On Kim Davis and submitting to governmental authorities: An open letter to Southern Baptist pastor Russell Williams

Dear Pastor Williams,

You don’t know me and we’re not Facebook friends, although it would appear we have one mutual Facebook friend. But like you, I am the pastor of a Southern Baptist church and today I came across your post on the Kim Davis situation — as of the time of this writing at 65,324 shares. Since you, in the office of pastor, asked your audience to allow you to weigh in on what is going on, as a fellow pastor I ask you and anyone reading this to consider my response to what you have written.

You write:

First: This is not a case of the government forcing anyone to violate their religious belief. She is free to quit her job. If she quits her job to honor God surely God would take care of her.

I’m not sure how someone in your position can write that with a straight face, given that the judge basically threw her in jail for contempt until she changed her mind. She was released, thankfully, in no small part due to public pressure, but you are naive if you do not think the government, in this case the judicial branch, was trying to force her to violate her religious belief.

Yes, of course she is free to quit her job. And for all who are in Christ God will not only “take care” of them, but reward them with an “inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away” (1 Pet 1:4).

But why should she quit her job? What law has she broken? The constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky was amended to prohibit marriage except between one man and one woman. That still stands, and those think five black-robed judges can make law — which is what they have attempted to do in Obergsfell v. Hodges — should remind themselves that legislatures make laws, and there is no law here that Kim Davis has broken. As for the argument the Supreme Court’s decision has overridden the Kentucky Constitution, one should read the tenth amendment to the United States Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it, to the States, are reserved to the States respectively.” When even the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court says June’s decision was not at all a legal decision, the several states are more than justified in saying to the federal government, “Uh, no,” when told so-called “same-sex marriage” is now the law of the land. The Supreme Court can no sooner make laws than I can fly. And if you were to take a look at me you know that isn’t happening.

You wrote:

Second: This is not a case of someone trying to uphold the sanctity of marriage. If she wanted to uphold the sanctity of marriage she should not have been married four different times. If she is worried about her name being affixed to a marriage license that goes against a biblical definition of marriage, she should not have her name on the last three marriage licenses given to her.

First, the Kentucky Constitution doesn’t forbid second, third, and fourth marriages but it does prohibit so-called “same-sex marriages,” so legally this argument is invalid.

But more to the point, I’m not about to justify her re-marriages, but this is a personal attack against her rather than an interaction with the reasons for her refusal to submit to an ungodly and unjust court decision.

And this is where your Facebook post really goes off the rails…

You wrote:

Third: This seems to be a case of someone looking to cash in on the religious right. Churches all across the south will throw money at her to come and tell congregations how the evil American government put her in jail because of her faith in Jesus.

This is slander. Plain and simple. I mean, do you know for a fact she’s looking to cash in? I’m not talking about if she will. I mean, as you wrote this, do you know she’s looking to cash in? Do you have a list of churches lining up to green her pocketbook right now? If not, this is slander. You are ascribing evil motives to her and accusing local assemblies of believers of being accomplices, and you should repent of that.

What Kim Davis does from here is anyone’s guess, but it’s just plain sinful to insinuate she is going to use this to enrich herself before the fact.

You wrote:

This is why we are losing.

No. Rather, arguments like yours are, quite frankly, why it seems we’re losing. When Christians turn their knives on those willing to take a stand against ungodliness from the government and the unjust and unlawful actions of the government, that’s why it seems like we’re losing.

Except, we aren’t and we won’t. Praise the Lord His kingdom is not of this world, and when He returns in glory He will bring in everlasting righteousness, and that inheritance I mentioned earlier, which the apostle Peter wrote of, is reserved in heaven for all whom God has caused to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of dead. Though we and Kim Davis have been distressed by various trials now, we aren’t losing and won’t lose, because Jesus will be revealed in glory, and those who are His will still belong to Him (c.f. 1 Pet 1:1-9).

You wrote:

This is why people have such disdain for evangelicals.
Not because we disagree but because we don’t take the bible seriously. If ever there was a case of “he who is without sin cast the first stone”, this is it. If ever there was a “take the log out of your eye” moment, this is it.

Haven’t you cast a stone at Kim Davis here? Calling her wrong for her stand and then accusing her of using it to profit without any proof thereof?

