Posts tagged “Gay Marriage

Sermo Dei: Trinity 12, 2014

Posted on September 7th, 2014

Trinity 12 September 7, 2014 Baptism of Landon Robert Andrews Mark 7:31-37 When God made man, He did not make him defective. His ears were opened to the music of creation. His tongue, discovering nourishment and sweetness planted all around him, responded by singing the praise of his Maker, who had done all things well. Sucking in a gulp of air, the man was glad. He did not know how to sigh except in contentment. All this changed when death entered the world. The man’s sigh became his bitter companion. Breath burst forth from his rancid mouth in anger, annoyance, sorrow, until the day he sighed his last and returned to the earth. Gone were the days when a man said of God, “He…

Contraception and Homosexual “Marriage”

Posted on August 28th, 2013

Homosexual marriage is a perfectly logical outcome to the contraceptive mindset. As Mary Eberstadt observes (Adam and Eve after the Pill) in the conversations surrounding the acceptance by Protestant churches of contraception in the 1930’s, Once heterosexuals start claiming the right to act as homosexuals, it would not be long before homosexuals started claiming the rights of heterosexuals. We won’t be able to properly address issues like abortion or marriage until we as a church remember the purpose for which God created sex.

Why Christians should care about homosexual “marriage”

Posted on April 5th, 2013

George Neumayr at the American Spectator argues that there is a major consideration being overlooked in the homosexual “marriage” debate. Many Christians would like to retreat, under the supposition that it won’t affect them. In “Religious freedom’s Drip-by-Drip Death,” Neumayr contends this is wrong: The end point of liberalism is a coercive secular state in which the religious have no meaningful rights. American church leaders are kidding themselves if they think the gay-marriage juggernaut is going to stop at civil marriage. It won’t. It will quickly travel past court houses to churches, demanding that all religions bless gay marriages. He cites examples of European state churches compelling their ministers to bless homosexual unions. It’s tempting to imagine that cannot happen here, since we have…

Sexual liberalism and the death of marriage

Posted on July 5th, 2011

National Review has a terrific take-down of the New York assault on marriage in the form of a conversation between Kathryn Jean Lopez and Robert George. Here’s a sample: Once one buys into the ideology of sexual liberalism, the reality that has traditionally been denominated as “marriage” loses all intelligibility. That is true whether one regards oneself politically as a liberal or a conservative. For people who have absorbed the central premises of sexual liberation (whether formally and explicitly, as liberals tend to do, or merely implicitly as those conservatives who have gone in for it tend to do), marriage simply cannot function as the central principle or standard of rectitude in sexual conduct, as it has in Western philosophy, theology, and law for…

Sermon for Epiphany II – On Marriage, and Christ the Heavenly Bridegroom

Posted on January 16th, 2011

John 2:1-11 – Jesus Changes Water into Wine at the Wedding at Cana Epiphany II John 2.1-11 January 16, 2011 “Jesus was called to the marriage.” What is the meaning of that? At the simple level, it means that whoever was getting married was a friend or relative of Jesus, so they invited Him. The mother of Jesus was there, and she seems to be in a position to give orders to the servants, so this was perhaps a family wedding. But what else can we make of the fact that “Jesus was called to the marriage”? And not Jesus only, but “Both Jesus was called, and his disciples.” It means that marriage is never a private affair, between two individuals. Marriage involves the…

LCMS President Kieschnick responds to ELCA decision affirming homosexual clergy

Posted on August 27th, 2009

The two largest Lutheran church bodies in the United States are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with 4.8 million members and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) with 2.4 million members. On Friday, Aug. 21, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to open the ministry of the ELCA to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in “committed relationships.”  In an earlier action, the assembly approved a resolution that commits the ELCA “to finding ways to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize, support, and hold publicly accountable life-long, monogamous, same-gender relationships.” The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has repeatedly affirmed as its own position the historical understanding of the Christian church that the Bible condemns homosexual…