My Response to the SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

July 7, 2015 6 Comments

In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, I have been asked about my thoughts. Let me begin by saying that the Supreme Court ruling doesn’t change anything for me personally, for our church, and most importantly for God.

As Franklin Graham recently said, “With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.”

God defined marriage in Genesis 2:24 as between one man and one woman. Marriage does many things like celebrate intimacy and bring community as opposed to loneliness. But the primary point of marriage is to demonstrate the gospel as a husband lovingly serves and leads his wife and as a wife respects and honors her husband (Ephesians 5:21-33).

At Southbridge we want as many God-honoring, gospel-proclaiming marriages as possible. We only endorse and perform marriages according to God’s design between one man and one woman who desire to make the gospel known through the marriage relationship. A Supreme Court ruling does not change that anymore than it changes what God said in Genesis 2:24 or Ephesians 5 about marriage. We have seen this scenario since Genesis 3. If we don’t like what God says we twist it, change it, and re-define it.

However, God means what He says as evidenced by His judgment on all of us for the disobedience in Genesis 3. Thank God that by His grace He has provided a way for all who repent (turn from their own sinful thinking to God’s way) to experience grace rather than judgment through the gospel.

If you would like to hear more about a Christian response to homosexuality, please take a few moments and watch this message I preached to our church back in November.

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John July 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Thank you, Scott, for your leadership and for teaching God’s Word.

Scott Lehr July 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Thank you for your encouragement John.

Keith Pate July 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

Me and my family are blessed to be led by you. Continue the good fight because the devil is ready to pounce.

Scott Lehr July 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

Thank you Keith. We are blessed to have you and your family as part of Southbridge.

Jim Read July 10, 2015 at 5:24 am

Scott, Thanks once again for being a conduit to God’s Word. We are so thankful that we have you in our lives.

Scott Lehr July 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Thank you Jim. I appreciate you and your family too.


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