SCOTUS and Three Biblical Non-Negotiables1
Needless to say, there are numerous things that we believe concerning human sexuality and marriage. But in light of the recent ruling of SCOTUS, let me mention only three. Continue reading . . .
Needless to say, there are numerous things that we believe concerning human sexuality and marriage. But in light of the recent ruling of SCOTUS, let me mention only three.
(1) Despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, marriage has not changed. Society may suppress the truth in unrighteousness, but it cannot any more change the truth than it can change the color of blood. Marriage is an objective, transcendent truth that can no more be altered than you or I can declare that a circle is a square. Christians should never look to a secular government, or even a religious one, for guidance or for the articulation and application of Christian moral values. We do not depend on any branch of our government for truth or ethics or how we should define marriage.
(2) The fundamental problem isn’t homosexuality or same-sex marriage or transgenderism. The fundamental problem is any and all sexual intercourse outside the bounds of monogamous marriage. The hypocritical tragedy is that some professing Christians who are not married, but are having sex, angrily denounce same-sex marriage. Let me say it with even more explicit language: Those committing heterosexual fornication are denouncing those committing homosexual fornication. How dare you!
And while I’m at it, let me say the same thing to you who are married and are not having sex with someone other than your spouse, but are addicted to pornography. Before you rise up in self-righteous criticism of others, be assured that it is equally hypocritical that you should angrily denounce your Christian brothers and sisters for having heterosexual sex outside of marriage. As one author put it, “if you don’t deal with straight sex outside of marriage, don’t start being inconsistent and speak out against gay sex.” The problem in our world isn’t primarily gay sex. It’s all forms of sex outside of marriage.
(3) The Church must remain faithful to the revealed and authoritative Word of God regardless of how unpopular that may be now and in the days ahead. The Church must remain true to what the Bible says about marriage and human sexuality no matter how many centuries may come and go, no matter how much so-called “culture” may change, no matter how few there eventually are of us who believe the Bible. Presidents and Congresses and Supreme Courts will come and go and we hope and pray that they will all embrace the moral authority of Scripture. But it’s naïve to think they will. It’s naïve to live with the expectation that things will turn for the good. But our allegiance is not ultimately to any human authority or court system, but to God and his revealed Word.