Christian morals



3. What do you think of homosexual ‘marriages’?



I think they are illicit unions because according to the Scripture only man and woman have the right to get married, that is to say, the only lawful marriage in the sight of God is that which is contracted by a man with a woman. In the book of Genesis it is written that after God had made man in His image, according to His likeness, He made a woman (from one of the man’s ribs) for him, and brought her to the man, and the man lay carnally with her. And then God said: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 – NKJV). Please, note that God says that a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to a woman (her wife) and not to another man; consequently a ‘marriage’ between two men (or two women) is contrary to nature.

However, according to the Word of God, it is contrary to nature not only the ‘marriage’ between two men or two women (in this case, they are considered joined together by a non-existent bond of marriage), but also any sexual intercourse or sexual act between men or women even though they are ‘unmarried’. For the Scripture says that Sodom and Gomorrah, two ancient cities which were full of homosexuals, went “after strange flesh” (Jude 7 – NKJV. The Italian Bible Riveduta Version reads “dietro a vizi contro natura’ that is, “after vices against nature”); and Paul says about those who commit indecent acts with people of the same sex: “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:26-27 – NKJV).

To confirm that sex between men is condemned by God I quote the following passage which is written in the law: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22 – NKJV).

Therefore all kinds of sexual acts between men (as well as between women) – no matter if they are ‘married ‘ or ‘unmarried’ according to a human law – are condemned by the Word of God.

However this perverse and sinful generation, which takes pleasure in what God hates, not only tolerates indecent acts between men and between women, but also encourages them. We have many evidences which confirm this extremely permissive attitude toward homosexuals. In some nations, for instance, homosexuals have obtained the right to get married and even the right to adopt children. In Italy the Parliament has not yet passed any law which allows homosexuals to get married and to adopt children; nevertheless there are many signs that make us think that one day this nation also will pass a law that allows these perversions.

Now, brethren, I want to tell you this: unfortunately among the Protestants (both in Italy and abroad) those who are in favour of the marriage between homosexuals are increasing all the more in number; such Protestants very insolently ask all the Christians to forsake their ‘prejudices’ against homosexuality, which originated in ancient times. ‘The customs have changed, so we ought to conform ourselves to the new customs. We cannot and must not hold on to a retrograde and out-of-date mentality, which is not suitable for this time any longer’, assert these Protestants. Here is what some protestant pastors and theologians declared about the civil ‘marriage’ between homosexuals several years ago: ‘We appreciate and welcome with interest the recommendation of the [European] Parliament in Strasbourg to recognize in the national legislations the rights of the permanent cohabitations between citizens who are homosexuals, by comparing them with the permanent cohabitations among heterosexuals, in order to assure both of them of equal rights and duties; we invite our society to have a confrontation of such proposal with serenity and a spirit of equity, developing an ethical reflection which takes note of the development of the custom which is going on in the western societies, safeguarding the respect of the people involved in their human specificity and their choices of life, and safeguarding together the times which are indispensable for a development and maturity of the consciences in the face of the changes which are going on; we hope that in this matter neither rigid positions nor preconceived condemnations will arise, even in the name of a Christian ethics which has been lived historically in different ways, and that the respect of the human being, created in the image of God and loved and redeemed by God, may remain in its centre; finally, in this context we suggest that the word ‘marriage’ (which has produced the sense of an unnecessary provocation) should be forsaken in favour of the words ‘permanent cohabitation’ or ‘civil union’, which are more suitable’ (NEV, 2 March, 1994, year XV, number 9, page 1). This declaration was signed by 33 Waldensian pastors, 17 Baptists, 7 Lutherans, 7 Methodists and a Reformed woman pastor. Among the signers we find Giorgio Bouchard (Waldensian, former President of the Italian Federation of Evangelical Churches); Sergio Aquilante (Methodist), Franco Scaramuccia and Massimo Aprile (Baptists); Hans Gerch Philippi (the Lutheran Doyen); Paolo Ricca, who is the Dean of the Waldensian Theological Faculty, and Bruno Corsani, Daniele Garrone and Ermanno Genre, who are teachers at the same faculty, as well as Giorgio Girardet, who is emeritus professor.

As you can see, the position of these Protestants is clear, they hope that also here in Italy homosexual ‘marriages’ will be accepted. This is a position, therefore, according to which homosexuality is natural and lawful. But we know that homosexuality is contrary to nature and unlawful in the sight of God. These so called Protestants, therefore, protest against the truth, righteousness and holiness, rather than against sin. They have rebelled against God, they have cast His Word behind their backs, they have trampled the Word of God underfoot. If they don’t repent, they will surely bear their judgement, that is, they will surely be punished by God.

As far as we are concerned, as it is fitting for ministers of Christ, we will continue to condemn with all boldness both homosexuality and every bill or law that legalizes both homosexuality and homosexual ‘marriages’, saying in a loud voice that homosexuals (whether they are Catholics or Baptists, or Waldensians, or Methodists, or Lutherans, or Pentecostals, etc., etc.,) sin against nature, doing things that are an abomination in the sight of God, and if they don’t repent and believe in the Lord they will perish. Homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10). After death they will go to Hades, and in that day they will rise again and be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the place of eternal torment appointed by God for the abominable (Revelation 21:8). I exhort you, brethren, to do the same: raise your voice against homosexuality! Do not be deceived by the empty words of these so called Christians (they are Christians in name only) who twist the meaning of the Word of God to their own destruction. I say it again, do not be deceived by their empty words, for because of these things – as Paul says – the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6). Instead, I say to these so called Protestants who tolerate and encourage homosexuality, ‘Repent of your evil thoughts and protest against homosexuality, otherwise the wrath of God will come upon you because God is a righteous judge who punishes all those who tolerate iniquity’. And I take the opportunity of saying to all those who are called Protestants and are homosexuals, ‘Repent of your sins and believe in the Lord, so that you may be set free from this sin of which you are slaves. Do not hesitate to take this decision, otherwise you will go to hell when you die’.