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June 27, 2001

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Dear Editor,

In his June, 26 reply to Jack Sharpe, Craig E. Tenke compares the repeal of G-6.0106b to a number of events in the history of the church. These are:

- Males and females no longer sit together,
- Passing of slavery,
- Passing of Nazi rule (I'm not real sure how this fits in at all),
- Fewer potluck dinners,
- Fewer group Bible study opportunities,
- The denomination working to free Angela Davis, and
- Children too young to be members taking communion.

His point is that these events were tied to Presbyterian traditions that have since passed away. He then presents the prohibition of ordaining practicing homosexuals as a similar tradition. The problem with this is that although there is no scripture explicitly supporting any of the examples above, there is scripture explicitly prohibiting homosexual practice.

While doing away with traditions not based in scripture may cause discomfort among those that prefer the tradition, you can still claim to be a Christian. However, if you start picking and choosing which rules you want to follow you can no longer claim to be of the Christian faith. This is what Craig Tenke (and the GA) is advocating in his suggestion that it is okay for the church to reverse G-6.0106b. As a Christian you are called to completely surrender to the will of the Lord, not just in those areas where you are comfortable.

In Titus 1:7 – 9 we find that "a bishop, as God's steward must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled; he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it." According to Leviticus 18:22 a practicing homosexual is guilty of an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. This is hardly being a master of himself and/or self-controlled. It certainly is not holding firm to the word as taught. According to scripture, this disqualifies them as officers in the church. While homosexuals have a heavy cross to bear, it does not relieve them from trying to live according to the Word of God.

Andrew Musser
Griffin, GA



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