The Larger Issues (Baking Cake for Homosexuals)

Baking cake for homosexuals

The Larger Issues

I fully endorse the letter, “Religious Freedom vs. Discrimination” by Thomas F. Harkins, Jr.

It is unreasonable, coercive, and unkind for those who believe in any form of sexual immorality (including homosexuality) to force a sincere person to choose between his “sincerely held religious convictions” (on the one hand) and keeping his business operative (on the other hand). To compel one to forsake his Christian views to cater to homosexuals or to require his business to close is simply wrong!

God not only says that homosexuality is sinful, but He also says that such sins as fornication, adultery, and pedophilia are likewise sinful, must be shunned, and will keep one from heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21).

Suppose two people come to a baker and want the help of a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or any other moral person to participate in their wedding. The problem: God says that it is wrong and a form of sexual immorality for one to practice homosexual acts. Further, it is sinful and wrong for one to divorce his wife (on the grounds of incompatibility, imprisonment, cruelty, etc.) and marry another person. The Lord Jesus says, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9; cf. Mark 10:11-12).

What if two people who are remarrying come to a baker and want a cake for their wedding that will result in adultery? You see, this is not simply a matter of homosexuality—but of all sexual immorality, including adultery.

Let’s remember that what God says is to be taken seriously. What does the baker do? They must obey their conscience—or face the unreasonable and unjust consequences. (In our illustration above, we aren’t dealing with the question of whether a Christian should really be in the cake-making business, with its problem of unhealthy foods.)

Richard Hollerman

 

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Baking Cake for Homosexuals

Since the local newspaper doesn’t permit letters to be more than 200 words, I had to maker a briefer presentation also:

The Larger Issues

In agreement with Thomas Harkins’ letter (6/28/17), it’s totally coercive for a sodomite to force a sincere person to choose between “sincerely held religious convictions” and keeping his business operative. To compel one to forsake his Christian views to cater to homosexuals is wrong.

But there are larger issues.  God not only says that homosexuality is sinful, but He also says that adultery is likewise sinful, must be shunned, and will keep one from heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Suppose two people come to a baker and want the help of a Christian to participate in their wedding. But God says that it is likewise wrong and a form of sexual immorality for one to divorce his wife (on the grounds of incompatibility) and marry another person. The Lord Jesus says, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9; cf. Mark 10:11-12).

What if two people who are remarrying come to a baker and want a cake for their wedding, resulting in adultery? Thus, this is not simply a matter of homosexuality—but of all sexual immorality, including adultery.

What does the baker do? They must obey their conscience—or face the unjust consequences.

Richard Hollerman

 

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