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And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. [1]

Source: Matthew 19:1-6

Jesus is put out with the Pharisees. Jesus points them and us to the Bible. I am afraid our church leaders are not serving us well and are deceiving God’s people by pretending something that God did (make us male and female) isn’t true. There is a lot to unpack here considering what is going on in our society and culture.

What is up with the religious leaders?

I guess the same question could be asked today. The Bible is clear. Jesus is clear. We have all kind of religious leaders (and churches) today still with confusion about marriage and now transgender-ism.

What about same-sex marriage?

That wasn’t the question, but Jesus is adamant that marriage is between a man and a woman. There really is no other way to read this.

What about divorce?

Jesus, here and in a few other places, states that divorce is only appropriate for adultery. The sexual union, created by God, can’t be undone. God’s goal for us is one of unity between a man and a woman.

What about transgender-ism?

God created us male and female. Jesus states there are only two sexes. That is it.

We all need to clear on this?

Jesus is clear and expects us to be clear. Our message is one of redemption and love. What is required, however, is changing our minds (aka repentance).

If, in fact, you or your loved ones have been infected by the strong spirit-killing viruses of this agent of our present evil age, then, you must know they can be healed. Life and love may be pure and holy before God. You can be fully human.

Good news: Transformation is not just available but is inevitable when one confesses his sin, turns to the Master Jesus the Messiah to receive His mercy, grace, and receives His cleansing power of the cross: His life lived will cover yours. His death offered as a substitute for the punishment of our sins brings you redemption from the devices of the devil and the fetters of the flesh. St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, a notoriously noxious group of sinners, who had been caught in every vile trick of the devil, especially in sexual sin.

Paul’s words are most instructive for our study:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. [2]

(1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 19:1–6). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Co 6:9–11). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.