In my previous entry, I referenced to the Coeur d'Alene, ID, law requiring the owners of a small wedding chapel to perform same-sex marriages or face jail time and fines.
On Monday, October 20, the Washington Times reported, quoting from the Daily Signal, "The Knapps [owners of the Hitching Post wedding chapel] face a 180-day jail term and a $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding."
Theological shock waves have ripped through my social medial circles and through the congregation I serve in the past two weeks. At the center of the conversation, homosexuality. Though in years past many may have considered homosexuality a taboo topic, it is now front and center in society and has a growing audience in the church demanding a response.
These past couple of weeks, there are three stories that have specifically garnered attention that I would like to briefly address: In Houston, subpoenas issued for pastor's sermons regarding gay rights/marriage; Idaho, ministers must celebrate same-sex marriage or go to jail with fines; PUC, new chaplain for the college, Jonathan Henderson preaches, "Adam and Steve." The last seems to be of most interest, so I'll start there.
Pastor Ben is a pastor, marriage counselor, and international lecturer on Bible prophecy for more than 18 years. His lectures and preaching appointments have taken him to Europe, Australia, and Central America. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor for the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship in Tacoma, WA.