As a loving couple, we should be allowed to marry in the church if we so choose.

Homosexuals commonly demand their “rights,” which include the desire to be recognized as legitimate couples, who should be allowed to marry if they wish.

Biblical Response

This recognition of homosexual marriage is something that the church cannot allow and remain faithful to the God of truth. It is not evidence of compassion to allow others to openly violate the clear teaching of the Bible. Yes, it is “tolerant”—that is without question—but what about asking whether or not God would allow tolerance on other ethical matters? “Tolerance” is today’s “sacred cow”: the values of many fashioned into something false. 

While the modern view of tolerance may be applauded as “progressive,” it is actually damning. Scripture describes those who practice the violation of the marriage covenant as taking steps that lead to Sheol; they live in accordance with death and damnation (see Proverbs 5:3–6; 7:6–27). If this is the case with those who practice the deeds, what about those who encourage such behavior through false teaching? A greater punishment comes upon the teachers of falsehood (Matthew 18:6; James 3:1; 2 Peter 2:21).

The church is “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15) and must therefore adhere to and speak the truth concerning God’s institution of marriage. To do so is not unloving, judgmental, or hateful; it is loving, discerning, and faithful.

Marriage is God’s institution. God invented it. God has set its terms, and no one has the right to alter them according to his own whim or preference. When we speak of God’s institution of marriage, we ought to speak of it in accordance with His own Word. How does God describe marriage? It is the union between a man and a woman. God is the one who has determined the nature of marriage. Seeing this, we will find homosexual marriages precluded.

White, J. R., & Niell, J. D. (2002). The Same Sex Controversy: Defending and Clarifying the Bible’s Message about Homosexuality (pp. 178–180). Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers.

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