Responding to Bishop Warner Brown

First of all, I would like to begin by saying that I am not a bishop, a congressman, a scholar or anything of that nature.  I am a concerned Christian and a citizen of the United States who is troubled by the recent Supreme Court ruling this week.

After reading Bishop Warner H Brown Jr.’s statement regarding the Supreme Courts ruling concerning same sex marriages and equality, I am disheartened to learn that the bishop did not consider the Word of God, but, chose to consider the laws of the United States and church discipline to make his statement.  Gods law should and always will supersede any church policy or mans law in the land.

Allowing the government to legislate a moral brings forth even more division with greater consequences.  The United Methodist Church organization has been decaying for years and this recent decision seals its fate.   All of us are impacted because we have family members or friends who are gay/lesbian.   As much as I agree with “love thy neighbor” and that God loves the sinner yet not the sin, my question is this.  How can anyone stand in the pulpit and rewrite Gods words and effectively reach the lost?  The following are but a couple of scriptures from the Holy Bible that speak directly to what God says about homosexuality.

The Holiness Code

Even though we do not live in the Old Testament today, Gods law or anything written in the bible never changes.  God never changes nor has HE inspired anyone to change HIS WORD or amend the holy scriptures.  People change and how they interpret His Word.  Many do this to fit their lifestyle.  Is this what the bishop’s statement refers to as cherry picking?  Have we lost our way because we put everything else ahead of God?  Is “self” so important that God no longer is invited in our homes, our schools, our government, or our hearts?  Have we strayed so far that HE has finally turned HIS back?

There are two verses in the book of Leviticus that refer to homosexual behavior. The first reads, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (18:22). While the second goes even further: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them” (20:13).

New Testament Ethics

The three passages I refer to read as follows:

Romans 1:26-27: “For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers — none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

1 Timothy 1:9-11: “This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave-traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

How can anyone misinterpret these words?  Why do 5 Supreme Court members speak for me?  I am called to love thy neighbor and I am called to follow the 10 commandments.  I am also called to stand up and be seperate.  I am also a sinner saved by grace.  I am also disappointed in my childhood Methodist church where I was dedicated and baptized and is now facing closing its doors because of division.  Gods Word is more important than any government ruling coming from Washington D.C.  Ultimately, in the end, we will all answer to a Mighty and Sovereign God.  I pray all hearts are ready.  God help us all.

Alta Haggett
Kent, Washington

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