Dan Juster

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"Amazingly the court discovered a right that could not possibly be in the intent of the Constitution."

"... my greatest concern is the response given by some who claim to be Evangelicals. Why? Because a compromised church is not a glorious church ..."

By Daniel Juster

This summer the United States Supreme Court established a right of homosexual marriage. Amazingly the court discovered a right that could not possibly be in the intent of the Constitution. Justices Roberts and Scalia spoke brilliantly on this, and on the implication of an imperial judicial court making up law.

There are several profoundly troubling things about this judgement:

A. It Goes Against the Historic Consensus on Sexual Morality

I believe that society is at its best when it affirms and fosters foundational Biblical values that have been the cornerstone of the Western World and the Judeo-Christian tradition of morals for 4000 years. Sexual morality was one of the strongest points of consensus for traditional Judaism and all Christians - Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.

We do not have homosexual marriage in Israel. However, the defense minister Ya'alon said he would like to see it, and Benjamin Netanyahu extolled the fact that Tel Aviv was a gay capital of the world. What arrogance!

B. It Endangers Religious Liberty and Conscience

We will now have law suits that are based on requiring people to support homosexual marriages now defined as a civil right. This will not just be for hotel policies and public accommodations, but for people who have family businesses, and who will be forced to actually participate in and foster what they consider to be sin (for example as the wedding photographer, or the baker asked to prepare a wedding cake for two grooms). This has happened in some states in the USA and will happen more and more. There is a great difference between serving someone in a restaurant and personally having to participate in and contribute to a wedding or other immoral events. The legal onslaught on Christian colleges, high schools etc., and their tax exemption status in regard to issues like admissions policies and student housing will certainly be litigated.

C. It Shows Foundational Misunderstandings of the Love of God and the Law of God

Some Christians have responded by rejoicing and agreeing with homosexual marriage, not just as a civil matter, but as something that can reflect the will of God for people. This shows a profound lack of Biblical understanding. There are two primary foundational matters. One is that the Bible is God's word, written and true in what every passage teaches. The second has to do with the meaning of love.

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The first issue is that some Evangelicals simply do not credit that the Bible gives us a clear design in the creation of male and female human beings. There is a design in God's creation that reserves sexual relationships to those in a committed marriage, and marriage for a man and a woman. It is consistent in several texts and made clear in the New Covenant Scriptures that affirm the same view as the teaching of the Hebrew Bible. Leviticus is clear on forbidden sexual relationships (Leviticus 18, 19) and has been considered the universal standard throughout the history of the Church. In addition, Romans 1, and I Corinthians 5, 7 and other passages are quite clear about this. The affirmation of homosexual marriage is a rebellion against God's declared order and design in His creation. Some Evangelicals have emotional sympathy, but have lost the fear of God. Thank God for Billy Graham and his son Franklin speaking out on this.

The second great issue is a weak understanding of love. The kind of "love" that is being affirmed by the pro-homosexual Evangelicals is humanistic love. It is emotional sympathy that seeks to indulge people in what they want because, "How can we deny a homosexual the fulfillment of sexual intimacy?!"

Love in the Bible is defined in the context of law. I have defined it as "passionate identification with other persons, that seeks their good, guided by law." The good of other persons is the fulfillment of their destiny. God's good destiny for people is not homosexual physical intimacy. The issue of how our sexual organs are designed and for whom is so very clear. God's good destiny for most people is heterosexual marriage, and for some it is celibacy to help focus on serving God. Sexual fulfillment is thus not the central meaning of life. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with a lasting covenant relationship between men or between women, which does not entail homosexuality or sexual involvement. Because we really love people, we want to help them achieve their destiny in God. It is not a matter of homophobia (a terrible language distortion to intimidate others and cut off discussion), but a matter of love for homosexuals. We do not fear homosexuals, but in love fear for them. Our destiny is secure in God. We love them and want the best for them. Many Christians have no theology of the law and think that the New Testament has done away with law. But the Bible says faith establishes the law (Romans 3:31) and that the "righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled by those who walk in the Spirit" (Romans 8:4). God has not changed His standards. We are called to point people toward the way to life and true fulfillment.

The Bible forbids sexual physical intimacy outside the lifetime commitment of marriage. This precludes pre-marital sex. Of course, marriage has taken a great hit. For many now marry without any intention of lifetime fidelity. Some even enter into marriage with an understanding that they will allow sexual experiences outside the marriage.

So why are people homosexual, bi-sexual, transgender, cross-dressing and more? There are several reasons. First it is a fallen world and we can inherit a tendency to certain kinds of sin (as C. S. Lewis noted). Though not proven to be genetic, some genetic tendency would not be contrary to the idea of an inherited fallen-ness in a fallen world. Secondly, the environment can in very unpredictable ways predispose us from an early age to wrong orientations in sexual attractions. Thirdly, there is a demonic level. Most Christians who are affirming homosexuality have never dealt with a homosexual spirit or cast it out. In the majority world of Christianity outside of Europe and North America, believers know the reality of the supernatural and are quite familiar with this. Many in the West do not have such understanding.

