In July 2012, two men asked the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop (in Littleton, CO) to make them a cake for their homosexual wedding. Because the owner (Jack Phillips) is a Bible-believing Christian, he refused to make the cake, telling the homosexual couple that, because of his faith, he could not in good conscience make a cake that promoted homosexual weddings.
The two me filed a complaint against the Cakeshop with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) in 2013. Mr. Phillips contacted the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) which took the case defending him in front of the CCRC. In December 2013, an administrative law judge ruled against the shop saying that designing and creating cakes was not “free speech” protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. They also ruled that the shop would have to make the cake or stop producing any cakes for weddings (40% of the shop’s business). Mr. Phillips and his staff were ordered to go through a “re-education” program and file quarterly “compliance” reports explaining why any future cake requests were declined.
In July 2016, the ADF filed a petition with the Supreme Court to decide on the case. The case was accepted by the Supreme Court and will be heard October 2017. In addition to the filing by the ADF there have been numerous “friends of the court” brief filed supporting Mr. Phillips. Among those supporting the defendant is the Department of Justice as well as a large number of Senators and Congressmen who have written in support of Mr. Phillips’ right to exercise his religious freedom.
A decision by the Supreme Court will be made during this term (which will last into next year). At that time the Court will decide if a Christian business can refuse service based on their religious beliefs. If the Court rules in favor or the homosexual couple, it could mean that Christian businesses would be forced to perform homosexual weddings and or participate in them by catering or photographing them. The alternative, of course, is to close the business.
Regardless of the final decision by the Supreme Court, the truth about homosexuality remains the same. The Bible is very clear on this matter, both in the Old and New Testaments. Some might argue as to the validity of the Bible as a whole, but apart from that argument, there can be no doubt as to the truth.
In Genesis 19 there is the account of Lot protecting the two angles while he is living in Sodom, and the angles warning him to get his family out of the city, as it would be destroyed due to its wicked practices of homosexuality.
Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”
In the New Testament we can see two prohibitions against homosexuality: directly and in the context of the sin of adultery. In Romans 1:26-28 we see this when Paul is writing to the Romans: “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is unnatural. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error with was due.”
Within the Jewish community it was understood that homosexuality was a sin and an abomination. It did not need to be called out specifically, although Paul does. We also know that God made us “male and female” and that He created us in His image and that his work was “good”. He wanted us to “be fruitful and multiply”, and His plan can only be accomplished when man and woman are joined together in marriage.
It is also important to remember that we, as Christians, are to love our neighbor. That love is to be a conscious, active love, focused on bringing people into the kingdom of God. If they are leading a sinful life, regardless of what that is, we are to love the individual and help them turn away from their sinful ways. Our approach should always be with love and compassion and prayer so we do not drive them away from the salvation message. Also keep in mind that our responsibility is to “plant the seeds” and let “God bring the increase”.Tags: homosexual wedding, homosexuality, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Supreme Court