13 July 2013

The Intolerance of the Tolerant: Massachusetts Pastor Receives Angry Backlash for Article Calling Homosexuality Sin

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Intolerance is not tolerated. Unless, of course, that intolerance is aimed at those who submit to the Lord Jesus Christ and affirm the authority of Him and His Word over all things. Yes, intolerance is the greatest sin in the eyes of men . . . unless it is aimed at Christians.

It epitomizes irony, really, to watch the reaction of those who cry, "Tolerance! Peace! Love! Unity!" when they are faced with the truth about sin, condemnation and the wrath of a holy God. The response is stunningly unsurprising, but should not go unnoticed by Christians.

The latest example of this is taking place in New England. It is not making the national headlines, but it is a story to be told nonetheless. It was not too long ago that Do Not Be Surprised ran a guest post by Pastor Patrick Slyman of Pigeon Cove Chapel in Rockport, MA. The post, entitled "Shaking Your Fist in the Face of God," was also to run in The Gloucester Times, a local newspaper. It finally did run in the Times on July 3, and the response has been predictable but noteworthy.

Pastor Slyman's article was a response to the mayor of Gloucester raising the rainbow flag to fly under the American flag in the city square, an act that was meant to enhance the city's "welcoming gateway." Wrote Slyman:
The rainbow was given by God as a sign of His mercy upon sinful man. It signified a divine promise that “all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there be again a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11). The rainbow signifies the grace and mercy of a holy God.

Yet, in light of God’s mercy and grace, one must not forget that God is holy and hates sin with a passion. He abhors sin. In fact, it was because of sin that God destroyed the human race (save Noah and his family) with the flood in the first place. His holy anger is stated by God Himself in these words, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the earth” (Genesis 6:7). Why? Because “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Wickedness is what fills the heart of man—wickedness that has infected all parts of our being, continually—the very wickedness that God hates.

Fast forward to June 1, 2013 when Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk raised the very symbol of holy God’s mercy and grace at the Gloucester rotary—a symbol that has been altered from its original meaning to one that exalts the very thing that God hates: sin (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; Jude 1:7).

It is frightening to think, but on June 1 Mayor Kirk (representing the town of Gloucester) actually shook her fist in the face of God—supposing that God’s hatred of sin has dissipated, presuming that God’s grace will always be upon this town, thinking that God’s hatred against sin has changed. In effect, it was a mocking of the holiness of God—taking the very symbol of His grace and flying it proudly in the exaltation of sin—the very reason why God judged the earth previously.

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Even though Slyman beautifully shared the truth of the Gospel in his article, his words were not welcomed by some citizens of this city—a city that boasts of its supposedly warm, "welcoming gateway." Numerous letters-to-the-editor have been written and published by The Gloucester Times and, quite predictably, most of them were not written in support of Pastor Slyman.

Times editor Ray Lamont shared his explanation for running the "offensive" column in the editorial, "Why did my newspaper do that? The pastor's fiery column." He writes:
In short, the column railed not only against Gloucester’s flying of the Rainbow flag during the month of June — recognized across the nation as “Pride Month” — but harshly decried all gay men and women as “sinners” for engaging in their lifestyle, and condemned the city and Mayor Carolyn Kirk, whom he said was basically “shaking her fist in the face of God” for allowing the flag to be flown in the first place.

Now, do I agree with those beliefs? Not for a second. And did it fit the usual mold of our regular Midweek Musings columns? Not in the least. Did I expect it would be seen as offensive to many readers — and to other members of the clergy, who have submitted a response of their own on this same page today? Yes.

So you may well ask — as some have — why would we run the column? Or as we ask here each week, why would your community’s newspaper do that?

Because, while I recognized how volatile Pastor Slyman’s column would be, I also recognized he has every right to express his views. . . .

