Genesis 2:20-25 “The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.  And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.  Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”  ESV

  • Is Gay Marriage a threat to marriage?
    • No.  No, not a major threat anyway.  There are much bigger threats to traditional marriage in our world today
    • The LGBTQ community is a very small percentage of America.
      • Most numbers I can find say they are less than 5%
    • Even if gay marriage was strictly forbidden and illegal in all 50 states it would have little to no effect on people being gay and building relationships and lives together.
      • This has been happening for thousands of years.
      • We have survived just fine
  • What are bigger threats to Marriage?
    • Unbelief
    • Different faiths
    • Neglected Faith
      • Priorities
      • Goals
      • Desires
    • Adultery
    • Addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc)
    • Lack of Communication
    • Busy-ness
      • Work
      • Hobbies
      • Activities
    • Pornography
    • Idolatry
    • Money
    • Divorce
      • Especially the “no fault” divorce
      • Divorce is to easy
    • Pride
    • Arrogance
    • Hate
    • Youth/Unprepared for marriage
    • Facebook (Social Media)
      • These are all bigger threats to Marriage
      • Alternatives to Marriage becoming more and more acceptable
        • Divorce
        • Living together
        • Alternative lifestyles
        • These are the bigger issues threatening traditional marriage today
        • AND: These are issues that will plague the gay community now that they are eligible for marriage.
          • May be a case of the grass is not always greener on the other side
            • One thing for sure…they will not have the “It’s illegal” excuse to stay away from COMMITMENT
            • Marriage can be tough.
  • How should the Christian Community face the LGBTQ community
    • With love
    • With tolerance….  Maybe not approval, but with tolerance.
      • In reality our “Stamp of Approval” is not required
    • The Biblical truth should be brought with the Love of God
    • We should be a conduit to redemption for all
      • Not a check valve for exclusion.
    • Our compassion and ministry should be no different for the LGBTQ than for any other sinner.
    • God said to love people
      • He gave NO EXCEPTIONS
    • One thing we MUST do is preach the entire counsel of God’s Word.
      • We cannot back away in fear
      • We cannot use Gods Word as a tool to beat down
      • We must speak the truth in Love and be prepared to defend our faith
  • We must refrain from using God’s Word as a tool to beat people down.
    • The term “bully pulpit” does not apply to churches!
      • Pastors are not politicians or bullies using our position to bend others to our point of view.
      • We are God’s Preachers bringing His Word to bear on the hearts and issues of our community and beyond.
        • We bring God’s Will, not ours.
        • God’s Word is sufficient.
        • God’s Word has the Power and Authority, not the preachers.
  • One thing we MUST be prepared to do is to listen, encourage and guide those who seek our ministry as they deal with these issues in their own life.
  • Our ministry should be seasoned with salt not Jalapeno peppers
    • We should be seeking to minister and care for sinners
    • We should not be about the business of burning them
    • Expose them to truth
      • Just as we all need exposed to the truth
    • Love God and Love our neighbors
    • Deal with our OWN MESS before we point at the mess of others
    • Remember that we are all sinners
    • Christians are called to be SALT and LIGHT
      • Not religious bullies like the Sadducees and Pharisees
        • The Temple Elite/legalistic Religious zealots
        • The ones Jesus called a “Brood of Vipers”
      • Salt that preserves the Biblical Truths while creating a thirst for the Gospel
      • Light that draws people out of darkness
  • One thing we MUST do is promote and model TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
    • Teach Biblical Marriage
    • Bring God’s Word to bear on traditional marriage
    • Seek to strengthen and promote Biblical marriage
    • Help and minister to those struggling with marriage.
    • Seek to encourage and build Covenant Marriages
  • Brings us back around to our main text today
    • God knew that Man NEEDED Woman
      • This planet would be a DISASTER without women
      • Men would either have it all torn apart and refuse to read the instructions to reassemble  OR
      • NOTHING would ever get done!
      • God cause a deep sleep to fall upon Adam
        • Want to know why the men fall asleep in their chair when their wife is around?
        • Marriage is one man joined to one woman by God Almighty for one lifetime.
        • Man should leave their Mother and Father
          • Hard fort a “Mommy’s Boy” to do!
          • Wives – THIS IS WHY YOUR HUSBAND ACTS LIKE A CHILD SOMETIMES!
          • They are ONE FLESH
            • Separation SHOULD HURT
            • Created to fit together in God’s Perfection

The Covenant Marriage Vow

Believing that marriage is a covenant intended by God to be a lifelong fruitful relationship between a man and a woman, we vow to God, each other, our families, and our community to remain steadfast in unconditional love, reconciliation, and sexual purity, while purposefully growing in our covenant marriage relationship.

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