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Gay Marriage - How Should a Christian Respond to it?

Same-sex Marriage

Same-sex Marriage "Against Nature" Lifestyle Consequences
Facts on Sodomy The High Cost of AIDS Republican Unity Coalition
Christian Response to Gay Marriage Hope for the Homosexual Addressing "Hate"


He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

How can a Christian love the sinner and hate the sin?

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. Job 32:8-9 (Trinity - Created in His image)

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:27 (Trinity - Created in His image)

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7 (Trinity - Created in His image)

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (Overlooked in the love chapter?)

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5 (Trinity - Created in His image)
 


The column following these examples is just one of many that could easily be posted here.

A few examples are:

1. Gender Identity, The Homosexual Agenda and The Christian Response - An essay by Mark Alexander, Executive Editor and Publisher, PatriotPost.US  

2.  Were David and Jonathan Gay Lovers? http://www.tektonics.org/gk/gaydavid.html

3.  Does the Bible Object More to Homophobia than to Homosexuality? Lureen LaFountaine and John Rankin (Debate) http://www.bridges-across.org/ba/rankin_lafountaine_part3.htm

4.  Does the Bible indicate that David and Jonathan shared a homosexual relationship? http://www.rbc.org/bible_study/answers_to_tough_questions/answers/30833.aspx

5.  Theological Education Institute A Vision for "First the Gospel, Then Politics..." A Passion for "The Love of Hard Questions." http://www.teinetwork.com/

6. Why doesn't the mainstream media report these FACTS? The increase in children being born out of wedlock in Scandinavia since marriage was redefined! William Murray, the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, warns of the dangers of legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. He says Scandinavia has had nearly a decade of legal homosexual marriage, and it has nearly destroyed the institution of marriage altogether. More details: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/4/132004c.asp (See more facts at Lifestyle Consequences of homosexuals.

7. Addressing the "Hate" Fallacy

8 Gay Christian Movement Watch (GCMW) is a cutting edge Christian ministry whose mission is to monitor, analyze and publish (MAP) the activities, leaders and public theological positions of the “gay Christian movement”. GCMW is the foremost voice of truth against the unbiblical acceptance of homosexuality in the contemporary Christian church. GCM Watch is an extensive clearinghouse of documentation and we welcome inquiries from seminaries, church officials or concerned Christians who want to fight the inclusion of this destructive teaching in our Lord’s church. Additionally, we welcome inquiries from religion reporters and writers about the nature of our work and this blog.

"Therefore I will say that the incumbency upon those who argue that homosexuality is God's gift is to show it is in the order of creation and it honors the God, life, choice, sex paradigm and doesn't subscribe to a sex, choice, life, God paradigm." John Rankin

Gay Marriage - How Should a Christian Respond to it?

by Pam S. Sheppard, staff writer, AiG–USA February 18, 2006

In today’s secularized culture, it’s practically impossible to avoid being bombarded with the message that homosexual behavior is a normal and acceptable lifestyle. Popular television shows like ER, Will & Grace and Desperate Housewives promote this destructive message and Hollywood further endorses it through movies like Brokeback Mountain.

This message of tolerance for gays and lesbians comes not only from Hollywood, but also from our public education system. The gay marriage issue is at the center of the worldview wars. While many states are debating same-sex marriage initiatives, the US Government is considering the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman only.

But what does the Bible say about gay marriage? How should a Christian respond to this issue? Ken Ham addresses these questions in Chapter 11 of War of the Worldviews.

As Ham explains in this chapter, homosexual behavior and the gay marriage controversy are ultimately not the problems in our culture, but are symptoms of a much deeper problem. Even though it’s obvious from the Bible that homosexual behavior and gay marriage are an abomination (Romans 1 and other passages make this very clear), there is a foundational reason as to why there is an increasing acceptance of these ills in America and societies like it.

As Ham writes, ultimately it comes down to an issue of authority: how does a culture determine what is “right” and what is “wrong”? If the majority agrees on a set of standards, what happens when that majority is replaced by a different majority?

Ham explains in this chapter that the majority in power in many of our Western societies once believed the institution of marriage should be one man for one woman. But this has changed. Many are now allowing “gay marriage.” So how long before polygamous or pedophiliac relationships are allowed, which some people are starting to advocate? Who is to say they are wrong if the majority agrees with them?

Ham also reminds us that the majority in power in many of our Western nations once believed abortion was wrong—but now the majority in power doesn’t believe this, so the rules have been changed here, too.

Does the church have the answer?

Surely the church has the answer on how to deal with this issue, which continues to make headline news around the world. Sadly, that is not the case among some denominations and churches. Consider the following:

As part of the public debate on the gay marriage issue, many church leaders have been interviewed on national TV programs and asked to share their position on this topic. Ham explains that while the majority of church leaders have been speaking against gay unions and have been defending marriage as being between one man and one woman, many of these same church leaders have not been able to adequately defend their position.

So, what should a Christian’s response be to gay marriage? As Ham points out, even in a secular context, the only answer a Christian should offer is:

The Bible is the Word of our Creator, and Genesis is literal history. Its science and history can be trusted. Therefore, we have an absolute authority that determines marriage.

God made the first man and woman—the first marriage. Thus, marriage can only be a man and a woman because we are accountable to the One who made marriage in the first place.

And don’t forget—according to Scripture, one of the primary reasons for marriage is to produce godly offspring.3 Adam and Eve were told to be fruitful and multiply, but there’s no way a gay marriage can fulfill this command!

Gay marriage—is evolution the cause?

So, does believing in millions of years and other evolutionary ideas cause social ills like gay marriage? That is not the stand that AiG takes, as Ham points out:

It is accurate to say that the increasing acceptance of homosexual behavior and gay marriage has gone hand in hand with the popularity and acceptance of millions of years and evolutionary ideas. But this does not mean that every person who believes in millions of years/evolution accepts gay marriage or condones homosexual behavior.

In summary, the battle against gay marriage will ultimately be lost (like the battle against abortion) unless the church and the culture return to the absolute authority of the Bible, beginning in Genesis. Then and only then will there be a true foundation for the correct doctrine of marriage—one man for one woman for life.

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References and notes

  1. “Episcopal Church consecrates openly gay bishop”, CNN.com, November 3, 2003. Return to text.
  2. Read the church proceedings for and against the Rev. Karen Dammann at www.pnwumc.org/Dammann.htm. Return to text.
  3. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth” (Malachi 2:15). Return to text.
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