Southern Baptist president: God, not Supreme Court, has ‘final authority’

“Our first commitment is to God and his word — nothing else and no one else,” said Floyd, an Arkansas megachurch pastor, speaking Tuesday (June 16) about the court’s impending ruling on same-sex marriage.

“I want to remind everyone today, humbly, the Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself, but the Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand,” he said, drawing a standing ovation.

“I declare to everyone today, as a minister of the gospel, I will not officiate over any same-sex unions or same-sex marriage ceremonies,” he said. “I completely refuse.”

He said he expects thousands of pastors in the nation to agree with him.

“While some evangelicals may be bowing down to the deception of the inclusiveness of same-sex marriage,” Floyd said, “we will not bow down nor will we be silent.”

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