My Turn: God's rules don't change when the society does

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2003

It is with sadness that I have read some of the debate in recent weeks over the subject of gay marriages. I reluctantly offer this input because I truly believe God is urging me to do so.

First, according to the Bible, God loves you no matter which side of this question you are on. He is for you, not against you. He knows how you feel and he is able to meet even the deepest needs of your heart. Unfortunately for some, God's goodwill toward them can not help them because they are not willing to submit to His rule and follow His path.

Some in this debate have suggested that everyone is entitled to their own private interpretation of what God has said in the Bible. The Bible says otherwise in 2 Peter 1:20-21. Though some portions of the Bible are deep and difficult to understand, most of it is quite clear to the person who has an open mind.

Here are just a few verses from scripture that speak to the subjects of marriage and homosexuality. It is not my or your opinion that matters, but God's. He is the one who created us and instituted marriage in the first place. Only He can change its definition. Read these verses and see if His view is not fairly clear:

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply.'" Gen. 1:27-28.

"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And 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.' Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Gen. 2:21-24.

"Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge." Heb. 13:4.

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, not sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." I Cor. 6:9-11.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 'He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:16-20.

My conclusions and, I believe, yours also (if you are honest) are that the Bible indicates that marriage was designed by God to be a union between a man and a woman; sexual relations in marriage are honorable, but those engaging in sexual relationships outside of marriage will be judged of God; and those who continue in such relationships will not inherit God's kingdom. The Bible also clearly says that both forgiveness and transformation are possible and available through Jesus Christ to the one who is willing to agree with God, put their trust in His Son and follow Him.

Evidence of the authenticity of the Bible is easy to find to someone who honestly looks at it; however, if you want to believe that the Bible is not God's word, no one can make you believe otherwise. Just don't tell me the Bible is silent or neutral about the subject of gay marriage, because it isn't.

No doubt this letter will anger some people. I take no pleasure in that. My heart is not to be offensive but redemptive. God still loves you and will receive you into His family whenever you are ready to turn and come to Him. I pray that you will find joy in His arms.

• Patrick Brayton is the pastor at Valley Chapel.

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