For what it’s worth, I also think it’s worth noting that, as pastor of Pigeon Cove Chapel, his hard-line views are in fact in line with those of some if not all of those who are part of the chapel’s regular congregation. And in that vein, there’s something to be said for reminding readers that Rev. Slyman’s staunch anti-gay views are not somehow limited to people of other far-flung religions or to other parts of the country, but are very much alive and well in some segments of the population here. . . .

Rev. Slyman’s column was more challenging – and, some would say, offensive — than most, but it was indeed a column that readers needed to see. As always, let me know what you think.

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Photo: Gloucester Times
Lamont can be commended for publishing Slyman's column, particularly because it meant that biblical truth was shared with everyone who read the article. It is rather unfortunate that Lamont's explanation and justification for doing so, however, was tainted with his own innuendos and conclusions. It is clear simply from the first and second paragraphs posted above of Lamont's response that he does not understand the sinful nature of all men, hetero- and homosexual alike. And when he states,
And in that vein, there’s something to be said for reminding readers that Rev. Slyman’s staunch anti-gay views are not somehow limited to people of other far-flung religions or to other parts of the country, but are very much alive and well in some segments of the population here.
his subtle implications are enough to make one mildly uneasy.

Slyman's words apparently incited fellow clergy members of his community, as thirteen of them banded together to write their own response to Slyman's opinion, which they say "wrongly spread hate in the name of God."
We, as members of the Cape Ann clergy, are writing in response to the Midweek Musings column by Rev. Patrick Slyman (the Times, Wednesday, July 3) — a column with which we take great exception.

In this country, we enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. These are vital rights and we believe our democracy is better for them.

However, when these rights are used to hurt people and to spread hate in the name of God, we as clergy are called to respond.

The first book of the Bible begins with the creation of the world. It is written that humankind is made in the image of God. No one is excluded from this assertion. We are all made in the image of the holy, the sacred, the divine, to create and to sustain love.

The rainbow is the symbol of God’s covenant with humanity, and has long been associated with human rights. It is a sign of inclusivity and kindness to all peoples and to all kinds of relationships. Relationships based on mutual respect and love are the building blocks to good, creative and safe communities.

Jesus’ own life and ministry bespoke love and inclusion, not condemnation.

We love because God first loved us. May our community continue to reach out to everyone, welcoming, appreciating and serving all of God’s beloved people.

May God’s grace, mercy and peace reign within and among us all, . . . 
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It really is unfortunate that these clergymen (and women) do not understand the Bible about which they speak. Yes, men were made in the image of God (Gen 1:26), but it cannot be forgotten that man fell into sin, disobeying the very God that created him (Gen 3). Henceforth all men and women are born as sinners (Rom 3:9–18, 23; 5:12). Why is it so offensive to simply proclaim this truth?

The clergy members here declare that the rainbow "is a sign of inclusivity and kindness to all peoples and to all kinds of relationships" yet here is what God says the covenant of the rainbow means:
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-17)
Just as Slyman noted in his original article, the rainbow "signifies the grace and mercy of a holy God" yet it was because of sin that God destroyed humanity with the flood in the first place. And just because God is gracious and merciful does not mean that He is not just, and He will once again judge men and destroy the earth, this time by fire (2 Pet 3:7). So do not denigrate God and turn Him into a weak and wimpy deity who will from now on simply wink at sin. Oh no, our Lord hates sin and He judges it.

These thirteen religious leaders also declare in their response that, "Jesus’ own life and ministry bespoke love and inclusion, not condemnation." Have they not read passages such as Matthew 7:21–23, 8:11–12 or Matthew 25:31–46? Have they not read the Gospels at all? Do their Bibles include the book of Revelation? Their words seem to indicate that these men and women have not met the Jesus of the Bible.

