How Gender-Neutral Bible Translations Endanger Christian Marriage

Mar 23, 2020 by

By Louis Markos, The Imaginative Conservative:

When the Word of God loses not only its sharpness but its ability to discern between truth and error, the eternal and the temporal, the essential and the constructed, it loses as well its ability to speak prophetically to a culture that has lost its way. If Bible-believing Christians are to take back marriage, they must first take back the Bible.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about the growing acceptance of gay marriage amongst otherwise creedal Christians is the fact that the whole notion of same-sex unions would have been unthinkable a generation ago. There were certainly many Christians who felt sympathy and compassion for those trapped in the gay lifestyle and who felt called to defend their civil rights, but they would have understood instinctively that “gay marriage” is an oxymoron: like speaking of a female father or a male mother. Indeed, the notion that two cohabiting men might be considered a married couple would have been unthinkable in every culture of the past, including pagan cultures where homosexual behavior was allowed, if not exactly promoted, between military comrades and between aristocratic men and their younger male wards.

Yet today, more and more Christians—all of whom are well aware that not only the book of Genesis (1:27, 2:24) but Jesus himself (Mark 10:6-9) defines marriage as the one-flesh union of one man and one woman—are treating gay marriage as a thing both natural and inevitable. How did this happen? How did the unthinkable so quickly gain the status of “common sense”?

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