Finney would grieve

To the editor:

I was born in Oberlin the last year the Indians won the World Series, baptized at First Church, and have always considered Oberlin an extension of heaven. Coming back to this area in the 1980s as a pastor of the United Church of Christ I had a chance to study Oberlin College’s strong, evangelical roots.

The Rev. Charles Finney, the first president of Oberlin College, would grieve on what liberal churches in Oberlin are doing today in regard to the abolition of God’s idea of marriage between a man and a woman equating it with the issue in their time with the abolition of slavery.

Professor Ann Douglas of Columbia University wrote a book entitled “The Feminization of American Culture” (New York, 1977) and quotes H.R. Niebuhr of my alma mater of Yale Divinity School, of the effete liberal church whose underlying credo is, “A God without wrath brought man without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” (The Kingdom of God of America, New York, 1937)

Peter Pan is America’s myth: the boy who will not grow up, played by a woman on stage. The marriage of a man and woman is a supernatural act of grace that only God the father can create, not the Supreme Court. There is not a war on women in America, but a war on fathers.

If homosexuality is genetic, like race, then the gene should have died out by now. What hasn’t died out is our hardness of hearts consigning the sexually confused to families whose boys are being emasculated. This was St. Paul’s prophecy of the fall of the Roman Empire (Romans 1:24, 32):

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another… Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Jesus wept. Finney would have grieved.

Dr. Rick Barr

Simpsonville, S.C.