Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2008 Jun 04
Harry Jackson, Chairman of the High Impact Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, has written a column called The Gay Activists Are Heading for the Churches. I don’t doubt anything he says because it is the logical next step. He points out that the homosexual community is seeking to “mainstream” gays in three phases of life–marriage, politics, and religion.
What should evangelical churches do to be ready? Here’s one answer. Make sure you have a clear statement about your understanding of marriage. Put it in your church constitution. Add it to your Statement of Faith. Most statements of faith don’t say anything about marriage because in generations past, no one dreamed of a day when people would seriously argue for same-sex marriage. But that day is upon us. It’s not hard to foresee a time in the next few years when evangelical churches are challenged about their convictions on homosexuality. It won’t be enough to say, “This is why we oppose same-sex marriage.” We need to affirmatively say, “This is how God defines marriage.”
Better to write it now than to wish you had later.