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Genuine judgement awaits in highest court of all

Published 22/05/2015

Ashers Baking Company have lost their court case and face paying financial damages. The result follows similar incidents in the USA.

A bakery in Oregon has been told to pay $135,000 (£86,000) to a lesbian couple that it refused to make a wedding cake for two years ago.

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland took the Ashers bakery - a Christian company - to court claiming it broke the law by refusing to bake a cake with a gay slogan on it.

Readers of the Belfast Telegraph will probably be aware of the recent articles about Ashers, predicting that the controversy seems certain to be destined for appeals to higher courts.

Let's consider the highest court. In Acts 24:25 we read: "And as he (Paul) reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time...".

In this case, Apostle Paul was defending himself and his doctrine in front of a politician called Felix. This man was judging Paul, but trembled when he realised a higher court (ie God's) was judging him.

Felix was frightened enough not to want to hear more about judgment, but not frightened enough to believe the Gospel, which offers an alternative to sin.

Everyone - including judges, lawyers, you and me - will be judged at this highest court. God have mercy!

MICHAEL RAPHA

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