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Who Defines Marriage Anyway?

This post is from David Arthur, CEO of Precept Ministries International.

Who gets to set the rules?David Arthur,

Who determines what is “ok” and what is not?  Is it by general consensus?  Do we simply go with the majority?  Yikes! Remember the book “Lord of the Flies”?  How did a majority rule work in that scenario?  Not very well I’d say.

Our country is making some big decisions about marriage right now.  One poll reported almost half of America believes the original definition is no longer valid.  Church leaders are popping into the conversation challenging the “old” definition of marriage.

Where did Marriage come from? Did the Jews or the Babylonians create it?  Were “cavemen” married, of did they just grab someone by the hair and drag them home?  No.

God HIMSELF created marriage.

Actually it was His original idea.  When did He create it? The Bible tells us it was the very same day God created man and woman. Genesis 2:21–24says so – listen in -

21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

This is the very first marriage. Was there a committee involved? Certainly not! It was created by the CREATOR! You see - God makes the rules because God makes us.  Life, reality, relationships all come from God.  There is no life apart from Him.  There is no marriage outside of His definition. Marriage is between a man and woman.

Redefining Marriage is NOT our option!

So let us pray that our Supreme Court and the courts in our states  - recognize that Marriage is not up for redefining.  It has already been defined – by God Almighty. The Creator of man and woman.

What should you do?


    • Pray for the manner in which believers around this country speak of the people wanting to be in a homosexual or lesbian marriage.
    • Pray that we would not be superior, ignoring or ugly to people who are struggling with same sex attraction.
    • Ask God to fill us with hearts of compassion and mercy for everyone who is caught in the deception of sin.
    • Remember to put your hope and trust in God alone.
    • Pray that the justices of the Supreme Court remember that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

Study the Bible for yourself. 

Find out what the Bible teaches about sexuality and marriage.  These resources are great for taking you straight to Scripture so you can see exactly what God says. 




I love kay, lisened to her for years. Good job, God bless you allways.
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 3:47 PM by Dyan Strickler
THANKS for posting this;and for PRECEPTS!! I just started my 1st class-COVENANT. Isn't the disregard for GOD's Word the reason for messed up culture?! Remembering II Chron. 7:14 
and pleading the Supreme Court gets it right.
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 3:53 PM by Sharon Swanson
THE. URL for "what the Bible says about sex" is not correct.
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 4:11 PM by Gloria Wood
I hope one of your own children doesn't turn out to be gay. 
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 5:12 PM by Sarah Holbrook
My problem is not with God's word, it is that Christians pick and choose to apply it to others in denying others their basic civil rights...for instance GOD HATES DIVORCE...but many Christians have been married and divorced...and whatever number of marriage they are currently in they get the tax benefit because they are "married." Can you have consecutive "sanctified marriages." with your ex's still living??? I think our laws should have changed a long time ago to allow for a definition of "household" i.e.. two sisters, bro and sis, two bros living together would also be a household...even two friends living together who are the same sex could constitute a should never have had anything to do with it...civil rights then would not depend on who was "married"...don't forget that a man and a woman living together were given a "common law marriage" after 7 years...I think Satan wants us to take issue, to keep us from having a testimony to our gay community...many of them have been maimed psychologically by people who have called themselves Christians...we don't know why they've chosen their own sex over the opposite sex...other than they've been touch by sin some by the sins of the very people who have said they loved them and did terrible things to them...but God knows WHY...there's nothing WE can do to "set them straight"...but GOD can if we don't get in HIS way...we need to bring them to GOD and let GOD direct their path as they seek to study His word...I think it's more important for them to feel our love than our judgement...afterall WE ARE ALL SINNERS...and Christ died for them to! How will they ever come to Christ if we think we are better than they are...Praise the Lord for HIS precious blood, that though I didn't deserve it, he CLEANSED me!
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 5:20 PM by Joy Perish
The dark ages of ignorance and fear is over. Jesus tells us to "LOVE ONE ANOTHER" unconditionally as He loves us. Thank you Jesus. I stand for the right of Holy Union for all couples who love one another, and have the same benefits of heterosexual married people. LOVE knows no gender, or color of skin or social or political standing. Thank you Jesus for you saving grace and loving me for who and what I am; after all you created me. Thank you. Amen.
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 6:47 PM by Dennis Burke
This is what I've told many a teenager who has walked into our house. "His world, His want different rules, then try to be the creator of your OWN world, because THIS one, is taken!"
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:45 AM by Nonalinda
Great dialogue - thank you for being real in your responses. I have been convicted with many others recently that we Christians like to categorize our sins nice and neatly - and of course what WE think is worse and not so bad. 
But if the bible calls/defines something as sin - who am I to disagree? What are my credentials, training, intelligence that I can disagree with my CREATOR? with God? I submit to His authoritative word.  
He tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all need a rescue - regardless of our sin. 
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 That we Christ followers are ambassadors for Him - and God is making His appeal THROUGH us - and our message is to BEG people to be reconciled to God. But how? How can one be reconciled with God if we are in sin? Verse 21 tells us - God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin ON OUR BEHALF so that we might become the righteousness of God. Wow!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:54 PM by David Arthur
David, first I want to thank you and your wonderful family for the work you do at Precept Ministries to build up the kingdom. I agree with you,but think it's also important to note that Jesus died for us WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS...JUST AS I AM I COME...reconciliation is a process for some as they get into God's word and start a relationship with HIM...I just think it is important to not have the spikes out as we come in contact with non-believers...we need to be attractive in their eyes...not someone who is there to pronounce judgement...but for the blood of CHRIST...we are all condemned! I think by loving others and LETTING GOD work in their lives is the path we should be on...we need to be there and be compassionate...we need to be God's servants and serve others and to love our neighbor. Just as the thief on the cross was saved, because of JESUS not because he DID anything EXCEPT BELIEVE! JESUS CAN DO THE SAME FOR ANYONE WHO BELIEVES!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:02 PM by Joy Perish
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