Monday, December 15, 2008

Magazine Maligns Bible's Marriage Message

Newsweek: Now Give the Truth Equal Time!

The Family Research Council (FRC) sent out an alert regarding a false and misleading story in this week’s issue of Newsweek magazine. Riddled with errors and typical liberal bias toward advancing the godless, immoral homosexual agenda, both Newsweek and the article must be condemned by all Christ-followers.

Tony Perkins, FRC President, described the Newsweek article, “One of the worst piece of so-called journalism that I Have ever seen. In the cover page article entitled, “
Our Mutual Joy,” Lisa Miller takes the Bible on a joy ride saying the Bible supports same-sex ‘marriage’ . . .” “It is an insult to Bible-believers.” Here is the content of FRC’s alert sent out last Friday.

Washington, D.C. “Newsweek magazine effectively declared war on marriage last week, running a long essay on "The Religious Case for (Same-Sex) ‘Marriage’" as their cover story. In the wake of the victory of California's marriage amendment (Proposition 8) on Election Day, homosexual ‘marriage’ advocates are realize that their opponents are not going to fade away or compromise their convictions. Not content any longer to make a "separation of church and state" argument for same-sex "marriage," they are instead mounting a direct attack on Christian opposition to homosexual conduct and to same-sex "marriage" on Biblical grounds.

“There was little that was original about the essay. It strung together a lot of talking points that have wafted about the homosexual movement for years. What was astonishing was that the author (Newsweek's religion editor Lisa Miller) not only tried to explain away the Bible's condemnation of homosexual conduct, but actually claimed that "Scripture gives us no good reason why (homosexuals) and lesbians should not be (civilly and religiously) married-and a number of excellent reasons why they should."

“The article included blatant factual errors, such as the claim that Jesus never "explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman" (see, e.g., Mark 10:6-8-"But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh."), and the claim that "nowhere in the Bible do its authors refer to sex between women" (see Romans 1:26). It also had logical contradictions, arguing for the Bible's support of "(same-sex) marriage" while simultaneously dismissing the Bible as supportive of slavery and anti-Semitism.

“If homosexual activists want to simply ignore the Bible, they are free to do so. If they are going to blatantly distort its teachings, Newsweek should not help them do so.

"(The Family Research Council) urges you to email Newsweek today and demand that the magazine print an accurate article presenting the Bible's true teaching about homosexual conduct and same-sex "marriage"-one equal in length to the Miller piece (which was over 2,700 words) and also run as the cover story.”


Please join me in send the following email to the magazine’s editor protesting this indecent assault on Christianity, God and the Bible. The email that I urge you to send is reproduced below. Click here to email Newsweek editor Jon Meacham.

Send To: Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham

Subject: Please present both sides of the marriage debate


Dear Mr. Meacham,

Newsweek's recent cover story by Lisa Miller on the "religious case for (homosexual) marriage" is a frontal assault on millennia of orthodox biblical teaching about marriage. It also fails to faithfully interact with any opposing viewpoints. A piece so clearly intended to cause controversy demands a faithful hearing of both sides of the argument.

In the spirit of fairness, I ask that you please print an accurate article which presents the orthodox understanding of the Bible's teaching about homosexual conduct and same-sex "marriage" -- one equal in length to the Miller piece (which was over 2,700 words) and also run as the cover story.

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