If everyone started picking and choosing what is literal, we wouldn't have church at all.

By: Paul Craft

In a recent opinion article by Oliver Thomas in the newspaper USA Today he opened his column with the following statement,

        "Churches will continue hemorrhaging members until we face the             

        truth: Being a faithful Christian does not mean accepting     

        everything the Bible teaches."

This type of philosophy is right out of Satan's playbook. I do not know the writer personally, but his words are shortsighted. Heck, I've decided God did not mean it was wrong to have an illicit affair. You know where I'm going. 

If everyone started picking and choosing what is literal, we wouldn't have church at all. Welcome to hell's gate people. Here's what God's word says about hell:

Revelation 21:8 

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

I imagine the writer mentioned above doesn't believe this is true. To all of you who don't believe this verse is the literal word of God, please think again.

The writer started his article questioning the truth of God's word to lead into his real point on acceptance by the church of gay people. The church loves everyone but will call out sin for what it is. Just as adultery, and fornication, homosexuality is a biblical sin that should not be sugar coated 

The writer used the old talking point that gay people don't choose their sexual orientation any more than they choose their race and gender. 

Let's be very clear; sexual orientation is a choice. Just as people have a desire to have sex outside of marriage or to act on other attractions that are sins, homosexuality is a choice like all sins. 

Brandon Ambrosino with BBC News wrote an article titling 'I am gay – but I wasn't born this way.' 

Mr. Ambrosino had this to say,

"I don’t think I was born gay. I don’t think I was born straight. I was born the way all of us are born: as a human being with a seemingly infinite capacity to announce myself, to re-announce myself, to try on new identities like spring raincoats, to play with limiting categories, to challenge them and topple them, to cultivate my tastes and preferences, and, most importantly, to love and to receive love."

Once the church begins to water down God's word, then indeed there will be hemorrhaging of members.

In conclusion, God's greatest commandment is in Matthew 22:36-40 which says:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

God loves all sinners. He loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth to die on the cross for our sins. The day we confess our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior heaven awaits us someday.

Compromising what God calls sin is a slippery slope to hell.