“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. " Gen. 2:24
“And He (Jesus) answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’” Matt. 19:4-6
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Eph. 5:31
This past Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the USA ruled on the case, Obergefell v. Hodges. This ruling has brought much anxiety to many in the faith community, but I have to say not to me. Hold on and hear me out please. Yes, I am disappointed in the decision and would have preferred that the court recognized State rights to make State decisions on marriage, but they didn’t. Yes, I believe it will have a profound impact on America and American culture moving forward. And Yes, I believe Christianity is being attacked, believers are being marginalized, and our foundational beliefs are being set aside in America. But I have NO anxiety, for I believe and stand in the truth that God has already spoken on the matter. And to that I will continue to love ALL in truth, proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and be a witness to His saving grace to ALL, calling all to believe in Him and His Word. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth that God would judge those outside the church living by worldly standards.
“I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.’” 1 Cor. 5:9-13
So since God has spoken on the subject of marriage and is the one who judges those outside His Body, my call is to lift up to all the truth of the Gospel and God’s Holy Word calling all of us to repentance and faith in His name. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way and where I will stand:
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12: 1-3
As in my belief of the sanctity of life (God has spoken on when life begins, not a court), I believe God has spoken on the matter of marriage. I will affirm His truth. But in proclaiming Truth will do so in Love. Let the Evangelicals in America be sure, God will have the last Word. As Paul states that one day: “…that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:10-11
May the Lord’s name be praised!!!
Blessing my friends,
I wanted to share the EPC Statement on the Supreme Court ruling on Marriage:
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church grieves today’s ruling of the Supreme Court, which illustrates the continued disregard for the biblical, traditional, Judeo-Christian values upon which the foundation of our nation was established. As a church, we continue to rest our faith in the sovereign God and the authority of His Holy Word. We pray faithfully for our nation and our leaders as so commanded by Scripture.
We bear no malice toward those with a same-sex attraction; in fact, we love them with the love of Christ. However, as a church we must adhere to the biblical definition of marriage, rather than a cultural one.
We recognize that civil governments adopt policies that do not align with biblical values. However, those policies must never require that people of faith abandon the clear teaching of Scripture, forfeit the right to proclaim those truths, or change their beliefs or practices.