Presbytery of the Cascades: Amending Marriage (2 of 2)

Part 2 of 2:

We believe that God created each of us with many differences, including sexual preferences, and that those differences are to be celebrated as part of the creative plan of God.

The reformed orthodox Christian mind boggles at this statement. It’s premise appears to be that anything at the core of our personal sense of identity must be good and must have come directly from God. There is absolutely nothing here that accounts for the defacement and distortion by sin on human beings as image bearers of God. The fact is that, regardless of sexual preference or any other dimension of personal identity, we are fundamentally estranged from God and each other due to the consequences of sin.

The only cure for this eternal disease is Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Christ has acted on our behalf to eradicate that against which we are powerless.

Yes, the Scriptures do celebrate the diversity of gifts that God creatively bestows upon His elect. However, they do not celebrate the diversity of sin. Here are the words of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul on the diversity of sin from which the elect have been saved.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. (Matthew 15:19)

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Support of marriage equality is consistent with our faith tradition. The covenant of marriage requires love and commitment; qualities that are in no way gender specific.

The covenant of marriage requires one man and one woman, which is straight from Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:4-6). This assertion appears out of thin air. Until those making this statement will demonstrate its truth based on the actual testimony of the full Scriptures, I must assume that its validity rests only on the fact that they will it to be true.

Failing to allow for marriage equality continues to have negative consequences for the Body of Christ, the church, in that it gives some of our members fewer rights than others, treating them as second-class members. This is inconsistent with the teachings of Jesus.

Well now…Jesus Christ chose the Twelve Disciples to be His primary witnesses, does this mean that all His other disciples are second-class? The PCUSA doesn’t make every member an Elder or Deacon, are all the rest second-class? What if one man and two women, all members, desire to be married in the PCUSA? Does the current limitation of “two people” make these three second-class?

After all, as numerous Rationales point out (in identical language), “the Bible reflects many patterns and forms of legal, religiously approved marital relationships.” The most common pattern “reflected” (which does not mean approval) is polygamy. Thus, by this argument, polygamous groups of people have more justification to claim second-class status than do same gender couples, since polygamy is actually “reflected” in Scripture as a form of “legal, religiously approved” marriage while same gender marriage is not.

The plain fact is that this line of argument undermines any distinction made by the church among its members. The consequences of these erroneous views will be severe.

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