Question: A recent article in the Los Angeles Times reported that the May 15, 2008, California Supreme Court's overruling of the ban on same-sex marriages was greeted with joy by the homosexual community as well as by many religious leaders:
Dave, what is your reaction to the above?
Response: For the Universalists, anything goes, just as any "god" is acceptable. The Muslim at least follows his religion, but his using the phrase "people of faith" (a favorite with President Bush and many others) reveals his ecumenical confusion. He imagines that "Jews, Christians and Muslims," being "people of faith," would all agree-ignoring the clear contradictions between their so-called "faiths." Jude 3 tells us that we are to "earnestly contend for the faith...once [for all time] delivered to the saints." Christ declared, "Have faith in God," so there is no true faith without acknowledging the one and only true God. Paul declares that there is "one faith," and that fact exposes the folly of "people of faith."
The Baptist pastor's response is puzzling. He says "traditional Baptist Churches" are against same-sex marriages. Why not heed the Bible instead of Baptist tradition? Has Baptist tradition become a higher authority than God's Word? It is very clear that marriage was instituted by God and is to be between a man and a woman. No one has the authority to change what God has said, so what does he have to pray about! The word "marriage" is being corrupted to mean an ungodly and perverted "union" between two men or two women-and the world and the church are going along with this corruption both of language and morals.
Homosexuals are pressuring the world and the church to accept as "normal" this perversion, which contradicts the marriage institution sanctified by God. Yet the court's ruling is seen as honoring "the sanctity of marriage and [being] against bigotry"! The followers of what they once dared to call "an alternate lifestyle" have managed to make it not an "alternative" but the new norm and even especially virtuous.
It is a shame and disgrace that the world and the church could stand by while "Gay pride" parades are feted, when, in fact, if the world adopted this way of life, it would be the end of the human race. Homosexuals don't procreate, thus rejecting the very first commandment God gave: "Be fruitful, and multiply" (Genesis:1:28). Is their refusal to obey God something to promote or be proud of?
The Pacific School of Religion rejoices, and the rabbi is happy, too, that religion is moving with the times-as though the Scriptures were not written by holy prophets inspired of God but were the product of the times and prevailing "culture" and subject to improvement. If this is truly the case, then of course they ought to change with the changing times. The gospel, however, cannot change.
Those who accept, promote, or practice this rebellion against their Creator will suffer severe consequences, both in this life and in the "judgment" that comes "after this [i.e., upon death]" (Hebrews:9:27).
Homosexuality has somehow attained a favored status in society. The court ruling was hailed as "good news for all Californians"-meaning that everyone who practices this perversion is not only normal but somehow laudably living on a higher plain than what the world has for thousands of years considered to be normal and natural. For centuries, homosexuality was known (and often prosecuted) as "the crime against nature"-and so it is. Now it's considered a mark of courage to "come out of the closet."