Gay marriage, homosexual marriage, same-sex marriage, lesbian marriage, civil union…All of these are terms used in the ongoing campaign that homosexuals are waging against the American culture and people to gain the “right” to marry as heterosexuals do. Why? Simply put, to destroy our belief in God.
The basis for marriage between one man and one woman is traced all the way to the beginning of time as recorded in the Bible.
… for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. 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. Genesis 2:20-24 (NKJV)
Jesus uses this very scripture reference to defend marriage when confronted by the Pharisees with questions of divorce (Matthew 19:3-6; Mark 10:4-9). In fact, Jesus always talked about marriage in this context of one man with one woman.
We see Jesus using word pictures and metaphors concerning marriage throughout His earthly ministry. They range from attendants for a bride waiting for the groom’s party to come take them to the wedding (Matthew 25:1-13), to the wedding contract used by Jesus in the Lord’s supper that shows how His sacrifice would be for our salvation from our sins (Luke 22:19-20), to the return of Jesus to take up His bride to the wedding feast and eternity (Revelation 19:7-10).
Marriage between one man and one woman was very important to Jesus. As such, it became important to the apostle Paul as well. And why shouldn’t it be since Jesus Himself instructed him after Paul’s conversion (see Galatians 1:11, 12).
Having therefore been instructed by Jesus, Paul then instructs the church at Ephesus about marriage. He gives a very succinct picture of roles and relationships between the husband and wife particularly in how the husband represents Christ and the wife represents the church. Then, quoting the same scripture that Jesus quoted to the Pharisees, Paul emphatically states,
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32 (NKJV)
Marriage between one man and one woman is a reminder of the relationship that exists between Jesus Christ (the man) and his bride the Church (the woman). Any other type of arrangement as the homosexuals are attempting to do destroys what God has created.
If two men were to “marry” then using the analogy that Paul used there would be two Christ figures. Only one ever lived to save that which was lost by dying on the cross and be raised from the dead. That one is Jesus Christ. To have two parties claiming the headship of Christ in a “marriage” is to denigrate Jesus Christ and His ministry. The two men become pictures of anti-christs and only deny both Jesus Christ and God the Father.
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:22-23 (NKJV)
If two women were to “marry” then again using Paul’s analogy there would be two Churches. They would be picturing two false religious systems. These systems would not exist for the saints to worship God but rather to enslave and destroy them instead.
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. Revelation 17:1-6 (NKJV)
Homosexuals say they want to marry as heterosexuals do so they may gain health benefits. This makes sense sexually transmitted diseases and other disorders are disproportionately high among the homosexual community making the need for affordable health care a priority. However, the average median income for homosexuals ranges from upper middle-class to “rich” which suggests that “affordable” healthcare is not really out of reach. They want to be their own gods.
Others will say that they want a way to publicly express their love for and to a partner in the same way heterosexuals can. One has to wonder why as the average homosexual relationship typically lasts less then five years. Given that there are indeed some long-term anomalous relationships, this would drive the average down closer to one or two years if those relatively few anomalies were removed from the statistics. Is this the love they want to express? And even for those who have “married” in states in which it is allowed, the divorce rate is equal to or higher than the heterosexual divorce rate. They want their own system.
Homosexual marriage has nothing to do with benefits, or love, or constitutional rights. It has everything to do with destroying belief in God, His gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, and responsibilities of the universal Church in this world. The fact that Satan is using homosexuality in this particular fashion is both appalling and frightening. The fact that the Church seems powerless is both not-surprising and saddening.
There is a challenge therefore offered by homosexuals to the Church. They are saying, “If you will not be who you say you are, then we will take it for our own and destroy you.” It is a challenge that is not easily countered in today’s homosexual favoring media. There is a way that the Church in America can defeat the challenge being presented. That way is to heed the warning Jesus gave to the church at Ephesus:
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent. Revelation 2:4-5 (NKJV)
The Church needs to turn back to Jesus Christ. She needs to be separate from the enticements of this world. She needs to repent and return to being that place in which the saints – those Jesus gave His life for – gather to worship God and share His love obediently.
Lord, thank you for the salvation that comes by your Son’s shed blood washing our sins away. We praise You for grace and mercy. Help us to repent of our continued neglect of our relationship with you. Bring us back to that marriage picture of Christ and His Bride.
I pray also, Lord, that heterosexual and homosexual sinners all would receive that same gift of salvation. May they all become as new and join the Church as You prepare to receive Her to You.
In Jesus’ Name…