Rev. Dr. Robert Sichta, in his column published in the Faith and Values section of the Herald (" 'Hosanna' means we must change with times, welcome gays," April 12), articulates a disturbing but increasingly typical departure from biblical Christianity.
He tries to build a case that churches should embrace same-sex marriage, as his church has. That case is undermined by his failure to present one scintilla of scriptural support for his view.
It's easy to understand why as nowhere in Scripture is there support for anything like that, or for homosexual practices in general.
In fact, Jesus Himself removed all grounds for same-sex "marriage" when He said, "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife ...?" (Matthew 19:4-5; Mark 10:6-7)
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Dr. Sichta characterizes those who do not agree as "bigots" who need to face "overwhelming facts" (although he cites none), and change their beliefs.
I agree with him on one point, and that is that we need to be welcoming to homosexuals as to all people. But the true biblical position is to be welcoming, not to the notion of sanctifying sinful practices, but welcoming in a redemptive sense, to help those lost in all manner of sin to find forgiveness and deliverance in Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Dr. Sichta does appeal to divine authority, including an individual he calls the "ever-evolving Christ." This is not the Christ of my Bible, which says of Him: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
Dr. Robert Sichta might be the nicest man in town. But the attempt to draw others away from biblical truth and thereby endanger them eternally borders on ministerial malpractice.