RE: Vines, by contrast, builds his arguments on at least two core principles of the Reformation: the principle of the sufficiency of Scripture and the principle of private judgment of Scripture.
On the principle of sufficiency of scripture, scripture itself ALREADY condemns homosexuality both in the Old and New Testament. No amount of appeal to tradition is going to change the minds of people like Pelosi, Cuomo, Kerry or Vines.
On the private judgment of scripture -— what’s going to stop people like these from making their own private judgments of tradition?
Good point! People have ALWAYS tried to rationalize and justify their sinful actions - Catholics among them. The state of the Catholic clergy around the time of the Reformation and for hundreds of years before was complicit in the debauchery, simony, depravity and licentiousness of their own. Even a quick glance at St. Peter Damian's Book of Gomorrah adequately demonstrates this fact. Here's a FR link to that topic: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/696871/posts
P.S. I find it ironic how quick some Catholics are to heap condemnation on fellow non-Catholic Freeper Christians when we post threads that actually AGREE with them on certain issues! Curious that.