NOTE: The Valley Log refused to publish this article as well.
Our pastor has been writing newspaper articles for our local newspaper, The Valley Log, for around 17 years now. There will be no more articles listed in this column because he is no longer writing for the newspaper, which is now hooked up with the Daily News in Huntingdon. The reason given was that his articles were “dividing”. They said his articles were not on topics “suited for their readers”. He was told that it was “the hope of the management that this column would enlighten people and offer them a thoughtful approach to religion, but that it was not meant to be controversial.” So, they were in essence telling him that they would not print anything that was offensive or not politically correct, or controversial. So, he felt it was a waste of his time to try to continue to write under those guidelines. Since he was not given a final column to say goodbye to his readers, or to thank them for reading all those years, or to explain why he would no longer be writing, may this serve as an explanation as to why he is no longer writing. If you know someone who is wondering why his articles no longer appear there, please pass this information on to them.
The oldest institution in the world is the institution of marriage. The institution of marriage is the foundation of our society. It was God’s idea and He officiated at the first wedding ceremony when He joined Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In God’s eyes marriage is a holy estate. It is not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. Hebrews 13:4 declares that “marriage is honorable in all.” Webster defines marriage as, “The institution whereby men and women are joined together in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family.” Marriage can be very special. It can be a wonderful experience if you find the right person to share your life with, and if you both stay true to the vows you make to each other. But our divorce courts are filled with those who made promises to their mate before God and then didn’t fulfill those promises. What a shame it is to see so many in our society ignoring God’s commands, shunning the institution of marriage, only to live together instead. I’m sure the frequency of divorce today has something to do with that, but that cannot be used as an excuse for living in sin. In many people’s eyes today, marriage has become archaic, outdated, even, old fashioned. But that is not true in God’s eyes. He considers it anything but archaic. He still looks at every kind of sexual relations with someone outside the bounds of marriage as sin. To say you love them is not enough in itself. If so, then prove it by committing your life to the one you say you love and get married! In recent years a new way of corrupting God’s institution of marriage has crept onto the scene. It is called a “gay wedding”. But go back to Webster’s definition of what a marriage is. Two men, or two women, cannot found a family, so a so-called “gay wedding” goes completely against the very definition of what a real marriage is! And in God’s eyes and according to Webster’s definition of marriage, you cannot have a marriage unless you have a man and a woman participating. Two men or two women will not suffice. Leviticus 18:22 and other scriptures clearly identify the homosexual act as “an abomination” in God’s eyes. If the homosexual act by itself is considered “an abomination” to Almighty God, then a so-called “gay wedding” , which also perverts God’s institution of marriage in the process, certainly must be angering God greatly! The argument will often be given that if two people love each other why should we Christians be concerned about what they do. My concern is over the fact that this is a terrible perversion of what the Bible says that real love and marriage actually is! If two men or two women choose to live together don’t pervert God’s holy institution of marriage by calling that a marriage! And what are we saying to the younger generation if they get used to calling such a union a marriage? I, like most of you reading this, either have friends or loved ones right now, or have had them, who are either living together outside the bounds of marriage or are considering a so-called “gay wedding”. Under no circumstances can we allow our love for them to give them the impression that we approve of what they are doing. But what chance will we ever have of reaching them down the road for Christ if we show hatred toward them instead of love? As a pastor, a friend, or as a loved one I have tried to get it across to these I have dealt with that I still love them, but that I detest what they are doing. This is God’s way; loving the sinner, but hating the sin. And this is not my opinion calling these things sin—sin is still defined in God’s eyes by what the Bible teaches. But who goes by that anymore? I’ll give you a hint—even if nobody you know goes by what the Bible says these days, God still does! Galatians 6:7-8 clearly says: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 5:19-21 gives us a list of things called “works of the flesh”. Among them are things like, “Adultery” , which is to have voluntary sex with someone besides your spouse; “fornication” , which is any kind of sexual relations other than between a man and his wife; and “uncleanness” , which is moral impurity. Actually, these are the first three on the list! Paul concludes the list by saying, “They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Don’t deceive yourself and think you can live this way and still go to heaven!