God Hates a Lying Tongue
God's plan for a marriage relationship is set out clearly in the first two chapters of the Bible. I guess he put first what he knew we would need most. One man, one woman, one covenant, one lifetime together, one relationship. Adam and Eve's relationship was passionate, wonderful and shameless. But in chapter 3 a tragic thing happens. The father of lies appears in the garden. They began to be more interested in themselves than in each other. They embrace his lies and begin to see each other in a different light and are filled with shame. What God created to be perfect and pure becomes twisted and corrupt.In modern times Satan has continued to successfully propagate his lies. Sixty years ago Alfred Kinsey's inaccurate research was published. His research is based on an inordinate number of interviews with prisoners, homosexuals and pedaphiles. He successfully convinced millions that the behavior he discovered in these groups was common to society in general. The "everyone is doing it" concept was enthusiastically embraced by multitudes. (1960's sexual revolution)Rod Stewart's attitude toward marriage is an example of the damage done when we embrace such lies: "I think the (marriage) vows should be changed, because they've been in existence for 600 years, when people used to live until they were only 35. So they only had to be with each other for 12 years, then they would die anyway. But now, it's a big commitment because you're going to be with someone for 50 years. It's impossible. The vows should be written like a dog's license that has to be renewed every year."So many people are experiencing brokenness, heartbreak and disillusionment. God meant for our intimacy with our mate to be pure, mysterious, passionate, enjoyable and spiritual. Yet again, we have successfully corrupted another of God's wonderful gifts by embracing Satan's lies. Malachi 2:15 "He has made them one. In flesh and spirit they are his."
(see sermon series at www.bethany.org)