Remember how witches were identified in medieval times. Dunk them in a river. If they drowned they were not witches; if they survived they must be witches, so burn them at the stake. The modern equivalent could soon be happening across New Zealand. Ask a Christian marriage celebrant to marry two same sex individuals. If he agrees then he forsakes the commands of God, but he isn’t a ‘homophobe’; if he refuses he is a homophobe so charge him under the new same sex marriage legislation. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
In a radio New Zealand interview Grant Illingworth QC agreed that, in principle at least, pastors, elders, marriage celebrants or photographers could all be in breach of the Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act if they refuse, on religious grounds, to marry same sex couples.
A Christian who agrees to marry two same sex individuals will do so knowing they are agreeing to consummate, under law and before God, a homosexual relationship. They will know they are tacitly assisting in the assignment of unrepentant homosexuals to hell (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). No genuine Christian who is also a marriage celebrant can do that. So what happens if homosexuals decide to carry out a witch hunt and persecute Christians who refuse to marry them? It has already happened overseas under similar same sex marriage legislation.
There is also a good chance these homosexual christophobes will target the smaller evangelical churches because they know they will face little resistance from the old protestant denominations and the Catholic Church may be a little too big to take on.
Genuine Christians will have to make a stand against this legislation. Truth Watch suggests forms of passive resistance:
- Simply refuse to undertake any form of same sex ceremony, claiming the protection of the Bill of Rights. This will test the law and provide an opportunity to defend freedom of religion. Unfortunately, this tactic has not worked overseas.
- Tell the same sex duo that you will marry them but inform them a statement will be included in the ceremony that it is being conducted under duress and an iniquitous legal system that refuses to accept freedom of religion and conscience.
- Also, refuse to allow anyone into the ‘service’ (where it is conducted in a church) other than the same sex duo and two witnesses.
- Insist on stripping the ceremony of any Christian references – acknowledging as part of the service that the ‘marriage’ is being conducted outside the sanction of God.
- Put 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 on a banner and display it in the church and issue a trespass notice to any same sex duo that enters the church buildings, as soon as they announce they wish to get married.
- Simply refuse to speak to the same sex duo. Say absolutely nothing and go about your business. Issue them with the trespass notice.
- Agree to marry them, subject to the conditions above. Tell them you will turn up on the day, but inform them you will have to be carried into the building and physically supported during the proceedings.
- Where a freedom of religion tee-shirt at the ceremony with the 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 reference in large letters – front and rear, along with trousers covered in ash and dust. Have other Christians attend the ceremony similarly attired.
- We could go on but you get the picture –either refuse point blank and take whatever the law throws at you or turn the whole charade into a passive resistance fiasco and protest.
There are two things we can say without equivocation: Christians must continue to operate as marriage celebrants because marriage before God is a holy sacrament. Secondly, they can never agree to marry a homosexual duo under the Christian marriage liturgy. They can only do so using a secular format and only when it is combined with forms of passive resistance. If their conscience, before God, will not allow them to do even that then they must be prepared to take a stand and face the ‘legal’ consequences.