Monday, March 20, 2017

Jars of Clay Singer Promotes Gay Marriage

"I just don't see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage."
—Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay

Dan thinks that most people interpret Scripture incorrectly. It is clear that Dan does not spend much time in God's Word, let alone having a shred of discernment about him. Tell us, Dan, which of these extremely clear passages on the issue are you having trouble with? Which ones, in your estimation, do you assume to be interpreted incorrectly?
"You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 18:22
In the Hebrew, it reads: "ואת‾וכר לא תשׁכּב משׁבּבי אשׁה תוצבההוא"
In the Greek Septuagint, it reads: "και μετα αρσενος ου κοιμηθηση κοιτην γυναικος βδελυγμα γαρ εστιν"
In the Latin Vulgate, it reads: "cum masculo non commisceberis coitu femineo quia abominatio est."

"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them." Leviticus 20:13
In the Hebrew, it reads: "ואישׁ אשׁר ישׁכּב את‾וכר משׁבּבי אשׁה תּוצבה צשׂו שׁניהם מות יומתו"
In the Greek Septuagint, it reads: "και ος αν κοιμηθη μετα αρσενος κοιτην γυναικος βδελυγμα εποιησαν αμφοτεροι θανατουσθωσαν ενοχοι εισιν"
In the Latin Vulgate, it reads: "qui dormierit cum masculo coitu femineo uterque operati sunt nefas morte moriantur sit sanguis eorum super eos."
וכר = "a male, man, mankind (as opposed to womankind)"
אישׁ = "man, male, husband"
אשׁה = "woman, female, wife"
ישׁכּב ,תשׁכּב = "a primitive root; to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose)"
משׁבּבי = "a bed; abstractly, sleep; by euphemism, carnal intercourse"
תּוצבה ,תוצבה = "properly, something disgusting (morally): detestable; abomination"
αρσενος = “male, man, husband”
γυναικος = “female, woman, wife”
κοιτην = “a bed; spoken of the marriage bed, metaphorically for marriage (Heb. 13:4)”
κοιμηθη, κοιμηθηση = “to sleep”
βδελυγμα = “that which is detestable; abomination”
"For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error." Romans 1:26-27
In the Greek, it reads: "Δια τουτο παρεδωκεν αυτος ο Θεος εις παθη ατιμιας αι τε γαρ θηλειαι αυτων μετηλλαξαν την φυσικην χρησιν εις την παρα φυσιν ομοιως τε και οι αρσενες, αφεντες την φυσικην χρησιν της θηλειας, εξεκαυθησαν εν τη ορεξει αυτων εις αλληλους, αρσενες εν αρσεσι την ασχημοσυνην κατεργαζομενοι, και την αντιμισθιαν ην εδει της πλανης αυτων εν εαυτοις απολαμβανοντες."
θηλειαι = "female, woman"
αρσενες, αρσεσι = "male, man"
χρησιν = "employment, i.e. (specially), sexual intercourse (as an occupation of the body)"
ορεξει = "excitement of the mind, i.e. longing after: lust"
αρσενες εν αρσεσι = "men with men, i.e. homosexuals"
ασχημοσυνην = "an indecency; by implication, the pudenda: shame"
The fact is, Dan, Scripture is not being interpreted incorrectly. The Golden Rule of Hermeneutics states, "If the plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense." Those words, in any language, cannot be mistaken. Homosexuality is abnormal, unnatural, and forbidden. It is a perversion of both human and sexual natures. It is sin, and it is against God.

How is it that Dan does not see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage? First of all, Dan, it is not marriage. God defined marriage in the Garden of Eden. "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate" (Matthew 19:4-6). In case that one is not clear, how about these verses?
  • "But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh." Mark 10:6-8
  • "Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, 'The two shall become one flesh.'" 1 Corinthians 6:16
  • "But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband." 1 Corinthians 7:2
Those are just a handful of the dozens of passages I could cite where a clear argument is made for heterosexuality as the only form of appropriate sexuality. Husband and wife, Dan. Man and woman. The penis and the vagina were designed to compliment each other. They were made for each other. Common sense, logic, nature, and science all inform us of this, regardless of how wilfully ignorant (dumb on purpose) we choose to be.

Second of all, Dan, gay "marriage" has a highly negative effect. On God's creation. On God's mandate. On God's character. On marriage. On families. On the structure of society. If you spent any amount of time in God's Word, you would understand this. Homosexuality and gay "marriage" are an affront to God. Why you offer support to something so clearly condemned by God is a mystery to me. Sodom was destroyed because of open publicly accepted practice of homosexuality. Rome's fall came about because of open publicly accepted practice of homosexuality. Seems we are doomed to repeat the tragedies of history from civilization to civilization without ever learning from the past. This time it is on a global scale, and when the time is full, Jesus will return as a Lion and judge the wickedness of those who commit such acts as well as those who give approval to such acts (Rom. 1:32).

Romans 1 clearly condemns man-with-man and woman-with-woman sexual relationships as "vile affections," "against nature," "unseemly," and "a reprobate mind" (Rom. 1:26-28). No amount of interpretive gymnastics by homosexual-rights activists can change the clear meaning of this passage. God made human sex for the context of marriage, between a husband and a wife, a man and a woman, and anything outside of the context of marriage is fornication and adultery, and is subject to God's judgment. "Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4).

From Genesis to Revelation, God-ordained marriage is defined as a holy contract between one man and one woman. While polygamy was practiced by some of the Old Testament saints, Jesus made it clear that this was never God's will and He referred men to God's law of marriage at the beginning. "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate" (Matthew 19:4-6). Since the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside of marriage is sin, and since legitimate marriage is only between a man and a woman, there is absolutely no possibility that God would bless homosexual relationships!

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible clearly teaches that apart from the union of holy marriage, sexual activity is sin, and there is not a hint anywhere in Scripture that a holy marriage can consist of a same-sex union! "Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4). Christ Jesus directed His hearers to Genesis 2 as God's standard and only acceptable form of appropriate sexuality. "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate" (Matthew 19:4-6).

The truth of the matter was contained in the same post made by Dan on his Twitter account:

"I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong.’"
—Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay

An unmistakably clear revelation that Dan is not a Christian, but rather a false convert. Genuine Christians agree with God and His Word. He is sovereign. His Word is our final authority on all matters pertaining to faith and life. To not care what He has written in His Word is to show Him the utmost disrespect. Dan might as well just walk up to God and spit in His face.

Repent, Dan, and agree with God. It is foolishness for you to stand in opposition to Him and His Word, deliberately defying Him and being disobedient to His Word. Your knee, too, will bow on that day, and you will confess the truth despite your current decision to support lies, error, and sin. Today is the day of salvation, Dan. Do not neglect it.