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Monday, 07 July 2014 18:18

Marriage and the Destiny of Nations

The Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub.L. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419, enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. Under the law, no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage treated as a marriage in another state. Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors' benefits, and the filing of joint tax returns.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Federal appeals court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional May 31, 2012|By David G. Savage

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. appeals court in Boston became the first such court to strike down as unconstitutional the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling Thursday that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The ruling is a victory for gay-rights advocates and the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part [Section 3 rw] of the 1996 law.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

 

Section 3 of DOMA was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.

 

Politics and Christianity

Although Satan often uses government as a base of operation against his attack upon the institutions, bible believing Christians must not allow politics to force them into ungodly beliefs and practices. Although it is appropriate to make choices in politics, we cannot subvert biblical principle in order to justify a political choice. Because of many Christian's unhealthy reliance upon government and our tendency to make our favorite politicians into Christian giants [whether conservative or liberal], we often find ourselves in the position of justifying or ignoring that which God condemns. Homosexuality is a sin and dangerous to the health of the nation; but so is unjust war, political assassination and rampant divorce among professing believers. God will judge all of it and all of those who support it.[Rom 2:21-22]

We must also beware of forgetting that gays and lesbians are human beings and souls for who Christ died. There is a disturbing tendency within Christendom to acknowledge God's condemnation of homosexuality while forgetting His hatred of divorce, adultery and fornication within the church. The issue is divorce isn't even addressed in most churches, and has become a non-factor in the ordination of elders and deacons. Each of these issues are contributing factors in Satan's campaign against the institutions.

Divine Law is the doctrine of scripture. It is also our primary weapon in the spiritual warfare. Optimally, the civil law should not contradict the properly applied principles of the Bible. However, when the law of the land forces a person to violate the scriptures, the believer must obey the scriptures [Acts 5.29] and accept the consequences that the law prescribes. When the civil law does not require that the believer sin, then the believer is obligated to obey that law and, if necessary, seek to change it through legally authorized means [Matt 22.21]. The believer has a right to participate in the political process as a responsible citizen. However, the believer should not be deceived into the idea that his most profitable patriotic activity is found in the realm of politics. It is his spiritual life which has the greatest impact upon the fortunes of his nation [2Ch 7:14; Matt 28.19-20]

Homosexual Union: A Divine Institution?

Should same sex marriages be recognized by the state?

Both marriage and the state itself originate in God. It is God who established their functions and boundaries, both which may be found in the bible.

 

The Biblical Definition of Marriage

                Matthew 19:3–8 (AV)

3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.


Jesus’ Commentary on Marriage

                Matt 19.4b …that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female…

The human and animal creation is heterosexual. This is not a function of blind chance, but a deliberate act of creation by God Himself. The distinction of the sexes is critical for the function of life on the planet. Male and female are equal in the eyes of God [Gal 3.28 (Paul); 1Pet 3.7 (Peter); Gen 1.26-30 (God)] but they are different in roles and in authority [Gen 2.18, Eph 5.23]. Satan implicitly argued [Gen 3.4-5] in his temptation of Eve that submission was inequality, and that eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge would make he superior to Adam if he did not eat and equal to him if he did eat of it.

On the other hand, although the sexes are equal, this does not mean that they are interchangeable. The distinction in authority and roles both in their natural function within marriage and the family as well as their functions in the unfolding of the plan of God [for example, Jesus is male, born of a virgin female; God the Father has no gender but identifies himself by using the male gender; the church is identified as having a female role Eph 5.31-32] testifies to fallacy of the idea that the sexes are interchangeable pieces to be mixed and reordered based upon the desires of men. Today, the very concept of God is being confused by the arbitrary whim of men in their assignment of gender as they see fit.

                Genesis 2:24 (AV) 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

God has made no provision for homosexual unions in marriage or in the family. The Bible does not consider same sex unions to be marriages as we have seen Jesus testify in Matthew [New Testament] and Moses affirm in Genesis [Old Testament]. [Genesis 2:18-22; Matt 19:4-6; 1Cor 7.2, 33-34] The Bible does not consider marriage anything other than between a man and a woman.

