The debate continues within evangelical circles regarding acceptance of gay marriage. One pastor saying that embracing it is listening to the Holy Spirit while another maintains God’s standards have never changed and the Bible forbids it.
In a Friday conversation on Fox News’ “Spirited Debate,” host Lauren Green asked pastors Stan Mitchell and Shane Idleman whether Jack Phillips, a baker from Colorado, should be compelled by the state to violate his conscience and his religious beliefs about marriage. Phillips, who declined to make a same-sex wedding cake in 2012 and was ruled against in a state court, will have his case heard at the U.S. Supreme Court in December.
Mitchell, who leads GracePointe Church near Nashville, TN, and whose church affirms same-sex relationships, compared the issue to the civil rights struggle of African-Americans of the 1960s.
“In 1966, in Nashville, the question was could a black person sit and eat at a particular restaurant,” he explained. He noted that he was raised in the rural southeastern region of the United States where he was taught that segregation was a biblical “mandate” and where his moral forebears were…
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