THEREFORE, A RACE IS CORRECTLY DEFINED AS AN ETHNIC GROUP ?A PEOPLE WHO HOLD TO A PARTICULAR CULTURE, NOT A CLASS OF PEOPLE, OR A PEOPLE WITH A PECULIAR LOOK, OR A DIFFERENT SKIN COLOR. Actually, the word nation in the Greek text means ethnic group. A race is not the people themselves, but their ethnic group their culture.In seeing this, we know that this Scripture cannot and does not pertain to marriage, because God hates the practice of homosexuality.He says that those men who are ...leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, AND RECEIVING IN THEMSELVES THE PENALTY OF THEIR ERROR WHICH WAS DUE..knowing the righteous judgment of God, that THOSE WHO PRACTICE SUCH THINGS ARE DESERVING OF DEATH... (Romans ,32).* * * If you're reading this, you're interested in dating. In our society, dating has become something of an obsession. It's just something you do if you're single and of age (and that age is quickly dropping) in America. In fact, depending on which statistics one believes, the divorce rate for professing Christians may actually be than for Americans as a whole.
It's our hope that this Q&A series will be valuable both for those who think the Bible gives sufficient guidance for operating within our current system as well as for those who are looking for a completely countercultural path to marriage. How can Christians think differently about this pervasive issue in media and culture? The answer to that last question is "not well." Surveys consistently indicate that professing Christians behave almost exactly like non-Christians in terms of sexual involvement outside of marriage (in both percentage of people involved and how deeply involved they are — how far they're going), living together before marriage, and infidelity and divorce after marriage.
But as far as the race of a person is in the Church, it has been done away with in Christ.
There are no barriers to who our brother and sister are in the Lord. This diversity is not only in the plant, animal, and fish world, but also of the people of the earth who are the crown of His creation and the affection of His heart!
Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he teaches a seminar on friendship, courtship and marriage.
He is also an attorney who is used to tackling tough questions.
For ...[we] are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus (Galatians b). Color has absolutely no bearing on the matter of marriage.