NOTE: This post commences a 5-post series by Andrew Courtis, Pastor of Hills Bible Church. In it, Andrew discusses some of the most contentious issues facing society. In response to these issues, he turns to the Scriptures to present the biblical perspective on each.
In some recent posts I mentioned that sin is a deceptive thing. It comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One of the most deceitful activities of sin is that it disguises itself – it denies that it is even sin. However, the word of God is very clear when it comes to recognising sin. We are to be constantly aware of our own sinfulness (and struggle with it) and be constantly confessing it to the Lord and be walking in Him (cf. ). Sadly, society continues to redefine what is sinful, and of course this is occurring in the church too (cf. ).
One of many examples of a redefining of sin is seen in the topic of homosexuality – more specifically the same-sex marriage debate. Recently, I was granted the opportunity to discuss why I believe the the gospel of Jesus Christ means affirming heterosexual marriage. In a sentence my conviction was, I believe that marital union is to consist of one man and one woman. Why do I believe this? My answer is simple: this is what Scripture teaches. The word of God makes it clear that marriage must not consist of a same-sex couple, but instead marriage is to be between one man and one woman. Why? Because this relationship is in conformity with God’s blueprint for marriage and for those who marry in the Lord this provides us a picture (like no other earthly relationship can) of the power of the gospel as seen in the relationship with Christ and His bride (; see also Simon’s excellent blog post). In order for me to clearly justify this statement, there are three important matters that will need to be addressed: marriage, gender and homosexuality. I want to make it clear that my views come from the word of God. The Scriptures are my authority as they are the revealed words of God. My intention in the next few posts is to consider this debate from a biblical perspective and show why those who support same-sex marriage and unions are in sin and are denying the clear teaching of Scripture. I also want to make known the power of the gospel “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” ().
Regardless of your plight (sinful condition), you can benefit from the saving power of the gospel. You can be forgiven and transformed. In my next few posts I will address the above mention matters.
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.