Whether my sinful desire is for too much money, the wrong sexual partner or revenge, and whether I was born with it or acquired it along the way, my need remains the same: forgiveness, healing and the hope of change in Jesus Christ. Although I like it when people tell me to celebrate my sin, it's not ultimately helpful--and definitely not what the church should be doing.
Peter J. Stadem
In your news report on the ELCA Church Council (September), the lead paragraph makes no sense absent a shared understanding that, as of modern times, God no longer stands behind his variously stated warnings against sex outside the confines of a heterosexual marriage. God promises neither equal beginnings nor equal circumstances nor equal outcomes. Aside from grace and redemption, which are outright gifts, our lives come without entitlements, such as a fair chance at sexual expression, which God will fulfill.
Joe Hinrichs Jr.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
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