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“I can go and get married legally without religious influence and be LEGAL with all the trappings of "marriage" to include tax benefit, social security benefit and pension benefit.”

If you’re talking about same sex marriage, no you can’t….not in North Carolina and not in 31 other states. If you’re talking about a man/woman marriage, yes you can; but that marriage would be done for the “trappings” you mentioned, which are financial benefits. It certainly wouldn’t be for a spiritual reason, which defeats the purpose of the marriage ceremony. That makes it a marriage of convenience for financial gain.

If you’re a true Christian, you can’t just consider secular beliefs. You also need to consider God’s law and trust His determination of what’s right and wrong. He says that homosexuality is an “abomination”. That makes same sex marriage wrong. The problem with a lot of Christians today is that they’re afraid to offend anyone. No one seems to have that same problem with offending us. If you’re lukewarm on this kind of issue, please remember that God doesn’t like lukewarm. He would prefer you to be either hot or cold. Revelation 3:15 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!” Revelation 3:16 goes on to say, “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!” We need to be either hot or cold for God. I choose to be hot.

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