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Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 13:34:41 -0300
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COLUMN: SQUARE ONE

Losing Our Perspective on Sin
by Richard Mansel

As Solomon said, "there is nothing new under the
sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NKJV). Man's behavior
scarcely changes over time. When something gets
too close or personal, we lose the proper
perspective and begin to change our views to
accommodate this new familiarity.

Reuters reports, "People with gay friends or
family members are far more likely to accept their
sexual orientation than those who don't, according
to a U.S. survey released on Wednesday by the Pew
Research Center."/1

When people's beliefs meet flesh and blood they
reorient what they believe to meet their new
reality. Their new enlightened perspective seems
more real and enduring because their eyes have
been opened to a new world view. Homosexuals are
no longer "them" but "one of us." After all, their
heads don't spin around and they don't have
antennae or anything. They are just "good people"
who live differently.

This further exemplifies the lengths at which the
human mind will rationalize and deny truth in
order to "be happy." We will lie to ourselves and
feign blindness and deafness in order to be at
peace in our hearts. There are no limits to which
people will go in order to accomplish this
delusional goal.

Parents will proclaim the truth on marriage,
divorce and remarriage or cohabitation until their
child finds themselves in a bad situation and
overnight their minds will begin to reorient their
beliefs so the child will be justified. 

The article says, "An analysis of survey results
suggests that familiarity is closely linked to
tolerance," Pew said in a statement. Overall,
those who say they have a family member or close
friend who is gay are more than twice as likely to
support gay marriage as those who don't -- 55
percent to 25 percent."/2

G. K. Chesterson said, "Tolerance is the virtue of
a man without convictions." Our convictions become
casualties as the goal of our minds becomes peace
at all costs. Even God's Word must be lost if it
interferes.

In order to accommodate those who are changing
their minds on this issue (because they know a
homosexual or because they are afraid of being
called a bigot), so-called scholars are trying to
change interpretations of all the passages that
condemn homosexuality. For example, Sodom and
Gomorrah were destroyed because of a lack of
hospitality, which is ridiculous (Genesis 19; Jude
7). 

God Word is abundantly clear that homosexuality is
sin (Leviticus 18:22). Tolerance or
rationalization does not remove this fact from
God's Word. Scripture predates opinion, culture
and "our friends and family" (Psalm 119:89).

Romans 1:26-27 says, "For this reason God gave
them up to vile passions. For even their women
exchanged the natural use for what is against
nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural
use of the woman, burned in their lust for one
another, men with men committing what is shameful,
and receiving in themselves the penalty of their
error which was due."

"Exchanged" means they placed one thing in the
place of another; God's plan for a man and a woman
joined sexually in marriage with sinful sexual
unions. "Nature" is translated as the "forces or
laws which govern the world and its
inhabitants."/3 This is how God designed things to
be in the very beginning (Genesis 2:18-25).

Homosexual and lesbian sexual relationships are
"against nature." No manner of wishes,
familiarities, friendships or rationalizations
will change God's mind on this sin.

We cannot change our beliefs based on our
relationships or situations and think God will
comply. He is not subject to our whims. His law is
pure and unchanging. He is the God of love and he
is waiting for man to repent (Luke 13:3-5).
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1/ http://tinyurl.com/2osva3  
2/ Ibid.
3/ Robert P. Meye, "Nature, Natural," in The
   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, ed.
   Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
   1986), 3:486-487.  
4/ http://tinyurl.com/246mwq

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