Dr. Sullivan, the tough Tory toff. Plus: Nuptials grammar. Friday in review. Severe tongue-dashing. And much more.
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p>Mr. Sullivan is very intelligent; we cannot argue that. It appears he believes that by the Church defining homosexuality as an abomination, it is directly attacking him. The Church, however, is rejecting what he does, which is practice sodomy, not who he is. It loves the sinner, but hates his sin because it brings death to his soul, which God and therefore His Church, loves. Mr. Sullivan wants the Church to change its teaching, which he says threatens him. It appears, then, that he identifies more strongly with what he does (sodomy), than with what he pretends to believe (Catholicism). I would say, then, that Mr. Sullivan's true religion may be Sodomy, to which he is trying to evangelize Catholicism. You're wrong, prodigal son. Come home.
p>A very well-written article by Andrew Newman, exposing the hypocrisy of Andrew Sullivan. And what a shamelessly pathetic attempt of Sullivan to try and wear Martin Luther's “Here I stand, I can do no other” mantra. Luther stood for what Scripture clearly teaches: that a sinner is saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Conversely, Andrew Sullivan is acting upon his subjective feelings, and against Holy Writ.
p>At the root of Sullivan's problem is his taking a well-known term, “Christian,” and redefining it to suit his own purposes. I remember in a 1998
interview, he was debating a Christian activist, Janet Folger (full disclosure: my former boss), on whether or not gays could change through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Folger spoke first, and Sullivan responded with these words: “Well, I'm a Christian, too.” He did this to blunt anything his opponent had to say on the subject.
p>Problem: the Bible, God's inspired Word to those who follow Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:16), condemns homosexuality in very clear, unambiguous terms. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, the Apostle Paul listed a number of sins which would prohibit persons from entering the kingdom of God, including homosexuality. In verse 11, Paul then states, “And that is what some of you
. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (Emphasis added)
p>The inference is strong: a practicing homosexual must repent, and receive forgiveness when he believes in Jesus Christ, who is faithful to forgive (1 John 1:8-9).
p>For that reason, Andrew Sullivan is not a Christian who is seeking to free Christianity from the clutches of a few radical “Christianists,” who, by the way, are merely guilty of getting like-minded people to the polls on election day. It is Sullivan who is the hijacker. Like the modern leadership of the Episcopal church, he is trying to start a new religion that calls itself “Christian” but is something else entirely.
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