"Changing Attitude Ireland" Versus the Unchanging
Word of Christ
In his efforts to overthrow the biblical teaching on homosexuality,
Church of Ireland Canon Charles Kenny urges us to pay heed to the
"insights" of Jesus (News Letter; 28 June, 2008). Yet the only
"insight" that the Canon offers is an argument from silence. That Christ
did not directly address the subject of homosexuality proves nothing,
for neither did He address rape. Yet who would dare say that Christ
approved of rape!
Jesus Christ was no permissive and indulgent moral
teacher, a figment of the liberals’ imagination. He spoke often and
pointedly on the subject of sexual ethics. In the first place, He,
unlike the Pharisees of His day, located sin in the heart and desires of
man, so that He declared that a man commits adultery when he lusts after
a woman in his heart (Matt. 5:28-29). Second, He taught that marriage is
a life-long bond between a man and a woman, condemning divorce except
for fornication as adultery and forbidding all remarriage while one’s
original spouse is still living (Matt. 5:31-32; 19:1-12; Mark 10:11-12;
Luke 16:18). Thirdly, in His dealings with those guilty of sexual sins
(such as the four-times divorced Samaritan woman of John 4 and the woman
caught in adultery in John 8), He exposed and condemned their sins,
forgave them and insisted that they sin no more (John 8:11). He ate with
publicans, sinners and harlots, not to "affirm" them, but to call them
to repentance (Matt. 9:1-13). Harlots repented and brought forth the
fruits thereof, whereas the self-righteous Pharisees refused to repent
and perished (Matt. 21:31-32).
Nor was Christ ignorant of the sins of Sodom and
Gomorrah and warned the self-righteous of His day that their judgment
would be worse than theirs (Matt. 11:23-24; Luke 17:28-29). In fact,
since the eternal Son of God was "before Abraham" (John 8:28), He
Himself, in the bosom of the Father (John 1:18), poured out that fire
and brimstone upon the sodomites, just as He will send the wicked away
into everlasting fire on the Last Day (Matt. 7:23; 25:41).
Canon Kenny writes as a member of the "Changing
Attitude Ireland," a group working within churches, like
those in Jude 4, "for the full affirmation of gays and lesbians." In
doing so the Canon and his associates, from various denominations, hope
to reverse the unchangeable word of the unchanging God: a futile and
wicked enterprise (Ps. 119:89; Prov. 30:6)! Revolting from the
Reformation principle, sola scriptura, the Canon argues that we
must seek the will of God "in the light of Scripture, tradition and
reason." Yet, he gives no argument from any of these three sources that
homosexuality is morally acceptable. In every text where Holy Scripture
mentions homosexuality, it sharply condemns it; in the history of the
church sodomy has never been deemed acceptable (that some churches are
now trying to "affirm it" is simply a glaring example of wicked
apostates calling evil good. Woe unto them! [Isa. 5:20]); and human
reason is no guide because the heart of fallen man is "deceitful above
all things and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:9) and "the carnal mind is
enmity against God" (Rom. 8:7). Besides all this, the Bible alone is the
Word of God and the only authority for the Christian (II Tim. 3:16-17;
II Peter 1:21; Isa. 8:20).
The "Changing Attitude Ireland" representative seeks
to deceive the reader by a false dichotomy, as if only the words of
Christ recorded in the four gospels can be considered "insights" from
Jesus. All Scripture is the Word of Jesus Christ, not just the words in
red in many Bibles. Furthermore, Jesus Christ, the Lord of heaven and
earth and the head of His elect church does not offer "insights" but
gives us infallible, authoritative teaching, the very Word of Almighty
God, whose Son He is (Matt. 7:28-29; John 7:16). After Christ’s
ascension, He continued to teach through His apostles (Acts 1:1) and
teaches His church today through the Scriptures, as preached by faithful
pastors and teachers whom He gives to His church (Eph. 4:11-16).
The Canon’s arguments about the OT law are puerile.
The OT must be interpreted in the light of the NT which differentiates
between the ceremonial and civil laws (abrogated; Col. 2:16-17; Heb.
9:8-10) and the moral law, which still applies. So, the fact that, in
the OT, pork and shellfish were forbidden is no argument, since the NT
strongly reprobates both the lusts and practices of homosexuals (Rom.
1:26-27), who are no longer to be executed but excommunicated (I Cor.
5:1-13). Is Canon Kenny unaware of Peter's vision, when God repealed the
OT Jewish food laws indicating that He now embraces believing Gentiles
in the church of His beloved Son (Acts 10-11)?
The Canon does not read far enough in Ezekiel 16.
After Sodom is condemned for idleness and pride (no-one ever said that
the only sin in Sodom was homosexuality!), God adds, "and they
were haughty and committed abomination before me: therefore I
took them away as I saw good" (v. 50). The "abomination" of Sodom is
homosexuality, as Scripture indicates (Gen. 19:5-11; Jude 7; cf. Lev.
Finally, the Canon tries to deceive the reader that it is the will of
Jesus Christ that gays and lesbians be "fully affirmed" as members of
His church. On the contrary, Christ Himself, speaking by His Spirit
through the Apostle Paul (I Cor. 14:37), declares that such sinners are
not members of His church and kingdom at all (I Cor. 6:9-11; Eph.
5:5-6)! Those who, like "Changing Attitude Ireland," take pleasure in
the sins of the wicked will share in their condemnation (Rom. 1:32).