Is Same-Sex Marriage a Sin?

Bryan Murphy | November 15, 2017

The recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States has heightened the debate on whether homosexual relations are truly sinful in consensual monogamous, same-sex marriage contexts. This article demonstrates that based upon God’s definition of sin from a study of the biblical terms for sin, trespass, and iniquity, and from the biblical definition of marriage from Genesis 1–2, that all physical relations outside of the context of a one man to one woman, one flesh relationship for life is sin.

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Bryan Murphy Associate Professor of Old Testament B.A., Temple Baptist College M. Div., The Master’s Seminary Th. M., The Master’s Seminary Th. D., The Master's Seminary After completing a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Temple Baptist College, Dr. Murphy came to TMS. During his M.Div. studies, he served as a pastoral intern under Dr. Stuart Scott at Grace Community Church. He is currently serving as the Pastor/Teacher of Roosevelt Community Church in Lancaster California, a ministry position that he has fulfilled since May 2000. While in ministry there, he completed two additional post graduate degrees from The Master's Seminary including a Doctor of Theology in Old Testament studies under Dr. William Barrick. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at The Master's College in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program, and at The Master's Seminary in the OT department. He has taught both overseas and here in the United States as a preacher, guest lecturer, and conference speaker. Dr. Murphy joined the seminary faculty full time in July of 2011.

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