There were numerous responses to Pastor Slyman's article written by readers of the Times. Many not only railed against Slyman, but also mocked God's Word. Some of them acknowledged Slyman's right to his opinion and praised the paper for publishing it, but most of these same people saw fit to condemn Slyman's views. This of course is their prerogative, but how interesting it is that these same individuals who rally around a cry for tolerance seem to forget the meaning of the word when confronted with a view with which they disagree. Here is some of the feedback Pastor Slyman has received via letters-to-the-editor:
In [his article], he uses small snippets from the Bible to promote ill will towards gays and lesbians. . . .
Rev. Slyman writes to encourage us to think of gays and lesbians as sinners. When some community leaders speak up to promote discrimination, we need other leaders to step up to encourage fair treatment
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This offers an unfortunate misrepresentation of the original piece, yet it is representative of the majority of the letters (though some were far more volatile). Slyman's article neither promoted "ill will towards gays and lesbians" nor "discrimination." It is not discriminatory to call sin what it is: sin, and all men and women are sinners.

In a letter that begins by applauding the paper for publishing the article, the same writer likens Slyman's use of the Bible to Osama bin Laden's followers' interpretation of the Koran to justify war. This person also surreptitiously labels Slyman "and his followers" as religious extremists. This theme of likening Slyman and those who would agree with him (i.e., Christians) to "religious extremists" was quite popular. Another person wrote:
When I read your "Midweek Musings," . . . your tone, and even your very words, seemed oddly familiar.
I've heard them before. But where? Then it struck me: I've heard such words from the leaders of the Taliban. I've heard such words spoken from fundamentalist pulpits in Tehran and Baghdad. I've heard such words from those who insist upon the infallibility of the Koran.
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These comments drip with irony, hypocrisy and dramatization. Such words as "Iran-like theocracy," "religious zealots," "bigotry," and "racism" were tossed about freely in the various letters that were submitted. One person even had the audacity to say, "I severely doubt that the Times would give such credence to Nazi sympathizers or jihadists, so why differentiate? Hate is hate."

It seems apparent that, with the subject of homosexuality especially, many in this country and even in the world simply are wearing blinders. If a person deems homosexuality to be sin (as does the Bible), the immediate response is: hate. "You must hate gay people." "You're not loving." Or, as one angry Times reader stated, "A message of doom is not a message of love."

Yet, in truth, a message of the reality of sin is a message of love. The summation of the preaching ministry of Christ can be found in Matthew 4:17:
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Sinners are called to repent of their sin and turn to Christ, trusting in Him alone for salvation. While it may be painful to expose sin, it is necessary so that the sinner may see the great glory of the Savior, and his immense need for that same Savior. You, homosexual, are a sinner. You, heterosexual, are a sinner. Jesus Christ, the God-man, humbled Himself and came to earth, lived a sinless life, perfectly keeping every jot and tittle of God's law—a thing neither you nor I can do. He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, scourged and crucified—the perfect, spotless, blameless sacrifice for sin. He bore the wrath of God upon that tree—the wrath of God that was punishment for every sin of every sinner who would ever believe upon Him. He was buried and three days later He rose from the dead—proof that God had accepted His sacrifice and that sinners who would repent and trust in Christ alone would be saved from God's wrath and condemnation.

Dear sinner, is that not good news? Is this not a God whom you wish to serve and obey? A God who owed man nothing yet offered him everything is a good God indeed. And yet we spit upon Him still. We mock Him. We beat and scourge Him. In our unrighteousness, we suppress the truth of His Word (Rom 1:18). We hate that His Word searches the heart (Luke 16:15) and cuts to the marrow (Heb 4:12). We hate that God does not delight in our sin as we do. In our natural, fallen state, we hate God.

