The NY Times demonstrates their own ignorance and religious bigotry toward Christians in this article by Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez that says,

“Republican congressman read his colleagues a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays.”

The article repeats the anti-Christian propaganda that distorts the Scripture giving the impression that it endorses the killing of gays.

Representative Rick W. Allen of Georgia, the Republican who last month read the Romans verse that says of homosexuals “they which commit such things are worthy of death” as the House was about to vote on a gay rights amendment, has not apologized.

At a time when media outlets and Liberal politicians are bending over backwards to “prove” that all these terrorists do not reflect the “true” Islam, the teaching of the Koran, or the Prophet Mohammad, we find articles like this that are willing to deform the Christian Scripture to impugn all Christians.

The verse these authors use to attack Christians is Romans 1:30, but of course these authors are either unaware or unwilling to recognize the context of that single verse.

Romans 1:26–32 (ESV)

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Let me state this as clearly as possible. Despite the hatred and bigotry being disseminated by the reporters for the NY Times, NOWHERE in the New Testament is it taught and NEVER is there a call to kill anyone in the name of Jesus. In fact, the passage in question teaches the EXACT OPPOSITE of what is claimed by the NY Times. The passage teaches that all have sinned and deserve death (not by human hands, but by God’s judgment). All people are guilty of sin that leads to eternal separation from God.

The Apostle Paul goes on to say clearly that we all share the guilt of sin, and therefore, we have no foundation to condemn someone else, without also condemning ourselves.

Romans 2:1–5 (ESV)

2 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

No Christian can condemn a gay person. Certainly no one reading Romans would see this as a call to kill them!  All people have sinned, and those who seek God will be given grace through Jesus Christ who died on our behalf.

Romans 2:6–11 (ESV)

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

The passage is an exhortation to seek to do good to others, not evil.

That the NY Times hires writers who hate Christians, the Gospel,and God Himself should not then come as a surprise; Romans tells us this will be the case for all those lost in sin. But, there is hope in Christ as we strive to share the Gospel of salvation and peace.

In the Gospel is revealed a way of reconciliation for us, through Christ. O! what love was it that bestowed upon us such an inestimable gift as that of God’s only dear Son, to make reconciliation for us through the blood of his cross! And here it is particularly to be noticed, that God does not so much offer to be reconciled to us, as he invites us to be reconciled to him. The address which his ministers are commissioned to make to men, is, “We beseech you in Christ’s stead, Be ye reconciled to God.” The great obstruction to friendship between God and us lies altogether on our part. Not a single moment would God retain his anger against us, if we humbled ourselves before him, and besought his favour for Christ’s sake. But, though importuned by him, we continue obstinate in our alienation from him. Still, however, the Gospel follows us with invitations and entreaties to lay aside our enmity, and to accept his proffered mercies. Be thankful for this marvellous kindness vouchsafed unto you: for, if once you be taken into the eternal world, there will be no longer any forbearance on the part of God; but his wrath will burst forth against you, and burn even to the lowest hell to all eternityn. It would be terrible to have all the creation for your enemies: but to have the Creator himself your enemy, and that for ever and ever, O! how inconceivably terrible will this be! Well! bless your God that this need not be your fate, nor shall be, if only you will throw down the weapons of your rebellion, and implore mercy at God’s hands for Christ’s sake.

Charles Simeon, Horae Homileticae: Romans, vol. 15 (London: Holdsworth and Ball, 1833), 27–28.

Jesus the Prophet of Peace

To find out more about the language of peace in the Christian Scriptures, please read my paper,“Jesus the Prophet of Peace: The Language of Peace in the Christian Scripture”. presented at San Diego State University, sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, as part of a is 2-day “Symposium on Scripture, Hermeneutics and Language.” The event involved scholars from the Islamic, and Christian faiths, each presenting papers on their sacred scriptures.

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Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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