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Which Bible is Bill Press reading?

I like Bill Press – as a human being.

He’s a nice guy.

He even claims to be, like me, a Christian.

But there are few people on Earth with whom I disagree more. It’s one of the reasons I chose him to be a columnist at WND. I’ve taken a lot of heat from WND readers for that decision. But I have always believed presenting the broadest and most diverse commentary lineup to be found anywhere on planet Earth to be the right thing to do.

Dialogue and debate are healthy.

It’s good to try to understand the way other people think – even when they are dead wrong, as Bill Press usually is.

It’s with all that in mind that I address his latest column, in which he makes one of the most indefensible claims I have ever heard in my life.

In supporting Barack Obama’s “gutsy” proclamation in support of “same-sex marriage,” Press wrote: “Nowhere in the Bible does God condemn homosexuality. And nowhere in the Bible does God say marriage must only be between one man and one woman. After all, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. King David had at least seven wives. If we really wanted to practice marriage according to the Bible, we’d all be polygamists.”

If “same-sex marriage” is ever accepted universally, so will polygamy. In fact, there is simply no legitimate rationale for maintaining a legal prohibition on polygamy once you permit “same-sex marriage.”

For while God may not have proscribed polygamy, He most certainly made it abundantly clear that marriage was designed as an institution between one man and one woman. So, for those who say there is no legal or moral reason to maintain marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, they can hardly claim there is any reason to prohibit polygamy – or other even more bizarre and unnatural unions, such as incestuous relationships, group marriages involving more than two males or more than two females and marriages with animals or even inanimate objects.

Laugh if you will, but the idea of “same-sex marriage” was as preposterous a notion as any of these possibilities just 20 years ago.

As to Press’ claim that “nowhere in the Bible does God condemn homosexuality,” I have to ask myself which Bible he’s reading.

Let me give you a few verses to consider:

No condemnation?

This is about as serious as the Bible gets in condemnation. This is not only sin that affects the individuals involved, it’s the kind of sin that has ramifications for the entire nation. It’s not only the kind of unrepentant sin that will keep someone from eternal life with God, it’s the kind of sin that defiles the land. It’s the kind of sin that caused the inhabitants of Canaan to be spued out, opening the door to the nation of Israel. It’s the kind of sin that brings on national judgment.

Is that what America wants?

Is that what Bill Press wants?

Or is he reading a redacted version of God’s Word?

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