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To: RnMomof7
Legal arguments aside, Romans 1 makes it quite clear that homosexual acts are part and parcel of the reprobate, and have no place in either the life of the believer or the body of Christ. Elsewhere, homosexuality is specifically enumerated as a "lust of the flesh", implacably opposed to and incompatible with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The unrepentent homosexual is almost certainly also an unregenerate man, having no fruit of the Holy Spirit. And a repentent homosexual is a homosexual no longer (unless the "repentence" was in fact empty).

Churches have no business placing the unregenerate into a state of holy matrimony (regardless of whether this state is considered an ordinance or a sacrament). I see a terrific church-state battle developing here-what will happen when the state says that gay marriage is okay, but churches refuse to perform the ceremonies? How long until someone sues?

That's my 4-point inconsistant Calvinist $.02.

42 posted on 07/31/2003 9:24:57 AM PDT by jboot (Faith is not a work; swarming, however, is.)
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To: jboot
Churches have no business placing the unregenerate into a state of holy matrimony (regardless of whether this state is considered an ordinance or a sacrament). I see a terrific church-state battle developing here-what will happen when the state says that gay marriage is okay, but churches refuse to perform the ceremonies? How long until someone sues?

Bingo ! All that talk about giving churches money for their social action will eventually put them in the position of having to comply with all federal law (just as they destroyed education)

Church will be sued for discrimination and preaching about the sin of homosexuality ...There will be a religious/cultural war.

There is a bill in Canada that will forbid pastors reading or preaching passages that are anti gay , on the basis they may produce hatred and violence. Sodom is closer than we think!

79 posted on 07/31/2003 1:05:07 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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