Standing on Biblical Truth

                A Catholic Bishop recently got into hot water for urging Catholics not to get involved with the various “pride” events sponsored by LGBTQ groups.  You should read some of the texts/tweets/emails he received.  They were hateful, spiteful, and just plain mean.  Even prominent politicians called him out as hateful and transphobic. Why was anybody surprised? Hasn’t the belief that there are only two sexes and that marriage should be between a man and a woman been church doctrine since the early church was formed? Why do people expect religion to change according to the whims and desires of the culture?
              A television star, in criticizing the bishop’s remarks, said that Jesus would attend a pride parade…with pride.  She is right in the statement that Jesus would attend a pride parade.  She is dead wrong about his pride in doing so.  Jesus associated with sinners everywhere He went, but it was never to endorse their sin.  His message has always been a call to repentance; to turn away from sin. And He did it because of His unfathomable love for each one of them.  Of course, God loves the transgendered and the homosexual…Jesus died on the cross for them.  But He would call on them to turn away from their un-Godly lifestyles and come to Him where he could change them, not the other way around.
              It constantly amazes me how willing people are to accept the opinions of those un-trained in the scholarly study of the Bible over those who spend a lifetime in the pursuit of the Bible’s truths. The television lady is a trained lawyer and is evidently good at what she does for a living, but she has no business telling a Bishop what the Bible says. She speaks what she feels the Bible means.  Can you imagine if the roles were reversed and that Bishop told her how wrong she is about the law, based purely on how he feels the law should be interpreted?
             As religious leaders we are called to stand firm on the Word of God no matter the circumstances.  Ephesians 4:15 instructs us to “speak the truth in love”.  If you read verse 14, you’ll see that his exhortation to always speak the truth was because it would keep them from being swayed by the “cunning and craftiness of people on their deceitful scheming”.   That is so very true today. In her Biblical ignorance the TV star explained great theological knowledge by proclaiming that her reasoning for supporting the LBGTQ agenda is that “God is love, Jesus is love, love is love”.  Very deep theology isn’t it? I guess we don’t really need the rest of the Bible if we can just recall that God is love, Jesus is love, love is love.
             Despite the waves of deceit and evil attacking our Christian beliefs, stand on the solid foundation of God’s Word.
Say good things about your Savior and His Church on the Bluff

Bro. Tony