Must We Always Avoid Disagreement?
by Lawrence Farlow
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A newspaper columnist in my city recently wrote a piece entitled: “It’s possible to disagree and get along” in which she took to task professing Christians who were advocating leaving the Episcopal church over its recent decisions regarding homosexuality. I found it interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the concept expressed by the title is totally foreign to those promoting homosexuality in this country. On the contrary, disagreement is not allowed at all and any expression of such is labeled ‘homophobia’ or ‘intolerance’. A better title might have been “Its possible to disagree and get charged with a hate crime”. Don’t laugh, it’s happened to people in Canada already.
However, it was her attempt to justify the Episcopal Church’s recent descent into apostasy that was the most disturbing. The Episcopal Church has basically decided that they know better than God how He designed His creation, that a simple majority of their bishops trumps the Lord God Almighty. They’ve decided that the Word of God is not the Word of God but simply a book of suggestions, a smorgasbord where one can choose the items providing the most warm and fuzzies and leave the rest. The apostle Paul put it this way:
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” II Timothy 4:3
Her argument was based on her perception of homosexuality as ‘normal’, a perception she arrived at by observing that homosexual couples in her town work in the garden and go to the grocery store just like everybody else. Such are the inane arguments we’re forced to adopt when we abandon the absolute truth of God’s Word! What exactly do gardening and grocery shopping have to do with truth and what God’s Word says about homosexuality? If I could find a brothel with prostitutes who garden and grocery shop “like everybody else” would that call into question the Bible’s teachings regarding the morality of prostitution? Perhaps in this spirit of open-mindedness the Episcopal Church could ordain a madam for it’s next open bishop slot?
Truth and morality are not based on the date, our feelings or warm and fuzzy images. They are based on the unchanging Word of God, which is direct and clear on the issue of homosexuality. This columnist claimed to be ‘befuddled’ by the Bible’s references to homosexuality. If one is ‘befuddled’ when reading the passages regarding homosexuality, a quick refresher in reading comprehension might be in order, as they are some of the clearest in scripture. She rightly pointed out that we are commanded to love God and one another. However, do I love God when I call Him a liar and discount His Word as irrelevant for today? Do I love my neighbor when I allow him to settle for less than God’s best and to possibly die lost without Christ? Which is more loving, to confront someone headed for disaster with the truth necessary to change their course or to pat them on the head and affirm them all the way to destruction?
Can believers disagree with one another and remain both Christians and friends? Yes, on those issues that are not specifically addressed in scripture. There is in fact, much disagreement within the Body of Christ on various issues. However, on those issues directly addressed in scripture, we’re called to submit to God’s authority, not to debate. One can accept the Word of God or reject it but it’s not up for a vote.
That doesn’t mean we don’t still love those who reject His Word, however, Christians are not called to abandon truth simply because adhering to it causes discomfort among those outside the Body.
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Preach it brother! This is a well thought out article, well written, and I think you should send it in as a letter to the newspaper in question. (It may have to be shortened for that). Well done. Thanks for posting it