LETTER OF THE DAY - Embrace sinner, but not the sin of homosexuality
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I write in response to your editorial, 'Act of humanity by Father Major-Campbell', published in this paper on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
I think that sometimes in our zeal to be liberal toward matters of unrighteousness that clearly violate the precepts of God, we vilify Christians, thus missing the essence of the message they portray.
Set aside that there are professed followers of Christ who indubitably need to demonstrate a greater level of love and acceptance towards others. The Gospel message is not one that is antagonistic to the person, as such, but to the actions of the individual.
I notice your exposition of the service of humility, where Jesus washed His disciples' feet as an example that they, too, should wash one another's feet.
However, what The Gleaner's editorial team has failed to do is a proper exegesis of the circumstances of the washing. The Lord's Supper (Communion) is meant for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour, believing in His forgiveness of their sins, and renouncing the sinful ways of this world. Communion is not a free-for-all, but exclusively for the followers of Christ.
Christ did not come to save people 'in' their sins, but 'from' their sins (Matthew 1:22). We, therefore, cannot seek to entertain the idea that Christians are against humanitarian rights because the Church is unwilling to accept practising sinners within its fellowship. Such acceptance would defeat the entire mission of the Church.
Why not quote the woman caught in adultery, instead, whom Jesus embraced, while others condemned? Yes, He accepted her as a sinner and also forgave her. But then said to her, "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:11 (NIV)
Accordingly, homosexuals, transgenders and persons possessing varying sexual orientations have as much chance to be saved into God's kingdom as the individual who doesn't practise those things. For all sin is sin. "But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more." (Romans 5:20) So instead of seeking acceptance of a sinful lifestyle, people should accept the grace of God and repent of their sinful practices.
Charles Spurgeon sums it up well: "You and your sins must separate, in order for you and your God to come together."
JERMAINE F. JOHNSON