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Kurt Eichenwald has a Point

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There was a terrible, and thoroughly justifiable, outcry when Newsweek published Kurt Eichenwald’s diatribe against the Bible. His intention is to diminish the Bible and press it into a mold that fits his secular worldview. In so doing, he will achieve the secular goal of confining religion to a sacred box. He is tired of people living their faith where he has to see it. He is tired of Christian behavior and Christian insistence on morality based on absolute truth. He does not want Christians to be salt and light in the world, because if they are, the world will change in ways Kurt Eichenwald finds unsettling.

He did, however, say one thing that was very important. It is not entirely true, but there is a grain of truth in his statement toward the end of his article:

If Christians truly want to treat the New Testament as the foundation of the religion, they have to know it. Too many of them seem to read John Grisham novels with greater care than they apply to the book they consider to be the most important document in the world.

Ouch!

Could this statement be true? Are Christians guilty of treating the Bible like a coffee table book they admire and appreciate but do not really know? Eichman’s statement requires that Christians call their faith a religion, a term not quite relevant to our faith. Yet it is disturbing to think that even Christians who take offense at his assault might not read the Bible with as much enthusiasm as they show for the latest NYT best-seller.

Just a week ago, I struck up a conversation with a visitor at church during coffee hour. She was eager to talk about how much she loved the Bible after she read it in the form of The Story. She excitedly showed me the Bible she carries everywhere in her purse. However, when I invited her to participate in the pastor’s Bible study that was about to begin, she looked shocked and exclaimed, “Now? Right this minute?” She nervously stuffed her Bible back into her purse and hurried out the door.

Christians try to justify their ignorance of the Bible in many different ways. Eichenwald slices through all those reasons saying, “If Christians truly want to treat the New Testament as the foundation of the religion, they have to know it.” Of course, Eichenwald is wrong to call the New Testament the foundation of the religion, because Christ is our foundation, our core, the center of everything. So you, the reader, can take your stand on the error of his statement if you want to. However, he has seen and heard the phrase sola Scriptura. He knows that we believe that the Bible is our guide for faith and life. Eichenwald says that Christians make claims the Bible does not substantiate. You really cannot expect much else of a secular thinker. However, in order to make his argument, he spent a lot of time with the Bible. He is deeply committed to the need to destroy the credibility of the Bible in the eyes of the public.

How should Christians respond to this assault?

The answer is in the Bible. Christians who want to address what Eichenwald is trying to do must not imitate him; they must imitate Christ. They must not be drawn into an intellectual argument structured on Eichenwald’s battle plan. Eichenwald’s article was inspired and motivated by Satan and Satan’s objectives. To argue over jots and tittles serves Satan’s purposes beautifully. Rather than that, Christians must demonstrate intimate knowledge of the Bible and its teachings, and they must rely on a Teacher not accessible to Eichenwald: the Holy Spirit.

Bible study is, for Christians, a lifelong discipline tightly integrated with prayer. Christians have an obligation not to shut down their minds when they study, but mind and body must, nevertheless, submit to the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Too many Christians fail to make time for daily prayer and Bible study due to the misconception that they do not have enough time for it. They may even feel that they do not understand it. They might think that Kurt Eichenwald is right in his accusation. They might really believe that they have better luck understanding John Grisham than the apostle John.

They are wrong on all points.

They do have time.

They can understand.

The Bible is for everyone.

Many years ago, my life was collapsing around me. I had a nagging and ever-increasing feeling that I was simply messing up everything. I went through a divorce. Then I remarried, and when I remarried, I suddenly had something I did not want to lose. I was praying every day that my marriage would survive and thrive, but I was praying on the run in the midst of the daily chaos. One day it became clear to me that I needed to take just five minutes for God every morning. I just wanted enough time to pray in coherent sentences.

I found a small book that fit my need perfectly. Daily Texts published by Mount Carmel Ministries provides two verses for study each day, and I thought to myself that I could surely read just two verses. I might only have five minutes, but I could read two verses. There was a daily prayer, too, which I skipped at first. I was in such a hurry!

