Your partial quote had me have to go back to see what i’d written.
But no big.
And as for what I’d written it wasn’t a deflection.
You think I’m putting sex before love?
No, I’m not and that’s exactly why it wasn’t a deflection.
I would submit to you that among the the chief things to realize about the Lord is that He is “holy”. The distinction?
Well, consider that the Lord is “love” could be viewed, to borrow a bit from literature, as why Alice could choose to believe in impossible things before breakfast and get away with it (that last is important).
But the Lord’s holiness largely defines when she cannot.
God’s “love” is a reflection of who He is.
God’s “holiness” is a measure of whom He is.
So if He is “Holy, Holy, Holy” as the angels announced before Isaiah what does that practically mean unless it means that He will not depart from whom He is, to be less holy or less God, for anything. Not even for how He loves. And THAT is what the Cross is ultimately about for because of that absolute holiness (He will not stop being holy for anyone or anything) He has to punish sin (and sin results in death) even in the same moment that He wants to forgive … so He entered time to be punished in the place of those He wanted to forgive.
This holiness is a big part, or so I’m convinced, of the knowledge of the Lord that people reject that results in the rest of Romans 1:18-32 coming into play.
So Grace has been revealed but it is likewise a Grace in accordance with His holiness … while also in accordance with His love: for it is not a Grace of force, of a intruder or a raper of souls but of a beseeched and an inviter … but if an invitation then one that can be turned down with the consequence being that the sinner has to pay the penalty himself.
Here at last I can show that I’m not the one placing sex over love because the terms of accepting Grace, the thing people do of their own choice: repentance, is the thing that establishes limited to how or whom we can love.
Have you not read that friendship with the world is enmity towards God?
So elevating some particular sin because they “love” is likewise enmity towards God, and a sign that there is no repentance and they are still under the judgment of condemnation.
I’m not placing sex above “love” but Christ above my fellow men, to the point that I prefer Him and His approval over them and their approval.
There was a point in His earthly ministry when He’d said some hard things that resulted in many who had been following Him stop following Him, and He turned to those who remains and asked if they “would leave too?”
Their response was to whom shall we go, you have the words of eternal life.
And so my response is the same, ever the same.