I READ the letter from Catherine Joughin last week and I must congratulate her on her bravery in writing it, as I would imagine that you will receive several letters condemning her in no uncertain terms. However, she is absolutely right in everything she says.
I have often heard people say that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality. This is not strictly true. Leviticus Chapter 18 Verse 22 says: ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.’ That is part of the Torah, the Law. In St Matthew, Chapter 5 Verses 17 and 18, Jesus says: ‘Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.’ Therefore Jesus is confirming that homosexuality is a sin.
Indeed, he also made it absolutely clear that any form of sexual activity, except between a man and a woman joined together in marriage, is sinful. The problem is that nobody in any of the so-called Christian churches, and hardly anybody else, seems to understand why this should be.
We do have to bear in mind, of course, that we are all sinners. When Jesus saved the woman taken in adultery, he said to her: ‘Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.’ That surely is the whole point. We should not condemn anybody for their sins, but there is a world of difference between not condemning, and telling people who are committing what Jesus says are sins that what they are doing is perfectly all right. But, as I have said, hardly anybody knows why homosexuality is a sin.
It is accepted by many people that we are living in what the Bible calls the time of the end. Therefore it should come as no surprise to anybody that people who try to live a Christian way of life are being persecuted. Jesus foretold this in St Matthew, Chapter 24 Verse 9. But he also said that those who endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. So there is a message of hope for all Christians.
Mr G N Evans, Eastbourne