Dear Jonah & all supporters of same-sex marriage,
The true Church of God does not interact with perceived human sexuality, or live by the law of the sinful flesh, but lives through the divine power of God through Jesus Christ.
This is why the Bible teaches:
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” - John 1:12-13.
A Christian is born again by a power outside of him or herself, and becomes dead to their own feelings. They live by the regenerating power of God.
- Jesus did, and does through His people, reach all humanity to meet them where they are. And His purpose for this - to reach all men and set them free with the Gospel:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” - Luke 4:18
- The Gospel, which is a knowledge of God’s glory, or character, teaches us that Christ as the Creator is a Saviour who destroys the death and evil that Satan “the god of this world” has bound men to.
The Gospel teaches that instead of death and evil, Jesus imparts through the light and power of His word eternal life and goodness to those who trust in Him:
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-7
How is the Gospel effective? Through divine power (excellency of the power) working through individuals.
But the Bible clearly teaches though that the excellent power of God is not revealed through any and anyone. It is only revealed through His faithful ones.
- The excellency of power in Christ.
“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” - Acts 5:32
“And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law.” - Romans 2:18
Read 2 Corinthians 3.
The things that are excellent are found in the law of God, and those that live by the law do so by the power of the glory that excelleth in them, which is the personal presence of God, His Holy Spirit, in them.
Thus it is by Spirit filled obedience that a Christian has power and influence in this world for good.
The HOLY SPIRIT IS ONLY GIVEN TO THOSE THAT OBEY GOD.
Read the Chapter 12 in the Great Controversy. The French Revolution is a history lesson to the world declaring what happens when Biblical marriage is set aside for marriage between any two people, and when men disobey and disregard God completely.
Excellency of divine power certainly does not come through same-sex union as professed Christians. The divine presence will never be seen or imparted in its fullness in those who disobey God. Godly spiritual power increases with obedience, it decreases through disobedience.
Thus same sex-unions do not bring good, but evil into society. They do not bring the influence of divine power into the Christians life, but satanic power, as same-sex unions come from Satan not from the Lord. (Inappropriate - excessively judgmental. - webEd)
And so this is why God’s church should never sanction same sex lifestyles as
they do not uplift but destroy society.
Who can name a society historically that grew morally, socially, and politically through same sex relations?
Why did the world need the Bible and the Reformation in order for there to be stability, especially after the Dark Ages?
- Paul declared:
“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” - 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
When the power of God is manifest through the Holy Spirit, it is because men have submitted to what He said through His word, and are allowing Him to work out His power and purpose of love in their lives.
It is also to teach men that they are not to rule or be determined by what other men say, but they are to work and move in His power as declared by His word.
- Christ said that the scriptures testify of Him:
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” - John 5:39
“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” - John 6:68
It is by what the scriptures teach, not what the church, or men, say, that Jesus determines who is a follower of Him.
Eternal life comes through the teachings of Jesus Christ, not by the church or public opinion.
It is by the scriptures that Jesus gives His church instruction for it is by the power of the word of God that the church lives. why? How does man live:
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” - Matthew 4:4.
Thus God’s last day church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is not Catholic - we do not live by the authority of men or by the authority the church.
By faith we live by what the Bible teaches.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”- Romans 10:17
Those who form religious beliefs from public opinions and from church leaders, and who believe that spiritual life can be sustained from satanic teachings rather than what the Bible teaches will be disappointed.
Rather than happiness and freedom from sin, sadness and slavery to wrong habits will be the fruit of it.
It is our choice, which way do we want to live?
(Your post is far too long, judgmental and ill-informed. You would do well to first understand the issues surrounding homosexuality and Christian doctrine before you launch a screed. - webEd)