Another Huge Blow to Religious Liberties
In late June, the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision ruled that a Christian campus organization like the Christian Legal Society (CLS) cannot require its voting members to be Christians.
The ruling came about when The University of California’s Hastings Law School refused to recognize Christian Legal Society (CLS) because it has a policy that organizations must be open to all students. CLS required students to adhere to a statement of faith that included a moral lifestyle to become official voting members.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Hastings College. In the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy said “the era of loyalty oaths is behind us.”
What’s next? Since local churches are exempt from paying property taxes, couldn’t the Supreme Court using the same rationale decide that churches cannot require a confession of faith for church membership?
What if a church chooses to follow the Bible policy of excommunication when a church member is involved in unrepentant immorality?
If I understand the Bible correctly, God requires a “loyalty oath” for entrance into heaven. Even the US Supreme Court can’t outlaw that.