Gays, Lesbians, Marriage and God

“God, not government, created marriage. Indeed, God defined marriage in the very first book of the Bible (Genesis 2:23-24) as a sacred union between one man and one woman. In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ reaffirmed this Biblical definition of marriage. Jesus said, “‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and 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”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’” (Matthew 19:4-6)” —from Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog.

Since when did the US Supreme Court (USSC) gain the power to work miracles? In marriage, two people, a man and a woman mysteriously become one flesh. I do not think that the USSC can pull that one off (or any government official either).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that based on the 2013 National Health Interview Survey data, 96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as ‘‘something else,’’ stated ‘‘I don’t know the answer,’’ or refused to provide an answer. [National Health Statistics Reports, Number 77, July 15, 2014]

The beauty of America is that we cheer for the underdog, for the odd man out. Our natural instinct is to root for the little guy. That is one of the reasons 1.6% of our population is now telling the other 96.6% what they are going to do. It will be interesting if Americans wake up and realize what has happened to them. The minority rules!

For those who are not Christian or Jewish it may not matter much. Most people seem to think that what ever anyone wants to do is alright. They actually support the USSC in over stepping their bounds and ruling on areas of non-constitutional law. They will gladly bake cakes for gay weddings and shout “hurray” when the Christians are deprived of their livelihood because they choose to follow their religious beliefs rather than bow to the wishes of the minority. The court really ruled that one cannot follow their religious beliefs if they disagree with the state.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not against civil unions for gays/lesbians. I am against the government telling states that they have to marry gays. As I said above, the state cannot do what only God can do. I don’t mind if gays/lesbians have all the legal rights that we normally associate with marriage. Just as long as they don’t try an usurp a religious experience that they cannot have.

I know that some will say: “Who are you to say that gay/lesbians cannot not be joined as one flesh?” They will accuse me of hate speech. But it ain’t me kid. It’s the Bible.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the homosexual sex act is called an abomination. Note that the homosexuals themselves are not called abominations ((Genesis 19:1–13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Jude 1:7). It is the sexual act that is a sin not being a homosexual. Murdering is a sin, even hating someone is a sin; but, it is the act of murder or hating that is evil, not the person. Every person, even those who commit horrendous acts (e.g., a soldier of ISIS), is made by God and therefore capable of redemption.

If you are a Christian or Jew, you know that God is eternal and unchanging and that His Word is true. We therefore know that what Got detested in the time of Moses, he still detests today.

But you will say, if God is Love, then isn’t homosexual love from God? The short answer: no.

It is true that God is love. In 1 John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” But the word used here for love in the Bible is not eros, not erotic love, nor is it philos , brotherly love (As in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.) No the word used in the Bible for the love God has for man and the Love God is, is agape. Agape love is a conscious act of loving another and asking nothing in return. Agape love is a choice and not dependent upon emotion. Agape love calls one to subjugate their own desires for the sake of another. Agape love is a sacrificial love, the agape lover will sacrifice anything for the well being of the object of that love, not because they feel like it, or because they want to do it, but because they have committed to it. It is this kind of love that led God to send Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8). Agape love is the type of love that led Jesus to commit to torture followed by crucifixion in order to provide for our salvation(John 15:13).

As Christians, we are to have agape love for our neighbors (Mark 12:31) and are neighbors are any persons we encounter! So, we must ask ourselves how do we show love to our homosexual neighbors? Are we to support their homosexual lifestyle. The Bible makes it clear that this is not the answer (1Corinthians 6:9).

Some will argue that gays and lesbians deserve to be happy and having a homosexual lover makes them happy. Furthermore, God made them homosexual and He wants His people to be happy, so clearly, He is OK with homosexuals being lovers and He wants them to share that love in a marriage just like normal people.

This simple argument requires one to dismiss almost everything the Bible tells us about sexuality and marriage. This argument ignores the revealed Word of God and puts in Its place what people wish the Bible said. We all want people to be happy but we do not always support people in seeking their happiness if we think they are going to harm themselves. For example, few of us would support a drug addict in maintaining their addiction because we know that addiction has only 3 possible outcomes: death, jail or recovery. The addict is already a slave to their addiction, if friends continue to encourage them to use drugs, to party, to get high, the end result will most likely be a wasted or lost life. If one of our friends wants money to make them happy, we don’t generally help them plan a robbery; because, we know that the long term outcome of this will most likely be a wasted or lost life. We cannot say if a practicing homosexual will be denied heaven but we do know that Bible says that:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

There are more Bible verses on this topic (I encourage you to go read them) but these verses are fairly representative. What we can see from this excerpt from 1 Corinthians is that homosexuals will have good company in hell. However, they are not without hope. As I said earlier, all are capable of redemption and this is clearly stated here. What is not so clear as to what is the price of redemption. While it is true that God offers salvation to all for free, there is clear indication in both the Old and New Testaments that redemption requires repentance (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; Luke 3:8-14). Repentance means turning your life around, it means realizing that your actions are contrary to what God desires and taking action to conform your life to God’s will. It requires change. The price of redemption has been paid through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died for you. The only price you have to pay is obedience to God’s will. The only way to know God’s will is to read His Word, the Bible.

