Beyond that, Christians have a responsibility to proclaim the righteous standards of God to the world as part of the presentation of the Gospel. The idea is that people need to understand what sin is before they can grasp and appreciate grace. But the proclamation of the law of God by followers of Christ is not about trying to reform the world, it’s about holding up a standard designed to convince people of their need of a Savior.
Fourth, and finally, while I support Mr. Robertson’s right to say what he said, and I abhor the kind of politically correct blackballing we are currently witnessing, I do have a reservation.
Phil Robertson’s particular grouping of the sins he listed along with homosexuality in the GQ article was drawn from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter six. That is clear and unambiguous. But there is another scripture he needs to review before he gets drawn in to such a public discussion again.
That one is found in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter five, verses eleven and twelve: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.” (New International Version)
In other words, there is no need to go into graphic detail. And I suspect that if Mr. Robertson had avoided a few of his more “colorful” characterizations, he could have made his larger point without some (though probably not all) of the subsequent polarization.
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