Sir, Your edition of 14 April included several letters needing a response.
EM Owens is correct in directing attention to the scriptures to understand what God and Christ thinks of homosexuality. The Holy Spirit can be a confusing subject when assumptions such as that of Serena Lancaster ”this Spirit is not confined to the Church but blows where it wills” are made. This is in complete contrast to Biblical teaching. The primary task of the Holy Spirit is to focus our attention on what is taught in the Scriptures and aid our understanding of the Bible.
Capt Roy Hollands states: “Jesus did not call his followers to be distinctive by their doctrine.” Sorry, he clearly did. It is by our belief and trust in Christ we are turned to serve him then others. Sixty years ago in Australian city suburbs and towns the Salvation Army was distinguished by their preaching on our streets that sinners must turn from sin to Christ. This was the foundation for their social service activities.
D Defoe states: “Roy Clements forgot his responsibilities”. Forgot is overly euphemistic, Clements more correctly chose to ignore and desert his family responsibilities and others for which he was now unfit.
Tony Cullingford correctly draws attention to the real attitude of Muslims in Muslim countries to Christians and church buildings. At the same time as the Australian prime minister was referring to “Peace-loving Australian Muslims” a Muslim Imam in this country stated on national TV “Muslims do not have non-Muslim friends” and “Islam does not tolerate other religions”, sentiments evidenced today in Egypt and practiced in many Muslim dominated countries. Some of the latter have allowed Christian churches to be built only to have unrestrained mobs destroy them when they are nearing completion or just completed near completion. FR Baigel’s hope for Muslim democracy in Gaza is commendable but is it realistic?
Those who claim to be Christians need to heed the teaching of Revelation 1 – 3. The late John Stott’s 2003 thoughtful penetrating exposition of these chapters under the title “What Christ Thinks of the Church” is humbling reading.