'Knowingly tolerating sin' does not extend God's grace : Friday, Nov 7, 2003
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'Knowingly tolerating sin' does not extend God's grace : Friday, Nov 7, 2003
Friday, Nov 7, 2003

'Knowingly tolerating sin' does not extend God's grace

I wish to respond to a letter (BR, Oct. 25) wherein Stephen McCorkle renounced his Baptist affiliation for the reason that McGill Baptist Church has been removed from the list of approved (BSC) churches. The letter skirts the real issues: (1) that McGill has sanctioned homosexual behavior, an ungodly activity, and (2) that McGill's removal is not necessarily permanent. Daniel 7:25 says: "And he (the beast) shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws..."). We are living in an age when laws are being changed to facilitate unrighteousness.

I think it's wise and prudent to point out the obvious: (1) salvation by grace through faith includes repentance; (2) repentance must include confession to the Lord for all sins; 3) the definition of sin is breaking God's law.

Since homosexuality is against God's law (Lev. 18:22, 20:13; Deut. 23:17; 1 Cor. 6:9) sin is to be repented, not embraced. Whether the sin is thievery, murder, homosexuality or others, knowingly tolerating sin does not extend the concept of God's grace. McGill has knowingly tolerated sin by welcoming members who refuse to repudiate (not necessarily publicly, but certainly visibly) homosexuality, which has been de facto illegal since America was founded. That certain individuals will not stop breaking the law does not necessarily make that law incorrect. This applies doubly to Scripture.

Does the Bible lie? I do not de-emphasize grace and the freedom, nor the autonomy local churches should enjoy, but the Word is the truth, regardless of feelings, personal preferences, Supreme Court decisions or pastor approval. I am sure that when McGill realizes its error, the state convention will reinstate them, reflecting our Father's unending mercy and forgiveness.

Tom WiseMills River, N.C.

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