HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Now, the crime of unchastity, in any of its aspects, is a blow levelled at this blessed family constitution, of which God is the author; and no wonder, then, that it is … so strictly and severely forbidden… And though almost all nations, even the darkest and most corrupt, have passed laws at least against adultery … yet … few are the nations … where poetic genius has not exerted its powers against the seventh commandment, and more or less directly reviled the family constitution. Over immense countries, fornication, polygamy, and frivolous divorce are treated with perfect indifference.
It has been justly remarked, that there is no sin which more speedily and irretrievably destroys the character, both in high and low, and which introduces more misery in less time. It implies and leads to other crimes, such as fraud in cases of seduction, perjury in cases of marriage, not infrequently to murder and suicide…
The word of God has declared his mind in no doubtful terms. “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesians 5:5); also, “Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4). The sexually immoral (who are classed with murderers) … shall have “their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Let us be persuaded that nothing can warrant the dissolution of the conjugal relation once formed, but the crime which destroys the very end of marriage [adultery], and see at once the guilt and folly of the modern infidelity which, under the pretence of adding to social happiness, would, by destroying the permanence of the conjugal tie, overspread society with a deluge of crime and wretchedness. Let us … show our sense of obligation by strictly maintaining the law of chastity ourselves, and guarding, so far as in us lies, against its violation in others.
How much further can we go to maintain the very good fabric of the holy estate of marriage and detailed in the Holy Scriptures? Around the world, there are countries that are redefining the sanctity of marriage. We are aware that the United States of America has in the past redefined what marriage is has to some extent blasphemed the word of God. From the very beginning of time marriage was defined between a man and a woman and in this day the Scriptures remains the same yesterday, today and forever. I the Lord God change not. Therefore, I urge you to keep the word of God the same as it was in the very beginning. Ministers of the Gospel are urged not to change the status and to abide with the principles as set out in the Holy Scriptures.