LETTER: Church leaders stray from truth of Bible
To the Editor:
Most Christian churches are open to everyone, especially sinners, for we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Welcoming sinners is one thing, but condoning their sin is another.
Jesus surrounded Himself with sinners but He didn't cast a blind eye on sin. The incident of the woman caught in adultery illustrates His love for sinners. While Jesus did not condemn her, He declared: "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:11)
Rev. McLaughlin stated: "We don't believe homosexuality is a sin." Is sin based on what we believe or don't believe? Where does the truth of God's words come in? In Romans 1:21-26, exchanging the truth of God for a lie, women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones and men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.
Church leaders have strayed from the truth of the Bible. We seldom hear about sexual purity whether heterosexual or homosexual. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 states: "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths."
We hear God is love. God's love is balanced by His justice. He is the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God. He is a holy God, who does not just "wink" at sin. It is an offense to Him.
The Bible and its teachings are timeless and for all people. It doesn't change to "reflect a 21st century view of Christianity," as Mr. Taylor believes. There are moral absolutes.
Be careful that you don't love someone all the way to Hell.