It was not long before five minutes became ten. I read the verses and then I prayed the written prayer as my own. I found that my own words in prayer began to change. The verses made me think, and I prayed about what they said. Ten minutes became fifteen. I started writing down my own prayer growing out of the verses.

That was many years ago. Today I engage in more reading and more prayer and more real study than I ever thought I had time for back then. When I started, I could never have made so much time available. I thought I truly did not have it. Yet over the years of growing and maturing in prayer and Bible study, I have discovered that I do have time. There are still only 24 hours in my day, but I use them differently.

You may think you don’t have time for Bible study. You might even think you feel more inspired by watching a sunset than by reading about Joshua and Jericho. Well, Kurt Eichman has a point. There are Christians who really do not know what is in the Bible, and that is sad, because the Bible is God’s gift to us. In the Bible, we meet Christ. We learn what he did, what he said, and what he wants of us. We put ourselves in a position to be transformed. Some of the hurtful things Eichman says grow out of the behavior of people who claim knowledge of the Bible without demonstrating knowledge of Christ.

It is possible that I still don’t meet Kurt Eichman’s definition of a real Christian or a real Bible scholar. That doesn’t bother me. I do not worry that he might consider me biblically illiterate. I have no ambition to be able to argue better than he does. My ambition is to know Christ and to be more like Him. The greatest progress I have ever made toward that goal has grown out of time spent in prayerful Bible study. That is the real answer to Kurt Eichman’s point.

By Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love available on Kindle.

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Irrelevant Church

In 1927, Dietrich Bonhoeffer warned, “the sort of friendliness between Church and society that we have cultivated in the past, especially in Germany, is actually the cause of the Church’s increasing irrelevance.” He could say the same thing about churches in the twenty-first century. Only a couple of weeks ago the Presbyterian Church USA abandoned God’s teaching about marriage and family, acceding to political and social pressure by redefining marriage as a union of two persons, who may be of the same or different genders. This change cannot be explained by any new revelations from God. It can only be explained by a decision to put popularity ahead of faith.
Every day we see political leaders cave in to cultural pressure, and even though we deplore it, we expect it of them. However, when leaders of our churches do the same thing, it is much more than deplorable. It feels like treason.
Christian leaders have an important calling, and at the center is Jesus’ command to teach disciples “everything I have commanded you.” When Christian leaders abandon the Bible, the things Jesus taught, and begin to teach that the moral principles in it are outdated, or obsolete, their followers have good reason to be dismayed. Worse, as Bonhoeffer pointed out nearly a hundred years ago, the world at large thinks it sees in such behavior something it always suspected. It thinks that all those old rules were just power plays anyway, and the unprincipled abandonment of biblical teaching looks like an admission that the Bible is not very important after all. It looks as if the leaders are admitting that God really did not make those rules; people did, and they did it as a power trip, not a principle.
Not every Christian leader has abandoned ship. When Bonhoeffer saw what was happening between the Church and the Nazi government of Germany, he spoke out and acted on his understanding that such cooperation and collaboration was ungodly. He paid the ultimate price for his commitment to God and the Bible. There are Christian leaders in the USA who, like Bonhoeffer, refuse to belly up to the government trough, and they refuse to go along to get along. They stand out when they speak in opposition to calling a union of gay men a marriage. They are accused of complete lack of love when they call illegal aliens illegal. They are scorned for their unwillingness to take government restrictions along with government money in their charitable endeavors. They are belittled for a lack of intellect when they refuse to attend or promote interfaith conferences to discuss the “many ways” to God. They are mocked for asserting that God is the God of life, not death, as they counsel pregnant women to turn away from abortion.
The bottom line is that churches are becoming sideshows in the eyes of the population. This misconception is largely due to the ignorance of media types who breathlessly ask if a new pope will move away from the Catholic Church’s antiquated views on abortion. However, media types will not learn what Christ’s church really is from public speakers such as Joel Osteen, who declares that God wants everyone to be rich. They can only learn what the church is from preachers who say that Jesus is the only way or that the Bible is God’s ultimate truth.
The culture does not like anything old, and that is the problem with churches in general. They promote an old idea—Jesus is the only way to God. They promote an old book—the Bible, whose oldest texts root in a past whose distance from today is not known with any certainty. The culture believes that to teach that Jesus is the only way to God is selfish and discriminates unfairly against other religions. The culture further believes that the Bible is a dusty old book about ancient people. In the culture, it is important for all religions to be equal, just as all pay should be equal, all housing and health care should be equal, and marriage should be equal. The basis for all this equality is a line of thought that says humans have evolved into better beings than they were two or three or four thousand years ago. The culture declares that the evolution of humans today makes them wiser than the ancients, and this generation believes that it is actually capable of ending all the evil that defeated past generations. The fact that evil continues today is said to be evidence that God does not exist and churches are irrelevant.
Sadly, many churches feel threatened by the culture, so threatened that they have relinquished everything that used to make them relevant and valuable to the culture. They have sold the moral and ethical teachings about life and truth and God himself for approval in the press. They have rephrased their “theology” to accommodate the public perception that the God who was good enough for ancient people simply cannot handle today’s more nuanced understanding of truth.
What is the consequence of this change? Is the world a better place because churches have shut up and let the political agenda rule the day? There is no evidence to support that conclusion. Evil continues in all its many forms. Conflict of every sort burgeons in suicides, divorce, murder, political rancor, and international wars. The whole idea of family is being crushed under the heavy boot of activism, political and social. Churches that have abandoned the Bible and no longer consider Christ to be the way to God have nothing to say to people who confront evil in its many forms. These churches have become truly irrelevant. They have accommodated themselves completely out of the picture. These churches will become museums that house ancient rituals and art, or they will become nothing more than atheist gatherings where the word God is truly nothing more than whatever you conceive that to be. The myth of human progress, embodied in so-called “progressive” thought, whether political, social, or religious, has nothing with which to arm humankind against evil.
Martin Luther wrote, “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.” At the time, he wrote those words, he knew from faith and experience that Jesus is “the way,” not “a way.” He revered the Bible as God’s word to humankind, a guide for faith and life. Martin Luther knew the Church to be relevant and powerful in the fight against evil. It is worthwhile to contemplate what he had to say and to consider how these words still are relevant today:
1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.
Hymn text by Martin Luther, from http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh110.sht

