Letter: The word of God

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The Independent Culture
Sir: On the subject of homosexuality and the church ("Anglican Summit split on gay rights", 1 August) it is worth considering that usury is condemned by both Old and New Testaments at least as strongly as homosexuality.

If we object to homosexuals in the church, presumably we should also object to anyone involved in banking even if they are not gay.

We could take the view that usury can be stopped by the grace of God, albeit with pain and struggle, and that financial relationships between people should not include charging interest; after all it is the teaching of the Bible (and, until recently, of the church universal) that such activity is a barrier to God.

On the other hand, we could believe the church should accept and support or bless such practices and ordain people who have investment portfolios.