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LakeRidge Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

We were saddened and deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage and legalize unions between same-sex couples in all fifty states. Yet their decision provides us an opportunity to be unmistakably clear on our stand on this issue. I agree wholeheartedly with the statement by the current and past presidents of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, especially the following:

What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures' teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same-sex “marriages,” our churches will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.

While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same-sex attraction, we cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of homosexual behavior or any behavior that deviates from God's design for marriage. We also believe religious freedom is at stake within this critical issue – that our first duty is to love and obey God, not man.

Our culture increasingly embraces a lifestyle contrary to the clear teachings of God's Word. This environment will no doubt present challenges to our faith, yet our commands to be obedient to God and His Word have not changed. In such times, the light of Christ will shine ever more brightly as the world around us continues to darken. May we be encouraged to live for Christ even more during these challenging times.

Bro Raif

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain" (Philippians 2:12-16).

Click Here to read the full statement from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention presidents.