The Best Weapon Available — The Bible

The book Meeting Miss Irby (Irby, 2012), describes how Adeline Paulina Irby went into Bosnia as a tourist, fell in love with the people, and her heart never left. Miss Adeline Paulina Irby is a 19th century example of the way God leads Christians in all eras to accept huge personal risk and discomfort in order to follow Christ and be like him. Born to a life of privilege and luxury, she chose instead to live among impoverished and oppressed people, riding in unsprung ox carts rather than opulent carriages, enduring harsh winters and plain food rather that moving among society’s elite from dinner parties to evenings at the opera. Her work in Bosnia endeared her to generations, because she truly did not care about anyone’s “qualifications” for benefits. Adeline Irby saw all humanity through the same lens – the lens of God’s love which she learned from the Bible.

Today people who claim to be busy about social justice rarely live up to the standard Miss Irby found in the Bible. Today’s humanitarians hand out food and clothing, but unlike Miss Irby, they are often afraid to give out a Bible or name the name of Christ. Miss Irby felt called and motivated by the model of Christ in the Bible. She lived according to his teaching and served in his name. Underlying all her humanitarian aid (food, clothing and shelter, schools, and a teacher training program) lay her understanding that the Bible was the all-sufficient guide for her faith and life.

Miss Irby demonstrated her perception that the Bible pre-empted all other sources of guidance for life when a man came to her school to request a rifle. “Why do you need a rifle?” she asked. The man replied, “to join the uprising.” Bosnia in the 19th century endured the same constant violence and the incessant political turmoil it has endured for hundreds of years. There had been many uprisings, which littered the history of Bosnia with blood and grief. Miss Irby left the room and soon returned with a book in her hand. “Take this book,” she said. “There are all sorts of weapons in it. … you can defeat all your enemies easily with this book without shedding a single drop of blood.” (Irby, 2012) Miss Irby unabashedly shared the book that had guided her and protected her, even when she and her traveling companion were arrested as spies.

