A Word to the Church about the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

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Today the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling by a narrow majority to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The full ramifications of this are not yet known, but as we process this news in the coming days, I believe we need to keep our focus in the right place.

It’s very rare that I share a prophetic word on my web site (mainly because that’s not my primary ministry). But today I had an encounter with the Lord that I believe needs to be shared with the Church of America:

gavelI saw a vision of a large, walled city with a great spiritual army attacking its walls. The Church was stationed on the inside, concerned about the spirit of the world infiltrating their fortress. They were fighting off the opposing spiritual army with great effort.

Suddenly, a giant gavel (wooden hammer used by a judge) appeared and began to beat against the wall. The Church rushed to where the gavel was beating, and when they did, they left a gate to their city open, and a great cloud of fear swept in through the opening.

I heard the Lord say:

Many of my people have misplaced their hope. They are discouraged because they are watching the advancement of the kingdoms of this world rather than watching the advancement of My Kingdom. Many have felt the tension among my children as some of them have celebrated the decision of the earthly courts while others are deeply troubled. In the midst of this tension, many of My people have been distracted by an earthly decision and have allowed fear to enter their hearts.

So I say to My people: Do not be afraid. Guard the gate of your city that stands against the cloud of Fear. If you let in the cloud of Fear, you will lose your discernment, and your voice will lose its clarity.

Do not fear what the earthly gavel can do. This gavel will destroy some things that you have built, but it will never destroy what I have built. You can rest in your hearts and continue to advance my Kingdom with love-filled and grace-filled action, or you can rally around voices who would proclaim fear and despair to you. Keep your eyes fixed on Me, guard against fear, and you will remain in My victory.

I specifically feel I should comment on what the Lord called “voices who would proclaim fear and despair.” I have a sense that they are found in the media—both professional media and amateur media. In our on-demand culture, we have a choice to spend the coming days and weeks seeking out news sources, articles, blogs, and conversations that promote fear and hopelessness; or we can spend this time continuing to focus on the Great Commission and leading our culture with humility, love, and confidence in Christ. Only the latter will help us to remain in victory.

Do not be distracted or discouraged by the decision of an earthly court. This does not mean you cannot engage in the conversation and public discourse; it simply means that you must guard both your heart and your tongue so that you can be a voice of hope rather than a voice of despair.

The Scripture promises regarding Jesus that “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7, NKJV). His Kingdom is continuing to advance. So while this may feel to you like a great setback in the battle for our culture, it is not the final word. The only way this becomes a blow to the Church is if we allow fear to rule in our hearts rather than keeping our hearts and minds grounded in the established victory of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-13 — Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (NIV)

Continue to remain focused on our mission: making disciples of all nations. Keep proclaiming Good News.

Standing firm with you,
—Art

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18 Responses to “A Word to the Church about the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage”

  1. Diane ShieldsJune 27, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Thanks, Art, for this prophetic word! We Christians (who oftentimes can feel isolated in the world) need to hear from our Father so that we can continue steadfast in His work here in the world. Lately, the words that have been coming to me are “you are in the world, but not of the world” which have been my comfort and strength.
    This ruling did concern me for the fact that we as a nation continue to defy God and his commandments and are opening ourselves up to lose God’s protection and yet another terrorist attack to get our attention and focus back to “one nation under God”. How many times do we need to be “smacked” before we realize how much we are hurting our Father by continued disobedience?
    Keeping the faith in Leland, NC,
    Diane Shields

    • BeccaJune 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

      Love the sinner not the sin. The church doesn’t say much about fornication. Not to mention the sin of witchcraft even in the church in the form of passive aggressive get even…..lying…stealing…medical drug addiction. Very sad.More Holy Spirit power & casting out spirits is needed. Thank you for listening.

  2. Diane CourtierJune 27, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Thank you , for this prophetic word. We Christians must stick together. This is all so wrong. They decided to please the people & not GOD. Keeping my faith. Thank you Father for always being there for us. PTL!

  3. Wilma SwannJune 27, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks for the words of encouragement –It is just what we needed….God Bless and continue your good works…

    • Bonnie TennantJune 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      AMEN for speaking the truth and getting us all properly focused. B

  4. JayJune 27, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Or we can continue to love other as is written in Romans 13:10, “Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

    • Theresa VanceJune 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      AND we can continue to love one another, there is no OR, Gods word is supreme.

