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I once debated with a friend who is a supporter of gay marriage. At the end of the debate, I was accused of being unloving, a hypocrite, and my gospel is not real gospel. Unmistakably, a Christian committed to the Biblical truth does believe in “Love” and the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus is what we preach; the Love of Jesus is what we preach.

However, “love” and the “gospel” are two words often misused and abused when it comes to the issue of gay marriage (another often misused word is “equality”). Their meanings as in the context of the Bible are often taken out of context to support gay marriage by some. The simple rationale goes that, if you love someone who is gay, out of love for that person, then you must support gay marriage. Otherwise, you are an unloving hypocrite preaching the fake gospel, because the Gospel of Jesus is all about love.

Make no mistake, the reason that Jesus became man was out of love. Not only love for mankind, but also out of love and obedience to the Father. God is loving, so loving to a point that He was willing to sacrifice Christ Jesus to die for sins of mankind, suffering and dying in our place that He bore sins for us, so that we may receive righteousness, his righteousness, not ours, on account of His one act of love on the Cross. We see that God is not only loving, but also righteous. Christ vicarious death – which is the ultimate fulfillment of Old Testament sacrifices for sins (Hebrews 10) – satisfies His attributes of love and righteousness.

Christ out of love, died for us, for our sins. God’s love does not condone sin.

The Bible says that no one is righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10). After the Fall, we all have sinned in Adam. This includes everyone, every nation, every culture, every race and color, heterosexuals and homosexuals alike. All have sinned against God, and there is no one righteous.

Let me be clear, in the context of the debate on gay marriage, heterosexuals are no more righteous than homosexuals. There are heterosexual sins and sexual perversions as well as homosexual sins and sexual perversions that are displeasing to the Lord.

The institution of marriage since its inception constitutes the union between a man and woman. God in fact created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Apostle Paul spoke unmistakably and specifically in Romans 1 against homosexual behaviors and practices,

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

As committed Christians and saved sinners, we strive to pattern after the loving God who does not condone sin. We speak against heterosexual sins, as well as homosexual sins. We do this, not because Christians are superior or more righteous. Quite the contrary, Christians are lowly sinners saved by grace out of God’s grace and love for us. Out of ourselves, we are no more righteous than others. As saved sinners, we still constantly battle with our individual sins.

As the Easter holidays approach, and as the U.S. Supreme Court currently debating whether gay marriage is constitutional, it is a very fitting timing to clarify the misconception on the Biblical meaning of “love” in the context of the true “Gospel” of Jesus Christ.

Talking about God’s love for Man without talking about sins, and Christ’s vicarious death for our sins is not the true Gospel. In this regard, many gay-marriage supporters’ “love” argument to the Christian community is too simplistic and devoid of the meaning of the true Gospel. God’s love is not our conception of “love,” God’s love does not condone our sins.

God’s institution of marriage since its inception is for between a man and a woman. My challenge to those who use the “love” argument to support gay marriage: if one truly believes in the loving God who does not condone sin, one ought to love his creator God, by following his loving commandments and respecting God’s creation order.