Barronelle Stutzman the owner of Arlene’s Flowers Shop in Richland, Washington was ruled against by the Washington State Supreme Court. In 2013, a multi-year repeat customer asked her to provide the floral arrangements for his upcoming homosexual un-wedding ceremony. Mrs. Stutzman politely refused, explaining it would violate her religious beliefs on marriage. The homosexual “couple” responded by firing off a lawsuit against her with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. The Benton County Court and the Washington State Supreme Court, have both ruled in favor of the homosexual pair, violating Stutzman’s right to freedom of religious exercise. The State Attorney General has also filed a lawsuit against Stutzman! These elected officials have put 72-year-old Stutzman at risk of not only losing her business but also her life savings and personal retirement assets.
What do American’s think about the persecution of Baronelle Stuzman as well as the persecution of many other Christian owners of wedding venues, bakers, photographers?
A survey done by Public Religion Research Institute finding 58% of Americans support Homosexual Unmarraige “Weddings” and 42% of white Evangelical Protestants would force Christian business and ministries to provide services to these un-wedding events. So 58% of Americans are on board with the Washington Supreme Court and an astonishingly 42% of white Evangelical Protestants are all united in the commitment to force Christians to do things against their conscience especially when it comes to accommodations of homosexuals. This is a seismic shift away from the seventh and eighth commandment. So 42% of Evangelical Protestants want to persecute their fellow Christians who stand on the unchanging standard of God’s Law Word regarding marriage and sexual morality. So those who claim they are in the household of God, 42% of them are a huge problem in America! They want to come after their own brothers and sisters in Christ and cause them to be persecuted by the State for staying true to the Word of God.
So that is what a large swath of America thinks.
What does God think about those so called Christians? We don’t have to wonder for it is spelled out in the letter from Jesus to the Church of Thyatira. After commending them, “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”
So to put it mildly Jesus is not pleased. He is not pleased that there is a Jezebel in the church of America who is advocating for sexual immorality and which wants to persecute Christians who are faithful to their Lord and Savior. What has gone wrong with the spiritual harvest in American is akin to what was happening on the island of Crete. Turn to Titus 1:10 where Paul writing to his disciple tells him how to deal with the heresies of his day on Crete.
The Works Salvation Heresy Titus 1:10-11 “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”