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
Senior Pastor
Embassy Covenant Church International

12 Responses to “Bishop Smith’s Response to Supreme Court Decision”
  1. Christopher James on

    Thank you Sir for reminding us of our ‘long-held Faith’. Our Faith is everything. The time has come for believers to stand on it, boldly proclaim it, and defend it. ‘Boots on the ground’.

  2. debra on

    The wisdom, love, and respect you display when reaffirming gods law is what many more pastors need to aquire. Many know his law but share it without grace. I think what hit me most in your words is not treating all with respect and dignity, but the reminder that i can in fact do that and still honor my god…that is my largest hearts desire is to honor my lord and savor by my actions not just in my words!

  3. Pat on

    I thoughts exactly. It’s not the government job to legistrast righteous. It’s is our job to love & treat other with respect.

  4. Deacon "Double F" on

    Bishop I totally agree with your response not just as your son in the gospel but as a fellow citizen in the Kingdom! In the Kingdom the King’s word is law and there is no compromise or changing and His word declares one man and one woman become one flesh!

  5. Overseer Clarence E. Duckworth on

    If mankind were to adhere to man with man and women with women then our world would soon be depleted, for this kind of world could not bear children and would soon leave us with a shortage of people in the world and also the mindset of this kind of world would cause the world to move even farther away for the word and spirit of God. Thank you for your stand. CED

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