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The Bible on marriage

October 24, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Genesis 2:18-25 The first marriage - Note especially v. 24: "A man will leave his father and mother and be united to see his wife, and they will become one flesh." Marriage as a life-long commitment between a man and a woman was part of God's plan from the beginning. God's principles for marriage remain unchanged today.

Genesis 19 The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord leaves no doubt that homosexuality is a sin in his punishment of these wicked towns.

Exodus 20:14 The 6th Commandment. "You shall not commit adultery" - Any use of sex outside of marriage (which God has established is between a man and a woman (Genesis 2) is sinful - including homosexual activity.

Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 Homosexuality forbidden in Old Testament law. Some may say. "But that was only for the Old Testament." But the prohibition of homosexuality is repeated in the New Testament, showing that this is God's law and will for all people of all time.

Romans 1:26-27 Homosexuality is "unnatural, indecent, and a perversion"

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Unrepentant "homosexual offenders" are listed as those who will not enter the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:9-11 "Perverts" refers to those who practice homosexuality

Jude 7 Refers back to the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah

Be careful not to turn God's hatred of the sin of homosexuality into God's hatred of a person caught up in that sin. God wants all people, including homosexuals, to be saved. Jesus died also for the sin of homosexuality. A repentant homosexual will strive to avoid that sin, knowing that God does not want him/her to commit it. While they still may face temptations to sin homosexually, they will look to the Savior for strength to resist and rest on his forgiving love.

Homosexuality is not a "human rights" issue. Some try to compare "homosexual rights" to equal rights for African-Americans or people of other races. These are not the same issue! Homosexuality is a moral issue, governed by our Lord in his Word. As Christians we need to speak out against this sin and to stand up for marriage as defined in the Bible. The government does not have the right to change the definition of marriage or tell us what we need to teach about marriage. This is an issue of freedom of religion, so it is appropriate for us Christians to speak up in defense of God's gift of marriage between a man and a woman.

Ruth Wendlandt




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