The video below is must-watch stuff. Consider it a primer for what’s to come. This particular story is playing out in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The support this man and his family have received has been remarkable. People had to be turned away from this large gathering because it was full, so they stayed outside and sang hymns.
Dragged before the authorities to do what? To testify about Christ and His Word. Hmm…where I have I seen that before?
For many years I’ve seen this coming. It’s normal to be brought before the authorities for doing wrong. We’re all about to find out what Christ and many of His children have to deal with when unjustly accused of breaking laws. God’s law will always trump the civil authority but in America and Europe those two have co-existed well for quite some time. The tolerance and diversity movement is anything but tolerant or diverse. And this is nothing new. Satan cannot tolerate the Light.
What weapons can Satan bring to the table? Torture, imprisonment, death? Here we are a week separated from the celebration of Easter. He got the memo but he’s not gonna stop. He’s stupid like that. We gotta be like Stephen. When the stones fly, fix your eyes on Jesus.
Mr. McArthur quotes from Matthew 10 briefly in his short address:
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:16-20
It’s really impressive to hear Daniel McArthur ask those in attendance at this gathering to pray for and love those who are causing him these troubles. Flat-out perfect!
The video is excellent – about 7 minutes.
Christian baker ‘places trust in God’ ahead of legal action against refusal to make cake with pro-gay marriage message
Daniel McArthur, flanked by his wife Amy, said he had been humbled by support from fellow Christians as he arrived at Belfast County Court to fight a challenge by Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission.
The commission is bringing the case against Mr McArthur’s family-run Ashers Bakery on behalf of the gay rights activist customer whose order was declined.
Ashers refused to make a cake with an image of Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie below the motto “Support Gay Marriage”.
Ahead of this morning’s hearing, Mr McArthur said: “Ashers Baking Company is, and always has been, willing to serve any and every customer who comes through our doors. We love serving people.
“Our problem with producing the cake we were asked to make last year was with the message, not the customer.
“We just didn’t want to be forced to use our creative skills to help endorse and promote a campaign message that went against our sincerely held religious beliefs. We are just trying to be faithful to the Bible.
“We think it is wrong to use the laws to force anyone to say something that they oppose and hope that the court will take the same view.”
The commission, which monitors compliance with equality laws in the region, has alleged that the stance of the Belfast-based company was in breach of legislation.
The case has sharply divided public opinion in Northern Ireland and beyond, making headlines across the world.
A Gracious Explanation of Christian Conviction In The Ashers Bakery Case