How should Christians respond to same-sex marriage?
In a recent article, an attorney recommends that Christians forsake the Holy Bible and jump on the band wagon to accept same-sex marriages. In the opinion of this attorney, accepting same-sex marriage is a tenant that is consistent with loving others. Christians need to maintain their stance against same-sex marriages as the Holy Bible indicates.
We only need to ascertain the Law of First Mention to evaluate how Christians should respond to same-sex marriage. The law of first mention may be said to be the principle that requires one to go to that portion of the Scriptures where a doctrine is mentioned for the first time and to study the first occurrence of the same in order to get the fundamental inherent meaning of that doctrine. When we thus see the first appearance, which is usually in the simplest form, we can then examine the doctrine in other portions of the Word that were given later. We shall see that the fundamental concept in the first occurrence remains dominant as a rule, and colors all later additions to that doctrine.
Same-sex marriages are a product of homosexuality. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, homosexuality is defined as: “The quality or state of being homosexual” and “erotic activity with another of the same sex”. Continuing with that, homosexual is defined as: “Of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex” and “of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex”.
The Doctrine of Homosexuality
The doctrine of homosexuality is first mentioned in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were first mentioned in Genesis 10:19. Abram, and his nephew Lot, had been traveling together, but their group had gotten too big, “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. (Genesis 13:6 KJV). They decided to separate into two different groups. Lot chose to settle near the town of Sodom.
We read in Genesis 13:13, “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly” (KJV). The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and several of the surrounding cities, were so sinful that God decided to destroy them (Genesis 18:20-21). Abraham interceded for the people of the two cities because his nephew, Lot, lived there.
Abraham pleaded with the Lord, knowing of His mercy and goodness (Genesis 18:25). The Lord finally said that the cities would be spared if ten righteous people could be found there (Genesis 18:33). However, there were not even ten righteous in that evil city.
The Lord’s angels made their way into the town of Sodom. Lot convinced the angels to spend the night at his house instead of their original plan, which was to spend the night in the town square (Genesis 19:3). The incredible wickedness of the men of Sodom was revealed because the Bible says that every last man, young and old, surrounded Lot’s house in order to have homosexual relations with the two angels.
In order to distract the evil Sodomites from their perverted quest concerning the angels, Lot offered his daughters to the men as substitutes. The Sodomites refused and attempted to force their way into Lot’s home. The angels blinded the men of the city and told Lot that he should gather his family in order to flee the city because it would soon be destroyed.
Therefore, God saved Lot, Lot’s wife, and his two daughters. The angels led them safely out of the city with the instruction that they were not to look back. Nevertheless, Lot’s wife did look back and was turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). Once Lot’s family was out of Sodom, the Lord rained sulfur and fire from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24), destroying all the inhabitants and everything that grew on the ground.
The doctrine of homosexuality continues to guide Christians in the area of same-sex marriages.
1. The Law of God speaks against it.
- Leviticus 18:22
- Leviticus 20:13
- Deuteronomy 23:17
2. The Prophets of the Old Testament speak against it.
- Isaiah 1:9
- Isaiah 3:9
- Isaiah 13:19
- Lamentations 4:6
- Ezekiel 16:49
3. The New Testament speaks against it.
- Romans 1:26-32
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
- 1 Timothy 1:9-10
- 2 Peter 2:6
- Jude 7
As Lot stood against homosexuality and same-sex marriages, Christians are to continue their stance against those things that God deems dysfunctional and against His will.
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