The Gift of Marriage

[Originally posted June 26, 2015]

Today was an historic day. It will be remembered in our culture as the day where Love Wins. It will be the day that Love Conquers All. It will be the day that Marriage Equality was given to all.
But to Christians, it will be remembered as the day that Marriage was Profaned. It will be the day that God was spat upon. It will be the day that persecution begins.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), in a 5-4 split vote, ruled in favor of the notion that marriage should be redefined in all 50 states, to give “equal marriage” rights to homosexuals. Marriage equality, however, is a lie that needs to be exposed. SCOTUS, unknowingly, has opened the door to all forms of sexual behavior that are contrary to the Word of God and to nature, and in the next few years the Church is going to be facing serious persecution. We have had it easy here in America; now it’s our turn to experience what believers in the Middle East, Russia, China, Africa, etc. have been experiencing for centuries: true persecution.

What is marriage? From the world’s perspective, it is a human institution that evolved naturally from the reality that two sexually complementary genders exist, and that society is best served when those two genders procreate. Only recently has the world’s perspective changed, because the culture has done away with the natural use of sexual intercourse (to procreate) and has made sex to be something done simply for pleasure. Because sex is only meant for pleasure, in the eyes of the post-modern, that means that any and all sex, as long as it “feels good,” ought to be considered normal. And because all sex is normal, then marriage can be redefined to include those sexual behaviors. This is their reasoning.

Several problems exist. Firstly, marriage did not evolve. Marriage was instituted by God in Genesis 1-2 as being between a man and a woman, because God created Adam and Eve male and female. In Genesis 2:24, the Word of God says, “Therefore,” now stop, find out what the therefore is there for: verse 23, “Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.'” Now, continue: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” This is marriage. Two, becoming one. This is God’s design. And God called it good.

Jesus, commenting on the above passage, said in Matthew 19 that marriage was God’s business, that God joins together the man and his wife. This is why marriage is a sacred institution; an institution of the Church. This is why pastors are the ones that marry people, and not just anyone.

Secondly, the primary purpose of sexual intercourse is to procreate; its secondary purpose is pleasure. Our culture has shifted the primary purpose of sex to be pleasure. Sex is seen as merely something fun to do, not as something sacred to be contained within marriage; this is why all forms of sexual immorality are running rampant nowadays. This is why sexually transmitted diseases are so common. The licentiousness of the culture is due to the lack of knowledge about what the real purpose of sex is. Sex was designed for marriage. Adam only knew his wife Eve after they were married (Gen. 4:1). Paul’s teaching on sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 5-6 is especially relevant at this point:

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”… “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Thirdly, not all sex is good, because some sexual behavior is explicitly labeled as sin in the Bible. Leviticus 18 has a list of all the sexual sins condemned by God (homosexuality, bestiality, incest, polygamy, etc.), and each of these are subsumed under the heading of “sexual immorality” in the New Testament. Homosexuality in particular is condemned as sinful behavior in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; in fact, it is labeled as a behavior that will cause one to not inherit the kingdom of God.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Many liberal theologians have attempted to nullify this verse by redefining the two terms translated by the phrase, “men who practice homosexuality,” to mean “male prostitutes” or the like. The terms in Greek are “malakoi” and “arsenokoitai.” Traditionally, “malakoi” has been translated as “effeminate” (e.g. KJV, NASB, ASV), but other translations have seen it to mean “passive homosexual partner”, or the passive member in a consensual homosexual act. Arsenokoitēs is translated “abusers of themselves with mankind” in the KJV (“sodomite” in the NKJV), and as “homosexual” in the NASB, but could also mean the active partner in a consensual homosexual act. The word is a compound word, formed from the word “arsenos” (man) and “koitēn” (to lie with). Paul created this word from the Septuagint version of the Bible at Leviticus 20:13, which starts, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman…”, where the word for “man” is arsenos and the word for “lie” is koitēn. So, as the ESV footnote says, “The two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts.”

Verse 11 here is important: “And such were some of you.” The Corinthians used to be swindlers; they were adulterers; they were drunkards; and they were homosexuals. But guess what? “[They] were washed, [they] were sanctified, [they] were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Homosexuality can be “cured” by salvation through Jesus Christ. This verse proves that. Any person can be saved; even homosexuals (Pastor Steven Anderson would do well to read this part of the passage).

Fourthly, because not all sex is good, marriage cannot be redefined to include every aberrant sexual behavior. Normal sexual behavior is defined by marriage, and marriage defines normal sexual behavior. It’s a complementarity that cannot be ignored. Therefore, because marriage is between a man and a woman, then sex is to be between a man and a woman. And because sex is between a man and a woman, then marriage should be between a man and a woman. This may seem circular, but this is what the Word of God says about sex and marriage.

God is not a liar. Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. I would much rather trust what God has to say on this issue than what man has to say.

I hope this was helpful to you. These are my thoughts on today. My heart was heavy, and yet I rejoice in my Savior and Lord and continue to proclaim the Gospel. We as Christians must not lose heart. We would do well to remember the promise of Jesus: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me… I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 14:1, 16:33.

But we must also remember this: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” – 1 John 2:15-17.

Over and out.

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