Controversy Over Same-Sex “Marriage”

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With the recent court rulings in California over same-sex marriage, this debate has once again come to the forefront of our society. Whenever a political or social hot topic overlaps into matters of spiritual consequence, Christians can find great opportunities to talk with others about the Scriptures. With this issue in mind, let us be reminded of a few things and be ready to teach them to others.

Marriage is a divine institution – When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about marriage, He directed them to the beginning of Creation: “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female? […] What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:4, 6). God instituted marriage in the beginning. Therefore, He alone is the one with authority to make rules regarding marriage.

Marriage is between a man and a woman – After reminding them that God “made them male and female,” Jesus said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Matthew 19:5). At no time in the Bible has God ever recognized the relationship of two males or two females as a marriage.

Human courts do not get to redefine marriage – The state may have certain criteria that a couple can meet to be recognized as being married, but the actual joining of two in the bond of marriage is done by God on His terms (Matthew 19:4-6). If the courts decide to recognize a man as being “married” to another man, to a dog, or to a robot (this may not be as far-fetched as you think), that does not force God to recognize a marriage that exists on other terms than what He has given.

God’s word does not change – Many things change over the years: technology, customs, language, etc. But what does not change is God’s word. The psalmist wrote, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). God’s rules about marriage that we find in the Bible as just as relevant and true today as they were then.

Homosexuality is a sin – No honest person, upon reading the passages that speak of homosexuality, can come to the conclusion that homosexuality is acceptable to God. It is plainly depicted as a sin. It was condemned before the Law of Moses (Genesis 19; Jude 7), under the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13), and in the New Testament (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Timothy 1:9-11), showing a consistent pattern of God’s disapproval for the practice of homosexuality.

God wants homosexuals to be saved – Peter wrote that God is “not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). There are no exceptions to this. God wants all men to be saved – including homosexuals. So while it is true that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9), God is willing to save them if they repent of their sin and are washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:11).

We should want homosexuals to be saved as well – Many view the sin of homosexuality as being far worse than other sins. To some degree, this is understandable. But at the same time, we should not allow our feelings about the sin to destroy the concern we should have for the one practicing the sin. Jude said we should “have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh” (Jude 23). When we see others lost in sin, including the sin of homosexuality, we should have mercy on the individuals practicing the sin and desire their salvation. This does not mean we ignore their sin. It means we try to lead them out of their sin and into kingdom of God.

Current events may not always play out the way we would prefer. But we should at least be mindful of the potential teaching opportunities that could follow and be prepared to take advantage of them.

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