July 25, I posted my initial piece explaining why I believe Christians ought not to allow the words 'sodomy' and 'sodomite' to be silenced by the homosexualist lobby. And principal among those reasons was my concern that referring to those who give themselves to same-sex carnal relations as "gay" is to abandon the association of perversion and shame that sodomy has carried to this point.
Today, I received the following E-mail from the same friend who started this discussion, and I post it here for discussion among our readers. To my way of thinking, his arguments prove my central thesis--that those who give up on 'sodomite' and use 'gay' instead are not willing to think and speak biblically concerning this particular sin.
Is a man who identifies himself as "gay" and continues to practice sodomy "godly?" And while he identifies himself as "gay" and engages in sodomy, should he be a member in good standing of a church?
Here's my friend's argument. Is it biblical?
Remember, I'm only an audience of one, but I have some good friends who consider themselves "gay" and are decent, upstanding men, even God-fearing (or church-attending). I consider them as "brothers" even though they are caught in a terrible sin cycle...
But I have my own "sin cycles" to deal with -- as we ALL do. The sin nature just expresses itself in various ways in various people.
I would never use the word "sodomite" to describe these friends of mine -- makes them sound like vermin or the scum of the earth. Of course, apart from the redemption in Christ, we ALL are vermin and scum. To use a word of their choosing helps them to accept me as a fallen person, just as I try to accept them as fallen persons. If I ever hope to help them come to repentance over their homosexual lifestyle, I'd rather err on the side of friendship rather than being a fiery prophet of condemnation (my impression of your approach). That's all I'm saying.
Oh, yes, they DO need to repent -- and so do I need to repent (not of sodomy but other junk) -- and you do as well (unless you've reached sinless perfection, NOT a Calvinistic view). So I apparently disagree with you that the way to lead someone to repentance is scathing denunciation. Do not forget Romans 2:4, "the kindness, tolerance and patience of God leads toward repentance." Hence, a model for us in treating others with "goodness."