This article was originally a segment on Pastor Bass's radio show, A Moment of Truth, aired on January 19, 2014. Here you can listen or read the transcript.
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Greetings! This is Pastor David Bass at New Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church with a moment of truth where we challenge you to think thru an important issue of life and faith. Today, why should we be opposed to the gay agenda as has been personified by Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty? Personally I can hardly believe that I am speaking these words! If you had asked me to forecast a year ago who might be the spokesman for traditional human sexuality, never would it be a southern patriarch of a popular A & E cable TV show (Duck Dynasty) who used graphic descriptions of man-on-man sexual acts vs. man-on-woman sexual acts to commend God's natural order! But God did and I am glad he did!
I would be remiss as a pastor and conservative in passing up this opportunity to articulate the Christian argument for traditional marriage and against same-sex marriage (and all other forms for that matter…). As politically incorrect as this view may be in today's culture, Phil Robertson is right:
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," Robertson said before paraphrasing a Bible verse. "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right.” (Phil Robertson, interview in Gentleman's Quarterly)
Have you seen the firestorm his simple observation has generated? It's as if someone has thrown a hand grenade in a hornet's nest! How PC! How lemming-like from those who should know better! Phil Robertson has simply laid out the case for these things in a blue-collar fashion, without frills and without affectation. But there are further places that articulate this same truth! Let me expand upon those places by making three points concerning the gay agenda (i.e., gay marriage, bi-sexual love, and trans-gendered tolerance): There is a theological argument, a demographic argument, and a cultural argument. Here, one at a time:
There is one, biblical model for family and marriage – Since the creation of the world, God has made man in his image: “1 When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.” Genesis 5:1-2
One male, one female constitute the whole image of God. Nowhere in Scripture is the image of God put forward as two men or two women; nor is it one man and plural wives or one woman and a beast or one man and a beast. It is always and only one man (husband) and one woman (wife). Any other configuration by definition disfigures the image of God in man.
Under this point are three subordinate points linked very closely to it:
The covenant of marriage underlies this principle – What verse is quoted during Christian marriage services? “5 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Genesis 5:5-6
Marriage for centuries has been between one man and one woman precisely because of the words of God in Genesis and Jesus in the gospels. These are not merely nice words to say at a solemn service. They reflect the image of God in man. Note: “A man (singular) shall leave his mother and hold fast to his wife (singular).” The biblical math is inevitable: “The two (one man plus one woman) shall become one flesh…” This one flesh relationship is emblematic of the one image of God man constitutes.
How beautiful; how profound! The sexual union physically pictures this one flesh relationship; the one name (the wife takes on the name of the husband) pictures the single identity of the one flesh relationship. Thus when Phil Robertson compares with righteous disgust the difference between placing the male reproductive organ into (on the one hand) a man's anus (and on the other hand) a woman's vagina with righteous approval, he is affirming God's covenantal order. One can understand the gay community's fierce, hysterical response to this graphic statement of the facts, since it clearly pictures not only the beauty of heterosexual union but also the ugly, unnatural union of the homosexual union.
The covenant of marriage pictures the union of Christ and his Church – How many people married today realize that their marriage is larger than just the two persons who compose it? I have counseled and married dozens of couples and I hear something like this repeatedly: “Our love is between us…its about us and no one else.” I hear this even from those who should know better – Christian couples.
If you examine the Bible, however, you begin to see that a husband and wife are living out in miniature the bond between Christ and his Church. This is true whether you want it to be or not; it is true whether you are aware of it or not; you may scoff or scorn or cast skepticism upon this idea, but it is wired into the very fabric of the institution itself.
Gravity is a law which must be obeyed whether we think we can cast ourselves from a cliff and fly; the law of inertia is a law which must be obeyed whether we think the magician's sword will not cut us; so God has so constructed the covenant of marriage that it is meant to picture Christ and his Church, regardless of what we think. God has made it so and will require it at the judgment seat from every couple ever married.
It is a wondrous mystery that is beautiful and profound when contemplated as God intended it: 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:32-33
The mystery of marriage refers to Christ and his Church. The husband pictures Christ as the head of the Church (The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the Church). The wife pictures Christ's body, the Church (As the Church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”) Together – one man representing Christ as the head and one woman representing his bride as the body – symbolize Christ and his Church.
This is the model; can you see how anything else distorts it? Two men in marriage are a disfigurement…; two women in marriage are a rejection…; one man/plural wives destroys…. The profound mystery is by definition one man, one woman – symbolizing the one Christ and the one Church. God will hold every couple responsible for their fidelity to this model!
The one thing God seeks from marriage is godly offspring – We find joy in one another and benefit from reliance on our spouses. But God has his own purpose: “15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.” Malachi 2:15
How can this possibly be done in a marital model like those in gay/lesbian marriages – unfruitful by definition? Malachi, in speaking to the leaders of Israel, affirms the one flesh union of man/woman: Did God not make them one? Out of two, one flesh; from that union come offspring! Note also the holiness of the union: A portion of the Spirit is in their union.
