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Can A Christian Support Gay Marriage?

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Several friends have mentioned how disappointed they are to see others who are supposed to be Christians supporting gay marriages and the recent Supreme Court Ruling. Many are wondering: Can a Christian Support Gay Marriage?

Here are the issues to consider in this question: Can a Christian Support Gay Marriage?

01. The Bible is Clear that Practicing Homosexual Acts is Sin

Some want to say that this is debatable, but it is not, as you can see in my article, “What Scripture Says About Homosexuality: Uncut, Uncensored and Unedited

Notice the wording above as I have said, “practicing homosexual acts is sin.”

It is not a sin to be tempted. People face temptations all day every day to do all kinds of things that God’s Word says are wrong. Some are tempted to lie, steal, commit adultery, covet, gossip, to commit acts of violence and so on.

While being tempted is not a sin, acting on temptation IS sin. 

The Bible is clear that practicing homosexual acts is sin, whether it is in so-called “marriage” or out.

02. A True Christian Obeys Scripture

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 ESV)

How could Jesus have been more clear? 

But how do we know the will of God?

Is it whatever we FEEL is right or wrong?Is it whatever the current state of the culture says is right or wrong?Is it what the Supreme Court votes is right or wrong (by just 1 vote!)?Is it what our friends & family say is right or wrong?

No, the will of God is what the Bible, God’s written revelation, says is right or wrong:All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

You will see “Artful Dodgers” who try to use verbal twisting to avoid what the Bible says about homosexuality, but that is to be expected—see 2 Timothy 3:1-5. (I answered many of these twistings in my article, “What Scripture Says About Homosexuality: Uncut, Uncensored and Unedited.”)

Entire “Christian” denominations are capitulating to societal pressures. But that is also to be expected. Even in Jesus time on earth the most hard-hearted were the religious leaders. They were the primary cause of His crucifixion! These same denominations allowing “gay marriages” are the ones who are denying the essential doctrines of the Christian faith (such as the resurrection of Christ, His substitutionary atonement, etc.)

Some Christians might not know what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. They certainly need to be informed. (Please share this article with them.)

But for those who know what the Bible clearly says (as you do now after reading this), and who simply refuse to obey and instead encourage homosexual sin or practice it themselves, here is the Scriptural challenge: “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” (2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV)

You might also want to study the issue “Why did God Create Marriage?” See the article I wrote on the topic HERE.

In conclusion, the basic issue is clear-cut. A Christian cannot support “gay marriage.” How people respond will be a purifying factor for the church.

Answering this question brings up some other great and difficult questions:

  • Should I attend a “Gay Wedding” to be supportive of my friend or family member?

  • Should a Christian practice “civil disobedience” if being forced to participate in gay marriages by providing a location, floral arrangements, wedding cakes, etc.?

  • What should churches do if being pressured to perform or host “gay marriages?

  • ”Should I confront my friends and family who are Christians? How about those who are not Christians?

I hope to address these questions and others in upcoming articles, and some of the criticisms that are leveled at those of us who speak God’s Truth on this issue. 

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