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Much has been written of late on same sex marriage.  But let’s explore what the author of marriage has intended.  The Bible defines marriage between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:27-28).  The “community” that reflects God’s image is a special community; the community of a man and a woman.  When God chose to create man in His own image, he created a marriage, a family, the very fiber of our society is held together by this understanding.

Many in the church keep silent in the hope that this will blow over.  But this is not an option for faithful obedient followers of Christ.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned when we learn the truth but choose to remain silent, that’s when we begin to die.  Dr. King said it best: “the church is neither the master of the state nor servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.”  We must speak the truth in love.

Some years ago I stood by a pastor’s bed that was dying of aids.  I went to his side not to condemn him but to pray for healing and restoration in his life.  I’m not writing this opposing a group of people but proposing a better way that leads to peace, fulfillment and stable relationships.

The Apostle Paul says for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires because they have itching ears they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables (vain, senseless, falsehood).

Dr. Timothy Keller, world renowned author and pastor had to respond to the question on homosexuality.  Listen to his counsel from the Word of God (scriptures).

  1. As Christians we’re called to love not disdain our neighbor-atheist, gay or antagonist.
  2. If you call yourself gay and Christians disagree with you, that doesn’t mean you’re being judged unfairly.
  3. The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is not God’s way or design for His creation. 
  4. Don’t let your sexuality destroy your objectivity (to come to grips with biblical truth).
  5. Admittedly, some church people have attraction to the same sex but do not allow themselves to be governed by those feelings (temptations).  Their identity in Christ is central, not their sexual identity.  This shift is what frees them to both change and live changed.
  6. God designed us for human intimacy-companionship, touch and sexual expression-in the right place and right time, but people can choose to fulfill normal desires in unrighteous ways.  Key: it is a choice!

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.  As stated by author Larry Tomczak:  “ It is time to gain a better understanding of the Bible, not as a harsh legalistic code of do’s and don’ts but rather as a guidebook of timeless wisdom.  It provides us with a coherent framework for outlining society’s problems, and then prescribes answers to remedy them.  Our challenge is simple:  will we follow a secular or a scriptural worldview?”   Our nation faces a critical time in its history.  Americawill never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.  Abraham Lincoln

We don’t have to redefine marriage but reinforce what God has ordained as marriage.

 

Pastor Berry Carter

City Bible Church

Massillon, Ohio   

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