From: Walter Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jun 12 2003 - 09:57:43 EDT
Agreed completely, Debbie. Forgive me if I implied that the church should not
welcome sinners. That is what we all are and forgiveness is what we must seek
and hopefully obtain.
Debbie Mann wrote:
> I cannot make the Bible say that homosexuality is not sinful. However, I
> will not attend a church that does not welcome sinners. We all sin and come
> short of the glory of God. In our own church, they would not be allowed to
> become members while actively living in sin. However, they would most
> certainly be welcome. God alone convicts. Faith cometh by hearing the word
> of God. The most damning passage on homosexuality, in my opinion, in the
> Bible is the one in Roman and it nails everyone for something and ends with
> Romans 2:1 and the commandment to not judge. The church SHOULD set up
> standards for members and certainly for officials. These standards should be
> based on the Bible. However, the church should shun no one, NO ONE, who is
> there in all sincerity - except where there is an issue of safety to the
> Visit the prisoners for in doing so you have done it unto me.
> I'm sorry I don't have time to look up all my references. I'm fairly sure
> you recognize them all anyway. Jesus sat at dinner with the sinners. I
> imagine you know that not only was this against Jewish tradition but sharing
> salt was a broader commitment throughout the region than anything we would
> associate with eating a meal. And what was Jesus' reply when criticized? Who
> needs a physician?
> Faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.
Walt Hicks <email@example.com>
In any consistent theory, there must
exist true but not provable statements.
You can only find the truth with logic
If you have already found the truth
without it. (G.K. Chesterton)
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