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Children, Watch the Lamb (as revealed in Scripture)

September 13, 2008

Contemporary Christian musician, Ray Boltz, is apparently a homosexual, according to his recent interview reported by Christianity Today.

“I’d denied it ever since I was a kid,” Boltz, 55, told the magazine. “I became a Christian, I thought that was the way to deal with this and I prayed hard and tried for 30-some years and then at the end, I was just going, ‘I’m still gay. I know I am.’ And I just got to the place where I couldn’t take it anymore … when I was going through all this darkness, I thought, ‘Just end this.’” . . .

Boltz also told The Blade that he doesn’t want to get into debates about Scripture and has no plans to “go into First Baptist or an Assembly of God church and run in there and say, ‘I’m gay and you need to love me anyway.’” . . . “This is what it really comes down to,” he says. “If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be … I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself.”

One has to wonder if Boltz had good discipleship in the church (or churches) which he attended through his “Christian” life.  Boltz seems to think that the The Metropolitan Community Church (which approves of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual lifestyles) is the only community which has been able to adequately minister to him spiritually:

During the last few years I’ve learned that there are many people who feel the same way I did. One church in particular has helped me in many ways. The Metropolitan Community Church (www.mccchurch.org) was started forty years ago by Rev. Troy Perry in the Los Angeles area and has an outreach to the LGTB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. I am happy to announce that I have accepted an invitation to perform at two of their churches.

Perhaps, Boltz was not properly ministered to in his previous church experiences.  Indeed, churches should do more to offer accountability to brothers struggling with homosexual attractions just as they should preach accountability for brothers struggling with immoral heterosexual attractions.  But Boltz’s solution to his own struggle with sin is to pass it all off as “the way God made me” and “the way I’m going to live.”  (One wonders what will be in store for his wife and four children. EDIT: Boltz and his wife of about 30 years, Carol, divorced early 2008. Please refer to his daughter Liz’s comment under this post.)  Boltz’s announcement amounts to a resignation of his sanctification process and we should all pray that God brings him to repentance and prevents him from following through upon his sinful inclination.

This comes as a great shock to evangelical Christians who have been edified by Boltz’s music.  Songs like “Thank You,” “Watch the Lamb,” and “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb” have transcended different worship styles and personal tastes.  Contemporary, traditional, seeker-sensitive, young, old, and baby boomers have all been influenced by the powerful content of his work.

“I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb”  (1994)

“Watch the Lamb” (1986)

I have to wonder how Boltz’s declaration of his personal life will affect how Christians perceive his music.  Should the artist be separated from his work?  I certainly do enjoy some good art created by ungodly composers such as Richard Wagner (who was a notorious anti-Semitic among other things) but Boltz’s situation is different.  I do not believe I can honestly sing the lyrics of “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb” without wondering exactly what sort of “Jesus” Boltz had in mind.  How can I encourage people to “Watch the Lamb” that Boltz must have envisioned when he  composed that song?

There is good and powerful content to the lyrics of Boltz’s music, but his recent statement is telling of a deeper, disturbing reality:

Boltz also told The Blade that he doesn’t want to get into debates about Scripture.

It is entirely possible that Boltz will try to justify his belief that God created him to be homosexual with Scriptural proofs.  But it seems that, for the moment, Boltz does not intend to let Scriptural conviction determine his lifestyle decisions.  He has experienced a lifetime of temptation and only recently has felt loved in a pro-LGTB church.  Thus, his conclusion is that he is now free to live in homosexuality with God’s blessing and no fear of eternal punishment.

This is revealing of problematic trend in Christian worship.  All too often, it is ultimately emotion that dictates our spiritual lives, not rigorous Scriptural study.  This “Jesus” that Boltz calls us to watch is not the same Jesus revealed in the Bible.  The late, great New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce provides an excellent warning for our culture which is so exclusively driven by emotion rather than God’s Word:

To sit loose to Scripture is thus to sit loose to the Christ whom it bears witness, and to sit loose to Him is to relax our Christian faith and life.

May God save this generation from falling prey to the Devil’s subtle wiles.

Dear children, watch the Lamb as revealed in Scripture.

