Marriage is under attack. Of course this is not hot off the press news. Since God first instituted marriage back in , the institution of marriage has been criticised and contorted by many. There are those who verbally mock the institution, others will sabotage it and some have tried to redefine it.
Attacks come in many forms. One kind of attack is the promotion of alternative lifestyles. It is suggested by some that you don’t need to get married to have fun and be a family. We are being increasingly exposed to those things that are against God’s intention for marriage. People living together before marriage, the promotion of casual sex, open marriages, homosexuality, adultery and divorce are sins that are becoming more openly accepted in society and they are even being advocated on television programs as normal or humorous. Regardless of what society may think, the foundation of a heathy and robust society is marriage. The moment marriage begins to break-up or ceases to function the way God intends, it will not be long before there are ramifications in the family and ultimately in society. As you begin to destroy the Biblically defined structure and blueprint for a godly marriage, destruction and devastation comes to society.
The institution of marriage is under attack. Why should we care? These attacks undermine God’s intention for marriage and bring about a distortion of what God has deemed as good. Because God created marriage, He alone is able to set the standard. Despite the many damaging attacks on marriage, God continues to view marriage as precious because He designed it and defined it. There is something very special about the beauties, benefits, and blessings of marriage. Furthermore, anything that undermines, threatens or damages a marriage is an evil attack. As Christians we ought to identify those attacks, call them out as sin and defend what God deems good. Marriage is worth celebrating and defending! Furthermore, if one’s life has been (or is) damaged as a result of these attacks, there is good news for you in the powerful gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (something which will be considered throughout this series).
It is for this reason that in my next few posts, I will consider 6 sins that attack marriage. Some of them are closely related or are logical outcomes of other sins. They are: pornography, pre-marital sex, cohabitation, adultery, divorce, and homosexuality.
My goal in addressing these attacks to is not to be harsh and demeaning. But rather, with conviction and care my goal is to point out why marriage is worth celebrating and defending. It is for our good and God’s glory.
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
4 These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.