutzman, the florist of 37 years in Washington state!! I applaud her for taking a stand for what she believes. Barronelle refused to provide the arrangements for the wedding of a male gay couple (Roger Ingersoll and Curt Freed) who then promptly sued to have her shut down. A Benton County Superior Court Judge had ruled that her decision was a violation of the Law. Afterwards, a bone was thrown to her by the States Attorney Generals office in the hopes of making this go away, asking her to pay a $2000.00 fine, a $1.00 fee for services, and a vow to never discriminate again. Her reply in writing to Bob Ferguson (AG) was as follows:

(Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom)
“You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.”

Again, HURRAY for Barronelle! She is setting the example--forging the path--for other Christians to show the world that they truly believe in Christ and take His word, the Bible, seriously.

Salt is painful to the wounds that sin exposes. (Tweet this) Jesus said of the church, "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men, (Matthew 5:13) Barronelle is doing her part to make sure the Salt preserves her Christian heritage and is not thrown out as useless. I am asking praying believers everywhere to lift up prayers to the Lord in her behalf.

This is what it is going to take to fight against the powers of darkness seeking to take out any and all believers who stand in their way. At current, it is ok in America to hold our worship in private and express our beliefs inside the church walls, as long as we keep them to ourselves. Christians know that we are called to share our faith--not force conversions--but to live out and speak for what we believe to all people. It is just as much our constitutional right as that of the unbeliever to speak his. But we do not just live to tell the gospel without reason. Jesus came to "seek and save that which was lost," (Luke 19:10). Christians are the emissaries of God--the ambassadors for Christ. (Tweet this) We know that it is very important that God's message of salvation be taken to all people with the hope that some will respond and gain eternity in heaven.

But it is not just heaven where rest will be found. God's peace and His overwhelming joy and blessing can also be had on earth--even if pale in comparison to heaven. Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full," (John 15:11) And, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world," (John 16:33).

Certainly, all same sex individuals have the right to live in rebellion but what they do not have the right to do is force their rebellion on the church. The church does not force herself on anyone. Worship and acceptance of the Lord Jesus is purely volitional and can never be forced.

Jesus once said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me," (Luke 9:23). If more Christians knew the Bible and would take their relationship to God to mean more than an afterthought or a necessary evil (Tweet this) there would be more like Barronelle Stutzman in the world; thus more people enjoying the overwhelming blessing of eternal reward. Again I say HURRAY for standing. I salute you Barronelle. Thank you for making me and many others examine our relationship to God more closely.

God Bless


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

25 Reasons to Believe - In Jesus FREE EBOOK

FREE EBOOKclick to download - When book comes up click down arrow on Upper Right to save a copy.

A while back the Barna Group released a report titled, "Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church."

Under reason two, "Teens’ and twenty-somethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow" they write: 

"A second reason that young people depart church as young adults is that something is lacking in their experience of church. One-third said “church is boring” (31%). One-quarter of these young adults said that “faith is not relevant to my career or interests” (24%) or that “the Bible is not taught clearly or often enough” (23%). Sadly, one-fifth of these young adults who attended a church as a teenager said that “God seems missing from my experience of church” (20%)." 

If one takes a look at the modern church-scape I can see why. The gap between those pastors and teachers that are fired up about Jesus and those that do not preach all of the gospel was never more ap…

Fornication - The Acceptable Sin?

In the Bible there are several sexual sins that are categorized under the term,"Sexual Immorality." Not the least of these is, "Fornication." However fornication has become an outdated, and in many places, the acceptable sin in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As a matter of fact, many do not even know what the term "fornication" means. Since the advent of the modern Bible translation, many have never heard of it. This article focuses on what the Scripture says about this out-of-control acceptable sin.

Fornication is mentioned thirty-six times in the Bible (MT), thirty-two times in the New Testament. In almost all modern translations the word has been substituted with, "sexual immorality" and has come to mean any number of sexual sins. However, sin (missing the mark) is still sin and sin still separates a person from God. So why has this sin become so acceptable even in modern churches????

UPDATE: Here is a testimony of life after …

Cardboard Signs and Saying Yes to God

Perhaps you have seen the story of "Daniel's Gloves". It has been floating around the internet since 2001 according to snopes.com. They also tell us the original author is Richard Ryan the assistant Pastor of a Church in Indiana.  I refer to this story—which you will find posted below mine—because of the effect that helping one in need can actually have on a believer’s life.
One of the things I have done in the past is monitor just how many people there are who simply pass on by those who are holding a sign stating “Will work for food” or “Need Help for me and my children.” If you ask the hurting they will tell you there are literally hundreds and hundreds who just will not help. Truly it is a sad testimony that “one or a few bad apple(s) can spoil a whole bushel.” It is definitely something I also have observed. For some reason we either fear them, fear confrontation or fear being deceived. Whatever the reason, I often wonder how God feels about it.
Just a few months bac…

The Bride of Christ Has Made Herself Ready!!

The Bible teaches of an upcoming Wedding Day that the Church should be on cloud nine over!! Rev. 19:7-9 states:


Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."

The passage above speaks of two distinct events, the Marriage of the Lamb and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Both of these events are reminiscent of the ancient Jewish wedding ceremony where the Bride would become betrothed to her Groom and he would go away to build her a home. In the meantime she would wait anxiously for his return with shouts from his wedding party of "The Bridegroom Comes!" When the shouts were heard she wou…

"The Ten" and the Eleventh Horn of Daniel

What are we to make of Daniel’s Eleventh Horn (Dan. 7:8); could it be that the former, yet revived, WEU or Western European Union will make up the 10 nations the coming Antichrist King will rule over? Read on.
Most people have never heard of the WEU; however they have existed since 1954. Their purpose was to enforce the amended version of the Treaty of Brussels of 1948. From Wikipedia we read:
Since the end of the Cold War, WEU tasks and institutions have been transferred to the Common Security and Defence Policy which is being framed for the geographically larger and more comprehensive European Union. This process was completed in 2009, when a solidarity clause between the member states of the European Union which was similar (but not identical) to the WEU's mutual defense clause, entered into force with the Treaty of Lisbon. The states party to the Modified Treaty of Brussels consequently decided to terminate that treaty on 31 March 2010, with all the remaining WEU's activit…