Thursday, November 17, 2005

An article in Saturday’s Peoria Journal Star (11/12/05, page E5 and 6) intrigued me.  One of the churches within the United Church of Christ voted overwhelmingly to leave that denomination.  Among other issues, the local church could not accept the denomination’s practice in relation to accepting homosexuality.  If you have been following this blog, you know that I believe that living a homosexual life style is condemned as sin by GOD through both the Old and the New Testament.

However, that is not what was so intriguing.  You may know that the United Church of Christ has run an advertising campaign declaring “God is still speaking.”  And, indeed, HE still is.  In fact, He has never stopped and never will.  HE has spoken to us from the very beginning through HIS wondrous and marvelous creation of all things.  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1: 20)  (This one verse, in itself, disproves evolution theory but then that is another post at another time.)  HE God-breathed the writing of the Old Testament and the New Testament.  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3: 16)  [This passage was probably specifically written in reference to the Old Testament since the New Testament had not yet been gathered together.  However, unless GOD has sudden lost HIS omnipotence it must also be true for the New Testament if it is true for the Old Testament.]  Finally, and most importantly, He gave us the perfect example of GOD through HIS one and only SON—JESUS.      

However, that is not what was so intriguing.  A leader in the denomination is quoted as saying “that the UCC (United Church of Christ—my addition) values a ‘diversity of voices.’”  That is intriguing!  What exactly does he mean by that?  God speaks in a diversity of voices?  God speaks in one voice but men can translate that one voice in a diversity of ways?  God speaks in one voice but we don’t care.  We listen to a diversity of voices from men?  Does it not seem that to, on the one hand, proclaim that “God is still speaking” and, on the other hand, proclaim that we value a “diversity of voices” is just a little bit contradictory?  Is it God’s voice they are listening to and obeying or is it a “diversity of voices?”  Or do they obey anything?


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