Government, Church and Marriage
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?, Amos 3:3.
For the first 20 centuries after the birth of Jesus Christ, both secular government and the Christian Church agreed on the definition of marriage. Various governments have regulated marriage differently by legislating such things as age limitations, health standards, and grievously have even sought to regulate the racial mixture of those who marry. There are secular governments that allow polygamy and those that restrict it. Up until the 21st century, almost all secular governments defined marriage as a union between men and women.
That has changed. This post is not about getting the governments to change their collective minds. Sodomite marriage is a punishment from God. It is a rightful judgment upon nations that forgot him.
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
You will note that it is God that turns nations over to such.
Where does that leave the church? United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito asked that very question in the oral arguments that led to Sodomite marriage being legalized in all 50 states and American held territories. He asked how a national recognition of the rights of Sodomites to marry those of their own sex would be handled in light of the Bob Jones decision? To refresh the memories of some and to inform others I'll explain that decision. The Bob Jones decision sprang from a stupid rule that Bob Jones University once imposed upon its students. Interracial marriage and dating were forbidden.
(For a discussion on the merits of such an unbiblical policy click here.)
In that Bob Jones University was entirely voluntary in who was allowed to study there, and in that Bob Jones University took absolutely no government funds to operate or to pay its students tuition, they considered themselves safe from government intervention. That proved to be wrong. The Government of the United States took away their tax free status. No longer could the university shield its income from taxes. Any other immunities that it shared with all other religious and educational systems regarding taxation were considered void.
The Supreme Court ruled that because Bob Jones University exercised a policy that was in direct opposition to the public good as interpreted by the federal government, it had no right to a tax free status. Therefore, Justice Alito wondered aloud how the implementation of Sodomite marriage as a federal policy would affect institutions that restricted such? No answer was given.
I think that any interested observer of the cultural shifts in Western Culture can agree that the changes are coming fast and furious. What was a trickle in the 1940s, 50s, 60, 70, and 80s, picked up steam in the 90s and early 2000s. Traditional cultural morés have exponentially collapsed in the last decade. More change is coming. We have not reached Sodom and Gomorrah levels yet. In Sodom, sodomy was not voluntary. It was mandated. And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them, Genesis 19:5.
We are not far from parents receiving a note that says, "little Johnny wouldn't cooperate in health class today". Anyone who doesn't believe that has either blocked out all news of the pressures placed on public school teachers and students in regards to sodomy and sexual mutilation, or is in willful denial. The same people who in 2015 said that they were not after our children, but that they only wanted the right to marry, are now after our children.
On September 8th of this year, the excellent publication Powerlineblog.com copied pictures and instructions from a book for junior high boys that showed them how to sodomize each other and encouraged the activity. The book is in the public school libraries. (I did not paste the link to go directly to that post. The images are so graphic that it would be good for an interested reader to scroll down several pages with discernment for who else is watching to get to that September post rather than to click on it and instantly see it.)
Most polling is showing that in any given week, 72% of men in Fundamental Baptist churches have viewed pornography in the last seven days. That seems to be in line with the general population. One of the effects of pornography is to desensitize its users. Why are so many men allowing their boys to wear dresses to school? Why is there such a feeble backlash to girls getting radical mastectomies in their early teens? The perverted sexual haze that so many men find themselves in explains much.
I highly recommend that pastors read the book, Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Science of Addiction by Gary Wilson. Gary Wilson (who is now deceased) was by no means a righteous man and often the language is unnecessarily crude, but his expose of the current scientific understanding of the debilitating effects of pornography is undeniable and important.
How then should churches respond to the rapidly changing cultural landscape? I instruct my people to be kind to every person with whom they interact. It was heterosexuals who first denigrated marriage into being a tax right off. A survey of your members will quickly identify many who first sexually cohabited with their current spouse, then eventually married in order to get the legal and social benefits of marriage. That was a purposeful denigration of the sacredness of marriage. Sodomites sought for that same recognition. I hate that new view of marriage but by no means do I see it as strictly a sodomite innovation.
The concept of Common Law marriage which had long protected those under the English Constitution, or in Common Law states elsewhere has been turned on its head by recent cultural depravities, laws and court rulings. Immoral heterosexuals helped change that. Under most governments that recognize Common Law marriage, there needs to be a demonstrated intent on the part of those cohabiting to be in a marriage relationship. Our cohabiting heterosexuals have no desire to demonstrate such.
There is simply no excuse for a christian to be rude or hateful to a sodomite. If I was to go through my church and cull out all those who crossed sexual lines that just a generation ago would have been considered disgraceful, I would lose a lot of good people who today are pure before God through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and who now are heterosexual in marriage and desire. If a known sodomite wanted to attend one of my services, my only stipulations would be that he or she come with an open mind, and that they do nothing to needlessly offend us culturally. That turns their own ideas of inclusiveness back onto them.
What we have done to protect ourselves from a Bob Jones court case type of ruling is to divorce ourselves from Caesar. We no longer exercise the right to sign marriage certificates. Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's, Luke 20:25. We no longer agree with Caesar over the definition of marriage. Therefore the signing of a marriage certificate whether heterosexual or sodomite by any minister working in behalf of the Black Creek Baptist Church, or on the premisses of the Black Creek Baptist Church is prohibited by our constitution.
We open our church building which has an old historical and sentimental attachment for many to religious marriage ceremonies which are in keeping with our faith. That ceremony is to be strictly religious and can not be accompanied by a legal certificate signed on our property or on our behalf. We got out of the business of state marriage. We no longer walk as one with Caesar.
How long that provision will protect us from a state persecution à laBob Jones as Justice Alito warned about, I have no idea. Our people and our neighbors are welcome to marry in our building. They just need to conform to our rules for marriage as we see fit in the bible. They are to conduct their legal marriage contract off of church property, preferably by a magistrate. Residents of Great Britain have already been doing that for a long time.