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Gods Plan For Marriage
8/3/2015

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? Matthew 19:4-5 (NKJV)

The very word marriage was once defined as the legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife (Webster’s Dictionary 1913 edition), but a few years ago Webster changed their view, and their new edition now includes a second definition which reads, “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.  I guess those in power at Webster's have decided to override God’s definition and view of marriage, and create a new definition of their own.

Well, it appears the Supreme Court agrees, based on their recent ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges recognizing a fundamental right to equal marriage for LGBT Americans — their recent ruling has paved the way for all 50 states to legalize same sex marriage.  And right after the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nation-wide, President Obama had the White House lit up with the rainbow flag celebrating the court’s decision calling it a “moment worth savoring.”

Unfortunately the ruling of the “Supreme Court” on this case has became just as much an issue about the redefinition of the word marriage as it is about the personal rights of individuals to marry whom they wish.   Let me explain.  I believe God’s Word clearly communicates the biblical definition of marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:18-24; Matt. 19:4-5).  Therefore, I believe this ruling from the highest court in America is in direct opposition to God’s perfect will for marriage, as outlined within the teachings of the Bible (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9), and is therefore clearly a sin.

The Bible does not teach that homosexuality is an unpardonable sin, nor does it teach that it is greater than other sins, such as fornication or gossip — all sin is offensive to God and will keep a person from the kingdom of God.  Thankfully, God’s Word tells us His forgiveness is just as available to one who practices homosexuality as it is to an adulterer, a thief, an idol-worshipper, a murderer, a fornicator etc. God also promises the strength for victory over every sin to all those who will place their faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation and turn from their sin (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 3:19; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

The point of this writing is not to promote hate or disunity — it is for us to be both unified and mindful of the enemy’s constant attack upon God’s perfect will as defined in His Word (Rom. 12:2; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).  And it is for us to guard ourselves against being complacent, indifferent, or apathetic to the ways of this world, and to approving anything that is in opposition to God’s perfect will.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Rom. 12:9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to keep from compromising on what you know to be right according to God’s Word.  Continue to love those who are in sin, but abhor the sin (Rom. 12:9).  Stand fast in defending God’s plan for marriage, and love others enough to share it with them. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 19:4-5 how did Jesus define marriage?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself being tempted to become apathetic to certain sins, while overreacting to others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to look at every action through the lens of God’s Word to determine whether it is a righteous act or a sinful one.  Choose within your mind and heart to hate what God hates.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for showing me what is sinful and what is proper.  Help me to be bold in my defense of what I know to be right.  Help me to love those who are willfully living in sin, but to never become complacent to the sin itself.  Open my eyes so I can see things in the way You do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

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