The letter I wrote, in response to the article written about the United Methodist Church including homosexual pastors is no doubt a lightning rod of discussion and debate with entrenched folks on both sides.
Concerning to most people in this world right now should be truth. Think of the most deceptive person you know. Think of what kind of world we would have, if there were no truth. Do you know anyone who can look you in the face and tell you a bold-faced lie? What if there was no law? Now imagine if there was no love. If everything was about us and what we wanted. The animal self. Remember, the best lies have a little truth, don't be deceived, research.
The letter rebuking my response to this paper’s article about the Methodists allowing Homosexual Pastors starts with the accusation that my letter was not Christ’s teaching. Also, that the Old Testament is bigoted and I personally am Homophobic. This man’s letter, then goes on to describe out of context biblical passages in an attempt to negate the Old Testament. Finally, the letter claims Jesus was silent on homosexuality.
If you are a Christian, Christ's teachings make perfect sense more and more as we study. If you are not, I have no argument with you. If you don't believe the Old Testament, Leviticus 18:22 ["Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman"] would not make sense. However, if you believe Jesus, look at how he continues all through his teachings to affirm the Old Testament. Matthew 19:4-6 "At the beginning the creator made them male and female and for this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh, so they are no longer two but one flesh. What God has put together let no one separate." Jesus in Matthew 5:17-18 says that he has come not to abolish the law [Old Testament] but to fulfill it. The point is you can Google the bible and read it for yourself and if you search with an open and unbiased heart, the Holy Spirit will come upon you and open your eyes. The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Truth. Can there be love without truth, or truth without love?
I love my niece as much as my own children. I will continue to love her and her "partner." I will not condone their lifestyle because God is very clear on sin and how we need to turn from it. Any sin, including adultery. Without truth, we can love someone to death. And without love, no one is listening. Fortunately, in Romans we are assured of God’s grace to anyone who is actively and daily repenting and trying to [change] through the "Holy Spirit." Billy Graham said, "Christianity is a process".
Our truths are not the same if you take a passage, let’s say Matthew 19:10-12, where Jesus is saying some people cannot accept "this word" concerning marriage between a man and woman and twist or add to the intent of what is written. He goes on to explain how some are made eunuchs and some don't want to get married. [This is most likely why Prop 8 passed. "Marriage between a man and woman exclusively".] There will be deceivers reclassifying "Eunuch" into " Homosexual." Look up the definition of the word. Don't be misled.
I agree with my debater, when it comes to judgement. Surely, it’s many pay grades above us. It's a sin many of us Christians fight daily. I don't know my debater’s background. I cannot take his advice however to be silent [read Mark 16:15]. It has been life changing, leaving things up to God and letting prayer and the spirit of truth change us. That's the Easter message. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that all who believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). So, believe in God and study his law. His truth reigns through the Holy Spirit. It's a beautiful law and truth to live and love by. Happy Easter season to everyone.