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What are the sins?

Dear Editor:

The TV “Duck Dynasty” patriarch, Phil Robertson, was suspended by his employer, A&E, because he answered a question about sin by referencing truths from the Bible. The far left castigated him severely, accusing him of opining and blaming, neither of which was he guilty.

What are the sins? In his book of laws, Leviticus, God ruled, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination … heed my charge not to defile yourselves by observing the abominable customs. I, the Lord, am your God” (Lev. 18:22 and 30), and “if a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them shall be put to death” (Lev. 20:13).

Then, in his first letter to the Corinthians, who were reported to be engaging in “lewd conduct” (5:1), St. Paul warns them that, “Neither the immoral, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God … the body is not for immorality” (6:9-10 and 13).

Perhaps the worst sin in society today is individualism, or self-gratifying narcissism, which rejects God and His law in favor of unnatural cravings as if they were personal rights, and denigrates anyone who disagrees or invokes freedom of speech. Some even claim to be Christians because they assume that the loving Jesus tolerates all behavior. The truth is that those whose sins Jesus forgave because of their faith were commanded by Him to go and sin no more.

Related to the narcissistic supposition of the irrelevance of God is the irreligious modern celebration of Christmas. For example, an issue of The SUN listed the 25 most popular Christmas carols, none of which had any relationship to the real meaning of Christmas except “The Little Drummer Boy.”

The true meaning of Christmas is Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah, Emmanuel, i.e., God with us (Isaiah 7:14), and mas, or missa in Latin, which means sent. From Genesis (14:15) to St. John, the precursor of Jesus, the scriptures are full of references to Him who is to be sent as Savior. It is incumbent on all to acknowledge His coming and obey His law, not selfish inclinations.

Also, it would be most useful to heed the writings of our founding fathers:

“The Sacred rights of mankind are written as a beam by the hand of Divinity Himself, and cannot be erased or obscured by mortal powers” — Alexander Hamilton.

“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants” — William Penn.

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor” — George Washington.

Or, as Psalm 33:12 states, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” What is the nation whose God is blatant immorality?

Eugene Witkowski

This story was posted on January 2, 2014.
  • littledrummerboy

    how convenient for you that you get to use your religion to justify your bigotry towards particular members of our society.

  • justathinker

    Nobody is born with hate… My 7 year old loves our gay friends, just as our hetero friends. But, as Christians, we are called to obey God’s law, which includes many sins of which we are all guilty. The difference, for us, is that we DO NOT identify ourselves as murderers, drunkards, adulterers, homesexuals, etc… and take pride in those titles. Rather, we ask for forgiveness and strive to cast off our sins. Contrary to littledrummerboy’s belief that Christians use religion to justify their bigotry; Christians are adopting God’s law and inscribing it in their hearts – in the place where those very sins exist. My son’s childlike ignorance will one day give way to a difficult choice… to speak the truth in love, to speak the truth in hate, to tolerate, or to ignore. Unfortunately, there is a new movement that likes to hide their bigotry against certain religious people behind the guise of tolerance. If they are so tolerant, why don’t they show tolerance for religion, even if they disagree?