Colorado baker and cake maker Jack Phillips has shared his current battle with another case regarding his Christian beliefs about cake making.
Speaking to Brandon Showalter on the Christian Post’s Life in the Kingdom podcast, Phillips revealed how God had provided him throughout the legal struggle. Jake Warner, legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the company that represents the Christian baker who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, joined the interview.
Showalter noted the media bias in covering his case, but the cake designer said he was grateful for every opportunity to explain his point of view through interviews.
He is currently facing a lawsuit against a gay lawyer, Autumn Scardina. In June 2017, the latter asked her to create a cake, celebrating her gender transition. But because of his message that challenges his Christian belief, Phillips refused.
They have just had a trial and are awaiting the judge’s decision. He said preparing for and undergoing said ordeal was difficult for him, but the process also showed how God’s grace played out.
Warner said activists today are trying to use laws against people who disagree with their beliefs.
“One of the worrying trends that has developed recently is that government officials are certainly going too far to enforce public housing laws to punish people they disagree with. But now the activists are starting to do the same and that’s exactly what happened in Jack’s most recent case,” he said.
“This lawyer is basically trying to arm state law to punish Jack who he disagrees with on important life issues like gender identity. And it is wrong. The government should not have that kind of power and as a culture we must embrace freedom of speech and tolerate differences of opinion because it is the key to any free society. Once it’s gone then that’s when all kinds of other problems [come] in,“, explained the lawyer.
Phillips said the legal battle is against him and his faith, adding that he has been treated unevenly with other bakers in their town who may have turned down messages about cakes that go against their own. beliefs.
He recalled how he became a Christian, one day meeting the Holy Spirit in his car. He then remembered the Sunday school lessons he had heard as a child, in which Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for his sins. At that time, he gave his life to Christ.
The cake maker said his faith guides him in everything he does, guiding him in his interactions and treatment with people, especially in his marriage. As he read the Bible, he realized that marriage is a “sacred event”.
He admitted he felt confused by the consequences of refusing to create a cake for a gay couple in 2012, when people bombarded him with rude phone calls. He was embarrassed that everyone hated him. But the Lord spoke to him through the passage in 2 Timothy 1: 7, saying that God had not given him a spirit of fear but of power, love and good sense.
He then realized that God was in control. He stressed that he had never regretted his decision to stand firm for his faith.
Warner is confident that the tribunal will maintain the freedom of everyone to express their messages in accordance with their “deepest voice.”
Phillips said God provided them with everything they needed, especially throughout the legal process, having been assisted free of charge by the ADF.
He revealed that he had been threatened by the lawyer who sued him that if he wins the pending lawsuit or is dismissed, Scardina will do the same as in 2017 to start all over again. But the cake designer said he was ready, believing that “God can handle anything” that comes their way.
In conclusion, he advised that Christians who want to do the right thing in business or enterprise should draw a line over their beliefs and stand up for them. Quoting 2 Chronicles 16: 9, Phillips said that God is looking for a person who is fully committed to Him, promising him strength.