The most powerful weapon of the enemy is his ability to change the definition or meaning of things. However, no matter how successful he seems in the short run, he can never succeed in changing the truth.
God says “You may eat from any tree in the garden. But you must not eat from the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil. If you eat fruit from that tree, on that day you will certainly die!” (Gen 2:16-17)
Satan says “Woman, did God really tell you that you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Gen 3:1)
And thus the lie began. From that moment in time, the most powerful strategy of the enemy was to convince us of ever changing definitions. We see this throughout the New Testament.
- Satan twits scripture while trying to tempt Jesus
“God will command his angels to help you, and their hands will catch you, so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.” (Matt 4:6)
- Pharisees twist scripture to try to trap Jesus
“Then why did Moses give a command allowing a man to divorce his wife by writing a certificate of divorce” (Matt 19:7)
- Church leaders twist scripture and Paul has to combat false teaching
“You were doing so well. Who caused you to stop following the truth? It certainly wasn’t the one who chose you. Be careful! “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.” I trust in the Lord that you will not believe those different ideas. Someone is trying to confuse you. Whoever it is will be punished.” (Gal 5:7)
In our own time, this has continued.
ProLifers say abortion is killing a baby.
ProAbortionists say we’re not pro abortion, we are ‘pro choice’ (the choice of the mother).
The constitution says we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Progressives say we have the right to happiness and that it should be provided to us by the government.
God says “This is my promise to you: All life on the earth was destroyed by the flood. But that will never happen again. A flood will never again destroy all life on the earth.” And God said, “I will give you something to prove that I made this promise to you. It will continue forever to show that I have made an agreement with you and every living thing on earth. I am putting a rainbow in the clouds as proof of the agreement between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, you will see the rainbow in the clouds. When I see this rainbow, I will remember the agreement between me and you and every living thing on the earth. This agreement says that a flood will never again destroy all life on the earth. When I look and see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the agreement that continues forever. I will remember the agreement between me and every living thing on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This rainbow is proof of the agreement that I made with all living things on earth. ” (Gen 9:11-17)
Gay pride says the rainbow is a symbol of the diverse group of people that are part of the LGBTQ community.
And now we come to the most recent change in definition, around the issue of homosexual marriage.
The Christian argument has never attempted to make this behavior illegal, but we have fought to keep the right to not accept this behavior as normal. We have argued that premarital sex is not acceptable but culture has said otherwise. Many churches will not allow people opening engaged in premarital sex, into leadership positions. Even though this behavior is legal, churches have had the right to say, we don’t allow that in our leadership. Sure, you can come worship with us, you can be our friends, you can come to our events… but you can not lead and teach our people. Although this could be seen as a form of discrimination, there has never been a battle there because there is no hidden agenda.
Now the homosexual behavior falls into the same category. Homosexuals are certainly allowed to worship with us, be friends with us, be part of our congregation. But at that same time, we do not endorse their behavior. That means we do not participate or support their weddings, do not allow them to become leaders in our churches… so long as they participate in this lifestyle.
There is a common phrase that God loves the sinner and hates the sin. The best scripture to see this in action is John 8. The Jewish leaders had caught a woman in adultery (of course nothing is mentioned about the man who would also be guilty). Jesus said, “Anyone here who has never sinned should throw the first stone at her.” (John 8:7) Of course none of them or us is without sin so we cannot throw the stone. But the most important part of this passage is not that we should not judge since we all have sin… it’s the end of the passage when nobody has thrown the stone. Jesus says to the woman, “I don’t judge you either. You can go now, but don’t sin again.” (John 8:11)
Jesus loved the woman but hated her behavior. He is not telling her to live a sin free life since that is not possible. But He IS telling her to no longer live a sinful lifestyle. Having sin in your life is normal, we ALL do. But choosing to continue a sin and call it normal and acceptable is choosing a sinful lifestyle… making that lifestyle more important than Jesus. Lifting that lifestyle up and placing it (or the rainbow flag symbol) on a pedestal is the same as worshiping that lifestyle. That lifestyle has become a false god and that is the first commandment, “You must not worship any other gods except me” (Exod 20:3)
Despite the change in definitions through culture or the Supreme Court, the truth remains. God gave marriage between one man and one woman. Male and Female were created in God imaged and united into one…
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image… in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:26-27)
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen 2:24)
This truth will never change.