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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Grace is not a license to sin: My reaction to Mr. Ronald Balugiire’s criticism of my monitor article

Grace is not a license to sin: My reaction to Mr. Ronald Balugiire’s criticism of my monitor article


3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

One thing amazes me in this Bahati Bill debate; when you say no to the bill many people label you homosexual. Well, this thinking is definitely fallacious and nonsensical. You do not need to be a woman to defend the dignity of women; similarly you do not need to be a child to defend children’s dignity. Mr.Barugire argues that:

‘’ I would like to tell Kizito that sin and crime are stated differently depending on the authority attributed to either God or the state respectively. Kizito could be part of the Christian fraternity whose moral strength has been compromised by the western civilisation of tolerance even in the face of possible danger, thus takes God’s grace for a ride’’.

I did not say in my article that homosexuality is not sin; it is definitely a sin that leads one to hell just like any other sins such as hatred and wichcraft(Gal.5:20). Grace is definitely not a license to sin but this does not give us the liberty to fight sin using state municipal Law . Fighting sin using municipal law is carnality of the highest order. Apostle Paul rebuked carnal Christians as follows:

1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (Gala. 3)

Many Ugandans such as Mr.Barugiire think that the sin of homosexuality is greater than theft and adultery. The truth is that sin is sin and sin leads to death. In Uganda virtually every body is spewing fire in homosexuality but when it comes to the Ugandans who are stealing billions of governmental funds, virtually every body is silent. If government tries to come with a law that will ban witchcraft, the same Christians will be bitter why? Because they are practicing Christianity along side witchcraft and they think this is moral, African and non-western. The word of God categircally says:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.(Galatians 5)

Mr.Barugiire argues that :
‘’The biggest problem we have with Christians like Kizito is the absence of discipleship. Such people tend to mislead the masses to follow their own selfish doctrines based on a need to appease the masses even at the expense of their allegiance to the supreme authority’’.

But how can a discipled Christian such as Mr.Barugiire be oblivious of the fact that municipal Law can never stop sin. I have came across so many born again Christians who were former hard core criminals. The law tried them and failed but the gospel of our lord saved them. You always hear Christians say our weapons are not carnal. If your weapons are not carnal, is fighting sin using state law spiritual??? It is written that :

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit( Galatians 5:25)

Mr.Barugiire argues:
‘’Though Kizito says no scripture in the New Testament allows fighting sin using state municipal laws, Romans 13:4 illustrates that authorities are sent by God to punish those who do wrong. Laws are thus given by God to create a sense of order and sanity and anyone that lives contrary to the jurisdictions is liable to punishment’’.

The reasoning that the bible says that authorities are sent by God and therefore we should fight sin using municipal law is definitely unsound.

Mr.Barugiire argues:
‘’I wonder whether Kizito has read one third of the Bible because if he did, then he would not live in oblivion to the fact that Jesus, the cornerstone of the New Testament, categorically states in Mathew 5:17 that he did not come to break the Mosaic Law but to fulfil it. Paul also asserts in Romans 6:1, that: “should we keep sinning that grace may abound?”

Definitely Jesus fulfilled the Mosaic Law by giving us a better New covenant which no longer requires an eye for an eye. The fact that grace is not a license to sin does not give us the liberty to fight sin using state law.

Mr. Barugiire’s article is Indicative of how apostate and carnal Christians have become.

Kizito Michael George

SEE THE TWO ARTICLES:

A true Christian does not take God’s grace for granted

http://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Letters/-/806314/832850/-/2wdevoz/-/index.html

Posted: Wednesday 30th December, 2009 at 00:03

I write in response to a letter written by Mr George Michael Kizito in which he expresses his grievances on the ‘Bahati Bill’ (Anti-Homosexuality Bill). Much as I may consider changes in this Bill as far as the death penalty is concerned, I find his arguments wanting in regard to the grace of God and fighting sin using state municipal law.

I would like to tell Kizito that sin and crime are stated differently depending on the authority attributed to either God or the state respectively. Kizito could be part of the Christian fraternity whose moral strength has been compromised by the western civilisation of tolerance even in the face of possible danger, thus takes God’s grace for a ride.

Kizito argues that we live in the New Testament period of grace where the Mosaic Law of killing homosexuals is redundant, overboard and superfluous. I wonder whether Kizito has read one third of the Bible because if he did, then he would not live in oblivion to the fact that Jesus, the cornerstone of the New Testament, categorically states in Mathew 5:17 that he did not come to break the Mosaic Law but to fulfil it. Paul also asserts in Romans 6:1, that: “should we keep sinning that grace may abound?”

The biggest problem we have with Christians like Kizito is the absence of discipleship. Such people tend to mislead the masses to follow their own selfish doctrines based on a need to appease the masses even at the expense of their allegiance to the supreme authority.

Secondly, I would like to know from Kizito whether state authorities are instituted by God and if yes, then they directly ascribe to the supremacy of God. Though Kizito says no scripture in the New Testament allows fighting sin using state municipal laws, Romans 13:4 illustrates that authorities are sent by God to punish those who do wrong. Laws are thus given by God to create a sense of order and sanity and anyone that lives contrary to the jurisdictions is liable to punishment.
I find the Bahati Bill necessary because it will help us make a statement over what we uphold as true and virtuous.

Ronald Balugiire,
sirrnb1@yahoo.com

As a Born Again, I consider the ‘Bahati Bill’ Anti-Christian

http://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Letters/-/806314/831714/-/2we53qz/-/index.html

Posted: Monday 28th December, 2009 at 00:00

It is a pity that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is being supported by many Christians. Laughable still, is the fact that some of the proponents of this Bill are prominent church ministers with post graduate degrees in theology etc.

Christians are some of the greatest hypocrites who always stumble at the truth and pretend not to have seen it. Mind you I’m a born-again Christian!

I remember a story of a US Christian Senator who was a staunch fighter for the restoration of the 10 Commandments in American public schools. He was put to task by a journalist to name the 10 Commandments one by one. The Senator lamented: “All of them?’’ The journalist replied: “Yes, all them.’’ The journalist started counting using his fingers, one, two, three… the Senator kept silent. This ‘Christian’ Senator did not know a single commandment.

Such are the antics of today’s Christians; they draw near to God with their lips but their hearts are very far away from him (Mark 7:6). Most Christians do not know the history of Christianity, they can not defend themselves using the word of God and have never studied even one third of the Bible. They always say, “The Bible says judge not’’ yet John 7:24 advocates righteous judgments. They are often threatened by their pastors with curses for failing to tithe, but cannot put their pastors to task to explain why the first Christians in the book of Acts never tithed. Do you know that many Christians today blindly put on inverted occult crosses? This is hypocrisy!

I do not support the ‘Bahati Bill’ because my Lord Jesus Christ did not come to kill, but to save the lost ones from their sins (Luke 9:56). Secondly, we live in the New Testament period of grace where the mosaic law of killing homosexuals is redundant and overboard and superfluous.

There is absolutely no scripture in the New Testament that allows fighting sin using state municipal law. The first Christians in the book of Acts never fought sin using state municipal law (Acts 11:26). If we want to legislate basing on moral principles, then we should also criminalise masturbation, fornication and adultery. Before we make a draconian law on homosexuality, let us begin with one that will sentence to death the thugs who have stolen billion of Chogm, Naads funds.

Corruption is one of the greatest enemies to the family. Even if the Bahati Bill is passed, the homosexuals will bribe their way out, given the corruption in our society. Christians should have nothing to do with this Bill.

George Michael Kizito,
Kizitomg-at-gmail-dot-com