Love and law

Mar 31, 2014 by

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This is a letter of encouragement to those who accept the Bible’s statements that God declares homosexuality as sin.

What is the “rule of law” and the “rule of love” cited by the writers of a letter urging inclusiveness of people in same-sex relationships in Mennonite Church USA? Jesus loved us even when we were sinners. His love does not trump our sin but forgives our sin. We become new creatures in Christ. Continuous practicing of sin stops. If a candidate for membership cannot accept Scripture or the teaching of leadership, the dialogue should stop until there is more prayer and fasting. It is troubling for a brother or sister to say, “I am going to do my thing,” no matter what Scripture or the Confession of Faith says. Is that the rule of love?

Pastors and Christian organizations are helping people to be delivered from same-sex relationships. The teaching on deliverance from homosexual addiction has not been forthcoming from Mennonite publications or leaders.

Sanford Oyer
Wooster, Ohio

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