Why Christians should start talking about redefining marriage

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Many Christians avoid tough subjects like gay marriage and other charged topics because they don’t want to get into a heated discussion. But as we’ll hear from our two guests today, this conversation is one we can no longer avoid having. Why? Do we really expect to change the shifting national opinion on gay marriage, or change the culture?  No, that’s not it. We’ve been talking about the culture wars for some time on our program now, and you’ve heard us say over and over again that the only way a culture can change is by each one of us being willing to share the Gospel of Jesus as the hope of the world. (That’s another subject many Christians avoid!)


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So why then, do we need to talk about Gay Marriage? Because this is the one issue that has already been re-defined as marriage equality, a civil rights issue, rather than a biblical issue. But an even bigger reason is that gay marriage is already re-defining the Church. And if your church isn’t talking about this yet,  consider the statistics: More and more churches are now being branded as “gay affirming.” But if you substitute the word “sin” before the word affirming, you can see we have a real problem in the Body of Christ.

Joining us in our second segment is Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action, a fierce advocate for marriage, family, life and liberty. The education arm of this organization is Wisconsin Family Council, and here Julaine works to forward Judeo-Christian principles and values by informing citizens, churches and policymakers about important pro-family legislative and cultural issues so they will be inspired to get involved in preserving and strengthening marriage and family in Wisconsin.

In our first segment is author Scott Alan Buss. His many books include,Fire Breathing Christians: The Common Believer’s Call to Reformation, Revival, and Revolution and “Apathetic Christianity: The Zombie Religion of American Churchianity.” He has two new projects soon to be released: “The America Idol – How Christ-less Patriotism Destroys a Nation,” and, “Suprahero – Jesus as the Source of Superheroes.” Check out Scott’s blog here.

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4 Responses to Why Christians should start talking about redefining marriage

  1. Dave Mosher says:

    Thank you for tackling this subject head on. Several thoughts off the top of my head. I find it interesting that:

    1) So many born again Christians avoid protesting this subject openly. I'm guilty of this too, particularly when encountering LGBT individuals face to face. So far I have said nothing to them "condemning" them, nor do I witness "nicely" to them sharing the gospel of salvation. Not knowing what to say, I just turn my head or cross over to the other side of the street.

    2) To me it seems that, in various Bible accounts, homosexuality is one of the worst and most common offenses against God. And when it becomes extremely prevalent, it can become one of the "last straws" before God's judgment falls. Example: the destruction of Sodom. Interestingly, Gen. 19:27 mentions two cities – Sodom and Gomorrah. But there are other passages that tell us more. Check out this note in Wikipedia:

    "According to the Torah [the first five books of our Bible], the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the "cities of the plain", were situated on the Jordan river plain in the southern region of the land of Canaan… Divine judgment by Yahweh was then passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah along with two other neighboring cities that were completely consumed by fire and brimstone. Neighboring Zoar (Bela) was the only city to be spared during that day of judgment.[Deut.29:23][Gen.10:19] Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gomorrah

    I believe the worldwide spread of homosexuality is just one of the last straws before the return of Christ. (I am premillenial and am leaning towards Post-Trib currently.) Other last straws are abortion, occultism, Emerging/Emergent/Emergence teachings, etc.

    God bless you – Dave

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  2. flint walker says:

    How can any man redefine what is not his to define? Our Creator YAHUAH established the covenant of marriage between man and woman ! Not man. To choose your own path is a choice you've been given however, the reward of disobedience is the curse.

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  3. Missy says:

    It is clear to me that "rights" have little to do with this. It is all about tearing down the basic beliefs of the traditional church, hated by Marxists, atheists and New Agers alike. If it was just about rights, they would be fighting for the government to recognize ALL unions (including traditional marriage) as civil unions for legal purposes. The government should have no say in sacred ceremonies of the church, anyway. Actual marriages would be performed as the sacred ceremonies that they are, having nothing to do with the government.

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  4. Marie says:

    We must keep in mind within construct of our society, is that "traditional marriage" as defined by God, our Father, has already been under attack for decades. The number of divorces has skyrocketed amongst those who profess to know Christ as well as those who are unbelievers, there is no difference in statistics between the two. As divorce has permeated the church, the Gospel Message has been altered as well. No longer is marriage between one woman and one man only (the wife of youth as God puts it-meaning one spouse) valued in our churches, but is often underminded by pastors and leadership as well who mascerade as sheep in wolves clothing. How can this be in the ekklesia of Christ? Perhaps one reason the destruction of one man, one woman marriage is literally being destroyed by "religious" people, is because many are unhappy in their own marriages and seek to take out their vengenance on the innocent marriages who chose to follow Jesus instead of man….perhaps their own children have gone astray seeking sin and defiling the marriage bed, and instead of praying and asking God for help, they desire to bring down other families by enticing their children into illicit relationships….or perhaps the pastor feels guilty within his own parental construct, in neglecting to father and parent his children, thus resulting in a dysfunctional home….when in fact his first call by God is to tend to his own family first as commanded by God….and so in his suffering, he seeks to destroy other families who are trying to live according to God's Word….the reasons are many.

    I believe the modern church does not value marriage as designed by God, for I have not heard one sermon against divorce. And to add salt to a wound, divorced people in our churches have strong ungodly voices and often criticize and condemn those of us who are trusting God and working hard to keep marriages alive and strong. These people weasle their way into our lives and offer unwanted advice and look for dysfunction in order to gossip to their friends because their own lives are filled with strife……I believe the Bible calls these people busybodies, evil doers, and workers of iniquity…….yes, this is done in the church system of man. Is not "the church" supposed to be a safe place for God's people…….the Bible says, "Come out from among her……the harlot church."

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