To whom it may concern,
Reading “A Biblical case for same-sex marriage” and
other such articles, gives us a concerned about the
things that are being written and spoken on TV lately
that don’t accurately communicate God’s truths in the
Bible. Even though we understand the Columnist
perspective and respect his efforts, however, we do lovingly
Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, you
shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I
say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse
you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those
who spitefully use you and persecute you.” We understand
from this scripture that a loving heart is what we
should be allowing the Holy Spirit to develop in us all.
We should never stop loving, but not love the sin we
find in ourselves and others. More importantly, we
should not compromise the Lord’s truths to excuse
our sin. Sin is revealed clearly in the scriptures, and
when we read them with an open heart, we will find
the things in us that need changing. We will also find
compassion for ourselves and others as we continue to
look to Jesus as our example. We are not suggesting
people find their identity in heterosexuality. We are
suggesting that we continue to seek to find our identity
in the resurrected King, Jesus.
In an effort to be clear about what the Bible says concerning
homosexuality, we have included scriptures
from both the Old and New Testaments. They need
no interpretation, because they are clear and speak for
themselves. There are no scriptures anywhere in the
Bible that contradict these scriptures.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as
with womankind; it is abomination.
Romans 1:26-28 Because of this, God gave them over
to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural
sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way
the men also abandoned natural relations with women
and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men
committed shameful acts with other men, and received
in themselves the due penalty for their error.
I Timothy 1:9-10 We also know that the law is made
not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels,
the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for
those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,
for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality,
for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and
for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine.
Please understand this, our sin, no matter how grievous
it is, can be forgiven. I John 1:9 If we confess our
sins , He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Nashville Pastoral Fellowship
To whom it may concern,