The Editor, National Post

Re: Michael Coren, Confusion in the Church, Dec. 16

Michael Coren, the former-Catholic-now-Anglican, takes his previous church to task for teaching that Jewish people can be saved without believing in Jesus Christ.

  In this, Coren is right to raise an objection: the Bible is clear that there is no salvation apart from trusting Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

  But while he’s making his case, Coren also slips in the concept that it would be “a glorious blessing” if “the actively gay were embraced as the complete Christians they most certainly are.”

  For that idea, Coren is without biblical support.

  Deliberate, persistent, unrepentant sinners — the Bible refers to them as “high-handed” — are to be carefully excluded from full participation in the life of the Christian church.

  Indeed, church leaders have a duty to maintain proper church discipline to protect the flock, and for the sake of the church’s spiritual testimony in the community (see, among other texts, 1 Corinthians 5:1–6:20).

  The Bible has nothing positive (or “glorious”) to say about same-sex sexual acts. In fact, God calls such acts “detestable,” “defiling,” “degrading,” and “rebellious” — along with a host of other pejorative terms.

  On the other hand, homosexuals who repent and forsake their sin, trusting in Christ, are cleansed and incorporated into the church just like the rest of us forgiven sinners.

  The Christian church needs to base its teaching on the solid rock of the Bible rather than on the latest fashionable shifting-sand thinking of the “politically correct.”

Richard Peachey, Abbotsford, BC

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