Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stand on the TRUTH as Truth

Stand on the TRUTH as Truth
Rev. Greg Schermerhorn – July 17, 2013

"Sometimes Christians have had to rethink the priorities of the Gospel in the light of experience"-Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury – What a fool!  Since when do we judge God's priorities by our own experiences?  Truth IS NOT RELATIVE and cannot be discarded when it no longer suits us.  Rev. Holtam's statement was made in reference to homosexual marriage and the continued blocking of the homosexual lifestyle.  He likened the current state of affairs for homosexuals as equal to those who endured slavery in centuries past.  It is no wonder that Dr. Francis Schaeffer decried the falling away of the mainline Christian denominations as the "failure to stand upon truth as truth."  David Platt, author of Radical and Radical Together, said in an article last week: "We have set our minds on the things of the flesh, which is hostile to God, and we exchange God's Word for our experience."  ln other words, we exchange the immutable truth for a lie, the eternal for the temporary.  Romans 1:20-32 speaks to this issue and other related issues.  The rejection of God and truth has consequences.

Adam and Eve Driven From Eden
I ran across the article quoting the Rt. Rev. Holtam and could not remain silent because he is supposed to be a man of God.  He should stand upon the truth of God's Word, not try to twist it to suit his or society's whim.  I am significantly more interested in the TRUTH than in single issues like homosexuality because if you are willing to stand on the TRUTH, the issues will fall into line in their proper place and context.  I don't often call out a man (or woman), but I stand by my earlier comment that the Rt. Rev. Holtam is a fool who is leading people away from the Lord by preaching something other than His Word.  I would call on him to be more interested in what God thinks than what his constituency thinks. Remember Jesus' words of caution in Matthew 10:28 (NKJV) "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam article:  'Reinterpret your Bible': Bishop bashes gay marriage opponents

Rev. David Platt Article:  In 'sex-crazed culture,' Bible makes 'no exceptions'