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Peter Sprigg…Go Away Or I Shall Taunt You a Second Time

Peter Sprigg is the Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council. The FRC has done some good over the years advocating on behalf of families. There’s no disputing that the institution of the family is increasingly under attack, both from without and within and having an organization like this can be a good thing.

However, Mr. Sprigg has managed to undermine much of the good done by his organization with some pretty, shall we say, “interesting” statements…

The debate over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a legitimate one, in my opinion but the purpose of this post is not to debate that issue. My issue with his statements has to do with his belief that homosexual behavior should be criminalized. I understand that homosexuality has been recognized as a criminal activity in the past. I don’t know for sure but perhaps it still is in some areas. Regardless, let me categorically state that I believe those laws were/are wrong. While I am a Christian and believe what the Bible says about homosexuality being a sin, I do not believe that means it should be a crime punishable by law. Sex between consenting adults should not be legislated in any way. Plain and simple.

Not long after Sprigg’s statement, Bryan Fisher of the broadcast show Focal Point, an American Family Association show, said he also believed homosexuality should be punishable by law. He then wrote a blog article backing it up. He used the following scripture from 1st Timothy 1:8-11:

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

Note: Some translations use the word “homosexuals” in place of the word “perverts” in verse 10.

To understand this bit of scripture, it should be placed in its proper context. The passage is talking about love as opposed to “the law”. Well, what is “the law” as it is talked about here? I hold that it is not the law in a civil sense but in the sense that it is often used in the New Testament, which is what some would call “The Law of Moses” or Judaic Law. These two are often contrasted against each other in New Testament writings. Anyway, there is no sense at all in this passage that the author, the Apostle Paul, is calling for the government at that time to make those things mentioned in the passage to be illegal in an actual criminal sense. Certainly, some of the things mentioned are definitely criminal acts such as murder or perjury but then other things such as being irreligious are also mentioned. If we follow Fisher’s logic, shouldn’t those who are atheists or agnostics also be subject to some sort of criminal punishment? I don’t know of many who would support that, Christian or otherwise.

People like Sprigg and Fisher are not rightly handling the Word of Truth. The Bible, you know, that book that these guys are supposed to be reading and studying, says something they should take to heart:

(2Ti 2:15)  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Sprigg and Fisher should be ashamed. Their shameful handling of God’s Word has brought reproach on the name of Christ.

Therefore, in the immortal words and outrageous French accent of the soldier from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, I say…”Mr. Sprigg, go away or I shall taunt you a second time!”


2 Responses

  1. Well done. You’ve had a lot of posts lately that I agree with 100%. You drinking some sort of liberal drinking water up there?

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