Gay Marriage – The Wrong Side of History


– Isaiah 5:20. In this particular verse
that was just read, Isaiah is describing one of
the sins that the Jewish people are guilty of that will
ultimately lead to the destruction of the northern kingdom by
the Assyrians in 720 A.D, B.C. rather, and then
later on to the destruction of the southern kingdom by
the Babylonians in 586 B.C.. Now, Isaiah, you know, this
is not the only sin mentioned in the passage, naming good
evil, evil good, so on. That’s not the only sin that he mentions. He also mentions the abuse of alcohol. He mentions immoral revelry, dishonesty, corruption,
arrogance before God. There’s a whole longer list of sins that the nation was guilty of at the time. But these things, you know,
serious enough as they were, in verse 20, Isaiah describes
not just the sinful act but rather, what a sinful
nation had eventually come to. They were so wicked, he
says, and so proud that they celebrated and promoted what
was essentially evil, and they restricted and labeled what
was traditionally good as bad. And so, Isaiah was telling
the people that they had completely reversed the moral order, and that God would punish
them for having done that. It wasn’t simply that they failed to obey or to comply to God’s moral order. I mean, there’s nothing new there. People have always failed in this regard. What was new was the attempt
to actually change the order itself so that sinfulness
was now considered acceptable and holiness and faith and
obedience were to be rejected. So Isaiah was warning them
that once they headed down this road, the only result
would be destruction, destruction because if they
completely rejected God’s moral order and then created one
of their own, they would no longer be of any use to
Him as His chosen people. Trying but failing to obey God’s commands, this left them depending
on God’s mercy and strength for life and salvation, and you know what? That was acceptable to God. It’s acceptable to Him that we try and fail and we depend on Him. He’ll work with us there. But making up and
following their own laws, making up and following
their own framework of morality, would, and,
as history shows, did lead to a complete destruction of their nation. You know, we don’t use that term anymore, call evil good and good evil. You know, you won’t see that anywhere. You don’t see that in the newspaper. You’ll hear a preacher saying it, but you won’t see that term anymore. Today, we have more subtle
ways of deconstructing the moral order set by God in this world. We say things like, well,
love is what matters. We say things like that. Or every lifestyle deserves
respect, or we must guarantee everyone’s rights, or gender
equality, marriage equality, a woman’s right to choose,
and my personal favorite, you don’t want to be on the
wrong side of history, do you? Yeah, that’s my favorite. Now, don’t get me wrong. The terms that I’ve just said
are legitimate in themselves. I mean, love does matter, of
course it does, and we must respect everyone, and this idea
is often guaranteed by law. But these terms have been
hijacked by godless ideologues who use them to recreate the
moral order of our nation into something that would
have been unrecognizable to most Americans 75 years ago and contrary to God’s
word in any generation. I don’t need to drag out a
laundry list of social ills that plague our nation to make my point. One example can serve to
represent the entire set. Recently, the Supreme Court,
in a five-four decision, made marriage between two men or two women the law in all 50 states. Now, I don’t have time to list
all of the twisted arguments, political pressure, and likely
fallout from this ruling. You know, I’ve got 30 minutes here. Suffice to say that American
society, groomed by decades of morally decadent entertainment,
misinformed by a secular news media and educational
system, and brainwashed by a wealthy and politically
well-connected gay lobby actually bought into the
ridiculous, and I use the word ridiculous premise that
two men or two women should be able to marry each
other with all the rights and privileges that
heterosexual couples have. Now, I say ridiculous
because the one basis that all cultures and all
religions throughout history have agreed on is that marriage
is the best environment or relationship to have
in order to have children. I say ridiculous, because this is the only thing that gay couple cannot do. I mean they can marry, legally now. They can have sex. They can build a beautiful house. They can live together
for a hundred years. Yes, they can even love
each other, but they cannot produce a child, which
is the essential human moral social reason for
marriage in the first place. Ridiculous. I could say immoral, I
could say unbiblical, I could say unchristian, and
I could defend each argument, but I say ridiculous because
gay marriage should never, never have passed this very
lowest bar of credibility. Talk about a low bar. You two people, you want to get married? Uh-huh? Can you have babies? No. Here’s your marriage certificate. But five lawyers, five lawyers, who embody the entire social and intellectual waste of this generation’s foolish thinking, have decided among themselves
to change the moral order set by God and followed by all
men for thousands of years. You know, Isaiah spoke
of these when he said woe to those who are
wise in their own eyes and clever in their own
sight, Isaiah five verse 21. These three women and two
men on the Supreme Court have now enshrined in law a
new standard for what is right and what is wrong when it
comes not only to marriage but also sexual expression as well, enshrined it into the law of our land. Brothers and sisters, I’m
not one to predict the end of this nation or this time,
you know, I’m no prophet. God decides these things. But when I saw a picture
