With the Houston mayor submitting (and later withdrawing) a subpoena for five pastors to turn in sermons, and now the news of two ordained ministers in Idaho City being threatened with fines and jail if they refused to marry same-sex couples, we see the downgrade in our government regarding religious liberties, especially in regards to the promotion of homosexuality.
Much ink has been spilled regarding how fast our society has turned regarding advocating same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general. If marriage is simply about two people loving each other, then we would have no qualms with this ‘redefinition’–for there would be no re-definition.
But all through church history, the church has taught from Scripture what God’s design for marriage that stands as a covenant before God and each other as God joins a man and woman together for the purpose of procreating, bring other imagebearers into the world (Genesis 1:26-31; Matthew 19:4-6). Marriage also helps keep us from sin (1 Corinthians 7:2-5). This addresses all relationships outside the man-woman covenant of marriage–not just homosexuality.
Below are the four articles that the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith declares regarding the covenant of marriage:
- Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. It is not lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband, at the same time.
- Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife, for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and for preventing uncleanness.
- It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry if they are able with judgement to give their consent. But it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord, and therefore those who profess the true religion should not marry with infidels or idolaters. Nor should those who are godly be unequally yoked by marrying with those who are wicked in their life or who maintain heretical teaching condemned to judgement.
- Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity [blood relation] or affinity forbidden in the Word, nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man or consent of parties so that such persons may live together as man and wife.
Scripture teaches this, the church affirms this, the world may hate it–but this is God’s design and this is where we stand. We can do no other! God help us. Amen!