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By: Bryan Schrank
One of the benefits from the Supreme Courts ruling is clear for Christians in this country.
The lines have been drawn in the sand.
Either you are for Biblical Marriage, or you are for the Satanic redefinition of marriage, it's really that simple. This issue will further separate the wheat from the tares and the sheep from the goats. We've already seen many mainline denominational churches apostatize on this issue. These include:
-Evangelical Lutheran Churches
-Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
-Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
These denominations represent millions of Americans. The United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in America (7 million), is also close to caving on this issue. If you are a member of one of these denominations, prayerfully pull your family out and find a Biblical church rooted and grounded in scripture.
Why is marriage such a primary issue? Because marriage is a picture of Christ's relationship with His Bride, the Church. This was an institution God gave mankind even before the fall, in the garden of Eden. Marriage has many beautiful benefits, including the procreation of Godly seed, and this is also why God hates divorce (read Malachi 2:15-16).
If you are a professing Christian, and if you applaud and approve homosexuality, you have denied the faith and you are a heretic. I understand this is "aggressive language," but I must speak the truth. You are in danger of bringing upon yourself swifter judgment and damnation in hell, as God pours out His wrath upon you for all of eternity because you have rejected His Word.
Not only that, but if you intend to encourage your children to engage in homosexuality you are an enemy of your children and you actually hate them. Yes, I said hate them. The homosexual lifestyle is a dangerous lifestyle full of drugs & alcohol, promiscuous sex, STD's abuse, suicide, and life expectancy rates considerably lower (8-20 years for males) than the rest of the general population.
But there is hope! Repent, which means to be sorry for your sin and to hate and forsake it, because it's displeasing to God, and throw yourself upon the mercies of Jesus Christ! Place your faith and trust in Him alone for the salvation of your soul! Jesus Christ is such a mighty Savior! He can set you free from sin and wash you white as snow! Surrender to His Lordship and He will make you a "new creation" and His Holy Spirit will give you the grace and ability to "put to death the deeds of the flesh" (Colossians 3:5) and to "live in the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 8:11).
Saints, I beseech you, train up you children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Teach them the scriptures. Pray with them daily. Sing worship songs with them. Turn your home into a little church and discipleship school. Let your home be as Charles Spurgeon described, "When home is ruled according to God's Word, angels might be asked to stay with us, and they would not find themselves out of their element." Here are some other quotes on family discipleship that will help you "fan the flame" of discipleship in your home.
“They that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all.” -Matthew Henry
“Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church. -Jonathan Edwards
"If we want to bring up a godly family, who shall be a seed to serve God when are heads are under the clods of the valley, let us seek to train them up in the fear of God by meeting together as a family for worship." -Charles Spurgeon