Living in Today’s World

Since we today are not under the Law of Moses as were the Israelites, but under the law of Jesus Christ, has the attitude of God changed? If we accept the writings of Paul as inspired by God, 1 then homosexuality still remains abhorrent in His sight.
Therefore God gave them [godless and wicked people] over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” Romans 1:24–29

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9–10

These words are a strong message if one seeks a place in the Kingdom of God. What then of the practicing homosexual? Is there no hope? Fortunately there is, for the apostle Paul continued his discussion,
And that is what some of you were [i.e., homosexuals, thieves, drunkards, etc.]. 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.”
1 Corinthians 6:11

Paul then summed up the matter conclusively with his statement:
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” 1 Corinthians 6:13

So, clearly, the Bible is opposed to any form of sexuality that goes beyond the normal male-female relationship.

Marriage

Marriage is a fundamental concept dating from the day that Adam and Eve were created.
Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Genesis 2:22–24 2

marriageThe Book of Proverbs endorses the profitability of marriage with these words:
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22

Marriage is a Divine institution, and is therefore a holy partnership, which must be kept free from extraneous activities and situations.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

With marriage comes a commitment that must last for the duration of the marriage. The apostle Peter stressed this when he wrote his letter to Christian believers.
Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 1 Peter 3:1, 7

Paul when writing to those at Ephesus conveyed a similar message.
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.… Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” Ephesians 5:22, 25
There are many pressures experienced by married couple these days, and as a consequence, many marriages flounder, and this often results in divorce. Under such circumstances, there are additional burdens placed on the family unit, particularly on any children from that marriage. These often continue in a one-parent guardianship situation, or a shared guardianship alternating between the parents. Such a situation is far from ideal, and can leads to subsequent problem behaviour. It is therefore logical that the New Testament writers strongly oppose such a situation.
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.” 1 Corinthians 7:10–11

For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man.” Romans 7:2–3

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  • Notes:

    1. 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:21; Acts 28:23; Isaiah 8:20
    2. This was quoted by Jesus in contesting the concept of divorce, Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7

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