Letter of the month: December 1999
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1999 22:45:48 EST
Subject: perverted and imoral?
I take it from your answer to a letter
from a gay man, that may be you dont think that homosexuals are
perverted or imoral.Although there is nothing about it in the ancient
landmarks, do you think maybe thats why you have an investigating
committee to find out the morality of a person who would like to join
the lodge. The liberals who support the gay movement are a stain on what
our great country once stood for and some of us still do. Call me what
you will but the Holy Bible says that homosexual acts are a sin. I enjoy
your website very much and have been enlightened but much of what you
share on your pages. I was shocked at your seemingly support for a
homosexual in the Craft. I am 32 but I was brought up in the ways of the
old school, maybe things are still held sacred here in the Great State
of Texas which was once called The Daughter of Masonry. I do not intend
any meanness only a concern about who will represent the Craft and a
willingness to direct a person on the wrong road to take a look at
themselves and the way God would have them go. A concerned frequenter
of your page.
Subject: Re: perverted and imoral?
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Sun, 05 Dec 1999 22:45:48 EST."
The Bible also says that eating shellfish is a sin. The Bible says
that eating blood, or the meat from the shoulder joint of an animal is a
sin. The Bible says that wearing clothes of two mixed fibers is a sin.
The Bible says that eating a cereal of two mixed grains is a sin. The
Bible says that eating meat and milk together is a sin. In fact the
Bible lists 613 positive and negative commandments, and transgression of
many of those renders one "unclean" or in a state of sin.
If you are going to quote and live by Levitical law, you'd better
know the whole thing.
If instead you have chosen to live by the Christian covenant of
remission of sins by the grace of a Saviour, then go that route and then
you will leave the Priestly laws behind.
If you want to base your personal code of conduct on biblical
teaching and tradition, then choose one or the other, but at least be
logical about it.
If you want to pick and choose among parts of biblical law to condemn
something that personally displeases you, that is your privilege, but
don't dress it up in as biblical logic. (I had a great teacher who
said, "Se puede vestir una mona de seda, pero mona se queda.")
Personally, I prefer not to drag sectarian political or religious
arguments into lodge or Masonry. That you do not have that reluctance
is also your choice.
In many places, among many people, being gay is not considered a sin
any more than is a woman wearing slacks (also forbidden in Leviticus).
Masonry was supposed to teach you to drop your own plumbline and build
true to that, and to respect the plumbline and the true building of
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