What Does Judge Gorsuch’s Church believe about Climate Change, Abortion, and Homosexuality?

When Barack Obama was running for President, we learned something about the preaching of his longtime pastor Jeremiah Wright. Wright married the Obamas and suggested The Audacity of Hope for the title for Obama’s book of the same name.

They sat under his preaching for several years and never expressed any disagreement publicly about some of Wright’s statements.

He drew attention to the Obamas with a number of inflammatory racist and anti-Semitic comments. The most notorious comment was this one:

“‘The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,’ he said in a 2003 sermon. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.'” (ABC News)

I’m OK with damning the government, but the government is not America. “We the people” are America. To damn American is to damn us.

StJohnsActionCommitteePosterJudge Neil Gorsuch, Pres. Trump’s choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, and his family have been sitting under the ministry of Rev. Susan Springer who pastors St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado. The denomination is liberal on many social issues, including abortion, same-sex marriage, and “climate change.”

“The first word that St. John’s uses to describe itself on its website and Facebook page is ‘inclusive,’ and the church is led by a female rector. On its website, the church encourages members to write letters to Congress asking for actions addressing climate change.”

I found the following on the site’s “Faith in Action” page:

The Episcopal Church’s position on abortion is as follows:

“[W]hile a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy, nevertheless it does not approve of the use of abortion as a means of birth control or family planning. Abortion is condoned only in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, or when a mother’s physical or mental health is at risk. Though abortion is always seen to have a tragic dimension, the Church opposes any legislation which would prevent women from obtaining abortions or information about abortions.”

Judge Gorsuch has not ruled on an abortion case. His book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (2006) is mostly likely the closest we’re going to get on what he believes on the subject. While he never mentions abortion, he does address the “inviolability-of-life principle” which “is strongly associated with the concept of human equality; the two are mutually reinforcing ideas.”

We may never know his position on abortion during the hearings because he will most likely say that since the issue may be taken up by the court in the future, it would not be right to assert an opinion on what may be a case before the court in the future. It’s my guess that those who oppose Gorsuch will comb through The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia to find language and application of the book’s subject matter and make a direct line to the topic of abortion, like this one:

“We treat people as worthy of equal respect because of their status as human beings and without regard to their looks, gender, race, creed, or any other incidental trait—because, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, we hold it as ‘self-evident’ that ‘all men (and women) are created equal’ and enjoy ‘certain unalienable Rights,’ and ‘that among these are Life.'” (The Atlantic)

Even if Judge Gorsuch is pro-life/anti-abortion, he could still rule in favor in terms of existing law and argue that his personal aversion to abortion should not enter into his legal opinion. Gorsuch said the following at the White House when he accepted Pres. Trump’s nomination: “a judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge.”

Now we come to the subject of homosexuality

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“The Church calls for the full legal equality of gay and lesbian people. . . . The Church elected its first openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, in June 2003, at which his long-time partner was present. On July 14, 2009, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted that ‘any ordained ministry’ is open to gay men and lesbians. . . . On June 29, 2015, at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, a resolution removing the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman was passed by the House of Bishops.”

“The Church calls for the full legal equality of gay and lesbian people. . . . The Church elected its first openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, in June 2003, at which his long-time partner was present. On July 14, 2009, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted that ‘any ordained ministry’ is open to gay men and lesbians. . . . On June 29, 2015, at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, a resolution removing the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman was passed by the House of Bishops.”

After abortion and slavery, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgender rights have become the most destructive legal and moral swamp in our nation. The Republicans have not held the line on the issue. The same is true of many churches. It’s true of Rev. Susan Springer of Gorsuch’s home church. She made her opinions on the subject known in a 2010 article titled “Episcopalians don’t share LDS1 view on homosexuality.” Springer wrote a letter to the editor when she served as the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan, Utah.

It was in response to Apostle Boyd Packer’s remarks in his “Cleansing the Inner Vessel” talk at a 2010 LDS General Convention in which he stated that marriage should be “shared only and solely between man and woman, husband and wife.” (It seems that Springer was actually responding to Jason Swensen’s article “Cleansing the Inner Temple” about Parker’s remarks rather than the original talk by Packer.)

She believes that homosexuals “are born as they are.” For support, she quotes a homosexual who states that his homosexual desires and actions are a “hard-wired” fact, “that homosexuality is no more a person’s choice than is the fact that some of us are left-handed, blond, European, or fond of math.”

The astute observer will note that homosexuality is a sex act; it’s what a person does. Being left-handed, blond, European, or fond of math” are not behaviors. Are pedophiles and adulterers “hard-wired”? They would say they are. I suspect that many people would claim that they do what they do because they are born that way.

She next appeals to the Bible:

“My denomination believes that God gave us some pretty simple operating instructions: Love the Lord God more than anything or anyone, and love your neighbor just like you love yourself. On these two commandments, said Jesus, hang all the law and the prophets. That means that all of our actions should be motivated by love.”

And how is love defined? How do you know when you’re loving someone? By keeping the commandments. Love isn’t a feeling; it’s an action based on the law. Some abstract feeling does not nullify God’s law.

She then goes to the Old Testament law:

“There will be readers who point out that Leviticus 18:22 says that it is an abomination for a man to lie with a man as he does a woman, but who forget that Leviticus 19:19 says that you shall not put on a garment made of two different kinds of materials.”

There are no sanctions against wearing mixed clothing like there are for same-sex sexuality. The no mixed material law is in a different category from other laws and is related to Israel’s being separated from the nations. Laws regarding forbidden foods are also in this category (Mark 7:19; Acts 10). The New Testament is clear that these laws have passed away because the gospel is to go the nations, the very thing that mixed clothing and forbidden foods represented.

It’s interesting that Rev. Springer does not mention the laws prohibiting same-sex sexuality in the New Testament (Rom. 1:25-27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10) and the restatement of the creation ordinance related to marriage as being between a man and a woman (Matt. 19:4-5).

One more thing. Where is the command to “love your neighbor as yourself” found? In Leviticus 19:18 (also Matt 19:19; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8), the verse before the verse about mixing different kinds of materials. So the command she cites in an attempt to nullify the prohibition of same-sex sexuality found in the Law is located between two chapters that prohibit same-sex sexuality (Lev. 18:22; 20:13).

One last item from an article in The Huffington Post:

“When gay former law clerk Joshua Goodbaum married his partner in 2014, he got effusive and emotional reassurance from his former boss, President Donald Trump’s conservative U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

“Goodbaum, now an attorney in Connecticut, recalled fondly their conversation on the week of the wedding: ‘He said, “This is a wonderful thing. You’ll see how your relationship grows.”‘”

There’s no way to tell if Goodbaum is telling the truth. Related articles have the Gay Mafia opposing Judge Gorsuch.

“‘We absolutely must not confirm a Supreme Court nominee who has ruled that the religious beliefs of employers can trump the law,’ said Rachel Tiven, chief executive of Lambda Legal, an advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”

Gorsuch looks good on paper, but there are some red flags that need to be explored


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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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