Sin soon could be a “constitutional right” in the United States, and Christians will be forced to participate or at least acquiesce, according to James Dobson, who founded the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk.
“Never before has the court elevated to a constitutional right that which Christianity and all major religions consider to be a sin,” he said at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer event in Washington.
“And done so in a way that requires acquiescence,” he said. “We’re going to, by the way, be forced to participate in or to accept something that contradicts our faith.”
He was talking about the looming U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right.
He earlier wrote in a newsletter to his hundreds of thousands of supporters that redefining marriage would be a harbinger of the collapse of Western civilization.
“I do not recall a time when the institutions of marriage and the family have faced such peril, or when the forces arrayed against them were more formidable or determined,” he wrote.
“Barring a miracle, the family that has existed since antiquity will likely crumble, presaging the fall of Western civilization itself. This is a time for concerted prayer, divine wisdom and greater courage than we have ever been called upon to exercise,” he wrote.
Dobson on Thursday called for prayer for the Supreme Court decision, warning that if it goes against biblical marriage and millennia of civilization, it will impact virtually every part of American society.
He likened the ruling to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision in which the justices ruled the Constitution protects a right to abortion.
“They both attack the family. They both weaken the family,” he said. And more, they split the nation apart, he said.
“This decision is going to do the same thing,” he said. “It implications are breathtaking.”
He said textbooks will have to be rewritten, church Sunday Schools and even sermons may face government censorship.
“What will fall from this will be hundreds and hundreds of court decisions that are going to affect the church and all of us,” he said. “Florists, bakers and photographers. But more than that, we’re talking about the church. The Baptist church or the Catholic church or another denomination.”
Churches may be forced to hire secretaries “in open unrepentant relationships.”
“This is that being imposed on the church,” he said.
Punishments, penalties and more is inevitable, he said.
WND has compiled a “Big List of Christian Coercion” with dozens of cases in which Christians have been fined, threatened or penalized for recognizing the biblical definition of marriage.
“How are parents to teach their small children what the Bible has to say about this when they must put them on a school bus to go to school and be taught the opposite?
“We’re talking about the death knell of religious liberty in America,” he said.
Dobson, the author of staples to families around the world such as “Bringing Up Girls,” “Bringing Up Boys” and “When God Doesn’t Make Sense,” frequently has tangled with the Obama administration.
He also, amid his lawsuit against the administration over Obamacare’s abortion requirements, told the president he would refuse to obey any law that required him to participate in the killing of an unborn child.
“I believe in the rule of law, and it has been my practice since I was in college to respect and honor those in authority over us. It is my desire to do so now. However, this assault on the sanctity of human life takes me where I cannot go,” he wrote in an open letter to the president.
“I WILL NOT pay the surcharge for abortion services. The amount of the surcharge is irrelevant,” he said. “To pay one cent for the killing of babies is egregious to me, and I will do all I can to correct a government that lies to me about its intentions and then tries to coerce my acquiescence with extortion. It would be a violation of my most deeply held convictions to disobey what I consider to be the principles in Scripture. The Creator will not hold us guiltless if we turn a deaf ear to the cries of His innocent babies. So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation.”
WND also reported a year ago that when Dobson spoke to the National Day of Prayer in Washington, hundreds stood and cheered his condemnation of the abortion-funding plan, now defeated multiple times in U.S. courts.
“Consider an editorial published in the New York Times a few weeks ago,” Dobson wrote in his recent commentary. “It was written by liberal columnist, Frank Bruni, who insisted that Christians must be ‘made’ to change their church doctrines on sexual morality. He actually wrote, ‘Church leaders must be made to take homosexuality off their sin list.'”
WND reported Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Harbinger” and the inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie, smacked down the Supreme Court’s assumption that it even has the authority to redefine marriage.
“The justices of the Supreme Court took up their seats [in a hearing] on whether they should strike down the biblical and historic definition of marriage,” he said. “That the event should even take place is a sign this is America of [George] Washington’s warning … a nation at war against its own foundation.”
Washington warned that the smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation “that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself hath ordained,” he said.
Cahn noted the Supreme Court opens sessions with the words, “God save the United States and this honorable court.”
“If this court should overrule the word of God and strike down the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself ordained, how then will God save it?” he asked. “Justices, can you judge the ways of God? There is another court and there another judge, where all men and all judges will give account.
“If a nation’s high court should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised God will pass judgment on the court and that nation? We are doing that which Israel did on the altars of Baal,” he said.
See Jonathan’s Cahn’s message at Washington: Man of Prayer event at the Capitol.