The Bible and Same Sex "Marriage"
As the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on its definition of marriage this week, remember that Christians must stand, unashamedly, upon the Word of God. Genesis defines marriage as procreative in nature (1:28, which necessarily excludes homosexual unions) and as being exclusively between one man and one woman (2:24). The book of Genesis also describes the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as "very grave" (18:20). The book of Leviticus says that homosexuality is an "abomination" (18:22). The Apostle Paul declares publicly, to believers and to unbelievers alike, that homosexuality results from "vile passions" and is "against nature" and "shameful" (Romans 1:26-27; note that this heavy truth from Paul is also a very loving truth). The Apostle Paul goes on to say that "neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites...will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a warning about the judgment to come that is issued in love). God's Word must be upheld above the word of man. The Bible's view of "gay marriage" is thus antithetical to the popular view of contemporary Western culture. Our culture champions it as a civil right. The Bible condemns it as a very dangerous and evil practice. We must ask ourselves, then, "Is it wicked? Is it vile? How does God Himself feel about it? And if it is wicked, vile, and something very abominable in the eyes of a holy, holy, holy God, then how did we arrive at this place in Western history wherein our culture calls it 'good' and 'acceptable'?"
As Christians, we are, to be sure, to "save with fear, pulling [some] out of the fire," but we are to do this while at the same time guarding our own holiness (both in life and in doctrine) before God, as "hating even the garment defiled by the flesh" (Jude 23). So please pray for people in America to be liberated, by repentance and faith in the Gospel, from the deep deceptions and sins of the homosexual movement, and pray also that Christ's people will be unashamed of what the Bible has to say about it. For, the way in which we view the sin of homosexuality will ultimately reveal the way in which we view the doctrine of the holiness of God. In the end, then, this is about God's own glory and the fear of His holy name. Soli Deo Gloria. Glory to God, alone. -TLF Copyright Timothy L. Fan 2013. All Rights Reserved.