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The Sunday Bulletin

The Sunday Bulletin

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The Sunday Bulletin for the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania, for the week of June 30, 2013.
The Sunday Bulletin for the New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania, for the week of June 30, 2013.

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The New Testament Baptist Church of Butler, PennsylvaniaSunday, June 30, 2013724.282.2494 437 North Duffy Road, Butler, Pennsylvania 16001 www.VisitNTBC.com
Marriage
the Exclusive Union Between a Man and a Woman
 
 What constitutes marriage? We are living in a country that is having a difficult time defining marriage.
Sadly, the proponents of same sex marriage are louder and more demanding than God’s people on this
issue lately. Those who are willing to push legislation making homosexual unions legal are more than willing to, not only defy Almighty God, but also to ignore the rights of states to vote their mind and hearton the matter. There is a concerted organized effort to place same sex union into federal law by the
highest courts of our land, to literally overthrow God’s order.
God created and designed marriage.
It is only right that He Who originated holy matrimony has the
authority to define, detail and design this union. God said, “And the LORD God said, It is not good thatthe man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18). Man was lonely; he was
surrounded by the beautiful foliage of the Garden of Eden and a myriad of animals, all of whom weretame. He was encompassed by a pristine nature in a perfect, unfallen world, yet with all the perfection
he was missing something, or more appropriately, someone. The Bible says that God “...brought her (the woman) unto the man” (Genesis 2:22). The Lord Himself made man, then woman and performed the
first wedding. The entire universe was made in six days, and every day He declared it good. It was not
until man and woman were made, and united, that he declared His creation very good! “And God saw 
every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were
the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).God set the motif, and declared it very good. When anyone departs fromthis original concept of that which is “very good,” nothing remains except that which is very bad. When a
nation embraces, endorses and blesses the lifestyle of homosexuality, they are in for great trouble.Society builds relationships off of our sexuality, but God does not. Society says pick your sexuality, andthen your mate. This is putting the cart before the horse. Our job is not to pick our sexuality, and then findour purpose. Our job is to find our purpose, and let God worry about the rest. Homosexuality is the resultof man seeking to find himself, rather than seeking to find God. If we find God, before we find ourselves, we would never have to find ourselves because God never misplaced us.
 
Man wants to define God by us. However, God expects us to be defined by Him. Sexuality is not themeans to find ourselves, nor is it the end that we are to be seeking. Sexuality is the byproduct of findingGod's will and purpose, which was made very clear early in the Bible in the story of creation. God makesman for
His
purpose.Now here is the problem. Man wants to believe that desire dictates direction. We want to say,
"Oh, I believe this, so I will go in this direction."
 Yet, this is exactly what we have done with sexuality. We allow adesire to be created, and then we expect God to follow along, and bless it. God becomes subservientto man in that scenario. We were made for
His
pleasure, not the other way around. Once we havedecided to allow sexuality to be the horse that pulls the cart of our direction, who is then to say whichsexual desires are admissible, and which ones are not. Whatever you do, don't say you were born this way. This means God is confused because man wasmade in the image of God, and God is not confused about how He made us, or about His image. Thiscan become the argument for every desire that man has. If I was born with the desire to steal, is thatacceptable? If I was born with the desire to have sex with animals, does that make it sanctionedbehavior? You will not find much chastity in a society that defines direction by sexual preference.
 

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