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The Amish Voice 3

one. There is none that

understandeth, there is none that

seeketh after God. They are all

gone out of the way, they are

together become unprofitable; there

is none that doeth good, no, not one

(Romans 3:10-12).

For all have sinned, and come short

of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

As you read the next scripture verse,

please do so carefully and let the Apostle

Paul’s words sink deep into your heart.

In fact, I ask you to read it twice. Slowly.

But by the grace of God I am what

I am (1 Corinthians 15:10).

This scripture first became real to me

when I was just 25 years old. I had been

invited to serve as one of several leaders

at our church congregation. At the time, I

felt far too young and wet behind the

ears; however, I accepted the invitation

and asked the Lord to use me for His

eternal glory. Soon thereafter, a member

in our church fell into the sin of adultery.

Everyone was devastated and sought the

Lord for direction. The church leaders

came together and discussed the biblical

way of handling this member who had

fallen. As we sat there in a circle, each

man taking his turn to share, an older

gray-haired deacon named Bill raised his

head and said the words which would

profoundly impact me for the rest of my

life: “but for the grace of God, there go


Dear reader, with that humbling thought

in mind, may I challenge you to consider

this fact: if you have never been tangled

up in the sin of sexual wickedness, such

as masturbation, incest, dirty magazines,

loose talk, fornication, adultery, or

homosexuality, then you might do well to

agree with the Apostle Paul and my gray-

haired deacon friend when they say:


by the grace of God I am what I am.

Let us continue our discussion on same

sex marriages, the Supreme Court ruling

and how that is affecting every person in

America, including those who live in the

Amish and Mennonite culture.

Many of us, including myself, have had

our heads buried in the sand when it

comes to Amish and Mennonite

homosexuality. We have said it just

won’t happen in these two cultures. But

the truth is, it is happening in those two

cultures! It is happening everywhere. It

is happening in all tongues, nations, and

cultures. Sadly, the Scripture tells us

clearly; it will get worse before it gets


Consider the following portions of God’s


This know also, that in the last days

perilous times shall come. For men

shall be lovers of their own



affection...despisers of those that are

good...lovers of pleasures more than

lovers of God (II Timothy 3:2-4).

Wherefore God also gave them up

to uncleanness through the lusts of

their own hearts, to dishonor their

own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a

lie...For this cause God gave them

up unto vile affections: for even their

women did change the natural use

into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving

the natural use of the woman,

burned in their lust one toward

another... (Romans 1:24-27).

I am not aware of any Amish churches in





membership. However, that is not the

case with all Mennonite

churches. There is one

Mennonite conference

(Mennonite USA) that

not only accepts the

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