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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Greg Gorton

    Did you watch Q & A? Because to say KR misrepresented the bible is completely wrong, in my opinion. He simply pointed out that the interpretation of the bible as being against gay marriage (in the way that was done by that pastor) can also lend itself to an interpretation that supports Slavery. Perhaps he did not do it in the best way, but the motivation was clear.
    He even went on to point out the TRUE message of the bible, being one of LOVE not LAW.

    I, as a Christian, was actually impressed by the LACK of ridicule of Christians he gave, only ridicule of the poor argumentation of the man who tried to represent himself as speaking for all pastors (in fact, at one point he almost went to claim that all church leaders agree with him, before bringing up the controversial statements of Paul).

    Now, by the WAY he approached the answer, avoiding the “Christ is God” issue, suggests to me a lack of personal faith by Rudd, but as that was not the issue being presented, instead it being the support of gay marriage and if that support is against the Bible.

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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for the comment Greg.

    I watched the interchange several times. Your interpretation would be redemptive for Rudd. I went back to have a closer look and what I came across is this. In this interview, he clarifies that his point was that we cannot take many of the statements of Scripture seriously. Such “biblicism” is, in his mind, ridiculous. And “if [his position] offends some people, so be it.” His attack, therefore, is against a normal interpretation of the Bible.

    His comments about love were worse. The message of Scripture is God and his gospel. And that includes the glory of God’s anger against sin and then the glory of his redemptive love for sinners. But I suspect he was alluding to Jesus’ summary of the law which is love for God first. And then love for mankind. To twist that to inherently support same-sex eroticism is neither reasonable nor decent. The same logic would support polyamory, pedophilia, etc.

    I agree with you that the pastor’s argument was lame. And that’s a fourth reason why this wasn’t helpful.

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    Paul

    Romans 1:21-29
    That is to say, that all of us may be comforted together by the faith which is in you and in me. You may be certain, my brothers, that it has frequently been in my mind to come to you (but till now I was kept from it), so that I might have some fruit from you in the same way as I have had it from the other nations. I have a debt to Greeks and to the nations outside; to the wise and to those who have no learning. For which reason I have the desire, as far as I am able, to give the knowledge of the good news to you who are in Rome. For I have no feeling of shame about the good news, because it is the power of God giving salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first, and then to the Greek. For in it there is the revelation of the righteousness of God from faith to faith:as it is said in the holy Writings, The man who does righteousness will be living by his faith. For there is a revelation of the wrath of God from heaven against all the wrongdoing and evil thoughts of men who keep down what is true by wrongdoing; Because the knowledge of God may be seen in them, God having made it clear to them. For from the first making of the world, those things of God which the eye is unable to see, that is, his eternal power and existence, are fully made clear, he having given the knowledge of them through the things which he has made, so that men have no reason for wrongdoing: Because, having the knowledge of God, they did not give glory to God as God, and did not give praise, but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark. Seeming to be wise, they were in fact foolish, And by them the glory of the eternal God was changed and made into the image of man who is not eternal, and of birds and beasts and things which go on the earth. For this reason God gave them up to the evil desires of their hearts, working shame in their bodies with one another: Because by them the true word of God was changed into that which is false, and they gave worship and honour to the thing which is made, and not to him who made it, to whom be blessing for ever. So be it. For this reason God gave them up to evil passions, and their women were changing the natural use into one which is unnatural: And in the same way the men gave up the natural use of the woman and were burning in their desire for one another, men doing shame with men, and getting in their bodies the right reward of their evil- doing. And because they had not the mind to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them up to an evil mind, to do those things which are not right; Being full of all wrongdoing, evil, desire for the goods of others, hate, envy, putting to death, fighting, deceit, cruel ways, evil talk, and false statements about others.

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    Paul

    1 Tim 1:8-11
    Of course, we know that the law is good if a person uses it legitimately, that is, if he understands that the law is not intended for righteous a people but for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who are unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people, for those involved in sexual immorality, for homo sexuals, for kidnappers, a for liars, for false witnesses, and for whatever else goes against the healthy teaching that agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

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      Jason Harris

      Are you intending to make some point by quoting these passages? If so, the point is not readily apparent to me.

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