Article Critique: "Man, Woman, and the Mystery of Christ" by Russell Moore

In today’s society we hear about “marriage equality” on an everyday basis.  There are those who say that as long as you love someone you should be able to marry them.  There are others who say that it should only be between a man and a woman.  In his article “Man, Woman, and the mystery of Christ:  An Evangelical Perspective” Russell Moore describes biblical marriage in relation to Christ and the church.

The article is addressed to the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome on November 18, 2015[1].  The Vatican invited prominent evangelicals to this meeting because marriage is an issue that all of Christendom must be unified on.  Dr. Moore draws on the book of Ephesians and union between Christ and his church.  He describes biblical marriage as archetype and “icons of God’s purpose for the universe[2].”

There is not a Spouse A and a Spouse B, but marriage consists of a man and woman.  From the beginning this is what God saw as “very good” (Gen 1:31).  Though this is the common argument for traditional marriage it goes much deeper.  It was this foundation that is the foundation of the very gospel that we proclaim as Christians.  As a man and woman join in marriage to produce offspring, Christ consummated his marriage to the church on the cross to produce offspring.  Those offspring are new believers to the faith.  Dr. Moore uses this basis to establish why the sexual revolution and the redefining of marriage will fail to bring happiness.  As he states, “This is why attempts to free sexuality from the marriage of a man and woman do not lead, ultimately, to the sort of liberation they promise.  And therein is our challenge, and our opportunity, for the future[3].”

Dr. Moore points to John chapter 4 when Jesus tells the Samaritan woman to go and get her husband.  This not only points to the validity of what we hold in marriage, but Jesus, in a loving way, is holding her accountable for the sexual immorality that she had been involved in.  We live in a society obsessed with sex, and people are doing whatever they can to get it and with whomever.  The sexual revolution is a failure, and as Dr. Moore says, has led us to where we are today[4].  Marriage is a topic that must not be compromised.

In conclusion Dr. Moore lays out a solid case on why all Christians should stand firm in regard to marriage.  He does this inside the Vatican which is an excellent showing of Christian unity on the subject.  It is more than God’s design for creation, but is God’s design for the church as well.  The history and critique of the sexual revolution showed the evolution of the movement into the “marriage equality” movement that we are encountering today.  In his article he also criticizes other Christian groups for compromising the Gospel by embracing a redefinition of marriage.


Moore, Russell D. “Man, Woman, And the Mystery of Christ:  An Evangelical Protestant Perspective.” JETS:  Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 58, no. 1 (2015, March 1): 89-94.

[1] Russell D. Moore, “Man, Woman, And the Mystery of Christ:  An Evangelical Protestant Perspective,” JETS:  Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58, no. 1 (2015, March 1): 89.

[2] Ibid, 90.

[3] Russell D. Moore, “Man, Woman, And the Mystery of Christ:  An Evangelical Protestant Perspective,” JETS:  Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58, no. 1 (2015, March 1): 91.

[4]Ibid, 93.

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