Romans 13, 1 Corinthians 6, and the Marriage Amendment

[The following I lifted from a response I recently posted. B]

Dear Reader,

Thanks for dropping by to comment. I appreciate your honesty and candor.

As for the content of your comment, you cover a lot of ground. By the grace of God, I will try to respond as quickly and Biblically as I can.

First of all, if I can sum up the gist of your first statement, you say that laws defining marriage as one man united to one woman would be “creating . . . prisoners of Christianity.” Here, according to the Bible, you misunderstand both the role of government under God and the aim of such laws. The role of government under God as defined in places like Romans 13 is to be “the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” So government’s role is to restrict, restrain, and punish for evil, not to produce followers of one religion or another (that is the church’s job). Passages like Romans 13 and others help bear this out.

It would follow, then, that homosexuality must be evil in order for a government to restrict, restrain, and punish for it. In this area, you said that the “God’s infinite and powerful love” should compel us to let whoever love whomever however they may want. But that is surely not what the Bible teaches. A man may say that he loves the woman he is raping, but the Bible tells us that he is lying. A wife might say that she murdered her husband because she loved him so much, but, again, the Scriptures would prove her false.

Accordingly, the Bible also tells us not to be deceived in this area, because “neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). In the category of un-Christian evil practices, God places homosexuality right alongside fornication, idolatry, adultery, burglary, greediness, habitual drunkenness, reviling, and con-artistry. He emphatically says, “These people cannot enter My kingdom.” So doing them cannot be called “loving” in any way that God defines love – true love, that is – any more than stealing from someone or committing adultery against your wife can be called love.

But there is hope for the seemingly hopeless. Paul finishes this thought by saying, “Such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” What an incredible statement of the gracious power of God! Such were some of you, but God has saved you by Christ’s name and the Spirit’s power! Hallelujah! That’s the Good News!

So the government’s job is not to make disciples of Jesus, but to restrain, restrict, and punish all kinds of evil all over its given domain. This is precisely why we have all kinds of laws against murder, arson, burglary, robbery, assualt, rape, incest, speeding, drunk driving, trespassing, and a host of others. More precise laws against homosexual marriage would simply do the same (as their less precise predecessors always have). Homosexuality is an evil that cannot be tolerated by an society, or it will, sooner or later, be terminated (see Genesis 19 and the story of every other society that promoted such abominations before God).

I am sorry that you don’t see it this way. Your un-Biblical, untrue, deceptive understanding of “love” as you define it is blinding you from the truth of God’s holy Word. God has spoken! Don’t falsify what He says is true! Don’t add to or take away from what He has already said!

Following Jesus, dear reader, does not mean doing whatever you want after having some conversion experience. It means following Him in whatever ways and places He deems right because you believe that He is better than life and wiser than all human wisdom combined.

Please run to Him and find your true Treasure. Forsake all false ways to which you cling. Ask Him, “Open my eyes, Lord; don’t leave me to myself.” Then go read the Bible where He speaks perfectly. Your free will cannot save you. It can do no good at all until He works inside your heart to make it free to love Him truly.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to Romans 13, 1 Corinthians 6, and the Marriage Amendment

  1. cindyinsd says:

    Very good points. This is a useful post. People stop by my blog from time to time for no apparent reason other than to say Christians should back off on homosexual “marriage”. I haven’t had trouble answering them thus far, but you’ve thought of things that I had missed. Thanks. I guess that’s what the body of Christ is for.

    God bless,

    Cindy

  2. Britt says:

    Cindy,

    That’s great! Praise the Lord! I was praying as I wrote it that it would help someone out there, even just one person. Let me know if I can be of help to you again, and praise Jesus for His manifold wisdom!

    Britt (crossonmyback)

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