Nolo Scriptura...

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Being Protestant traditionally meant holding to sola scriptura (God's Word the sole authority for faith and life). No longer. Protestantism of all stripes, including Evangelical and Reformed, has increasingly put aside Scriptural authority altogether. 

Nowhere is this clearer than in the debate over what level of homosexual behavior amounts to sin. With Wheaton College joining the Roman Catholic Church in defining homosexual orientation as acceptable but homosexual practice as sinful, wholesale acceptance of homosexuality is nearly complete. 

Is it possible to accept sodomite orientation but not sodomite practice? Clearly not, according to Scripture.

Scripture emphasizes the link between desire, temptation and sin in James 1:13-15:

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then, when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

Scripture is clear: we are never tempted by God. The claim by homosexual apologists that homosexual orientation is a fact of birth needs no answer. Genetic predispositions factor into all sorts of temptations and sins, not just sodomy. This does not make God responsible for alcoholism, faithless depression or heterosexual lust. Why not excuse the child born with autism or multiple sclerosis for hating God on the same basis? If we accept the argument that homosexuality's deep roots render homosexual lust permissible, where do we stop? What lust doesn't stem from factors either implicit in our birth or beyond our ability to control?

So is God responsible for our being tempted? 

Scripture is clear. Temptation proceeds from lust, not creation. Surrender to lust and you're on the greased skids of death because being pregnant with lust means giving birth to sin and sin, full grown, leads to death.

The Roman Catholic Church and now Wheaton College wish to define lust as acceptable, but actions which flow from lust as sinful. This will never hold. Acceptance of lust denies the first thing James tells us about sin, that temptation does not stem from God, but from the sinner's own evil desires. 

This is why the Bible routinely calls us to fight lust and temptation, not just sin. It is impossible to hold the line against sin while giving free rein to temptation. Permit temptation to flourish and you're on the path to death.

James is directly relevant to the homosexual debate. Yet no one is mentioning it. God is blamed. Creation and birth are responsible for homosexual desires. Temptation is OK, only acting on it is not. 

Nonsense. It's time we actually started reading and applying God's Word rather than dismissing it. A church founded on the doctrine of sola scriptura which subsequently discards Scriptural authority is more dangerous than a church which adds its own authority to the Word. At least Roman Catholicism has tradition to coast on when it steps away from Scripture. Us Protestants? We have nothing but our lusts when we go nolo scriptura.