First and foremost we want to be very clear that Christian churches who embrace immutable truth are not in the business of taking any individual’s rights away. History actually demonstrates the opposite of what many accuse us of in that, because Christians believe that God does not discriminate (Galatians 3:28). Christians are the ones who fought to abolish slavery, put in great effort for women’s right to vote and they also stood up to oppose Hitler and Stalin. This is because we are commanded to be doers of God’s Word (James 1:22) and base what we believe on God’s Word (Romans 10:17, 2nd Timothy 3:16–17). Anything outside of that falls under the category of Notional Christianity.
Biblical marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman. So strong is this definition that Jesus said in Matthew 19:4–6 this:
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Why would Christians have an issue with the redefinition of marriage?
Marriage is one of the sacraments of Christianity right alongside of communion. Religious marriage ceremonies between a man and a woman predate what we call civilization today. It was part of the first civilization – the first man and woman created were married by God. Therefore, it is not for any country to try to redefine what marriage means. It can be observed that when a society legally redefines something that is performed or taught in a church it is usually the precursor to controlling what goes on in churches or the behavior of it’s members (which results in churches and Christians losing their rights and freedoms). See: Tortured for Christ & Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Historically marriage is considered a holy sacrament by Christians. Here are just 3 of many reasons why:
- Marriage between a man and a woman is a part of God’s original design (Genesis 2:24–25). In the beginning God created Male and Female for each other.
- Marriage is so important that out of all the other possible places to do so, Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding (John 2:1–11).
- Marriage is considered a physical representation of Christ and The Church (Ephesians 5:31–33, Revelation 21:9–27, 2 Corinthians 11:1–3).