Is the Bible a Rule Book?

Yesterday I wrote an extensive word about the public lecture of Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon at Elmhurst College on Wednesday night, April 27. There is so much that Gagnon said that is worth repeating but for now I will give one simple illustration.

After an hour plus on the subject of sexual ethics and purity he noted that many will say to me, "The Bible is not a rule book." Yes, he noted, this is true for sure. "But it does make commands." Then he said, "The purpose of the Bible is to make us whole." This was followed by the profound question: "Is there a word of grace here in the midst of all these requirements for sexual purity and covenantal fidelity within a one-woman and one-man relationship?" Gagnon answered, "Yes, all of it!"