Catholic and Protestant leaders are taking a unified stand for the Biblical definition of marriage. Catholic Deacon Keith Fournier and Seventh Day Adventist pastor Matthew Staver have drafted an interdenominational document entitled “We Stand in Solidarity to Defend Marriage and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them.”
The two-page document is followed by seven pages of signatures from Christian leaders nationwide. “While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ," it says. The statement upholds the Biblical definition of marriage – “a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.”
Christians all across America affirm God’s definition of marriage. In an “Ask Pastor John” episode on DesiringGod.org, renowned author and former pastor John Piper says that one cannot nullify particular Biblical commands by making self-defined Biblical themes – such as love or compassion – absolute in an attempt to gratify desires of the heart.
Piper warns believers to be mindful of arguments in support of homosexual marriage which are based on a “self-defined view of happiness that has been used to justify [sin] … without regard to Biblical guidelines.” He encourages Christians to be on-guard, so as not to be swept away by the consensus of culture that contradicts God’s Word.
On behalf of many in the protestant and Catholic denominations, Fournier and Staver wrote, “The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage … the future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.”