Rev. Sharpton, black clergy urge support of Md. same-sex marriage will send you straight to hell
This article was written by Aaron C. Davis with "Black News" quoting from the Bible
The Rev. Al Sharpton and prominent African-American clergy on Friday urged black voters to set aside their personal and religious views on gay marriage and think of Marylands November ballot referendum as a question of civil rights that follows blacks own struggle for equal treatment under the law.
This is not an issue about gay or straight, this is a issue about civil rights and to take a position to limit the civil rights of any one is to take a position to limit the civil rights of everyone, Sharpton said at a press conference attended by a dozen pastors and ministers who had traveled to Washington to attend the annual Congressional Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast.
Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor of Mt. Enon Baptist Church, Clinton, Md., speaks while Rev. Al Sharpton, president, National Action Network, right, and Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., look on as they announce support for the civil marriage of gay and lesbian couples during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. The ministers urged Maryland residents to vote for Question 6 on the November ballot. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (Cliff Owen - AP) This is a policy debate ... and we cannot be part-time civil-rights advocates, Sharpton added. Those who disagree on a theological level, we should have that debate in our churches, in our houses of worship, in our seminaries. We should not legislate to say that we win the argument by forcing others to do what we want. Tyranny by the majority is anti-democratic. Its anti civil rights.
Polls show that on Nov. 6, Maryland could become the first in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote. A divided African-American electorate has helped torpedo similar measures over the last decade in dozens of other states.
In the last six months, however, a series of high-profile endorsements has given gay-rights advocates hope that more in the black community may be warming to the issue.
In May President Obama said he believes same-sex couples should be granted the right to marry. The NAACPs board of directors followed suit shortly after, lending its support to same-sex marraige. Even black sports figures, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, have forcefully supported Maryland's efforts to legalize gay marriage.
Fridays gathering atop the National Press Club was led by Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor of the 8,000-member Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Prince Georges County, the majority African-American county which will factor heavily in the referendums outcome.
While you are so weak in the mind to let that Devil Al Sharpton lead you against GOD and the Bible, you will surely go to Hell. You cannot say at judgment you didn't know because you are being told.
Al Sharpton and the other Devil preachers are getting paid by the gay agenda, why else are they violating the Bible and GOD laws? They will send you straight to Hell!
Read what the Bible says below, so you cannot say you didn't know
There are those who like to say that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Various verses are cited (out of context) and the verses that people use to show that homosexuality is wrong are explained away. The world wants to change God's words and meanings into something more suitable to its sinful desires. Nevertheless, the truth stands: The Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin. Let's look at what it says in red below:
Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"
1 Cor. 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."
Homosexuality is clearly condemned by the Bible. It goes against the created order of God. He created Adam and then made a woman. This is what God has ordained and it is what is right. Unlike other sins, homosexuality has a severe judgment administered by God Himself. This judgment is simple: They are given over to their passions. That means that their hearts are allowed to be hardened by their sins (Romans 1:18ff). As a result, they can no longer see the error of what they are doing. Without an awareness of their sinfulness, there will be no repentance and trusting in Jesus. Without Jesus, they will have no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, there is no salvation.
What should be the Christian's Response to the Homosexual?
Just because someone is a homosexual does not mean that we cannot love him (or her) or pray for him (her). Homosexuality is a sin and like any other sin, it needs to be dealt with in the only way possible. It needs to be laid at the cross, repented of, and never done again.
As a Christian, you should pray for the salvation of the homosexual the same you would any other person in sin. The homosexual is still made in the image of God -- even though he is in grave sin. Therefore, you should show him same dignity as anyone else you come in contact with. However, this does not mean that you are to approve of their sin. Don't compromise your witness for a socially acceptable opinion that is void of godliness.
He and others stressed that the referendum would not force Maryland churches to perform same-sex marriages, but only to allow those that wish to perform the ceremonies to do so, and for couples to obtain marriage certificates from the state.
History has shown us the painful lessons of attempting to govern based upon subjective religious beliefs. The Bible was used to justify slavery. It was used to defend the subjugation and the subordination of women, Coates said. In a real sense, this is about preserving our democracy. We cannot as a nation spend billions of dollars every week to export freedom abroad, and then enact laws that deny freedom of fellow Americans here at home. That is not right.
Even as a handful of African-American clergy promoted a competing event to showcase opposition to gay marriage, Fridays event was hailed by gay-rights advocates as an unprecedented display of support by African-American religious leaders.
We cannot have justice for some and exclude others, said Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, pastor of the 12,000-member Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas. Justice is what love looks like in public policy. I implore, I encourage, all of my brothers and sisters, especially those of you in faith in the great state of Maryland, you are ushering in a marvelous movement.
The Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, of the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, was more direct:
I say to all of the Marylanders, dont forget ... dont trample on the grave of Martin Luther King. Make sure you are concerned about everybody having the right. For the black community does not own the civil rights movement.