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'Protect Government Marriage Sunday' - Preaching Idolatry

Date: Jul 09, 2004
Word Count: 1000 words
Cross-Reference: Protect Marriage Sunday, Battle For Marriage, Marriage Amendment

Christian organizations call for preachers to preach for support of the Federal Marriage Amendment on July 11, 2004, but true conservative Christians cannot justify such idolatry.

The   Federal   Marriage   Amendment   is   set   for   a   vote   in   the   U.S.   Senate   during   the   week   of   July   12,   2004   --   even   though   passage   appears   unlikely.     Desperate   to   rally   the   conservative   grassroots,   many   Christian   organizations   have   planned   a   "Protect   Marriage   Sunday"   for   July   11th. 
Jerry   Falwell,   Gary   Bauer,   Paul   Weyrich,   James   Dobson,   Tony   Perkins,   and   others   have   all   announced   it   feverishly.   They   call   for   preachers   to   use   that   Sunday   to   preach   support   for   the   amendment. 
A   live   program,   "Battle   For   Marriage,"   has   also   been   scheduled   to   be   aired   that   evening   on   various   Christian   television   networks. 
But   for   true   conservative   Christians,   it   is   the   misguided   calling   for   the   preaching   of   idolatry. 
The   conservative   Christian   paradigm   is   premised   in   the   religious   belief   that   everyone   is   a   sinner.     All   are   helpless   to   overcome   their   sinfulness   alone.     Not   one   person   is   self-righteous.     The   penalty   for   sin   is   condemnation   by   (only)   God   to   the   "lake   of   fire   and   brimstone."     But   joyous   life-everlasting   --   and   being   freed   from   one's   sin   and   penalty   --   is   freely   available   to   all.     One   simply   must   repent   of   the   sin   and   faithfully   receive   the   free   gift   of   that   salvation   which   is   only   made   available   by   the   love   and   sacrifice   of   the   Savior   Jesus   Christ. 
That   makes   the   conservative   Christian   paradigm   a   simple   three-step   process.     One,   confess/repent   of   sin.     Two,   receive   the   free   gift   of   salvation   in   Jesus   Christ.     Three,   "go   and   sin   no   more,"   as   the   Bible   records   Jesus   saying. 
However,   "going   and   sinning   no   more"   is   not   as   easy   as   it   simplistically   sounds. 
Mortal   life   is   a   spiritual   battleground.     The   devil   --   also   known   as   Satan   or   Lucifer   --   is   the   real   and   only   "enemy,"   using   and/or   deceiving   people   to   commit   or   remain   in   unrepented   sin.     As   such,   the   devil   spiritually   deceives   people   --   including   Christians   --   into   believing   that   their   sin   is   not   sin,   so   that   they   will   refuse   to   repent   and   receive   their   forgiveness   and   salvation   in   Jesus   Christ. 
For   that   reason,   conservative   Bible-believing   Christians   rely   on   the   Scriptures   to   help   them   know   what   is   sin.     They   do   not   want   to   fall   into   sin   again.     When   they   do,   they   want   to   know   it   so   that   they   can   repent.     Relying   on   Scripture   is   not   about   being   judgmental.     It   is   about   having   clarity   for   loving   and   righteous   living   the   way   Christ   taught. 
Enter   the   "same-sex   marriage"   issue,   and   the   Bible   is   explicitly   clear   for   conservative   Christians. 
Romans   chapter   1,   for   one   example,   says   that   the   "judgment   of   God"   will   come   upon   those   who   practice   homosexual   behavior.     When   one   does   not   repent   of   it,   unrepented   sin   will   condemn   them   to   hell.     But   if   they   repent   of   it   (to   God,   not   to   man),   all   is   forgiven   by   God   and   they   are   thus   "pre-rescued"   from   the   hellfire   punishment. 
When   one   understands   this   foundational   paradigm   of   conservative   Christians,   regardless   of   agreeing   with   it   or   not,   one   can   then   more   easily   see   how   the   Christian   non-supportive   response   to   "same-sex   marriage"   really   is   a   love-issue   for   such   Christians   --   when   conducted   in   right   love,   of   course. 
