Cris Putnam ~ Same Sex Marriage And The Dividing Line, Part II
This issue in America is painting Christians in a corner. Homosexuality seems to leveled against conservative evangelicals. The Presbyterian Church USA, The Episcopal Church, and Evangelical Lutherans not only accept homosexuality, but put homosexual pastors in front of their churches. At President Obama’s inauguration, there was an openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson. Gene recently divorced his gay partner and husband. People do not understand what TOLERANCE means. As Christians, we should tolerate and love homosexuals, but we do NOT tolerate ideas and sinful lifestyles that are clearly opposed to the will of God. In other words we tolerate people but not ideas. The LGBT agenda, however, is the group that is intolerant.
John 16:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
II Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Timothy 4:3-4 King James Version (KJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
A pastor in Canada was ordered to never preach from Romans 1 again. He was fined $10,000 for speaking against homosexuality, and causing pain and suffering. That is right around the corner in the United States, and is already happening. The lesbian mayor of Houston ordered subpoenas for the sermons of five pastors. This was overturned in court but lets one know where we are headed. This same mindset is likewise entrenched in Europe as well.
Tom Horn’s book “Blood On The Altar” refers to the divided church in America:
- Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA)
- Presbyterian USA (PCUSA)
- United Methodist
- United Church Of Christ
- Southern Baptist
- Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
- Presbyterian Church Of America
- Assemblies Of God
More people overall are becoming pagan. The good news is that liberal churches are dying and evangelical churches are growing. Liberal churches desire to deemphasize sin and bring the world into the church. They make strides towards universalism. Rob Bell believes in gay marriage. Rob Bell was seen as a solid evangelical a decade ago and is now a theological liberal.
The Bible is clear that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom Of God. Several verses are listed below.
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” -H. Richard Niebuhr
What’s the big deal?
- Homosexuality is against the created order.
- God’s moral character is immutable.
- The New Testament forbids homosexual acts.
- Jesus affirmed traditional marriage as a sacred symbol of His marriage to the church upon His return.
The Created Order-
Mark 10:6-9 King James Version (KJV)
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Homosexuals cannot procreate since it is not natural or biologically feasible. Children are raised better when they have both a male and female role model.
The Created Order
- Marriage has a natural teleology
- It is something we describe
- It is not something we define
- Marriage is not a cultural construct
God’s Immutable Moral Character
Leviticus 20:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
Leviticus 11:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
People argue that the laws against homosexuality are no different than what kind of fish one can eat. There are different kinds of OT laws- 1)civil, 2)ceremonial and 3)moral. Homosexuality is a moral law. It cannot be compared to a verse from Leviticus that says you cannot eat shrimp. God’s moral laws do not change but civil laws do change.
Romans 1:26-27 King James Version (KJV)
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
New Testament Clarity
1 Corinthians 6:8-9 Lexham English Bible (LEB)8 But you wrong and defraud, and do this to brothers!9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither sexually immoral people, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive homosexual partners, nor dominant homosexual partners,
Marriage Supper Of the Lamb
Revelation 19:6-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
Jesus compares the marriage of a man and a woman, to His marriage with the church. Any other relationship is blasphemy.
Marriage has always been defined throughout history as a relationship between a man and a woman.
Today’s diversion is equality. Gay marriage has nothing to do with equality. The only thing this entire issue is about is to redefine what marriage is. Homosexuals already have the same rights as anyone else. He does not want equal rights…. he wants rights that no one ever had before. This is not about equality at all. They tried to adopt the language of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s and apply the language to themselves. We are not talking about equality, we are talking about redefining marriage. Not all discrimination is bad! We do not allow an adult to marry a small child. We do not allow polygamy. Blind people are not given drivers licenses. Discrimination is making a distinction. What they are saying is that there is no distinction between God’s plan for marriage and gay marriage. There is an obvious distinction- procreation, families and children.
The Hate Crime Laws of 2009 have made LGBT and others a specially protected group of people.
Two years ago, a Christian photographer in New Mexico was sued for thousands of dollars, putting him out of business, because he refused to take pictures at a lesbian wedding. This is a precedent for anyone with a business. The same thing is happening over wedding cakes for these events. They want to force Christians to approve of these relationships and celebrate their “weddings.” This is where we are headed. Even some Christians approve of this apostasy. In Idaho, Christian pastors were nearly forced to marry gay couples. The pastors were sued, but narrowly won this case. In California it is law that one can use the male or female restrooms from day to day, depending how you feel on that particular day.