Dear Editor: 

In answer to the op-ed about homosexuality ("Retired minister notes that Jesus never uttered a word against homosexuality," Aug. 29) , I found it very disturbing that it was from a Baptist minister who condoned it. 

First of all, he put the Christians under the Law of the Old Testament. Christians are under grace, not law (Eph. 2:8-9).

Second, the Old Testament had the death penalty for homosexuality also (Lev. 20:13). 

Third, Paul did condemn homosexuality (Romans 1). 

Fourth, in the op-ed, the headline said Jesus never uttered a word against homosexuality. In John 10:30, Jesus said, "I and my father are one." In John 1:1, John said, "In the beginning was the Word," another name for Jesus. God the Father and God our Father are not in the Old Testament, but both appear some 23 times in the New Testament. Jesus was and is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. So, Lev. 20:13 being written in the Old Testament, the trinity, means that Jesus did have something to say about homosexuality. 

And last it is not genetics, hormones or any other scientific excuse, it is lust (James 1:14-15) just like any other sin. I have friends who are homosexual (or I did have before this letter was published and I hope I still do). I love them and pray for them. I know people who whore-hop; I love and pray for them. I know people who shack up; I love and pray for them. I know people who are lost; I love and pray for them, but I don't condone any of the above sins.

Gerald E. Ivey

Burnett Road

Walland

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