On Wednesday, April 20, 2016; my friend and member of Newton NJ’s First Baptist Church, Marilyn Schwartz, read a letter in the New Jersey Herald which criticized the Catholic Church for their stand on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues, same-sex marriage, and women in the priesthood. So, even though Marilyn is not Catholic she wrote her own letter to the editor of the New Jersey Herald. In this letter Ms. Schwartz expressed the hope that the letter author and the Protestant churches of God (Catholic included) stand fast for a few very important reasons.
Marilyn first pointed out in her letter to the Editor of the New Jersey Herald that biblically; the priesthood has been reserved for men – not because women are inferior, but because they fulfill different roles in the faith.
Marilyn Schwartz then goes on to accurately state in her letter to the editor; pointing out that The Bible’s stand on homosexuality, or any other variant from the male/female relationship, is considered sin in both the Old and New Testaments. “Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral… who practice homosexuality, nor thieves… will inherit the Kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9-10)” “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death… (Leviticus 20:13)”
Marilyn correctly states in her letter that There are many more such passages which show that this behavior is not acceptable to a holy God. Neither are many other sins. But if we try to say that a sin is not a sin; we are leading others astray with a false sense of security.
Should the New Jersey Herald actually publish Marilyn’s letter I’m pretty certain that the last few statements it contains will drive her point home; serving as an excellent reminder to all of us who are truly sincere about developing and ever deepening personal relationship with the Lord. “To be a Christian is to try to imitate Christ and obey the laws of God. While God hates the sin, but loves the sinner, those who deliberately continue to “do what is right in their own eyes”, are heading down a path that doesn’t lead to glory or Him.”
The last part of Marilyn’s Letter, too, serves to warn us all that those who sugarcoat/twist His words to fit the culture-du-jour should be warned: “…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Jesus, Matthew 18:6)
When Marilyn Schwartz told me that she had written a letter to the editor of The New Jersey Herald and the driving force behind it I told her to send it on over to me; expressing my desire to post it here. So, “Yeah,” a large part of the text you’ve read through to reach this point has actually come from her original letter to the editor of The New Jersey Herald.
Why is it here? Well… To me; the Catholic Church and other’s seem to have lost their way. Year by year it would seem that women and men alike are attempting to make God bend to their will rather than embracing the fact that the Lord’s will is ultimately the only true will that matters and “Many churches have become stupid enough to cater to the sinful whims of their congregations.”
God has created each and every one of us for a specific purpose; whether we like it or not. We all have challenges to overcome, particularly where developing a healthy personal relationship with the Lord is concerned.
So, while the New Jersey Herald may or may not decide to publish a letter such as Marilyn Schwartz’s, perhaps out of fear that a mere six percent of the population could be upset, “Know this.” No one has the write to ignore Universal Law/God’s Law. It cannot be re-written to satisfy the needs of the individual, or even corporation, none-profit and otherwise.
In writing letters to editors of media outlets around the world the voices of folks like Marilyn Schwartz serve to remind us that certain moral code has to some extent been literally written in stone and cannot be ignored by any woman or man. Therefore I will happily stand behind the Marilyn Schwartz’s of the world; knowing full well that I am a sinner; accepting that it is futile to hide behind the American Justice System in an effort to conceal my sins from the Lord.