These are my notes from a message by Pastor Barry Cureton of Liberty Church PCA. It is taken from Genesis 1:26-31; 2:4-8, 15-20.
Advocates for same-sex marriage claim their movement is all about equality, civil rights and love. They ask, “How can Christians be opposed to loving, committed, monogamous relationships?”
They say Christians are really against civil rights, love and equality…that Christians do not want to fulfill Christ’s call to love one another.
Advocates for same-sex marriage say that gender doesn’t really matter with regard to marriage.
How can Christians respond to the redefinition of marriage? How can we support the Biblical view that marriage is only between one man and one woman?
Redefining marriage redefines the family – and redefining the family redefines the society that is comprised of families.
False teachings are pervading evangelical communities – making things acceptable that are not acceptable to God. Many within evangelical communities are now supporting same-sex marriage.
God has a specific plan and purpose for marriage. He created marriage with certain male-female principles as requirements.
The roles of the man and the woman are different within the marriage relationship. Society wants to blur/obscure/diffuse/obliterate the gender roles constituted by God. Society wants to say, “Everyone is equal.”
However, equality does not mean the same. Although men and women are equal before God, our roles are different.
God created male and female with specific gender roles – they are not blurred together.
God’s view of the family is not the same as the world’s view. See Ephesians 5 and Philippians 2.
Adam was created first, but he was incomplete. ALONE, he could not fulfill God’s creation mandate to be fruitful and to multiply.
As God’s chosen ruler for this earth, Adam named all the created animals – and they all had mates. However, Adam did not have any mate.
God formed Eve from Adam…to complete him.
Diversity exists naturally in the relationship between man and woman:
– Adam was created first
– Adam was created from the dust of the earth
– Eve was formed from Adam
– Adam was the leader…he named all the created animals
– Adam also named Eve…Eve was subordinate to Adam…Eve supported Adam and nurtured their children
These gender differences complemented and completed each other.
Unity exists naturally within the diversity of male and female:
– Adam and Eve completed each other (see Ephesians 5:22-24)
– While there are diversity of roles, there is but one flesh, one union, one body
– We are separate and distinct…and yet made for each other…united together as one body
Marriage mirrors the church’s relationship with Christ – one body united to Christ
These roles are not interchangeable! They cannot be suspended!
Marriage is a shadow or figure or type of the church’s relationship to Christ
One Christ united to one universal church…one man united to one woman
Same-sex marriages cannot fulfill the creation mandate to multiply and fill the earth. For this reason, gender is very important!
Mothers and fathers both are very important when it comes to parenting and raising children…with their different roles.
Mothers and fathers are not interchangeable!
The role of the father is crucial to the childhood development.
God’s Scriptural commandment is to “Honor your Father and Mother” – both are needed!
Same-sex marriage redefines parenthood – and children will always suffer as a result
To God Be The Glory!