"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."

– Romans 8:14

Christ Died For Sinners

I know that this post will most likely just add some more white-noise to the whole debate concerning Chick-Fil-A and it's stance on marriage equality, but after developing my own opinion on the issue, I've decided to put it up in it's entirety here on my page.

It is my own personal belief that marriage is meant for a man and a woman, strictly according to what I understand as my ultimate authority: the Bible. But before you exit out of this page and proceed to think hateful and misguided thoughts about me, please continue to read on.

As the Bible is God's divinely-inspired revelation to mankind, the Word is the ultimate authority in Christianity. If a "Christian" takes any of their beliefs or world-views from anything other than God's Word, they are in the wrong. They are not wholly submitting to what the Word says and making it the supreme authority in their lives. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." I think that is pretty clear that all Scripture is for good, even the ones that we may not like so much. The believers in Thessalonica were told by Paul to "stand firm and hold to  the traditions that you were taught by us, either  by our spoken word or by  our letter" (2 Thessalonians 3:15). Those traditions were the teachings of Jesus and everything written in the Scriptures, taught to them by the Apostles. I only stress the importance of the Word because honestly my own humanly wisdom is counted as foolishness when stacked up next to the wisdom of my God. I have nothing to offer. I can only offer what I know the Bible says about this matter and that is what I hold as truth in my own life. 

It's important to understand what the Bible really does say about marriage. As the word "marriage" only came into use after the 13th or 14th Centuries by the Romans (Google it Christians) it is not found in the original language of the Bible. Due to how "marriage" was done back then, it can be difficult to compare it to "marriage" today. But does that mean that the Bible does not make certain the definition of marriage according to God? By no means! It is seen throughout scripture what this relationship is supposed to look like according to God. Here is one such example found in the Gospel of Mark:
"But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh" (Mark 10:6-8).
Paul essentially writes a "Guide to Marriage" in Ephesians 5:22-33 stating:
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of waterwith the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor,without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her."
According to these Scriptures, it can be inferred that the relationship, or bonding, or uniting, according to the Bible is between a man and a woman. It's also important to look at the Scripture that speaks audibly against homosexuality. This verse is found in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Paul writes in Romans 1:24-27 extensively about the unrighteousness found in mankind and what God decided to do about it:
"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."
Sexual immorality is sin. Homosexuality is sin. Christians should not (and cannot) tolerate sin. I cannot and will not tolerate sin. But that brings me to a whole different argument. What is this tolerance and why do Christians not get any of it? Why is it that we can get openly criticized for what we believe marriage is supposed to look like? Christians are called hateful, intolerant, hypocritical, bigots. Why? Because there is a small population of stupid, idiotic, and misled people that claim "they bear the name of Christ." They believe hate is the only way, that hate is the only answer.

I do not believe they know my Savior. I do not believe what they do is right and for that matter, biblical. I do not believe anything they believe in. I do not believe in protesting military funerals, I do not believe in the assault of students for their sexual orientation, I do not believe the "God Hates Fags" signs.

That is not what my Savior taught me. That is not how my Lord and King lived His life. I know full-well that He reclined at lunch with prostitutes and lepers, and shared fish and bread with tax collectors and thieves at dinner. Jesus hated no one, and that is why He died for everyone. That's the beauty of grace my friends and I will speak of it daily. I deserve my own pit of eternal damnation and condemnation as much as the next sinner, but because of what Christ did on the cross, I have been made new and my sins have been wiped cleaned. He died for you, it's time to start living for Him.

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