I always quiz my pre-marital couples as to what their expectations are in marriage. There are always many, some realistic (companionship, a satisfying sex life, a growing family, etc.) and some not so realistic (a husband who can sense my every need without me saying a word, a wife who will be sexy every minute of every day, a husband who can buy me new things right away, like my dad, etc.).
In counseling these couples I always try to give a sense that not only you but also the God who made you has expectations: Godly offspring! Both of these are crucial: He seeks offspring from you; it is not enough for you to be godly yourselves. But he also seeks godly offspring, not just a churning out of kids willy-nilly without regard to their spiritual development. They must be nurtured to love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, and strength.
Tell me, how is a homosexual couple – taken as a unit – to do this? They cannot by definition produce offspring and even if it were somehow possible to do it, they would not be godly because of the nature of the union. The same analogy can be extended to lesbian couples (although you have the potential for outside impregnation of two ostensibly fertile wombs in a lesbian relationship).
When the biblical model for marriage is abandoned, a downward demographic spiral ensues – This unalterable fact is little considered in the current debate over homosexual marriage. Demography is the study of societal fluctuations in births, deaths, and population shifts. Make no mistake: Any society that encourages or passively tolerates homosexual marriage will see an ineluctable decline in birth rates that will eventually contribute to the death of that society. This is true for a number of reasons:
Gay/lesbian marriages are by definition unfruitful when considered in themselves – Try as they might, the union of Adam/Steve (i.e., a homosexual marriage) will issue only in inseminated stool; try as they might, the union of Eve/Genevieve (i.e., a lesbian marriage) will issue only in an unfulfilled, unfertilized ovum.
LGBTQs cannot self-propagate! It is biologically impossible for such unions to be demographically productive in and of themselves. They cannot produce pagan offspring, much less godly offspring! There are, of course, child rearing options for these couples. The Dr. Sher Fertility Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine lists several options: adoption, foster care, in-vitro fertilization with donor sperm, donor egg IVF with surrogacy for male couples, traditional surrogacy for male couples, donor in-utero insemination, and embryo adoption.
Besides the steep legal hurdles many of these options face in many states (e.g., adoption), there is the ultimate Darwinian hurdle: Reproductive inertia. Even if we were to double the number of options available for the wonders of reproducing our kind to the gay/lesbian community, they have little or no desire to do so!
Currently 33% of lesbian and 20% of gay households have children being reared (no pun intended) in them. It is important to note that most of these are from a previous heterosexual relationship! Only 50% of lesbian women currently express a desire to parent – and not necessarily with a product of their own womb. There simply is no incentive to create offspring with their own equipment – much less godly offspring! Taken with the spiritual and emotional aberrations that characterize the LGBTQ community, this one points again to the selfish, self-centered, and narcissistic nature of gay/lesbian relationships.
Gay/lesbian marriages by definition subtract productive parents from the pool – Every gay couple subtracts two potential husbands and the children they would spawn; every lesbian couple subtracts two potential wives and the children their wombs would generate.
Make no mistake about this, dear listener, this fact has a profound impact upon the demographic future of the USA. Currently, the USA has a birth rate below replacement level (anything under 2.1 per woman is considered sub replacement): 1.89 per woman (though not as bad as other nations, see How Civilizations Die, David P. Goldman, 2011). Eventually – all other things being equal – any given population would dwindle into insignificance and/or extinction.
While only one factor in this equation (women's liberation, abortion, feminization of men, decline of religious faith, etc.), the expansion/contraction of gay marriages will have an impact upon this figure. The more reproducing couples you have in any given society, the greater expansion of its population (regardless of the myth of “Population Explosion”). What would be the demographic world if any given individual from a homosexual couple instead married a partner from a lesbian couple? The results would be exponential: multiple children from these marriages would marry and create multiple children in further marriages in an expanding family tree that would mean a growth of the American population rather than a shrinking/withering. As it stands, there will be an inverse exponential collapse: we subtract from the potential number of population those which these couples would otherwise produce! A society gets the future it deserves.
I understand that this demographic argument is considerably more abstract than ones usually put forward by either side; it does not have the emotional glitz and charge that “we only want our civil rights under the Constitution to marry…LGBTQ people have a right to be happy…we can't help how God made us.” But this does not make it any less real! The acceptance, growth, and expansion of gay/lesbian marriage will contribute to a demographic death spiral in the USA.
When the biblical model for marriage is abandoned, a cultural death spiral ensues – This is a corollary of the demographic argument. When I hear the emotional appeal, “What does it hurt you if a gay couple marries,” I immediately respond: “It spells the death of a life culture!” In the end, it is impossible for a culture of life to co-exist with a culture of death. LGBTQ culture – such as it is – is by definition a culture of death, in part because of the demographic spiral outlined above (it cannot self-propagate). It is further a culture of death because it by definition must flourish at the expense of a straight culture. It is by nature parasitic and will / must eventually kill the host culture if that host culture encourages/allows it to flourish.
This implicit conflict goes to the heart of what culture is: “The complex whole of belief, art, morals law, and custom…acquired by man as a member of society.” (Edward Taylor); “The best to live for and the best way to get there that we've learned yet.” (Pastor Bass).
