God Expects our Presence

(From the sermon entitled “Ang Dahilan kaya Inaasahan ng Dios ang Pagdalo ng Kaniyang mga Lingkod Tuwing Taunang Pasasalamat sa Kaniya” for October 18, 2015)

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Prophet Micah tells us that God expects us to walk humbly with the Lord, act justly, love mercy and do the right thing (Micah 6:8). Doing the right thing is a very vague topic. What sort of doing the right thing that God requires us to do?

The Bible tells us a story of ten men who were lepers. Jesus healed all of them, however, only one came back to praise God and thank Him (Luke 17:12-17). He is a Samaritan by the way. Samaritans during that time were in the lowest part of the society. They are a result of the intermarriages between the Jews and the Gentiles. Most of the time, Jesus tells us of their humility and eagerness to do the right thing despite of their status in the society. The Good Samaritan is an example of what we are trying to imply.

In the scenario above, we notice that only one returned to acknowledge what Christ did to Him by praising God. What about the others? Simply, Christ would like to tell us that not all are grateful for the blessings that they receive from God. Does God expect us to be grateful and acknowledge His goodness? The answer here is yes!

The verses from Isaiah 1:1-3 tells us that God reared the ancient Israel as His children and brought them up. But, they rebelled against Him. The verses tell us, “The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Although God expected an appreciation for them, what they brought is disobedience to His will and commands.

A similar analogy was written in Isaiah 5:4-5, “What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?” God did everything for them; saved them and provided them for all their needs; unfortunately they did not return the favor.

The words of God teach us to be grateful in many ways. We are always advised to count every blessing that we received from Him, no matter what the circumstances are. Some people may tend to forget, like the other lepers who were healed. These are stories that teach us to be more grateful even if other people are not. We thank God, even if we are in troubles and sufferings. For those troubles make us stronger and those sufferings make us more patient. Faith grows stronger every time we overcome each trial.

Why do we manage to be grateful despite the sufferings we experience in life? We overcome not because we are strong and skilled. We overcome because there is someone up there who helps us, who creates in us a courageous spirit and overcome each battle we have.

And what God expects us to do?

As servants, it has been our vow to show gratitude through worships and offer thanksgiving. We know the rules on how we can please God and we should never fail to accomplish them. The Bible tells us, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” There are three elements that are important in worshipping and giving thanks to the Lord: (1) Give the glory due to His name (2) Bring an offering (3) Come before Him.

Presence and presents are important elements of the offering that is pleasing to God. We have to make sure that all these elements are there every time we come to worship the Lord and every time we offer our gratitude. This is a vow that we ought to perform while we are living. This is one of the ways we can repay God for His goodness, mercy and provisions.

As children, we ought to give respect and gratitude to our parents. The same with God Almighty, we owe Him reverence and worship. And in praising God, our presence is a must. As His children, God wants us to meet together in an assembly. He expects our presence, our praises and thanksgiving.

There is nothing in life that we did not receive from God. We owe Him everything.

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A Show of True Fear

(From the sermon entitled “Ang Pagpapakita ng Tunay na Pagkatakot sa Dios” for October 15, 2015)

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Fear is a common emotion. We fear for many things.

We fear we might lose our jobs or wealth. We fear we might loose our love ones. We fear sickness, problems, threats and deaths. When we fear, we worry. It creates anxieties. The good thing about fear is that it makes us move. It pushes us to make a way out of that fear. However, most of us can’t get out of fear. It drags us down and makes us worthless.

The fear of loosing someone or something is an emotion that we need to overcome. Acceptance is the key. All we need to do is to accept that there is no permanent thing in this life.

In the Bible, each servant or believer is told to fear God all the time.

Why do we need to fear God? Well, God owns us. He has the power to give us eternal life as well as the power to put us to eternal punishment. That is enough reason to fear Him. However, God doesn’t want us to fear Him because of those reasons. The fear that God wants us to have is something that will make benefit us.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10). It is when we fear God that we develop in us true understanding. But, how should we fear God?

Fear of God is not the same as the fear that we usually feel. When we fear something, it creates an emotional imbalance and pulls us towards either on positive or negative thoughts. Mostly, if we are weak, we are pulled negatively.

