Old Testament Quotations in the New Testament, Part 85

“And some Pharisees came to Him, testing Him, and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?” And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female’ ” Matthew 19:3-4

There are many out there in the religious marketplace who say that Jesus never directly condemned homosexuality so therefore, He didn’t condemn same sex marriage.

Technically, they say, this is a true statement. Brethren, “they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.” (1 Tim. 3:7) Technically, and scripturally, they are dead wrong. Just consider first the context of how the question was framed by Jesus’ detractors in our text above. It had to do with divorce (which God says He hates, Mal. 3:2) involving a man and his wife. Jesus confirms that who God had created from the beginning to be joined together were a male and a female, and it was these two that no man should separate except in the case of sexual immorality. In addressing their albeit loaded question, He clearly defines God’s plan for marriage. In so doing, He alleviates any other options, even those unspoken. Secondly, if you claim to believe in the Jesus of the Bible, you’ll be aware that Jesus Himself while preparing the apostles for His departure from them and His going to the Father, told them that “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26) That’s why passages penned by the apostles through the agency of the Holy Spirit that specifically condemn homosexuality (Rom. 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 6:9, 1 Tim. 1:10) are the words of Jesus spoken through them. You need to be aware brethren, that those who are trying to advance the homosexual agenda will attempt to graft their arguments to the faulty propositions of those who seek to move women into roles arranged by God and delegated solely to men, such as elders and evangelists. Many in the charismatic movement and the “God is still speaking” crowd will attempt to distort scripture to say that God no longer sees male and female in the church as different and distinct. They will typically quote verses like Galatians 3:28 out of context: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” If there is no male or  female in the eyes of God now, as those who seek to serve their own appetites would say, then logically there is no male/female in marriage either, thus validating same sex (homosexual) marriage. Galatians 3:28 is speaking of the relationship to God as heirs according to promise, those who are in Christ and belong to Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit. There is no class distinction and all receive equally the spiritual blessings in Christ in the heavenly places, the Spirit being the down payment, the pledge of our inheritance as God’s own possession.   It does not say that under the New Covenant the Lord abandoned all consideration of those who are male and those who are female. Otherwise, why all the apostolic instruction about how husbands and wives in the physical  marriage relationship are to interact (Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Pet. 3:1-8)?  Why are the qualities of an elder so specifically outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-8 and Titus 1:5-9 as being a man, if there is no longer any distinction? Evangelists are to “set in order what remains, and appoint elders in every city” as directed. Because that requires preaching and teaching, women are not allowed to be preacher/evangelists either since that requires exercising authority over men which is prohibited. (1 Tim. 2:11-12). The answer from those who abandon the pattern is, “That was then, this is now” or “You’re putting God or Jesus in a box.” Didn’t Jesus Himself say that we would be judged on the last day by His word (John 12:48) and that Scripture could not be broken (John 10:35)? Yup! Isn’t Jesus Christ “the same yesterday, today, yes and forever”? (Heb. 13:8) Really, the “God is still speaking” crowd is the “We’re still tweaking” the word of God crowd. To hold to their humanistic social agendas, they must eliminate huge chunks of apostolic doctrine. Who’s God in that type of “relationship”? It comes down to believing that we have everything pertaining to life and godliness. Praise God for His word to direct our lives, amen?


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