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It's All in Genesis


Blog title card; topic is what the Bible says about LGBTQ
It's All in Genesis

Americans have changed their convictions on sexual morality over the last 50 years. That statement is unsurprising to anyone who has paid attention to culture over at least the last 20 years. People who have not been alive long enough to remember the Sexual Revolution nevertheless can extrapolate back in time and understand how the United States has experienced a moral shift. Studies of Americans’ views on specific issues like homosexuality or transgenderism bear this out. The wave of government-mandated acceptance has been so strong that some may even see condemning the broad range of LGBTQ as redundant. After all, there is a seemingly constant supply of fresh examples to comment on.


Short of a national revival or a powerful national leader, America will ride the rainbow wave until it crashes against the rocks of God’s judgment. However, Christians need to be prepared for the next issue for the perverse surge to wash over. Specifically, God’s people need to be equipped to confront LGBTQ influence in places that seem, at the moment, to be solidly Christian. The battle will come to churches, schools, colleges, camps, and seminaries. In some places the homo-soldiers have already arrived.


Though the LGBTQ issue seems biblically simple—and it is—the false teachers who promote it twist Scripture into knots to promote their evil philosophies. As Paul says, “they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:18). Arguments like “Jesus never addressed homosexuality” or “the Bible doesn’t condemn monogamous same-sex relationships” or “God loves people the way they are” are examples of fair words with evil meanings.


How can faithful Christians prepare for the pseudo-Christian rainbow confusion? Genesis 1:27-28 is a great place to start. These two verses, with commentary from Genesis 2:18-24, establish God’s pattern from the very beginning, and thus condemn every aspect of sexual sin, including the perverseness that is not yet mainstream.


That God created male and female, man and woman (according to Genesis 2:23), and husband and wife means that any kind of same-sex arrangement is contrary to God’s design. Additionally, men and women were designed to marry and procreate—to “be fruitful and multiply.” Same-sex unions fundamentally cannot do that; gay men cannot raise children without resorting to a third person, a surrogate. Genesis 1:27-28 is clear: God created the first man and women and told them to be fruitful. Surrogate pregnancies, then, also violate God’s design by introducing another. person.


God’s command to be fruitful and multiply also excludes any sort of transsexual perversion. God created Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply each according to his created gender. A man who transitions to a female persona is purposefully leaving behind his sexual role. He is unable, even with surgery, to fulfill the female command to be fruitful and multiply, and thus is sinning against God. Likewise, that God created the first man and the first woman to reproduce means that gender and sexuality are inseparable. Gender cannot be fluid, it cannot be plural, it cannot be experimental, and it cannot be abstract. God created only the two genders, and He assigned them at the moment of creation for the purpose of marriage and procreation. There is no room for fluidity in that divine arrangement, nor is there room to separate sexuality and gender design.


That God created man and woman each for their role also means that men and women have an obligation to operate within the divine and cultural parameters for their gender. A woman has the responsibility before God to conduct herself in a way that is unambiguously feminine. By God’s design, Eve was both immediately identified as “not man” by Adam and a suitable, necessary helper to him (Genesis 2:19). Men, likewise, are to be identifiable as men.


Before the final observation, it is necessary to briefly touch on issues that should not be necessary to address. There are corruptions—like pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, or objectophilia—that a perverse culture has yet to discover or pursue. The more decadent the corruption, the more obviously it is outside the boundaries of God’s Word. Now for the final observation. Procreation is a fundamental part of God’s design for sexuality. This does not mean that infertility is a sin like sexual transgressions are; God both opens (Genesis 30:22) and closes (1 Samuel 1:6) the womb. However, intentional infertility like in the DINK trends disregard God’s design stated in Genesis 1:28.


It is possible to produce other arguments for God’s good sexual design from other parts of Scripture. At the same time, Jesus (Matthew 19:3-6) and Paul (1 Corinthians 11:7-9; 1Timothy 2:12-15) both justify Christian practice from the creation design of Genesis 1-2. False teachers, and their deceived students, cannot contradict what God clearly intended to be authoritative. Regardless of the direction culture travels and the inroads it makes into the church, faithful Christians can stand confidently on what God has said from the very beginning.

 

The above article was written by Jonathan Kyser. He is a pastoral assistant at NorthStone Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. To offer him your feedback, comment below or email us at strengthforlife461@gmail.com.


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