Greetings to the Saints of the Most High God and Savior Jesus Christ.
On behalf of Embassy Covenant church, it is my objective to set forth and affirm our position with respect to the institution of marriage. Our beliefs, as Christians, are deeply rooted in the boundless, inexhaustible, eternal Holy Scriptures.
In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States, it is my intent to stir up your pure minds by reminding you of our long-held faith. We believe marriage is the life-long union between one man and one woman. In spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling, we shall maintain our fundamental belief that marriage was divinely designed, defined, and established by God and affirmed by Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul (Gen 2:18,21-24; Mt. 5:32; Mt. 19:4-9; I Cor. 11:9; Eph. 5:22-33.)
We also affirm, at this time, our unconditional love for all humanity. Our position on marriage in no way nullifies, contradicts, or negates our belief in justice and equality. We believe all people, regardless of their ethnicity or sexual orientation, are created by God and therefore should be treated with respect and dignity.
We also believe that the right to freely practice religion in the United States is both a constitutional and divine right and therefore should not be hindered by federal or state law. Our new birth in Christ Jesus gives us citizenship in the Kingdom of God. As citizens of that Kingdom, we are called to bear witness of the light of Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom of God to all the earth. We are also called to honor the law of the land as long as it does not conflict with the law of God.
In honor of the King,
Bishop Hugh D. Smith
Embassy Covenant Church International