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The truth will set you free (01/30/2005)
From: Marcy Borgschatz


I am responding to John Rupkey's December 28 letter in the Winona Daily News. Rupkey assumes that because no teaching about homosexuality is recorded in the Gospels that Jesus was morally neutral on the subject. I believe this is an invalid assumption. There is no discrepancy between the Old and the New Testament on this subject.

I am not claiming to know it all. God does know it all (He is omniscient), and He has revealed His will to us in His Word. In Genesis we read that God created Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve) and pronounced His blessing on their relationship. He designed the marriage of a man and woman for completion, companionship, unity, happiness and procreation.

In Leviticus, He calls homosexuality detestable and pronounces the death sentence on those who indulge. In Genesis 19, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is recorded, because of great sins including homosexuality.

Romans I describes the process of degradation of mankind. In this chapter of God's Word, homosexuality is included under the heading of "wickedness" and "shameful lusts" (not love). It is called "unnatural." Romans records both lesbian and male homosexual relationships and calls these acts depraved. "Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." (Romans 1:27). AIDS and other diseases are often consequences of this sin.

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6:9-11).

Ultimately it doesn't matter what you or I think or how many "open-minded" people agree on new standards for behavior. It only matters what the righteous Judge of the universe decrees. If God expresses His wrath towards certain behaviors, we ought to listen. All the rationalization and attempts to justify will not save a sinner from the wrath of God. Only the truth of God's Word will set us free. Jesus said, "Unless you repent, you too will perish" Luke 13:5). Only repentance and turning away from sin and towards the Savior will save us. It has been said that God loves us just the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way. Change is possible with the help of God and Christian counselors. In the name of Jesus there is power over temptation and sin.

Tolerance for sin is not beneficial to the sinner because it confirms a person in his lostness. "Better is open rebuke than hidden love...Faithful are the wounds of a friend" (Proverbs 27:5). 


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