On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court made known its refusal to hear appeals from several states on same-sex marriage laws. By abdication, their decision to non-decide was, well, a decision, a decision for legalization of same-sex pseudo-marriage. How? They allowed the pro-same-sex “marriage” rulings in the lower courts to stand. Message: “States, don’t bother appealing to the Supreme Court to protect marriage.”
Why the term “pseudo-marriage”? By biblical definition (and historical for centuries), marriage is the union of one man and one woman, so any union other than that is not marriage (Genesis 2:24-25).
In the sexual revolution of the 60s, the U.S. sowed wind. Now, the whirlwind roaring over our country won’t stop at homosexual pseudo-marriage. Already, instead of simply stating the sex God made you to be, people are demanding the right to choose their “gender identity.” The number of choices rivals the cereal aisle of your local grocer. Polyamory holds non-monogamy to be a virtue. Proponents teach that love is not jealous, therefore love will share what it treasures most, one’s sexual partner. Pedophiles are following the homosexual playbook. Like homosexuals relabeling themselves “gay” in order to sound acceptable, at least one group in Maryland is relabeling pedophiles as “minor-attracted people” (MAPs). They propose that sexual attraction to minors cannot be changed. It is society’s discrimination against them that causes the anxiety, loneliness, and depression so often experienced by pedophiles. They seek to educate mental health providers about how to compassionately understand the pedophile.
My concern on this cultural hurricane is not primarily legislation, politics, or the state of our country. My greatest concern is three-fold: God’s glory, love for neighbor, and the purity of the church. First, all sin offends God, robbing Him of the glory He deserves. In particular to my present topic, the demand to claim some “gender” other than that obvious at birth denies reality and defies God. Also, marriage is a means God has chosen to image the union of Christ and His bride for His glory; same-sex unions traduce that image (Ephesians 5:25-32). Second, all sin must be punished, and therefore I want all sinners–thieves, liars, the materialistic (rich and poor), the proud, those who commit sexual sins, all who insist upon their own way–to repent by turning from their sins and submitting to Christ to receive His grace for salvation. All sinners need the gospel. Third, the church must purify herself for her Lord, to exalt Him. Those are the issues that should most concern Christians and where Christians should be investing their time, money, discussions, and prayers.
With this in mind, I would like to introduce you to a blog post and two video lectures by Voddie Baucham that I think address at least these three concerns with clarity and compassion. Voddie is pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church, in Spring, Texas. I found these resources on The Cripplegate, Voddie Baucham: Gay is Not the New Black | The Cripplegate.
The article is, “Gay is Not the New Black.” It refutes the idea that the homosexual agenda rests on the same values and premises as the racial civil rights agenda.
The lectures were given the week of October 20, 2014 at a conference called Semper Reformanda. With logic and clarity, Voddie applies biblical truth to uncover fallacies in the homosexual propaganda and teach truth.
The first lecture is “Gay is Not the New Black.” It teaches the plan and method by which homosexual activists have sought to not just gain acceptance, but convert the hearts of people.
The second lecture is “Beyond the Rhetoric: Applying Biblical Truth to the Homosexual Debate.” It teaches the propaganda arguments used, the fallacies in those arguments, and how to speak truth in love to someone attempting to argue these propaganda points. The arguments commonly used against the biblical worldview include:
- Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.
- Paul didn’t understand loving same-sex relationships.
- Since the overarching ethic of Christianity is love, you should affirm the sexual orientations of other people.
- You can’t pick and choose.
Every one of these points is deceitful. Listen to hear how so. And don’t quit until the punch line at the end. For the glory of God, pursue the salvation of others and the holiness of the church.