Not a compromise

Dec 17, 2018 by

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“Statement Calls for Wider Welcome While Affirming Traditional Teaching on Sexuality” describes the “We Will Live in Grace and Truth” statement as “meant to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive views on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ inclusion.” This implies the statement was a compromise between two camps. As one who signed the statement, I wish to state that compromise was not my motivation. I did so to reaffirm the biblical call to hold together the radical welcome of Jesus with his radical call to repentance and transformation.

Jesus welcomed sinners and broke bread with them. He also called them to die to themselves and follow him. He issues that same welcome and challenge to us today. Should we exercise patience with seekers as they explore what it means to follow Jesus? Absolutely. Should we soft-pedal Scripture’s demands on our lives or overlook sinful behavior among those who profess faith through baptism? That would show neither grace nor truth.

Aaron Kauffman
Harrisonburg, Va.

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