Daily Devotional for Thursday January 29, 2015
The Case for "Gay Marriage" Destroying the Foundation of Our Society
(Genesis 1:27, 2:24, 4:19; Deuteronomy 17:17; 1 Kings 11:3; 1 Timothy 3:2,12)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, after a recent disagreement, I was told by my spouse that he could go anywhere he wants, whenever he wants, see whoever he wants, stay as long as he wants, and make any decisions he wants without consulting me. Don't spouses owe each other that type of consideration and communication?
ANSWER: That is not a spouse, it is a dictator, and it is certainly NOT the way God designed marriage. A husband and wife are 100% equal, with different roles to play. Those who want to disregard the Bible point to passages about a wife being obedient. What they fail to mention, is that on the other side, the man is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. MARRIAGE IS A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE, PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, NURTURING, BASED ON A SHARED FAITH IN CHRIST!
The case for "gay marriage" destroying the foundation of our society! As someone who for the past 22 years has given my life to helping tens of millions of people worldwide find hope and answer in the most challenging moments of life we all face along our journey, I can assure you that the perversion of God's Holy Institution of Marriage not just damages the lives of the two people involved but society as a whole.
The classic question I get from the media and in debates with gay marriage advocates is, "How does two people of the same sex getting married hurt my marriage?" The simple answer is that it has zero affect on my personal marriage, but such a perversion of God's plan for marriage does erode the foundation of our society which is marriage and the family.
The other comments I get are that Jesus never condemned gay marriage and what is wrong with two people who love each other and want to get married? First, Jesus did comment numerous times on marriage and it was clearly without any ambiguity between a man and woman. Secondly, how we "feel" is hardly a determining factor to justify behavior, since acting on many feelings leads to destructive results.
The problem is once you cross the line and redefine marriage as anything but one man and one woman, you can use all of the current arguments and justifications to advocate for marriage between multiple partners of any sex, with children, as well as with animals and inanimate objects. The fact is, just 30 years ago, gay marriage would have never even been a serious discussion, let alone a legal reality. To that end, many people claim society is "evolving," while I claim that society is "de-evolving."
You can look at our crumbling culture over the past several decades and link all of our societal woes like the increasing numbers of people living in poverty, out of wedlock births, record numbers of people incarcerated, the proliferation and mainstream acceptance of gambling and pornography, increasing numbers of people addicted to drugs and alcohol, record low scholastic test scores and graduation rates, the vast percentage of people in the last two generations who have never been to church or have any faith foundation, along with virtually anything else negative in our culture and link it to a breakdown of marriage and the family.
The fact is people are born with a certain skin color in which they had no choice. However, taking your clothes off and engaging in sex is a choice, just like taking a drink is a choice, just like using drugs is a choice, just like placing a bet, overeating, shopping to excess, are all choices. Harmful choices over time leads a person to become enslaved to those choices which become part of their life.
In 22 years of ministry I have helped men and women around the world find freedom from their bondage to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping, and numerous sexual addictions like homosexuality, which otherwise would have ended up destroying or greatly damaging their lives. God gave us free will and a person is free to make whatever choices they desire. However, you can not sin and avoid paying a price. That is why until a person chooses to change their behavior and seek avenues of help that includes Biblical help, they remain enslaved to whatever their bondage may be.
To argue gay marriage is a "civil right" is a specious argument and mocks true civil rights issues. Depriving a person of their fundamental human rights based on something like the color of their skin, has nothing to do with two people of the same sex who make the conscious choice to engage in perverted, unnatural, unhealthy sexual relations. The fact is less than 2% of those in our society choose to engage in homosexuality, yet it is that small minority of the population which is forcing society to re-define the spiritual and legal institution of marriage.
Over a decade ago I warned people this day of men legally marrying men and women legally marrying women was coming and was laughed at. Well, that day is now here and it is too late since the proverbial horse in out of the barn. This summer, the Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage in this nation. Just like their decision 42 years ago to legalize infanticide that has led to the slaughter of apx. 60 million innocent babies, perverting the institution of marriage will ultimately lead to the complete breakdown of our culture since marriage between one man and one woman provides the very foundation upon which our society is built.
The main reason this perversion of marriage is even a debate, let alone a reality, is due to a generation of gutless and compromised Christian pastors and leaders who have been responsible for the vast majority of today's churches being influenced by a Godless culture, rather than boldly leading the culture in ways of righteousness as God's Word instructs. The Bible is immutable, it does not change. Any "church" that accepts a sin like homosexuality and a perversion of God's Holy Institution of Marriage is a stench in the nostrils of God. Any man or woman who calls themselves a "pastor" and either personally engages in or refuses to preach against the sin of homosexuality and gay marriage make a mockery of that office and of Christ
Especially disturbing are churches and denominations who are "debating" this issue. What is there to debate other than to follow God's Word or not. To choose "not" makes that church no different than any other Godless institution of the world. To advocate for or embrace any other plan for marriage and the family requires a complete and total rejection of God's plan as detailed in the Bible, which for Christians is God's inspired, inerrant Word, representing Absolute Truth and our final authority in all matters.
It has been a privilege over the past two decades to serve the Lord by helping men and women around the world in bondage to the sin of homosexuality find freedom through Christ. You don't help an alcoholic by supplying them with drugs, you don't help a drug addict by supplying them with drugs, and don't help a man or woman in bondage to homosexuality by supporting their sinful choice that will end up harming, even destroying their life. In leaving the woman taken in adultery, Jesus didn't tell her to go back to her adulterous affair, but told her "to go and sin no more."
Reaching millions of people worldwide daily through Liveprayer.com on my nightly "live" TV program airing around the nation only on non-Christian stations, and in appearances on FOX News, CNN, Howard Stern, the New York Times, and many other local, national, and international media outlets dealing with the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview, I already know most people will dismiss me as intolerant, a bigot, homophobe, hate monger, Bible thumper, Christian nutjob, and other pejoratives. My friend, I didn't write the Bible, God did, and attacking me doesn't change His Truth. It is God who all throughout the Old and New Testaments calls homosexuality a sin and the One who ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman.
To support gay marriage, you must reject thousands of years of successful societal history where God's Holy Institution of Marriage has been between one man and one woman for life. You also must reject God's Biblical plan for the family, which is having children born within the bonds of marriage, loved, nurture, and raised by a father and mother in the admonition of the Lord. To purposely and in a premeditated fashion change God's Holy Institution of Marriage will end up destroying the very foundation upon which our society is built.
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,