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NY Pastor: Gay Marriage a ‘Cold, Hard Slap of God’s Face’

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.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Theophile

    Pride, is the primary sin that Sodom was guilty of Ezekiel 16:49, homosexuality isn’t even mentioned in the list. The “slap in the face” is saying God made people gay, (which would be an outright lie), and then being proud of it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    The Baptist Church is NOT being forced to marry same-gender couples. Maybe they, along with the Catholics, should just mind their own bloody business.

    Kohl can call other pastors “false prophets” but that works both ways. I would lump Kohl in with the Jerry FALSEwells of the world.

    For all his “fasting and praying”, maybe he simply disagrees with God,s answer this time – which seems to be “On THIS issue, you are WRONG.” It is nothing more, less or OTHER than his opinion that this “should leave Christians grieving”, since many OTHER Christians are REJOICING that JUSTICE has been done. He and his “Church” should get the heck out of politics and allow ALL citizens the freedom and equality to marry the person they love.

    Hateful. Just hateful.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    No law will force him to marry those same gender folks that wish to commit to each other in a religious setting. There are many churches that accept those born with an attraction to a person of the same gender. They believe in a loving God, not one that is going to be “offended” by Gay marriage. Kohl is a poor example of “love” in the Christian tradition, IMO.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Rather than focus on one pastor who is opposed to the new legislation, why not focus on the many pastors that have supported it? Their concern for the inclusion of all people and relieving the fear and loneliness that comes with exclusion of LGBT people is more noteworthy and of greater human and religious interest. They have honored Jesus call to all who are weary and heavy laden. In their congregations LGBT folks will find rest where their yoke is shared and Jesus acts of mercy and grace continue. One angry man proclaiming lonely people should remain alone is not news. Congregations – people – opening their churches and their lives to people who have ben ostracized and vilified is news indeed in an age where division and separation have been celebrated.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sarah

    Romans 1:26&27
    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    1 Corintians 6:9-11
    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

    Leviticus 20:13
    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    Jude 1:7
    Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

    Galatians 4:16

    Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

    This is not anyone’s opinion. It’s Gods. If you have problem with this you have a problem with the God of the Bible. Read your bible and believe what it says not just the parts you like.

    Homosexual sin is not good for the people involved in it or for society as a whole. here are some stats: The median age of death of homosexuals is 42 (only 9% live past age 65). This drops to 39 if the cause of death is AIDS. The median age of death of a married heterosexual man is 75. [This is a reduction in the length of life by 44% (33/75 = 44%)The median age of death of lesbians is 45 (only 24% live past age 65). The median age of death of a married heterosexual woman is 79. Homosexuals are 100 times more likely to be murdered (usually by another homosexual) than the average person, 25 times more likely to commit suicide, and 19 times more likely to die in a traffic accident. 21% of lesbians die of murder, suicide or traffic accident, which is at a rate of 534 times higher than the number of white heterosexual females aged 25-44 who die of these things. 50% of the calls to a hotline to report “queer bashing” involved domestic violence (i.e., homosexuals beating up other homosexuals). About 50% of the women on death row are lesbians. Homosexuals make up 2% of the population.

    Fields, Dr. E. “Is Homosexual Activity Normal?” Marietta, GA.
    Lesbian News, January 1994.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08


    “Leviticus 20:13
    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

    Sarah, are you saying that same-sex relations between men should be punishable by death? If you believe that, then there’s really no point in listening to what you have to say.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sarah

    Mordred 08

    I agree there is no point listening to me. I don’t want you to. My opinion is worthless but God’s is very important that is why I quoted what God has told us in his Word. If you don’t believe what God has said then don’t that is your choice.

    Second I am not saying that we carry out Levitical punishments but at the end of the day all of our sin is punished by death as in we all die. We do not take the law into our own hands. But telling someone that their homosexual lifestyle is okay is condemning them to an earlier death than most people enjoy and what is worse eternity in Hell not because they are homosexual but because they are sinners. Why would you not warn someone of this and save them from this? And tell them to turn to Jesus Christ and he will forgive them of this sin. That is what a true Christian does because we love the person enough to tell them the truth of Gods word. The truth may hurt but lies will kill. We may not be under Levitical punishment but we are still under the moral law it teaches. Listen to what a holy, loving and just God has to say and homosexual sin as in any sexuality outside the bounds of marriage between a man and a woman is condemned by God. God says it not me. Don’t believe that then read your bible and if this condemnation still annoys you your argument is with God not me.

    By the way why did you only choose the Leviticus scripture to get hot and bothered about? What about the rest of the scriptures?


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    sarah: “I am not saying that we carry out Levitical punishments.”

    Then why did you bring it up? And why would you not follow all the rules of the bible? Isn’t it supposed to be the infallible word of your god? Did he make a mistake?

    “By the way why did you only choose the Leviticus scripture to get hot and bothered about? What about the rest of the scriptures?”

    Well, all of those verses you mentioned are backwards nonsense. If I criticized all the nonsense I see each day, I’d have no time for anything else. So I picked Leviticus 20:13, which is the only one that commands believers to execute homosexuals. I can’t emphasize that enough.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment whatever

    What foolishness.

    First off, “God” didn’t write the words that are being touted as ‘God’s Word.’ People did, and they clearly evidence the magical thinking that was prevalent in the world before disciplines like genetics, neuroscience, and physiology were even conceived.

    Secondly, no one in this country is required to kowtow to anyone’s god, whether s/he exists or not. Frankly, any deity that would call for people’s deaths simply because of who their chemistry tells they they’re attracted to – especially after he supposedly created them – is a tyrant and a fool and deserves neither respect nor worship.

    Finally, unless and until Pastors like the dim bulb quoted in this ‘fair and balanced’ article are forced to perform same sex marriages, they need to step back and get the hell out of the way. He’s not content to live how he believes – he needs to force everyone else to live how he believes.

    No thanks, Spunky. That ain’t America. I hear they love that kind of nonsense in Afghanistan, though… want I should book you a ticket?

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