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N.J. Clergy Not Required to Perform Civil Unions

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

New Jersey clergy, unlike secular officials, can’t be required to perform same-sex unions when they become available Feb. 19. The state attorney general announced the decision last week, quieting fears among religious groups opposed to “faux” marriage ceremonies.

Attorney General Stuart Rabner’s legal opinion, sent to the state registrar of vital statistics, came less than a month after the state became the third to approve civil unions for same-sex couples. The unions offer the legal benefits of marriage, but not the title. Couples may begin applying for licenses in New Jersey on Feb. 19 and can be united 72 hours later.

“Christians are lying asleep, much the same way they did when Supreme Court Justices legalized abortion in 1973 in the infamous Roe vs. Wade case,” said Pastor Parsley. “It’s bad enough that same-sex marriage is being forced upon the majority of Americans, but it would be an unspeakable travesty to also demand that the servants of God perform the unholy union.”

Under the law, all the same people who perform marriages – among them clergy, judges, mayors and other local officials – can preside over civil union ceremonies. The attorney general issued another opinion last month saying that mayors and other non-clergy who regularly perform marriages cannot turn down same-gender couples who ask to have civil unions performed.

Those officials will have to perform the unions or stop doing all weddings. To perform any marriage requested but then turn down civil unions would be a violation of the anti-discrimination law. There is concern that gay rights advocates might sue to force clergy to perform the ceremonies.

Last week’s announcement is welcome news because it recognizes ministers’ right to practice their faith.

Source:  http://www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Pastor Made a Lasting Impression

Posted by thelamp on January 8, 2007

Vincent Fields, pastor of Greater Works Ministries church in Absecon, N.J., delivered the invocation at the New Jersey Senate Dec. 11. The non-denominational New Jersey pastor likely won’t be invited back to deliver the opening state legislative prayer after he criticized “faux” marriage in his moment at the podium.

“We curse the spirit that would come to bring about same-sex marriage,” Fields said during his prayer. “We ask you to just look over this place today, cause them to be shaken in their very heart in uprightness, Lord, to do that is right before you.”

Everyone expected a generic prayer. If that’s what Fields had delivered, no one probably would remember him or his message. Instead, he shared a meaningful message. He said something that would be remembered. For that Christians should commend him.

“Sometimes, to be morally correct, you have to be politically unpredictable,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Same-sex marriage is being forced upon the majority of Americans by a small group of people who feel they know better than 2,000 years of civilization.”

America needs the divine intervention of God in order to protect the covenant of marriage and spare future generations from the aftereffects of such unions. In the meantime, Bible-believers are encouraged to emulate Pastor Fields example.
Speak God’s truth whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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I will be silent no more!

Posted by thelamp on December 29, 2006

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” — Elie Wiesel

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Don’t Let America Become a Disposable Society

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Terri Schiavo has gone to be with the Lord, but David Gibbs believes her right to live out God’s plan for her life should still spark passion in the hearts of Christians across the country. Gibbs – the lawyer who represented Shiavo’s parents in the fight to prevent their daughter’s husband from ending her life – is continuing his mission of speaking up for disabled patients.

There is no life unworthy to live, but Gibbs, who is the lead attorney for the Christian Law Association, worries America will become a “disposable society.” He has plenty of reason to be concerned.

“Technology has advanced much more rapidly than society’s discussion of moral issues about the sacred life God created, which has resulted in a generation of Christians who are easily swayed by empathy rather than moral standards and biblical principles,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity.

There was a time when young physicians made the following pledge: “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” It’s part of the Hippocratic Oath.

Most American medical graduates no longer take the Hippocratic Oath, but a variety of other oaths, of which only 8 percent reject abortion and only 14 percent reject euthanasia. The trend represents less respect for the sanctity of life.

Consider this question: Who decided that individuals in a persistent vegetative state can be slowly dehydrated and starved to death? It wasn’t Congress. Nor was it the American Medical Association. It was decided by a 5-4 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gibbs is urging Christians to have the courage to challenge that decision.
Since ancient times, society assigned the task of saving life to physicians. If killing people was required, that task was given to executioners. Now these opposite roles are being confused.

In Oregon, the law allows doctors to prescribe lethal doses of controlled substances like morphine to patients who request it and are “terminally” ill – that is, they are expected to die in six months. Killing anyone is against God’s will. Every six months of life have value.

Each year, there are 1.5 times as many suicides in the United States as there are homicides. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not private acts. Rather, they involve one person facilitating the death of another. This is a matter of very public concern since it can lead to tremendous abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for the most vulnerable people among us.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about giving rights to the person who dies. Instead, the real issue is about changing public policy so that doctors or others can directly and intentionally end another person’s life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about the right to die. They are about the right to kill.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Times Magazine of London reported that Dignitas, a Swiss right-to-die organization, plans to create a chain of death centers “to end the lives of people with illnesses and mental conditions such as chronic depression.”

Bible believers must reject such inhumanity and restore medicine to its former healthy state of independent professionals dedicated to the well-being of individual patients.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Compromising Marriage in New Jersey

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Question: When is marriage not marriage? Answer: When the Bible is compromised, as it was last week in New Jersey.

Following a state Supreme Court decision that required the New Jersey legislature to provide equal treatment for same-gender couples, lawmakers passed a civil union bill on Dec. 14. The bill creates a new legal arrangement that provides the benefits and responsibilities of marriage, but isn’t called marriage.

“Some lawmakers consider the move a compromise, since the unions will not be called marriage. Instead, it’s a compromising move that further unravels the fabric of society,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “The word has been preserved, but the institution of marriage has been weakened at its foundation.”

Last week, New Jersey became the third state in the union – joining Vermont and Connecticut – to recognize civil unions with all of the privileges of marriage, while Massachusetts has fully legalized “faux” marriage.

The New Jersey bill passed the Assembly 56-19 and the Senate 23-12. The legislature’s overwhelming approval of a homosexual civil-unions bill has troubling ramifications for the Garden State and the entire nation. Legalization of same-sex marriage is just another step to eliminating all restrictions on sexuality and marriage as a whole. The words “husband” and “wife” are about to lose their meaning.

In the face of increasing immorality, Bible-believing Christians must continue preaching the Gospel to discourage other states from putting the stamp of approval on homosexual relationships. Christians should not be deterred from carrying out Christ’s command to be salt and light in their society. It is time for believers to be the children of God referenced in Romans 8, a people “led by the spirit of God” to take on evil influences in popular culture.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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