Sunday, May 27, 2012
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
This past week, the state ofNorth Carolinavoted to limit the definition of marriage to the covenant between one man and one woman. There are some very important issues at the heart of what became (and still is) a rigorous debate. The amendment was passed which simply means the legal wrangling has just begun. Rest assured, this will not be decided by the vote of the people but by the court system at the state or federal level. The very fact that this was an issue put in front of the people for a vote speaks volumes about the spiritual state of our nation. Here are some observations to consider:
The Scripture is clear. There are many “so called” churches and pastors on the wrong side of the Scripture. I say “so called” because they are those having a “form of godliness”, “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:1-7). The Bible tells us “from such turn away”. While they are preaching a message of “inclusiveness”, the message of the true Gospel still rings clear for those who have an ear to hear. Jesus, whose name has been invoked in this debate, tells us about the exclusivity of the Gospel when he said in (John 14:6), “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me”. Our moral decline is a direct reflection of the doctrinal decline seen in many churches today.
We hear repeatedly, “doctrine divides”. (1 Timothy 1:10) shows us that those that “defile themselves with mankind” are acting contrary to sound doctrine or teaching. Doctrine (both good and bad) is teaching. These “so called” churches cannot be “inclusive” while teaching the truth so they have abandoned the truth for their own gain. Those that would teach that homosexuality is an acceptable practice in the eyes of God are teaching that which opposes sound or good doctrine. This is the teaching of reprobates and is at its heart; deceitful.
The reason this teaching is deceitful is that it claims to be based on love and concern, hence the term “inclusive”. It is deceptive because it teaches homosexual men and women that they are loved and ACCEPTED AS THEYARE. This is a lie and is actually a doctrine of hatred! God says that they that do this commit an abomination (Leviticus 18:22) and that no one that worketh an abomination shall enter into God’s kingdom (Revelation 21:27). How can this false doctrine be based on love when it actually encouraging some to do that which God promises will bring judgment? The truth is based on love. The loving thing to do is to tell those caught in a lifestyle of homosexuality that God calls this practice a deplorable sin. It is a sin that can be forgiven if confessed and forsaken. It is a sin to which God calls men and women to repent of. But make no mistake, if one persists in this practice and ignores the clear warning of God they will reap the horrible consequences (Romans 1:27). Tell me which is the loving approach, the truth with promise of forgiveness and restoration or a lie which encourages man in his sinfulness and leads to his utter destruction? Which is the real homophobia?
Marriage is under attack. Some have asked the questions at to why homosexuals want to marry. There are the surface answers, financial security, insurance, recognition of equality, but these are merely surface answers. Why would those that despise God (Romans 1:28) be so interested in a God ordained institution? Is it because they don’t want to consummate their lusts outside of holy matrimony? Unlikely! I am unfamiliar with celibate homosexuals. Why? They have defined themselves by their “sexual orientation.” I heard one such person introduce themselves as a “gay Christian” on a radio program. Would a sexually celibate person define themselves by a sexual practice? This is again missing the heart of the real issue.
As I made the case above, this is a practice rooted in false teaching. Wisdom will trace the roots of any false teaching to its author, Satan. The heart of the issue is that marriage is a representation or symbol of God’s covenant with his people, i.e. the GOSPEL. (Ephesians 5:25) demonstrates this truth. Satan desires to rid this world of the truth of the Gospel. Regardless of the knowledge of those that enter the covenant of marriage, they are a walking, talking reminder of God’s grace seen in His sacrificial love for His true Church. Satan hates this. He (Satan) has used the homosexual lobby and political left to try and unseat the Gospel in this world. It won’t work.
The insidious thinking is that if we can redefine marriage we can redefine the Gospel. If we can redefine the Gospel we can redefine sin. If we can redefine sin we can redefine God. If we can redefine God we are no longer sinners. That is why homosexuals want to marry. The real issue is the perversion of the Gospel. They do not want to be reminded of their guilt before God.
This is the heart of the issue and its author used the same ploy on Adam and Eve at the beginning of God’s institution of marriage and the family in the Garden of Eden. As Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
The good news is that marriage, just like the Gospel will be here until the Lord returns (Matthew 24:38). While marriage is worth defending and certainly worth a vote, the greatest way we can defend it is by faithfully proclaiming the truth of the Gospel and by living it in front of the world with fidelity in lifelong marriages. It is by fulfilling God’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply. Nature itself tells us the empty promise of homosexuality would leave man extinct in a generation.
Let’s pass the truth on to the next generation.