- Posted June 1, 2012 by
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Same-sex marriage: Civil right vs. states' rights
Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society Responds to Rev. Otis Moss III, Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ regarding a Letter he Wrote to a Black Pastor About President Obama's Support of Homosexual Marriage
Dear Rev. Moss:
Recently, I read the letter and watched the video of you reading a portion of the letter to your congregation, which you wrote to another pastor expressing your concern about Black pastors who say they cannot support President Obama because he has come out and endorsed homosexual marriage. I found it to be troubling in light of God's Word. Allow me to offer the following response since your letter was obviously an open letter:
First, you accuse these preachers who say they cannot support President Obama of hiding "from true dialogue with quick dismissive claims devised from poor biblical scholarship". First of all, no "dialogue" is really necessary on this matter. As you know, and as many Bible scholars and seminary professors will tell you, the best way of studying and understanding Scripture is through plain, literal interpretation of the text. There is no need to have any "dialogue" about the plain, clear teaching of what God said. There is no need to complicate something that the Bible makes plain. Yes, there are some prophetic passages in the Bible that are clearly meant to be taken symbolically, but the issue at hand is not one of those. The issue of homosexuality, not to mention homosexual marriage, is something on which the Bible speaks very clearly.
Leviticus 18:22 says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." There is nothing mysterious or hard to understand about this verse. In fact, this verse is included close to the end of a chapter which discusses other sexual prohibitions. For example, Leviticus 18 also expresses God's prohibitions against adultery, incest, inbreeding, and bestiality. "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind" is just as plain as "Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife." If you want to twist God's word to say that it is not condemning homosexual activity, then you are opening the door for others to twist God's word to say that it is not condemning adultery, fornication, or incest. Even though we are now under grace and not under the law, and the punishment that was meted out for these sins and abominations would not be used today, we all would agree that adultery is still wrong, incest is still wrong, inbreeding is still wrong, bestiality is still wrong, and homosexuality is still wrong. In fact, Bro. Moss, if a man attempted to commit adultery with your wife and he wanted to come and have a "dialogue" with you about the matter, I do not believe you would be as cerebral as you were when you were reading the letter to your congregation. You would say like most husbands would say, "there is no need for any dialogue; and if you come over here again messing with my wife, you will never be able to "dialogue" with anyone else again."
Your indirect and condescending attack on those whom you call "narrow-minded ministers" and 'poor biblical scholars' -- basically all Black pastors who disagree with Obama's decision to endorse same-sex marriage and will not vote for him because of it -- is wrong. You are on the borderline of committing what is known in logic as the ad hominem fallacy, that is, attacking the person making the argument instead of addressing the argument itself. (You sarcastically stated that these pastors who disagreed with Obama were "mostly Black". This is wrong as well. Many pastors -- White, Black, and Hispanic -- have spoken out against Obama's endorsement of homosexual marriage. This is not just a "Black issue". This is a Biblical issue.) Furthermore you equated those who embrace the doctrines of Christ and the doctrines of the Bible with those who embraced the twisted "doctrine" of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists who killed Medgar Evers and those four little girls in Alabama. That is simply heinous. Instead of attacking these men personally, why not simply "search the Scriptures" and seek out what the Bible says on the issues at hand.
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