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Commentary


Homosexuality Issue – Response to Professor Marjorie Suchocki


Marjorie Suchocki, professor of theology at United Methodist-related Claremont School of Theology, addressed the 52 governing members of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship during the last few days of September 2000.

According to UMNS release #450 Professor Suchocki indicated that the issues of homosexuality and creation science must be addressed by the church today and the Board of Discipleship is challenged to provide leadership in dealing with these matters.

"The issue of the division over homosexuality is not an issue of biblical authority," Suchocki said. "Jesus spoke strongly against divorce, but he never said a word about homosexuality." If people adhered to biblical authority, then there would be more discussion about such practices as the braiding of hair and the wearing of earrings, she said.

Professor Suchocki gets a grade of F- for trying to be clever on this one. Persons supportive of the same gender coupling lifestyle seem to be fond of making reference to Jesus’ supposed failure to mention the issue of homosexuality. Using that flawed logic then are we to assume that because Jesus made no reference to persons having sexual experiences with animals, then it is quite legitimate to do so in the name of “love?” Jesus made no specific reference to incest either, so then it apparently is alright for parents to engage in sexual practices with their children in the name of “love!” And Jesus made no reference to the issue of adults using children as sexual objects of pleasure, so in the name of “love” this must be acceptable – Jesus had no objections to it, right?

While Jesus did not explicitly single out homosexuality for condemnation, He certainly did so implicitly. At least a few may recall that He said in Matthew 5:18: "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Homosexuality was clearly singled out in the law as not merely being “sin” but rather an “abomination” which puts it in a unique category along with some other offenses that far exceed “sin” as being offensive and unacceptable to a holy God Who has chosen to establish the boundaries of sexual morality as practiced and experienced by members of the human race!

Where the same gender coupling crowd and sympathizers get really stopped cold is in the area of the new covenant and conditions for experiencing its reality and continuing in the same. Through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel God indicated that He would arrange for a new covenant which would replace the covenant established at the time of Moses. This is confirmed in the book of Hebrews as we are told that the new covenant has been established through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. It would be nothing short of a miracle resulting in transformation of a person’s life from the inside out! The emphasis was on the fact that God stressed that He would WRITE His laws in the minds and hearts of those who would respond to His challenge of repenting of sin and turning to Him. If the laws of God are “written” in one’s mind and heart, common sense tells us that the individual has a new motivation to be obedient to God’s laws in every aspect. (See Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 11:19-21 and 36:26,27; Hebrews 9:13-15 and 10:12-31) Note especially the fate of those who carelessly regard the significance of the covenant and have “insulted the Spirit of grace!” (NKJV)

But the unregenerate mind is at times diabolically clever in trying to dodge the issue. And so we have objections being raised that there were laws against eating certain foods, blah, blah, etc. It is understandable that the unregenerate mind in its attempt to justify what is clearly forbidden attempts to muddy the water by equating ceremonial and dietary practices under the O.T. covenant as opposed to moral law which is unchanging and eternal no matter what covenant was or is in force.

The lesson here is that you can’t make a blind man see the blue sky with white clouds, green grass, or brightly colored flowers! There is nothing to discuss or “dialog” about except the issue of repentance from a practice which God considers to be an abomination!

Clayton D. Harriger
Elder, W. PA Annual Conference
Web Site: Circuit Riders Range at http://www.crrange.com 
See About This Dialog Thing at http://www.crrange.com/dialog.html 

 

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