Defending Marriage & the Natural Family

Michael Craven | Center for Christ & Culture | Monday, August 22, 2005

Defending Marriage & the Natural Family

I am often asked by concerned Christians how to defend the biblical conception of marriage in a culture that rejects the authority of the Bible and seems determined to radically redefine marriage.

I will grant that this is not always easy, and to do so effectively requires that we rightly apply the principles put forth in Colossians 4:6, "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." The "salt" spoken of here implies an intelligent and rational argument which seeks to affirm the evidential truth of God's word. This is the essence of "cultural apologetics" and toward that end I wanted to share my recently prepared testimony for presentation to the New Hampshire State Legislature addressing same-sex marriage. I hope that you find it helpful for use in your day-to-day discussions with those who see no harm in the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Click Here to read the full (brief) testimony posted at the National Coalition website

S. Michael Craven is the vice president for religion & culture at the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families and leads the work and ministry of Cultural Apologetics. The Cultural Apologetics ministry works to equip the Church to assert and defend biblical morality and ethics in a manner that is rational, relevant and persuasive in order to recapture the relevance of Christianity to all of life by demonstrating its complete correspondence to reality. For more information on Cultural Apologetics, additional resources and other works by S. Michael Craven visit:

Michael lives in the Dallas area with his wife Carol and their three children.

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