How tragic. This is another nail in society's coffin leading to the decline of lasting marriages and families as the West plummets toward decadence. What kind of judgment from God can be expected when rebellion is at such a fundamental level? This judgment will begin with the house of God.

And so, I do worry about the condition of the civil government and society. However, as a Messianic Jewish leader, my greatest concern is the response given by some who claim to be Evangelicals. Why? Because a compromised church is not a glorious church, and a glorious Church is key to Israel's restoration to faith and the restoration of all things.

By Daniel Juster
Dan Juster is on the board of Tikkun International and oversees the Tikkun America network of congregations. Donate to Restoration from Zion.
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08:07 29Jul15 David Wright -
Oh how I agree! And it is not just the United States. The same demonic distortion is prevalent in the UK and Europe.

11:08 28Jul15 Lisa Sowry -
Because we don't understand what love is, the pressure being brought to bear here in the States is to accuse the church of being unloving ... the worst accusation we think we could hear. It hits every (self) button we have. But it's how WE feel ... more utter selfishness. Love does what is best for another always ... even when it causes pain. Hurt and harm are two very different things. 1 Thess. 2 speaks of a wave of delusion permitted because people don't love the truth. The real issue on both sides is being a lover of truth. Both for the church and the homosexual. I have homosexual family. I love them dearly and I won't withdraw my love. They may some day withdraw theirs. But I have to tell the truth if I really love them, otherwise my love is in word only. A shallow game being played with people Jesus died for. All because I don't want the pain and rejection of speaking the truth. Truth IS the most loving thing I have ... because God has their best interests at heart always. His love is perfect.

11:54 29Jul15 Jim Boswell -
Thank you!!!! No one could say it better. We are at war with Satan and the Flesh. Till the end. We will keep praying for you and the message.

12:43 29Jul15 James Wuthrich -
If the gay homosexuals will take us to court and sue us for not supporting their sexual preference, then gay homosexuality is not about being nice or loving or beautiful. So then, what are they about?

  -- Dr Juster replies: I think it is about destroying traditional marriage and family. I don't think it is about civil rights, but seeking a society apart from traditional marriage.

12:5029Jul15 Kenneth Gadbois -
Superb argument, Daniel. Yours is an intelligent observation of the current foolishness. SCOTUS isn't authorized to establish law, just decide its applicability. They failed on marriage. May God reward them according to their deeds!

14:20 29Jul15 Frank Onofrio -
"... judgment will begin with the house of God." Exactly right! If the a church can't distinguish right from wrong, God will remove it's candlestick. Unsaved people can't be expected to know right from wrong. But the Church should and if it was faithful to God's Word, God would delay judgement.

05:26 30Jul15 Ruth Pringle -
Thank you for putting this in such a clear, biblical and sympathetic way. I have kept this for reference to explain to others the truth of the situation. I was beginning to feel a bit like Elijah and I am the only one left that feels that homosexuality is completely wrong. It is good to know that God has reserved for himself a group of people that have not given in to baal.

14:36 30Jul15 Peggy Magnuson -
Thank you so much for your wise comments on this distressing subject. My heart hurts for those who so need to hear the TRUTH from God's heart towards them so that they have the opportunity to respond to His mercy and love. Too many judge them before checking the "beam" in their own eyes. God help us to love them first and then reach out for their souls!

04:28 01Aug15 Vel Bautista -
As a Pentecostal Christian I truly agree with your article concerning the onslaught of homosexuality in various societies of the world and swaying even believers to turn their backs on the uncompromised truth of God's Word, the wrath of God being made clear to those practicing this kind of perversion in ROMANS 1:26-27. As a Bible-believing Christian we uphold the restoration of all things. Shalom!

16:52 04Aug15 Anon -
When homosexualism runs rampant in society, it is the sign of the pending end of such civilization, as was the case prior to the fall of the Roman Empire. The pendulum is swinging towards the collapse of order, as history proves just before God pours out His precious Holy Spirit to revive and strengthen His people. Lighten the eyes of my faith to behold Your face in the pitch-like darkness ... Psalm 13

10:54 05Aug15 Jim -
I can see in scripture that what you are saying is true, where I'm needing help is where you say judgement from God is coming for this. How can that be when Jesus took all punishment for sin for all. What am I missing?

  -- Dr Juster replies: Yeshua took all punishment for sin for those who repent and turn to Him. The same texts are very strong for those who refuse his salvation. "How shall we escape if we neglect (refuse) so great salvation?"

22:47 13Aug15 Paul O'Higgins -
Great message. I agree 100%. By the Spirit and in the Spirit we fulfill and achieve the righteousness requirement of the Law. We are not released from the goal of attaining manifest behavioral righteousness. The setting aside of Biblical standards of righteousness are a grave concern. Without the Law we can never know our need for the Atonement and for grace nor can we aspire to the righteousness the Law challenges to.

Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Eitan Shishkoff: What is the One New Man?
Tents of Mercy: Fields of Wheat
Vakif: A Cliff, a Valley & a Mountain
Asher Intrater: Gaza, Praise & Gay Parade
Asher Intrater: Yeshua at Prayer - Tears, Shouting and Godly Fear
Eddie Santoro: Relationships - the Foundation