For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, But not before God.
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. (Romans 2:13)
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who made national headlines last summer after refusing to issue marriage licenses over her opposition to same-sex “marriage,” won in the end.
With little fanfare, and barely a mention, Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law a bill that transforms the state’s marriage license form and removes the requirement that county clerks must sign or affix their official seal to them. He called it a “statutory finality” to the issue of marriage licenses in his state.
“We now have a single form that accommodates all concerns,” he told the media after it was announced the bill had been signed into law. “Everyone benefits from this common sense legislation. There is no additional cost or work required by our county clerks. They are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”
That was all Davis had been asking for when she refused to comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was jailed for five days for contempt of court, but released after some of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses in her stead.
The bill that Bevin signed into law passed through both chambers of the Kentucky legislature unanimously. Davis has not personally responded to the news, but Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel—and who represented her in her court case—issued the following statement:
(Romans 8:1-39) There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …
“The First Amendment guarantees Kim and every American the free exercise of religion, even when they are working for the government. County clerks should not be forced to license something that is prohibited by their religious convictions. To provide a license is to provide approval and places a legal authority behind the signature. We celebrate this legislative victory. County clerks are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”
If indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. (Colossians 1:23)
Written by TCE Global News