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Over the last 3 weeks there has been a controversial exchange in this newspaper’s Faith and Opinion columns. The exchange has been between Rev. Rebecca Kemper Poos (Oct. 31) and myself (Nov. 7) and now Grace Church whose pastors wrote Nov. 14. The focus of the discussion is homosexuality in the church.

The opposing positions actually boil down to a single question: What is the basis of your philosophy of life (i.e. from where do you get your world-life view)?

In the Nov. 14 letter from Grace Church the authors state that they want to be “faithful.” But I ask, faithful to what?

For centuries the Bible has served the foundation for living for countless billions across the globe. Yes, there have been squabbles over specifics and particulars but now there is a full-on assault of the Bible from non-believers and some who claim to be Christian.

If “everybody’s right and nobody is wrong” then Christ’s sacrifice is worthless. If you grasp the gravity of His sacrifice then you will admit that “all have sinned and fall short of God’s ‘requirements.’” Romans 3:23

In other words, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. (If you actually believe that His sacrifice was unnecessary then don’t call yourself a Christian.)

Do not be influenced by the ever-changing relativism of pop culture or the notion of religious “higher criticism” but stand solid on the Rock that doesn’t roll. As I said above, the real reason is from where do you get your philosophy of life?

In this world there really are eternal truths – good and bad, right and wrong, positive and negative. Otherwise, why do we condemn rapists and violent felons but praise Doctors Without Borders?

The Spirit clearly says that “In the last days some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits.” 1 Timothy 4:1

“Choose this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Timothy Burt

Buena Vista

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