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Voting yes on marriage amendment (10/28/2012)
From: Rev. Adam Burge

As an ordained preacher of the gospel for twelve years, I must vote “Yes” for the marriage amendment. There are four biblical reasons for this. None of them are mean-spirited or homophobic.

First, the church is “the pillar and support of the truth” (I Timothy 3:15), meaning that the church is to uphold the truth God has revealed to the world. The church has no right to define what is true, only to affirm that which God has revealed. Many church attenders can recite church dogma, but are woefully ignorant of biblical truth. The world, by and large, has rejected the truth and replaced it with human opinion. It is the duty of the church, the body of Christ, the visible representative of Christ to the world, to uphold the truth God has revealed to mankind.

Second, Christians in general, and preachers in particular, have been called to “earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). God’s people are to fight for God’s truth. We are not to acquiesce to the demands of the world, but are to battle for the truth. The many allusions of the Christian life to that of spiritual warfare means that we must not sit idly by while the world tries to redefine truth.

A question some might now be asking is, “What is truth?” Jesus said God’s “word is truth” (John 17:17). Truth is based on the unchanging character of God. God is a God of truth (Deuteronomy 32:4). God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17). Therefore, truth never changes. God is the only source of eternal, infallible, immutable truth.

What is the truth concerning marriage? 1) Marriage was ordained by God the Creator as a union between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:21-25) for the purpose of praise to God, procreation of children, pleasure between husband and wife, and a picture of Christ’s relationship to the church (Ephesians 5:32). 2) It is intended to be a “till death do us part” union. “What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:9). 3) God blesses the sexual union between a husband and wife, but condemns all others, whether they be hetero- or homosexual (Hebrews 13:4). 4) Homosexuality and lesbianism have always been condemned in Scripture (Leviticus 20:13). To say that God approves of or even encourages homosexual behavior shows a complete lack of understanding of the Bible. Homosexuality was not the only sin Sodom and Gomorrah were condemned for (Ezekiel 16:49), but the fact that it is mentioned in connection with its destruction shows God’s condemnation of it (Genesis 19:4-9). The term sodomite came to mean a homosexual prostitute (Deuteronomy 23:17).

God calls homosexuality vile (Romans 1:26), unnatural (1:26-27), shameful (1:27), and depraved (1:28). Probably the most damning statement God makes is found in I Corinthians 6:9-10 where we are told, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither... effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind...shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” That which is skipped by the ellipses include all types of sin, including heterosexual immorality. The word effeminate refers to the partner in a homosexual behavior who takes on the feminine role. The phrase abusers of themselves with mankind is one compound Greek word which literally means “man sex,” or sex between two men. This same Greek word is found in a long list of sins condemned by God in I Timothy 1:10. No one can say that the New Testament does not condemn homosexuality.

The third reason that I must vote “Yes” for the marriage amendment and stand for biblical marriage is because as a preacher of the Word of God, I am to meekly instruct “those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:25). A person cannot repent of his sin unless he understands that his lifestyle is an affront to the holiness of God. The Bible says that those who live a homosexual lifestyle will not be allowed into heaven. They must repent of their sin if they are to be saved.

The fourth reason is that those who claim to preach and teach in God’s name will be judged the harshest by God (James 3:1). The prophet Isaiah warned the religious leaders of Israel, saying, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). As one who has been entrusted with the care of the souls of men, I will give an account of my leadership (Hebrews 13:17). I will stand before Almighty God Himself and give an account of what I have taught and how I have led those who were under my leadership. This is a most sobering reality. 

 

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