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IS HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE NOW LEGAL?

July 5, 2015

L. John Bost
L. John Bost
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Last week: What Is The Purpose Of The Church?.

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 5-4 ruling "legalizing" homosexual marriage. But is homosexual marriage legal? Obviously in the minds of the court, and many others, it is now legal. But is homosexual marriage legal in the eyes of God?
According to 1 Peter 1:25, "But the word of the Lord endureth for ever." That means that, whatever God's will concerning homosexual marriage was when the Bible was written, it is the same today.
It is true, as is often argued, that Jesus does not mention homosexual marriage. However, He does give us His definition marriage!
According to 1 Peter 1:25, "But the word of the Lord endureth for ever." That means that, whatever God's will concerning homosexual marriage was when the Bible was written, it is the same today.
God created man (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-21). The fact that God created man, gives Him the authority to decide what he can and cannot do, including whom he may marry. After He created the woman for the man, Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man" (Genesis 1:23). Then God said, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 1:24).
In Matthew 19:3-9 and Mark 10:2-9, the Pharisees asked Jesus His stand on divorce (putting away), tempting Him. He answered them by reminding them of God's statement in Genesis 2. He asks (Matthew 19:4-5):
Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
So our Lord says that the one who made man "male and female" said, "And for this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh." Here is God, and the Son's definition of marriage: between a man and a woman.
The Apostle Paul, writing by Divine inspiration, says the same thing in Ephesians 5:31. God's will for marriage has been from the beginning until this day, that it is between a man and a woman.
That is what God's people today believe and teach. Does that mean we hate homosexuals? No! Having been saved by Jesus Christ (John 3:16, etc.) we try to follow His example (1 Peter 2:21; Ephesians 5:2; 1 John 4:19-20). In fact, we teach against homosexuality because we love homosexuals. When one goes against the will of God, including in marriage, he sins (1 John 3:4). Sin will cause a person to lose his soul in hell. Therefore, it is our responsibility and will that we teach all sinners, including those who sin in their marriages, so that they might repent and be saved. That is not "hate speech," it is "love speech!" We can express our disagreement with others, in religious matters, and others, without hating them.
It is sad that there are some who do hate homosexuals. It is the Christian's desire that they will realize that this, too, is sin, and that they will repent. We are taught to "love one another" (Romans 13:8; See also Galatians 6:10).
Some argue that marriage is about love and happiness. The argument goes that if one loves another, and they want to be happy, why shouldn't they be allowed to marry? Yes, marriage is about love and happiness. Paul says in Ephesians 5:33, "Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." Notice that he says "husbands love your wives," and "the wife see that she love her husband. God teaches us all to love one another, but puts restrictions on who may marry whom. Certainly people love all kinds of things, even children and animals. Does that mean they should be allowed to marry them? Certainly not.
God's plan for the family is that there be a father and a mother to nurture their children. Paul sets forth God's plan in Ephesians 6:1-4. In Verses 1 he writes: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right." He continues in Verses 2-3, "Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." In Verse 4, He gives fathers a charge that is too often un-heeded today: "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." So God's plan for the family is that there be a father and a mother under whose care are the children.
Homosexual marriage is only legal in the eyes of men. In God's eyes, and they are the eyes that really count, it is not legal. It is my prayer that people, gay and straight, will come to realize this truth. It is also my prayer that no one's heart be filled with hate for any fellow man.
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