In light of the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage the law of the land I must speak to the subject. I would be derelict in my duties as a preacher of the Word of God if I did not.
There are many things I could say, but first let’s look at what the Word of God has to say on this subject.I can’t cover it all in the short time we have so we will look at Rom 1:16-32. verse by verse.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
It is a departure from the Gospel that has brought us to where we are. The Gospel starts with a message of condemnation and then, when there is conviction and a repentant heart, it gives the solution.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
The Gospel reveals God’s righteousness by showing that He demands payment for sin. The righteousness of God is also revealed in that those who accept the Gospel by faith, live by faith. In other words, the Gospel changes lives toward righteousness.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
God’s wrath is seen in the results of ungodliness and unrighteousness. It is seen by its results in those who hold the truth in unrighteousness. The word “hold” means to have in one’s possession. Those who know the truth, and still live unrighteously are spoken of here.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
These two verses tells us that God is manifest to all. All we have to do is look at what is seen to clearly understand the Godhead, His power and righteousness is seen in His creation. We are all without excuse.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Everyone knows there is a God – All cultures prove this to be true because all cultures believe in some form of god. The hearts of men are darkened because the refuse to glorify God or to be thankful for what He has done for them. They are proud in their imaginations (thoughts) and think they know better than God.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Thinking themselves to be wiser than God they have become fools. Only a fool believes that order can come from disorder. Only a fool believes that the design in the universe is an accident. Only a fool believes that life can spring from non-life, etc.
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Instead of worshiping the uncorruptible God, they worship the creation. Today that main false god is corruptible man. The Bible tells us that it is not in man to direct his steps.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Because of this rebellion God gave them over to uncleanness. Pay attention to the phrase “gave them up.” This is God saying, I will let you have it your way, but you will suffer the consequences. Man’s lusts, rather than his reason, rules in most things. The lusts of man result in the dishonoring of their bodies, fornication.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Man has changed the truth of God into a lie. They do not exchange it for a lie. The Word of God is turned into a lie in the minds of many. As I already mentioned, man worships the creature, not the Creator.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Here we have that phrase “gave them up” again. Vile affections are filthy lusts. The natural use of women is intimacy with her husband to bear children. Prostitution and lesbianism are both contrary to nature. Our nation is suffering the consequences of accepting these behaviours as normal.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
It is clear to any honest person that this is dealing with homosexuality. Homosexuality is not natural. Those who say that it is genetic ignore the science of genetics. Homosexuals do not reproduce, and therefore the gene would die out if it existed at all. Those who do this receive the reward of their actions, AIDS, and rectal cancer are just two examples. These diseases and other things are the reward for their deviant behavior
And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
In this verse we find the phrase “gave them over.” It has essentially the same as “gave them up.” Giving them over to a reprobate mind means that God has abandoned them to a mind void of sound judgment. It means He has removed their capability of right thinking.
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
These three verses tell us how a reprobate mind thinks. We are told that the last days will be as in the days of Noah. In Gen 6:5 God described the minds of the people of Noah’s day:
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.
This describes a large portion of the people in America and the world today.
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Those who hold these deviant ways to be normal know that they are wrong. To make themselves feel better they encourage others to do the same things. If everyone is doing it, it must be OK
God’s Word is pretty clear on the fact that homosexuality is an abomination before God. It is also clear that there are consequences for making it acceptable, just remember Sodom and Gomorrah.
This decision by the Supreme Court is not the beginning of the problem, nor will it be the end. The homosexual rights movement will not be satisfied until they can force acceptance of their deviant lifestyle on everyone. Christians have already lost their businesses and homes because they would not bow to this movement.
If people want to practice their deviant sexual lifestyles, this is America, and I suppose they have the right to do so as long as they don’t harm others. I won’t get into the harm these lifestyles do to society for lack of time. On the other hand, they don’t have the right to force others to participate in those things that violate their consciences, this is still America.
We have the right to practice our religion without interference of the Government unless we use the color of religion to harm others. I do no harm to a homosexual if I refuse to bake a cake or provide flowers for a same-sex marriage. There are plenty of businesses that will gladly do it for them.
I also have the right to publicly express my views on their deviant lifestyles as long as I don’t incite violence against them.
These two principles, freedom of religion and freedom of speech, are the very foundation of all of the other freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
Nowhere in any of our founding documents do we find anything that prohibits religion from the public square, including in government. The First Amendment guarantees that the government cannot establish a religion as the state religion, and that the government cannot prohibit the free exercise of our religion. It does not say we can’t pray in schools or at state functions. It does not say we can’t quote from the Bible in schools or government meetings and functions. It does say that we can’t stop other religions from doing the same.
Although having children in schools read from the Bible, or pray a Christian prayer will bring down the wrath of the ACLU upon you, forcing them to read the Qur’an or pray an Islamic prayer will not.
Let me address one more issue before I close. The Ten Commandments are accepted by Jews, Christians of all stripes, and Muslims. Displaying the Ten Commandments on government property is not establishing a state religion because they cross religious boundaries.
America is in real trouble. If God doesn’t judge America for her sin, He will have to apologize to those He has judged in the past for these same sins.
It is time for Christians to wake up and be counted. If the surveys are correct we can turn America back to her roots. The sad thing is that most who claim to be Christians are disengaged from the political process, and most of them don’t vote.
If we don’t wake up we will loose our freedoms!
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