Fast and Pray for the Sanctity of Marriage

Intercessors for America invites people across the country to join in recognizing the Sanctity of Marriage with days of fasting and prayer during the week of April 13-17. This time period is strategically prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s schedule to hear oral arguments during the last week in April prior to a monumental ruling on same-sex marriage that will affect the entire country.

Read more information about the week of prayer for the Sanctity of Marriage at Intercessors for America.

Common questions: “Does God hate people?”

Psalm 5:5 “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,”

Psalm 11:5 “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”

Leviticus 20:23 “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”

Hosea 9:15, “All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.”

Where in the Bible does Jesus condemn homosexuality?

Homosexuals commonly claim that Jesus never condemned homosexuality. However, they are factually wrong. Jesus condemned homosexuality when he reaffirmed the creation ordinance of marriage between a man and a woman. The parallel passages of Matthew 19:3-9 and Mark 10:2-12 contain some of Jesus’ teaching on marriage.

Matthew 19:3-9 And the Pharisees came forward to him testing him, and saying to him, Is it allowed to a man to dismiss his wife for every reason? 4 And he answering said to them, Did you not read that the one making from the beginning, made them male and female. 5 And he said, On account of this a man shall leave the father and the mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two will be for one flesh. 6 So that no longer are they two, but one flesh. What then God yoked together, let not man separate! 7 They say to him, Why then did Moses give charge to give a scroll of divorce, and to dismiss her? 8 He says to them that, Moses for the hardness of your heart committed to your care to dismiss your wives; but from the beginning it happened not thus. 9 And I say to you, that who ever should dismiss his wife, not for harlotry, and should marry another, commits adultery; and the one being dismissed marrying, commits adultery. (Apostolic Bible Polyglot)

Mark 10:2-12 And coming forward, Pharisees asked him, Is it allowed for a man to dismiss a wife? testing him. 3 And answering he said to them, What did Moses give charge to you? 4 And they said, Moses committed to one’s care to write a scroll of divorce and to dismiss. 5 And answering Jesus said to them, Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote to you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. 7 Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be cleaved to his wife; 8 and the two will be for one flesh. So that no longer are they two, but one flesh. 9 What then God yoked together, let not man separate! 10 And in the house again his disciples concerning the same asked him. 11 And he says to them, Who ever should dismiss his wife, and should marry another, commits adultery against her. 12 And if a wife should dismiss her husband, and should marry another, she commits adultery.

In each account of Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees Jesus reiterated the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman by stating, “But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be cleaved to his wife; and the two will be for one flesh. So that no longer are they two, but one flesh.” Note that Jesus actually states the definition of marriage three times in this instance.

First, Jesus states that God “made them male and female.” This statement references several different statements of the creation account.

Genesis 1:27 And God made man. According to the image of God he made him. Male and female he made them.

Genesis 2:23-25 And Adam said, This now is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh; she shall be called woman, for from the man she was taken. 24 Because of this man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall be for one flesh. 25 And the two were naked, both Adam and his wife. And they were not ashamed.

Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the origin of men in which day God made Adam. According to the image of God he made him. 2 Male and female he made them, and he blessed them. And he named his name Adam, in which day he made them.

The account of the forming of Eve is particularly important to this subject because the author of Genesis noted that there was no suitable helper found for Adam.

Genesis 2:21 And Adam called names to all the cattle, and to all the winged creatures of the heaven, and to all the wild beasts of the field; but to Adam there was not found a helper likened to him.

Only the forming of the female counterpart to Adam was sufficient to meet the qualifications of a helper or “help meet.” The physical union of Adam and his helper constituted a marriage. No combination of two males or two females can constitute a marriage.

Secondly, Jesus referenced a man leaving his “father and mother.” By referencing a man’s father and mother Jesus noted that the procreative abilities of a man and and his wife were an explicit part of the definition of marriage. When Adam names his wife Eve in Genesis 3:20 he also references the fact that all men would be descendants of Eve and himself.

Genesis 3:20 And Adam called the name of his wife, Zoe (Chavvah in Hebrew or Eve), for she was mother of all the living.

Thirdly, by stating that a man in particular “shall be cleaved to his wife,” Jesus again noted the different genders of each party to a marriage.

After explaining how Jesus condemned homosexuality by reaffirming the definition of marriage, homosexuals still vainly cry that Jesus did not explicitly say something to the effect of “homosexuality is wrong” or quote the condemnations of sodomy in Leviticus. However, such a statement is unnecessary.

If I didn't specifically speak against something even though it had been specifically spoken against everywhere else in the Bible, then it must mean I am okay with it and you can feel free to use that as an argument to live a sinful lifestyle.
If Jesus didn’t condemn something even though it’s condemned elsewhere in the Bible it’s ok to do that thing. #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

As the above graphic illustrates, it is foolish to believe that because Jesus did not explicitly condemn a certain practice that that practice is acceptable. Jesus confirmed the whole of the Old Covenant scriptures in John 10:35 and other places. It was unnecessary for him to restate the entirety of the Old Covenant moral code.

