Christianity’s Argument Against Gay Marriage

Title: Christianity’s Argument Against Gay Marriage

Text: 2 Timothy 2:15, Romans 1:26-27, Romans 1:32

Time: June 16th, 2012

 

I recently wrote an article for the local paper on President Barak Obama’s misrepresentation of Christianity with his sudden endorsement of gay marriage. He says he supports same sex marriage because of his Christian faith, citing the words of Jesus – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Matthew 7:12. He says that it’s only fair that gays marry because straight people can.” He says that it fulfills Christ’s command to “Do unto others.” Then, a few weeks later, country and western star Carrie Underwood stated in an interview that she too supports gay marriage because of her Christian convictions. She says it’s only right that someone should be able to marry the one they love, using similar wording as the president. Here’s my article in the newspaper:

 

“Obama Betrays His Profession Of Faith

President Obama came out a few weeks ago in favor of gay marriage and he did it in a very strange way that betrays the teachings of his Christian faith. One might expect a professed Christian to possibly say, “My Christian faith and morality teach me to oppose gay marriage on biblical principle, but as public leader I must allow for it because I don’t want to be guilty of imposing my values on others.” That approach still wouldn’t be totally Christian, but others have used it – particularly in respect to abortion rights, for example – even though it still falls short of a consistent Christian response to the great moral issues of our time. But Obama didn’t take this approach. Instead he stated that he’s personally in favor of gay marriage – not, “As a Christian I’m personally against it, but as a public leader I must remain neutral, blah, blah, blah . . .” And in so doing he directly contradicts his own professed Christian faith, which teaches that morally, homosexuality is a sin and is wrong.

But it’s not just Obama who talks out of both sides of his mouth; his Vice-President, Joe Biden, does the same in respect to the Christian faith and gay marriage. In an earlier interview, Biden stated that he had no problem with a man marrying another man, or a woman marrying another woman. Again, we might imagine a true Christian saying, “Yes, personally as a Christian, I have a problem with gay marriage; my faith teaches me marriage is between a man and a woman; my church teaches me homosexuality is a grave sin.” But again, no; Christianity, moral principle, the Bible and the church don’t seem to weigh very heavy in Biden’s convictions about gay marriage. He says he doesn’t have a problem with it.

A while back there was somewhat of a controversy over whether Obama was really a Muslim. I don’t think people have to worry about that, because from his actions and opinions it’s a safe bet that he not a Muslim or Christian or Jewish or any religion. He’s a secular non-religious relativist. He’s a pragmatist, favoring any principle that furthers his agenda. Obama and Biden are examples of how Christians are not supposed to live out their faith in the world – promoting causes that run contrary to Christian teachings.”

 

I could say something similar towards Carrie Underwood’s support of same sex marriage as a betrayal of her Christian faith. After all, she’s been very open and vocal about being a Christian. But the deeper question is – why do people who claim to be Christians support something diametrically opposed to their faith’s spiritual teachings and morality? I conclude that it’s either ignorance or willful disobedience to God. Let me say a few things about this problem facing the Christian church today of Christians misrepresenting the faith.

 

First, some Christians are ignorant of the Bible’s teachings against same sex marriage. 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” Why would people who claim to be Christians even think about endorsing homosexuality, gay partnerships and gay marriage? Carrie Underwood, for example, says she’s a Christian. She sings about Jesus and presents herself as committed to living the Christian life. Yet, she says she and her husband attend a church that welcomes and affirms gay people, gay relationships and gay marriage. Now how can this be? Especially because the Bible says nothing good about homosexuality and every time it mentions homosexuality it condemns it in the strongest terms. So how can a true Christian make such a blunder in endorsing what the Bible calls sin? Is it out of ignorance? In the case of President Obama, as with all political leaders, we have every right to question their sincerity whenever they identify with a particular faith, because it’s so often they are simply trying to position themselves in society in order to win votes, or other such political motivations. But if Obama is a Christian, or sincerely wishes to identify himself with Christianity, how can he at the same time endorse something the Bible and Christianity have always condemned, such as homosexual relationships? Is it out of ignorance? That’s one possibility. There is a vast ignorance of the Bible and the basic teachings of the Christian faith in society in general today, much more so than in times past. At one time in the U.S., the Bible was the book that almost everyone read from, because it was about the only book that was universally available to read. But today, the Bible is often buried under an avalanche of other reading material. Most people still own a Bible, but few still read from it. Also, to add to the confusion and ignorance, it used to be that most church pastors read from and taught from the Bible on Sunday morning, but today that cannot be assumed. Contemporary pastors have found inspirational and motivational messages from the pulpit are more popular with the people, so many have quite explaining the Bible and have adopted a topical approach to their messages where they pull one passage from here and another from there and shape sermons that have little to do with biblical themes, but instead sound more like Tony Robbins’ motivational success philosophy. Obviously, if people aren’t hearing solid Bible messages, they won’t know what the Bible teaches on such topics as homosexuality and marriage. 2 Timothy 2:15 says to study to show yourself approved. Study what? The Bible, God’s Word, the Word of God — obviously. If Christians would spend more time in serious Bible study they’d know to never endorse what God calls sin in his Word. If Christians really schooled themselves on what the Bible teaches about the sin of homosexuality, they’d never endorse gay marriage, like Carrie Underwood does. But let’s review quickly what the Bible says about homosexuality.

