There really is not time in my schedule to linger over a post, though I really would like to do so. Nonetheless, there is a story from the Charleston Gazette today that really merits our attention. Perhaps Nathan or Tom will expand on my thoughts in other posts. Let me quickly highlight the story, give a few thoughts, and get back to that nasty board report that has loomed large unwritten over my head and is due out today!
According to the Gazette, a Charleston minister is set to host an evening workshop entitled, “Face to Faith: God & Gays.” Rev. Kay Albright is welcome to do so and, at a First Amendment level, I have no problem with defending her right to make her case. However, her message, on the moral, societal, and theological level is wrong and I want to urge those who care to listen to turn away from this false teaching.
Here is what the Gazette quotes for us as a preview of what to expect tomorrow night:
“Even Christians don’t really know what the Bible exactly says — they’re just told homosexuality is a sin and they accept it,” she said. “I want to empower people and give them the ability to study the Scripture for themselves. Stop accepting what other people say and understand what is really there.”
Well, so far, so good. I’d encourage anyone to faithfully study Scripture – all of Scripture – and understand what it says. But, she goes on with the following quote which is really where the crux of the problem I have with her thinking is revealed:
“We’ve come so far in understanding sexuality. It’s impossible to equate our society with the audience the Bible was written for at that time. We’re in a very different place in 2012[.]“
Don’t miss that. In the first quote, she says we are to study Scripture, not just take someone’s word for it, but to, “understand what is really there.” But, mere breaths later, she says the Bible was written for a different audience, in a different time, and may not be applicable to our modern context whatsoever.
So, the logical question that should form in your mind is, “What in the Bible is applicable to this audience, in this time, and how is it different from the time of Genesis to Revelation?”
Certainly, this reveals a profoundly wrong understanding of God’s design and standards for sexuality. But, for those who are yet convinced that Christians ought not speak about “political issues” like homosexuality and same-sex “marriage,” let me offer this as Exhibit A for how the political agenda of the same-sex movement is coterminous with an assault on orthodox Christianity.
Note, that Rev. Albright’s stance is less overtly political (she doesn’t say, “vote for/vote against”) and more targeted at correcting what she views as an incorrect Christian worldview (namely, that homosexual behavior is sinful).
In other words – pastors, please don’t miss this – this pastor is saying that this book we call sacred Scripture that has been, “God-breathed” and is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,” is wrong to limit moral sexual behavior to the lifelong union between one man and one woman.
In short, Scripture is not the unchanging Word of God, but must be adapted, altered, and amended as we evolve in our enlightened understing of things.
Let me make a quick point to pastors and then I have to get back to that board report: This is why we need you. Our efforts to defend marriage are political and we are happy to defend that institution through policy and politics. But, it is NOT our mission to instruct your flock about what Scripture teaches about sexuality, nor is it chiefly our charge to warn the sheep in your congregation of the sheeply wolves that call what is evil, good and what is good, evil.
That is your job.
Therefore, my pastor-friend – and especially those of you in the Kanawha Valley – I ask you to consider the words of 2 Peter 2:1-3 and determine whether it is appropriate for you to warn your congregation by faithfully instructing them of the, “faith once for all delivered to the Saints” (Jude 3).
Do so with the evidence of the Grace and Mercy that Christ has wrought in your life. But, nonetheless, please do so.
About Jeremy Dys
Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.