of the White House lit up in the rainbow colors
of the gay pride movement on the front page of
the USA Today newspaper, I knew that something
profound had taken place in our country, and there’s no
going back to where we were. Now, the proponents of same-sex
marriage, from the president to the judges and most news and
entertainment personalities, they love to warn
Christians that, you know, we’re on the wrong side
of history in this matter. They compare this ruling to
the emancipation of the slaves after the Civil War, or the
right to vote for women. And their argument is that
those who are against same-sex marriage today, well,
they’re like the ones who were for slavery in the
past, or those who didn’t want the women to have the right to vote. You people, you know, you’re
the same as those people. You’re on the wrong side of history. Talk about the wrong side of history. This accusation coming from
people who have ignored and perverted history in order to force their fake civil rights
agenda down the throat of an uninformed and gullible nation. The diabolic cleverness
of their argument is that they are correct in stating the fact that not allowing gay couples
to marry is discrimination. Now, stay with me here. For example, not allowing
marriage between a black person and a white person, yes,
this is discrimination. Or not allowing a woman to
vote because she’s a woman, yes, this is discrimination. And paying a handicapped accountant less money than a
non-handicapped accountant, yes, this is discrimination. So in this sense, they have a correct way to argue their case. For example, if a man and a
woman can marry, well then, it’s discrimination not to let
two men or two women marry. You know, that’s their argument. After all, they are consenting
adults who love each other. Now, don’t get me wrong. I said that they found a correct way to argue their case, an argument based on the principle of
civil and human rights. But you see, the one
problem with this argument, it a false argument. Let me tell you why. Civil or human rights
protection is given to those who are by nature or some
event brought into a certain condition or status, in
other words, a situation or status over which they have no choice. Again, you’re born or you
become handicapped in some way, no choice, or your gender,
or your culture, no choice. These are things you have no control over, and there are legal
protections set in place so that you’re not abused
or discriminated against, just because you’re a woman
or just because you’re black or just because you’re
handicapped in some way. Now, for many years,
homosexuals in this country tried to gain acceptance
for their lifestyle by using the scientific argument that
they were just born that way. You know, it was just genetics. We can’t help it. And they touted research,
usually by gay researchers, that suggested that their might be a link between homosexual behavior and biology. The keywords, maybe, suggests, perhaps. That’s not proof. The problem was that they
never found the genetic silver bullet that proved
that there was a gay gene, and if you had it, you’d automatically be disposed to same-sex attraction. In other words, genetically, you wouldn’t help it, you were gay. Problem was, they could never
find the science to prove it. The strongest argument
against the gay gene theory was the result of the
famous twins research, and here, I’m going to read, quote, from the report on this research, I quote. “Eight major studies of
more than 10,000 sets of identical twins during the
last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion:
gays were not born that way. At best, genetics is a minor factor, says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD in
biochemistry and statistics.” I continue to quote. “Identical twins have
the same genes or DNA, and they are nurtured in
equal prenatal conditions. Therefore, if homosexuality
is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions,
and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.” I mean, they’re identical twins. Blue eyes, blue eyes, blonde
hair, blonde hair, gay, gay. They’re identical, right? “So, if both twins are not gay, then homosexuality cannot
be genetically dictated. The predominant things
that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors. Same-sex attraction,
homosexuality, is caused by non-shared factor
things, things that happen to one twin but not the
other, or a personal response to an event by one of the
twins or not the other.” There’s no answer to that research. There’s no rebuttal to that research. They didn’t study 10 sets of
twins or 15 sets of twins. They studied 10,000 sets of
twins, over a 20-year period. And this is just one of
many scientific studies that concluded that
genetics had very little or no effect on same-sex attraction. The consensus continues to
be that same-sex attraction develops when a person is
exposed to various experiences and situations as they grow up. For example, homes that have no father, or a dominant mother and a weak father, or early exposure to
pornography, especially gay pornography, sexual and physical
abuse is another factor, same-sex experimentation during puberty, sexual confusion and
anxiety, permissive societies that encourage experimentation
in this lifestyle. All of these factors create an environment that encourages same-sex behavior. Now, listen, not everyone who experiences these things becomes gay. But many of these factors are present in the lives of those who
experience same-sex attraction. So, seeing that the scientific
argument was going nowhere, the gay movement switched
tactics, and they began a push to find legitimacy using human
and civil rights arguments. They cast themselves as
victims of discrimination, and they tied their wagon
to the American civil rights movement and pressured government
using this new approach. This is why I say that the