However the fear of God is different. The fear of God is holy (Hebrews 5:7). And since it is holy, it pushes us to do the righteous thing. It sends us near Him rather than pulling us away. It gives us enough courage to face many difficulties of life.

Job is a God fearing man when he was living. And God tells him, “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 2:3). A man who fears the Lord is a faithful man. A man who fears God hates evil (Proverbs 8:13).

It is important therefore to fear God if we want to serve Him. In fact, it is one of God’s commands. The Bible tells us, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Thus, there are many benefits of fearing the Lord. It makes us a better father, mother or children to our parents. It makes us a better citizen of our country. It makes us a better faithful, of course. The Bible wants us to know that those who fear in Him; He makes His covenant known to them (Psalms 25:14). That makes us special to God. He will let us know whatever pleases Him, rather than just do anything we want in life. And once we know what pleases Him, then it gives us a chance to serve Him in the right way.

Clearly, the Bible says, “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield” (Psalms 33:18-20).  

There are a lot of reasons to rejoice if we choose to fear the Lord. He will be a Father to us and we will be His children.

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A Worthy Purpose of Thanksgiving

(From the sermon entitled “Ang Makatuwirang Layunin ng Pagpapasalamat sa Dios” for October 11, 2015)


When we always see the troubles that come into our lives, we often forget being grateful. We tend to ignore the blessings that we have and complain about these troubles. Being appreciative is an important virtue that we can possess as Christians. If we believe that God is a benevolent and a gracious God, give proof that He is by appreciating Him in all His provisions.

The Bible tells us, “Let us thank God for His priceless gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15) In other translations the word priceless would mean indescribable and unspeakable. When we talk about God’s gifts, that doesn’t only mean material provisions. God’s blessings extend especially in the spiritual part of our lives. He had blessed us divinely when He called us to follow His will and commands.

Apostle Peter explains, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10) Receiving mercy from God is more than winning a jackpot in a lottery. The blessings we receive from His mercy is more than we could ask for in life. Not all people can receive mercy from God, although He is merciful and compassionate. Apostle Paul quoted the Scriptures and tells us, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion” (Romans 9:15)

Apostle Paul appreciated God’s compassion and mercy on him through his testimonies in all his letters. When he wrote to Timothy, a young preacher, he declares that he has been a worst sinner in the eyes of the Lord. He was a blasphemer, a prosecutor and a violent man. But God abundantly poured out His love and mercy to him and called him to be an Apostle to the Gentile people (1 Timothy 1:13-14). When we receive God’s mercy, it doesn’t matter how we lived our lives in the past. The most important thing is that we were called to change all the wrong deeds we have done and live according to the pleasure of God.

Therefore, to be chosen by God and to be called, is one of the greatest blessings we could ever have in life. And this is more than enough reason, a very worthy purpose to offer thanksgiving to the almighty God. We don’t deny these appreciations. We ought to give God what He deserves from us. Apostle Paul tells us, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

Now, let us try to appreciate being called by God as His follower and believer. Not only we were called into His church, we also received His name and accepted us as His sons and daughters (John 1:12). As His children, God may sometimes allow us to feel insignificant amount of pains and sufferings in life, but these pains and sufferings make us stronger and more trustful in Him. God promises to help us in our struggles. The Psalms of David tell us, “though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand” (Psalms 37:24)

However, one thing that we should be thankful for is the mercy of being saved from our former sins. When God called us, He removed our sins no matter how great they are. He had given us a clean slate to start our new lives with His teachings. That is considered to be a type of salvation, which is the salvation of our former wicked lives.

Another type of salvation, which God is willing to give, is the salvation from His impending wrath. God will unleash His wrath at the appointed time and He will surely spare all His children. This destruction is already set, waiting for the right timing. Who will save us from all of these troubles and destructions that will come? The Bible tells us that only a few will be saved. Only those who received mercy will be spared. One thing is for sure; Christ built the church to be a vessel of salvation. Christ promised the salvation of His bride, which is the church. If He is the head and we are the body of His church, then we are bound for salvation.

