We’re increasingly seeing churches ignore God’s clear Word and bowing to the pressures of our culture. The US Episcopal church already ordains practicing homosexual clergy and offers gay wedding services. Now they’re taking this blatant erosion of biblical truth a step further by removing the terms “husband and wife” and “procreation of children” from their marriage liturgy after gay and lesbian couples complained it was “offensive and exclusionary.”
The “union of husband and wife,” is being replaced with, “the union of two people.” And….the purpose of marriage will replace “for the procreation of children” with “for the gift of children,” reportedly “to make it more relevant for same-sex couples who may wish to adopt.”
Now, marriage is not just the “union of two people.” Marriage is the union of a man and woman, where the two become one (Genesis 2:24). And marriage is not the Episcopal church’s institution to redefine. It’s ultimately not a church, government, social, or cultural institution. It’s God’s institution. He ordained marriage when he created the first man and woman in Genesis 1. Since he created it from the very beginning, only he has the authority to define what it is.