Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TAKING MARRIAGE SERIOUSLY

By a simple reading of the Gospels, it's clear to see that some marriages are not acceptable to God, (Mt 5:31-32; Mt 19:9; Mk 10:6-11; cf 1 Cor. 7:10-11). Experience has shown me that the modern theologians being shaped by culture and not Scripture have made all marriages acceptable. It's abundantly obvious that they aren't willing to address any improper marriage. It's interesting to me from Matthew that the severity of Jesus' judgments re: being stumbling blocks, worshiping money, and 2nd unscriptural marriages are hard to accept. Just see the reaction of the disciples after Jesus explains that some make themselves Eunuchs and understand that it's a hard teaching. Jesus said, 
12 “For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.” Mt. 19:12
How can Jesus' words be ignored or misunderstood by liberals to miss the point that some people cannot be in relationships that includes a marriage bed? What Jesus said means some people abstain from sex that they might have eternal life. But what's hard with the approach that liberal churches have adopted to do and say nothing? There's nothing hard. I think the liberal churches are among those Jesus said, “Not all men can accept this statement," Mt. 19:11. They should, but they refuse.

Continuing on, Jesus let the rich young ruler walk away without eternal life, (see Mt 19:16-26) because it's hard to enter the kingdom, harder than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, (don't need to delve into the exact meaning of a needle). The rich young ruler chose to serve the master of mammon. Liberals will claim that they love souls too much to take the hard stand against unscriptural remarriages but Jesus shows that you can love and still take the hard path. To tell every couple that God accepts their marriage is akin to telling money worshipers God accepts them too. My point is, without belaboring the issue, is that liberal churches today are clearly not on the right path when they won't even say as much as Jesus or John the Baptist who said to Herod that it's not lawful for you to have your brother's wife (And before the liberal pipes in to say Herod's trespass was that of marrying a sister, i.e. incest, and therefore not legal. No, there's no indication that Philip's marriage to Herodias was anything but acceptable. The issue with Herod is that he married another man's wife, unlawfully, and needed to put her away, as they did in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah).

And finally, the point that's not often brought up in this context. At the end of Matthew 19 is the following:

"27 Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 “But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.", Mt 19:27-30

Who are the first and the last, vs 30? In the context, the first are those who counted the costs of discipleship and did the hard things Jesus taught about marriage, being stumbling blocks, putting away false gods, and LEAVING HOUSES OR BROTHERS OR SISTERS OR MOTHER OR CHILDREN OR FARMS!  Surely, if God expects us to "leave" these people, very important relationships, then why would it be hard to accept what is abundantly clear that the sexual relationship of a second unscriptural marriage must also be left? We know this is a hard teaching that Jesus gave as many people today stumble over this passage. They are not willing to loose the ties with family members who hinder their walk with God. Likewise, an unscriptural marriage is a sexual sin called adultery, and just as fornicators and homosexuals must put away the sin and associated relationship, so must the person living in adultery, Mt 19:9.

Liberals today are not following the Scripture.

2 comments:

  1. Jamie H.8:41 AM

    What do you mean by unscriptural marriage? Do you mean being unequally yoked? Could you please elaborate for me?

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    1. God created marriage to be between one man and woman and He decided it was to be for life. Passages in the Gospels make it clear that some people do not have the right in God's eyes to be remarried. And if they do remarry, they are living in sin, in an adulterous relationship. Living in sin can't be repaired simply by saying "sorry", because the sin must be stopped. See 1 Cor 6:9-11. Just as men put away fornication and homosexuality, so they also put away adultery. Remember what John the Baptist got arrested and beheaded for? Because he dared to tell a man that it was unlawful for him to be married to Herodias. God bless you. See Matthew 19:10-14; Mt 5:28ff

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