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Archbishop Williams Misses the Mark on Gay Issue Comments

by Dr. D ~ April 27th, 2007

I found this On Topix and followed the link to the original article on Reuters: “Anglican head Williams says anti-gays misread Bible“.

First of all, the article calls the conservative Christians -“anti-gay”. This is an unfortunate choice of titles since those of us with a conservative Christian viewpoint do no consider ourselves to be ‘anti’ anyone. We are ‘pro’ marriage, ‘pro’ Bible, ‘pro’ traditional Christianity.

When Christianity was launched upon the Roman world stage of the first century, idolatry, false religion, and all kinds of sexual immorality was rampant. Archbishop Williams is flat out wrong about his understanding of Romans 1:27.

The subject of the passage was idolatry, false religion, and how that led to all sorts of improper acts including sexual immorality. Romans 1:27 obviously deals with homosexuality:

“and the men likewise gave up natural relations with woman and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their errors.”

The Archbishop is correct that the passage also includes other sinful acts such as:

covetousness…envy…maliciousness…gossips, slanderers…insolent…boastful…disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

He is also correct that judgment, according to this passage, is to be reserved for God. Also according to the writer of the article, the Archbishop did say:

It would not help pro-gay liberals, he said, because Paul and his readers clearly agreed that homosexuality was “as obviously immoral as idol worship or disobedience to parents”.

Comments:

1. Holding to Biblical standards of conduct for the Christian community is not judgment.

2. Also, requiring and expecting leaders to maintain and uphold Biblical standards of conduct should not be considered judgment either.

3. When Paul started reaching out to the Greek and Roman Gentiles, the Apostles and leaders of the early church got together for a conference on requirements for Gentile membership. Acts 15:19-20 has the answer. The Gentile Christians did not have to follow the entire Mosaic Law, but they did have to refrain from eating food dedicated at false temples, meat that was improperly killed, and sexual immorality.

4. The Greek word for sexual immorality was: Porneia –a word for illicit sexual intercourse –any kind of sexual intercourse outside of marriage: fornication, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, incest, & bestiality.

5. Porneia was the perfect Greek word to cover all forms of sexual immorality outside of marriage that was Biblically objectionable in the OT, which was rampant and ordinary in Greek and Roman/ Gentile culture. The Apostles wisely chose this word to portray all of the illicit sexual behavior that Gentile Christians needed to refrain from. Jewish Christians already knew what was forbidden by the OT law.

6. Homosexuality was just one of the forms of sexual immorality covered by the passage.

7. Leaders have always been called to maintain a life above reproach and hold to Biblical standards of conduct.

Conclusion:

Church leaders have always been required to refrain from all forms of sexual immorality. Churches would never knowingly choose a leader who was presently involved in prostitution, rape, child molestation, incest, bestiality, adultery, or even fornication. Why is it now called ‘judgment’ if we oppose choosing leaders, Pastors, Priests, and Bishops who are practicing homosexuals?               *Top

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