You don’t get through heaven’s gates through half-acting lawfully in the name of Jesus, you get to heaven through the grace of God, through the purity and goodness of your heart and through the trust in His Word, His Gracious Word, that should so easily lead us The Way…

Controversial talks have sparked as Pastor Twanna Gause recently married Pastor Vanessa Brown at the New Vision Gospel Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey. Bishops (Levi Richards and Eugene Gathers) greeted Pastor Gause as she stepped inside the church doors saying that she is their “spiritual daughter”.

As both men walked Ms. Gause down the aisle, she expected her father to respect her decision. However, he refused his daughters invitation as he said he had “differences in theological beliefs”.

“My father would not come here because he does not believe in same-sex marriage,” Ms. Gause said. “He told me the devil tricked me into this, and that if we had been married in biblical times, we would have been stoned to death.”

Ms. Gause’s father raised four daughters and a son and holds strong beliefs about religion and relationships. He said: “I believe that God wanted us to procreate through a natural process, and by no means am I happy about this because it is unnatural.

“I look at homosexuality as a mental disorder. If I start to tell you that I am an elephant and start to behave as an elephant, that’s my choice, I choose to become an elephant. But you would probably choose to call a mental institution.”

Mr. Gause has no plans to communicate with his daughter after her decision. She has lost contact with him completely. Her father told a media company in the States that he may “talk to her at some point” if she calls him but has no intentions of initiating a call. He makes it clear that “judgment has already been established by God.”

1 Corinthians 7:2-16 highlights how a man and a woman should be together and this works in the eyes of our Lord as a balance. This is the written and outlined expectations of Our God and to do otherwise is simply condemning His Word: “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

The two newly-wed ladies are pastors of Rivers of Living Water United Church of Christ, located in Newark and New York. There were 200-plus people celebrating their marriage on the day, a love that has lasted for almost three decades.

Both women grew up in religious environments but knew each other from a young age. They spent a lot of time together, especially at events sponsored by the Hiya Fellowship of the Saviour Church in Jersey City. After a turbulent time in their younger years and after being friends for many years, they decided to view each other differently and their feelings transcended from a friendly-basis to more of a sexual-basis.

When they first kissed, Ms. Gause said: “It was a wonderful, wonderful kiss,” she said. “Well worth the wait.” When Ms. Gause first told her father, he slammed the Bible down on a table and said to us, ‘Did you all read this book?’ He was very furious.

Mr. Gause makes a point of saying: “It is through that conscience that we hear from our creator as to what is right and what is wrong, and if God did not want us to procreate, then why didn’t he just create billions of people with no gender at all? He must have had a reason for doing what he did.”

God created man and woman for balance. Our Lord is against same-sex marriage, but this doesn’t seem to matter to these two pastors. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 says: “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So, it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

Ms. Gause is very hurt that she no longer has regular contact with her father saying: “Maybe one day he will realise that nothing has really changed with me except for the fact that I’ve found my perfect soul mate, and he’ll feel like talking to me again.

“But no matter what my daddy says about me or what he thinks of me, he knows down deep, deep inside that I’ll always be his little girl.”

Matthew 7:21-23 says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

Written by Gemma Smith

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Photos of their marriage celebration