Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible by Manfred T. Brauch, (IVP Academic, 2009) 293 pp;
First Peter by E. M. Blaiklock (Word, 1977) 113 pp;
Connecting Christ by Paul Louis Metzger, (Thomas Nelson, 2010) 328 pp.
By Dr. Ralph Blair
(PDF version available here)
A kids’ quiz asks, “Which One Doesn’t Belong?”, e.g., red, blue, cat, yellow? Grown-ups fail that test at I Corinthians 6:9. Paul reprimands Christians who, in suing one another in pagan law courts instead of settling disputes among themselves, are as evil as thieves, swindlers, slanderers, drunkards, the greedy and those to whom he refers with a now indecipherable term. Yet, today, while suing each other in pagan law courts – especially over gay issues – careless and incompetent Christians use that obscure term to slander and otherwise abuse all lovingly committed same-gender couples
For wanting as loving a marriage as heterosexuals can have, gay folk get slandered and robbed – like the victims Paul had in mind. Pushing today’s gay couples into that cryptic category is scriptural abuse that becomes spiritual abuse and more. An eminent classics scholar, Blaiklock reminds us: “Like all minorities, [Christians, too] were slandered. Their conduct was vilified, misrepresented and misunderstood.” This is still the case. Read more →