Yeah, you read that one right:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A coalition of clergy members filed a novel federal lawsuit Monday against North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriage, saying it violates their religious freedom.
And all you have to really know about these so-called clergy members is that they’re led by the United Church of Christ:
"North Carolina's marriage laws are a direct affront to freedom of religion," said the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, executive minister with the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, which is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.If you’re not familiar with the UCC, it’s the same denomination that Mr. Obama belonged to in Chicago – you know, the one pastored by none other than Jeremiah ‘God-damn-America’ Wright.
Now, the UCC’s website even says that 'God’s still speaking', but from the looks of it, they ain't listening anymore; God never approves of same-sex marriage, but according to the folks running the UCC, not allowing clergy to disobey God is some kind of violation of freedom of religion.
Actually, About.com actually offers a pretty good synopsis of what the UCC is all about:You know, Paul wrote about that whole ‘evolving theology thing when he penned his second letter to Timothy:
As a result of their acceptance of diversity and evolving theology, the United Church of Christ has become one of the most progressive and controversial faith movements.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Tim 4:3-4, ESV)Well, the UCC has definitely wandered off into myths – the myth that God doesn’t have a problem with His ordained preachers telling lies about what’s in His book.
At one time, like all the other Mainline Protestant denominations, the UCC actually stuck close to what the Bible had to say. Not anymore; again, like many of the Mainline Protestant denominations, they’ve allowed their ‘acceptance of diversity’ and (IMO, particularly) their ‘evolving theology’ to separate them from God, as well as their own members: back in 2005, the UCC was one of the first congregations (or maybe it was the first one) to affirm same-sex marriage – in less than a year, they’d lost almost 100 member churches.
Ask any church leaders – that’s going to leave a mark.
And yet that mark teaches them nothing, does it? Leaders of these churches see the loss of parishioners as the fault of the parishioners, because they won’t accept the lie that’s being preached. Rather than step back and re-embrace God’s word, these leaders will further dispense with God’s teaching in order to attract whomever they can in order to fill the pews and the collection plates.
They’ve opened the wide gate, the easy road, which leads directly to destruction – a destruction they’ve brought upon themselves.
(hat tip Pirate’s Cove)