Is Same-Sex Marriage The Death Knell for The Church?

Dalrock frequently makes postings on the problems of marriage on his blog and usually quotes some US statistics to show how poorly men are served in the present state of affairs. But his post, Lovestruck,

is a gem, a real diamond. I commend you to read both his post and the link he has to the article in The American Conservative .

Don’t think that I am pessimistic about the future of the Church. The Church will survive because we bear witness to the one true God, who is both creator and sustainer of the entire creation.

But it did make me wonder whether the Church at the close of the 21st Century will be recognisable to anyone who was present at the start of that same century. I suspect that as it moves further from the mainstream of societal beliefs and values, it will almost certainly be smaller in number. It may have to undergo a second reformation, as so many of our major denominations are either seen to be hypocritical about sin in their own midst, like the Roman Catholic church with priests and at least one senior clergyman accused of homosexual activity while simultaneously opposing homosexuality publicly, compromising traditional beliefs like the Church of Scotland, the Church of England and the Methodist Church but still making no inroads into the general population in terms of ‘bums on seats’ and independents becoming heretical and preaching hate, like Westboro Baptist Church.

Are we going to see a re-run of the story of Ezra and Nehemiah, where a small number of men under a theologian and a manager set about re-energising the worship of Israel. I would certainly hope so, if Jesus has not returned by then. But then perhaps what we need is to look at what Jesus did and do likewise. If we do not want to be like the church in the job interview that is described by David Murrow at Church for Men then perhasps we ought to start following His example and truly start a process of discipling men so that, like the first disciples, we to can turn the world upside down.

About UK Fred

A Christian who cares that the church in Britain conforms to societal demands, rather than transforms society. I am particularly concerned with the lack of support for marriage and the acceptance of divorce in the church. I also care that the body politic in Britain seems to be corrupt and in need of a good shake-up.
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3 Responses to Is Same-Sex Marriage The Death Knell for The Church?

  1. Jon Gleason says:

    Fred, Dalrock’s article is excellent. Love and romance are not the same thing, and we’ve exalted romance at the cost of true Biblical love. A big factor in why even some believers have lost their way on sexual morality.

  2. ukfred says:

    Jon, it is an excellent article, but I was even more concerned with the explanation in the American Conservative that Christians lost the argument in the 1960’s because we argued against change, rather than argued that ‘free love’ was going to adversely affect society. As a result of losing that argument, we are losing young people from the church, which is seen as restrictive and a killjoy. The argument needed to be more one of, “How will your brave new world organise itself when families keep breaking down?”

    • Jon Gleason says:

      I’m not sure, Fred. I think if we’d argued that ‘free love’ would adversely effect society, it wouldn’t have been heeded. We’ve seen this kind of cycle before — Victorianism was a reaction to excessive hedonism. Anyone could see the negative impacts, so Victorianism came in, but here we go again.

      People are sinners, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, and there are far more unbelievers than believers. Rod Dreher is a culturally conservative Catholic, but I don’t think he really internalises what that Biblical truth means in this discussion.

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