  5. Mayra JimenezJune 27, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Thank you Art, this is good for all of us, you brought hope in me.Gpd bless you.

  6. Charlene RamirezJune 27, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Couldn’t agree more! Christians I know are in panic over this. Others are being filled with anger…I posted something the Lord gave me after I heard the decision. It was about the prodigal son. If you would like to see it, it’s on my facebook wall. It is a powerful message. This fear is an attack against our faith and our love. I am a pastor, and some pastors are saying that now we might be forced to marry same sex couples or be sued or arrested. This is taking things way too far. Truthfully, we cannot be forced to go against our religious beliefs or that would violate our constitutional rights. They can perhaps take away tax exempt status for those who don’t comply, and that’s when we will see if people are willing to hold on to their beliefs when it costs them money. Perhaps this is a test to see what we really love most. Those who choose to rebel against God’s Word have the freedom to do so, and in going their own way, perhaps when everything goes wrong they will finally come to their senses, repent, and return to God. Nevertheless, it is our job to wait for, and desire that day, along with our Father, not to become angry and wait to see them be punished. I will not compromise my beliefs nor condone or take part in the breaking of God’s Word, but I will not condemn or judge those who rebel against the Lord….I will pray for them.

  7. Pasty JenkinsJune 27, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you so much for the encouraging word. I, too, was thinking , This is it”. Now, I am reminded, YES God has the last word and not to let fear come in. I will be strong in the Lord and encourage others to do so. Thank you for your obedience.

  8. Donna KJune 27, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    Good word. We need to keep our eyes focused on the Kingdom of God, not man. We are commanded to love. No one will be drawn to the Lord though hate and condemnation. Stand fast and do not let anger and discouragement become our message rather than the love and reconciliation offered through Christ. Although we are citizens of the Kingdom, we are also citizens of Earth and under the rule of law. We can be effective if we band together without hate and recrimination and remember to vote for the ideals that we hold dear.

  9. Mary HeardJune 27, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Thank you for a real word for the church. I myself pray in accordance with God’s word. When things happen like this. I am reminded nothing has surprised our God. God bless you.

  10. Theresa HillJune 27, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Thank you Art. That word was exactly what I needed to hear.

  11. IanJune 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    There’s more to worry the church and world than this: Afghanistan; Iraq; Tunisia; Somalia and the list goes on. Why do Christians over focus on this issue yet ignore such suffering and for that matter others areas like non biblical divorce…just saying…

  12. Sheila HolstonJune 28, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you for this prophetic word from the LORD. It strengthens my heart to know no matter what the world says or does…..God has the final word.

  13. Sheron ChisholmJune 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Thank you Pastor Art. I appreciate you and your ministry so much! Love you and Robin. I agree so much with what you said and it is so comforting you heard from God on this. It is comforting and affirming that my thoughts and feelings fell in line with His message to you. I heard the same as I heard the decision and my heart grieved. I feel that we just must go on and proclaim God’s Word to the people we know and meet in love.

  14. Karina AlexandraJune 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    Dear Art,
    Thank you for sharing!
    Thank you for your ovedience and love’
    Thank you for keep bring hope to the world to all Papa’s sons and daughters!
    Trully Papa was involved in your vision and I completely agree that this is just a stumbling block to the ultimate victory of Jesus coming sooner than we could ever image!!!
    Love never fails!
    Jesus never does either!!!
    Art I feel honor I met you in Whichita Kansas Kingdom Conf 2013 as Papa allows to be part of great wise loving and caring man as you are!!
    Yes the Kingdom is advancing and advancing faster than we can imagine!
    Little ones are being taught to love and lay hands and pray for healing for revival for love for forgiveness and such is our greatest hope!’
    More Love
    More fire
    More Peace
    More power
    More of Jesus in us!!! On us!! With us!!

  15. Deloris PeveyJune 29, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Thank you for sharing this…I fear not….the Bible tells me that…I am getting so upset about what I am seeing and hearing….I know my generation is going to be gone soon but I pray my grandchildren will have a better future. I look forward to the coming of our Lord and I know that can not be far away….again Thank you for sharing……

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