Perhaps that is the ultimate irony of the reaction to Pastor Slyman's article: that a man seeking to proclaim the truth of God would be accused of hate by those who hate God. Such a reaction does not surprise because our Lord warned us of such behavior:
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. (John 15:18-21)
Those who do not know God hate Him. Those who define themselves by love, tolerance and peace often are those living in staunch rebellion to the Lord. And while this does not surprise the Christian, it can grieve him. Most of all, however, let it motivate him and encourage him to continue to proclaim the gospel of salvation as found in Christ alone. As persecution progresses beyond mere angry words, let the Christian stand firmly and boldly upon the Word of God and the promises contained therein. Not only will God save all those whom He has chosen, but He will ensure that all of those are brought to full and final glory (Jude 24). Dear Christian, you have nothing to fear.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:28-33)
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Further Reading
Guest Post: Shaking Your Fists in the Face of God
Expect the World to Act Like the World
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20 comments:

  1. The difficulty is that this is your philosophy and you see it as the only one. Others do not. Many do not subscribe to your doctrine of salvation (if you've read the gospels as you claim, you'll know that it's doubtful even Jesus did) and we get heartily tired of being told we are sinners in need of your particular version of salvation. You don't have any right to brand us in this way nor to tell us over and over again how you've got it right and we haven't. I'm not just talking about gay people here, but also the general run of folks who have grown, yes, intolerant of Christian judgement and superiority.

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    1. cneilrobinson,

      The difficulty is that this is your philosophy and you see it as the only one.

      Actually, this is just the truth as the Word of God proclaims it. I and others like me are just passing it along. I'm not the one who declared Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation—Jesus Himself did that (see John 14:6).

      Many do not subscribe to your doctrine of salvation (if you've read the gospels as you claim, you'll know that it's doubtful even Jesus did)

      Really? Book, chapter and verse, please, where Jesus contradicts Himself and teaches many ways of salvation.

      and we get heartily tired of being told we are sinners in need of your particular version of salvation.

      Look, I'm a sinner too. All of us are. Ever lie, cheat, steal, or hate another person? If so, you're a sinner. I've no doubt that you find it offensive, but that doesn't make it any less true.

      "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

      "There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one." (Romans 3:10–12)

      You don't have any right to brand us in this way nor to tell us over and over again how you've got it right and we haven't.

      Again, I am simply sharing what the Word of God says. And it says that all men are sinners in need of a Savior. That only is bad news if a Savior hasn't provided a way—one way—of salvation, but the Savior, Jesus Christ, has provided a way of salvation just as I explained above.

      "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures..." (1 Corinthians 15:3–4)

      I'm not just talking about gay people here, but also the general run of folks who have grown, yes, intolerant of Christian judgement and superiority.

      I fail to see how it is "judgmental" and exerting a tone of "superiority" to tell the truth about all men—that they are sinners who are helpless to save themselves. What is unloving about the good news of the Gospel—that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life that you and I could not and that He died as a sacrifice for sin and rose again so that we might live forever?

      I urge you to consider your sin and more importantly, to consider Christ who offers forgiveness of that sin.

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    2. You just don't get it. I explain the reason people are intolerant of Christian judgement and you dish up even more. We don't care if it's in your holy book - it's not 'our' holy book; we don't care what it says, we don't believe it is inspired by God. Constantly hitting us over the head with what it says will not alter that fact.
      As for Jesus not preaching the same gospel of salvation as Paul - you tell me where he does! When I look in the synoptic gospels I see him saying that the way to righteousness is to serve your fellow man by giving to the poor, visiting the sick and imprisoned, feeding the hungry (Matthew 6.14, Matthew 25.34-46, Matthew 7.1-2), forgiving others (Matthew 18. 32-35) and keeping the law (Matthew 5.19). There is no magic salvation formula like the one you expound in Jesus' 'measure for measure' righteousness.

