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Pastor Q&A // Part 11



Sometimes people claim that Jesus didn’t speak to this issue. That is categorically false. Jesus quoted from, upheld, and lived by the Old Testament law. The law firmly defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Then, in Matthew 19, Jesus is asked about marriage and divorce. He starts his answer by defining marriage according to Old Testament standards. He says, “He who created them in the beginning made them male and female…for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh…” 

Jesus clearly defined marriage as one man and one woman. Additionally, humankind throughout all of history—until recently—has also defined marriage in this way. This is important because it takes the debate out of the realm of just the Bible, and moves it to the general consensus of human history as well.

Therefore, it’s impossible to change the very nature and definition of something that was instituted by God and has been honored and understood in a certain way in human history.

For illustration, the color purple is by definition the mixture of red and blue. That is non-negotiable. Let’s say that blue and blue mixed together and claimed they were purple. Or, let’s say red and red did the same. They can certainly claim to be purple, but in reality, they are still only blue and only red. Just because something is claimed doesn’t make it a reality.

Thus, when I talk about this subject, I choose to say, “so-called” gay marriage. Why? Because in actuality there is no such thing. It’s a contradiction of terms on a par with saying blue mixed with blue equals purple.

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