If the Bible is indeed the Word of God, perfect and without error, then the issue is settled. Homosexuality is a sin and we must condemn it's practice. However, if the Bible is the writings of men who were only capable of seeing dimly, as if in a mirror, the way Paul described it, then we have a long way to go before we settle the question. John's teaching concerning the third person of the trinity, God's Holy Spirit, has that person leading us into truth, and not a book...even if that book is called "the Holy Bible." I maintain that the conservative doctrine that the Bible is the express Word of God, perfect and without error, is a heresy.
A schism is defined by Hastings as “a doctrinal departure from the true faith of the church, implying a separation from its communion” (343). Painter breaks everything down by stating “in 1-2 john the references is to those who deny that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, and thus identified with false prophets and deceivers. The power of such people comes from the devil, who is the model and source of the antichrist. The tradition of the coming of the antichrist, was known to the readers of 1 John through the reading of his letter; ‘even as you have heard, antichrist is coming’ (2:18). The interpretation of the situation which lead to the schism of those who refused to confess Jesus Christ having come in flesh (2:22 and 4:1-3) seems to have been the work of 1-2 John.
Content Dr. Ganz states that his goal is to “help readers understand that the counseling concepts woven into psychoanalysis (and its secular psychotherapeutic offshoots) are inherently opposed to the Word of God.” He sets out to, “reveal the direct conflict,” between the two and, “strip back to its ug... ... middle of paper ... ...t the church will stop shuffling her hurting and broken members to the “experts” who lack the power and perspective of the Word of God, that pastors will instead seize the opportunities to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness a people fit for service to King Jesus” (27). Unfortunately, in the twenty years since the book was published the church has a long way to go before realizing Dr. Gantz’s hope. Conclusion Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology and the Biblical Alternative by Dr. Richard Gantz is an excellent book for anyone interested in pursuing a ministry in biblical counseling. It is indispensable for understanding the conflict between Biblical counseling and the theories of man. Dr. Gantz’s book can be a very important tool to returning to God’s view of man in counseling and rejecting man’s self-aggrandizing coddling views.
The church’s main message is “God Hates Fags” which they believe “is a profound theological statement, which the world needs to hear more than it needs oxygen, water and bread” (GodHatesFags.com). Shirley Phelps-Roper is the church spokeswoman and says “members want God to punish Americans for tolerating homosexuality” (Hagerty). Since the military allows homosexuals to serve in the Armed Service it has become a target for WBC. Often protesting military funerals with signs such as “Thank God for IED’s” and “Soldiers Die and God Laughs” (GodHatesFags.com). ... ... middle of paper ... ... file.
Fundamentalism is rooted in American Protestantism where conflicts arose because of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century movement known as the Modernist Controversy. It concerned the leaning of some Christians toward intellectual developments such as evolutionary biology, which challenged the Bible’s account of creation. Gradually, Protestant denominations separated into two camps, modernists or liberals and traditionalists or conservatives. Liberals contended that believers should adjust their beliefs according to scientific and scholarly findings, while conservatives maintained that believers should continue to view the Bible as unerring and the ultimate truth (Weinberg and Pedahzur, 2003). Generic fundamentalism is a worldwide religious disposition that wants to recover and institutionalize parts of the past that have been obscured by modernistic ideas.
Just shoving it in someone’s face that homosexual marriage is ‘wrong’ because it offends God, is wrong. You have to take in consideration that those people’s beliefs may be different of your own. In the Bible it says in Matthew 7:1-2 (the words of Jesus), “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged, and with the measure you used, it will be measured to you.” It’s cruel to judge people by the way they love and who they love. It says in Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he made and it was very good.” This right here proves to those who believe that God hates homosexuals that it is in correct.
The Christian campaigns in the United States, base their motives for revolts on biblical claims that homosexuality is going against God. Today, Christians are revolting against the homosexuals because in the bible it states that it is wrong to be involved with someone of the same sex. But, it also condemns every man is a sinful creature, not just those engaging in homosexuality. God taught us that if he can forgive our sins, we must be able to forgive others for theirs. The Christians that follow the Lords word are also the ones committing sins themselves.
What sets Paul apart from Jesus, is also the massive interest in the Holy Spirit and the Gentle mission, his negative attitude toward the Old Testament, and teachings on the church as a ‘body’. In my opinion, Paul taught a doctrine that opposed teachings attributed to Jesus. He replaced Jesus’ selfless actions with a selfish desire to gain the gift of salvation. Despite the widespread, uncritical adulation of Paul by those who listen to others instead of thinking for themselves, Thomas Jefferson, wrote in a letter to James Smith, that “Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.” (Works, 1829 edition, vol.4, p.327.) And finally, English playwright quoted “it would be a better world if Paul had never been born.”
The flaw that is made hear is the assumption that the reader views the Bible as uninspired by God. Actually, many Christian denominations view the Bible as the inspired word of God. God used imperfect people to create the Bible. Consequently, the previous verse from Genesis is God 's definition of marriage even if the person who wrote those words did not practice
The film looks at both the understanding of the church, that is portrayed within the film, and the suggestion that there can only be one sexuality, heterosexuality, and that all others are sins in the eye of God. Christians understood sex and sexuality to be between a man and a woman and for the purpose of procreation. The film challenges this by giving other examples of things the Bible sees as sins because of the prevention of procreation, such as ejaculating outside of the body and contraceptives. Both of these are also strongly condoned by today’s society to prevent unplanned pregnancy and STI’s. This is directly related to Irvine’s article “Victims, Villains.. And Neighbours” about Comprehensive sex Ed.