From Grammy Blick's desk:
As I grew up, I heard people refer to Baptists as 'closed-minded'. Closed minded could have meant that Baptists were not open to new ideas, new scriptural interpretations, doctrinal changes, conformance to societal changes, or that... any number of things. Open minded meant to accept another's views without expressing judgment, unless (of course) it was agreement.
Maybe I heard it about Baptists because I was a Baptist; maybe other denominations hear the same things about theirs. A generation later, I still hear it about regarding Baptists, and I hear it said about other groups -- the Episcopal denomination of the Anglican Communion comes to mind.
Even the past conservative/liberal Southern Baptist disagreement was not as divisive nor as international as what is facing the American Anglicans. A portion of the denomination has been labeled conservative, another liberal.
I'd like to consider a new set of labels -- Bible Based vs Verse Based.
There is a portion of the Episcopal church that holds services to worship Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and use Bible verses to show He loves and accepts everyone, including homosexuals in an active relationship. Society has accepted those relationships, the church needs to also, according to some Episcopal leaders -- and sectarian political/social leadership as well.
Others believe the Bible to be more than selected verses, that it is to be studied as a whole.
Satan used a verse based approach to Eve in Genesis 3:1 "... And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Here Satan takes part of Genesis 2:17 "...thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" and then in 3:4 changes it completely to fit his goal "... Ye shall not surely die." He tried it again when tempting our Lord in the wilderness, quoting verses three times. Christ, in His responses, taught to be Bible Based. To use all scriptures, correctly.
Some now accept sin in their lives because Romans 5:8 says "...while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" and Luke 19:10 "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." They move on to Acts 16:31 "... Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." They want us to follow Ephesians 5:2 "And walk in love as Christ also hath loved us."
Just as Thomas Jefferson, some have taken the portions of the Bible that they want to apply to their lives and discarded the remainder as unnecessary. Those excusing sinful acts in their lives ignore the 22 New Testament verses that call for us to "REPENT!"
For me, the Bible Based Christian knows verses, too. And among the favorites would be instructions regarding scriptures: "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:14-17)
Among the many key phrases in that is "All scripture" is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction. All of us need to remember Christ's instruction in John 8:11 "... go, and sin no more."
John 8:11 "... go, and sin no more." And the reason He gives that commandment comes in John 8:34 "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
All servants of Christ should be compelled by their love for Him to live their lives by His commandments. Acceptance of sin is not one of His commandments.