“Anglican head Williams says anti-gays misread Bible”

This article strikes me as nothing less than ridiculous.

“In the passage of Romans that Williams referred to in Monday’s speech, Paul said people who forgot God’s words fell into sin. “Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion,” Paul wrote.

Williams said these lines were “for the majority of modern readers the most important single text in Scripture on the subject of homosexuality.” But right after that passage, Paul warns readers not to condemn those who ignore God’s word.

“At whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself,” wrote Paul, the first-century apostle whose epistles, or letters, to early Christian communities elaborated many Church teachings.”

How can you read this passage of scripture and have any shred of belief that any of the things listed done by these people is excellent or praiseworthy? It says “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” Paul goes on to list the sinful things that were delighted in by these “fools”. Idol worship. The unnatural relations with those of the same sex. They became filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

If we as the body of Christ cannot take a stand and call sin what it is, how can we have any credibility as believers? I am not saying homosexuality is worse than any of the other sins Paul makes reference to, but can we say that it is better? Of course not! I don’t hate people who worship other gods and I don’t hate people who are gay, but I do hate their sin because it is sin and abhorrent to God. Just as my pride is abhorrent to God. If we could make pridefulness and all other “acceptable” sins as socially unacceptable as homosexuality once was, this world would be a much better place.

2 Responses to ““Anglican head Williams says anti-gays misread Bible””

  1. Cody Bitner Says:

    Hey Kim… nice blog…. I am jobless and bored right now, so I thought I would respond to this.

    Hmm apostrophes AND quotes seem to be screwing up the SQL, that is weak-sauce Clay… so no contractions and this – means a quote.

    Romans 1:32 says -Although they know Gods judgment that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do these things but also approve of others who do them.- This seems to be speaking directly to the gay affirming church. Although we should not condemn the believer or unbeliever, we should condemn the act and be willing to break ties with any brother or sister who endorses the sin. Unlike the archbishop, I believe the meaning of the passage is that those who opress truth will be handed over to, and destroyed by, their sins, rather than it being -…about the delusions of the supposedly law-abiding.-(although he could have meant virtually anything by that).

    I do not think Williams is trying to be pro-homosexuality or calling it praise worthy(although you might be referring to the article). Williams did say -…Paul and his readers clearly agreed that homosexuality was as obviously immoral as idol worship or disobedience to parents. – I think his argument is that some people have an error on emphasis, which I agree with. Some people are focusing on condemnation of the sinner, rather than adhering to the principle.

    I do not think making homosexuality more socially unacceptable is the answer. Society, at this point in time, is going to be strewed by unholy principles, practices, and powers. I do not believe the answer lies in changing society or even legislation directly. I believe we need to start changing peoples hearts. Those who are of the earth are going to rely on earthly wisdom and earthly examples. This leads to the acceptance of unholy acts, which can be found in abundance in the natural man or animal. Only once they seek heavenly wisdom and heavenly examples will they ever disgard their positions on the topic. The only way we are going to stem the tide of culturally endorsed homosexuality is to start with the individual. First love them, and if they have ears to hear, lead them to Christ, then let God transform them. It is not our job to try and change people, we would just get our hands in the way.

    If you meant that it has to be less socially acceptable within the church, I would agree. We do need to see sin for what it is, but we should not bludgeon people with canned passages which we think apply to all situations. We do not know peoples history, generational bondage, or any of the issues they are dealing with. We should not judge the people, but the church should take a stance in not encouraging ungodly behaviours.

    (btw, I am not saying you hold any or all of the opposing positions in this Kim, just expanding on the topic)

    Allright, thats all I got. Take it easy.

  2. Kim Says:

    Thanks for the comment Cody. I agree with everything you said, though I had to read it a few times because you sound so much more edumacated than me :P Darn college student. You’re right that the answer lies in changing peoples’ hearts. Sometimes I wish we could just run around with torches and scream at the top of our lungs, but I know history has proven that method ineffective. Love is the answer and of course is the most difficult to master. Oh Lord, transform our hearts and teach us to love as You do.

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