Theo Statements: Authority of Scripture, Marriage and Family, Gender and Sexuality

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Without an authority, we have no right or clout to profess our Christianity.  Scripture binds us to Jesus Christ through the moral compass He has placed upon our hearts. The bible says [1]“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” The Holy Bible is a foundation greater than heaven and earth. However, there is one authority that is greater, that being the author of the Good Book.  [2]“By definition a final authority cannot be proven as an authority on the basis of some higher authority. The highest authority must be self-attesting. Only God is such an authority.” God’s power is reveal through nature, [3]“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” His position of Divine Providence over all and through His living Word.  [4]“The Bible’s authority can and does communicate across cultural, geographical, and temporal differences between the biblical world and our setting. Scripture is authoritative as it is rightly and faithfully interpreted in its historical setting” The Bible has time and time again, proven itself over any other historical document.  In fact the supernatural aspect of Scripture is defined by Psalm 12:6-7. “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” While the worlds history continues to be in error, God’s word proves itself right.  From geographic references of the position of Ararat to the Ark landing the Word of God is correct and we were in error.  The location existence of Jericho was deemed myth because they did not rely on Scripture.  Dating authentically, the remains of the Walls of Jericho were discovered.

There is a passage in Paul’s letter to Timothy that textual authority is often related to and that text opens with a bold word that leaves no room for discussion or debated. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Not some of the Old Testament that suits our needs today and a majority of the New Testament we feel comfortable talking about.  There can be no mistake in defining the word “all” as to the entirety of the God ordained and breathed 66 inspired, inerrant and preserved books of the Holy Bible. No need for read letter when we know the black encompass all of His righteous words.

[5]“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;” Even with the most difficult of text, it is my experience that submission to it has liberated me from retraction. If the Bible says…, then it is true! It is my duty in relation to the Word of God to rightly divide this.  Wrestling with Scripture is what we were intended to do.  Wisdom does not come easy.  However it is given freely in His good time.

Relying solely upon the one true inspired, inerrant, preserved Word of God, is no easy task when the world and the master of wants to undermine it and question it’s very authority. With faith and understanding by rightly dividing the Word, we can and do live by this Holy Book as He suggests we should.  It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness and we can profess boldly to be fundamentally bound to His authority brought to us without error in His perfect preserved Word.

God ordained marriage and family as a holy union betwixt one another and Himself.  He officiates and ordains these unions to His glory.  The Hebrew word Davaq means to stick to or become one flesh.  That term holds massive implications.  Being one, we are counted as one and are held accountable one to another and under Christ a holy ordained order of the husband being the final resting place for accountability.  From the very beginning man was alone and in order to fully comprehend our position and to develop purpose, a help meet was necessary.  And God created woman, in turn to have husband to care for and to desire.  This is also a physical manifestation of the Trinity.  Husband and wife are bound by the Word.

In completion of God creating this union He makes another command to them that of family.  This is a holy order to procreation and is the very origin of term marriage.  The union of two has to have the fundamental, natural ability to procreate.  This is the only holy union under heaven that is acceptable.  [6]“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Repeatedly through out the book of Genesis or generations of, the command of marriage witnessed.  This is necessary to bring about the Son of God.

The order of family is in place for edification, preservation and God’s glory.  It is an honored position to have a wife. [7]“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” To what did we do earn such favour? Nothing.  God has determined we are not to be alone.  [8]“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:” That virtue is found in the work of her hands and her heart toward her husband and children. A man honors his wife with wisdom and provision.  The ultimate responsibility of a man is to minister the Word of God to his house.  [9]“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It is the glory of a man to see the Word lived in his children.

Family is something holy and is the very body of Christ. The devil has been working diligently to circumvent the coming of Jesus Christ and the growth of His family for generations.  In the book of Generations or Genesis, [10]chapter 38 we see such an account and God took it so seriously; He struck two dead for circumventing the coming of Christ.  In verse 9 we see Onan practicing what would be considered the rhythm method today, and verse 10 reads, “And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also.”  Preventing birth seems almost as bad as taking the life. Children are so very important to Jesus.  His statement to “suffer the little children to come unto him” was a clear indication that He holds them in high regard.  [11]As well as any trying to harm them, it is better for them to drown in the deepest see than to contend with Him.

