Do we suppose that we can be more loving & inclusive than God?

These next two days are monumental as SCOTUS takes up oral arguments on the definition of marriage. Regardless of the court’s ruling the pressure will continue for the church to accept what God forbids. Praying that the church in America isn’t deceived into thinking she can be more loving than God.

If the eternal destiny of unrepentant, practicing homosexuals is at stake, or even a full relationship with God in the present life, then it would be a “cruel abuse of religious power” to give false assurance that [1 Cor 6:9-10 and 1 Tim 1:10] do not condemn homosexual behavior. It can be as much a cruel abuse of religious power not to say what Scripture says, however unpleasant it is to hear, as to say what it says in a cold and callous manner. To think otherwise is to indict Jesus himself, who was not shy about using Scripture to warn people of impending judgment. Similarly, within the story line of Genesis 2-3, should we say that the serpent, upon reassuring Eve that she would not die if she ate from the tree forbidden by God, was adopting a more loving and inclusive stance than God?

-Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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