An overview of Part 1, Adam and Eve
- God instituted marriage with Adam and Eve, the first couple. They lived in unity with God in the Garden of Eden. It was God’s plan to test their love and loyalty. He allowed the serpent to test their obedience. They fell into the trap, disobeyed God and Adam lost his position as ruler over God’s creation. The devil, Satan, became ruler of the world.
- Genesis 3 explains how the world was divided into two opposing kingdoms. One is the Kingdom of Light with God as its Ruler. The opposing kingdom of darkness has Satan as its ruler.
An overview of Part 2, The two kingdoms
Jesus confirmed the existence of the two kingdoms. They are irreconcilable and at war with each other. Their goals and standards of living are strange to each other. There is no peace, no harmony and no common ground between them. This is especially important when it comes to God’s definition of marriage.
An overview of Part 3, God’s marriage pattern is a shadow
- God’s ordained marriage is a shadow or picture on earth that points to Jesus and His eternal Bride. Therefore marriage is important to God. Marriage produces children who can fill God’s Kingdom
- God needs generations of people, because in every generation only a remnant decides to join His Kingdom. That explains the hostility of God’s enemy, Satan, against marriage. He does not want God to reach the full number of people for His Kingdom.
- When God has all His required citizens, Satan’s time as ruler of this world is up. Then his eternal sentence in the pool of fire begins.
- That is why the devil fights the war against marriage – to try to postpone his sentence.
Part 4, What about the sexually immoral, ‘Christian’ gays, transgenders and others?
- Some of them who profess to be followers of Jesus, claim that God will not judge them. There are churches that agree and appoint them as pastors and bishops, and conduct gay marriages, et cetera.
- The chances that God will change His Word is zero. If God accepts the sexually immoral and homos who refuse to change into the Kingdom of light, He has to forgive and accept all people who refuse to change. That would include thieves, murderers, adulterers, et cetera ( see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 5: 5, Galatians 5: 19-21).
- God does not favour anybody. It is against His character. He is absolutely fair to all people. If God has to accept and pardon everyone who refuse to change, then the eternal Kingdom of Peace disappears in a whiff. Then billions of Christians through the ages have believed in vain.
- Another aspect is free will. God never forces people to accept His terms for citizenship in His Kingdom. A person accepts or rejects God’s terms by his or her own free will. No church or court of law will change God’s opinion.
- So every church or organisation that grants those who deviate from God’s marriage pattern, entrance into heaven or God’s presence, plays with fire. To grant salvation and eternal life on behalf of God to lawbreakers is dangerous. God made provision for salvation through Jesus’ death on the Cross. Those who refuse it should accept their eternal destiny.
What about the gay gene?
- The world insists that homosexuality is a genetic trait. Someone is either born with it, or not. Yet no ‘homosexual gene’ has been scientifically verified. Even if there is one, it would make no impression on God.
- The simple reason is that God is the Creator of man. If such a gene existed, He created it Himself. Then He would have specified the different types of ‘marriages.’
- Homos were not ‘born’ that way. We are all born as sinners in the kingdom of Satan. We all enter the Kingdom of God through Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. John 14:6
The example of Sodom and Gomorrah
- The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were known for their homosexual lifestyles.
- Lot, the nephew of Abraham, lived in Sodom. 2 Peter 2:7-9 tells us, ‘Lot, a righteous man, …was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men…tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard….’
- God’s verdict, “Then the Lord said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not I will know.’” Genesis 18: 20 Two angels went on to Sodom.
- Lot met the two men (angels) at the gate of the city and with customary hospitality convinced them to spend the night at his house. “He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old – surrounded the house. They called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.’”
- Even when Lot did the unheard of thing to offer his two virgin daughters to them, they would have nothing to do with them. They wanted the two men and brooked no nonsense from Lot. They were so insistent that they wanted to break down the door. The angels had to pull Lot into the house and they struck the men with blindness. Genesis 19:1-11
- It is obvious that the men of Sodom had no regard for marriage and normal relations between a man and a woman. There were not even 10 righteous people in the whole city who respected God’s decrees.
- So Genesis 19:24-25 tells us, ‘…the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities….’
If God judged the men of Sodom and Gomorrah, He has to judge all who follow their lifestyle.
The alternative: jump ship
- God is not going to change anything He has written. So what is the alternative for the person who wants to inherit eternal life with God? Jump the sinking ship – Satan’s kingdom that will come to an end.
- Remember the verse about the sexually immoral, et cetera? The clincher is, ‘…And that is what some of you were. 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.’ 1 Corinthians 6:11 Man can change with the help of the Holy Spirit.
- God made provision for all people to emigrate from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. There are no limitations because God accepts anyone who is willing to do it His way. Each person decides for him/herself, because we all have free will.
- “…Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God. ‘The time has come,’ He said. ‘The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News.’” Mark 1:15
- ‘From one man He [God] made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…but now He commands people everywhere to repent.’ Acts 17:26-27,30
Repentance means a change of mind. You understand that you are on the wrong road, stuck in the kingdom of darkness. That is when you realise that you sin against the Holy God. Yet His Son, Jesus, gave His life on the Cross to redeem us (buy us out of the devil’s kingdom) and forgive our sins. He paid the penalty for our sins, and we can receive God’s pardon.
Because we have been made holy through the forgiveness of our sins, we can receive the Holy Spirit. He is the Counsellor, the Guide, the Teacher. He teaches us and helps us to keep God’s holy law. We cannot make it without Him. Scripture tells us how important the Holy Spirit is, ‘You, however, are not controlled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ Romans 8:9
The Spirit helps us to, ‘Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to [our] earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.’ Colossians 3:5