Originally Posted by Pablo Rafael
This chapter of Galatians is quoted quite extensively in the book The Children Are Free. I think this book is probably the best and clearest of any that deal with same-sex relationships and the Bible.
Those of us who are LGBT can rejoice that Christ has set us free. Free from sin, free from the leglism of those who wish to oppress us, free to love each other.
I think that the greatest change I have had in my outlook on life since coming to terms with being gay is freedom. Religion is less about knowing every doctrine or following every rule; it is more about living a life of love no matter what and accepting people no matter who they are. The Bible has become less a book to be deciphered and more a guide. It's been a good change.
I am reading The Children Are Free
now and I really like it.
I had fallen behind on Galatians, I am studying it on my own and We are moving to fast for me. I am using comments here as well as other study material to present this book to the current bible study I lead. (We plan to start our GLBT affirming group in January. I want to use Galatians)
Any way I agree we are free in Christ but free like a river. Without the banks the water would disperse into stagnant water.
Free with responsibility.
(from my study guide)
What is the ultimate consequence of following your own desires? (Verse 5:21)
envy,* drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul doesn't mince any words about this. He says plainly and directly that you will not inherit the kingdom of God. Now this doesn't mean that those who sin will go straight to hell. We all sin. But Paul is saying that if you deliberately follow the sinful nature and do not look to the Holy Spirit for guidance and to the Father for forgiveness, you are doomed.