, Newburyport, MA

July 16, 2013

An attempt to speak the truth in love

Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

I am accused falsely by Mr. Gallagher of being self-righteous, yet he bases his acceptance with God on how he has treated others. Is this not true self-righteousness? My only hope of acceptance with God for a sinner such as myself is the amazing free and sovereign grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). And despite Mr. Gallagher thinking he has the ability to judge the reason I wrote what I did as a display of anger and not compassion, what I wrote was an attempt to speak the truth in love — something Mr. Gallager is unable to do due to his clear unwillingness to call what the Bible calls sin, sin!

For endorsing sin, any sin is not a display of compassion or love but the exact opposite. His response simply reinforces how great this country, and the church in it, is in need of true heaven-sent revival.

Ron Johnson, Pastor

Grace Reformed Baptist Church