Pastor Jim Garlow of the Skyline Church in San Diego made news when he slammed Fox News host Megyn Kelly. On Oct. 31, Garlow said in a new video (below) that Christians do not have to follow laws that contradict the word of God.
Garlow made his assertions while promoting his new book, "Well Versed: Biblical Answers to Today’s Tough Issues," according to Right Wing Watch. In his video, Garlow singled out abortion and same-sex marriage as examples of laws that Christians do not have to obey:
We are coming to that point in our own culture when the laws of the land, the demands put upon us by anti-godly government is such that Christians are going to have to make some very tough decisions.
Now, some Christians cop out on this issue, and say, "Oh no, we have to obey the government." It does say to obey the government. That's correct. Paul's writing in Romans is very clear about obedience to the government. But we are not called to obey the government when the government willfully, intentionally violates the laws of the land.
I’ve got news for you. The Supreme Court is not supreme, overall. God is supreme. And the Supreme Court has passed laws regarding marriage, regarding abortion, and under no condition do we have to follow laws that violate the word of God. We're on a pretty good standing when we take those positions.
As a matter of record, the U.S. Supreme Court does not pass laws, but does rule on the constitutionality of existing laws.
Rick Lowery, a Biblical scholar and minister, wrote in The Huffington Post in 2014:
The Bible doesn’t talk about abortion, but it does say when a human being’s life begins. Genesis 2:7 is clearest. The first human became a “living being” (nefesh hayah, “a living breath”) when God blew into its nostrils and it started to breathe. Human life begins when you start breathing, biblical writers thought. It ends when you stop. That’s why the Hebrew word often translated "spirit" (ruah) -- "life force" might be a better translation -- literally means "wind" or "breath..."
Exodus 21:22-25 describes a case where a pregnant woman jumps into a fight between her husband and another man and suffers injuries that cause her to miscarry. Injuries to the woman prompt the normal penalties for harming another human being: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. Killing the woman is murder, a capital crime.
The miscarriage is treated differently, however -- as property loss, not murder. The assailant must pay a fine to the husband. The law of a life for a life does not apply. The fetus is important, but it’s not human life in the same way the pregnant woman is.
Christian theologian John McArthur noted that how the Roman system of marriage described in the New Testament contradicted Christianity in several ways, and added: "What are you going to do? What are you going to do, draw new laws for the Roman Empire? You can’t do that. The church can’t impose its laws on the Roman Empire."