Monday, May 28, 2012

DEFENDING GOD'S DESIGN OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

GOD CREATED HETEROSEXUALITY - INTIMATE RELATIONS BETWEEN MARRIED MAN MARRIED TO A WOMAN 
  • Woman is created to be the perfect counterpart to man: "18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." Gen. 2 
    • NEGED - "opposite", biologically opposite of the man, able to reproduce. 
    • A woman is not a perfect counterpart to woman; a man isn't counterpart to a man. 
    • God's design of man and woman is natural: to deviate from this is deviant. 
  • And then God created marriage: "24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed." Gen. 2:24,25 
    • The man left his father and mother - design intent - since Adam had no father or mother. 
    • He joined himself to the counterpart - design intent - not just for Adam and Eve, but for all generations.  
    • 'Becoming one flesh' is related to the intimate relations between man and woman 
  • Marriage and Family have Biologically, Scientific Design for Procreation
GOD CREATED THE FAMILY - Dad, Mom, Children 
  • God designed man and woman to produce children: "God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Gen. 1:28 
  • God's design is that a child honor mother and father: "12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you." Ex. 20:12 
    • On this Mother's Day, we honor Mothers and say that mothers are necessary for the producing and raising of children.  
    • On Father's Day, we honor Fathers and we acknowledge that Fathers are necessary for the making and rearing of children.  
  • Family is Being Redefined: 
    • Liz Bierendy - traditional family mural 
    • Bill Donahue of the Catholic League was question on MSNBC this week by Piers Morgan and was asked what he had against gay marriage: "Oh, it’s very simple. It’s absolutely very simple. I have a doctorate in sociology from NYU, and I know what the literature says. The literature is definitive. There is one gold standard, one gold standard for children. That is: there is no substitute for a marriage between a man and a woman. I want the law to discriminate against straight people who live together  I used to call it shacking up, but now its called cohabitation. I want the law to discriminate against all alternative lifestyles, against gays and unions. I want to promote and to put in a privileged position that institution of marriage between a man and a woman, which has been shown over and over to be the gold standard." 
      • We care about children…. 
    • God did not say to honor your two fathers, or two daddies; He did not say to honor your two mommies: "Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise." Eph. 6:1 
      • Your "parents" are opposite sex, male and female, and honor them. 
      • God never said "honor your two fathers" or "honor your two mothers" 
  • It's clear that God did not intend any other kind of family. 
    • Love everyone, for sure, and children should be taught to love their mother and love their father, but they should have the gold standard modeled. 
  • God designed parents to be with their children and children to be with their parents: And God designed that mom and dad train up their children.
HOMOSEXUALITY IS A SIN AGAINST GOD'S NATURAL ORDER AND DESIGN 
  • Error: There are homosexuals who call themselves Christian. They argue that homosexual relations is not in and of itself sinful. The sin is when sex is worshiped and turned into an idol instead of worshiping only God.  
    • Mathematically:  A is a subset of B, if all parts of A are included in B 3 is a subset of 1,2,3,4,5,6 
    Condemned idolatrous Homosexuality is a subset of normal set of sexual relations including homosexual relations 
    • Homosexuals who claim to be Christians put forward an error that says the sin is idolatry, worship of sex instead of God, and therefore is a subset of all sexual relations.  
    • Is any kind of sex outside of heterosexual relations acceptable as long as the participants claim to worship God?  
  • It's "Strange" and rebellious: 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. Jude 7 
    • Men banging on the door, demanding that the men visiting the city be sent out that they might have relations. 
  • Old Testament condemned homosexuality: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Lev. 20:13 
  • The New Testament condemns homosexuality: When Men turn from God's Word, they turn to sinful lifestyle: "24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error." Romans 1:24-27 
  • To be repented of in order to follow Christ: "9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."  1 Cor. 6:9-11   
    • Do not be deceived….Notice that idolatry isn't a subset of homosexuality. There is idolatry and there is another kind of sin called homosexuality - no qualification 
    • Adultery isn't acceptable as long as the adulterers worship only God. 
