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Letter to the Editor: 'Do unto others'

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The golden rule taught by Jesus in "the sermon on the mount," is a major tenet of the Christian faith: "Do unto others what you would like them to do to you."

There's been a lot of debate recently concerning homosexual marriages. Both sides would contend that they're following the golden rule, but which side really is? There are two groups within Christendom; religious Christians and spiritual Christians.

1) Religious Christians are those who have a form of godliness, but have never experienced regeneration, have not the Holy Spirit and have no power. Jude:18-19, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit."

2) Spiritual Christians are those who've been born again, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and have experienced the power of God. Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."

I'm a person who's been on both sides of the spectrum, having been a religious Christian for many years before being born again later in life. I can honestly say that if I were living in disobedience to God and being shut out of heaven, I would want someone to warn me. Not judge me or condemn me, but warn me. Therefore for me to do unto to others as I would want them to do unto me, would be to warn others.

What some people would like done to themselves may be quite different than what others think they want done to themselves. Some believe that allowing a person to continue in their sin is being tolerant and loving, while I believe that they're helping send that person to hell. Paul wrote to us a letter, inspired by God, warning us of things that would keep us from God. If Paul were alive today, many would accuse him of being judgmental, condemning, intolerant and hateful, simply for passing on God's warning to mankind.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor (homosexual offenders), nor thieves nor the covetous nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Not to single out homosexuals, Paul was also speaking to those committing adultery, getting drunk, practicing fornication, coveting, lying, stealing, etc. As a Christian I would simply say to those trapped in the homosexual lifestyle; God loves you and wants to set you free. I'm not judging you, but warning you as to what God has said. Neither is God judging you, but he will one day. The only way to escape his judgment is to accept Jesus as lord and repent of your sin. Turn away from it!

To the religious Christians who approve of and condone homosexuality; you may think you're helping those trapped in this lifestyle, but in reality you are enabling them and preventing them from surrendering to Jesus' lordship.

The first step in overcoming any harmful addiction is admitting that you have a problem; God calls it confessing your sin. The reason that religious Christians are afraid to call homosexuality sin is because it would require that they themselves also turn from their own sin.

Paul's admonishment in the book of Romans not only condemns homosexuality, but it also condemns those who approve of it: Romans 1:32, "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice it."

Don't approve of a lifestyle that God calls an abomination. Don't call evil good and good evil. Don't enable those trapped in sin. Vote 'yes' to preserve God's definition of marriage.

Merle Hexum

Perham, MN

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