After reading Dr. Ryan Rush’s column titled, “A Biblical case for same-sex marriage,” which was published in the July 9th Nashville News, I felt compelled to respond. There are so many statements in the article that are contrary to Biblical teaching that it is impossible to address them all with the News’ policy of only 300 words for letters from readers. For example, Dr. Rush stated that Jesus “was frequently in hot water over his breaking of that law, particularly the Sabbath law, the traditional handwashing and fellowshipping with those labeled sinners.” The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus did no sin. (I Cor. 5:21, I Pet. 2:22) Jesus did sometimes break the tradition of the Jews but He never broke the law. While we today do not live under the old law, Jesus did, and He kept the law perfectly. If He had broken the law, even one tiny part of it, then He would have been guilty of sin and could not possibly be our atoning sacrifice for sin. (Jas. 2:10)
Dr. Rush noted that Jesus said nothing about many things that the old law condemned, including gay orientation, thus implying that Jesus was okay with homosexuality. We must be very careful here. Jesus also said nothing about rape, incest or domestic violence. Yet, who among us would say that Jesus condoned these sins?
However, Jesus did address the subject of marriage. “Have you not read that He who made them from the beginning made them male and female, …. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (Matt. 19:4-5)
The Bible teaches throughout, and Jesus confirmed, that the ONLY marriage recognized by God is between a man and a woman.