There may be no more important social issue in our culture today than same-sex marriage. At the root of the question as to whether two men or two women could be married is the issue of homosexuality. I have chosen to deal with this issue at my church over three Sundays in a combined Adult Sunday School class. At the conclusion of the series, I will post my notes in their entirety if you want them. But along the way, I thought I would offer some tidbits of what I am learning.
My intent in studying this material is to provide as clearly and humbly as I can the Christian perspective on this issue. There are some who are going to dismiss what I am saying simply because they do not like my conclusions on this issue. What I hope as I write this series of blog posts is that I do not hate homosexuals. There is nothing that I will write over the next several weeks that flows from anything other than a heart longing for the best eternal motives for people.
The Christian needs to be crystal clear on this issue. If I would summarize my position on this issue, it would be like this:
The Christian Must Graciously, But Boldly Stand Against Same-Sex Marriage Because The Bible Explicitly and Repeatedly Says Any Sex Outside The Marriage Relationship Of One Man & One Woman Is Sinful.
At the beginning, let me express my indebtedness to Albert Mohler and his article "Homosexual Marriage as a Challenge to the Church: Biblical and Cultural Reflections" which is published in the book, Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. Above any other article I have read on this issue, it has helped frame my thoughts. I highly recommend you to read it. I have borrowed from much of his outline in that article for my series. But the content I have supplied inside of the outlines are my thoughts as I have studied and thought through the issues.
Over the next several weeks, I am going to be blogging on each of my main six points. These are Six Fundamental Principles That Should Shape Our Conversations About Same-Sex Marriage. Here they are, this is what you have to look forward to in the next several weeks.
- We cannot talk about same-sex marriage by beginning with same-sex marriage.
- We cannot talk about anything meaningful without acknowledging our absolute dependence upon the Bible, God's full revelation to us.
- We cannot talk about sex without talking about marriage.
- We must develop an adequate explanation for the deadly deception of sexual sin.
- We must rejoice in Christ's victory and the power of the gospel over sin.
- We must tell the truth about same-sex marriage & refuse to accept its possibility because we love and seek the glory of God for all.
I will begin tomorrow with the first point. Until then . . .