The passage of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry by the state Senate on Friday, in fact, should leave Christians grieving – grieving that “our God has been offended,” said a New York pastor in his Sunday sermon.
Pastor Art Kohl of Faith Bible Baptist Church in Eden, N.Y. made it clear to his congregation that the legalization of gay marriage in New York is not an event Christians can just overlook or be unaffected by.
The passage of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry by the state Senate on Friday, in fact, should leave Christians grieving – grieving that “our God has been offended, … that a lifestyle has had a stamp of approval put on it by our government in Albany that really is an extremely dangerous lifestyle,” he said.
He said he had an entirely different sermon planned for Sunday but given the recent event, he felt he couldn’t ignore the issue despite the distance he usually keeps from anything political.
In the weeks leading up to the vote on the gay marriage bill in the state assembly and then the Senate, Kohl had busied himself in prayer, fasting and contacting lawmakers and mailing booklets he created containing passages in the Bible that address homosexuality.
Unfortunately, on the other side, there were liberal clergymen – or false prophets, as Kohl described them – convincing senators that God made homosexuals that way and that they have a right to be married.
The bill passed in the Senate late Friday with four Republicans voting “yes.” Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately signed it into law. The measure will take effect on July 24.