Sunday, October 11, 2020

Christian Politics – Part 9: Marriage

 

Christian Politics –

Part 9: Marriage

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

 

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the following issues and shown where the bible stands.

Ø  Jesus, if a U.S. Citizen, would vote in elections to fulfill citizenship duties

Ø  What about the matters of life and death?

o   Healthcare – Miracles, modern medicine & personal control over decisions (not government/insurance/doctor control)

 

o   Suicide & Euthanasia – for reasons other than defense of self, family, property or country, the intentional killing of one’s self, or another is murder, and wrong according to God.

 

o   Abortion & Stem Cells – Abortion too is the intentional killing of an innocent, and considered murder since scripture show that life truly begins at the moment of conception when God begins to knit you in the womb where He also names you.

Ø  Crime and punishment and how the Lord would approve of the death penalty for certain offenses

Ø  War, defense, and national security

Ø  Guns and matters of defense

Ø  Immigration and matters of national security

 

Ø  Marriage

 

 

Ø  Education

Ø  Economy, budget, trade, campaign finances

Ø  Green Values

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Matthew 19:3-12

 

“Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

 

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

 

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

 

8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

 

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

 

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

 

                  I.            WHAT IS BIBLICAL MARRIAGE?

a.      What does the bible say marriage IS?

                                                                         i.      Jesus defines marriage to the Pharisees in Matthew 19

1.      In the beginning the Creator made them male and female

2.      For this reason [Marriage]

3.      A man will leave his father and mother (still living at home)

4.      And be united (physically, emotionally, living together, consummating) and the TWO will become ONE flesh.

5.      Therefore (because of marriage) what God has joined together let no man separate

 

                                                                      ii.      The takeaway

1.      God made male and female so they could marry and consummate (have sexual relations in marriage)

2.      Men and women live at home until they marry

3.      Once they move in together they become one

4.      God has to “join” them together

 

                                                                   iii.      So, the biblical principal of marriage given to us by Jesus states that a man and woman are brought together by God and become one in their new home and life.

 

 

b.     What about the church service and the vows and stuff?

                                                                         i.      Well, we made most of it up and it is not biblical.

1.      We see celebrations for marriages

2.      This was in part to make public the fact that two were becoming one and no longer available (why marriages today are posted in the paper)

3.      There were marriage contracts (testaments) writ to make legally binding, but this too was man-made, and not scriptural or required by God.

 

                                                                      ii.      But what about vows, or having preachers officiate, or rituals, or prayers or license and registration?

1.      Nope. None of it is biblical.

2.      We made it up.

 

 

c.      Are you sure?

                                                                         i.      Who married Adam and Eve? Were they even married?

1.      Genesis 2:25b “…Adam and his wife…”

a.      So yes, they were married, but how?

2.      Genesis 2:21-25 “the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

 

23 The man said,

 

“This is now bone of my bones

    and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’

    for she was taken out of man.”

 

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

 

25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

a.      Genesis 2:22b states the LORD brought “her” to the “man”

b.     In verse 23 Adam says, “she is NOW bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” In other words, “we are ONE”

c.      In verse 24 states he is united to his wife and they become one flesh.

 

                                                                      ii.      Marriage is NOT a ceremony, a reception, a public notification, or a piece of paper given by the State in which you reside.

 

                                                                   iii.      Marriage defined by Jesus in Matthew 19 IS

1.      A male and female the LORD has brought together

2.      They agree to be ONE

3.      They live together and consummate the relationship

4.      They do not break that covenant made between them and the LORD

 

 

d.     In scripture we see

                                                                         i.      Many examples of God bringing people together for marriage

                                                                      ii.      We also see polygamy of patriarchs and kings, men and women not treating each other with integrity, honor or love as God intended, and sin marring the goodness of marriage.

                                                                   iii.      However, it does not destroy the truth of the LORD’s teaching on marriage

                                                                    iv.      What about sins like cheating, polygamy, divorce, etc.?

 

               II.            WHAT IS AND IS NOT ALLOWED?

a.      The Pharisees tried tricking Jesus with a question about divorce

                                                                         i.      Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every (any) reason?”

 

                                                                      ii.      The LORD answers by first quoting Genesis

1.      Matthew 19:4-6Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

 

                                                                   iii.      Then the Pharisees spring their trap, “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

1.      Jesus then gives the reasons and allowances for divorce

a.      Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard.

                                                                                                                                                 i.      Ephesians 4:18 “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”

                                                                                                                                              ii.      Hebrews 3:8 “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion…”

                                                                                                                                           iii.      Ezekiel 36:26 “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

                                                                                                                                            iv.      Hardened heart means unsaved, rebellious towards God. They were allowed to divorce because they were not living for the LORD and were not loving their wives as they ought.

 

 

b.     But it was not this way from the beginning.

                                                                                                                                                 i.      In the beginning we were not rebellious of God, and a man and woman were meant to be one flesh, brought together by the LORD and never to separate.

 

 

c.      I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.

                                                                                                                                                 i.      The word translated into “sexual immorality” here is PORNIA

1.      Where we get the word Porn from

                                                                                                                                              ii.      Jesus states that you may ONLY divorce under the condition that one is committing Pornia

                                                                                                                                           iii.      If pornia is NOT being committed and you divorce, then you are committing adultery

                                                                                                                                            iv.      Adultery is the act of “becoming one” in residence, emotionally, physically, sexually with anyone OTHER than your spouse.

                                                                                                                                               v.      So, what exactly IS pornia?

