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Seeking Perfection Not the Same as Professing It

Posted by thelamp on November 9, 2006

Pastor Ted Haggard’s recent, unfortunate fall from grace, which closely followed former Rep. Mark Foley’s scandalous communications with congressional pages, prompted many people to speculate that “values voters” have a problem with hypocrisy. That’s not the case at all.

Hypocrisy is the practice of professing beliefs, feelings or virtues that one does not hold or possess. The only perfect man ever to walk the earth was Jesus Christ, and values voters certainly don’t profess to have achieved His perfection.

As Bible-believers, values voters strive to achieve a society governed in accordance with Scripture. The Center for Moral Clarity believes that’s an admirable aspiration. Of course, goals are often beyond reach, which is why they are difficult to obtain.

The fact that individuals falter doesn’t mean that everyone should give up and quit trying. Nor does it mean that Americans of faith should close their Bibles and give up on efforts to preserve the institution of marriage. It’s like suggesting that parents shouldn’t teach their children the 10 Commandments because they, like most people, have probably broken one or two at some point in their lives. “God remains faithful despite the failings of his children – even those charged with leadership,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, president and founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “I urge us to remember that our standard is the Word of God, and it remains unshakable and irrefutable on the issue of marriage.”

Click here to read Pastor Parsley’s complete statement.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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