“Love Will Win!”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1John 4:8-9
My wife and I recently returned from Brooklyn, N.Y. There was a great celebration in that city over the Supreme Court’s issuance of law concerning the union of same sex couples. I refuse to use the term marriage, as they did because their unions are repugnant to the definition of marriage.
My refusal is not based on my opinion. It is based in God’s ordination and definition of marriage. He did so on the sixth day of Creation, Genesis 2:23-24. Jesus referred to this and said, “…What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6b
My purpose in writing this article is not to re-visit God’s definition of marriage. Every genuine Christian affirms marriage to be the life-long union of a man and a woman. Surely, I am not a Christian because I believe in this definition of marriage. I am a Christian by God’s sovereign choice. I am saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, Ephesians 2:8
Yet, as a Christian I hold to God’s definition of marriage because I live under His word! In fact, I submit to all that God has said. I fall short more times than not. As one who has been born again, I often choose to sin. But by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, I acknowledge my sin and appeal to God’s mercy for forgiveness. The Bible says, “Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” 2Corinthians 7:10
God said that all men are born dead in sin. It should not surprise me when pagans act like pagans. Yet I was shocked by the hubris of five of our Supreme Court Justices. Hubris is defined as extreme pride. It was an extremely prideful act to usurp the authority of God and re-define what He had defined in Creation.
Even though I know that, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision”, (Psalm 2:4) I was angry at those who demonstrated hatred of God.
Now, I am grieving over those whose sinful lifestyles have received the affirmation of our highest court. I am grieving as I hear of churches and pastors who call themselves Christians celebrating this decision saying, “Love won.” In fact, love will win; the love that wins proceeds from the Sovereign Lord who is love.
My purpose in writing this article is to exhort all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus to grow in the knowledge of what we believe and why we believe it. The Apostle Paul wrote to those who were born again and said, “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
Marriage was given to mankind by God to be a blessing; to be the foundation of all societies. Marriage between a man and a woman is a profound mystery that refers to the relationship that Christ has with His church, Ephesians 5:32.
Don’t be surprised at the behavior of those who are lost. They oppose God because their hearts are evil continually. We would be just like them, children of God’s wrath. But God was rich in mercy and chose to save His people by grace, Ephesians 2.
Finally don’t be misled by those who may tell you that you can live as they do and still be a citizen of the Kingdom. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers 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 by the Spirit of our God. 1Corinthians 6:9-11
Christian pursue godliness by living under His word for His glory! Grow in a church that teaches the truth.