Former Arkansas governor and probable presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is warning pastors that America is facing a "criminalization of Christianity" adding, "God help us all."
In a conference call with pastors promoting the Family Research Council's (FRC) "Stand For Marriage" nationwide church event Sunday, Huckabee said, "I think it's fair to say that Christian convictions are under attack as never before. Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great republic. We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity."
Expressing concern about the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on same-sex marriage, expected sometime this summer, Huckabee told the pastors that he sees it as his "biblical duty to pray for the members of the court."
He warned, "if the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says 'I can't perform that wedding' will now be breaking the law," Politico reported
"Let me make clear: It's not just saying, 'I'm sorry you have a preference.' No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil, for sure, and possibly criminal penalties for violating the law, depending on how the law is written in communities, states and in the nation."
Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pennsylvania, have partnered in producing the seven-minute film "One Generation Away," from Santorum's Christian-based EchoLight studios, which FRC has provided to 53,000 churches for use in their Sunday program, One News Now reports
Huckabee told the pastors that the government has banned military chaplains from "seeking assistance" for gays and their "homosexual lifestyle," and told them to "put their Bibles away. No longer pray in Jesus' name," Politico reported.
He said opponents of gay marriage are being branded as "pariahs" by the "ruling class" and added that, "supposedly conservative donors and conservative office holders are running away from the issue."
He urged the pastors to stand up against the "small minority pushing this agenda," and commented, "if you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you've been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal."
However, Huckabee said, it is a "battle for biblical truth" and added, "we cannot capitulate on this issue because it's not our issue, it's God's issue. When there is a clash between one's biblical convictions and principles and the law, one has to go with the biblical principles."
Huckabee said that the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments in the same-sex marriage case Tuesday, is only one branch of three in government, and that a decision in favor of same-sex marriage does not mean that marriage licenses have to be issued immediately.
He said: "Once the courts have been allowed to run over us and nobody stands up for us in the other two branches of government, then God help us all."
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