Sam Allberry | July 4, 2017 The Good Book Company, UK
As the Church of England’s General Synod meets this week, once again, the tortured issue of same-sex relationships will dominate the agenda. Sam Allberry is a same-sex attracted Anglican minister who has sought to be faithful to God’s will as revealed in scripture. In this blog post, he reflects on the reasons why Christians must hold firm to the traditional view on this issue.
Some issues in the Christian life matter more than others. The apostle Paul made a distinction between matters that were primary to the gospel, and issues that were not. In 1 Corinthians 15 v 3 he writes, “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance.” This is not to say that other issues are of no importance, just that they are not of first importance.
In Romans 14 v 1 he instructs his readers not to pass judgment on “disputable matters.” On such issues Christians need to know their own mind and receive in fellowship those who differ. We might consider as examples of present day “disputable matters” issues like infant baptism, or our understanding of the end times. On such matters Christians are free to differ. But on
matters of first importance we must remain in agreement if we are to be faithful to the gospel.