Portland Church Sued For 2.3 Million For Not Allowing LGBT Event On Their Property

The term liberal used to mean that people believed in a certain kind of liberty.  That has changed drastically.  Liberalism today has almost nothing to do with the liberty enshrined in our founding documents.

No, the liberty that liberals are interested in today is freedom from any influence of biblical morality.  They’re all for unusual sex arrangements, abortion, the sexualization of children, public indecency, and a long list of deviancies.  But when it comes to liberty for Christians to simply practice their faith and decline to participate in events that celebrate things they don’t believe in, the iron fist of liberal fascism slams down.  Boom!

An Oregon business has filed a complaint against a church that prohibited it from hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church, claiming that the fallout from that decision has harmed the company.

In 2015, Ambridge Event Center, which once rented out a space owned by Holy Rosary Church for various events, was compelled to reject an LGBT group's request to hold an event on the property due to the church's "morals clause."

In a lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, Ambridge alleged that the church's rules against them hosting the LGBT event caused them harm.  They are seeking $2.3 million in damages.

The PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, an African-American LGBT support group, sent a request to Ambridge to have an event held at the venue they were renting from Holy Rosary.  Ambridge had to decline the request and then apologized, stating that the refusal came at the order of Holy Rosary.

Ambridge also took issue with the church's decision to end their contract deal after the company hired an openly gay events coordinator as part of their efforts to "restore its image with its clientele and its relationship with the LGBTO community."

Rod Dreher, author of the book, The Benedict Option, wrote in a column published Tuesday that "this will not be the last challenge of this sort against churches."

At the end of the day, if liberals truly want liberty, they have to advocate for liberty for all people.  God’s Law is eternal and every individual will have to answer for the choices they make in life, and that’s why we have been commissioned to preach the Everlasting Gospel in every nation.

Adventists leaders, educators and businessmen better know what they believe on this topic right now, and they better stick to those biblical principles if they hope to win the world for Christ.  Many in the world are looking for clarity, truth and moral freedom.  The Jesus of the Bible provides that. 

"You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature" (Galatians 5:13).