Yes, the Bible tells us to "obey
our leaders," but I use this expression again: There can be "extenuating circumstances." I’ve talked
to you at other times about obeying, despite the actions of our leaders, but things have gotten even worse that we would have
believed. So let’s check the Bible again.
Hebrews 13:7 says, "Remember them which have the rule over you." But read the rest of the scripture: "who
have spoken unto you the word of God." Are our leaders who have legalized men marrying men and women marrying women,
speaking unto us the word of God? Certainly not. And the same chapter of Hebrews, verse 24, says, "Salute all them
that have the rule over you, and all the saints." That seems to be a package of believers, not God-fearing leaders.
First Peter 2:13 says,
"Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake; whether it be to the king, as supreme, or unto
governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well."
The Living Bible is clearer: "For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right."
Our leaders certainly aren’t concerned about right and wrong, and aren’t bigger than God, so there again are
the "extenuating circumstances."
The 13th chapter of Romans speaks at length about obeying those in authority, but he goes on to say that we who are ruled
are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. But we have leaders who aren’t of this nature.
We’re not even supposed to obey our pastors
if they teach other than what our Bible says. The lady county clerk in Kentucky, who got jail time for refusing to sign same
sex papers was totally in the right. Paul said in Acts 5:29 that "We ought to obey God rather than men," As far
as I’m concerned, he was telling each of us to take jail over hell.
On Judgment Day, when you stand before God and say, "but it was legal,"
will that cut the mustard?