On July 6th, 2012, the “Presbyterian general assembly” took a vote on how to define marriage. The vote would decide if marriage was between one man and one woman or between two people. Depending on your sources, you may find the numbers differing but most of the sources I have found showed that the vote was 338 to 308 in favor of keeping the definition of marriage between one man and one woman.
On June 19th, 2014, the “Presbyterian general assembly” took a vote on how to define marriage again. Is marriage to be between one man and one woman or two people? Coincidentally, some sources have noted that they had to add in additional language to encourage the “conservative” side of the Presbyterian church to vote for changing the definition of marriage. The additional language was “two people, traditionally one man and one woman”. I couldn’t find exact numbers for this vote as the majority of the sources posted percentages. The ones that I found were 71% were in favor of changing the definition to 29% not in favor. This was only after changing the language of the original measure. From a percentage standpoint, that is a huge change from two years earlier. “Progress” is wonderful, isn’t it?
Throw away the numbers, do not focus on who did the voting because I am not trying to “pick on” just the Presbyterians. If we are honest and fair, we all know that this is not out of the realm of possibility within the Lord’s church as well. Even as much as it pains me to say that; we would be intellectually dishonest if we did not admit that this is a growing trend and problem. Many different religious groups utilize some form of a “constitution”, which is constantly being amended as time goes on, that defines their beliefs and practices.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
God has never asked for our vote regarding marriage (or any other doctrinal practice). These religious twits, who waste years in seminary schools, come out more anti-gospel than they do pro-gospel. They are brainwashed by the faculties at their “respective schools”. Tell me, “Professors do not give their students a hard time when they do not agree with them” and I will tell you that “pigs fly”. Stop believing the hype of this rubbish. The number of times that people have said that “Jesus never spoke against homosexuality!”, “Jesus did not condemn us!”, “God made us this way!”, is astronomical. It is clear that they do not read their Bibles because if they did, they would never make such arguments. Allow me to give you a couple of scriptures back-to-back with no explanation between the two. I want you to decide whether Jesus spoke on marriage. Does Jesus speak on homosexuality?
Gen 2:22-25 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (KJV)
Matthew 19:3-9 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. (KJV)
Take a deep breath, a moment of silence if you will and simply ask yourself, why does this need to be voted on? God spoke, Jesus spoke, even the Pharisees spoke by acknowledgment of marriage between “man and wife” in verse 3.
With all of this in mind, I do not want you to be uninformed. This is not to be used as justification in being hateful towards those who are homosexuals. Having this knowledge and accepting this knowledge as truth does not give us the right to treat others or, those who think differently than we do, poorly.
We are to be disciples of Christ. Being a disciple means that we will observe all things that Jesus has commanded us (Matthew 28:20). The word observe is “tereo – tay-reh-o”, which means “to attend to carefully, take care of, to guard, to keep, one in the state in which he is, to reserve: undergo something”. Nothing in the word “observe” that would suggest a vote of some kind.
We do not have to recreate the wheel. Believe in the truths that can be affirmed in the scriptures. God will sort everything else out. In the meantime, love and pray for those who are different than you.