In the case of a hypothetical homosexual marriage, the advocate of such a thing is presupposing that such a thing as a homosexual marriage fits within the definition of a marriage. There can be no such thing as a homosexual marriage since the definition of marriage as defined by God and set forth in creation is between a man and a woman. Claiming that the Christian scriptures must condemn homosexual marriage for it to be wrong would be like claiming the scriptures must condemn killing rocks for it to be wrong. It is impossible to kill something which is not alive and further still impossible to kill something which has never been alive. In order to kill a rock one must change the definition of kill to mean something other than to end the life of something that is living. In the same way, in order to allow for such a thing as homosexual marriage to exist, the definition of marriage must be changed to allow for two males or two females to be married in addition to the traditional definition of a male and a female. No warrant in scripture is given to ever change the definition of marriage.

Since a homosexual marriage is an impossibility, homosexuality is condemned since sexual intercourse outside of marriage is also condemned. Hebrews 13:4 is one of many condemnations of sexual intercourse outside of the marriage bed.

Hebrews 13:4 The wedding is esteemed in every way, and the marriage-bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Other condemnations of homosexuality in scripture include Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10.

It is impossible to escape the conclusion that homosexuality is condemned in Scripture. It is also impossible to escape the conclusion that there is no such thing as a homosexual marriage and thus, the claiming of such a title for a homosexual relationship does not justify it.

As the author of Scripture, Jesus condemned homosexuality during His incarnation and in His revelation to us in the Old and New Covenant.

…the scripture cannot be broken.

Why do gay Christians believe Jesus was right about salvation but not about homosexuality?

Those that claim to be both gay and Christian have a glaring inconsistency in their belief system. If Jesus and the Bible are wrong about condemning homosexuality then why should we believe what the rest of the Bible has to say about crucial topics such as salvation? Why should one believe in Jesus if according to one’s own opinion of Him, He was incorrect about homosexuality? The truth is that Jesus condemned homosexuality very clearly when he reiterated the pattern set forth in creation of marriage being between a man and a woman. Jesus also confirmed the law which also clearly condemns homosexuality in Leviticus. When supposedly gay Christians confess that they believe in Jesus and yet also believe He is wrong about an issue so crucial to them they expose the contradiction in their own belief system.

Thus, advocates of homosexuality and sodomy go to great lengths to deny the clear teaching of scripture regarding homosexuality. They falsely claim Jesus abolished the law. They falsely claim loving one’s neighbor as ones self can somehow overturn other laws. Incredibly, they believe that following their own definition of love gives them the right to disobey other laws. In essence, they demonstrate the height of antinomianism and humanism in direct rebellion against God.

When man rejects God’s law, he must of necessity replace it with his or another man’s law. This is why homosexual advocates fight desperately to have their perverted lifestyle approved by the state and even enforced and taught as normal. The witness of God’s law in creation and in man’s conscience is so evident that the homosexual lives in a constant state of rebellion and continually tries to suppress the knowledge of God.

The homosexual, in an effort to suppress his conscience, is driven to religion, whether it be the religion of the state or a perversion of the Christian faith. When he turns to the Christian faith while still remaining in rebellion he is faced with a dilemma. He rejects the clear teaching of the scripture against homosexuality by either fruitlessly explaining away all condemnations of it or he acknowledges the Bible’s teaching condemning homosexuality while claiming the Bible is in error concerning the matter. Often, homosexuals will attempt both methods in their desperation.

By attacking the inerrancy of scripture in claiming that the Bible is wrong concerning homosexuality, homosexuals expose that they have viewed themselves as god. When they claim that Jesus is wrong about homosexuality they also are claiming themselves to be a higher authority than God. One wonders why such a person would even need a savior?

If the homosexual will repent and humble himself before God, he will find Christ to be a perfect Savior. Paul, in his letter to the Christians in Corinth wrote reminding them that some of them were previously homosexuals and yet still Christ washed, sanctified, and made them righteous.

Or know ye not that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not led astray. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate men, nor homosexuals, nor greedy men, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor the slanderous, nor the predatory will inherit the kingdom of God. And some of you were these things, but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were made righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ACV

Questions for gay Christians

Increasingly, people who profess to be Christians claim that one can be both gay and a Christian. These people frequently reference how being gay just “feels right” or some other claim based on feelings and not on the objective revelation of the scriptures. Feelings can be deceiving as Jeremiah 17:9 points out.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Thus scripture must be our final authority and not our feelings.

Gays who profess to be Christians claim that they love God. However, the scriptures are clear that if one truly loves God one will keep His commandments. (John 14:15; 1 John 2:3-5, 5:2-3; 2 John 1:6)

How does a so called gay Christian exegetically defend his interpretation of Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:9-10?

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Romans 1:26-27 On account of this God delivered them up unto passions of dishonor. For both their females changed over the physical use unto the one against nature. And indeed in like manner the males leaving the physical use of the female, burned away in their lust for one another — males with males manufacturing indecency, and accepting in themselves the compensation which was a necessity of their delusion.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unjust shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be misled; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor catamites, nor homosexuals,

1 Timothy 1:9-10 knowing this, that for the just the law is not situated, but for the lawless and unsubmissive ones, impious and sinners, unholy and profane, murderers of one’s father and murderers of one’s mother, manslayers, fornicators, homosexuals, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and if anything other is an adversary to healthy instruction,

Also, to be consistent, what other sexual relations which were forbidden in the Old Testament would also be acceptable since gays don’t believe Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are to be followed?