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A Misguided Methodist & Marriage

December 13th, 2013 1 comment

wesleyI am teaching a college course in our ROAR Bible College entitled, The Consequences of Ideas, in which we highlight the power of ideas in shaping the world around us. The thesis of the course can be boiled down to this one simple truth: When our ideas mirror God’s, the result is great blessing both for the individual and society. Conversely, when our culture is built upon lies, people suffer.

Just this week, we highlighted the powerful impact of John Wesley’s ministry upon a sin-ravaged and morally bankrupt Britain during the mid-eighteenth century. In just two centuries after the Reformation, Britain had become a cesspool of corruption. Family breakdown, child abuse, alcoholism, pornography, public lewdness and perverse forms of entertainment had become the norm. The misery level was at an all-time high.

It was through the powerful, prophetic preaching of John Wesley, who called the people to repent of their sin and to turn to God, which helped to bring about one of the greatest cultural awakenings in history.

Perhaps this is why the news of a leading Indiana Methodist Bishop’s lack of support for the Marriage Amendment (HJR6) is so disturbing, and frankly, so “un-Wesley!” Wesley’s whole ministry was built upon the firm conviction that individual redemption leads to social regeneration. He believed the gospel not only transforms individuals, it also gives us firm principles for building healthy nations and a common social life under God. While he steadfastly loved his enemies, he never shirked from his God-given mandate to call his nation to return to the Lord. While history reveals that Wesley’s own marriage was in dire need of a tune-up, he nevertheless would have recognized same-sex marriage for what it truly is: a perverse, counterfeit and a direct assault upon God’s revealed design for healthy marriages and families.

William Wilberforce, a disciple of Wesley, understood the role of Christ’s Church in promoting biblical morality for the glory of God and the good of the people. His twin callings, “the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners” helped to end the oppression of slavery and the reform the moral climate of Britain’s culture. Wesley’s ministry and message spawned a whole generation of reformers. May that legacy continue among the faithful Methodists of our day.

Marriage & the Public Good

January 16th, 2013 1 comment

Over fifty scholars from the fields of history, economics, psychiatry, law, sociology, and philosophy have released a major paper entitled, “Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles.”

Noted university scholars from across America began discussions on the subject of marriage in the winter of 2004 under the sponsorship of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey. Here are the “Princeton Principles,” resulting from these discussions:

1. Marriage is a personal union, intended for the whole of life, of husband and wife.

2. Marriage is a profound human good, elevating and perfecting our social and sexual nature.

3. Ordinarily, both men and women who marry are better off as a result.

4. Marriage protects and promotes the well-being of children.

5. Marriage sustains civil society and promotes the common good.

6. Marriage is a wealth-creating institution, increasing human and social capital.

7. When marriage weakens, the equality gap widens, as children suffer from the disadvantages of growing up in homes without committed mothers and fathers.

8. A functioning marriage culture serves to protect political liberty and foster limited government.

9. The laws that govern marriage matter significantly.

10. “Civil marriage” and “religious marriage” cannot be rigidly or completely divorced from one another.

The paper asserts that “a marriage culture cannot flourish in a society whose primary institutions – universities, courts, legislatures, religions – not only fail to defend marriage but actually undermine it both conceptually and in practice.” Please see www.princetonprinciples.org to download the complete document.

Stand for Marriage – Honor the Law

February 24th, 2011 No comments

Yesterday, President Obama did something that is unprecedented, unbelievable and un-American. He instructed our Department of Justice to completely ignore the law of the land, specifically The Defense of Marriage Act. This piece of legislation was overwhelmingly supported by the American people and by Congress and became law in 1996 during the Clinton administration.

As law, DOMA does two very important things: First of all, it protects each state from being forced to honor marriage policies from another state, particularly those who have attempted to re-define marriage. Additionally, DOMA defines marriage as only between a man and a woman (I know…who would have dreamed marriage needed a definition).

President Obama “opposes DOMA and believes it should be repealed.” That’s fine. He is entitled to his opinion, however, he does not have the authority to unilaterally make laws or disregard laws that have been enacted by Congress. In fact, the President took an oath where he promised to uphold the Constitution and to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

So what can we do? What must we do?

We must call on Congress to remind the President of his reckless and illegal behavior and force him to do the job He swore on oath before GOD and the American people to perform.

I urge you to pick up your phone immediately and call your U.S. Representative at the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Express your outrage over this incident!

Then forward this blog to as many people as you can. Our liberty depends upon it!