The fact that someone (for whatever reason) is afflicted with a disordered desire for same-sex relations does not make them incapable of believing in the saving grace of Christ.
I agree with you, it doesn't. However if they act on these desires, as it seems the article presents, I can't see how they are saying that they are living in the light of Christ instead of living in sin
posted on 07/29/2003 7:55:43 PM PDT
A homosexual Christian who gives in to his or her disordered desires and commits the sin of sodomy is still a Christian, but he or she is no longer in a state of grace and has committed a mortal sin. Unless the person in question sincerely confesses his or her sin, solemnly resolves never to commit that sin again, and performs their penance with a contrite heart, that person may not receive the Sacraments and is in danger of eternal damnation.
I look at is as being akin to adultery. A man or woman who commits adultery can still believe in the resurrection and Deity of Jesus Christ, and can thus still be a Christian, but his or her failure to live up to that belief and repent of his or her sin may very well end up damning him or her to Hell.
The Evangelicals in this story are sadly misguided. If they think they can "sin boldly" (as Luther advised) and count on God to simply cover their sins up like snow on a pile of manure (Luther again), they are deluding themselves. If they think they can somehow twist the Scriptures to say what they want them to say, they are sadly mistaken. This is why our Lord left us the Church -- to prevent people from twisting the Scriptures to fit their agendas. As the sole and Christ-ordained authoritative source of Christian teaching, the Church stands as a bulwark of Truth against those to whom "scripture alone" means "anything goes".
posted on 07/29/2003 8:42:56 PM PDT
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