Coming Here Soon: South African Courts Deciding If Churches Can Ban Homosexual Marriage for Pastors

Today it is a county clerk but South Africa shows that it will soon be churches and pastors required to accept homosexual marriage.

To put it another way, it won’t just be bakers being fined for not baking a cake. In South Africa we are getting a glimpse of the endgame for these pervertocrats. Life News reports,

South Africa’s highest court is poised to uncork a powder keg as it decides whether it has any business second-guessing the country’s Methodist Church for firing a pastor in 2010 who announced her same-sex engagement.

The surface issue is incendiary enough: were the Methodists unfair to the Rev. Ecclesia de Lange? But far more significantly, if religious freedom means anything at all, shouldn’t it mean that churches that consider homosexuality to be against God’s law can fire their employees for breaking that law, without having to defend their actions in secular courts?

Both sides agree that it is a crucial case. Declared Nadene Badenhorst of Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA): “This is undoubtedly the most important case for religious freedom and the autonomy of the church that has ever come before our courts, and one that could open the door to the courts dictating to the church what she may and may not believe, preach and how she should govern her internal affairs.”

On the other side of the cultural divide, the pro-homosexual Mamba Online site put it thus: “The court could confirm that religious belief is not a basis on which to discriminate against gays and lesbians, or otherwise possibly agree that this is allowed.”

In this case, there is also a strong lesson about compromise in the Church leading to danger. It seems that the church allowed this homosexual practitioner to live with her partner and only objected when she announced her marriage. If that is true, then the church has invited trouble on itself.

Of course, this could also easily happen in the United States. And when such compromise invites a lawsuit, we have no idea if the courts would uphold the autonomy of the Church or if they would limit their findings to the circumstances of a church that allows a homosexual pastor—or if they would craft a decision that would persecute faithful, Biblical churches.