Theologian Thinks Marriage is Over

Theologian Thinks Marriage is Over August 12, 2016

John Neihof, the president of Wesley Biblical Seminary, has a very silly column on the American Family Association website in which he rather bizarrely claims that marriage is ending. He bases this on a single line from a verse in Revelation 18:


Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth’ (Revelation 18:21-24 NKJV).

His commentary:

Suddenly, I saw it. The end of marriage characterized God’s judgment and destruction of sinful Babylon, the world system that rebels against God’s order and design. The end of marriage is the voluntarily and self-imposed embrace of the curse of sterility. Welcome to Babylon.

We often say that God will punish our nation for our sins. True. However, His judgment is already upon us. Sterility is judgment. It is not so much that God will punish us with some future grave punishment for our abandonment of His design. We have embraced divorce. We have embraced cohabitation. We have embraced illegitimacy. We have embraced the auto-erotic sterility of pornography. We have embraced same-sex marriage. We have embraced sterility socially, biologically, and spiritually. Our nation has abandoned the virtuous blessing of reproduction. We have welcomed God’s judgment!

Abortion, same-sex marriage, transgender… The curse of sterility is a self-imposed curse we have embraced, and called it good. Ours is a self-imposed curse against nature. Surely, we shall unnaturally manipulate the natural, and declare it good. Nevertheless, our sterility shall haunt us.

He must live in a different country than I do. Millions and millions of people get married every year. In fact, more people are getting married now that we allow gay couples to do so. About four million babies are born every year in this country, a number that has remained steady for three decades. We are plenty fertile and we always will be.

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