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    3. It seems that in all your studies of the Bible you have missed the part where Jesus said: "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the Gospel" Mark 1:16. And in John 3:3 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." In one thing you are correct, cneilrobinson, there is no magic formula, just the working of the Holy Spirit to open the blind eyes of a lost man to see his own sins and to know that the Lord Jesus Christ is his only hope of forgiveness, mercy and salvation. When the sins that you carry become too heavy for you to bear and the hopelessness of this life grip your soul, cry out to the One who died to save you from your sins, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Would you die angry with the God who wants to free you from the power of your sins? There are other words that Jesus spoke that are also unpopular to those who would rather rebel against Him: "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" John 3:18. Unless you repent and believe the Gospel, your fate will be eternal condemnation with no hope of relief or reprieve. May the Lord do His work in your heart and make you a born again believer.

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    4. To continue: "And this is the condemnation that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed." John 3:19&20. Throughout all history man has loved his sin more than he has loved God (in fact it is impossible for a lost man to love God in any degree) and this is the reason for the eternal judgment and punishment righteously meted out by God to all those who reject His Son. The sin of homosexuality or adultery or murder or any other sin is not the reason why men currently occupy hell nor is it the reason that other men will follow them there. The real and only reason for eternal damnation and punishment by God is the fact that men have rejected His Son as Savior, they refuse to lay aside their sin(s), they refuse to worship Him as the Son of God that He is. They choose rather to hold their sin dear, and curse the only One who can save them from just punishment that awaits them. Today is a good day to repent and believe the Gospel, your next breath is not assured, nor is mine. What is assured is that one day we will all die, and after that, the judgment of your Creator. May it please the Lord to grant to you repentance and belief of the Gospel.

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    5. It is said that when God punishes he confounds irrationality of unbeliever even more and we have here a prime example of that.

      "...We don't care if it's in your holy book - it's not 'our' holy book; we don't care what it says, we don't believe it is inspired by God..."
      ~ cneilrobinson

      "..When I look in the synoptic gospels I see him saying that the way to righteousness is to serve your fellow man by giving to the poor, visiting the sick and imprisoned, feeding the hungry (Matthew 6.14, Matthew 25.34-46, Matthew 7.1-2), forgiving others (Matthew 18. 32-35)..."
      ~ cneilrobinson

      Well, which one is it cneilrobinson? Or should we rather threat that as a rhetorical question and you admit that you live in a state of perpetual, irrational confusion where dichotomy rules? I think freed know while enslaved do not...

      Despeville

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    6. cneilrobinson,

      You just don't get it. I explain the reason people are intolerant of Christian judgement and you dish up even more.

      I'm afraid it seems that you're not getting it. A message of forgiveness, mercy and grace is a loving message, not one delivered from a posture of superiority. I realize that you cannot see that from where you now sit, and only the power of the Spirit of God can open your eyes.

      We don't care if it's in your holy book - it's not 'our' holy book; we don't care what it says, we don't believe it is inspired by God. Constantly hitting us over the head with what it says will not alter that fact.

      Nor will the fact that you don't believe the Word of God make it any less true. And, if you truly do not care what that Book says, why are you so bothered by those of us who do believe it and who do not hesitate to share its words? BTW, the website to which your name is linked leads to a blog post that begins, "There is no such thing as sin and we don’t need God’s forgiveness for it." Something to consider here: if I stand in the middle of train tracks with an oncoming train bearing down on me, yet I refuse to move because I do not believe in the train, does it make that train any less real? Does it make the certain consequences any less real and inevitable?

      As for Jesus not preaching the same gospel of salvation as Paul - you tell me where he does! When I look in the synoptic gospels I see him saying that the way to righteousness is to serve your fellow man by giving to the poor, visiting the sick and imprisoned, feeding the hungry (Matthew 6.14, Matthew 25.34-46, Matthew 7.1-2), forgiving others (Matthew 18. 32-35) and keeping the law (Matthew 5.19). There is no magic salvation formula like the one you expound in Jesus' 'measure for measure' righteousness.

      Despeville makes a good point, noting that in one sentence you say you do not care what the Bible says, yet in the next sentence you appeal to it for your misguided argument. Here is the problem: Jesus never taught that man must earn his salvation through good works. Jesus calls men to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 4:17). Men who realize their spiritual poverty and repent, turning from their sins and believing upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His work are those who will be saved.