This is very clear in Apostle Paul’s letter, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:23,25)

Will all members of the church be saved? Salvation will always depend on the Savior, which whom of course God. But the Bible tells us; the only way to salvation is by receiving and living by the gospel of Christ. If we hold firmly to these words, then we should receive salvation. Otherwise, we have believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2)

In all His provisions and mercy, God is worthy to be praised and adored. He is worthy to be appreciated through our thanksgiving. Apostle Paul tells us, “Let us, then, always offer praise to God as our sacrifice through Jesus, which is the offering presented by lips that confess him as Lord. Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

The lesson is simple. Learn to be grateful always, as He had given us more than enough reasons to be one. As we have received His mercy, let us also learn to grant the same mercy to others.

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How and Why Earthquake Occurs?

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Pagkakaroon ng Lindol sa Lupa” for October 8, 2015)


Wikipedia explains the earthquake, which is also known as tremor, as a perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth. It can be violent enough to destroy major buildings and kill thousands of people. An earthquake is a result of movements within the earth’s crust, which is the rocky part of The Earth.

How did the Bible explain earthquake?

Prophet Isaiah tells us, “Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare. The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls—never to rise again.” (Isaiah 24:18-20 NIV)

Since then, Scientists have tried to find ways on how they can predict earthquakes. They tried to invent gadgets and machines that can predict seismic activities for the sake of giving an early warning and prevent major damages and death.

However, until now, earthquakes remain unpredictable. Science can only assume and approximate but without any accuracy.

While they are busy searching ways to predict its occurrence, the Bible tells us that it is God Himself who makes earthquake happen. Prophet Nahum tells us, “Mountains quake in the presence of the Lord; hills melt before him. The earth shakes when the Lord appears; the world and all its people tremble.” (Nahum 1:5 GNB)

The book of Job tells us, “God sends earthquakes and shakes the ground; he rocks the pillars that support the earth.” ( Job 9:6) Is there a way that people will know its occurrence? Unless God lets us know, no man can understand God’s ways. Prophet Isaiah tells us that God’s thoughts are way beyond the thoughts of men (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Christ had prophesied that there will be earthquakes and famines everywhere (Matthew 24:7). And all f these things are just beginning of birth pains, a sign that the end of days is coming very soon. It doesn’t mean that earthquakes signify the end of the world. It only means that when it happens, we need to acknowledge God’s judgments.

We need to understand that all these things are part of God’s plan. Prophet Isaiah tells us of this, “Remember what happened long ago; acknowledge that I alone am God and that there is no one else like me. From the beginning I predicted the outcome; long ago I foretold what would happen. I said that my plans would never fail, that I would do everything I intended to do. I am calling a man to come from the east; he will swoop down like a hawk and accomplish what I have planned. I have spoken, and it will be done.” (Isaiah 46:9-11 GNB)

Why do earthquakes come according to the Bible?

Science simply states that when there is a movement in the crust of the earth earthquake happens. However, the Bible tells us that the earthquake is God’s way of showing His wrath to mankind.

Apostle Paul tells us, “God’s anger is revealed from heaven against all the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways to prevent the truth from being known. God punishes them, because what can be known about God is plain to them, for God himself made it plain. Ever since God created the world, his invisible qualities, both his eternal power and his divine nature, have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. So those people have no excuse at all! They know God, but they do not give him the honour that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness.

Instead of worshipping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortal human beings or birds or animals or reptiles. And so God has given those people over to do the filthy things their hearts desire, and they do shameful things with each other. They exchange the truth about God for a lie; they worship and serve what God has created instead of the Creator himself, who is to be praised for ever! Amen.” (Romans 1:18-21, 23-25 GNB)

How well do we know God? Do we know that God crushes the rocks when He is angry? God is not only a God of love and compassion. He is also a God who expresses anger, especially to those who do not obey Him.

Science may explain the physical side of the occurrences of earthquakes, but the Bible tells us that each earthquake sends a message to all people. God wants us to realize that He is almighty. He does whatever He wants; so remember that He always wants the best for everyone.

One thing is clear for every earthquake occurrence. It is God’s will. Even if it kills lots of people, it is always God’s will. We may never understand His ways, but His ways are always righteous.

