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Letter: The Bible must be studied in context

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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:13 pm

It is very common to hear that, since our culture has changed its attitude favorably towards same-sex marriage, we need to change our laws to reflect this change. This, in effect, says that it is popular opinion that determines morality within a culture.

As a Christian, my morality and worldview come from what God has stated in the Bible, not from popular opinion. And there is no compromise.

Oh, taking an uncompromised stand for God’s moral absolutes may not be popular with the “consensus opinion” of the culture, and those who take a stand for His definitions of sexuality, morality, honesty, goodness and justice may be looked down on as ignorant, intolerant and hateful, but so be it. It is God’s prerogative, and God’s alone, to set moral truth. We dare not alter it to fit our opinions, desires or whims.

Additionally, those who oppose the Bible’s words on homosexuality say that if we take the Old Testament literally, then we can’t wear mixed fabrics or sow different seeds in a field, can’t eat pork, can’t cut our hair on the sides or trim the edges of beards, we should legalize polygamy, and kill of our kids if they rebel and women who are not virgins when they get married. These tired, worn-out arguments come from those who don’t really know the Bible. In reading the Old Testament passages on the law, it is imperative to differentiate between the civil/ceremonial law that was specifically for ancient Israel for that specific time, and the moral, absolute law that is for all people for all time.

The Bible must be studied as a whole in proper context, not cherry-picked for verses that we like (and that goes for Christians, too). If anyone would like to discuss the difference between the civil laws of ancient Israel and the moral absolute laws God has declared, give me a call and we can set a time to meet and discuss these. The Bible is the final court of arbitration on all theological, moral and practical issues, and must never be compromised.

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church

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