 

Second, from beginning to end, the Bible condemns homosexuality as sin. Romans 1:26-27, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relationships for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions.” Here’s just one New Testament teaching about homosexuality; it condemns it as sinful. It’s interesting that this passage was quoted by a main character in the TV comedy series, “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” when he confronted a same sex couple. But his efforts were countered by someone pointing out that the Bible teaches many contradictory things, especially in the Old Testament, so how can we take any of it literally as absolute today? Well, that’s a good question, and it’s one that many gay marriage supporters like to use against the traditional biblical opposition to homosexuality. Yes, it is true that some of the rules, prohibitions and laws, for example in the Old Testament, no longer apply to us as Christians today, simply because we aren’t the nation of Israel under a theocratic rule as were ancient Jews. But many of the basic moral commands still apply to us as Christians today because they were passed along from the Old Testament to the New Testament and into the Christian church. While we aren’t under obligation to follow all the Old Testament laws, we are still obligated to follow the New Testament teachings because these are the truths upon which Christianity is based. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Without even quoting from the Old Testament, such as Leviticus 18:22, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable,” the New Testament teaches that homosexuality is a sin. Christians have always taught that homosexuality is sin. So the only excuse I can come up with why some Christians, like Carrie Underwood, can endorse same sex marriages is that they’re ignorant of the Bible – or someone teaching them is ignorant and passes misinformation along to them. It’s as plain as day for anyone who looks it up: the Bible teaches against gay sexual relationships, all forms, partnerships and including any so-called gay marriages. Let’s not be confused by ignorant Christians who are led astray and are leading others astray on the subject.

 

Third, some people are willfully disobedient to God and his Word. Romans 1:32, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them.” This is the concluding passage in the section where Paul warns against same sex relationships as producing the wrath and judgment of God upon guilty people’s lives. The sad truth today is that many in the Christian church, while not actively participating in the sin of homosexuality, do actively promote same sex activity by endorsing the gay lifestyle. It’s not just ignorant individual Christians here and there doing it, but entire denominational systems and churches that are promoting the gay lifestyle, contrary to the teachings of the Bible and Christianity. Now why would Christians, churches and Christian denominations promote what Christianity teaches is sinful and wrong? One answer – willful disobedience to God! Many Christians know full well what the Bible teaches, many pastors and denominational leaders are well aware of the historic Christian teaching against homosexual activity, but they simply ignore and dismiss it. Of course, not everyone in the church is truly Christian, and not everyone claiming to be Christian and endorsing gay marriage is really a Christian either. Yes, there are ignorant Christians who foolishly endorse something like gay marriage because they simply don’t know any better, but there are also many so-called Christians who know better and still contradict God and God’s Word out of willful disobedience. And you have to wonder how many of these willfully disobedient people are truly Christians. Why would a true Christian purposefully contradict God on such a clear moral command? Why would a true Christian church deliberately and willfully go against the clear and plain teaching of the New Testament of the Bible and take the opposite side of the argument in favor of gay sexual relationships, even gay marriage? We have every reason to question the sincerity of someone who claims to be a Christian yet is willing to contradict the Bible on something as basic as morality. So probably many so-called Christians who endorse gay marriage aren’t really Christian at all, even though they may see themselves as such, or even others might see them as Christians. Possibly they really aren’t, if they are willing to violate the commands of the Lord in such a blatant way. But then again, there might just be Christians who are willing to contradict God’s Word in willful disobedience, for whatever reason. In such a case, there needs to be church discipline brought against them. In other words, they need to be rebuked and called to repent. The Bible explains this process also.

 

1 Corinthians 5:1-12 describes a situation of immorality in a church that the Apostle Paul established on one of his missionary travels. “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: a man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?” The sin of the church was that it tolerated or “put up with” an intolerable immoral situation. Paul rebukes the church members for being “proud” because they were congratulating themselves for being open and tolerant and affirming of this diverse lifestyle situation. Sound familiar? There are churches and denominations and pastors and church leaders and church members today who pride themselves for being “open and affirming” of gay relationships within and outside of the church. They know better, but against the teachings of the Bible, against the teachings of historic Christianity, against their own inner moral conscience, they affirm same sex marriage. This is willful disobedience to God. It’s a disgrace for any Christian church leader, or even any church member to endorse what God calls sin. It just shows that they hold a greater loyalty to the world than to God. They would rather be on good terms with the sinful world, than be on good terms with Almighty God. Are these people really Christians? Some are, no doubt, but some are not. Some gay-affirming church leaders are really, what the Bible calls, “wolves in sheep clothing,” Matthew 7:15. They are blind guides leading the blind. We should never trust any so-called Christian leader or teacher that affirms the immoral practice of gay marriage. If they are so corrupt in their theology in this area, how much more are they corrupt in other areas? Now what about so-called Christians like Carrie Underwood? How should we respond to these misled and misguided people? We should not under any circumstances tolerate it or let their false teachings stand. We should rebut and rebuke them for false teaching. If they are sincere Christians they’ll listen and learn and repent and change. If they won’t repent, if they continue to spread false teachings and promote immorality, then we stop recognizing them as fellow Christians. We should treat them with the love and respect due to all people, but not consider them fellow believers until they demonstrate the capacity to follow the most basic of Christian moral teachings. This is how the Apostle Paul teaches us to handle cases of immorality in 1 Corinthians 5. It is immoral to promote immorality, whether you are personally and actively involved in the immoral act or not. Anyone promoting immorality must be confronted, rebuked, called to repent, given time to change and hopefully will return to the Lord’s will. If they don’t, cut them loose, set them free, they obviously aren’t interested in following God yet. But above all we must not join them in their folly. As Christians we must stand for God and God’s truth, even in a hostile environment.

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