Arkansas Baptist News
Here we go. The first openly homosexual mayor of a major city is attempting to intimidate pastors from preaching truth from the Word of God.
It should be no surprise to anyone this is happening on the heels of major and historic wins by same-sex marriage advocates this past year.
Outrage resulting from the Houston mayor’s subpoena of pastor sermons has been swift and a wake-up call for churches in Houston and across the country.
It has prompted the Family Research Council and Arkansas pastor and Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd to schedule an “I Stand Sunday” simulcast Nov. 2 as a way to alert churches and pastors of the threat such action poses to religious freedom.
“Regardless of the nature of communications they want from the pastors and churches, this … is a clear attempt to silence the voice of the Church in Houston, Texas, America, and the world,” Floyd wrote Oct. 20 on his blog, ronniefloyd.com.
I agree with Floyd that the subpoenas are a “blatant example of governmental overreach.” The decision must be challenged.
The simulcast will focus on “the freedom to live out our faith free of government intrusion or monitoring,” the website istandsunday.com said. It will feature Floyd and other leaders (see related story, Page 1).
Freedom-loving Americans shouldn’t be surprised these things are beginning to occur in our country, having elected so many politicians whose ideology is to reshape our culture.
However, God is in control and knew this day would come long ago.
Now is the time for the Church to be the Church and to stand for what’s right and witness to the Truth of Jesus Christ.
Tim Yarbrough is editor of the Arkansas Baptist News.