Some contemporary Christians allege that humans have learned so much about the world that the Bible simply can’t catch up. Humans, according to them, now know things the Bible never thought to discuss with us – DNA, rocket science, and gender orientation. This concept, that humanity is evolving and becoming better and wiser in every generation, is a secular teaching. Secular thinkers believe that every old idea, for example, the idea that human sexuality is rightly fulfilled in the marriage of a man and a woman, must be re-examined by humans in every generation. If that idea makes humans unhappy, then it must not be true, and it can be discarded.  Some  Christians believe the same thing. They reject the Bible’s revealed truth as outdated and inadequate for contemporary guidance. They believe that God, for some reason, has left humankind on its own to figure things out for the duration of time and space. The timeless, unalterable and absolute truth of the Bible is inconvenient to their happiness, and they disregard it.

The consequence of abandoning the Bible as the guide for faith and life has destroyed both church congregations and individuals. This is bad. A worse consequence is the confusion of people who see some Christians advocating the same social agenda as political leaders while other Christians reject that agenda for being in opposition to God’s revelation in the Bible. There is a reason Jesus compared his teaching to a foundation in solid rock; his teaching does not change with the times. Miss Irby was right to tell her visitor to use the Bible as his weapon in the battles of life, because it has demonstrated its adequacy for two thousand years. Contemporary Christians should study the lives of people like Miss Irby to learn how the Bible is more than sufficient for guidance in faith and life in all eras.

Bibliography

Irby, J. (2012). Meeting Miss Irby. Samizdat Creative.

 

 

 

 

What Happens When a Church Adopts a Secular Worldview?

Christians live a very challenging life in the US culture today. It takes serious spiritual maturity to cope with the challenges posed by secularism. It takes even greater strength to face those challenges when they surface within the church itself. The Barna Group survey referenced recently (http://wp.me/pXp5J-10i) pointed out that many Christians do not actually hold a Christian worldview. The truth is that some Christian denominations no longer hold a Christian worldview, either.

Two important elements of a Christian worldview are these:

  • Biblical principles are accurate and sound.
  • Moral truth is absolute and not modified by circumstances.

The secular worldview, to the contrary, says:

  • Moral values derive from human experience
  • Truth is relative to circumstances
  • Human beings discover truth as they experience it.

The fundamental difference between the origin of moral values in a Christian worldview and the origin of moral values in a secular worldview is revelation versus discovery. Christians believe that God has revealed his moral standards in the Bible. Christians believe that the Bible is God’s all-sufficient guide to faith and life. Secular thinkers believe that humans are evolving and morals are evolving and that people simply discover the right thing to do as they evolve. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided in 2009 that rather than use the Bible as a guide for faith and life, it would use human experience. They were not the first to do so, having been preceded by the Episcopalians. The ELCA worded this seismic change in their worldview as follows: “The scriptural witness does not address the context of sexual orientation and lifelong loving and committed relationships that we experience today.”

This quotation comes from a document entitled “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” adopted by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Church in America. To put this statement in other words, we human beings have evolved beyond the scope of God’s revelation of himself in the Bible. More simply, human beings have outgrown the Bible.

Christians who view the Bible as God’s sufficient guide for faith and life view this statement as heresy. Some would dispute the use of such a strong word, but the definition of heresy is: “adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma,” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heresy) or “unorthodox religious opinion: an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching.” (http://www.bing.com/search?q=definition+heresy&qs=n&form=QBLH&pq=definition+heresy&sc=8-10&sp=-1&sk=&ghc=1) Almost certainly some will consider it excessive to call this view “heresy.” Nevertheless, most churches that call themselves Christian would balk at the idea of rejecting the Bible as the authority for faith and life. The Bible is the place where most churches look for guidance on the subject of human sexuality and all other questions about faith and life. For two thousand years, Christians have been willing to die in order to obtain and possess and read and share the Bible, because it is God’s voice in writing, the source where Christians can discover what God has to say about the way they live. In countries like Uzbekistan, people risk re-education sentences and heavy fines in order to read the Bible and live by its teachings. Those people would be horrified to discover that they risk imprisonment and even torture for the sake of something humans have now outgrown.

