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...and Jonathan loved (David) as himself. 1Samuel 18:1

Since Reformed men today seem incapable of thinking, writing, or preaching about sexual distinction, we turn once again to the Roman Catholics to learn the nature and meaning of womanhood and manhood. For years, our wise sister Kamilla Ludwig has commended the writing of Roman Catholic prof, Tony Esolen. Today, Clearnote Pastors College student, Michael Foster, passed along two links joining his voice to Miss Ludwig's. Mike wrote: "Check out the pictures in this post, then read this quote from (a piece by Esolen) in Touchstone...

I am sorry to have to use strong language, but only when sodomy is treated as a matter of course for everyone (as the institutionalized buggery of boys and young men in ancient Sparta) or when it is met with such opprobrium that nobody would assume that a good man would engage in it, could Lincoln and his friend share that bed without suffering ridicule. The stigma against sodomy cleared away ample space for an emotionally powerful friendship that did not involve sexual intercourse, exactly as the stigma against incest allows for the physical and emotional freedom of a family.

…The libertinism of our day thrusts boys and girls together long before they are intellectually and emotionally ready for it, and at the same time the defiant promotion of homosexuality makes the natural and once powerful friendships among boys virtually impossible.

Would it surprise anyone for me to suggest we return to obedience in the matter of greeting one another with a holy kiss? See Romans 16:16; 1Corinthians 16:20; 2Corinthians 13:12; and 1Thessalonians 5:26.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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