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Marriage is in the headlines—and for all the wrong reasons!

July 2, 2013

gn13jaMarriage has been in the news a lot lately, as it should be. In two decisions last week, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially tossed out the definition of marriage as it’s been understood and practiced for centuries, including long before the United States existed as a nation.

In one decision the court declared unconstitutional the core of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, in which the U.S. Congress defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. As one analyst described the absurdity of the situation, the U.S. Congress now can, will and does write laws about marriage, but it can no longer define what marriage is or what it means!

In a second decision, the court concluded that citizens of California—who by popular vote had approved marriage as being between one man and one woman—had voted incorrectly and had no legal standing to object when a judge overruled the voters and declared that homosexuals could marry there after all.

By the reasoning of the Supreme Court, if marriage cannot be defined as being between one man and one woman, then it can be whatever people choose it to be—man and man, woman and woman, brother and sister, parent and child, one man and two women, two men and one woman, two men and two women, or any other combination enough people can convince others is their “right.”

And make no mistake, already people are advocating for these and other combinations to be legalized as their right—and the Supreme Court ruling eliminates grounds for disallowing these kinds of relationships as marriages.

These are merely the latest in a long string of assaults on marriage, but they are likely the most far-reaching to date.

Why do we see marriage under attack as we do?

Marriage is the building block of families. Families are the building blocks of communities. Communities are the building blocks of societies. And societies are the building blocks of civilizations. Once those building blocks start to crumble, everything starts to fall apart—which is exactly what we’re seeing around us today.

What’s behind the assault on marriage, and why? What can you do to reverse the trend and strengthen your own marriage? You need to read the latest issue of The Good News, especially the articles Five Keys to a Happy Marriage and The Ultimate Purpose of Marriage to understand why marriage is important and why God gave us this wonderful gift!

Scott Ashley—Managing editor

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10 Comments »

  1. Scott, thank you for not using the words “gay marriage”.

    Comment by Benny Butler | July 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Well, There is no such thing as “Gay Marriage”. Marriage is more than a legal contract, it is a religious union. This invisible (spiritual) union is much like the North and South poles of a magnet. Spiritually two North Poles (male), or Two South poles (female) can never come together in the religious union of Marriage. Christianity, Judaism and Muslim’s all claim to be decedents of Abraham and acknowledge his God. They all condemn a man laying with a man and a woman laying with a woman (Homosexuality). Their solution to the problem is different, in each case. But, in no case would followers to the God of Abraham consider it possible, as it (Homosexuality) is an abomination in the eyes of God. Let us not put the words Gay and Marriage together unless you talking about a “Happy Marriage”.

      Comment by Thomas Scott | July 2, 2013 | Reply

  2. My thoughts: Since Acts 5:29 “we ought to obey God rather then men”. As the Church we should marry according to God’s instructions and not go for civil licenses. since there is no law for “living together, nor any law for sex relations, nor Birth certificates indicating marriage anymore, e.g. legitimate or illegitimate on Birth certificates is doen away with. The Marriage laws now are for ungodly practices. Why should the law of God be mixed with them? Let those who do not follow God, nor those who don’t believe in God get the civil license to marry. as they please. I am married for 31 yrs. But the laws in this land are not godly anymore for marriage. God created marriage not man. SO when man steps in to pervert it, we should marry in the Church under God’s law. There is no place in the Word that says we have to marry by the state(s). Our country was founded on God Word but that is gone. Sincerely, Grace DeVenny

    Comment by Grace DeVenny | July 2, 2013 | Reply

  3. Why should marriage be in the news?
    Is something that has been understood and practiced for centuries an absolute truth?
    Why U.S. Congress can no longer define what marriage is or what it means?
    Why does it bother you that marriages other than between one woman and one man are possible? Does it take away your right to marry whomever you like? I don’t think so. And just for the record: were Adam and Eve married? Were their children (brothers and sisters!!) married? And when did God gave us this wonderful gift anyway?
    Marriage is the building block of families. With this statement you declare families raised by single moms and single dads unfit for being part of a community! Shame on you!!

    Comment by Hugo van der Eerden | July 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Greetings Hugo,

      I nowhere said that families raised by single moms and single dads are unfit for being part of a community. Shame on you for knowingly twisting my words to pretend I said something I didn’t.

      As for whether Adam and Eve were married and when God gave us the gift of marriage, you might read Matthew 19:4-6. I hope you’ll read this issue—you could learn a lot!

      Comment by Scott Ashley | July 2, 2013 | Reply

      • True, you did not say that in so many words, but it was implied in what you said. You said “Marriage is THE building block”, not “A building block”. In other words: a family can only be built with a marriage, a community can only be built with families, which can only be built with a marriage, etc. etc.

        I read the verses you mentioned: a few quotes from Genesis that describe an intimate relationship. No indication of a marriage.

        You left the first 5 questions unanswered. Why?

        Comment by Hugo van der Eerden | July 4, 2013 | Reply

        • Greetings Hugo,

          Please read Matthew 19:4-6 again, which I referred to in my response to you: “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to HIS WIFE”—not mate, not mistress, not significant other, but WIFE. Here is the origin of marriage with Adam and Eve, the first human beings.

          God also here defines the participants in marriage: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Marriage is here defined as between one man and one woman—not a man and man, woman and woman, parent and child, two men and one woman, two women and one man, or whatever combination people wish to come up with.

          As for your questions, I answered two, but you seem to have missed the plain answer I gave (and repeated above). The first and third are previously answered in my commentary at the top, and you seem to have missed those plain answers also. So why should I bother answering when you don’t bother to pay attention to the answers that were already given?

          Again, I hope you’ll read the issue—you could learn a lot!

          PS: I have a few questions for you. Are you even a subscriber to The Good News? Do you accept and believe the Bible? If the answers are no, then why are you even commenting here other than to stir arguments and waste others’ time? Personally, I have much more productive things to do. If you’re sincerely wanting answers, send me your phone number and a good time to call and we can discuss your questions that way and cover much more ground in far less time.

          Comment by Scott Ashley | July 5, 2013

  4. Good job Scott. It would also be nice if the church would give some sermons about the adult singles in the church, specifically the problem of dating outside the church. (by church, I mean any of the cog’s) This has become a huge problem, with many openly stating they think it is alright to date outside of the church. There should be sermons, counseling, and correction of those that are doing this. Why aren’t we addressing this problem?

    Comment by stopspam | July 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Although I am married, I was single for quite a while and I wholeheartedly agree with stopspam. I have been talking to single friends and realize this is a big problem. Satan is using the “it’s okay to date outside of the church” attitude to circumvent happy marriages between those of like mind and spirit, and consequently circumventing happy Spirit-led families in the Church. The Church’s doctrine on this should be more thoroughly discussed with singles (even older teens) along with proper attitudes toward relationships, dating, marriage and the advantages of “keeping it in the (spiritual) family”.

      Comment by Basil Kopey | July 3, 2013 | Reply

  5. This is what started in the garden of Eden (Ideology) when Satan told Adam and Eve to take upon themselves in deciding what is good and bad AND NOT TO OBEY GOD’S COMMANDS. And such way of life brought swift judgement and banishment of our first parents Adam and Eve from Eden–which literally mean in the presence of GOD. A friend of mine often say that, those who follow the path, or way that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah followed will end up where they ended up. May God strengthen His Church especially in this last days amen.

    Comment by Samson Osajie | July 12, 2013 | Reply


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