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One more misguided pastor

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 4:01 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In his column 'Jesus, Obama and gays', published in The Gleaner of April 14, 2015, the fact that Pastor Smallwood deliberately omitted one of the most significant portions of the St John 8 passage he quoted speaks volumes to his real motive.

For those who have an interest in promoting truth, here is what the passage says: "When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, if any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. Again he stooped down to write on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away, one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus alone was left with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, woman where are they? Has no one condemned you? No, sir, she said.

Then neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. GO AND LEAVE YOUR LIFE OF SIN" (John 8:7-11).

The pastor's omission of the latter part of the dialogue between Jesus and the woman is deliberate because he knows that if he had included it, his purpose would have been completely demolished.

It is the belief of all true Bible students that the death and resurrection of Christ have made available to all men the ability to overcome every sinful habit. Indeed, that is why he died.

It is truly heart-rending to see someone who calls himself/herself a pastor joining ranks with those who have vowed to perpetuate the lie that those who oppose homosexuality are promoting hate and intolerance.

Is it possible for these gay apologists to understand that those of us who serve Christ with a pure heart understand very well that if we do not love all men with the same fervency and understanding that we display in our opposition to homosexuality, we would be 'serving' Christ in vain?

CASHLEY BROWN

cashleybrown@yahoo.com