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Of course, marriage can't be redefined, it has already been defined in the Bible.
Mark 10 5 But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 "But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. 7 "FOR THIS CAUSE A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, 8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."---NASB
Not only do the above verses demonstrate that marriage is between the opposite sexes--but divorce is not to be considered a common event either.
Unfortunately, the civil law can't be enforced without a very strong and widespread support of it by the social code. Since Christianity doesn't have that much influence in Great Britain anymore (or the US for that matter), one can hope that normality will overrule the very noisy voices of the degenerate.
Philosophic wrote: Perhaps conservative evangelical congregationalists are now (inadvertently) doing likewise: "I'm personally against it [same-sex marriage], but I support an American's right to choose."
By "support", do you mean "upholds the constitution"? Or casts a vote in elections for our leaders?
And your own alternative to "support"? By which I mean, are you actively involved in "not supporting"; that is, rebelling against the guv, going on marches, distributing literature etc?
If you are actively involved, do you have a biblical or a logical precedent for doing so? Thank you.
Once met an Evangelical pastor who exercised the same philosophy. In the category of abortion, he said:
"I'm personally against it, but I support an American's right to choose."
Perhaps conservative evangelical congregationalists are now (inadvertently) doing likewise:
"I'm personally against it [same-sex marriage], but I support an American's right to choose."
God have mercy upon our children and children's children because our generation instead sat on its hands and philosophized with each other that to combat same-sex marriage (with pagans or otherwise) is somehow a "false dilemma."
The consequences are predictable:
2012: 55 million vivisected babies.
2020: 10% of US marriages are same-sex. 10% are polygamous.
No Passivity wrote: If your pastor isn't standing with the Roman Catholic Church battling the plague of same-sex marriage round the globe, then don't be surprised when...
False Dilemma; one can oppose such things w/o joining hands with false churches like Rome, & moreover, consequences are asserted which are not demonstrably certain. Besides, Rome has a different foundation for her ethics, Natural Law, which is fatally flawed. She also advocates external, political solutions (Social Teaching, q.v.) to spirtual problems, a consequence of her defective theology.
Note well, there is no Biblical evidence that the Apostles made any effort to lobby against pagan Rome's immorality, which was possibly worse than that of today. They had their hands full with immorality in the organized church, which clerical pĂŠdophilia is but one example of today.
If your pastor isn't standing with the Roman Catholic Church battling the plague of same-sex marriage round the globe, then don't be surprised when you awaken to discover your vocabulary and precepts of marriage and family are gone:
"Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Lord Brennan said, âfamiliar words such as âhusband and wifeâ and âmother and fatherâ are disappearing from the statute books in the ... countries that have begun the experiment in social engineeringâ."