“The complex whole” of all that we are and love wants to be communicated to the next generation. This is the impulse of humanity. This is no less true of LGBTQ culture than it is of straight culture; it is the nature of culture to be preserved, protected, and propagated to the next generation. As Goldman puts it: “Individual human existence looks forward to the continuation of the culture that nurtures, sustains, and transmits our contribution to future generations.”
LGBTQ culture has within it the impulse to be continued as much as straight culture does. This is where conflict occurs; how is LGBTQ transmitted to the next generation? What of LGBTQ culture is communicated? Note:
The very subjects of the next LGBTQ generation must be recruited from this straight generation – Have you ever thought about this? This is not a passive question of mere toleration. How do LGBTQs propagate? We have already observed that self-propagation is impossible. By definition homosexual / lesbian marriages are unfruitful.
Whence tomorrows LGBTQs? Only one place: despised breeders! You are looked at as mere fodder for future gay/lesbian predations. Where else – cabbage patches? Storks? Breeders – heterosexual couples – are the only ones who produce children consistently/prolifically. You and your family are the only/exclusive fruitful harvest field from which subjects may be plucked. If the LGBTQ culture is to continue to the next generation, it must entice, capture, and train an army of socially conditioned children to become lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or trans-gendered. This is why you see LGBTQ apologists stridently advocate for the strategies by which they recruit/seduce that next generation:
The LGBTQ commandeer the school systems (behold Common Core! In the name of tolerance they indoctrinate the minds of the bulk of straight society to passively accept LGBTQ culture while aggressively suggesting to vulnerable, weak adolescents that they are LGBTQ; how many marginal kids would go straight…).
The LGBTQ co-opt the culture (why are gay characters portrayed sympathetically in TV sitcoms/movies? Why do musicians increasingly make-out with one another and sing queer music? Why do news commentators and political pundits now openly advocate for tolerance and acceptance?).
The LGBTQ increasingly criminalize dissent (when all else fails, shut/shout down dissent; pass city ordinances against discrimination; protest hysterically against any opinion that disagrees; lobby for legislation that criminalizes any political opinion that would dissent from doctrinaire opinion).
Because there is nowhere else to go but to the breeders of straight culture for the subjects of the next generation of gay/lesbian culture, LGBTQ culture is by nature parasitic, needing the host of breeders upon which to draw to constitute its next cultural generation. Dear listener, they would be nowhere without your children; they would have no one upon which to feed to supply the next cultural generation of LGBTQs!
LGBTQ culture behaves like all cultures, in accordance with its own need to survive – Straight, mainstream culture is so naïve! We assume gay/lesbian couples merely want to be left alone to live their lives in peace/fulfillment, just like any ordinary heterosexual couple. How naïve! Awake! The agenda is far more aggressive.
“Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process transforming the very fabric of society.” (Paula Ettelbrick, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund)
How stupid and naïve we are, O fellow straight! You are being shepherded like a sheep for the slaughter. You thought last week that all LGBTQs wanted was to be recognized as normal human beings; but then you heard yesterday that they wanted equal civil rights to straights and so you consented; today you gave in graciously to their demands that marriage between gay/lesbian couples are on a equal footing with yours; already, tomorrow, you can see that adoption, foster care, even a re-definition of family is theirs; off on the horizon, you can even see that “normal” society is unrecognizable unless it is “queer” society.
Like all cultures, LGBTQs have the impulse to preserve, protect, and propagate themselves, to “transform the very fabric of society.” The only alternative to growth and expansion is death; “He not busy being born is busy dying!” (B. Dylan) Therefore, unless LGBTQ's culture is aggressively taking new ground, it dies. With it dies all of the aspirations of LGBTQs: “The death of a culture is an uncanny event for it erases not only the future but also the past, that is, the hopes and fears, the sweat and sacrifice of countless generations whose lives no longer can be remembered, for no living being will sing their songs or tell their stories.”
If you think that LGBTQs are at present hysterical and aggressive in promoting their agenda, they have only begun! It will never stop until your sons are queer, your daughters are lesbian, and your dog partnered with a “differently specied” human!
Dear brother/sister, what are we to do? This foolishness must stop or the USA – not just “as we know it” but altogether – will die. History is quite clear that homosexuality spells the death throes of a society. Any culture that tolerates, encourages, and sees homosexuality flourish is by definition dying.
Gay/lesbian families will spell the death of the family.
Gay/lesbian troops in the military will spell the death of the military – and consequently the death of our ability to defend ourselves.
Gay/lesbian lawmakers will spell the death of the rule of law.
What is required is a complete spiritual reformation in the USA. Christ is the beginning, middle, and end of our hope for redemption. Only as we return to Him as our head will we as his body remain in fidelity to the model of marriage set before us. Anything else will bring judgment upon us as a people. America, forsake your crimes and immoralities, return to Christ who is the bridegroom and we, the Church, his spotless bride. You, O Christian, must stand firm and resolute and not be beguiled by the smooth talk and lies of the LGBTQ community: “What harm does it do to have a gay couple living next door to you?”