Male and ?

Tomorrow my parents will be celebrating their wedding anniversary. I want to express my thankfulness for my parents. God uses marriage between a man and his wife to illustrate the relationship between Jesus and the Church (Ephesians 5).

As many of my readers may know, the gay agenda has swept across our nation. They call those who do not agree with their thinking “bigots” and “bullies”. But what does the Bible say?

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:3-6).

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:6-9).

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31).

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. ¶ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:18-32).

So, my dear readers, we can see that it is not “male and male” or “female and female” but “God made them male and female.”

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A Trip Taken – 140 Years Ago

“Rose, put that crate in the wagon,” Mother Andrews directed. “Paul, does Father need help with the horses and cows?”

“Yeah, me and Robert are going to be herding them along the road,” seventeen-year old Paul replied.

A couple of hours later, thirteen wagons began the long journey west. The Andrews, along with nine other families, were leaving Columbus, Ohio, to settle in the new state of Nebraska. They had between eight and nine hundred miles ahead of them. “We have about fifty-eight days of travel,” Father calculated. “If we average fifteen miles a day, that is,” he added.

The Andrews family consisted of Father, Mother, seventeen-year old Paul, sixteen-year old Robert, fourteen-year old Cindy, ten-year old Keith, eight-year old Rose, and five-year old Emma. Besides the Andrews, there were two other Baptist families: the Mark Yoders and the Andrew Johnsons. The other wagon-train members dubbed them “The Baptist Braves.”

The first day they managed to get seven miles. They rounded up the cattle and settled down for the night.

“Father,” Cindy spoke as the family ate supper, “is that the sounds of a horse—”

“Hello!” someone called.

Father stood up. “Yes,” he said, “someone is coming.”

“Hello there,” Andrew called.

The horseman rode up to Andrew and dismounted. “Good evening,” he said.

“I’m Andrew Johnson,” Andrew said, extending his hand.

“And I’m Jimmy Sanders,” the horseman replied. “Are ya’ll on your way west?”

“Um-uh,” Andrew answered.

“I’m Martin Andrews,” Father introduced himself.

“Jimmy Sanders,” Jimmy replied.

“This is my wife, Martha,” Father answered.

“And this Amy,” Andrew introduced his wife.

The rest of the people were introduced, and Jimmy was invited to stay with them. Continue reading