Today, marks the first day of deliberation between the Supreme Court on the issue of gay marriage. This issue is not a new one. I’ve written on this issue so much because I believe it’s an issue that Christians must stand clearly and loudly on. Following Genesis 1-2, I believe that marriage is established by God. God created man and, therefore, He sets the rules in regards to His creation. When a man seeks to pervert the law of God there will only be destruction. This is because man is not morally or spiritually good but instead bound in his sin with eyes to only see his own point of view instead of God’s. God is the righteous ruler and the only justifier of the wicked.
People today say that we aren’t to judge. By this logic then Jesus Himself should never speak. Jesus judges people. He will hold all men accountable for who they say He is. He will hold man accountable to His demands for them to repent and believe in Him. People today say it’s not fair for God to do this. These are the same people pointing the finger in the sky at God and blaming Him when natural disasters occur. Such perversion demonstrates their depravity. The perverted logic of our culture is on full display in this Supreme Court case. The perverted sexual logic of our culture seeks for permission for its promiscuity while excusing the rights and opinions of others who oppose their viewpoint.
The twisted sexual logic of our culture tells us to do whatever we want, with whoever we want, whenever we want. Then it requires everyone to approve legally of a sinful lifestyle. That, Friends, is exactly the logic that is used to justify pornography and homosexuality. It’s a complete affront to what the Bible teaches.
People today want to live however they want to live. The world tells us that faith is to be a private thing. All the while it parades around what it believes on television, in movie theaters, at the grocery store, and the list goes on and on. There is hardly a place we go to these days where we aren’t confronted with sexual perversion. On nearly every television show, we are confronted with gay and lesbian encounters. In movies, we’re inundated by sexual perversion of every sort and kind. Our culture truly has lost its mind in regards to sexual matters.
Yet, it says when we preach the message of biblical sexuality that God created marriage between one man and one woman that we’re “judging” people. True biblical judgment has God as its focus. True biblical judgement focuses on what Jesus has done in His death, burial, and resurrection. Paul spends the first three chapters of his epistle explaining the depravity of man. On full display in our day is the perversion of man. Man instead of worshiping his Creator has exchanged the truth for a lie. Instead of worshiping Him who created man, man instead consciously and purposefully chooses to worship what is created.
People today say that Matthew 7:1 excuses Christians from judging. If Christians make clear biblical statements, they are accused on the basis of Matthew 7:1 of judging others. If we follow this same logic, Jesus Himself is judging those whom He is speaking to in the Sermon on the Mount. It was Jesus, after all, who spoke more about hell than any biblical figure in the entire Bible. If Jesus cannot speak, as He does clearly and loudly to us, about judgement then we restrict His speech. This means we’re telling the Creator and sustainer of all life, the One who gives us breathe, that He can only tell us certain things about life. This twisted logic is exactly what many people are doing. They have neither eyes to see nor ears to hear. They don’t want to consider biblical arguments because their hearts and minds are blinded to the reality of who God is. They have no desire for God because they love darkness rather than the light.
This is why the message of the gospel begins with the bad news of our sin. Jesus taught that what comes out of a man’s mouth demonstrates what’s in his heart (Matthew 15:11; Mark 7:15). This is why Paul emphasized the depravity of man in the first three chapters of Romans. Man apart from Christ is a sinner by nature and by choice. This is the clear teaching of the entire Bible. This position has been affirmed by the Church for two thousand and fifteen years. The Bible doesn’t stop at our sin. It goes on to explain why Jesus came. Jesus the sinless Lamb of God became our substitute on the cross and died in our place. He took upon Himself the full wrath of God and died in our place for our sin. When people today say, “You can’t judge me” because of Matthew 7:1, what people are saying is you can’t tell me how to live. This isn’t what Jesus is talking about there. He’s talking about hypocritical judgment not based upon the facts.
The Supreme Court has a monumental decision that will change the moral and ethical course of our country. Justice Roberts at the Supreme Court hearing speaking about gay marriage said, “You’re not seeking to join this institution but change what this institution is.” That’s exactly what this “debate” is all about– redefining marriage to be something it was never intended to be which was noted by another of the justices as well. Marriage has always been defined as between one man and one woman for the history of mankind. Marriage is a God-ordained institution. Changing that institution to be something other than what God ordains is an abomination and a direct affront to the character and glory of God who created man in His own image and likeness. Furthermore, gay marriage is a disgusting perversion of the order of mankind. God gave man, man-parts and woman lady-parts, not the other way around. This is just another demonstration of the depravity of man and a confirmation that Paul had it right in Romans 1 and in several other places in his epistles about the sexual perversion and the immorality of man.
On full display today in the Supreme Court is the modern notion that one can do whatever they want, whenever they want, with whoever they want, and then get “legal” permission that requires everyone to approve of it. People today say Christians are bigoted because they preach and believe that Jesus is the only way to God. Yet, homosexuals can preach unchallenged their message of absolute equality between the sexes with no distinction. This is the logic of our culture and the battle we face. May the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of those who still have ears to hear and remove the blinders from the eyes of the unrgenerate so that they may hear, see, and know Christ.
In response to the twisted sexual logic of our culture that teaches man to do whatever they want with whoever they want, whenever they want it, we should respond that God will hold them accountable. Christians should respond to the claim that others can make laws to support their promiscuous lifestyles which will make everyone legally approve of their lifestyles with the response that God knows their evil deeds and will hold them accountable for every sinful thought and deed. The same logic, I’m explaining is also used to justify the use of pornography and homosexuality.
This is why we must stand on the Word of God, all the more. No matter what the Supreme Court decides, Christian you must count the cost. There is coming a day very soon likely where in America, we will be persecuted physically over this issue. Settle it in your hearts now to stand in Christ. Settle it in your heart that living however you want is not God’s best for you. Throw yourself upon the finished and perfect work of the Savior who bled, died, rose for you. He is your life. He is your treasure. Look to Christ and live. He is the only One who can open the eyes of those committed to sexual perversion. He is the only One who can open the eyes and hearts of the unregenerate. So preach all the more in faithfulness to God’s Word. Stand firm on the Word of God. Don’t shrink back. God is still in the business of using His Word through His Spirit to open the eyes of the blind so that they can see, know, and delight in Christ.
Dave Jenkins is happily married to his wife, Sarah. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, the Host and Producer of Equipping You in Grace Podcast, and is a contributor to and producer of Contending for the Word. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021), The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age (G3 Press, 2022), and Contentment: The Journey of a Lifetime (Theology for Life, 2024). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.