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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sola Scriptura

This is what happens when traditions and the rule of man supplant the inherent authority of the Word of God and are used to lead the church; the complete compromise of biblical principle and acceptance of sin amongst God’s people.

Catholic bishops debate gay ministry

BALTIMORE - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is debating how parishes can be welcoming to gays while also upholding the teaching that gay relationships are "disordered."

The proposed guidelines before the bishops Tuesday, called "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination," condemn discrimination against gays, acknowledge that many try to live faithfully and state that it's not a sin to be attracted to someone of the same gender. more…
Where is the debate? Why use an appeasing phrase like, “disordered?” God does not call homosexuality disordered, he calls it an abomination. It is not okay to have homosexual thoughts and not act on them, that’s just as bad! Jesus said if you look at a woman with lust in your eye then you have committed adultery with her in your heart; you do the math. It is the condition of our heart, the readiness of our soul that interests God, not merely our actions. If actions alone could save, we wouldn’t have needed Jesus, and the scribes would not have been denounced as a brood of vipers. Jesus came so that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. He wants us to be free from the sin that is eating away at us like a cancer. This infestation of pervasive thought among the Catholic leaders will ultimately be their undoing. Just as you would not ignore a cancerous growth, you cannot compromise with sin, you must not. Instead we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that though it has not yet been revealed how we will be, we know that when we stand in the presence of God, we will be like him. We cannot be like God if we desire to live in our sin more than we desire the things of God. Instead of trying to coddle the masses, mired in their sin, perhaps the church should try preaching the truth, as we promised, and letting God heal people, like he promised.


Blogger landonsandy said...

What exactly were the Scribes and Pharisees called a brood of vipers for then? I sure hope it wasn't turning God's story into a rule book, the suppression of a people group, or lack of compassion.

11/25/2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

First, I'm not sure I understand your question. I don't think the scribes are your problem, but I wish you would articulate your point.

Second, God's "story" as you call it, IS a rule book, in part at least. The story is that God provided man a way to be forgiven because he has not kept those rules. However, Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it, that is, it's requirements of righteousness, and it's punishments that we incurred by our rebellion. Because Jesus fulfilled the law, we are not to just continue in sin because the requirements have been fulfilled by another. Paul addresses this directly in Romans 6, "May it never be!" Paul also says of homosexuality that those who practice it have already received in them the due penalty for their perversion.

All sin is destructive, Jesus came that we might be freed from the necessary consequence of that sin, it's wage which is death.

11/27/2006 1:46 PM  
Blogger landonsandy said...

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12/01/2006 6:11 PM  
Blogger landonsandy said...

What I'm saying is that Jesus would pop us evangelicals right in the mouth like he did the Pharisees if he saw the way we treat homosexuals, especially quoting romans six to (though I'm assuming because you haven't articulated you're point) say that AIDS is a direct punishment for sin. What I'm saying is that you might be concerned with the law and sin so much that you might assume that someone's disease was their own fault and Jesus would say "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." (john 9). I'm saying that the people we don't allow in our temple might be closer to God than us. I'm saying that the gay man is closer to heaven than the pretentious rule keeper. When Jesus said that he came to "fulfill the law" he was using the phase Jewish rabbis use to commend their pupils for correct interpretation of the law. If someone were to incorrectly interpret the law a teacher would say that the student had "abolished the law" so in essence the bible is meant for interpretation and I happen to disagree with the way you've interpreted. Sorry so long and mean spirited I mean no disrespect.

Happy World Aids Day by the way!

12/01/2006 6:13 PM  

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