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On Nov. 6, 2012 Washington State, Maine, and Maryland became the first states to pass “same-sex marriage” by popular vote. They join six other states– New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massa-chusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont – and the District of Columbia, which had already issued Court rulings, or enacted laws permitting “same- sex marriage.”
Many celebrate this trend in the wrong direction.
Reminds us of Isaiah 5:20!
“Same-Sex marriage” is a misnomer!
Morally and spiritually, our nation is rapidly deteriorating!
Newt Gingrich: “since 1963 in the courts driving God out of public life…”
Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as “between one man and one woman” (Clinton Ad.)
One more liberal judge to the Supreme Court will result in “same-sex marriage” in all 50 states.
“Same-sex marriage” not confined to the U.S.
Reminds us of Genesis 18:20; 13:12.
What is Wrong with “Same-Sex Marriage?”
“Same-Sex Marriage” is not marriage!
Marriage is a union between a man a woman. Gen. 2:18,21-24; Matt. 19:3-9; Rom. 7:2-3; I Cor. 7:2-4l
It is a “covenant,” Malachi 2:14.
It is sinful! I Corinthians 6:9-10; I Timothy 1:9-11.
It is a perversion of one of the purposes of marriage, that of child bearing, I Timothy 5:14
It is against nature, Romans 1:26-27.
Violates the natural order designed by God. It is “vile affection,” “unseemly,” “error.”
“What is Wrong” (Continued)
It Deprives a child either of a father or a mother.
God designed it so that a child would have both a father and a mother, Eph. 6:4; I Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:4-5; Proverbs 1:8-9.
It promotes a life style detrimental to society.
Consider the kind of society outlined in Romans 1:26-31, and its effect on children growing up in that society..
If “marriage” can be re-defined to describe a union between two people of the same sex, why can it not also be re-defined to include other “against nature” arrangements?
What is Wrong? It has Far-reaching Effects!
On the Government.
God designed government to protect those who do good and to punish evil-doers, Romans 13:1-4. Legalized “same sex marriage” will compel judges and officials to perform such “marriages.”
On Public Education.
Schools will be compelled to defend homosexual relationships.
On Businesses. Genesis 3:19; Ephesians 4:28.
Corporations will be compelled to provide insurance benefits and employ such people.
What Can We Do?
Psalm 11:3: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” cf. I Timothy 3:1.
We Can Pray! I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16.
For those caught up in this “life style!”
For those in authority, Romans 13:1-2
For your family, your mate, your children!
Trust in the Lord! Proverbs 3:5; Romans 8:28.
Make your home all that God intended it to be!
Husbands (Eph. 5:25), Wives (Titus 2:4) Parents (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psa. 127:23-4) Young people (I Timothy 5:22)
What Can We Do? (continued)
Local Churches Should:
Appoint qualified men as elders and deacons.
Preach the truth on all doctrinal and moral issues.
Discipline those caught up in immorality.
We can vote for Bible purity instead of partisan politics, Romans 13:1-5.
We can encourage our elected leaders to do what is right! Acts 24:25; Matthew 14:4.
We can Resolve to serve God regardless of the this-world consequences! Matthew 6:33; Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10; 14:13.
It is possible to be “blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,” and even to “shine as lights in the world,” Philippians 2:15.
But people can not be “sons” or children of God in any society unless they render obedience to the saving gospel of Jesus Christ!