Some ELCA Lutherans who chose to try to live in peace with four different newly-discovered versions of God’s plan for human sexuality were seriously blind-sided by the almost immediate decision to roster homosexuals living in an active homosexual relationship. The national synod expressed an accommodation for congregations that choose to state right up front that they will not consider a homosexual pastor, but this plan left congregations in which the church leadership avoids taking a vote at risk of being presented with a homosexual candidate, regardless of the majority opinion. Just last week, a bigger issue arose when a California synod elected a homosexual bishop. Suddenly, all the churches in that synod are under the authority of a homosexual bishop, even if some of those churches completely reject the legitimacy of an active homosexual on the roster. The decision of the ELCA to let the secular worldview dominate at the highest levels has now borne serious fruit.

It is very hard for Christians to stand strong for their faith in a world where secular thinking dominates. Even though the worldwide pressure of Islam is also felt in the US, it is not experienced as a daily abrasion the way secularism is. As more and more people openly identify themselves as unconnected with any religion at all, the number of openly secular thinkers increases and the number of openly Christian thinkers decreases. Secular thinkers view all religions with equal scorn, yet they tend to show more accommodation for Islam due to the fact that Christians have been dominant in the culture for so long. Somewhere in the depths of secular thinking is a sense that some cosmic wrong is righted by abusing Christian religious liberty in the name of being “fair” to Islam. However, the real betrayal Christians feel is when their own leaders abandon them. In the ELCA, many Christians who had been proud to identify with the ELCA prior to 2009, suddenly didn’t want anyone to know they were associated with such a group. They felt that their firm footing in their faith had turned from stone to sand when the national leadership and the Church Assembly voted to throw away the Bible and start discovering moral teachings by “experience” the way secular thinkers do.

Martin Luther started a huge argument when he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg, and he was up against exactly the same issue as contemporary Christians. The Catholic Church of his day had decided to prioritize other authorities above the authority of the Bible. He started his argument with the Church because he simply thought someone had lost the way, and Luther wanted the Church to get back on the right path. He was not successful in his goal. Compelled to separate from the Catholic Church, he realized that the biggest problem in teaching people to live by the teachings of the Bible was the unavailability of the Bible to the people. One of his great contributions to the faith was a translation of the Bible into the language of the people of Germany.

The point, however, is not the availability. The point is the use. People who consider the Bible to be the revealed word of God go to the Bible for guidance in faith and life. The apostle Paul called scripture the Sword of the Spirit, meaning that the Holy Spirit uses the written words in the Bible to convict us of sin, to teach us what is right and to lead us to the Truth. Contrary to the allegation of the ELCA that human beings have outgrown the Bible, Christians every day discover the truth in the Bible, truth that does not change with the weather or the times. The truth in the Bible is like the rock Jesus spoke of in the Sermon on the Mount.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. Matthew 7:24-25

 

Uncharted Rocks!

A bible from 1859.
A bible from 1859. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of the island of Giglio, it was reported at first that the ship struck a rock that was not on the charts. Mariners rely on their charts to tell them where hazards are located, and the captain of the Concordia repeatedly complained that the rock he struck was not on any chart. As a consequence, the ship’s hull was ripped open, and the ship eventually sank. This is not the way mariners hope that hazards will be discovered, but the discovery of that rock truly is a service to all mariners navigating in those waters. Until the Costa Concordia discovered this hazard, nobody knew it was there. The charts were deficient.

In 2009, the Church Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America alleged to discover that the Bible was missing a piece of information as vital as that previously unknown rock off the coast of Giglio. The document they wrote to announce this discovery is “A Social Statement on Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” and in this statement the assembly said, “The scriptural witness does not address the context of sexual orientation and lifelong loving and committed relationships that we experience today.”

The ELCA is not the first church to go down this path. Episcopalians have been blessing homosexuals and ordaining homosexuals for some time. Other churches and denominations have begun to accommodate the cultural pressure from homosexual activists. Why is this decision a big deal? It is a problem, because statements like this completely negate a fundamental truth of Christianity: the Bible is the source for all guidance in faith and life. If God failed to address the issue of homosexuality in the Bible, then God left his children with a big problem. The evidence does not support that conclusion. The Bible does address homosexuality. Anglicans, Episcopalians and now ELCA Lutherans have thrown the Bible out with the bathwater in the name of accommodating contemporary culture.