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  1. September 13, 2008 11:23 pm

    IIRC, Mr. Boltz didn’t find a Metropolitan Community Church until after he came out to his wife and grown children. Regardless, how wonderful it is that he finally reached a point where he could love God’s creation. How wonderful that he is no longer driven to near-suicidal depression by Christians who teach fear and hate rather than Godly love. How wonderful that Mr. Boltz is secure enough in his theology that he doesn’t need to engage in fruitless debates with the resounding gongs and clanging cymbals of the church.

  2. September 14, 2008 1:56 am

    Well, Adam, I DID throw in an F. F. Bruce quote. And notice those dates I put next the YouTube videos? 🙂

    But the main thing is Boltz’s decades of influence over evangelical life which has suddenly taken on a new bent.

    I am at a loss trying to figure out what this decision means for Boltz’s wife and grown kids. Does accepting your homosexual inclinations mean it’s ok to leave your wife for a new sexual partner? Although some people try to justify homosexual lifesytle as simply the way God made them, I don’t know how anyone could justify walking out on their marriage under these circumstances if that is what Boltz plans to do. Again, I pray he does not follow through on this and that God might deliver him even yet from this sin.

  3. September 14, 2008 4:20 pm

    Adam Winters: Firstly, let’s not reduce anyone to the role of sexual partner. Carol Boltz and Ray’s current boyfriend (not sure if he even has one) are surely much more than that. Being romantically inclined toward the same gender doesn’t begin and end with sex.

    But to give my answer to your question, the vow that they took was at its core to promote and defend the best for each other. Now that he has finally accepted himself the way God made him, I find it reasonable to end a marriage that hinders the best for either. Is it fair to saddle your spouse with someone that can’t (not won’t, but CAN’T) be truly intimate with her? I don’t think so. Certainly not by default. I’ve heard of cases where the spouses stay married, but that’s more the exception than the rule.

    That doesn’t mean that the entire situation is okay. Adam Embry makes a good point when he talks about Mrs. Boltz’s faithfulness. She is innocent here and I wouldn’t presume to wave off her pain as unimportant. It IS important, a fact that Ray Boltz seems to have taken into account, according to the article.

    It’s a sad, painful situation, but I certainly wouldn’t characterize Mr. Boltz’s years of parenting as “wasted”. As for what happens with his (ex-)wife and children, as noted in the Washington Blade article (which is impressively thorough, by the way) their divorce was finalized earlier this year and all of the children are grown and out of the house. Mrs. Boltz has apparently done some work with Soulforce, which is wonderful to hear. Also noted in the article is the fact that there is general affection for each other, if not marital intimacy.

    I don’t think that a woman whose husband has just come out would really appreciate a bunch of “the other team” hanging around while she tries to figure out what this means for her, so no Adam, there’s no formal program that I’ve heard of. And of course I didn’t forget about Mrs. Boltz. What a thing to say!

    Regarding hate and fear, the fact that Mr. Boltz kept this a secret from ANYONE for so long certainly speaks to the way our society and our churches regard homosexuality. As a formerly closeted gay Christian, I can give you first hand witness that fear is central to the closet, as is self-hatred. They permeate every thought and every feeling every day of your life. Letting go of that fear and that self-hatred is a major step in a gay Christian’s life. That letting go does have a tendency to point out those teachings to the church at large as people become more concerned about someone attacking their ideals than the people who are becoming more whole.

    I want to speak very briefly (too late) to the clobber passages that you’ve thrown out. In Matthew 19/Mark 10, Jesus answered a very specific question from people who were trying to trip him up. Those people built into the question a husband and his wife, and Jesus answered accordingly. He did not set out to define marriage, as that wasn’t the question.

    In Romans 1, Paul is writing a letter to baby Christians at a baby church who want to lay down the law with some non-Jewish members. He pulled a brilliant stunt in agreeing with the church leaders in Rome that doggone it, those darn non-Jews aren’t upholding the law and they should pay accordingly. Once he’s got all their torches lit and pitchforks in hand, he does a sudden reversal in Romans 2, saying in effect, “You missed the point. Let’s go over this again, guys!” (It really is a wonderful book. I’d encourage anyone interested in rhetorical theory to read Romans 1-2 without respecting verse notations, which were put in later.)

    Besides which, Paul doesn’t reference homosexuality as it exists today. Neither does Leviticus. Neither does any other clobber passage. Some question whether the Bible ever says a word about relationships between two men who are equals, as opposed to master/slave or prostitute/customer. As you might have guessed, I’m one of those people.