way they argue is effective. I mean, it’s how they
convince the news media and the courts, even the
president and public opinion. But the substance of their argument is false, and here’s why. To achieve the status of a
discriminated against minority, a person has to show that their condition is due to one of three
factors or all three. One, genetics. In other words, it’s your race, your gender, your handicap, whatever. Well, they never proved that. Two, events. In other words, there was
an accident or an injury or a loss of ability, and
three, your condition. In other words, you’re not
just black, but you’re black and poor, or you’re an ex-convict,
or you’re an immigrant. In other words, the situation that you’re in that draws discrimination to you. Well, homosexuals fail to qualify in any of these categories. I mean, homosexuality is
not the result of genetics. This is not just a preacher’s opinion. This is just fact. No one forces one to become gay. It’s a condition that
evolves slowly, mostly based on experience, environment,
and decisions made, and also, gays, they’re not a downtrodden
minority needing protection. I mean, they do and have
wielded more influence than any other group that, at most, I
mean, up ’til five years ago, the last, you know, study,
the census, 2010 I think, they’re still statistically
only two to two and a half percent of the population,
that claim to be gay. What other two percent of
the population of this nation wields as much power as
the gay lobby, to have the president himself leading
the charge for your rights? This is not a downtrodden group of people. So, the point I’m making is
that gays have won a significant legal victory by successfully
using a false argument to make same-sex marriage
possible in all 50 states. So, when they say, you don’t
want to be on the wrong side of history, do you, this is
just shorthand, a shorthand way of tying their cause with
the civil rights movement and casting those who disagree with them as racists or homophobes or prejudiced or narrow-minded relics and dinosaurs. Don’t be fooled by their slippery rhetoric and their false argument. That’s a little bit of history. The big question is, where to now? Now that the ruling of
the court has come down, what do we do? How do we change the ruling? What kind of laws should we
create to protect churches and ministers and Christian
institutions like schools and colleges against
lawsuits and other attacks? I suppose these things
need to be considered, but for most of us Christians
who are not lawyers or responsible for Christian
universities or organizations, what do we do in the face of this change in the moral order of our country? And believe me, this has been
a change in the moral order. I make some suggestions. Number one, stop being surprised
and discouraged at what an unbelieving and unregenerated
world does, for starters. Let’s stop wringing our hands. How could this have happened? How could it not have happened? Listen to what Peter says
in I Peter chapter four. He says therefore, since Christ
has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as
to live the rest of the time in the flesh, no longer
for the lusts of men. Does that sound familiar,
the lusts of men? But for the will of God,
for the time already past is sufficient for you to
have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having
pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness,
carousing, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are
surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you. Does that sound familiar? Could somebody have written
that today, for our generation? Listen to what he says,
and they malign you. You don’t want to be on the
wrong side of history, do you? You don’t want to be
considered a homophobe, do you? From the very beginning, the church has been at
odds with the world. Peter is reminding his
readers of the status quo that existed then and continues now. What did you think would
happen when the Supreme Court refused to hear or give
credit to any argue for traditional marriage
based on the Bible? Did you know that? If you were a lawyer presenting
a brief to the Supreme Court in defense of traditional
marriage, you could come at it from any perspective, but if
you walked in there and said, well, the Bible says, no, no,
no, we don’t want to hear that. That’s a non-argument. That’s a non-starter. What did you think would
happen, if you couldn’t appeal to the ultimate lawgiver for your case? In this world, there’s only
discouragement and turmoil. Don’t let that reality get you down. Remember what Jesus said
in John 16:33, in the world you have tribulation, but
take courage, He said. I have overcome the world. He didn’t say, but take courage, you have to overcome the world. He said, take courage, because
I have overcome the world. I’ve done it for you. Here’s another suggestion. Stop worrying about the
decline of the world. It’s normal. Brothers and sisters,
stress over the decline of morality and values
and conduct in this world. We worry if our grandchildren
will be able to survive. The moral condition of the
world, it goes up and down. It’s a cycle. There were times that were terrible. How about the time of the Roman Empire. Would you like to live in that time? And how would you like to
live in the Middle Ages? And then there were times,
relatively speaking, that were good, perhaps after
World War II in America. Good times. But the pendulum, you know,
it swings back and forth between these two extremes,
and it’ll continue to do so until Jesus returns. What did He say in
Matthew 24, in verse 36? He says, but of that day
and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of
heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone, for
the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days
of Noah, for as in those days before the flood, they
