The Alliance Defending Freedom has launched a new program offering legal advice and legal defense to Christian churches in matters of religious liberty. The new program is called the Church Alliance, and is a special service being offered to Bible-believing churches across the country who want to protect their religious freedom.
As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex unions, many states and municipalities have enacted laws prohibiting discrimination based on so-called “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” These laws have been the basis for attacks on churches and religious institutions who remain committed to Biblical standards of sexual morality.A church in New Jersey was stripped of its state tax exemption because it refused to allow its property to be used for a same-sex ceremony. A group in Ohio recently announced they plan to sue any church that resists requests to make their sanctuaries and facilities available for same-sex ceremonies and celebrations.
A minister and his wife in Idaho were threatened with government penalties because they would not perform same-sex union ceremonies at their Christian wedding chapel. Civil rights authorities in Iowa suggested they could take legal action against ministers for making statements from the pulpit that would make persons who deny their true gender “unwelcome.”The Alliance Defending Freedom is the nation’s leading Christian legal-interest firm dedicated to religious liberty. In the past, ADF has represented a number of churches in high-profile cases in state and federal court with great success. ADF is now offering their services to any church who becomes a member of the Church Alliance.Christian congregations who join the Church Alliance will receive focused and practical legal assistance. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys will conduct a religious liberty audit, which involves a review of the church’s governing documents to help safeguard the church from potential litigation. ADF will provide the church with educational resources that give expert advice on how to administer church activities in ways that will avoid hostile lawsuits.
Most significantly, if a church finds itself facing legal challenges because of its Biblical convictions, lawyers employed by or associated with ADF will actively defend the church and its ministerial leadership in court at no cost. Member churches will be able to call ADF at any time with legal questions or legal advice on religious freedom subjects.Participation in the Church Alliance is the best legal insurance a Christian congregation can purchase to preserve its ability to proclaim the Truth of God’s Word without hindrance or harassment. Membership is relatively inexpensive considering the benefits that can be obtained. For example, membership for a church of 150-500 members is only $500 annually. Membership for a church of 500 to 1000 members if only $1000 a year.In today’s post-Christian culture, it is no longer a question of whether churches will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word. The question is merely when and where such cases will arise. The Alliance Defending Freedom wants to help protect the ability of Bible-believing churches to freely proclaim and witness to the Gospel in their community without impediment or intimidation.
You can apply to be a member of the Church Alliance or learn more about the program by visiting the ADF website at www.ADFChurchAlliance.org.Should you have more specific questions about the Church Alliance, you can contact ADF at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.Should you wish to discuss the program with us here at the Missouri Family Policy Council, you can reach us at 636-922-7771.