Anyway, this is not why people have such a disdain for evangelicals. The unbelieving world disdains believers because of what Jesus said in John 15:18-21:

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but before you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

Finally, you wrote:

We must stop looking to the government to make America a Christian utopia. Our kingdom is not of this world.
We must abandon all thoughts of fixing others and let Jesus fix us.
If we want sanctity of marriage then stop cheating, stop having affairs, stop looking at porn, stop getting divorces. That is the way for the church to stand up for the biblical definition of marriage, not by someone martyring their self-righteous self.

I agree with this up until the last clause, which is shameful for reasons I’ve already explained. Put down the log in your own eye.

This nation has never been a “Christian nation,” per se, and I have no expectations it ever will be, and quite frankly, it’s not my goal that it become one. The Lord’s kingdom is not of this world. We should expect to be hated, expect to be scorned, and to live with obedient faith as it relates to marriages all those things you wrote — stop cheating, stop affairs, stop looking at porn, stop getting divorces — amen and amen! But that doesn’t mean we have to obey unjust, ungodly laws. That doesn’t mean we have to say, “Please, sir, can I have another?” when the government whips us. And it certainly doesn’t mean we, as Christians, need to provide aid and comfort to those who hate God as they persecute someone who, as of two or three years ago from what I’ve read, is a sister in Christ (and yes, I’ve heard she attends a modalist church but not knowing her personally and lacking more information I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt).

I regret your post, and that the majority of the shares you have gotten are likely in agreement with you, judging by a few of the comments I saw. Know that this Southern Baptist pastor could not disagree more vehemently with your take on things, and when the government comes knocking on your door I hope you’ll show more backbone for the gospel of Jesus Christ and being His disciple than you have here.

I wish you well.


Matt Privett
Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Mozilla CEO’s [forced] resignation an atomic bomb in the war on marriage

The [forced] resignation of Brenden Eich as CEO of Mozilla, maker of the much used Firefox web browser, should make the bones of Christians chill, for it is a much bigger deal than it seems. The fallout is going to spread far and wide, and the effects will be devastating.

You’ll have to forgive the hyperbole, but this is tantamount to an atomic bomb being set off by the homoterrorists(1) in their war on marriage. And like the two real atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in part, dropped to deter any more from being dropped in the future (a weapon so awful no one would want to use it again), the forced resignation of a CEO is intended by homosexual uber-rights activists to deter anyone who desires any prominent or powerful position from even thinking of giving aid and comfort to the idea that marriage is really between one man and one woman.

Let’s re-visit the facts of the case. In 2008, six years ago, Eich gave $1000 to support the passage of Proposition 8 in California. That measure was passed by that state’s citizens with 52-percent voting for passage. The proposition limited marriage to the traditional (biblical) definition of one man and one woman, which by the way, was a position still support by then presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Since then federal courts overturned Proposition 8, and this past summer the Supreme Court upheld those courts’ decisions, opening the door for the eventual national legalization of “same-sex” marriage.

Eich has since distanced himself from his previous support of Proposition 8 and had pledged to make sure his company was inclusive of same-sex couples and all that goes along with that. But that was not enough for the homoterrorists.

You see, he had some time in his past spoken (with his wallet) against their movement, and that can and will not be tolerated.

Be clear about this. Brenden Eich was not going to be let off the hook for a relatively small amount of money that came out of his checking account six years ago, even though he had seen changed his views to match those of his current persecutors. Why? Because this is an atomic bomb set off by the homoterrorists to deter any CEO, or anyone period, from giving any support whatsoever to those who affirm marriage(2). And that’s where the fallout will be… “Say anything in support, or give any support of the idea, or organizations supporting the idea of marriage being between one man and one woman, and we’ll have your scalp.” The homoterrorists are coming after anyone who dissents with an ideological passion resembles the bloodthirstiness of the French Revolution.

So Christians, if you’re not awake yet, the alarm should have long since gone off. The days in which we will be able to speak or write truth freely regarding marriage are coming to an end. The politics of the situation are not going to improve with an act of God, changing the hearts of people and turning them toward Himself. And, of course, that can happen and that is our desire.

Nevertheless, the days are coming and are already here when the prophets of the new cultural commandment will demand your capitulation, or you will be slain as a heretic. And what is that commandment? Celebrate evil with us… or else.

(1) Credit for that term to James White, but that’s a perfect way to describe the homosexual uber-rights activists.

(2) And by marriage I mean the biblical definition of marriage [God created it to be between one man and one woman until death do them part], which is the only real type of marriage. Qualifying the word marriage with words like biblical or traditional only lends unintended credence to the notion there really is some other kind of marriage. There isn’t.