To The Editor:
As a Christian, I am committed to biblical faith and ethics. As a result, I
stand on the authority of Scripture and God’s truth as central to our
lives–not the US Constitution or even our church’s constitution. The Bible
is the basis for all our faith and practice. Regardless of what the Supreme
Court rules, my first duty is to love and obey God, not man.
What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging.
Biblical, traditional, natural marriage is the uniting of one man and one
woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on
marriage is not negotiable.
Consequently, I will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of
marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United
States Supreme Court. I will not recognize same-sex “marriages”, our church
will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.
While I and our church affirm our love for all people, including those
claiming same-sex attractions or confused about their biological identity as
male or female, I cannot and will not affirm the moral acceptability of
homosexual behavior or any other behavior that deviates from God’s design
for males and females made in His image, including His plan for marriage.
Therefore, I strongly encourage all pastors, leaders, educators, and
churches to openly reject any mandated legal redefinition of marriage and to
use their influence to affirm God’s design and I urge all truly born again
Christians to leave any church that accepts and practices same-sex
The Lord Jesus affirmed that design by quoting Genesis: “But from the
beginning of the creation God made them male and female. “For this cause
shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they
twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
I stake my life, fortune and future on the truth of God’s Word. Here I stand. I can do none else.
Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30am
“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”