were eating and drinking and marrying and giving
in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark,
and they did not understand, that’s the key, and
they did not understand until the flood came
and took them all away. So will be the coming of the Son of Man. You see, the thing to be
concerned about is not the condition of an
unbelieving, wicked world. No, the thing to focus on is our own condition, our own readiness. Unlike the world, we know
that Jesus is coming, and we know how to be ready for Him. The Bible has already told us that the world will not be ready. He just said it. They won’t be ready. They’ll be marrying
and giving in marriage, you know, business as usual. And then it’ll be over. So why are we surprised
that the world somehow isn’t getting ready for Christ? Jesus told us they wouldn’t be ready. Just make sure you’re ready. Just make sure you’re ready. Then one last suggestion. You know what I said? Stop being surprised and worried, stop stressing over the decline, and stop trying to fix everything. I mean, there are any
number of organizations that are trying to fix
the environment, the poor, immigrants, the rights of women
and gays and union workers. There’s a whole industry out
there trying to fix everything. I’m not saying that these and other efforts are
wasted or not worthy. I mean Christianity
needs to affect the world in a positive and constructive way. Jesus said we’re the
salt, we’re light, right? But these things don’t achieve
our primary goal as a church, which is the salvation of souls. Jesus didn’t tell us to
go out and fix the world. He told us to go out and call people to come out of the world
and into the kingdom of God, which is the church,
to come out of darkness and go into the kingdom of light. That’s our job. We can’t save the world, in that sense. Is it already set for
destruction when Jesus comes. We can only provide the
means to escape the world, and the sure destruction
that it will suffer through the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s all we can really do for the world. There’s no fixing the world. There’s just coming out of the world. That’s the only thing that can be done. In closing, I’d like to acknowledge that we are on the wrong side of history. When somebody tells me
that, I say, thank you. Appreciate you saying that. Just like Noah, he was on the wrong side of history too, for a hundred years. Just like Jeremiah, you know? For most of his life in ministry, he was on the wrong side of history,
’til the army showed up. And just like Jesus, He was
really on the wrong side of history, for about three
days and three nights. But brothers and sisters, I’d
rather be on the wrong side of history written by man
than the wrong side of God and what is written in His book of life. That’s the right side I want to be on. So let’s not be discouraged, shall we? Let’s not be afraid. This may be a time of testing and pruning for the church, for ourselves. You know what? So what will happen if
the government decides to take away our tax-free status? Come on, can we talk here? What’s going to happen to all of you? Will you still come to church? Will you still put money in the plate, if all of a sudden, you can’t get a tax-free ticket for that? Is that what’s going to drive you away? And let’s not compromise what we know to be true about marriage from God’s word. You know, I really wouldn’t
want to go to jail. I really wouldn’t. But I will not sustain the lie that is being foisted upon our nation. It’s wrong, it’s a lie, it’s of the devil. We need to find ways to articulate this without being mean spirited. You know, a lot of what
turns people against us is not simply our Bible teaching. Many times, it’s this
kind of self-righteous, mean spirited attitude. We can do without that. A lot of times, homosexuals
can’t see Christ in us, and so it makes it easy
for them to reject him because of us, and they
so need him, so badly. I’ve known men, women who were gay, and I want to tell you,
nobody, nobody, nobody ever kind of begins having the feelings that they’re attracted to
the same sex, you know, like all of the sudden, they’re like, sexually attracted to the coach, you know. Nobody has that feeling and says, yes, I’m gay, I’m so happy! No, no. The first reaction is, oh, no, please, I hope this is
not happening to me. And it takes a lot of
getting used to and a lot of, you know, affirmation
by society to tell you, you’re really okay, you’re really okay. And let’s be about our
Father’s business, shall we? Not fixing the world or being discouraged by the sin in the world, but rather, preaching the good news to the world. If we’re busy doing this, we’re not going to be
burdened by the other stuff. You know what, we need to double down, not to shrink back and hide. We need to double down
in what we’re doing. You know, VBS, double down. World Bible school, double down. Bible talk, double town. This sermon is going on the line, online, and we have, what, 10,000 viewers
that come to our website,. It’s like having an
audience of 10,000 people. I hope they hear it. We need to double down in what
we’re doing, not stand back. It’s anti-climactic to offer
an invitation at this point, but it is a good tradition. So you’ve got the lesson,
you’ve got the exhortation. Don’t be afraid, double down. And if, if, someone is here that needs to take this particular opportunity to confess Christ and be
baptized, amen, do it. And if there’s someone here
who’s been shrinking back and afraid and needs the courage
to step up and double down, and you need the prayers and encouragement of the church, do it. And if you’ve been doing not much, and you need to repent
of that, then do it, and do it while we stand and while we sing the song that we have
selected this morning. God bless you.

Michael Martin

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