God’s law should be the final word on same-sex marriage

2013-01-16T00:00:00Z God’s law should be the final word on same-sex marriage Montana Standard
January 16, 2013 12:00 am

I’m writing in response to the Jan. 9 article titled, “Butte’s marriage laws give hope, but still work ahead.” My heart was grieved that the writer would feel same-sex marriage should be allowed in our society.

Maybe you are not aware of how God feels about this subject so please allow me this opportunity to share with you and all readers.

First, Initiative 96, Article XIII, Section 7 of the Montana Constitution, passed on Nov. 2, 2004, states, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.” It was passed by a 67 percent majority, with 33 percent opposed. I believe the residents of Montana spoke clearly and loudly when they passed this initiative.

Second, this initiative also is in complete alignment with God’s law. Had the residents of Montana voted to accept same-sex marriage, God’s law will trump it. God spoke thousands of years ago in Genesis, Chapter 19, regarding sexual sins. The apostle Paul also wrote in Romans, Chapter 1, regarding man suppressing the truth and exchanging the truth for a lie, which resulted in men and women performing in unnatural functions. These laws were given to us by God for our own protection. God’s word is holy and sovereign.

Any laws passed that are in direct contradiction to God’s word become man’s law. As a believer and follower of my Lord and Christ, I will be a law-abiding citizen to man’s law, unless that law attempts to supersede His word.

God’s word at times is harsh and painful and full of dos and don’ts. If we didn’t have God’s rules and laws, we would no longer exist as a society.

Why do we have speed limits, stop signs and law enforcement? Some may feel they should be allowed to drive as fast as they want without regard to safety. If we all broke the laws and ran every stop sign in town, many lives would be lost. Laws are not always equal and fair. Jesus said, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” Does that sound fair? God’s ways are not always our ways. There are many times we don’t understand His thinking, but nevertheless He knows what’s best for us.

Jesus set the example for us to follow when He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well. He showed her love and compassion even though she was living in sexual sin. He pointed out her sins and offered her a new way of life. My desire is to show God’s love to all of mankind so that they might come to the everlasting knowledge of Christ. Most of us don’t enjoy being told we are sinning, but the reality is, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Joe Warren

1521 B St., Butte

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(14) Comments

  1. juanajob
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    juanajob - January 24, 2013 10:15 pm
    Is sleeping with your cousin better? No way Harold
  2. ostinmontana
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    ostinmontana - January 23, 2013 3:08 pm
    We should follow God's law. So I assume Joe Warren still makes burnt offerings to his God. And doesn't eat ham. I am positive Joe Warren has never worn clothing made of more than one type of fabric. Joe Warren has never shaved or cut his hair, because God does not like that, and I'm sure this Warren character has also advocated that the Montana State Legislature adopt God's law that very clearly states someone who cheats should be put to death.

    There are hundreds of such laws put in the Bible--yet no religious zealots bother to think or say anything about them. We can assume that is because these zealots know which laws of God's they should follow; God knows better.
  3. butteisthebestplaceonearth
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    butteisthebestplaceonearth - January 23, 2013 6:23 am
    Why should he care or be so scared?
  4. butteisthebestplaceonearth
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    butteisthebestplaceonearth - January 22, 2013 7:16 am
    So true.
  5. Kibug
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    Kibug - January 20, 2013 12:14 pm
    Oh my...I am litterally sickened by reading these words. The sheer ignorance. I could write a book on the atrocities of this man's thoughts, but looks like I don't have to because the majority of the populice agrees it seems.
  6. Drifter
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    Drifter - January 19, 2013 5:51 am
    Indeed.
  7. ThisMTGuy
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    ThisMTGuy - January 18, 2013 10:37 pm
    The standard won't print my original comment, because, I guess it's ok to be pro-God and use that as concrete reasoning. But, it's not ok to be anti-God or even question the Bible.
  8. butteisthebestplaceonearth
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    butteisthebestplaceonearth - January 17, 2013 7:23 pm
    Ever notice how couples start looking like each other after decades of marriage? Same hair cuts. Matching outfits. Same deodorants Basically no sex just tolerance sports alcohol

    So wants the difference from the gays really?

  9. soreallysowhat
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    soreallysowhat - January 17, 2013 9:00 am
    Joe, your probably a gun owner, too.
  10. bob
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    bob - January 16, 2013 9:53 pm
    What a bunch of BS. You may as well be citing Grimms’ Fairy tales. It was propaganda 2,000 years ago and still is. If you don’t like homosexual marriage, don’t marry a dude. Move on..
  11. Diggin406
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    Diggin406 - January 16, 2013 9:05 pm
    And "my heart was grieved" when I read that some people in the world feel like same-sex marriage should NOT be in our society.

    I am hurt to read that some people still insist upon manipulating the teachings of only ONE religion, and then assume they can apply their values to the ENTIRE world. This bigotry is entirely un-Christ-like...do you not see?!

    Despite my strong feelings on the subject... you don't see me writing letters to the editor about it.
  12. srvdmytym
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    srvdmytym - January 16, 2013 3:01 pm
    Congratulations to you Mr. Warren, as a believer in CHRIST you know that these times are described in the New Testament...."men will be lovers of themselves", "men will rely on their own knowledge as opposed to the word of the most high GOD"....Now....if anyone can read in the Old and New Testament the observations of the Prophets/Disciples that homosexuality is not "favored" in the eyes of GOD is seeing something that i cannot discern? The Book of Genesis is pretty specific in the punishment for those "who lay with man as he would a woman".....Romans 1 starting at vs 18 thru vs 32 is also pretty specific on these points. That being said, you and i will never change the thoughts of people who live a homosexual lifestyle. Attempting to "legislate" morality never has, and will never work nor change the feelings of those involved. As a believer, i know that perfection left this world after the first sin...at that time, this world became the realm of satan, Genesis tells us that too....homosexuality is something that i honestly don't understand; i have worked with folks who are of that proclivity....and by and large they are professional and as proficient as anyone else. I guess, as i see it, i am responsible for my actions; although i don't agree with this lifestyle, i won't be judged on what someone else does, i will be judged on my own actions and words. I do know that i am a sinful creature....but by GOD's grace in JESUS and by faith, i am forgiven. If we read in Romans 2 starting at vs 1....there are some pretty ominous warnings about judging others....i guess i will try to complete the two great commands....love GOD entirely and love others to the best of my ability.
  13. Fred Brewer
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    Fred Brewer - January 16, 2013 12:39 pm
    I'm afraid Mr Warren is providing his own interpretation of biblical instruction that, for the most part, had nothing to say about homosexuality or marriage.

    In fact, what little instruction is provided by the bible was to prohibit the rape of homosexuals and forcing them into prostitution. The Old Testament tended to stern, even harsh, proclamations about righteous behavior. Yet, its only real attention to homosexuals was to protect them. Needless to say, the New Testament was even less judgmental.

    All that aside, the Constitution very concretely forbids the imposition of religious bigotry by any faith. I'm sure Mr Warren isn't advocating violating the Constitution to force his own narrow beliefs on everyone.
  14. uptown
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    uptown - January 16, 2013 8:49 am
    I see. The US is now not a free nation, but one that only obeys one religion. Might as well be Iran.

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