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January 23, 2014

Readers' Forum: Jan. 24, 2014

TERRE HAUTE — Disgusted, saddened by Christian leaders

I applaud Carl Hooley (Jan. 15) and Randy Piatt (Jan. 17). The issue of whether or not God condones homosexuality is clear. There are many scriptures that set it out as abhorrent, decadent and an abomination to God. However, the issue before us is whether or not to approve of homosexual marriages.

The word marriage has been defined in our culture and in scripture as one man and one woman. So, who are these people who want to change the definition? And why is it even being considered? It is like a few people wanting to change the name Twinkies to Barfies.

Homosexuals have the right to live as they choose, just as you and I do. They do not have the right to pick a Christian institution (marriage) and mold the definition of it to their desires. Gays, pick your own word for your coupling and let’s put this issue to rest. There are other issues going on in our nation that could use this much attention. Is it possible this issue is a smoke screen to keep us so busy that we don’t see what else is going on?

I am disgusted and sad that people who claim to be Christian teachers and leaders would spew out this un-Christian view and try to back it up with Scripture. I challenge any one of them to show Scripture that defines marriage as a union between one man and one man, or one woman and one woman. Shame on you, you know better if you study the scriptures at all.

God destroyed cities that were rampant with this type of behavior. That Ms. Zelensky and other like-minded people call their church “Christian” is  an insult to God and genuine Christians. James 3, among other scriptures, states that pastors/teachers/elders will be held to a higher standard than those they teach; and will receive stricter judgment. Matthew 18:6  and Mark 9:42 (Jesus speaking), and other places in Scripture, clearly set out what Christ thinks of those who lead others away from His teachings.

I am not a pastor or a Ph.D. I’m just a sinner, saved by grace, but I hope everyone reading this will consider these scriptures and act accordingly. God is a God of love; He offers the gift of eternal life to those who follow Him, but he is also an angry God and will not tolerate forever those who work against Him and lead his people astray. He has a place for them, too.

God owns this earth and all that is in it. He created it so He makes the rules. Don’t mess with them. How horrible, for those who continue to do so, when the day of Judgment comes, and it will.

— Lois Little

Terre Haute

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