This is the official letter from the Honorable Bishop Eugene Reeves, the Presiding Prelate of the Eagles Rock Communion of Christian Leaders, written in response to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States.
July 2, 2015,
The U.S. Supreme Court has made its highly anticipated decision on marriage. The court has redefined marriage in America, and made it legal for same-sex marriage in all fifty states. The court made its decision based on their interpretation of the Constitution. I am not in a panic or believing that the world will come to an end on next week. This action is what the world does and it is up to the church to continue to do what the church does. As bible believing Christians, we believe that the Bible teaches marriage to be a union of one biological man and one biological woman (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:31).
In a democracy as in our country, we are to live and be governed by civil law in order to keep order and prevent chaos. However because something is lawful does not make it expedient or biblically correct or right for us to participate (1 Cor. 6:12). For years now it has been lawful to seek an abortion, purchase pornography, participate in gambling activities, and now marijuana use. Despite these changes in civil law and acceptance in our society, I believe we are to abstain from these practices. As bible believers, we make the decision not to participate in these things that may be lawful but not beneficial for us as followers of Christ.
As I stated on Sunday, our mission according to scripture is to be Salt and Light so men may see our good works and the God in us and glorify our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:13-16). We do not take sides but instead we hold up the book, this book of the law written by holy men of God under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This book, the Holy Bible is still right, and the truth it contains will never change nor pass away.
Now the Bible is clear in its instruction for us to love all people, even our enemies, and to do good to them and bless them (Matt. 5:44). Therefore we must be mindful that we are not called to cast stones, place blame, condone or condemn but to let our light so shine before men that they might see the love of God in us.
We will be forwarding a copy of the updated by-laws to our members and covenant churches that we must adapt now that the civil law has changed.
Bishop E.V. Reeves
Eagles Rock Communion of Christian Leaders
12680 Darby Brook Court
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192 703-490-7155