Ask Ivor

Nick asks:

"Can you possibly answer very directly in one or two sentences how it would be Biblically okay for homosexuals to have a consummated Biblical marriage when homosexual relationship is specifically condemned by that same Bible?"

How is it Biblically okay for ANYONE to marry, when marriage is specifically advised against by that same Bible? "It is good for a man not to marry.... To the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried... [unless] they cannot control themselves.... Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife.... Those who marry will face many troubles in this life.... The time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none.... An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs.... But a married man is concerned about... how he can please his wife.... He who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better" (1Co 7:1,8-9,27-29,32-33,38).

How is it Biblically okay for anyone to DIVORCE, when divorce is specifically ruled out by that same Bible? "What God has joined together, let man not separate.... Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery" (Mt 19:6,8-9).

How is it Biblically okay for any WOMAN TO PASTOR, when this is specifically forbidden by that same Bible? "Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.... It is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.... I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent" (1Co 14:34-35; 1Ti 2:12).