Heterosexual marriage is a type of the spiritual reality [Gen 1:27; Eph 5:23-32; Rev 19.7; 21.9]. God chose to make man in His own image [Gen 1.26]. This analogy is full of meaning. One aspect of this similarity is that in the Godhead there is on God who subsists in Three Equal Persons. These Persons enjoy complete communion and fellowship in the Godhead. In like manner, humanity is one, but consists of two persons: man and woman.

                Genesis 1:27 (AV) 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The man and the woman, in marriage are capable of a communion of soul and body that approximates the communion within the Godhead. Further, God Himself made human marriage an illustration of the spiritual union between Himself and the body of Christ, the Church: those called out of the world by the new birth from the coming of the Spirit to the translation of the saints to Christ's side before His return [Jn 14.1; 1Th 4.16-18].


The Bible Condemns Homosexuality

Not only does the bible affirm biblical marriage, it also condemns homosexual activity and therefore homosexual marriages or unions. The bible identifies homosexuality as “unrighteousness” and therefore as a choice.

1 Corinthians 6:9–10 (AV) 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor  thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Effeminate:88.281 μαλακός, οῦ m: the passive male partner in homosexual intercourse—‘homosexual.’ For a context of μαλακός, see 1 Cor 6:9–10 in 88.280. As in Greek, a number of other languages also have entirely distinct terms for the active and passive roles in homosexual intercourse. [Lowu/Nida]

Abusers…:88.280 ἀρσενοκοίτης, ου m: a male partner in homosexual intercourse—‘homosexual.’ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι … οὔτε μοιχοὶ οὔτε μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται … βασιλείαν θεοῦ κληρονομήσουσιν ‘don’t you know that … no adulterers or homosexuals … will receive the kingdom of God’ 1 Cor 6:9–10. It is possible that ἀρσενοκοίτης in certain contexts refers to the active male partner in homosexual intercourse in contrast with μαλακόςb, the passive male partner (88.281). [Louw/Nida]

                Jude 7 (AV) 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Romans 1:24–27 (AV) 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

The Bible does not consider same sex unions to be marriages. The Bible prohibits same sex sexual relationships altogether [Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1Kin 14.24; 15.12; 22.46; Rom 1:26-28; 1Cor 6.9; 1Tim 1.9-10 [“defile themselves with mankind” NT:733]; Jude 7]. The bible calls the homosexual lifestyle a sin, and does not consider same sex unions to be marriages.

It can also be said that since homosexual activity is considered a sin to be avoided, it presupposes that the behavior can be avoided and therefore homosexuality is seen by God to be a choice. Because homosexuality is a choice, it cannot be compared to being black or ethnicity at all. People do not choose their ethnicity, it is an endowment of birth. The equation of homosexuality with blackness is an insult to blacks and to God who created blackness, but not homosexuality.


Sexual Sin and National Security

The bible considers homosexuality to be the outcome of the collapse of a society or civilization [ Genesis 19.1-5; Judges 19:16-24; 1Kings 14.24; Romans 1.20-32]. After a long list of sexual sins and prohibition in Leviticus 20 [which also included forms of heterosexual adultery and fornication as well as homosexuality, Moses writes the following regarding the inhabitants of Canaan, the promised land:

                Leviticus 20:23 (AV) 23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

The multiplication of sexual sins, including homosexuality, are not evidence of an advanced civilization but a civilization on the decline. Our "twerking" and sexually explicit society is not evidence that we will soon become Captain Kirk, but that we are becoming Fred Flintstone. These sins, by undermining the institutions of marriage and family destroy the building blocks civilization, the structure through which God provides the gospel to the world.


