Posted by Gary on September 8, 2006
The Associated Press reports that conservative Jews are likely to drop their ban on homosexual rabbis (read the article here.) Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Vice-chairman of the Law Committee and also a "respected scholar" supports ordaining gays. He makes two noteworthy statements: First, he states that expecting celibacy of gays is "unnatural" then declares that we must "interpret God’s will in our time."
What Rabbi Dorff has left out is his rationale for God changing His revealed will. What pray-tell according to Rabbi Dorff would lead God to change His thinking and will toward sodomy? Could it be that God doesn’t want to deprive His creatures of what they desire? Well isn’t it clear that His creatures desired sodomy at the time the Law was given? They certainly must have or there would have been no reason for God to forbid it. No, the reason in the change cannot be that God would not deny us a pleasure; He was willing to do it before and remains willing to do it now. If it is unnatural that God would deprive people of their sexual desires now, why was it not unnatural previously? I wonder if Rabbi Dorff would be open to saying that God has also changed His views on bestiality? Perhaps if God’s will is different in our time concerning sex between humans it is now different concerning humans and animals.
Let’s get to the heart of the matter here, what Rabbi Dorff means as do others who assert that God changes His will with the passage of time is that God has realized His need to repent of His former manner of doing things. What else can explain this Rabbi’s position? If sodomy isn’t wrong now, it must not have been wrong when God forbad it under Moses. Though this would never be said aloud, what religious leaders like Rabbi Dorff mean to say is that God was harsh, unloving and wrong in former times and our generation, "our time" is the one in which God has taken a hard look at Himself in the mirror and realized that He was wrong. How convenient that it would happen in "our time".
Of course we cannot divorce the error in this area from Judaism’s rejection of the truth found in the Way, the Truth and the Life, Jesus Christ. Judaism maintains that righteousness is achieved through obedience to the Law even though the Old Testament which Jews acknowledge as the Word of God makes it clear that righteousness comes through faith not works:
Habakkuk 2:4 "Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith."
The Old Testament teaches us that Abraham was declared righteous before he was circumcised, because he believed God:
Genesis 15:6 "Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness."
Religious leaders who do not understand salvation properly end up being false shepherds in every area. Consider the declarations made here, things that were once wrong can now be right and God Himself needs to change because times change and once again how amazing that this would all happen in "our time".
The article mentions that those involved in this issue will focus their attention on Leviticus 18:22, "Do not lie with a male as one lies with a female". Might I suggest that this panel also consider these verses:
Malachi 3:6 "For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed."
1 Samuel 15:29 "… the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind."
Understand that nothing is more important than the claims that are made concerning God. The message of our day is that the truth is whatever is true for you. You can believe in many gods or one god. Your god can permit sodomy, sex outside of marriage and abortion because what makes your god, God and what makes your belief valid is that you believe it.
I would say to all Christians, prepare yourself for the persecution that is likely awaiting us in our lifetime. Be certain that any individual or group (the Church) that refuses to acknowledge that anything can be true, that tells men that they are not capable of righteousness and that they are not free to be sexual in any way they choose will more and more be ostracized and ultimately imprisoned or killed.
Religous leaders speak every day making great claims on behalf of God in response to the claim found in this article it must be said: Judaism does not lead to eternal life and the teaching that says that sodomy is natural and that God changes His mind is wicked and sinful.
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