If Christians were going to accommodate the culture, then why did they suffer so much at the hands of Roman emperors? The emperors simply asked for a small accommodation. Why didn’t the first century Christians follow the path of political correctness and bow before a statue of the emperor? Most of the emperors did not even think that act was about worship. They considered it a gesture of good citizenship.

For that matter, if cultural accommodation transcends biblical revelation, why do Christians today endure suffering and hardship around the world?

If accommodating the culture is a valid reason for changing the church’s position on prickly issues, why don’t North Korean Christians just go ahead and pretend to worship the Dear Leader? After all, they could simply say that ancient writers of biblical texts didn’t know anything about Communism. They just didn’t know how it would be for twenty-first century Christians in North Korea. The Bible doesn’t help us know what to do in this country. We have to make it up as we go.

If accommodating the culture is the foundation for faith and practice, then why do Christians in Bhutan need to suffer persecution from their Buddhist government? After all, Isaiah and Malachi were oblivious to the realities of the present-day Buddhists, and present-day Christians must figure it out on their own. They know things God didn’t tell ancient biblical writers. Contemporary Christians cannot rely on some old musty biblical prophet to tell them want to do when the Buddhists raise a ruckus about Christianity. Can’t they just use the Buddhist words and pretend to believe what the Buddhists believe and go on being Christians in their hearts?

Or in Nigeria, why should Christians suffer fire-bombings and torture? Their Muslim neighbors think that the very existence of Christians in their midst is like being infected with a disease. Nigerian Christians could simply say the words, “There is no God but Allah,” while meaning, “Christ above all” and explain to God that he must have left his approval of this strategy out of the Bible, because Mohammed came along after the Bible was finished.

Is it possible that Christians have actually outgrown the Bible?

Such a notion completely dissolves the principle of Sola Scriptura. The Bible has no credence as the source of Christian teaching if the revelation has such gaps in it. Nobody expects the Bible to teach contemporary genetics, but every Christian expects the Bible to provide the guidance for dealing with the discoveries of contemporary genetics. IVF, for example, results from knowledge gained through the study of genetics. There is no mention of IVF in the Bible, yet the Bible provides plenty of guidance about the blessing of children and the value of human life. People can find in the Bible the wisdom they need in order to make a faithful decision whether or not to engage in IVF. Not so, with homosexuality, if Episcopalians and Lutherans and other accommodating Christians are to be believed. No guidance there. All the apparent guidance is bunk.

The Costa Concordia may have sunk because of an uncharted rock. It may have been nothing more than an unfortunate accident, just one more tragedy at sea because of inadequate knowledge. However, discussions about the situation over the month or so that it was important news suggested that the accident was due more to an egotistical willingness to ignore known hazards than it was about a lack of information on the charts. The captain may have deliberately entered waters a responsible navigator would have avoided, despite any fuzziness about the exact location of this particular rock. The captain may have been engaged in frivolous social flirting instead of paying attention to the charts, in which case he was acting as if the charts were irrelevant. Ultimately, the disaster may not have been due to an uncharted rock at all. The disaster may have been due to an unwillingness to be limited either by the known hazards on the chart or by the responsibilities of a ship’s captain.

Many Christian leaders and Christian groups appear to be guilty of an unwillingness to be limited by the biblical revelation about homosexuality. If Martin Luther was right about the Bible, if two thousand years of Christian faith are right about the Bible, if the martyrs who died to preserve and propagate the Bible were right, then those who say that God blesses homosexual unions are wrong. Homosexuality is not an uncharted rock in the sea of moral choice; it is just another rock on the biblical chart that shows us both our unworthiness of God’s love and the price he is willing to pay to protect us from the rocks and shoals of life. We don’t have to make up strategies or wonder where God is when either culture or government assaults our faith. The Bible shows us all the rocks that can sink our ships, and it shows us the way to safe harbor in Christ, no matter where the rocks are.


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