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The Church (called out body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ) was dealt a blow by the recent United States Supreme Court ruling on the legality of same-sex unions in the United States. This is of relevance to the St. Vincent, as we all know the saying when America sneezes the Caribbean catches a cold. Many see this as a knockout blow to the Church, but I see it as a necessary hard jab to make us aware that we are in a fight. Mind you, not a fight of personality and people but of the ideology of this world system and God’s standards.
It is amusing, however, that persons would contend that there is no absolute right or wrong, all is relative so do not tell them to listen to or obey the Bible. Some of those same people are now telling the Church to change her stance because five persons have said that same-sex unions are ok. Either hold to your “no one is right or wrong” or accept that one of us is wrong on this issue. The Church is once again being asked to compromise. There are absolutes. The Bible is absolutely right and man is absolutely bent on disobeying God’s Word. It is high time that the Church gets up and defends her position. Critics portray the Church as being hypocritical in defending marriage as a union between a man and a woman, due to issues of immorality and other sin in the Church. However, may I submit that in each and every instance of these sins, at its root has been a church (local assembly or general organization) or person who deviates from the absolute authority of the Bible.
The issue at hand is not homosexuality versus homophobia, as many would have us believe. That is a Trojan horse. Homosexuality and lesbianism are just outward manifestations of man’s rebellion against God. Polygamy, adultery, fornication, theft, murder, hatred, envy etc. are also just an outward display of man’s sinful heart. Please do not think that I am magnifying one sin above another by writing this piece. I am simply dealing with a current issue. Man does not go to hell because he is a homosexual or a woman because she is a lesbian, they go to hell because they reject God. The means of the rejection is not as critical as the rejection itself. ALL sins are a violation of God’s standards, and He, being a Holy God, punishes sinners. At this point one may argue that “there are no absolutes” but yet we all hold to absolutes. We say there are absolutes in arithmetic, spelling, sentence structure and so on, so why can’t we believe that there are absolutes when it comes to morality? Teachers do not mark something right because the student is certain about their answer, they mark it right or wrong because there is right and wrong.
Let me look briefly at what the Bible says about homosexuality. This is by no means an exhaustive look but a mere overview.
God’s plan is for one man to be married to one woman. In early human history, as recorded in Genesis, we may not see easily discernible wedding ceremonies, but when it speaks about marriage it is between a man and a woman. Yes, we have examples right in the Bible where man distorted God’s plan, but we also see in the Bible the negative consequences of such choices. Marriage is a commitment between a man and a woman to follow God’s general design for life. There are those who choose for themselves to remain single to serve God in a particular capacity and this is not wrong either. The issue however remains that the Bible, when speaking about marriage, is between a man and a woman.
At creation God made woman, Eve, as a help meet (suitable) for man, Adam. God’s simple design is that woman completes man and man completes woman, she was a fitting and compatible partner for him. He designed them for each other, including for sexual gratification. Even human physiology points to this fact.
In the Law given to the Jews there is mention that “man should not lie (have sexual relations) with man.
- Leviticus 18:22 – You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
- Leviticus 20:13 – If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness us upon them.
When Jesus was asked about divorce, He prefaced His answer by defining marriage:
- Matthew 19:4-6: And He answered and said, “Have you not read the He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason shall a man leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?”
The Apostles, when teaching about marriage, show us it is between a man and a woman:
- Romans 1:26,27 – For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
- 1 Corinthians 7:1,2 — Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband.
The Church needs to get back to holding the Bible as its final authority in doctrine and practice. We cannot understand everything about God or even the Bible, and we may not even like some of what we understand, but we must obey God.
God loves all sinners, including homosexuals and lesbians, and the way of salvation is the same for all. Trust in Jesus Christ’s finished work on Calvary and he will give you the victory over your sin as you follow His leading.
May God help those of us who are Christians to follow His word, and the unsaved that they will stop their futile disobedience to Almighty God.
The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to [email protected].