Spirit’s guid­ance

The Church of England - - CHURCH OF ENGLAND - Reg Lobb, Stan­well Park NSW, Aus­tralia

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.

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