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Letter to the editor: Writer wrong on on the Bible

To the editor:

On May 4, the paper published a letter to the editor challenging

Michael Lackey's letter to the editor defending the

transgender community; he used that article to

take a typical swat at the Bible. I would like to

correct him on certain points, so that he does not

mislead the readers.

Lackey, a professor, points to a request- "O sun, stand still" made

by Joshua and a miracle performed by God,

recorded in Joshua 10:12-14. It is an example, one

of many, in which God speaks to mankind in

familiar terms or has the writer put down their

perspective. If that is a mistake, then we should

sue every paper or radio station that tells us when

"sunrise" and "sunset" occur on a given day. We

understand what it means, though we don't know

how God accomplished it. The professor's

connecting this miracle to thinking the sun

revolved around the earth is misleading. The Bible

never says that; humans in their vaunted "wisdom"

decreed it- just like the "fact" that the earth is flat.

The professor also tries to blame slavery on the

God of the Bible. God was dealing with people

living in the world in that time. His goal transcends

all this. Think of the gracious equality of the

Gospel: "You are all sons of God (qualified to

inherit heaven) through faith in Christ Jesus, for all

of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed

yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor

Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are

all one in Christ Jesus.`` Galatians 3:26-28.

The most vehement attack on God's inspired

and inerrant Word comes from his thrice-

mentioned term, "Educated Christians". By that I

can only conclude that he is referring to people

who have made Science their new god, who as

Humanists have deemed themselves so wise as to

sit in judgment on God's Word. They discard any

biblical teaching that challenges their human

reason or the comfort zone of their sinful natures.

Any claimed "mistakes" in the Bible are nothing

more than "paradoxes": apparent errors that, upon

further inspection, prove the Bible correct.

So now, to the point: What is "normal"? From

the Bible's viewpoint, Sin is normal. It has been

since Adam and Eve; Eve disobeyed God. It shows itself in

a rebellious breaking of all God's commandments

on a regular basis. Regarding sexuality, God

established marriage in the Garden- one man, and

one woman, committed to one another. In the Ten

Commandments, he protected that gift with the

command, "Do not commit adultery". St. Paul, in

Romans 1:18-32 describes the lot of those who

deny God: "God gave them over in the sinful

desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the

degrading of their bodies with one another". He

warns in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that departing from

God's pattern for marriage is not a harmless thing:

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit

the kingdom of God?," and mentions sexual sins in

general and homosexuality in particular, along with

other sins. But he also tells us these sins can be

repented of and turned from: "And that is what

some of you were [my emphasis]. 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."

The unbelieving world will always beckon to

people to "Do what you will." The liberal church

that abandons trust in God's word in general and

tosses his commandment regarding his gift of

sexuality becomes complicit in those sins (Romans

1:32), and does a disservice to society, calling sin

"non-sin", and leading many to think their desires

and experiments are harmless. They would do so

much better to become students of God's word,

and lead people to know Christ and walk with him

by faith, making God-pleasing use of his gift of


Donald Main


For Michael Lackey's letter click this link For Evelyn Guggisberg's letter click this link: