(Tedd Mathis) My prayer is you read this in accordance with Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Here’s what threatens to take us captive: Since the mid 1970’s there has been a concerted effort to teach the world that being ‘gay’ (or LGBTQ+) is an essential definer of some people….
This truth claim wants us to believe that same sex attraction (SSA) or transgenderism is part of a person’s fundamental humanity. That’s just who they are. Therefore, to call them to repentance and flee to Christ for forgiveness and put to death the deeds of their body is like calling someone to repent for being right-handed. This view is now being argued for in the name of Christ (https://revoice.us , http://www.matthewvines.com/ ; https://www.qchristian.org/ )
The Standard God Has Given Us
Here’s the standard for sexuality and sex according to Christ:
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, 8 and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” – Mark 10:1-12
Our Lord’s standard comes from Genesis 1-2. It is what God decreed from the beginning. God made males in His image. God made females in His image. This divine blessing of maleness and femaleness comes with a commission: be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with more image bearers (Genesis 1: 28). This commission is to be fulfilled in the union between one man and one woman. There is to be a sacred solidarity that comes with this union. A husband is to sexually desire and enjoy his wife alone and she respond solely to him. They are to become one flesh, and neither of them, nor anyone or anything else is to defy, defile or divide this blessed union.
That’s why the Holy Spirit declares in Hebrews 13:4 — Marriage is to be held in honor (counted precious) among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.