An Open Letter from John MacArthur Regarding SCOTUS Decision

July 10, 2015 at 9:42 AM 2 comments

This was originally published on July 1, 2015 by John MacArthur at this link and is reprinted here in its entirety.

Dear Friends:

The highest court in the land has passed its judgment. The headlines proclaim that a slim majority of Supreme Court justices considers freedom of sexual orientation a right for all Americans. This exchange of one set of values in favor of another does not come as a surprise to us who already know that the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe (2 Cor. 4:4). June 26th, 2015 stands as a significant milestone in the American demonstration of this ancient reality. This is a critical hour for believers across our nation.

Media outlets are bustling with updates, and I don’t need to add my voice to the general fray. I would like to communicate the below thoughts that I trust will help you frame the issue in a biblical way.

  1. No human court has the authority to redefine marriage, and the recent verdict does not change the God ordained reality of marriage. God was not defeated in this ruling, and every marriage will be judged according to biblical grounds on the last day. Nothing will prevail against Him (Proverbs 21:30) and nothing will thwart the advance of His Kingdom (Dan 4:35).
  2. The Word of God has pronounced judgment on any nation that would reclassify evil as good, darkness as light, and bitter as sweet (Isaiah 5:20). As a nation, America continues to put herself in the crosshairs of judgment. As a proclaimer of truth, you are responsible for never compromising on these issues. In every way you must stand firm.
  3. This ruling proves that we are clearly in the minority, and a people set apart (1 Peter 2:9-11; Titus 2:14). As I wrote in the book Why Government Can’t Save You, the standards that shaped Western culture and American society have given way to practical atheism and moral relativism. This decision has simply accelerated the rate of decline. A country will not rise above the morality of its citizens, and the majority of Americans don’t have a biblical worldview.
  4. Religious liberty is not promised in the Bible. In America, the church of Jesus Christ has enjoyed unprecedented freedom. This is changing, and the new normal may include persecution that is new to us.
  5. Marriage is not the ultimate battleground, and our enemies are not the men and women who seek to destroy it (2 Corinthians 10:4). The battleground is the Gospel. Be careful not to replace patience, love, and prayer with bitterness, hatred, and politics. As you carefully consider the dangerous pitfalls ahead, be mindful of the indomitable power of forgiveness through the cross of Christ.
  6. Romans 1 clearly identifies the evidence for the wrath of God on a nation: sexual immorality followed by homosexual immorality culminating in a reprobate mind. This most recent step reminds us that God’s wrath has come in full. We now see reprobate minds at every level of leadership – in the Supreme Court, the presidency, cabinet, legislature, press and culture. If our diagnosis is in line with Romans 1 then we must also follow the prescription found in Romans 1 – we are not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation! In this day it is our divine duty and calling to strengthen the church, families, and gospel testimony by shedding the pragmatic nonsense that distracts the church from its mission given by God. Homosexuals—like all other sinners—need to be warned of impending eternal judgment and lovingly offered the forgiveness, grace and new life through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

In the final analysis, show patience and a steady confidence in the sovereignty of God, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and the authority of Scripture. Turn your eyes toward the Savior, and remember that when He returns, all will be made right.

I am praying for your steadfast proclamation of truth, and your uncompromising stand for Christ.

 

John MacArthur

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2 Comments

  • 1. rutnerh  |  July 10, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    I agree with 5 of the 6 points in John’s letter, the exception being #1 that secular human courts indeed have have the demographic authority to change Bible or Judeo-Christian based definitions of anything including marriage in a society that is currently predominantly non christian or embraces secular values. In past US history, nominal Christians being a majority, were able to impose Biblical standards on all its citizens regardless of their beliefs. Our status has now changed to a minority with inevitable loss of christian influence and symbols from public view…and this will surely escalate to the point of persecution of true followers of Jesus as clearly predicted by Jesus and experienced in the horrendous persecution of post apostolic christians under Roman rule, later under the RCC and now by satanically driven religious fanatics in distant lands…inevitably even us Christians in this satan dominated USA.

    The role of true Christians is NOT fighting secularism or changing its infra structure through an oxymoronic Christian Activism, but to inform individual sinners of their impending judgment as stated in the last sentence of #6.

    Planting salvation seeds is our first and foremost duty as His followers after we have personally become born again. We must reach out to the “many” lost souls, indeed multi billions, heading towards eternal hell and add to the “few” , in Jesus’ words, seeking Him and eternal life in heaven.

    Scofield said it well in “The Biggest Failure of the Chuch Age, written more than 100 years ago, ending with the admonition;:

    THE CHURCH! Christians , let us leave the government of the world till the King comes; let us leave the civilizing of the world to be the incidental effect of the presence there of the Gospel of Christ, and let us give our time, our strength, our money, our days to the mission distinctively committed to the Church, namely, to make the Lord Jesus known “to every creature”!

    Christians! These are our marching orders until our death or imminent Rapture, whichever comes first!

    • 2. modres  |  July 10, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      Yes, I agree. MacArthur also agrees that Christians are not here to dictate to the world but to EVANGELIZE the world. Thanks for your thoughts!


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