Saturday, 13 September 2008

Original sin, again

I don't know this guy or his music, but here's an extract from Justin Taylor's blog:

Former Contemporary Christian Music singer Ray Boltz--known for his song "Thank You," as well as "Watch the Lamb," "The Anchor Holds," and "I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb"--divorced his wife last year and has now gone public with the news that he is gay. The LGBT newspaper, Washington Blade, has the exclusive profile and the story.

The profile closes with Boltz saying, “This is what it really comes down to,” he says. “If this is the way God made me, then this is the way I’m going to live. It’s not like God made me this way and he’ll send me to hell if I am who he created me to be … I really feel closer to God because I no longer hate myself."


There are many things that could be said in response to arguments like the above. But the most glaring problem is that Mr. Boltz's argument for adopting a homosexual lifestyle entirely bypasses the whole doctrine of original sin. i.e. The idea that there may be more to way we are now than how God originally made man in his perfect state. i.e. What you happen to desire is not automatically right just because you desire it.

Ultimately Boltz's words above are pure Pelagianism - he assumes that it's not possible that his desires in any way could be corrupted by sin, and so he reasons that if he desires something then this must be part of God's purpose for him. How far does this argument go, we wonder? If Mr. Boltz found his desires wandering towards theft, adultery, polygamy or paedophilia is that OK too?

This kind of reasoning is just totally off-the-wall if you began studying Christianity earlier than 2 minutes ago...

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