Another thing we need to understand is that earthquakes remind us of what God can do. Jesus tells us that all things were made known to us earlier, so that when it happens, we believe Him more. Events such as wars and earthquakes are signs of the coming of Christ and the end of time. Their occurrences remind us that we need to fear God the most. Fearing God means we need to listen and obey His will and commands. After all, He is the one who can save us from all troubles such as earthquakes.

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(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Nagpapatotoo Tungkol sa Tunay na Kalagayan ng Panginoong Hesukristo” for October 4, 2015)


From the topic “THE IMAGE OF GOD“, we learned that Christ is the image of the unseen God. He is, as well the power and the wisdom of God. How come everyone does not accept this truth? The answer is simple, the world has been deceived and it was very successful. However, there are those who have been enlightened to see the truth.

How come they saw the truth and others did not?

The proof of Christ’s deity is written in the Holy Scriptures. From the book of Genesis up to the book of Revelations, they all tell us one common thing – Christ is God. Christ tells us, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me” (John 5:39).

The proof will therefore come not from the words coming out the mouth of men, but through the Scriptures, we shall know that He is the one true God, manifested in the form of flesh. Only the Scriptures have the authority to explain and interpret who He really is.

Apostle Paul tells us why, “All Scripture is God breathed.” (2 Timothy 3:15-17) We only need to seek and read and we shall see and know the truth (Isaiah 34:16).

In the book of Revelations, we can read that He is coming soon. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Revelations 22:12-13) He has sent this testimony in all the churches so that we shall know the truth about Him (Revelations 22:16).

Notice that in Revelations 1:8, God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” How come they have the same words? Does the one true God allow this? Yes, He does because Christ is the Father who became flesh.

In Isaiah 9:6, we can read, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The one who will be born was prophesied to come from everlasting. Prophet Micah tells us, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)

The same attribute was given to God according to Psalms 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Isn’t it obvious that the words and the attributes of the almighty God and Christ are the same? They speak the same words about themselves. They both came from everlasting. What else do we need to understand?

God always speaks about Himself as the only one true God. There is no other God aside from Him. He does not allow anyone to replace Him, nor anyone will be placed in His level. Prophet Isaiah tells us, “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)  

In earlier verses Prophet Isaiah reveals that there is no other God and savior aside from the one true God… ““You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)

And Apostle Paul tells us the same about Christ, “While we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)  

In other verses we can read, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:9-10)

He is God, over all, “To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen” (Romans 9:5)

Apostle John tells us, “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).

The Bible tells us, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time —God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:14-16)

Knowing all these truths, we should accept with all our hearts and minds the deity of Christ. Christ has promised, “He shall be back and give us the promised eternal life” and on that day, everyone will know that He is indeed the one true God and His glory will be revealed.

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(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Larawan ng Dios” for October 1, 2015)


No one has ever seen the face of God. However, in many instances, His presence was felt through His creations and power. Indeed, God is almighty and His power extends from eternity to eternity. He is God alone, and the Scriptures tell us of His oneness.

Prophet Isaiah tells us, “Declare what is to be, present it— let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.” (Isaiah 45:21)

In the New Testament, He declares Himself as the Father of every believer, ““I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)

In many verses, God is one and there is no other God beside Him (Isaiah 45:22).

Truly, the mystery of godliness is great according to the Bible. He manifested Himself in the flesh and Apostle Paul tells us of this, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received.” (1 Timothy 3:16)

When God was manifested through Christ, He was not recognized by many, nor accepted by His own. He was rejected and put in the cross. Until now, many modern Jews do not recognize Him as the Messiah. Many religions do not believe that God will bring His presence and dwell among us. However, God’s mystery is truly great. The god of this world has blinded the minds and eyes of those who do not believe. He was very successful in his plans of covering the truth about God’s manifestation in the flesh.

If we are going to seek the truth, we shall find that Christ is indeed God who became flesh. Apostle Paul, who was hated by many agnostics because of His letters and proof of Christ’s deity, declares that Christ is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Actually, He is not only the image of God, He is also the power and the wisdom of God, “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:24)

Apostle Paul writes, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

He also tells us that at the right time, He will be declared as the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords… We can read in his letter, “to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time —God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:14-16)

These are the reasons why many hated Apostle Paul and his letters. It was very clear that he wants us to acknowledge Christ as the one true God. They say his letters are blasphemous. If his letters were untrue and fabricated, how come all the other Apostles are declaring the same positions as he.

