“Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” –Matthew 15:14
Recently, an article entitled “Bake for them two” hit the stage in the latest progressive “Christian” way to argue in favor of sodomy. This sodomite supporter argues from Matthew 5 and specifically verse 41.
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” ~Matthew 5:41
Jessica Kantrowitz argues, “If you believe gay marriage is immoral (I don’t, myself) and a gay couple comes into your shop and asks you to bake a cake for their wedding, what should you do? If God causes the sun to rise and the rain to fall on the wedding days of straight and gay couples, then what is our responsibility? If it is against the law to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, but you believe strongly that their lifestyle is immoral, what should you do? Christians, our Jesus said, ‘Go with them two.'”
First of all, when she says that she doesn’t believe “gay marriage is immoral,” that should tell you immediately where this lady is coming from. The premiere issue with her is that she doesn’t acknowledge that sodomy is immoral and that marriage is between a man and woman. I wonder what she will do with Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, and the numerous other passages which reveal God’s laws concerning sodomy. She cannot say that she believes that redefining “marriage” to include sodomy is not immoral and then make sense of sodomy not only being a sin, but also a crime.
Secondly, Matthew 5:38 is dealing with the eye for an eye issue specifically. This is known as “lex talionis,” or the “law of retaliation.” John Gill says of this issue:
Now our Lord here, does not find fault with the law of retaliation, as delivered by Moses, but with the false gloss of the Scribes and Pharisees; who, as they interpreted it of pecuniary mulcts, as a compensation for the loss of a member, which sometimes exceeded all just and due bounds; so they applied it to private revenge, and in favour of it: whereas this law did not allow of a retaliation to be made, by private persons, at their pleasure, but by the civil magistrate only.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary reveals:
An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth—that is, whatever penalty was regarded as a proper equivalent for these. This law of retribution—designed to take vengeance out of the hands of private persons, and commit it to the magistrate—was abused in the opposite way to the commandments of the Decalogue. While they were reduced to the level of civil enactments, this judicial regulation was held to be a warrant for taking redress into their own hands, contrary to the injunctions of the Old Testament itself (Pr 20:22; 24:29).
As we can see from these commentaries, Jesus was explaining the proper use of this law in light of its abuse and immoral way that the Pharisees had been applying it. This law had a specific relationship to the civil sphere and the civil magistrate. One example of this would be if one murdered someone you loved in your family. What should you do? Should you go and execute them? No. Should you forgive them if they had repented to you? Yes, however, the civil magistrate’s role would be to execute them if the proper evidence had been displayed (two to three witnesses). One could be “forgiving” the man for the murder and the magistrate still enact the penalty of death. Both things could be occurring simultaneously.
The point that Jesus made is that that law wasn’t to be used in personal ways for revenge. This is what civil magistrates (Rom. 13:4) are to deal with.
Thirdly, she says, “Christians, our Jesus said to not only follow the law, but to rise to a higher standard of love.” My reply would be, what is this “higher standard” if not the Law of God? Paul, in speaking about love says this: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:8-10).”
Paul spoke of the “standard” of love and that standard was to be obedient to God’s Law. Now, I would ask, who is being “loving” when sodomites go into a Christian business and demand that that business make for them a wedding cake for a “marriage” that is completely unbiblical and immoral? Certainly the Sodomites are the ones guilty here of violating God’s Law on many levels. However, if the standard is merely trumped up to “love” without any qualification, according to Jessica, then what would she do if a man came up to her on the streets asking her for money so he could buy drugs or a prostitute? Would she also be consistent with her position here and advocate that all Christians should be “supporting” these immoral acts as well? What if someone asks for your wife, should you give him your wife and your daughter as well? I mean, why not? According to her, we must rise to the higher standard of love! To say that love is the higher standard and not to define it is absurd and leads to wickedness.
Fourthly, let’s take a look at how the Bible defines love in the one of the most popular passages in the Scripture.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I would like to point out that love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Since the Bible teaches that sodomy is immoral, then one should not be “rejoicing” in that. Here we see that love is not this undefined mystical dust in the air. Love follows that which is good. That which is good is defined by God’s Law. Sodomy is completely in violation of God’s Law and it is not “loving” to be rejoicing in that which is evil. Second John 2:10-11 goes so far as to say that those who are bringing incorrect doctrine to us, we should not even accept them in our homes and that to do so would be “fellowshipping with their evil works.”
Finally, I would like to point out that Jesus ran out those that were in the temple that were committing usury, which was a crime according to God’s Law. I wonder what Jesus would have done if there had been priests there “marrying” sodomites? I suggest the same whip would have come out because of turning the house of God into a “den of thieves.” The thievery is in taking crimes and abominable actions and placing them in the place of reverence and honor for God and calling it “good.” This angered Jesus and continues to anger Christians today. Righteous indignation is certainly the reaction of any God-loving and God-fearing Christian when people like Jessica wish to misuse God’s Word to advance perversions.
Christians are here to stand for the truth and defend the faith. We are to speak the truth in love and not merely come up with unbiblical notions of love that speak lies. The world is decaying around us in this nation because people like Jessica view Christianity’s attraction as based on giving sinners what they love rather than honoring and loving God first, which is the greatest commandment. To love God is to obey His Word. In obeying His Word, we are not to be supporting wickedness and clear abominations that God’s Law teaches against. Christians that wish to show their love for God will be standing up against this evil and are doing that which is “right.” Christians are showing their “love for God” in not participating in this wickedness. Christians that are “loving” their neighbors are also standing up against this abomination by declaring the truth of God’s Word about it being wicked.
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Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
and a good blessing will come upon them. – Proverbs 24:24-25