    P.S. You’re allowed to call us “gay”. It’s even preferable, now that FOF and other anti-gay groups use the word to force the SEX into the conversation, when it’s not really about body parts south of the equator, if you know what I mean. Also, “lifestyle” has become kind of a derogatory comment spat out not unlike a racial slur, so you might want to remove that from your vocabulary too.

  4. Jeremy permalink
    September 14, 2008 10:00 pm

    I’m curious, now, if being homosexual isn’t about sex, then what is it about? I see no problem in having a “best friend” of the same sex, but sex has always been part of the marital relationship. It is the physical expression of the soul-to-soul union that exists when God joins two people together. Besides, homo=same sexual=duh. So it is a sexual attraction to someone who is the same as you i.e. same gender in this case. Anyway, I always get offended when someone writes my beliefs off as hateful when they aren’t that way at all. Homosexuality is wrong, just plain wrong. I don’t hate you for it, goodness knows I have my own sins that I deal with. I would hate to think that someone would reject me because of mine. So should I just accept them as a part of who I am? Should I just become a shameless liar, or a prideful, lustful, greedy shell of a man? These are all things I am tempted to be and have been for my whole life, does accepting them into my life make them right? Homosexuality falls into the same category, the same as someone who is addicted to pornography or any other sexual sin. It is a temptation to be warred against, not given in to. We are given no guarantees that this temptation will cease, only that we gain the hope of eternal salvation through Christ and His grace given to us to fight it. This issue is about people who don’t see their own sin, people who lose who they are in God to their fallen nature. This is not hatred, but the deepest kind of love – love that says I can’t let you hurt yourself without trying to convince you not to.
    By the way I read Romans 1-2 in the way you suggested – very interesting reading. I never saw it in that light, but it doesn’t help the case for homosexuality. Paul does indeed use that rhetorical strategy – but he still condemns homosexuality as sin. He just puts all of us in the same sinful boat, each of us without excuse.
    And I can’t go away without one more comment – regarding the way the church and society treats the LGTB community. In the past, the church by and large has been very guilty of discrimination against people who they find sinful. Consider this the acts of a body of fallen people, sinful in their own right who by no means get everything perfect. Consider, however, the true, loving message of Christ who calls all to repentence so that they might be saved from themselves – this is the message the church should be preaching, but very often we drop the ball.

  5. September 14, 2008 10:15 pm

    “The real tragedy is the life of Mrs. Boltz and the wasted years of parenting he gave to his four children. ”

    As one of Ray Boltz’s children, I’d like to say this: my dad’s sexuality has nothing to do with whether or not he was a good father. There are no “wasted years of parenting.” In fact, we are a very, very close family, and I credit both of my parents with that.

    • Mike the messenger permalink
      March 29, 2010 10:44 am

      I Corinthians 6 starting in verse 9: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral not idolaters nor adulterers not male prostitutes NOR HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS……will inherit the kingdom of God.

      • March 29, 2010 12:06 pm

        Mike, I certainly agree that 1 Corinthians prohibits unrepentant homosexual offenders from being truly regenerate, yet I would also encourage you to remember that homosexuality is one of the many sins listed by Paul in this text. His emphasis isn’t to lambast homosexuals in particular, but to remind us that any unrepentant sin will not lead to the promise of eternal life in Christ.

        Thanks for visiting,
        Adam

  6. September 16, 2008 6:38 pm

    Wow, I go out of town for a few days and a forum breaks out!

    First, let me say that I’m not one who enjoys analyzing comments under a post. I prefer to make my statement once and let it be, so this will be my only further comment on this matter unless people start begging me to come back. 🙂
    (Or I find new and useful information or a good link that supplements the discussion found here).

    Matt A.: I hope I did not give the appearance that I intended to reduce anyone to a sexual partner. My main point was how Christians should form a meaningful relationship with Jesus as revealed in Scripture.

    Mrs. Ranfeld: Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I have been interested to know of the family’s response. I am at least glad to see that your dad still seeks to foster a good relationship with you and the rest of the family. Though I stand by everything I have said in this post, I hope I have not done your father any personal disservice besides my obvious disagreement over the moral and biblical validity of a homosexual lifestyle. If so, I humbly ask your forgiveness.