 

b.     Pornia and divorce

                                                                         i.      Pornia is translated as “fornication”, “sexual immorality”, “spiritual immorality” by implication or figurative

                                                                      ii.       It is used as fornication, whoredom, idolatry, adultery, immorality, encounter, to join, worship of idols

                                                                   iii.      It comes from the word Pornao, meaning to sell off, or surrender willfully, sexual purity, spiritual purity, to be promiscuous or marital unfaithfulness.

                                                                    iv.      It is the defilement of oneself in breaking a covenant (with the LORD)

                                                                       v.      Remember, marriage is a covenant between you and your spouse and God.

                                                                    vi.      So, Jesus is saying if you are married and your spouse breaks that covenant in the way of pornia, you may divorce because the spouse has already broken and nullified the covenant with the LORD.

1.      But if you leave for reasons other than Pornia, such as the Pharisees implied (any reason), such as your spouse got fat, you don’t like them anymore, you’re bored with them, you like someone else you met, etc., then you would be committing adultery.

 

 

c.      Biblical Marriage according to the LORD

                                                                         i.      A man and woman brought together by the LORD (Gen 2:22; Mat 19:6)

                                                                      ii.      They become ONE FLESH (living together, becoming one emotionally, physically)

                                                                   iii.      The two of them have a covenant with the LORD

                                                                    iv.      They do not divorce, or commit pornia, thus breaking the covenant

 

            III.            WHY DOES IT MATTER TO GOD?

a.      What marriage represents

                                                                         i.      We are created in God’s Image Genesis 1:27-28

                                                                      ii.      We are created in part to be united (male, female, God)

                                                                   iii.      Ephesians 5:25 “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her."

                                                                    iv.      Marriage is symbolic of the unity of Christ and the church in covenant with God

1.      This is why we “become one”

2.      This is why God hates divorce

3.      This is why divorce is granted for pornia, breaking of covenant with God

4.      This is why it is man and woman, symbolic of Christ and church

 

 

b.     The LORD, marriage and communion

                                                                         i.      Tradition in Jesus’ time had a man and woman who believed the LORD brought them together, sit a write a covenant contract written by the bridegrooms’ father. If the bride accepted the contract, she would drink from the cup and it was done.

                                                                      ii.      Jesus used this to show the disciples what the New Covenant and Salvation through Christ meant.

1.      The bridegroom is Christ (Revelation 18:23)

2.      We, the church is the bride

3.      The contract (covenant) is writ by God the Father

4.      We read (understand) this contract by breaking bread, acknowledging that Christ’s body was broken as a substitutional sacrifice for us, and we outwardly express our understanding of the contract (New Covenant) by eating the bread, and fully except this covenant with the LORD by drinking of the cup just as the bride does.

 

 

c.      Can we change what the LORD says IS marriage?

                                                                         i.       Well, there was celebrations of marriages in scripture so receptions don’t really change what the LORD teaches.

                                                                      ii.      There were “legal” documents (covenants writ proposing marriage) in Jesus’ time, and He didn’t denounce them, in fact used them as example of the New Covenant. So, nothing really changed there.

                                                                   iii.      What about a ceremony? Well, a public announcement of marriage was the purpose of the reception, but if you want to stand in front of them first and give public vows to the LORD and your spouse, there is nothing there changing what Jesus says IS a marriage.

                                                                    iv.      What about voting?

We simply need to ask ourselves; does it contradict what Jesus says a marriage is?

Jesus says marriage IS;

·        In the beginning it was established

·        ONE Man and ONE woman brought together by the LORD

·        United emotionally, spiritually, physically

·        In covenant together with the LORD

Is polygamy OK? Jesus said it was established in the beginning, Adam and Eve. One man, one woman. It is symbolic of the union between Christ and the church. There is only ONE God and ONE church. You either belong to the LORD or you don’t.

Is every marriage that is legal by the state a real marriage? Jesus said it was established in the beginning, whom the LORD has brought together, let no man separate. It has NOTHING to do with laws of man or the land.

What about gay marriage? Jesus said, it was established in the beginning, one man and one woman whom the LORD has brought together. If anything changes what has been established in the beginning, or is against scripture or sinful, it will not meet Jesus’ criteria.

            Homosexuality is sin, therefore would not be “brought together” by the LORD

            Homosexuality removes the rule, one man and one woman, therefore would not be “brought together” by the LORD

            Because the LORD would not cause man to sin, and did NOT bring these together, they will never be recognized by God as married, regardless of the “laws of the land”.

But what if a Gay person wants to be a Christian? If they are not “living” the sin that tempts them, they can be. We all have temptations, which do not become sin unless committed. A person who is tempted by a gay lifestyle, or a person who is tempted by polygamy or cheating, may want to avoid marriage.

The disciples asked Jesus about this when He talked about marriage in Matthew 19

Matthew 19:9-12 “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

There are situations (even born this way) that would cause Jesus’ biblical definition of marriage to be broken, and Jesus’ answer to those who cannot “accept this word” about biblical marriage should live like a eunich for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In other words, if you cannot live by Jesus’ definition of marriage, then you must live “sexless and marriage less” for the Kingdoms sake, or to be His follower.

What about divorce and remarriage? If a spouse dies, or commits pornia and is divorced in God’s eyes, you may remarry. If God did not bring you together, then your marriage (even if legal through government) was never recognized by God, and therefore null and void.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION – How would Jesus vote on marriage and it’s definition

 

According to scripture I believe Jesus would not vote for a politician who wanted to promote sin in any way, or redefine what Jesus defined as marriage.

 

As far as people who actually marry the same sex, barbie dolls, cars or lamp posts? Jesus still loves them, and so should we!

 

There are many sins in this world keeping us from the LORD, but sin should never keep us from trying to reach and love the sinner.

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK: Part 10 – Education

 

 

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