The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
I call your attention to the title of this article. The topic is marriage. Note that the title is not narrowed by the word “Christian.” This observation is also necessary to our understanding of the current gender confusion being promoted in our society and in some churches. Marriage is the lifelong union between one man and one woman. Marriage was given to mankind by God revealed in His Creation narrative (Genesis 2:24). Likewise, God created Man in His image, “male and female” (Genesis 1:26-27).
A problem arises when the meaning of the word “marriage” is expanded. Some factions in society have succeeded to expand marriage to include members of the same sex (gender is defined as either male or female). The problem that results is a confused society. God defined marriage as the lifelong covenantal union of a man and a woman. As the word “marriage” is rightly understood and applied as God designed, societal confusion is lifted. No matter if one is an officer of a court, a legislator, or a church leader, the authority to change the meaning of what God has ordained is beyond their scope.
When the meaning of words change, communication becomes impossible. But the issue of marriage is even more significant than changing the meaning of a word. So-called traditional marriage is the most fundamental pillar of every society. Understanding that God created only two genders (male and female) is a basic prerequisite to understand God’s design for marriage.
I have heard that some church leaders have suggested that the church needs to prepare to accept a re-defined understanding of marriage. Yet, it is the church which is called by her Lord Jesus to stand for the truth. He is the truth. He has revealed the truth in words. We have God’s word written, inerrant, and infallible, under which we live.
So, what saith the Scriptures concerning marriage? I would expect that all who call upon the Lord would be intent on knowing what God has said concerning marriage.
The church’s marriage ceremony states the following: “Marriage was instituted by God Himself in the time of man’s innocency and uprightness. The Lord God said, ’It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’ (Genesis 2:18). Thereupon God created woman of man’s own substance and brought her to the man…”
This is one of the greatest understatements recorded in Scripture. Adam said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 2:23). God declared everything to be “very good” after this great creative act. Adam was overwhelmed by the wisdom of God in providing him a “helpmeet” who was the perfect complement, the perfect partner.
Further God said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Jesus quoted this passage from Genesis and added, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6).
As further emphasis, the Apostle Paul wrote that the marriage of a man to a woman models the relationship of Christ to His church (Ephesians 5:32).
Therefore, we humbly receive God’s definition of marriage. Marriage is the covenantal union of one man to one woman. God’s great wisdom gave mankind the covenant of marriage. It is the most intimate human relationship. The challenges against traditional marriage are nothing more (or less) than rebellion against God. Attempting to re-define marriage or redefine for whom God ordained this union is rebellion against God.
Our Lawmakers have changed the definition of marriage. Yet their revisionism is neither godly, moral, nor loving! Psalm 2:4 declares God’s view of man’s attempts to usurp His authority. “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” The God-instituted covenant of marriage will remain the union of one man with one woman. Our society will bear the consequences of perverting and diminishing marriage. We are already experiencing the consequences of the systematic breakdown of traditional marriage and the family unit.
The issue of marriage is not an issue of equal rights but an issue of revealed truth! I urge you who call upon the name of the Lord to speak up for the sanctity of marriage as defined by God. Pray for God’s protection for our marriages. Celebrate marriage as the profound mystery through which God demonstrates the intimacy between Christ and His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:32).