1. Biblical marriage and civil marriage are different.
    • New Testament marriage had purposes
      • Ephesians 5:22 – 33 An illustration to unbelievers of the relationship between Christ and His church
      • 1 Corinthians 7 The appropriate context for sexual intercourse.
    • Civil marriage is a comparatively recent invention
      • For raising tax revenues.
      • For defining property contracts.
    • It is unfortunate that the two use the same word to describe them
      • Also impacted are actuarial tables.
        • The insurance industry has used the Biblical relationship in their statistics and offers lower rates to the married.
        • Homosexuals have higher rates of health problems and shorter life expectancies.
        • Heterosexual couples will pay higher premiums if the two types of couples are required by politics to be made statistically equal.
      • The church needs to start using a different word. Let the homosexuals and politicians keep the word “marriage.”
  2. Obviously, homosexuality is defined in the Bible as bad behavior
    • Romans 1:26 – 27
    • 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10
    • 1 Timothy 1:9 – 10
    • Leviticus 18:22, 20:13 (a capital crime)
  3. Homosexuality is only one of many bad behaviors
    • Christians are bought out of the right-and-wrong economy through the sacrifice of Jesus
    • Early Christians obviously had difficulty with the transition
    • We are being transformed
    • Accepting bad behavior as inevitable is called self-deception
    • Our motives for good behavior are not fear of Judgment but to please God and enable the progress of the gospel.