Bold Iowa pastor challenges gay marriage judges

SIOUX CITY, IA – I have to say I am fairly ecstatic and energized to learn of Pastor Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, IA. Remember the GCM Watch story Handwriting on the wall for churches who “discriminate”? It articulated how government “benefits” are strangling the prophetic voice of the church. Nevertheless, Pastor Gordon is stepping out in a bold way to challenge the IRS and three judges responsible for allowing homosexual marriage in Iowa.


The Rev. Cary K. Gordon has a prayer he recites as he campaigns against the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who are up for retention in next month’s election.

“Dear God,” he says, “please allow the IRS to attack my church, so I can take them all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Gordon, an associate pastor at Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, says he will defy federal law this month when he urges the congregation to vote to not retain the three justices, who participated in a unanimous ruling that allowed same-sex couples to wed. His mass mailing to 1,000 church leaders in September prompted one national religious liberty group to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

[other pastors like] Jeff Mullen, senior pastor of Point of Grace Church in Waukee, are urging Iowa pastors to communicate to their congregations the “biblical mandate for involvement in local and national elections.”

When one of the judges publicly criticized his repudiation of their rulings, Gordon responded to the  judge’s gay marriage strawman silliness with a commanding release where he called their actions a bellwether of “greater malevolence” to come.

“Activist judges like Marsha Ternus, Michael Streit and David Baker are little more than a bellwether of a greater malevolence to come. I will not sit back and allow liberal judges to inappropriately misuse their power as a tool for unnatural social re-engineering. The path Iowa’s courts have placed us upon will inevitably lead to the criminalization of teaching the Bible in America, as has been done throughout much of Europe, and more recently, Canada. Their usurpation of authority, hubris, as well as their attempt to create an oligarchical tyranny, requires the most immediate and severe response allowed by civil and Divine laws.” Said Rev. Gordon

“My public summons to state-wide pastors (for which cause Marsha Ternus complains), now joined by a number of churches nearing the 200 mark, emulates those principles of righteous civil disobedience – promoted by the Holy Scriptures – and once used as the very rationale for our own Declaration of Independence. (See the theological work of John Locke, Two Treatises on Government, from whence the Declaration was virtually plagiarized.)”

All I can say is may God bless and strengthen this brave soldier. We do not have to passively accept the judicial tyranny of the government or its activist judges. I’ve already registered my personal encouragement to Pastor Gordon and I encourage others to speak out and stand up. We might not stop homosexual marriage but we certainly can definitely fight!

photo courtesy of Peacemakers Institute

10 thoughts on “Bold Iowa pastor challenges gay marriage judges

  1. I would love to join this man in his crusade to prohibit same sex marriages. I was so irate at this issue and others and how the church isn’t saying anything. Mostly because we don’t think that our one voice makes a difference but IT DOES. Remember it took ONE woman to take prayer out of school! Your voice matters and it can change the course of things. C’mon church!

  2. Just get rid of your 501c people and depend on God for your provision (like the Bible says). Its very simple you can then say what you want and the homosexuals can complain all they want to the IRS, to no avail.

  3. @Robert, thanks for the post – that 501C status has been one reason why so many pastors have become putty in the government’s hands.

  4. Nothing but straight up Word from this Pastor. Thankful for his knowledge & wisdom through this time!

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