COMPENDIUM: THIS IS VERY GOOD! IT’S THE GIST OF WHAT AILS COMMON ‘PICK AND CHOOSE’ METHOD THAT PEOPLE AND CHURCHES USE ALL THE TIME!
A few Sundays ago, the Old Testament reading were selected verses from Leviticus 18-19, specifically Leviticus 18:1-5;19:9-18 ending with “…but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” because the Gospel was The Parable of the Good Samaritan. At that time I blogged an article by the editor of Touchstone magazine about Leviticus 18. As the Israelites were to cross over into the promised land, they were crossing over into a new way of life and living and they were not to do as the people there, in particular in regards to marriage and sexual immorality: see chapter 18. These chapters are called the “holiness code”. The refrain is “I am the Lord” and the theme verse is:
Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19: 2
Many verses in Leviticus are dismissed by liberal…
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