In Ms. Goni’s “Choose acceptance, not condemnation” letter, May 21, she begins by saying, “Don’t assume people who support what the LGBT community stands for are not students of the Bible or followers of Christ.” I re-read my letter, and nowhere did I suggest such an idea. Then she gives examples of Old Testament judgments when the law is broken, which she herself answers by ending her letter with Rom. 6:14.
She states that heterosexual Christians are being unbiblical by using what she calls “Clobber” passages for their beliefs in morality, which are against LGBT, yet 2 Tim. 3:16 says “all scripture is given ... for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” You can say “reproof” is another way of saying “clobber.”
The Bible isn’t one of these books that says “you’re OK, I’m OK.” When the Lord healed a man, He told him to go and sin no more, not to go and party on, dude! She says the Bible only mentions homosexuality six times. How many times do you need to be told something is not pleasing to the Lord before you obey? And it’s in both testaments.
She says, “If we can choose between condemnation and understanding, the obvious choice is understanding.” I understand perfectly that there is none righteous — no, not one (Rom 3:10). We are under condemnation through the law in the Old Testament, but by the Lord’s sacrifice on the cross we are now saved from the law by His grace. The law condemns, not me or Ms. Boynton. And like the man healed by Jesus, once we are saved by His grace we are to go and sin no more ... not go right back into whatever we were doing before.
Ms. Goni says her letter is a “direct response to my judge and jury,” me and Ms. Boynton. As for me I’m no one’s judge or jury. I’m just a man trying to treat others as I would like to be treated, and doing my best to love the Lord with all my heart.