In   an   honestly-held   love   for   the   homosexual   to   not   face   the   hellfire   punishment   of   God,   the   conservative   Christian   paradigm   is   unable   to   support   the   behavior   which   the   Bible   defines   as   sin.     Instead,   Christians   pray   and   hope   that   one   day   the   homosexual   might   freely   choose   to   also   repent   and   receive   the   gospel.      
Some   of   the   cases   of   conflict   which   arise,   however,   do   occur   when   a   Christian   mistakenly   begins   an   over-zealous   psychological   transference   of   their   own   self-realized   failings   and   sinfulness.     That   is   when   they   start   positioning   themselves   as   --   and   acting   in   place   of   --   God   in   judgment   of   other   sinners.     It   is   those   mistakes   made   by   some   Christians   which   lead   to   inaccurate   accusations   that   supposedly   "all"   Bible-believing   Christians   are   somehow   "hateful   bigots"   against   homosexuals. 
Notwithstanding   the   mistakes   of   the   few,   most   conservative   Christians   are   genuinely   about   love   and   preaching   salvation   through   Christ. 
It   is   for   these   reasons,   therefore,   that   organizations   have   called   for   "Protect   Marriage   Sunday."     They   appeal   to   sincere   Christians   who   cannot   support   what   the   Bible   defines   as   sin,   so-called   "same-sex   marriage." 
But   what   such   organizations   have   called   for   can   be   seen   as   (what   the   conservative   Christian   paradigm   would   define   as)   a   crafty   trap   of   the   devil. 
Truthfully,   "Protect   Marriage   Sunday"   must   more   accurately   be   called,   "Protect   Government   Marriage   Sunday."     The   Federal   Marriage   Amendment   does   not   "protect"   true   Godly   marriage   according   to   the   Bible.     Rather,   it   is   a   turning   to   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   to   "protect"   an   unconstitutional   concept   called   "government   marriage,"   and   uses   that   false   god   to   enforce   such   Marxist   social   engineering. 
The   proposed   amendment   is   completely   unbiblical. 
There   is   not   one   example   in   the   Bible   of   anyone   ever   being   married   "by   government."     So,   the   amendment   seeks   to   "protect"   something   which   never   happened   in   the   Bible. 
The   amendment   de-legitimizes   the   Biblical   marriages   of   polygamous   Moses,   Abraham,   Israel,   David,   and   the   dozens   of   other   Biblical   heroes   who   married   more   than   one   wife   --   polygamy.     So,   undermining   those   heroes   undermines   the   credibility   of   the   Bible   itself. 
The   amendment   chooses   a   false   god   instead   of   the   God   of   the   Bible.     Scripturally,   God   never   once   used   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   to   define   or   "protect"   any   doctrine.     God   alone   defined   marriage,   not   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government.     So,   the   amendment   promotes   outright   idolatry. 
For   Christians,   that   all   makes   the   "Protect   Government   Marriage   Sunday"   a   trap   of   the   devil.     Exploiting   the   conservative   Christian   non-support   of   the   Bible-defined   sin   of   so-called   "gay   marriage,"   the   devil   uses   that   to   deceive   such   Christians   into   unrepentantly   committing   the   sin   of   idolatry. 
By   misleading   such   Christians   into   thinking   that   that   idolatrous   sin   is   not   sin,   they   never   repent   of   such   sin.     But   in   the   Scriptures,   Revelation   21:8   says   that   all   idolators   shall   have   their   part   in   the   lake   of   fire   and   brimstone. 
Sin   against   sin.     Opposing   homosexual   sin   cannot   justify   idolatry   sin.     So   true   conservative   Christians   cannot   support   "Protect   Government   Marriage   Sunday"   and   the   unbiblical   Federal   Marriage   Amendment. 
In   tragic   irony,   this   July   11th,   the   Bible   declares   that   anyone   who   preaches   that   idolatry   --   and   does   not   repent   --   guarantees   their   own   condemnation,   by   God,   to   hell. 


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