Sexuality and gender is the way the world is looking at the order especially in order to infiltrate family and recruit children to a perverse way of order.  Sexualizing children young enables a easier path to gender confusion.  Sexuality is not at all considered in scripture in regards to children.  It is only referred as consummation of marriage.  Hence the term of marriage’s etymological origin that of maternity and procreation.  When a mind is fresh it can be altered.  A wicked soul can impose this through media and society with programming.  Programming is an old term used for television shows.  They have abandoned it for it’s true implication.  Disney has been the forerunner of sexualizing children.  The movie Decedents offers a look into not only that but also gender confusion or even neutrality.  [12]“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” The wearing of gender specific clothing is not the entirety of what the text is referring to hear.  It is all aspects of the role of a man or women.  God created all things for purpose.  And who are we to suggest anything regarding His purpose.  It is preposterous and presumptuous for dirt to speak to the LORD in such a way.

Sex is a gift of God and to be received in that manner only in the context He ordained.  All acts outside of the covenant of marriage is an act of fornication or adultery.  Fornication comes in many forms.  Fornication in this day is well encouraged with ones self, with a member of the opposite sex or one of that the Bible calls exceeding wicked, sodomy.  Scripture speaks against acts with ones self in 1 Corinthians 6:9.  Scripture says God will judge the adulterer and sexual immorality in Hebrews 13:4.  Genesis 13:13 identifies the sins of sodomy as exceedingly wicked.  The sins of Sodomites is so abominable past the book of Leviticus 18:22  and utter destruction of two cites in Genesis 19, for God to remind us of this in Jude. [13]“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” The sins of sodomy are not a genetic thing.  It is a sin that is committed just as any other.  We are not born thieves or with the intentions to commit adultery or any other.  It is however a worldly indoctrination.  [14]“48% of respondents [of members of People Can Change online support groups, which have a combined membership of 600 men] said that, as children or youth, they had been sexually abused by an older or more powerful person. Usually it was by a male (83 out of 205 respondents, or 40%), and in those cases, 96% considered the abuse to be a contributing factor to their developing SSA feelings, and 43% said the abuse was one of the three most significant factors.”

[15]“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”

Unnatural acts, sexual deviation outside of marriage are all an abomination to the Lord.  A repentant heart, a reborn creature of holiness and righteousness aims to please our Lord.  He becomes the desire of our hearts.  [16]“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

Let God’s word be true and all men liars. Since His word is truth, than marriage is holy and the consummation there of should be considered holy as He intended.  The result of this consummation brings forth a new creation which has no godly business with things that pertain to anything sexual up until that time in which they receive the gift of marriage, lest the dire consequence of ungodly acts be of burning as Paul states.

[1] The Holy Bible, (1611) CBP, Cadillac, MI, Luke 16:17

[2] Goldsworthy, G., (2015), According to Plan, ch  3, pg 44

[3] The Holy Bible, (1611) CBP, Cadillac, MI, Romans 1:20

[4] Dockery, David S., (2008) SBCLIFE, Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention, The Authority of the Bible

[5] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Romans 3:4

[6] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Genesis 1:28

[7] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Proverbs 18:22

[8] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Proverbs 12:4

[9] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Proverbs 22:6

[10] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Genesis 38:3-10

[11] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Matthew 18:6

[12] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Deuteronomy 22:5

[13] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Jude 1:7

 

[14] Borngay.procon.org, (2013) Can Childhood Sexual Abuse Cause Homosexuality?

[15] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, Romans 1:26-28

[16] The Holy Bible, (1611), Cadillac, MI, 1 Corinthians 7:9

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About reverendmaclellan

David Joseph MacLellan is the pastor of Redeemed Baptist Church, a small Christ centered church in Apache Junction Arizona. In 2014 he answered the call to priesthood and took the oath to serve Jesus Christ as witness to Him to all the world. Countless hours of passionate study, meditation, reflection of the Holy Bible spread out over his life time. A love of biblical etymology to inspire great hermeneutics not only for expository preaching of the gospel, but for his own “knowing” of Jesus Christ. All of this, humbly for the glorification of our coming King! Leading weekly fellowship and worship with Holy Spirit inspired words. He continues to write for short blogs on whatever the Lord sees fit. Not only posted on this site, but on a WordPress page as well. Studying at Liberty University.
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