Author Luke Timothy Johnson has an article on the Commonweal magazine website ("Scripture & Experience," by Luke Timothy Johnson. Commonweal. Volume CXXXIV, Number 12. June 15, 2007) in which he claims Christianity while ignoring Jesus. Luke Johnson advocates for dismissing the teaching of Jesus against hypocrisy so that Luke Johnson and others may feel comfortable with homosexuality. Jesus taught that we are not to be harmful. He said to us to go into the world being harmless as doves. If homosexuality or any other behavior (war, greed, etc.) is knowingly harmful and we are able to choose not to do it (and we are able to choose not to be harmful), then that behavior is antichrist.

Johnson wants to point to the differences between the Old and New Testament as proof that we may continue on beyond the revelation of Jesus Christ. He does not accept Jesus as the final, definitive path blazer whom we are to follow to God.

Contrary to Johnson's excuses for knowingly excusing harmfulness, real Christianity is about doing away with all excuses for selfish behavior, which behavior is always harmful in the end. It always leads astray. Absolutely nothing Jesus did or said deviates from the correct path all the way to God. There is no revealing of a new path extending from the end of the one Jesus showed. Jesus's path does not terminate short of God only to have people stand at the end wondering whether or not the path of condoning homosexual or other behavior is greater enlightenment leading further on toward God.

To use Luke Timothy's interpretive method renders the body as the arbiter of what is right or wrong, in which case, who needed Jesus to come along saying that if a part of the body offends pluck it out or cut it off? If homosexuals are born as such and that behavior must then be accepted and condoned, then there is nothing stopping pedophiles from asserting the same about themselves. Yet, Luke makes a distinction between homosexuals of a certain type and the rest of homosexuals and all pedophiles. In fact, Luke attempts to say that certain homosexuality is not harmful. However, that is an error. In and of itself and regardless of any other qualifiers, Homosexuality deviates from the harmless: The unselfish path taught and demonstrated by Jesus.

I have written a post on the subject, "Homosexuals: What they ignore." I suggest those who have not read it do so before chiming on about how Christians are to condone homosexual behavior.

Such behavior is caving into harmful, selfish deviation and aberration. They don't want to give up their lustful appetite.

Also, Luke Johnson is arguing against so-called conservatives (false conservatives) and Fundamentalists (false fundamentalists). He points to things in the writings of Paul also that don't jibe with so-called modernity — such as women having to cover their heads. Well, again I say that Jesus is the standard. We have nothing from Jesus that indicates that it is critical that women cover their heads for the reasons given by Paul. Is it harmful that they don't? It is not harmful in general when women go about with their heads uncovered in private or public. It is though harmful when they engage in lesbianism. That behavior is the slippery slope. Those who condone it will fall short. They have not entered the strait gate and are therefore not on the narrow way that leads to the real life.

They are caving into harmful lust that negatively impacts upon others as well and regardless of how secretive the lesbians may be about their activity. It does spiritual damage to the mind/body that does ripple out into creation. The evil spirit does manifest itself.

It is inconsistent behavior. It opens the floodgates for all other error. It conditions the soul (individually and societally) for making additional bad choices down the road.


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