Ever wonder how a Christian could believe homosexual practice was okay?

Here’s the answer from a recent Newsweek (June 26, 2006) interview with V. Gene Robinson, an openly practicing homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church.

· Newsweek: How do you reconcile what the Bible says about homosexuality with your lifestyle?

· V. Gene Robinson: The people who are taking the Bible literally are absolutely outside of the Anglican tradition.

As Seventh-day Adventists we believe in plenary inspiration, meaning that God inspired the prophets and they expressed God’s message using their own words and modes of expression. “The Bible is written by inspired men, but it is not God’s mode of thought and expression. It is that of humanity. God, as a writer, is not represented. Men will often say such an expression is not like God. But God has not put Himself in words, in logic, in rhetoric, on trial in the Bible. The writers of the Bible were God’s penmen, not His pen.” {Selected Messages, volume 1, chapter 1 “The Inspiration of the Prophetic Writers”}

This understanding helps us avoid putting confidence in tradition and using it to dismiss the clear teaching of the Bible itself.

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