The truth about Christ was maligned and they have chosen to believe lies rather than the truth (Romans 1:25). Prophet Isaiah tells us that God does not yield His glory to another, especially to things that can be destroyed and vanished (Isaiah 42:8). Take note, only Christ fits the attribute of someone who cannot be destroyed. Yes, His flesh was nailed and tormented on the cross, but that flesh was only a covering. He was resurrected after three days and returned back to His eternal state.

This tells us that the image of God is not something that people can create. Men have created images to adore and worship God, but they are all abominations in the eyes of God. The image of God, should only be created by God Himself, and He did when He came and dwelt among us.

Therefore, this gives us the belief that there is only one true God, and Christ is the name He used when He came here. Apostle Paul emphasizes, “yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6-7)

He is worthy to be praised and adored, halleluiah to God in the highest. Amen…


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The Truth about the Sanctity of Marriage

(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Katotohanang Nakapaloob ukol sa Pagaasawa sa Pamamagitan ng Kasal” for September 17 and 20, 2015)




The Bible tells us, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NKJV)

Truth can be very hard to accept. It can be a bitter pill to swallow. However, no matter how difficult it can be, like a medicine, the aim is to free and liberate us from lies and deceptions. The aim of the truth is to let us know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Once we get to know the truth, we shall know what lies are, because there are no lies in truth (1 John 2:21).

People have tried to seek the truth on their own. They tried to find truth through experimentations and observations, from there, they draw conclusions. However, most of the conclusions were based only from their own perceptions. Hence, assumptions were made and cannot be categorized as the truth.

For example, the missing link that many experts tried to seek is still missing until now. How can they find something that does not really exist? From generation to generation, mankind has already embraced lies more than the truth coming from the words of God. In schools, theories of evolutions were accepted and believed more than the Divine Creation.

Indeed, the world has been living in deceptions. What’s bad is that people are confused because lies are accepted as the truth, and the words of truth are placed on the sidelines. They made it even worse because people have defended lies over the truth, making them impossible to accept the truth.

The truth about marriage has been a controversial topic over the years. In various countries around the world, people have different opinions about marriage. But, what is really the truth about marriage, according to the words of God? Is marriage really important?

A verse in the Bible tells us, “Marriage should be honored by all…” (Hebrews 13:4) This means that marriage is an honorable thing and should be respected by all concerned parties.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines marriage as, the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. However, recent addition to the definition state that there was a change in the traditional form of marriage. Nowadays, it is also defined as the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage>.

In the United States and in other parts of the world, the second definition was already accepted and practiced.


What does the Bible say about marriage? Christ tells us that it is God who has the will to make a man and a woman become one flesh through marriage. A man has to leave his parents and be united with his wife and become one flesh. They will. No longer be two, but one flesh because God has joined them together (Matthew 19:3-6)

The union between a man and a woman started in the Garden of Eden during the days of creation. Before Adam and Eve are instructed to multiply, God blessed them first. That blessing before becoming one flesh is the first institution of marriage. (Genesis 2:20-23) That blessing signifies the sanctity of marriage. It will not be an ordinary union between a man and a woman, but a union through the will and commands of God.

To show how marriage is important, Christ attended a wedding in Cana and performed the first miracle there when He turned water into wine (John 2:1-2). Christ also used marriage as the background in the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-10).

At first, the institution of marriage aims to populate the earth. However, digging deep to the sanctity of marriage, let us realize that the aim of God is to tie every relationship with His laws and commands. Thus, a man and a woman are bound to the law of marriage and that law is sanctified by God (Romans 7:2).

The laws of God made sure that marriage will be an institution of righteousness. For example, a woman is bound to perform her duties as a faithful wife and mother to her children. The book of Proverbs says “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Proverbs 31:25-27 NIV)

However, what is one of the most important things we should know about marriage?




Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, according to the Bible. From the beginning, it has always been between a man and a woman. The Bible says, ““Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? “ (Matthew 19:4-5 NIV)

That truth doesn’t change over the course of time. No one has the right to change the will of God, and even if mankind tries to change it, the will of God will remain. It will not change or conform to the desires of men no matter how much they try to defend their beliefs and assumptions.

