Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 2, 2015

The Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

I have the privilege of being a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and share the doctrinal views held by the Seminary. The following appeared today in my mail box and I felt it expressed the Christian perspective shared by many of us on the recent decision by the Supreme Court.

A Response from Dallas Theological Seminary to Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
by Mark L. Bailey on June 26, 2015 in News

With the verdict of the Supreme Court today that legalizes same-sex marriage in the United States, we at Dallas Theological Seminary are grieved by this decision that seeks to legally yet wrongfully expand what God established from the beginning to be the divinely designed institution of marriage. We continue to support and adhere to a biblical view of marriage and sexuality because we believe such an approach to life and marriage honors God and makes for fulfillment in life the way God designed it.

In answering the questions of His disciples related to divorce, Jesus went back to creation to argue the original intent for marriage. Marriage was intended from the very beginning of creation to be the covenant union of a man and a woman in a permanent and exclusive relationship (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19: 4-9; Mark 10: 5-9). God’s design for this relationship was for the purposes of procreation, personal pleasure, and the fulfillment of the purposes of reflecting the image of the Creator and His desired relationship with His people (Genesis 1:27–28; 2:18–24; Ephesians 5:31–33). That image involves both male and female with marriage depicting their mutual cooperation in a designed diversity to steward God’s creation.

We believe God has also expressly reserved sexual intimacy and intercourse for heterosexual marriage (Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:9). It is God’s expectation that the married live in faithfulness to their spouse and unmarried should live pure and celibate lives, refraining from sexual intimacy (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

The English translation of our historic Seminary motto from 2 Timothy 4:2 is “Preach the Word.” We intend to keep doing that and to equip others to do so as well. Our current slogan is taken from 1 Timothy 1:5 and that is “Teach Truth. Love Well.” As we approach a culture that does not share our biblical values or standards of conduct we still need to model love and pray for those with whom we disagree. This Jesus also taught (Matthew 5:44). As our culture begins to look more and more like that of the New Testament times, we need to remember and take heart that the message and mission of Jesus was birthed and flourished in such times. May God do it again in our lifetime.

Soberly and Prayerfully,

Dr. Mark L. Bailey
President

I will add one other point to the discussion by directing the reader’s attention to the comprehensive nature of Christ’s work on the cross. As written in 1 John 2:1-2:

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Personal sin is no longer the barrier between God and man that it was before the cross, Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. I think the explanation given in John 3:16-18 tells the rest of the story most effectively.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

The Message of the Church is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be Saved


Responses

  1. Thank you David for the article from DTS. There is not very much that surprises me at my age anymore. But if Dr. Bailey had not written as he did I truly would have been shocked! I heard someone say that this vote is a “tectonic shift” for the U.S. Much more is about to become a challenge for we who believe in God’s Word! Oh yes, and the Constitution! Thank you for your Blogs. They are wonderful….and it makes us feel like we still have connection with you and Adele! BTW, Don has talked to one of the staff at Church about starting a class on the book you taught at Second. Can’t remember the name at the moment. But the class begins in the fall!! 👍👍 He is very excited! So Thank You! And PTL 👆 Trust you both are doing well. We are enjoying life and our Church!! And Thankful for each new day for our health and strength! Blessings to you both, Love, Carol Sent from my iPad

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    • Carol,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I completely understand your not finding much that surprises you any more; I find myself more saddened than surprised by the endless repetition of human foibles. The Bible tells us change is in the air, Carol, as we move closer to the Biblical end times. Only the Lord know how bad it will get before He calls the church home; it is always a great comfort to know that God is working all things after the counsel of His own will.

      Don had mentioned to me the new class on Bible doctrine; far too many Christians have little or no knowledge of basic theology and that book is a happy answer to those who would like to know more about the basic doctrines of scripture. The name of the book is “Major Bible Themes” by Lewis Sperry Chafer revised by John F. Walvoord, 1974 and published by Zondervan Publishing House, ISBN 0-310-22390-3.

      By God’s grace we are both doing well, thank you for asking; I hope you and Don are also doing well and I’m delighted you have found your church; it sounds like a great place to study and worship!

      Your brother in Christ,

      David

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  2. Well said, David, thank you! Praying and reading the Scriptures you referenced was a wonderful morning devotional quiet time for me. Timely, meaningful reminders of God’s love and grace, as well as His governing Words. God’s grace and peace to you always.

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    • Mindy,
      Thank you precious sister in Christ! I hope all is well with you and yours in sunny Nevada.
      David

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      • Thank you, David! Yes, all is well here, even though too hot! Getting ready for our blessed Freedom Celebration 4th of July Weekend! God Bless America and keep everyone safe!

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  3. Thank you David for sharing this with us. Very well written/said as to this timely subject. God’s blessings to you & Adele!

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