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Letter to the Editor: Without Bible verses, column is empty words

To the editor:

I would like to respond to Karen Tolkkinen's column (Nov. 16) that America is not a Christian nation. I would take issue with part of her column that states I should be OK with gay marriage as a Christian. I get frustrated with "Christians" stating that I should believe what is contradictory to the Bible.

If you do not believe in the Bible then I am not addressing you. We live in a country where you are free to believe as you wish. I am speaking to Bible believing "Christians" and am asking them to leave your opinions out of your preaching. I want chapter and verse. There is not one verse in the BIble that states I should support sin. Not a verse! Now I can support sinners as Jesus did. But Jesus never accepted sin as OK. It would be contrary to his Father and he never did that.

Jesus did not lay down his life so we can stay in our sin. He died to give us a way out! Matthew 4:17 just after Jesus had fasted for 40 days it states, "From that time on Jesus began to preach. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to "go and sin no more."

Jesus told the man that was healed at the fount of Bethesda to "stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." I could list many more that are all found in the Bible. Show me chapter and verse that states I should be OK with any kind of sin. Chapter and verse.

So my point is this. If you intend to tell "Christians" what to believe, please use chapter and verse, not empty words.

Tim Salscheider

Hoffman, MN

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