The Bible, containing 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God, written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit and having supreme and final authority on all matters to which it speaks. It is without error in the original manuscripts and contains all the words God intended for His people to have in order to trust and obey Him.
Couldn’t be said better. I found this while searching for City on a Hill Church and instead mistakenly went to City Hill Church in Minnesota. Yet I believe that the church which has given Andrew Thorburn so much trouble and Daniel Andrews so much demonic apoplexy would equally subscribe to the words and sentiments expressed by City Hill Church. In fact, the words and sentiments are unexceptional. The number of books aside, the Roman Catholics have an extra seven, they accurately describe the faith of Christians. All Christians, that is, except those among the laity and clergy who, being dedicated followers of fashion, have decided to pick and choose which words and sentiments suit the times and which don’t.
Call it what you will. But interpreting the Bible to suit the times is heresy whatever the weaselly explanations of woke churchmen. Accordingly, within the worldwide Anglican community, it led to the establishment of GAFCON (the Global Anglican Futures Conference) in 2008. And, recently, within Australia, under the auspices of GAFCON, to the (breakaway) “Diocese of the Southern Cross.”
Daniel Andrews and others like him are appalled, apparently, by sermons which issued from the City on a Hill Church in 2013. These sermons described “practising homosexuality” as being sinful (i.e., doing the act is sinful, not same-sex attraction per se) and also condemned abortion. The allusion to the Holocaust in respect of abortion, which has now been deleted, was unwise, as it is generally. But that’s by the way. The substantive issue remains. The morality of killing millions of unborn babies.
What I find surprising here is that the lowlife who dug these sermons out had to go back to 2013 and, in another case, to 2016. What the heck has the church been doing since then? Has it become woke? Hope not.
Let’s be clear, the religion responsible for uplifting the Western world into enlightenment, freedom and prosperity, for ridding the world of slavery, the religion of truth, which is itself true, is unequivocal about fornication. Sex outside of a marriage between a man and a woman is sinful. Full stop. Thus, a lot of us sin, including those who engage in same-sex sexual activity.
To broadcast this Christian truth is not bigoted or hateful as Mr Andrews claims. He’s the bigot and the hater. It is God’s law whether he likes it or not. Fine, if he doesn’t like it. Best, though, not to pretend to be a Christian. Be a libertine or something. A Christian, other than one in name only, accepts scripture, however inconvenient it is for one’s personal preferences. Another thing: the LGBTQ+ fraternity are free to act out their lifestyles precisely because of the influence of Christianity over centuries and decades in moulding tolerant societies. Being grateful is the very least they can be.
As to abortions, murder is wrong. On that surely everyone outside of the Devil’s spawn can agree. The question is whether abortion is always murder. While there are lots of references to unborn babies in the Bible (“… the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” Luke 1:44), abortion is not mentioned. My own view, such as it is, is that not all of the killing of unborn babies is murder. Among some Christians that view is not acceptable, I know. But there it is. To partly explain, not all killing is murder. Killing in self-defence isn’t murder. David killed Goliath without it being murder. So far as I’m aware, those nailed to crosses beside Jesus were not being murdered; simply receiving just deserts from the Roman authorities for their crimes. Thus, Christians are entitled to query whether particular killings are murder.
Read it all in Quadrant