Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Message in scriptures is clear

A gay Episcopal bishop has been asked by President-elect Barack Obama to say a prayer at an inauguration event, apparently because gays are upset about Rick Warren being asked to say a prayer because he openly speaks out about the sin of homosexuality (Jan. 13 article).

We all know that God loves all and wants all to be saved, but he expects us to live according to his will. A minister of the gospel is supposed to warn and speak out against the sin of homosexuality. A minister of the gospel is not to be actively engaging in homosexuality and teaching others it is OK.

Why is it that some ministers say homosexuality is a sin and some say it is OK? If the word of God says it is sin, shouldn't that settle the matter? (Read what the Apostle Paul said about it in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God, and that is what some of you were...")

Ministers of the gospel of Christ are supposed to be led by the word of God. The word of God says we will be judged by the word of God, doesn't it? (The Apostle John says in the Gospel according to John, John 12:48, "There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.")

These words are words we all must heed if we are going to please God, which is the lifelong duty of all of us. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 "...here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

N.W. Simpson
Memphis

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

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