Where are the “John the Baptists?”

May 29, 2012

     In the hours after our current leader’s opinion on marriage surfaced, many in the anti-traditional marriage camp began to criticize traditional marriage because of rampant divorce rates. And while this problem in no way excuses this new “definition” of marriage, it does show that there is a problem in the Christian community when it comes to fidelity to one’s spouse.

     Some have said, regarding divorce and remarriage, “you can’t unscramble scrambled eggs.” Really? Well, John the Baptist lost his life on this very issue. In the Gospel of Matthew, it says, “Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: ‘It is not lawful for you to have her’” (Matthew 14:3-4). Why didn’t John the Baptist just call on Herod and Herodias to repent and stay together? Isn’t that what we do now in the Christian Church? No, instead, he stood for the truth, and he paid the price with his life.

     In the Old Testament we read, “Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. ‘I hate divorce,’ says the Lord God of Israel…..” (Malachi 2:15-16).

     Jesus, himself, said, “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery” (Matthew 5:31-32). Jesus was not ambiguous here.

     So I ask in closing, “Where are the modern-day John the Baptists?” Let’s not give the non-traditional marriage folks ammunition against us, and let us stand up for the Word of God.

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17 Responses to “Where are the “John the Baptists?””

  1. Great post Scott! You are absolutely right we need a prophetic people to stand up and speak out against sin in the Church first!
    Thank you for your post

    • This is one of the biggest issues confronting the Church right now.

      • Absolutely! This and the contraceptive issue in Obama care both attack the foundation of religious freedom. This is how liberalism works. They appear to care for others while eroding the fabric of society and freedom. Christians need to get back to the Word of God being their rule of faith and conduct!

  2. Thanks Scott; very important message to the Church, and to the world. Everything we do communicates a message to those in our circles. We must ask ourselves: is our message-through-action one of peace and unity, or one of angst and hypocrisy.

  3. Scott, you are one of the John the Baptists and I thank God for you.

  4. twintrons said

    Not sure if I can fill those shoes.
    Keep up the great work.


  5. This is the type of reading I like. You made me go to the two scripture references and look them up in KJV as well as NKJV (preferred). I agree to the question; just where are the modern day John the Baptist?

  6. Scott… Great message! In regard to the need for modern day John the Baptists I think all of us who have commented so far would join you in following Isaiah’s example by saying, in chorus, “Here [we are], send [us]!”

  7. Scott, I found your site through Rebecca Hamilton. Thanks for sharing this post. It’s good to know there are others out there who are willing to stand for biblical principles in a culture that is very opposed to the Gospel of Christ. Keep fighting the good fight, fellow soldier!

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