The church in recent times has been divided over some pretty heated lines. With the decision of Obergfell v. Hodges, the body of God have fallen on both sides of the decision and some are left utterly confused of what they must do. Among other things, a lack of confessional clarity and biblical understanding has lent itself to a weak body. When we neglect the Word, we neglect the Spirit by which the Word works and this has left us in the dark with a very dim light to follow.
S. Donald Fortson III and Rollin G. Grams have put together for the body a great collection of historical theology and consistent Christian teaching in Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition. Not only does this collection of primary source material cross ecclesial boundaries, it searches down the halls of Christian history to bring us a consistent witness in how the church should operate today.
No doubt this volume will bring it’s own level of controversy. The authors, however, have done a fantastic job of compiling this amount of material in one succinct book which all address the Gay Revisionist Theology purported by many groups infiltrating the Church. The biblical texts are laid bare as a thread begins to emerge through each page, leading up to a conclusion of “Let us then lay aside the works of dankness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorable as in the day, not in the reveling and drunkenness, not in the debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:12-14)
As a Church we have not been left without a rock upon which to stand. We have the words of Christ and the testimony of the Father in every word and on every page of the Scriptures. We have a “breathed out” message upon which we are to build. In the words of the authors, we have a consistent witness in scripture and authority. If you want to know what the Church has believed on this issue pick up Unchanging Witness. I recommend this volume not because it was written by two fallible men, but because in these pages are presented to the reader the Words of Christ against the twisted reality of this culture we live in. Take up and read, Church. Be edified, be equipped, be transformed by the power of the Gospel as we “shine like stars in a depraved and crooked generation”. (Philippians 2:15)