THE EDITOR, Sir:With reference to your front-page report by Jodi-Ann Gilpin, (Gleaner, December 12, 2013), I agree with the former archbishop of Kingston that there are many issues, other than homosexuality and abortion, on which the Church should focus.
The Church has a responsibility to uphold the constitution (law, Torah, instruction) given by the Lawgiver at Mount Sinai to Moses for all generations, to which we must adhere if we are to properly represent the Kingdom of God (Yahweh) here on earth. This constitution supersedes all others, and the Church must be vocal if laws are being instituted which are contrary.
We have an example of the apostles versus the Sanhedrin in Acts 5:29 "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, 'We ought to obey Yahweh rather than men.'"
Unfortunately, the Church has taught that God's law (Torah) is no longer relevant because we are under grace. This has contributed to the lawlessness in the Church and wider society.
Yeshua said that he did not come to destroy the law and he also said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." Equally important to the message of redemption and salvation is the message of obedience to the Torah.
Without law, anarchy prevails, and it is interesting to see how many laws have to be instituted by governments to counteract the lawlessness in our societies, when, for a start, it would be so much easier to obey the Ten Commandments set out by our Creator in Exodus 20.
In closing, each individual believer in Yeshua constitutes the Church, and so we should not rely solely on the leadership to be vocal. We are told to pray for God's Kingdom to come and for His will (word) to be done on earth as it is in heaven. How is that possible when we have done away with His Torah (word, instructions)?
Yeshua prayed to his Father. "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17) He was referring to what we call the Old Testament scriptures, since there was no New Testament at that time. It's not done away with folks. Don't believe the lie!!