    Jeremy: I do pray that the Church might proclaim boldly the loving message of Christ who calls all to repentence so that they might be saved from the penalty of sin. I hope that we might be a community that gives our brothers and sisters confidence to confess their sin with expectation of forgiveness, redemption, and sanctification instead of fear of man.

  7. tina permalink
    September 17, 2008 10:31 am

    I love Ray Boltz…I dont hate him. God says to love the sinner but hate the sin. Homosexuality in the Bible is condemned. It is called an abomination. God wiped 2 cities off the face of the earth because of it. We know what HIS view on it is, so we should take the same position. People dont “condemn” people, God doesnt condemn people, and the church doesnt condemn people. What condemns us is our OWN sin. I am deeply saddened over this news. I have a friend that is going through this same thing. God so annointed his life and ministry until an unfamiliar spirit crept into his life. He was sexually abused by an uncle in his childhood, and his main influences in life were women. He began to believe the lies of the world and he concluded that God made him that way. What a crock of bull wackey! God is Holy. He cannot sin. If he “created” us to be homosexual then He has damned us from the beginning. I dont see that as theoretically or theologcially possible.
    I agree with those who question the quality of discipleship that Mr Boltz received in the churches he was apart of . I would conclude that in today’s churches (for the past 15-20 years) that we have gotten away from Bible teaching as our first priority. These mega churches focus more on “music worship” than GOD worship. They dont preach the hard Word of God because people dont want to hear it. It is too hard to live up to when you are out there doing your own thing, whatever makes YOU feel good. Let this be a lesson to the Pastors and teachers out there…. God will hold us accountable for filtering out the hard stuff…and watering down the scripture.
    Sin is brutal. It destroys lives. The cross was brutal….it redeems lives. Lets get back to where we belong and PREACH the word. The Joel Osteen’s with their wit and stories, the prosperity preachers who drive us to worship money…and the worship leaders who play on our emotions will be held accountable.
    I pray God will be Merciful to Ray and bring him back to the Lord, and I pray for his wife and children to find comfort and understanding during this time. It is not a time to tear down ….it is a time to build up. However, we MUST condemn the SIN and call it what it is! When people come to a knowledge of THEIR personal sin, and how it separates them from God, they are broken and come to repentance. Brokenness is a gift. If Ray EVER had a personal relationship to the Lord, he is secure in his salvation, however his fellowship with God is broken. Proverbs 29:1 tells us what happens to a man who hardens his heart against the correction of God. Lets pray that doesnt happen to Ray.

  8. Ivory Smith permalink
    November 18, 2008 2:31 pm

    I find it interesting that when something like this happens, that many Christians get together via anyway they can to talk about it to eachother, why not use those very same words and very same explanations and talk to God about it, instead of to eachother. If all Christians as much as they talk to eachother about someone elses problems used those same concerns and vocalized them to God as much as they do to eachother, then perhaps God will hear a people of unified prayer, instead of a people of unified gossip, slander, and back biting. I in no way embrace Ray Boltz sin but I do embrace the fact that scripture records in Luke “For with God all things are possible”, so I do believe that if we took as much time to pray to God about things like such, we would see the planet shake, because God is moving around so much inquiring about His peoples petitions, and then all of a sudden we see Ray Boltz literaly shake in repentence before God and embrace the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  9. Shane C. permalink
    January 31, 2009 5:29 pm

    I stumbled across this blog doing research for a graduate level theology class at an Assemblies of God university.

    We all have propensities to commit certain acts of sin. Some struggle with an uncontrollable temper. Some struggle with jealousy. Some struggle with alcoholism. While others struggle with immorality, which comes in many forms. Someone with a bent towards homosexuality is no different than someone with a bent towards anger or jealousy. The color of the pieces on the board may change, but it’s still the same game. In other words, our individual sins may be different, but we are all plagued with a sin nature. But the good news is that God has provided a sacrifice in the form of His son, not only for salvation, but that we may have victory over the sin nature (sanctification). The blue print for achieving sanctification is found in Romans 5-9. I recommend anyone struggling with sin to read these chapters with a teachable spirit. The Bible teaches to love the sinner, but hate the sin. It’s real easy for someone who has never struggled with homosexuality to throw stones. However, we shouldn’t take the sin itself lightly. Galatians 5:19-21 states “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

  10. August 1, 2009 9:50 pm

    What I see here is that you (author and most commenters) view homosexuality as being only about sex, and as sin, rather than as the way a person is. It appears that you do not believe in the existence of homosexuality as being about who someone is and who someone loves.

    Homosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the same sex. Heterosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the same sex. Same-sex attraction is the same as opposite-sex attraction, only it is for a person of the same sex.

    I feel certain that any of you would not say that your loving relationship is only about sex. You talk, you cook meals, you clean, you take care of the children, you pay bills, you go places together, to do projects, you go to work, you pay taxes, you go to church, you take vacations. Sometimes you have sex, but it is not the only thing you share. It is the same for people whose desire for a loving relationship is for someone of the same sex.

    Jesus never said a single word against homosexuals. He did, however, say much about heterosexuals who are divorced. I do not see churches insisting that heterosexual people who are divorced never again enter into a relationship that involves love and emotional and sexual intimacy.

    This is not about love the sinner hate the sin. This is about “judge not that ye be not judged.” This is about taking the log out of your own eye before you try to pull the splinter out of someone else’s.

    Until divorced people never remarry and never again have sex, no one in the church has any business cherry-picking scripture to try to say homosexuals cannot be in loving relationships and be loved by and accepted by God at the same time.

    For those who insist on believing that there is no such thing as a same-sex sexual orientation, and that attraction to to a person of the same sex is nothing more than a heterosexual person having sinful thoughts, think again. If you are attracted to people who are your same sex, you are most likely homosexual or bisexual. Your desire is not a sexual addiction or a temptation for sexual sin that is attacking you as a heterosexual person. It is something that is a part of you.

    If you are attracted to persons who are your same sex, and you are living in a heterosexual marriage in order to try to cure yourself of those thoughts, you are living a lie. You are the one who is living the lie and behaving in an unnatural way. Ray Boltz’s ex-wife Carol has chosen to open her heart to those who are in this situation, both the gay married partners and the straight partners of the gay husbands or wive.

    Carol Boltz is a wonderful, open, loving Christian woman who loves God and loves people. If you want to believe anyone, believe Carol. She knows that homosexuality is not about being a straight man with attractions to other men. She knows it is not something a person chooses to feel. She knows that a person’s sexual orientation is a part of who that person is. Read her blog and find the information and the support and encouragement you need. http://myheartgoesout-carol.blogspot.com/

  11. August 2, 2009 7:34 pm

    Hi Adam,

    I’ve returned after sleeping, and I see there were a few typos in my long comment. My apologies for that. The biggest typo was in paragraph two. It should have read:

    Homosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the same sex. Heterosexuality is about having one’s primary orientation for a loving relationship be towards someone of the opposite sex. Same-sex attraction is the same as opposite-sex attraction, only it is for a person of the same sex.

    The others typos are things I should have spell-checked for.

    I have to disagree with you about discipleship. I might agree that it was not adequate, but for a reason entirely different from your own. If I understood you correctly, you believe that Ray is not really a Christian, you question his entire Christian life, and you believe that “homosexual attraction” is something for which a person should be “held accountable” by the people in his church.

    I believe the church has done a great disservice to Christians who do not fit the expectation that the only acceptable relationship is a marriage between a man and a woman. By teaching that “homosexual attraction” is a temptation to sin, rather than part of who a person is, many Christian people (those who have “homosexual attractions”) are trained to believe that what they feel is unnatural, sinful and certainly not something that came from God (as part of how they were created by God in the image of God).

    If you use the WWJD model, the “What Would Jesus Do?” model, I believe He would welcome and embrace all loving couples: traditional male-female couples (the majority of couples), male-male couples and female-female couples. What we are in God’s eyes are God’s children. If your attraction and desire for relationship is with someone of the opposite sex, you are fortunate, for you will not experience the condemnation of people who claim to know that you are wicked and evil and God hates you, people who also want you to believe those untruths.

    I happen to believe that God created all people, those who desire a loving and committed relationship with someone of the opposite sex, and those who desire a loving and committed relationship with someone of the same sex.

