I continue this discussion not because I’m fixated on it, but because it’s gripping the literal continuity of Christian faith. Several days ago I wrote Is Homosexuality a Sin – The Debate in the United Methodist Church, answering that question. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my answer to that question any more than I expect everyone to agree with my love of sausage McMuffins from McDonalds.
But, my new question revolves around God and his view on same sex marriage. The answer later. First let’s see what Genesis 2:18 says: “God created humans with an innate need and desire for the close bond that marriage provides.” Then again in Genesis 2:23, 24 we read “Husband and wife become “one” in the marriage bond.” What we don’t find in Genesis or anywhere else in the Bible is man and man becoming one flesh. What we do find is Leviticus 20:13 which says “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”
Progressives in Christianity argue that there are verses in the Bible such as Leviticus that don’t apply today. This is an odd argument because the same could then be said about all scripture. As I mentioned in my earlier post, there is a movement among progressives to turn the Bible into an “a la carte,” manual in which you simply pick and choose the scriptures you like and then set aside those you don’t.
Traditionalist will tell you that all scripture applies today as it did yesterday. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” To believe that the Bible is anything other than the divine inspiration of God simply isn’t in agreement with our faith. 2 Peter 1:20 tells us “Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.” So for all believers the answer to the question on same sex marriage is clear, God does not support it.
I was once a member of congregation that introduced us to Adam Hamilton Bible Studies. When they were introduced none of us had a clue who Hamilton was. His videos and Bible Studies were fun, entertaining and educational. What we also didn’t know was we were slowly being introduced to progressivism in the United Methodist Church through his studies. As we learned more about Hamilton it became clear what was happening. Hamilton is a leader in the United Methodist denomination and proponent of gay clergy and same sex marriage. He dismisses the scripture as being the literal Word of God, and furthers his beliefs that some scripture simply doesn’t apply today. Hamilton is the father of “a la carte” scripture.
Interestingly enough, at the same time we were being introduced to Hamilton, we were also introduced to Max Lucado. I’ve done some recent research on Lucado and his position on gay marriage hasn’t changed since he wrote about it in 2004.
Let the church be a house of compassion. But let her also be a house of conviction. The Holy Scripture was the first code to call man and women to rein in their sexual desires and express them under the covenant of male-female marriage. Homosexual union then is not a step forward, but a step backward. A step back into the society from which God delivered us. Max Lucado, 14 July 2004, Crosswalk.com
Again, at the time we were introduced to these two men we as members of the Bible study class didn’t know who they were or anything about them. However after learning more about them it seemed odd that both were being introduced at the same time. I later learned that the very liberal and progressive class leader that introduced Lucado actually had not idea his beliefs on homosexuality were 180 degrees out from her own.
So in summation the answer to the question “does God approve of same sex marriage,” is no. God does not approve. But as Lucado mentioned in his 2004 article, the Bible doesn’t place this sin above any other sin.
We are all sinners, and we saved by the Grace of God. As Christians we love our LGBTQIA-GNC+ brothers and sisters. Progressives have used a tactic from Community Organizer’s play books in which they pit one group against another. In this case, progressives have pitted their progressive followers against traditionalist by tell them we hate gays.
That simply ins’t true.