Pastor John MacArthur: Democrats ‘Adopted The Sins of Romans 1 As Their Platform’

Jon Street | December 10, 2012 | 1:06pm EST
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Pastor John F. MacArthur, head of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. (Photo: Grace to You)

– Evangelical pastor and author John MacArthur said that the Democratic Party has “adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform."

“And as you know,” MacArthur told his Southern California congregation on Sept. 30, “I’m not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform. This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.”

MacArthur is an author, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and a teacher at Grace to You media ministry.

“In an ideal situation, their platform would mean that the government passes out condoms so people can fornicate at will,” said MacArthur. “For those who happen to get pregnant in the process, the platform advocates that you kill the baby at the will of the mother, up and including the ninth month.”

“At the same time,” he said, “it advocates homosexual marriage, which is an oxymoron, an utter impossibility, and a gross violation of the law of God. And then, to add to that, the murder of abortion and then the platform originally leaving God out. All of that is Romans 1.

"Romans 1 says God will judge, God has judged, throughout human history, nations that experience sexual freedom," he said. "Romans Chapter 1 lays that out clearly. The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against those who advocate sexual freedoms, sexual conduct outside of marriage. And that's an indication of a demise of a nation.

"And then Romans 1 also says God will judge those nations that advocate homosexual behavior, men with men, women with women, doing what is unnatural," said Pastor MacArthur. "They are also haters of God, haters of God."

The Democratic Party voted to include support for same-sex marriage in the party’s platform at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.  At the convention, the party also affirmed its endorsement of Obamacare, which includes a regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans to cover, without co-pay, sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Upon approving the platform, the audience initially “booed” a reference to God, although the mention of God was ultimately kept in the party’s platform.

But MacArthur is not the first person to not the contrast between the Christian views espoused in St. Paul's Letter to the Romans and Democratic Party views on such issues as homosexual marriage and abortion is not new one.

As reported in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at a campaign stop in Nelsonville, Ohio that the Sermon on the Mount is “more central” to his faith “than an obscure passage in Romans.”

In this May 21, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Joplin, Mo. Obama's re-election campaign is touting new polls that show growing support for gay marriage following the president's public embrace of same-sex unions. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

"I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage,” Obama said, “But I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans."

Three days later, Obama told ABC’s Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts that his views on gay marriage were “evolving” and that the issue of gay marriage is also an issue of “how we treat other people.” Citing his Christian faith, Obama added that the root of his faith is “not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf,” but also the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

In Romans 1, it states:

26 That is why God abandoned them to degrading passions:

27 why their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural practices; and the men, in a similar fashion, too, giving up normal relations with women, are consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameful things with men and receiving in themselves due reward for their perversion.

28 In other words, since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behaviour.

29 And so now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery and spite,

30 libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in evil, rebellious to parents,

31 without brains, honour, love or pity.

32 They are well aware of God's ordinance: that those who behave like this deserve to die -- yet they not only do it, but even applaud others who do the same.

Here is a link to the King James version of Romans 1.

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