    We are all created by God and all loved by God. What is unnatural is for people to force a person to believe that he or she is utterly despicable for being who he or she is. There are untold thousands of people who have been harmed by teaching that somehow lets heterosexual Christians believe they are the real Christians and that the Christians whose loved ones are of the same sex are not really Christians at all and need to repent and return to God.

    I believe many churches have done great harm to those who are not heterosexual with lifelong teaching that is designed to induce self-hatred and shame. I do not believe that is what Jesus would do. I believe Jesus would be a joyful guest at the marriages of every loving couple. Indeed, if we believe Jesus is with us as Christians, it follows that Jesus IS indeed a joyful guest at the marriage of every loving couple.

    Ray Boltz’s decision to openly share his personal story with the world was one that has resulted in many people (influenced by church leaders and radio station owners?) turning their backs on him and his musical contribution to the lives of millions of people. I don’t understand that. I don’t understand the obsession that many Christian people have with the personal lives, and imagined sexual activity, of other people. Again, I don’t see this speculation as something Jesus would do.

    Ray Boltz has lived his life in service to God and ministry to others with his music. He and his wife brought four children into the world and brought them up to be the fine people they are. Ray and Carol also are people any thoughtful and aware Christian would be pleased to know. The lives of countless Christians are better because of these people and their contribution to Christian music and worship.

    I understand how easy it is to be an armchair quarterback and second guess the motives and inner lives of others. I’m probably doing that a little bit here as I say how wrong I think it is for people to question the integrity and faith of Ray and Carol Boltz. What we should all be doing is thanking God for all that they have given to our lives and to this world over the years through their lives and Ray’s music and his ministry.

    If we open our eyes, we can see that Ray and Carol Boltz are still showing the love of God through their lives and their open hearts. They are showing the acceptance of God for those children of God who are rejected by some parts of the church. The discipleship that may not have been present in the past is what they now are able to offer others: respect and acceptance of people as they are, without the artificial judgments people tend to place on each other.

    I believe the answer to WWJD is that Jesus would be, and is, present at every Ray Boltz concert, and Jesus is present in the love and support that Carol Boltz offers to couples who are unequally yoked (my choice of words) where one member of the couple is homosexual and one member of the couple is heterosexual. It’s difficult to be the straight spouse with a gay partner, and it’s difficult to be the gay spouse of a straight partner. Carol speaks from the heart on her web page, and she offers her support and her open heart to those who are hurting. Ray Boltz speaks truth in his music. Carol Boltz speaks truth on her web page. Listen to them both and hear God in what they have to say. http://myheartgoesout-carol.blogspot.com/

  12. August 5, 2009 5:37 pm

    Deb,
    Thank you for reading my post and taking the time to carefully word your comments. It is very clear that you and I (together with the other authors of this site) are in fundamental disagreement regarding the biblical legitmacy of homosexuality.

    That said, I do take to heart your concern that I am reducing the argument to a merely sexual issue. While the very definition of “homo-sexual/hetero-sexual” clearly implies the presence of sexual intercourse, you are correct that any form of relationship entails more than simply physical intercourse. It is not my intention to belittle this reality, however, I must also assert that the totality of a homosexual relationship is sin according to what I believe the Bible asserts on the subject. Perhaps a comparable moral judgement would be the subject of heterosexual adultery. It is not simply the sexual act that is sinful but the totality of the extra-marital relationship. While these are two different moral problems, I make the comparison only to clarify that I regard the totality of each relationship as sin.

    Many Christians (possibly including the authors of this blog) disagree about the legitimacy of remarriage after divorce, to which you referred. It is not my intention to try to come across as unduly jugdemental according to the warning of Jesus in Matthew 7, and I apologize in advance for my latent self-righteousness that I struggle with daily. However, all throughout the Bible, we can see that Christian congregations are given the right to judge moral and spiritual disputes and vices among professing brothers and sisters in the churches. It is my hope that conservative evangelical churches shall root their opposition upon solid Scriptrual grounds rather than upon prejudice or ignorance.

    I am very sensitive to the fact that evangelical Christians too often treat homosexuals in a belittling and mean-spirited manner that does not glorify Christ. Please see my fuller expression of this subject in one of my previous posts:
    http://adamwinters.blogspot.com/2005/11/body-of-christ-is-hope-for-homosexuals_28.html

    Again, thank you for stopping by to voice your thoughts.

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