Friday, July 20, 2007

Luther a Supporter of Homosexuality?

In a recent USA Today article, Mary Zeiss Stange wrote that due to Luther's reforming nature and his separation from many of the sexual beliefs of the Catholic Church, he would, if he lived today, support homosexual love and marriage. Stange's thinking runs along these lines: since Luther separated from the orthodox faith of his day in order to bring freedom (even sexual freedom) to the people of Germany, he would do the same today. Since Evangelicals (and Catholics) are the representatives of orthodoxy today and are strongly opposed to homosexuality, Luther would certainly buck the system and start a new form of faith. Essentially, Stange turns Luther into just another rebel.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler has written a very cogent rebuttal, however. He rightly notes that Luther did not rebel against the Catholic Church due to his own ideas, but rather because he noticed a discrepancy between the Church and Scripture. I would add here that it was also not Luther's intention to be firmly separated from Rome, but to reform Rome. Mohler also points out that Luther accepted all of Scripture, which included the strictures on sexuality for the believer. Stange, therefore, is illegitimately transposing upon Luther her own rebellious nature and then misreading some of his statements while seemingly purposefully ignoring others. The Church, Evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox may want to take a closer look at Luther's idea of Sola Scriptura. When we look to ourselves for authority, we are sure to fall just as Adam and Eve did.

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