Jeffress: We will follow God, not a court ruling

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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Some prominent Christian leaders have sent an open letter to the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices prepare to make their ruling on the Constitutionality of same-gender marriage.  

The open letter was recently featured in an ad in USA Today, The Washington Post and other publications. 

It was endorsed by dozens of leaders including Dr. James Dobson, Franklin Graham, The American Family Association's Don and Tim Wildmon, and Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas. 

Jeffress, Rev. Robert (FBC Dallas)Dr. Jeffress says the Christian leaders called upon the high court "to retain the traditional definition of marriage."

The court is expected to decide two issues: if the U.S. Constitution provides a legal right for homosexual couples to marry, and if states must recognize same-sex marriage licenses from other states where it's legal.

More than 30 states have voted to ban same-sex marriage in recent years but homosexual activists have won numerous court battles, leading up to the current court case, Obergefell v. Hodges

A decision is expected any time from the court, which is split among conservative and liberal justices. 

Homosexual activists are hoping for what they call "marriage equality" while religious leaders are bracing for a cultural and legal assault on churches, ministries, and religious schools. 

In the letter, ministry leaders also warned that they would not honor any ruling that changes the definition of marriage.  

"We are prepared to endure fines from the government and even loss of tax-exempt status if necessary to uphold our religious beliefs," Jeffress tells OneNewsNow. "And I believe every religious leader is going to have to make a decision at some point whether they're going to obey God or government."


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