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Ryan Anderson

Ryan T Anderson has been around for a while but I am just finding out about him.  Anderson is a Catholic apologist for marriage.  He defends the biblical view of marriage as between one man and one woman.  Yet Anderson does so primarily from a conservative political point of view rather than arguing from the Bible.  He has debated a number of secularists who oppose his views and support same-sex “marriage.”  I have been impressed with his arguments though I would begin with the Bible in support of marriage and against the sin of homosexuality.

Though Anderson comes at the issue of marriage from a different starting point than I do, we both agree that marriage is good for a society, that marriage has always been between a man and a woman, that government has the necessity to protect marriage in this form since healthy families promote a healthy culture and also provide a stable economic force for the community.  I go further and argue that marriage is defined clearly in the Bible as between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Ephesians 5:22-32).  Because God has said that marriage is between one man and one woman, this should settle the issue for the disciple.  Our job then is to preach the gospel to the lost and the biblical foundation of marriage will become part of their life by virtue of God’s grace at work in their hearts.  The gospel produces healthy marriages and the gospel also fights against satanic lies against biblical marriages whether it be same-sex “marriage” or adultery or unbiblical roles in the marriage unit.

Nonetheless, I do champion Anderson for fighting to protect a biblical view of marriage even if he does so from another avenue.  While I do not promote Anderson’s Catholic views, I would support his views on the issue of marriage.  His voice is a needed voice in our day when we are being bombarded (almost daily) with the false idea that same-sex “marriages” do not hurt a society and are not the end of marriage.  We also are being told over and over again that this is a discrimination issue and that homosexuals are like other minorities who have been denied rights.  Anderson correctly points out that no one is being discriminated when it comes to marriage.  Anyone can marry.  But a true marriage is not defined by simply two adults (or more in some cases) wanting to make this a marriage or that a marriage just because they want to.  Marriage is between one man and one woman and people are free to marry or not marry.  None are discriminated against in this case.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/01/2014 at 11:24 AM

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