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Apr 27th

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage? Men and Women -In God’s Design and Calling

Tom Clark1

The idea of manhood and womanhood is a biblical idea, whereas cultures go in different directions. Formerly men were in charge, but today women are influenced by “feminism” perspectives.

The idea is that in former years - before Christ up to about 1850 - men were in charge. Over time, the culture began to accept women as equalities. In 1920 America let women vote, and then in the 1960s the feminism became a cultural perspective. Feminism believes that women are the same as men, and that women should focus on jobs more than on marriage and parenting.

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States That Voted Against Gay Marriage Now Have It Forced Upon Them

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Katrina Trinko | The Daily Signal 

This isn’t OK.

The Supreme Court’s decision today to not hear any of the cases on same-sex marriage means, as my colleague Ryan T. Anderson writes, that “lower court rulings that struck down state marriage laws now will go into effect, forcing the redefinition of marriage in [Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah] and potentially in other states in the 4th, 7th, and 10th circuits.”

That shouldn’t be acceptable—regardless of your position on same-sex marriage.

Voters in 31 states voted to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage? Husband Role in Marriage

Tom Clark1

Introduction Thought

In the previous article we saw husbands and wives as “equal” but “different.” We focused on the idea that husbands and wives are equal - they are equal before God, equal in salvation, and equally important to God’s kingdom.

But they are different. The idea is that God created men and women with differences in design and assignments. What we will look at now is assignment to a husband. The issue is that a husband should pursue God’s direction versus his own thoughts or his flesh. Nor should we as husbands respond to the views of our culture.

A Husband’s Biblical Role

We saw in the two previous articles that God designed male leadership. That took place in creation with Adam, and it was God’s calling through the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The basic idea here is that a husband has three things to know about his calling and his role:

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage: Manhood and Womanhood

Tom Clark1

Introduction Thought

What we saw before was the idea of “equal” but “different” - that men and women are equal before God, equal in salvation, and equally important to God’s kingdom.

But they are different. God created men and women differently in design and assignments. What we will look at now is a difference between our culture and God’s Word. The culture believes that our flesh is acceptable to us, and that we do no need to submit to biblical ideas.

Here are two cultural ideas in opposition of the Bible:

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Marriage and Sexuality Rooted in Natural Law and Scripture

The historic structure of human society is rooted in natural law and common law. Natural law flows from nature itself. It is existentially true, and confirmed by natural science, that all of Nature operates by and is governed according to a lawful order.

Natural law is the human understanding of the intrinsic Laws of Nature. To explain, "natural law" is the phrase for man's understanding of the "Law of Nature." For such things as gravity, which is obvious to everyone, there is really no difference between the two phrases. For some points of natural science, however, our understanding of what is truly in Nature might be deficient, and in that case to use the phrase natural law is more appealing and more cautious than to claim that we truly know what the Law of Nature is.

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Virginia Marriage Amendment Update

Bob-Marshall

The Virginia Christian Alliance's initiative to support "traditional" marriage in Virginia and to hold the Attorney General, Mark Herring, accountable for his unlawful actions is aggressively moving forward.

Delegate Bob Marshall recently posted an opinion piece about the marriage issue.

We share Delegate Marshall's post with our VCA supporters and encourage its reading.

Bob Marshall: Elites betray will of the people on homosexual ‘marriage’

BY BOB MARSHALL   Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 7:00 pm

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage? Husband and Wife Roles

Tom Clark1

Introduction Thoughts

Our secular-culture says that men and women do not have role-differences. One of the things the Bible says is that men and women are equal, but different.

They are equal:

  • Equal before God - Equally bearing God’s image;
  • Equal in God’s design and calling - They are equally important to God’s kingdom;
  • Equal in salvation.

But being equal in these ways, they are not the “same.”

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage? Finance Work

Tom Clark1

Introduction Thoughts

In previous articles we have focused on how to have “oneness” in marriage. As we get started again, here are the previous suggestions:

  1. “Oneness” calls on us to being open and transparent to one another.

  2. “Love” is not feelings - it is doing what love calls for, whether we have feelings or not.

  3. “Communication” - we focus on talking to each other with honesty, but also with kindness.

  4. “Conflict Resolution” - we respond to each other when there is conflict. We talk about it, but there is also apology and forgiveness.

So what is next in our oneness?

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Same-sex Marriage Arguments Don’t Hold Up

Joe Rogowskiweb

 First Published in the Richmond-Times Dispatch

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Media coverage of same-sex marriage before the federal appeals panel reveals the inconsistencies in arguments attempting to overturn Virginia’s marriage law as between one man and one woman.

No one denies the right of homosexuals to marry. They have that right as anyone else. What is denied is the homosexual claim to a “right” to marry partners of the same sex. That is not supported by biology, natural law or millennia of civilized social order.

Contrary to Judge Gregory’s suggestion, the traditional definition of marriage was never at issue in Loving v. Virginia. Continuing claims to a similarity between Loving v. Virginia based on race and issues rightly in opposition to same-sex marriage are disinformation.

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Stand and Pray for Marriage Rally a Huge Success

Craig Johnson Dean Nelson and Don Blake

The Stand and Pray for Marriage rally was a huge success attracting hundreds of pro traditional marriage and family supporters to the State Capitol grounds and the Federal Court building. Bus loads of supporters lined the sidewalks along both Bank and Main Streets. Special guest speakers spoke to the issue of one man - one woman marriage to much applause of the hundreds gathered in the shade of the trees on the lawn at the Bell Tower on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol.

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage? Conflict Resolution

Tom Clark1

Introduction Thoughts

In previous articles we have focused on how to have “oneness” in marriage. As we get started again, here are the two views of the previous articles:

1.   Oneness in marriage is a critical issue. It is not our personal calling - it is God’s calling. As difficult as marriage can be sometimes, God has called us to give ourselves to oneness. If we believe in God, we choose to obey God. And if we obey God, we give ourselves to His calling on “oneness.”

2.         We have mentioned 3 ideas so far:

  1.   “Oneness” is being “naked and unashamed” - not just physically “naked,” but also in terms of being open and transparent to one another.
  2.    Love is not feelings - it is choosing. It is doing what love calls for, whether we have feelings or not.
  3.    Communication - we focus on talking to each other, being honest and sharing our thoughts. We don’t do it wickedly or with anger or emotion; but we do pursue it. Communication makes a big difference in “oneness.”

So what is next in our oneness?

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Dobson Tears Into Obama: 'Come And Get Me'

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WASHINGTON – (WND) James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk Radio, a harsh critic of President Obama and an opponent in court, on Thursday described him as the “abortion president” during an address at the National Day of Prayer.

Dobson, whose organization recently won a court fight against Obama over a mandate in Obamacare that would have required his ministry to pay for abortion pills, has not been shy about challenging the president on his abortion agenda.

At one point during the fight over the imposition of the abortion mandate, he said to the president: “Come and get me. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.”

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How Do We Have Oneness in Marriage? Communication

Tom Clark1

Introduction Thoughts

Our two previous articles focused on pursuing “oneness” in marriage. The reason for these steps is that oneness in marriage is God’s design, and it is His calling despite our difficulties in marriage. In many marriages, even though we are still together (and not divorced), the “oneness” is missing. Sometimes we are basically separate from each other.

Here are important questions:

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