New SSM ads take you on a false journey

November 22, 2011 No Comments by CCL Communications

By Pastor Bob Emrich, Chairman of the Christian Civic League

The same folks that tried their best (and failed) to redefine marriage in Maine have started running two new tv ads in the Bangor media markets. Their new approach is to indirectly mention their intent which is to persuade Mainers that natural marriage should be changed to include two people of the same gender. The ads are designed to create empathy with people who are conflicted about same-sex marriage.

The supposed “journey” toward approval is at the heart of the ads. A pollster from Oakland, California recommended this approach, believing that Maine people are unsure of their convictions. The pollster is wrong.  Here are my thoughts.

:ne ad features a Pastor Michael Gray from the United Methodist Church in Old Orchard Beach. I have no empathy or sympathy for this man. He should know better. On the website for the denomination he represents, I found this statement from the “Book of Discipline”: “We affirm the sanctity of marriage and shared fidelity between a man and a woman.”

Pastor Gray’s makes a clear departure from the clear teaching of Scripture. Jesus Himself affirmed the teaching in Deuteronomy that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The purpose of the ad is to give some sort of spiritual sanction to unnatural unions by displaying a member of the “clergy” and using the claim to have “prayed about” agreeing to same-sex marriages.

There is no need to pray about what God has clearly revealed. True Pastors know that their authority comes only from the truth of Scripture and not from “personal stories”.

The other ad is also an attempt to create empathy, in hopes that empathy will become support for same-sex marriage.

This ad features a couple from Fort Fairfield. It is not a random conversation. It is a very deliberate attempt, using this couple, to make us think the people of rural Maine are “struggling” with the issue of same-sex marriage.

The facts are otherwise. The ad attempts to equate love for erring family members with support for unbiblical unions.

Those who want to redefine marriage want us to believe that we show love and support for homosexual family members by encouraging them to remain in their sin. Christian people will remember than true love and support helps people overcome, not surrender. The implication that those who vote to protect natural marriage are somehow lacking in love is reprehensible.

These ads are slick productions that confuse truth and deny realities. Don’t be taken in by misguided emotion and misleading examples.

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