Is every marriage granted and licensed by mankind sanctioned by God? Absolutely not! If so, then adulterous marriages are approved of by God. If so, then homosexual and lesbian marriages are approved of by God. What kind of marriages are approved of by God?
God ordained marriage and he joins people in marriage only if it is according to his will (Gen. 2:24). “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mt. 19:6). God does not join two homosexuals or two lesbians in marriage, no matter how many vows, ceremonies, and covenants they are in agreement. Such a marriage may be sanctioned by mankind but never by God’s approbation. Their “covenant” is purely fictional. There is no true “marriage bond” joining them together in the sight of God. There is no “sanctity” to a “family relationship” not sanctioned or sanctified by God’s holy Word.
In like manner, the same objections stand against adulterous marriages, according to plain statements of Jesus Christ and his apostles. The Lord, who ordained marriage and who joins people in marriage said, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery,” and, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her which is put away commits adultery” (Mt. 5:32 f; 19:9). “For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man” (Rom 7:2,3). “ The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord” (1 Cor 7:39). The only exception for a man to divorce and remarry is for his wife to commit fornication, and that be the reason for the divorce. The only exception for a woman to remarry is for her husband to be physically dead. I don’t know how the scripture could have been more clear in asserting that GOD HATES DIVORCE (Mal 2:16). All who go ahead and divorce and remarry contrary to biblical reasons have committed adultery, and their marriage is not sanctioned by God.
When people marry contrary to God’s law, God recognizes it only as sin and rebellion against Him. Yes, Jesus spoke of people entering such relationships as marrying, for that is what they profess and pretend to do, but he also pronounced it to be nothing more or less than “adultery.” Such people do not go to the bed of purity in true marriage, but go to the bed of impurity in adultery (Heb. 13:4). Such a relationship is unscriptural, unauthorized, impure, immoral, and an abomination in God’s sight!
The same objections stand against polygamous marriages, according to plain statements of God’s law in the gospel age. The Lord, who ordained marriage and who joins people in marriage, said, “Let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1 Cor. 7:2). God did not say, “Let every man have his own wives, and let every woman have her own husbands.”
There is no “sanctity” to homosexual, polygamous, or other adulterous relationships, even when they are put under the name of “marriage.” To attempt to give them the aura of “sanctity” is bold, brazen, highhanded rebellion against the authority of God. Such is the spirit of the “man of sin . . . , the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:3-4). Bottom line is this, only God can validate marriage, for He is the one who gave it, and not mankind who desires to pervert it!