There is a new front on which the church must stand opposed to the armies of the sexual revolution.
The battle is still the same: an unholy war against marriage and the God who instituted it.
But there is a new front in that battle. Last year the revolutionaries were marshalled on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriages. This year the battle has been waged on the front of transgenderism. But an assault is now being made on another front: incest.
The title of a recent article posted on The Aquila Report says it all: “Mother, Adult Son Fight for Right to Incestuous Relationship” (here’s the link). About nineteen years ago, a New Mexico woman named Monica Mares (now 36 years old) gave birth to a son whom she then put up for adoption. The son, Caleb Peterson (19), lived apart from his birth mother until last year when they met again. Mother and son are now in a “romantic” relationship which includes “sexual relations.” Living in the house and witnessing this fornication are Mares’ two other children, ages 5 and 6.
Authorities became aware of this relationship in February, and the two appeared in court on March 10 on charges of incest. The trial was supposed to be held at the end of August, but has since been bumped back to October 26. If convicted, the two could face up to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine. Mother and son are not backing down, but claim to be willing to go to jail to fight for their supposed right to be together. And there are plenty of others rushing to support them.
What’s striking are the arguments used to justify this “consanguinamory” (literally, “same-blood love”). They base their defense on the recent approval of homosexual marriage. Cristian Shy, a supporter of incest, says, “It was the same with gay people just a few years ago and now they can get married and they are accepted. Well, why not consanguinamorous people like us?” Travis Weber, an attorney with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C, says, “I think that the framing of this case and the advocacy on their behalf is made much easier by the Supreme Court’s decision and many of the developments we are seeing in law in regards to homosexuality.”
This is telling. It shows that the sexual revolutionaries are building on the advances that they made with same-sex marriage. If marriage can be redefined to include the union of man with man and woman with woman, then what’s to stop it from being redefined in any way a person chooses? What’s to stop marriage from being redefined as a mother with her son or a father with his daughter?
Those fighting for the right to live in an incestuous relationship, in harmony with the advocates for homosexual marriages, argue that there is only one thing that matters in a relationship: consent. The son, Caleb Peterson, said, “Honestly, I never thought we would get into trouble for our relationship. We were both consenting adults—when it comes down to it. She’s an adult; I’m adult. I can make my own decisions.” A group supporting this mother and son claim to be pushing for “full marriage equality for all consenting adults.” This is the one moral scruple that they yet claim to have. You can do whatever you want with whomever you want, but just so long as you are both consenting.
In fact, the sexual revolutionaries have apparently succeeded in shutting the mouths of their opponents who argue on the basis of health risks. Homosexuality brings major health risks, but that argument cannot be used any longer to forbid homosexual unions. Incest also brings major health risks. But since that argument has already been overcome by the revolutionaries in regard to homosexuality, Attorney Weber asks, “What’s to stop us in regard to incest?”
Take note of these two points.
First, what we are seeing is a continual advance in the sexual revolution. Having won the hill on the issue of homosexuality, they press their advantage to bring about approval of incest and other sins. And in the end, the goal with all this is to destroy the institution of marriage altogether. It would not be surprising if in a few years Western society asks itself, “What purpose does marriage even serve anymore? Do away with that outdated institution altogether! Everyone do what’s right in your own eyes! Fornicate left, right, and center! Just be sure the others are consenting!”
Second, what we are witnessing is the spirit of the antichrist. In 2 Thess. 2, the antichrist is referred to literally as “the lawless one.” Daniel 7:25 says that he will “think to change times and laws.” The spirit of the antichrist reigns in the world today, as they overturn the laws of God regarding gender and sexuality and marriage. The way is being paved for the personal antichrist to come.
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
This post was written by Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa.