Monday, October 31, 2016

The Sexual Implications of the Covenant of God

An Immoral Bishop
The Covenant of God with man is not a negotiated agreement, but a Divine fiat. God says in effect “You are mine. I have chosen you.” Humankind has the freedom to either affirm, or deny, the offered relationship, not to negotiate the various aspects of it; but there is a school of thought within the Church that wants to claim the benefits of the Covenant without accepting its moral commands.

Our “progressive” theologians today want to dicker with God over His sense of morality, which they think is outmoded, judgmental, and unrealistic. They say that as Christ is the fulfillment of the old sacrificial and ceremonial aspects of the Old Covenant, so also the moral commands are thereby nullified.

But the moral commands of the Old Testament find their full explication in the New Testament, and not a “’jot or a tittle’ will pass from the law until all is fulfilled” [Matthew 5:18]. Both Jesus and Paul make it very clear that marriage is a union between one man and one woman; and that the lusts of the flesh must be brought under the rule of God.

The question is; just who is God? Who is in charge? In establishing His Covenant with the people of Israel, God says, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. "You shall have no other gods before me” [Exodus 20:2-3]. The condition of the Covenant is expressed in the Ten Commandments. 

Humankind has the freedom of response and some in their arrogance deny the claims of God and want to pick and choose between the various commands. George MacDonald warns us that, “The one principle of Hell is “I am my own.”

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