In the Bible Homosexuality is a Religious Statement

The bible considers same sex relationships to be a consequence of the rejection of God and of revelation in scripture [Rom 1:20-32]. In scripture homosexual relations were often associated with religious practice, it was an important part of the worship within a spiritual doctrine that opposed God, His institutions and His scriptural doctrine [Dt 23:17; 1Ki 14.24; 1Ki 15.12; 1Ki 22.46; 2Ki 23.7; Hos 4.13-14 (Heb.)]. The religion of much of the ancient world used homosexuality as a part of its sacred ritual. The bible identifies homosexuality with a religious movement. It is still a religious movement, although many involved in it do not see it as such.


Male Cult Prostitution and Astoreth

                ASHTORETH

The most prominent part of her worship, however, consisted of those libidinous orgies which Augustine, who was an eye-witness of their horrors in Carthage, describes with such indignation (De Civit. Dei, ii, 3). Her priests were eunuchs in women's attire (the peculiar name of whom … , kadeshim', male devotees, sacri, i. e. cinsedi, Galli, 1 Kings 14:24), and women, … kedeshoth', female devotees, sacrce, i. e. meretrices, Hos 4:14, which term ought to be distinguished from ordinary harlots, …”

                (from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Male Cult Prostitutes: Origin

                Asia Minor [that not in quotes is summarized from the link below]

• The form of worship involving male prostitution was taken from Phrygia which distributed it around the known world including Greece and Rome, which became the seat of its authority after its transfer by King Attalus of Phrygia [2nd century bc]

                • The celebrations which surrounded the ordination of these priests included the following:               

                                ² Music and dancing to propel the participants into a state of ecstacy

                                ² Flagellating themselves with whips and gashing themselves with swords

                                ² Self castration with swords or sharp rocks

                                ² Taking female clothing

                • Although this worship was eventually embraced in Rome during the Empire, during the Republic it was curtailed and isolated by law.

                • Elements of this Phrygian worship was incorporated in the Christian sect called the Montanists, [Montanus was from Phrygia-rw]

"In Asia savage rites that had been unknown in Thrace or practiced in milder form expressed the vehemence of those opposing feelings. In the midst of their orgies, and after wild dances, some of the worshipers voluntarily wounded themselves and, becoming intoxicated with the view of the blood, with which they besprinkled their altars, they believed they were uniting themselves with their divinity. Or else, arriving at a paroxysm of frenzy, they sacrificed their virility to the gods ... These men became priests of Cybele and were called Galli. Violent ecstasis was always an endemic disease in Phrygia. As late as the Antonines, montanist prophets that arose in that country attempted to introduce it into Christianity. "

                                Franz Cumont, "Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism": III. Asia Minor [http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/orrp/orrp07.htm]

Montanism

"Montanism was an early Christian movement of the late 2nd century, later referred to by the name of its founder, Montanus, but originally known by its adherents as the New Prophecy. It originated in Phrygia, a province of Asia Minor, and flourished throughout the region, leading to the movement being referred to elsewhere as "Cataphrygian" (meaning it was "from Phrygia") or simply as "Phrygian". It spread rapidly to other regions in the Roman Empire at a time before Christianity was generally tolerated or legal. It persisted in some isolated places into the 6th century.

Although it came to be labelled a heresy, the movement held similar views about the basic tenets of Christian doctrine to those of the wider Christian Church. It was a prophetic movement that called for a reliance on the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit and a more conservative personal ethic. Parallels have been drawn between Montanism and modern day movements such as Pentecostalism, the charismatic movement, and the New Apostolic Reformation. [Wikipedia]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montanism]

 

Conclusion

The chief aim of God in the scripture is to orient fallen mankind [which is all of us, not just gays] to our role as worshippers of God and our need for reconciliation to Him. God has provided the means of this reconciliation to all persons through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

The blood of Jesus secures peace with God for every person who receives Jesus Christ by faith. Because God is satisfied with the offering of Jesus upon the cross, He is just and the justifier of all who believe in Christ.

Luke 23:39–43 (AV) 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

               Romans 10:9 (AV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 
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