Apostle Paul explained the importance of marriage. He advised everyone to marry if they cannot resist the temptations of the flesh. We can read in his letter, “But because of immoralities, each man should have relations with his own wife and each woman with her own husband. A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights, and likewise a wife to her husband. It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:2-4)

Sexual need is one of the needs of mankind. Finding the right partner can satisfy it. However, it should only be done through the union in marriage. Doing it outside the sanctity of marriage is a sin against the will of God. Therefore, God does not allow relationships outside marriage. We can see from here that every relationship is solemn and holy in the sight of God. It should be founded not only with love to one another, but as well as it should conform to the holy will of the Lord.

Over the course of time, mankind has perverted their ways and followed their own will instead of doing the will of God. They sought to invent many things that conform to their actions and decisions and resulted to create justifications.

Does God allow union or marriage between two people who has the same gender?


The answer to this question may hurt many people, especially in the so-called members of the third sex. Transgender and the likes believe that it is “love” that binds them together and there is nothing that can separate them because there is nothing wrong with what they do especially if the foundation is love.

However, the Bible’s answer is very clear. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:2-4), not between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. It has always been a man and a woman in the beginning of time. Of course, love should be the glue that sticks them together. However, it is not about love, it is about following what the words of God, or what the truth is telling us.

Apostle Paul tells us, “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:24-26)

We should notice from these verses, that because of men’s shameful and lustful ways, He gave them over to shameful lusts. Natural relations were perverted in exchange of the unnatural ones. This is a big mistake in the eyes of God.

God wants us to love one another. God wants us to have a perfect and loving relationship. But there are rules to be followed. The rules were already written and should be maintained. But, humanity has chosen to follow the desires of their hearts. Instead of following the natural order set by God, they invented and seek out perversions.

In the Old Testament, Moses set rules that became a standard to the people of God. In Leviticus 18:22, we can read, ““‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.”

The punishment for this sin is death. In Leviticus 20:13, we can read, “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote about this, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor men who have sex with men nor thieves, nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9)

We can see that death is the penalty of this sin. Only that in ancient Israel, physical death is done. However, in the New Testament time, the Bible tells us that this sin can lead us to eternal punishment and will not allow us to inherit the kingdom of God.

Let us be clear once and for all on this topic. Sexual perversions can be done by anyone. Even married people can do it. However, we should know that God does not tolerate any kind of sexual perversions, even if it came from married or unmarried couples.


Another thing that we need to understand about marriage is that both man and woman will be husband and wife; they will become one flesh. As such, they must see to it that their relationship will be founded on love. That love should be inspired by faith to God so that they will remain intact while having the relationship.

Most people nowadays take marriage as a joke. They do not respect the sanctity of it. They don’t even know that it is God’s will to make two people be joined through His blessings. Some will get married today and later decide to divorce their partners because of unusual reasons.

Christ tells us that it should not be the case for marriage. It is God who put them together; therefore, no man should be the cause of separations. The Bible at first is against divorce, but due to the hardheadedness of the ancient Israel and because of adultery, Moses allowed them to divorce their husbands or wives.

However, as the Bible says, “what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:6) It is against the will of God that married couples be separated. For Christians, we are advised to do everything we can, with the help of God to protect the sanctity of marriage.


Doing exactly the opposite of God’s will is not a good thing. It displeases God and does not make Him happy. No matter how beautiful our motives in expressing love, if they are not done according to His will, it surely does not please Him.

Apostle Paul tells us of this, “It is like kicking against the goads.” (Acts 26:14) Doing something against the will of God is terrible. This happened to the ancient people of Israel. They became rebellious against the laws and commandments of God. Apostle Paul’s prayer for them is to save them from their actions.

We can read, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” (Romans 10:1-4)

When we go against the natural laws, the tendency is to suffer from its wrath. Take for example what people did to our natural resources. People have destroyed them instead of protecting them. When calamities strike, the sufferings are more devastating. We cannot go against the laws of God as well.

Zealousness and the desire to serve God in the wrong ways are always unacceptable to God. This is the same with what people are trying to use in defense of their actions. Marrying is always a good thing. But if that someone is in the same sexual preference, do you think that is conferred to the will of God? This kind of relationship is not according to the design of God. It is what people invented on their own. Just to make it happen, they justified it using the most powerful weapon of all, which is “love.”

