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Considered by former president and Founding Father, John Adams, to be one of America’s three most notable Founding Fathers, Dr. Benjamin Rush was an advocate for free public schools for all youth. In fact, he can rightly be called “The Father of Public Schools Under the Constitution.”1 Dr. Rush once wrote that, “[T]he only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible.”2 He also wrote, “The Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life… [T]he Bible… should be read in our schools in preference to all other books because it contains the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public happiness.”3 In other words, the Father of Public Schools would be appalled to learn that the Bible is no longer welcome in the American public school system. What was once considered to be the foundation for our educational system is today illegal. This is because societies change; cultures change; principals, morals, and convictions change when given enough time. Recognizing this, we cannot allow social preference and cultural agreement to determine our morality. Specifically, we cannot allow social preference and cultural agreement to determine the morality of same-sex relationships.

As Christians, we serve an all-knowing and sovereign God who has spoken the end from the beginning according to Isaiah 46:9–10, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’” Furthermore, 2 Timothy 3:16 teaches that all Scripture is God-breathed. And 2 Peter 1:20–21 teaches that no Scripture is the interpretation or understanding of man but is rather the result of God’s inspiration, these men having been “carried along” in their writing by the Holy Spirit. In other words, these Scriptures—instructions and teachings that we today refer to as “the Bible”—come from a God who knows in advance every philosophy and cultural shift that mankind will ever experience, and He has produced this Bible for His people in a manner which is uncorrupted by man’s understanding and prejudices. Because of this, we hold the Bible as our inerrant and eternal standard for truth. Regardless of the latest scientific study or theory, regardless of the political temperature of our nation, regardless of our emotions and circumstances, we hold the Bible to be our only reliable standard for determining truth and morality.

Unfortunately, there is not space to review the plethora of internal and external evidences which substantiate the authenticity and reliability of the Bible. This is a book which was penned by more than 40 different authors in all walks of life and in multiple civilizations stretching over 1,500 years. Despite this and the fact that the Bible addresses history’s most controversial political, social, and spiritual issues, there is never a contradiction which is not discovered to be in harmony with the remainder of Scripture when adequately studied in context. Moreover, the testimony of Scripture is continually reaffirmed through archaeological discoveries of locations and customs which have been forgotten by all other known records. Suffice it to say that there is vastly more reason to trust the reliability of Scripture than any other historical record. If one were to dismiss the reliability of Scripture, then one would be compelled to dismiss the credibility of all known history. For a far more thorough examination of the subject, read Josh McDowell’s book New Evidence that Demands a Verdict .

Scripture is clear: The practice of homosexuality is sinful. In Leviticus chapter 18, homosexual activity is listed alongside the moral sins of incest, bestiality, adultery, and infanticide, and God declared all of these practices to be immoral long before the Law was given to the Jews. Nevertheless, within our culture, adultery is becoming socially acceptable—particularly with the celebration of adultery in popular media programs, such as Scandal. Similarly, infanticide is now generally socially acceptable thanks to Roe v. Wade and “pro-choice” political platforms. Therefore, it should not be surprising to witness our culture embrace homosexuality. Cultures, principals, morals, and convictions change in societies over time. However, God’s Word remains consistent. This is why it is imperative that we as Christians determine our sexual morals based upon the Bible. As Christians, our theology determines our sexuality, and we must be careful that we not forget this amid the social debate which surrounds us.


1. Barton, “Dr. Benjamin Rush.”
2. Barton, “The Founding Fathers.”
3. Ibid.

Works Cited

1. Barton, David. “Dr. Benjamin Rush.” Wall Builders, August 15, 2003.  Accessed June 19, 2014. http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=147218 .
2. Barton, David. “The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible.” Wall Builders, May, 2008.  Accessed June 19, 2014. http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=8755 .
3. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Crossway Bibles, 2001.


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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015