Questions for Christians after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision

His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away.Daniel 7-141. Do you believe that the Bible is God’s authoritative Word?

All Scripture is God-breathed. (2 Tim. 3:16).

For prophesy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Pet. 1:21).

2. Do you submit to that authority even when it is unpopular, and even when speaking Truth will subject you to accusations of bigotry?

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. (Matt. 5:11)

Because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him … for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. (John 12:43)

3. Do you believe that once God has defined marriage, a believer’s view of marriage is governed by God’s Word and not the views of the world?

We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

4. Do you believe that marriage is covenantal, a picture of Christ and the church? That even when the world (and now the law) scream that the purpose of marriage is to meet our needs, it is instead something holy and permanent?

But Jesus told them, … “From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate.” (Matt. 10:5-9)

This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Eph. 5:32)

5. Do you believe that all people are created in God’s image, the object of His love, and that He gave the ultimate sacrifice to give all men and women the opportunity to turn to Him?

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

6. Do you believe that we are all sinners in need of grace, and that no man or woman is lesser simply because he or she struggles in, or is blinded in, different areas than we?

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

7. Do you believe that God is sovereign and that under His control there is no justification for panic or despair?

Do not be startled or afraid. Have I not told you and declared it long ago? You are my witnesses! Is there any God but Me? There is no other Rock; I do not know any. (Is. 44:8)

8. Do you remain committed to obey the fundamental commands of our Savior no matter the state of the culture?

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. (Matt. 28:19)

 

Our God is a God Who Speaks

He who is of God hears the words of God~~~

The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
(Ps. 29:2-4, 7-9)

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Our God is a God who speaks.

He speaks through creation.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. (Ps. 19:1-2).

He speaks through His word. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

He speaks through Godly counsel. (Prov. 11:14).

He speaks by giving you His peace.

He speaks through circumstances and timing.

And God speaks through His Son. His teaching. His life. His example. His Spirit in us.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Heb. 1:1-2)

He speaks with authority. What He says, is.

But God’s is not the only voice we hear. The enemy has a voice. Our sinful nature has a voice. Our friends and family have voices. How do we hear God’s voice and know it as His?

The sheep listen to his voice. His sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; they do not recognize a stranger’s voice. (John 10:4-5)

First, we must know Him. A parent can pick out his or her own babies’ cry from all the others. A child will recognize his parent’s voice. Because they know each other. If we do not know God, we cannot hope to recognize His voice.

Second, we must listen for it. God’s voice can be like thunder, but sometimes He speaks through a whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-13) If we do not set aside quite times to listen, we may not hear Him.

Third, we must test the voice:

1) Does it line up with the Bible?

2) Does it lead you into a closer relationship with God?

3) Does it lead you to express love, putting God and others before yourself?

4) Does it lead to a dying of self and greater manifestation of Christ life in you?

5) Does it cause greater humility in you, and a greater dependence upon God?

6) Does it cause greater love, joy, and peace from God in you?

And fourth, we must listen with an obedient heart, ready to follow. Why would God bless us with His guidance if we are determined to do whatever we want, regardless of our Creator’s commands?

God will show us the way, if we listen expectantly and obediently.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Is. 30: 21)

Our God is a God who speaks.

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