      To use a verse that Darrel already has mentioned, Jesus said, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)

      "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (John 8:24)

      "While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body.' And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.'" (Matt 25:26–28)

      These are Christ's own words. What more evidence do we need that it was Christ's work that provided forgiveness for sin and salvation for those who will believe? All of this is entirely consistent with Paul's message of salvation by grace alone through faith alone and not by works of men (i.e. Eph 2:8,9)

      As Darrel observed, you are correct in saying there is no "magic formula". Men are saved when the gospel goes forth and the Holy Spirit opens men's eyes to see their sins and to realize their need for a Savior. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). I pray that one day God will bring you to repentance and to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

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    7. Erin,

      You my sister are an awesome contender of the faith........keep it up. Teresa

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    8. I appreciate the kind words, Teresa. How could I keep silent when God has granted me so great a salvation? :) Soli Deo Gloria!

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    9. Erin,

      All to the Glory of God.....and for "his" gift of salvation. to those like "us" that certainly didn't deserve it in the first place. Praise be to the LORD for opening our heart's and our eye's to the truth of his Word. Amen!


      Teresa



      Erin, You stay true.........Teresa

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  2. "Jesus’ own life and ministry bespoke love and inclusion, not condemnation."

    When people claim that Jesus did not come to condemn (refering to John 3:17) I point them to why he didnt have to which is explained in the very next verse:

    “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:18, ESV)

    We are all already condemned which is why we need a Savior.

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    1. Amen, davamdean. John 3:18 is an important verse for us to keep in mind.

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  3. Great job Miss Erin Pastor Slyman will appreciate the support

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    1. Thanks, Ray.

      I think I can safely speak for many when I say that we are encouraged and thankful that our Lord has given us pastors like Pastor Slyman who are unafraid to boldly stand for the truth.

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  4. The intolerance of the "tolerant" towards Christianity is, IMO, likely based on the New Age definition of "sin". In the New Age / New Spirituality there is only ONE sin: the "sin" of separatism / separation. To claim exclusivity, as we Christians do necessarily by our claim that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation, is to deny the 'inclusivity' being pushed by society at large.

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  5. Loved reading this article, especially the sharing of the Gospel in the comments section!

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  6. God's condemnation of homosexuality is abundantly clear--He opposes it in every age.
    - In the patriarchs (Genesis 19:1-28)

    - In the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13)

    - In the Prophets (Ezekiel 16:46-50)

    - In the New Testament (Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Jude 7-8)

    God's Word is true because God is true. Truth is knowable, too. To attack Scripture is to parrot the Serpent's ancient attack in the Garden: "Has God said?" Yes, He has. He has already spoken the Truth, whether anyone wants to accept it or not.

    Truth is absolute and exclusive. And anyone who rejects the Scriptures and the risen Lord Jesus Christ are already under sin and condemnation and must repent else face eternal punishment against a thrice holy God who will judge all people with righteous judgment. One sin earns Hell. Remember that. None are righteous or good (Rom. 3:10-18). All our deeds are as filthy rags to the Holy God of Israel.

    Well said Erin, Anon, Dave, Craig,and Darrel. The light of Truth exposes the deeds of darkness and its unbearable to those in darkness. I suspect that Cneil is feeling the weight of his guilt and doesn't recognize it as such.

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  7. After reading these comments. It is very clear that Christians hold fast to an unchangeable truth. This truth which is written in text and cannot be changed serves as a basis for unwavering truth and strength.

    I have also observed that those who are not Christian try to "bend" the text instead of just accepting what it says. They also try to seek acceptance from others like a child uncomfortable with his lie.

    It seems people in this generation who despise Christians, also have a problem accepting truth in any form.

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  8. Religious freedoms and the "gay agenda are on a crash course in America and this is a speeding train no mere earthly can stop.

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