I want to preface this post, however, by saying a few things. First, I do not know the author, Bill Smallman, but I am more than willing to believe he is a man who loves the Lord, loves His word, and loves people. Second, on cultural issues, we all possess varying amounts of information leading us to varying views of the problem and therefore varying views of solutions to the problem. Third, I did contact the state representative who publishes “The Link” and asked about this, and the response was that I would get a response when he had more time. I will be happy to update this post if I hear back. Fourth, I write not to be critical, but out of a concern that we look to God’s Word for everything, for every solution, and that the Bible is sufficient for every social problem we face.
To this last point, I write in the spirit of Jude’s exhortation, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you exhorting that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3, Legacy Standard Bible). Jude makes clear here that “the faith” is more than just our “common salvation”, rather the faith is the sound doctrine that we have. The faith is the belief we have based on the Word of God, as Paul says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). The word “contend” means to struggle, to fight, to put forward intense effort. In a world full of sensitivity and offense, unfortunately many in the church have thought it unkind to contend for the faith, but as Christians we must contend for sound doctrine. We need to remember that “we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the tearing down of strongholds, as we tear down speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3b-5). What I write here has nothing to do with anything other than seeking to take every thought captive to obey Jesus Christ.
Having attempted to make clear of the reason for this post, I want to state clearly that there is much about the article I disagree with when it comes to the terms and definitions, but I want to reiterate that some of that comes from having a variety of knowledge on the issues. There are things, no doubt, the author has studied that I have not, and things I am sure I have studied that he has not. We come to the issue with some varying viewpoints on the problems, but I do not wish to make a big deal of those differences. My desire instead is to speak to the issues that impact our faith, our sound doctrine.