The Bible tells us that those who do not repent and turn from their homosexual lifestyle are going to hell. So, it seems that if we love our neighbor we cannot support them in their homosexual lifestyle. That would be helping them down the highway to hell and that is not love, that is not helping them, that is harming them in a way that may hurt for eternity.

But wait, you say. Ministers are saying we should marry gay and lesbians and allow them to be preachers, boy scout leaders, etc. So, living the homosexual lifestyle must be OK. The short answer: no, ministers are only human and they can be led astray by the same forces which have led the USSC astray. Satan is a living malevolent force that stalks the earth like a lion searching for victims to devour. Ministers are just as prone to the social pressure of political correctness as anyone. Satan’s favorite tool is to make doing evil seem like doing good. Satan says, let us be tolerant, let us be loving, let us do unto others as we would have them do unto us. But wait, the astute reader might want to point out that these seem like things Jesus might say. I can’t agree more, they seem exactly like things Jesus would say. But, and this is a big but (no pun intended), Jesus would never tell us to be tolerant of sin, to love evil and to allow our brothers to wallow in sin and leave them to it. Jesus would point out that: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)”. In other words, Jesus would lovingly correct the misconceptions of the sinner using scripture and try to lead the person out of their sin and back into a right relationship with God.

There may be a special place in hell for ministers who corrupt the Word of God. James 3:1 tells us: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” Unfortunately, many well meaning pastors today are corrupting the Word of God. They take clear and direct Biblical passages, many from the New Testament, many from the lips of Jesus Christ Himself, and say that because times have changed, they no longer apply. This completely ignores the eternal nature of our unchanging God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ( John 1:1-5) Thus, the Word (Jesus) was and is and will be; He is outside of time as is God the Father and the Holy Spirit. What God declared through the Word at the beginning of time He still declares today. To ignore His Word, the Bible, is to court disaster. Pastors who follow their hearts rather than follow God’s Word are opening themselves to corruption by Satan: But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matthew 15: 18-19. The wise pastor relies not on his own understanding but on the Word of God. Proverbs 3:4-6 tells us: “Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Those pastors, churches and denominations that substitute their own understanding for the Word of God court disaster.

Others will argue that it is so unfair that God made people homosexual and then declared homosexual relations an abomination. Well, that is a little like the pot telling the potter that it is unfair that He shaped its clay into a container for carrying water but then did not give it handles. It is unfair that anyone is born with a birth defect. It is unfair that tornados kill people. There is much that is unfair in this world. But we must not forget the cross when we look at our unfair burden. How many of you would take your only child out in your back yard and, knowing that they were innocent of any wrongdoing, whip them until their flesh was frayed into strips and the blood flowed down their back? How many would then take their only child to a tree in their back yard and nail their hands and feet to that tree, then stand back and watch them die of blood loss and suffocation? Jesus Christ submitted to this horrible death, God decreed this horrible fate for His son all because they loved you. We cannot understand why God chose this way to ensure that we would have a chance for salvation. But we can understand that God is more interested in our salvation than in any temporary suffering we experience in this life. All of us must sacrifice something. It has been said of the soldiers who fought in World War Two that some gave all, and all gave some. So it is with all of us. We all have our sin that we must turn from if we seek heaven. We must all give up something. It may be pride, stealing, idolatry, or one or more of a thousand other sins that can separate us from God. For the homosexual, they must give up having sex with other homosexuals. They do not have to give up being who they are. They just have to be celibate. For reasons known only to God, this is the suffering of the homosexual. This is what they must sacrifice, what they must turn from: sexual relations with other homosexuals.

If you are atheist or a “may the force be with you” believer or other non-Christian, there is no message for you here (other than that Jesus loves you and offers you salvation). But if you are a Christian or think you are a Christian (call yourself Christian but have not engaged in Bible study and learned what the Word of God [aka Jesus Christ] says) then this article should make you think. It should drive you to the Bible so that you can read and pray and find understanding about the Christian response to our homosexual neighbors. I hope that you will discover that sometimes the things we call kindness, tolerance and good intentions are really the paving stones for the highway to hell. We need to offer homosexuals truth but in a loving way. We need to stand firm on the rock of Biblical truth and offer light to the homosexuals, showing them that it is only their sexual act that is an abomination not them. They are also children of God; but, with a difficult burden to bear: celibacy.

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