If the ancient Israel became rebellious because of not following the will of God, then this can be a sign of rebellion as well. And what happened to them (ancient Israel)? Apostle Paul tells us that because of their regressions, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make them envious (Roma 11:11).

Apostle Paul also tells us that God was not pleased with the most of them (1 Corinthians 10:4-6). He writes, ‘Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”

When mankind tries to go opposite the will of God, disaster happens. Most of the time, God punishes them. This happened in several stories in the Old Testament. It was because of not following the commandments of God, which led the destruction of the world by flood during the time of Noah. (2 Peter 2:5)

God wants us to follow His will and not ours. We are entitled to our opinions and desires. However, there are always limitations, especially in the eyes of the Lord. We should always seek to please Him in everything that we do.

The Bible may not actually say word for word that God does not allow same sex marriage, however, in many instances, we may find that the sanctity of marriage is very important in the eyes of God. If the sacredness of marriage is very important to Him, then we should therefore conclude that there must be a holy reason for it.

Aside from the earlier Bible stories about marriage, what else does the Bible tell us about the direct disobedience of many regarding its sanctity?


Considering what happened to the angels who were sent to save Lot and his family in Sodom, we can find how the Sodomites deliberately sin against them and to God. They even desired to have sex with them. (Genesis 19:5)

If God allowed sex outside marriage, then what they did would have been allowed. From there, we can find that what they did was known today as Sodomy. Sodomy was defined in the dictionary as “anal or oral copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex; also:  copulation with an animal”. The origin of that word started on what has been the practice of many people of Sodom.

The Bible tells us that indeed many people of Sodom are wicked in the eyes of God. We can read, “Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” (Genesis 13:13) Aside from totally disobeying God’s laws and commands, these people created many inventions, most of which are abominations in the eyes of God. They may think that God understands them, but doing things that are wicked and against His laws are not permissible.

The sins of Sodom are great that made God decided to unleash His wrath by destroying it as well as its nearby city, Gomorrah. Even if Abraham tried to approach God to spare the city because of Lot, God has already planned for its destructions. God, then sent His angels to save Lot and his family. They were spared, but not the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah —from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. He made this happened because of their great sins, that is doing things which are wicked and against His holy will and commands.

What are the grave sins that they committed against God?

Among the great sins they committed is the sin of adultery. Avoidance of adultery, as we all know is part of the ten commandments of God, which was given to ancient Israel. The Bible says, “And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness.” (Jeremiah 23:14)

In the New Testament, Apostle Jude tells us of their great sins. We can read, “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 7)

As we have said earlier, they even wanted to perform sexual interactions to the angels sent by God. (Genesis 9:4-5) We can read, “Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom —both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Apostle Paul explained that in cases such as these, where immorality and idolatry are prevalent, the wrath of God would surely come after. God does not tolerate these things. We can read, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5-6)

The prophecy of the end times signals the change in the attributes of many people. Among these attributes are the intolerable wickedness of many, which will turn the world more dangerous to live on. We can read, ”But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self- control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

What will be the result of all the deliberate sinful ways of many people?

Because of the wickedness of many, especially those who seek to invent things that are against the will of God, the wrath of God will surely come. The decision actually is already given. Apostle Peter tells us, “But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 3:5-7)

As Christians, we were advised not to touch anything that is an abomination to the Lord. We need to seek God and His will. The will of God tells us not to love the present world (1 John 2:15), its beliefs, inventions, which are all wicked in the sight of the Almighty one. And to be able to do the will of God, the Bible tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2)

Everything as we have known by now is reserved into eternal fire. Therefore, there is no valuable reason to love this world. Wealth and money are all temporary. Most of all, the world is corrupted and falling into destructions. Do we see any other reasons to love the world?

If we are really sons and daughters of God, we cannot afford to be part of this world’s dilemma. The Bible wants us to be free from the sins that we have turned away from before we were called. Remember that no abominations shall enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, if we really seek to enter God’s kingdom, no matter how aesthetic the world may behave, we shall strive to do only what is good, righteous and holy in the sight of God.



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