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Chip and Joanna Gaines have enjoyed enourmous popularity as of late due to their widely popular TV show on HGTV “Fixer Upper”.

Most folks say they enjoy the couple because of the way they relate to one another, put family first, and let their faith pour into every aspect of their lives.

Just last month they released a video with their pastor, Jimmy Siebert, of Antioch Community Church in Waco interviewing them, and exploring their motivations, struggles, and testimonies.

Now the militant gay community is out for blood. Citing podcasts of Siebert’s sermons in which he says that the Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman, they are demanding Chip and Joanna be removed from the HGTV network.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has this to say:

Today, that faith is under fire by a handful of far-Left extremists who’ve latched onto a sermon the Gaines’ pastor, Jimmy Seibert, preached about marriage and sexuality. “If someone were to say, ‘Marriage is defined in a different way,’ let me just say: They are wrong,” Seibert said. “God defined marriage, not you and I. God defined masculine and feminine, male and female, not you and I.”

Now, I’m not sure why it’s news that a Christian church believes what the Bible teaches about sexuality, but apparently, this is a shock to the liberal media establishment. When reporters contacted the church, the communications director pointed them to Antioch’s webpage on “beliefs,” where it says: “Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.” That was their belief when the church was founded 17 years ago — and it’s their belief today. And, as recent polling points out, Chip and Joanne’s church is hardly in the minority! Fifty-three percent of all Americans (not necessarily Christian) told Wilson Allen Perkins polling this month that despite what the Supreme Court ruled, they still define marriage as the union of a man and woman.

Obviously, the Left is trying to do to Chip and Joanna what they unsuccessfully did to the Robertsons of “Duck Dynasty:” take down a hugely successful program in a show of political force. That’s unlikely to happen to a couple like the Gaines, who have no interest in renovating their views to suit a narrow ideology. Hopefully, HGTV has learned since its ousting of the Benham Brothers that religious discrimination doesn’t play well with viewers.

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This is insanity.

First, marriage as defined by the state is now between two consenting adults. That is true. However, marriage, historically has not been a secular institution, it has been a religious one. Churches have defined it as they see fit. For instance, a hundred years ago, the Catholic church would not recognize a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic, they still consider marriages in ‘reprobate churches’ (Protestant) to be invalid as well. So, the Catholic church would define marriage as between a male Catholic and a female Catholic.

Even with the current pope in office.

The Supreme Court decision to allow secular marriages between two consenting adults was because for the past 150 years or so, states and counties have been issuing marriage licenses, even to couples who wished to marry within the confines of their religion. There are then benefits assigned to marital status, such as Social Security survivor benefits, next of kin, etc. The decision from the Supreme Court was not based on the morality of the union, rather the equal protection clause which demands that all Americans are treated the same. We can argue the morality all day, but this was the crux of the Kennedy majority decision in a nutshell.

Therefore, while gay marriage is now legal in a secular sense, the definition within churches has not changed, and just like the Catholic church doesn’t recognize marriages performed outside the walls of one of their churches, most American churches don’t recognize marriages outside the confines of one man and one woman. It’s just that simple.

Bottom line, the LGBTQ (etc) mafia tries to villify everyone who disagrees with their rapidly changing agenda.

It’s a shame they are now attacking Texas’ favorite couple.

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