A Letter of Reasons: Jesus, Scripture, Church, Biology

I wish to add my voice to those who believe that it is morally wrong for EMU to change their hiring policy to include faculty/staff who are in covenanted same-sex relationships.

Reasons for my opposition can be summed up in four words: Jesus, Scripture, church, and biology.

In the gospels, Jesus defined a covenanted relationship as a union between a man and a woman.

Furthermore, Jesus added that a sexual relationship outside of this monogamous heterosexual union is adultery (e.g. see Matthew 19: 3-12).

In all cases in Scripture where same-sex activity is mentioned, the practice is soundly condemned, characterized as sin, and is something that is apart from God’s kingdom (e.g. see I Corinthians 6:9-11, Jude 7).

Do I simply believe the Bible is a rulebook? No, I believe that the Bible is more than a rulebook.

However, the Bible does contain rules for our moral direction with a description of penalties for breaking those rules. The Ten Commandments in the Old Testament are God-given rules, reiterated in various forms in the New Testament; they are not just divine recommendations.

The consistent metaphor of the New Testament in showing the relationship of the church to Jesus is marriage between the bride (church) and the groom (Christ). Furthermore the bride of Jesus is given responsibility to advance Christ’s kingdom on earth.

As a parachurch organization, I believe EMU should walk along with the church and not make a premature decision which will enhance division and mar the body of Christ.

In our context, the Mennonite Church has also defined marriage as a permanent union between a man and a woman.

The historic and current teaching position of the Mennonite Church is that homosexual practice is sin.

I agree with that position.

Biology presents us with another window.

Mammals are designed for sexual reproduction between males and females.

Sexual intercourse between males is biologically abnormal and consequently yields higher incidences of promiscuity, disease, and anatomical damage than heterosexual intercourse.

Finally, let’s avoid the error of the Nicolaitans so vividly described in Revelation 2: 6, 15 within the churches of Ephesus and Pergamus.

In contrast, let us celebrate the goodness of God. God is good, not simply because God is love (for it is possible to love and not be good), but because God is holy, loving, and gracious.

In that combination we can find our way.

“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” Romans 11:22 NKJV.

Roman J. Miller, Professor of Biology and Director of the MA in Biomedicine Program

I Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Jude 7

7 As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Romans 11:22 

22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

 


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