About the speaker Frank Turek:
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to make their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and at secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. He has also debated several prominent atheists including Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman, president of American Atheists.
Frank hosts an hour-long TV program each week called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist that is broadcast Wednesday nights on DirecTV Channel 378 (the NRB Network). His radio program called CrossExamined with Frank Turek airs on 122 stations every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. eastern and is available continuously on the free CrossExamined App.
A former aviator in the US Navy, Frank has a master’s degree from the George Washington University and a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, are blessed with three grown sons.
He’s one of my favorite speakers, and I admire him for being willing to take a public stand on controversial issues like gay marriage. He’s actually had to pay a price for that in his professional life, and I blogged about that before.
Here’s the lecture on gay marriage, featuring Christian apologist Frank Turek. It was presented in July 2015, after the Supreme Court decision.
- how to present your case against marriage safely
- Christians are required to go beyond tolerance
- loving another person can mean opposing the person when they want to do something wrong, even if they hate you
- what did Jesus say about marriage? (see Matt 19:4-6)
- what did Jesus say about sexual morality? (Matt 15, Matt 19)
- the same-sex marriage debate is about whether to compel people who disagree with the gay lifestyle to validate and normalize it
- P1: the government has an interest in marriage because it perpetuates and stabilizes society – this is the purpose of marriage
- P2-4: government can take 3 kinds of stances towards behaviors: promote, permit or prohibit
- government promotes behaviors when it has an interest in them
- same-sex relationships should be permitted, but not promoted
- Q1: if same-sex marriage had serious negative consequences, would you reconsider their position?
- Q2: are heterosexual relationships the same as homosexual relationships?
- Q3: what would society be like if everyone married according to the natural marriage definition: one woman, one man, for life?
- Q4: what would society be like if everyone married according to the same-sex marriage definition: man/man and woman/woman?
- Should Christians care about law and politics? or should they just preach the gospel?
- They should care because people often get their cues about what is moral and immoral based on what is legal and illegal
- Many of the social problems we see today can be traced back to problems with marriage and family
- Children do much better when they have a relationship with their mother and their father
- Same-sex marriage necessarily destroys the relationship between a child and its mother or its father
- When a country embraces same-sex marriage, it reinforces the idea that marriage is not about making and raising children
- same-sex marriage shifts the focus away from the needs of the children to the feelings of desires of the selfish adults
- does homosexuality impose any health and mental health risks?
- what has the impact of legalizing same-sex marriage been in Massachusetts to individuals, schools, businesses and charities?
- how same-sex marriage poses a threat to religious liberty
- how should you respond to the view that homosexuality is genetic?
My biggest concern is religious liberty, and we are seeing how same-sex marriage has proven to be incompatible with religious liberty. But I also care about children… I want them to have mothers and fathers who put their needs first. How did we ever get to this point where the ever-changing feelings and desires of adults are somehow linked to marriage? Marriage is about a commitment – it is the subjugation of feelings and desires to responsibilities and obligations. It is a promise. A promise to commit to love your spouse and children regardless of feelings and desires. It requires more self-denial, self-control and self-sacrifice. Not less.