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Opinion

July 16, 2013

An attempt to speak the truth in love

To the editor:

The following is a reply to Bob Gallagher’s “God’s light is redeeming this country” published on July 5 in response to my letter, “Darkness is destroying this country,” published July 1. How this man can determine that I am self-righteous and pompous based on the truth I affirmed from the Holy Bible is difficult for me to understand.

To use the Scriptures he thinks I am misusing: “This is a saying worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.” Am I judgmental? Not in the way he implies. I seek to make right judgments on what I hear and read based on the only infallible source of truth I have — the written Word of God.

If I make a judgment not supported by the Holy Bible and the infallible expounding of it by Jesus, I am wrong and so is anyone else who does so, be it a Supreme Court justice, the pope or Mr. Gallagher. Calling something sin that the Lord clearly calls sin is not displaying a lack of love or compassion, but renaming it as acceptable sexual orientation is. When Jesus was confronted with the woman taken in adultery by truly self-righteous and pompous men. He did not condone this woman’s evident sexual sin. He declared: ... neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more” (John 8:11). There is a judgment of condemnation and there is a judgement of compassion. To equate sexual sin with civil rights is not a display of compassion but confused thinking.

The color of a person’s skin is not sinful. But how a person uses the body given to them by God can be. Has the Lord become the enemy of us sinners, even sexual sinners, when He clearly tells us what is and is not sinful? No! It is those who think that they can define sin away by judicial decision, majority vote or a twisting of the Scriptures who are a sinner’s real enemies.

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