    • Drunkenness isn't acceptable as long as the drunkard claims only to worship God. 
  • When we approve of something that is sinful, that IS IDOLATRY. Can't say you aren't committing idolatry when you are rebelling against God's law. 
  • "Not everyone that says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father who is in heaven shall enter." Mt 7:21ff
THE PRESIDENTIAL BULLY PULPIT MUST NOT DIVIDE US 
  • President Obama came out of the closet on his views this week on gay marriage:  
    • First, the President is claiming this is the Christian "Golden Rule" position. 
      • The golden rule doesn't say, "If you want God to accept your sin, then accept your neighbors sin."  
    • Second It not just opinion when it's being forced on our children. The Federal govt. with our President's bully pulpit is already pushing acceptance of homosexual relations on children down to kindergarten. 
      • Barnie Frank (homosexual congressman) and Al Franken are pushing this under the guise of anti-bully legislation in the House and Senate. 
      • Kevin Jennings, who was named assistant deputy secretary for the office of Safe & Drug Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education is President of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network said he reframed the argument to be about "safety" but the goal is acceptance of gay and lesbian sex. 
      • Dan Savage, "Savage Love" and "It gets better" project spoke to High School in Seattle on bullying and after calling the Bible teaching on homosexuality B.S. (said the word several times to high school students), many students and advisers walked out. He called them pansy "a's". The school publicly criticized him: "In his attempt to denounce bullying, Mr. Savage belittled the faith of others  an action that we do not support. Ridicule of others faith has no place in our programs, any more than ridicule of the LGBT community would."  
      • Problem: there's no middle ground: either you stand on what the Bible says or you follow the culture wherever it goes. No middle ground. 
      • It's a ruse. There is already plenty that can be done to stop bullying. 
    • Third, the President said in this week's interview and announcement that this has been an evolving thing for him. NOT TRUE.  
     “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,” - Running for state Senate, 1996, Answer on Questionnaire, Weekly Standard, 5/9/12 
    • Fourth, Even the President's close religious advisers don't agree. The President called  Dr. Joel Hunter , who claims to be Christian, after the announcement. Hunter said to him: "I couldn't get there from the Scripture that I read and he understood that….And second, I wanted him to be aware that this might be perceived as another attack on religious liberties, perceived on the standpoint of conservative Christians." - Fox News, 5/10/12 
      • Billy Graham's son says President Obama "Has shaken his fist at God."  LA Times. 5/11/12 
      • The President has created a firestorm which is going to divide many people. It is divisive to the church, to families, to children. 
      • The President might be, according to the media, on the right side of history, but he's on the wrong side of God and His Word. 
    • This will become law:  
      • Do you know that 31 states now, newest N.C., have passed marriage protection amendments?! 
      • Media says this pronouncement by the President places him on the right side of history. The majority of people say otherwise. 
    • The President said it was only personal opinion - It's a wrong opinion was not long ago suggesting that Christian Chaplains in the military would have to marry gays and lesbians. That was put on a back burner for now.
WE MUST OBEY GOD MORE THAN MAN 
  • 1 Pt 2:13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 
  • Romans 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. 

WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY FIRST TO OBEY GOD 
  • We are first to trust in God. We obey God first:  
When the governing authorities tried to silence  
the Christians, they said, "We must obey God  
rather than men." Acts 5:29 
  • We must be stand firm as we see the culture "evolve". The Bible does not evolve.  
  • President answers to God: The President is only a man and has no right to be contradicting the Scriptures by approving what is clear sin.  
  • Premise is wrong: Love is not justification for marriage: people love children, love siblings, love animals, love inanimate objects but it's not justification for marriage. 
  • Love everyone, be kind and christ-like to all, to adulterers, homosexuals, effeminate, drunks, and to all. Just don't approve of what is clearly unacceptable to God.  
  • Accept this lie and you invite into your soul a certain darkness that will blind you to reject God Himself. 
  • Be united with Christians: We must not be divided on this matter. We must be united. 

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