Same Means of Salvation
The Pilot published two articles (March 21 and April 22) opposing Amendment One, the first by professor Cochran of Meredith College, the other by Tom Goergen, a local resident. Both wrote against the amendment using their interpretation of the Bible.
Both indicated that the Bible clearly calls homosexuality an abomination, but explained that by stating that the Bible was written by men lacking modern “scientific” knowledge.
My Bible tells me that God was the author who used men moved by the Holy Spirit to do the actual writing.
Proof of that fact is that a large part of the Bible contains prophesy that was fulfilled hundreds of years subsequent to its writing.
Would not God know more about homosexuality than modern “scientists”?
Goergen says Jesus didn’t have to die to save us. My Bible tells me that Jesus was the lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world in God’s planning. God’s wrath against sin caused him to establish death as the penalty for sin, which included physical death and the second death, permanent separation from God.
God is also a God of love, which caused him to provide a way for man to avoid the penalty for sin. That plan was to have his son become a man and die in the place of the sinner. All who put their faith in Christ are saved from that second death and receive the righteousness of Christ, enabling them to live in heaven without sin.
Christ then was “set forth as a propitiation” in that God didn’t void the penalty for sin as Christ paid that penalty.
My sins may be more numerous and worse than those of the homosexual person, but God offers all of us the same means to receive his righteousness.
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