I greatly enjoy your writings. Your openness does not in anyway diminish my appreciation & respect for your person. Rather, you & others encourage me to be more open as well. I was wary you may call my question judgemental, but thanks for welcoming my direct Bible view query.
As Christians, we cannot be dismissive of the Scriptures (OT & NT) as being old fashion. We cannot absolve ourselves of most of its moral tenets (that are still applicable to us today) while still calling ourselves Christians.
Some of the answers I’ll give were explained by a younger Christian. I read a review of her book & then bought the book from Amazon in 2015.
DISTIRTION — by Chelsen Vicari
Here is the review, http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/48678-the-new-christian-left-is-twisting-the-gospel
Rom 6:1 — 4 (New Living Translation)
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?
4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
2Timothy 3:16 — 17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
DISCLOSURE: Now in my 50s, I’ve been married for over 24 years to the same one girl of my dreams. Both before & after, there is no way I could ever comprehend or even think of sex outside of marriage. It wasn’t even a temptation to me. It was a choice I made. And God gave me the grace to do His will.
The world may think otherwise, but if we are Christians and want to preserve the sanctity of God’s word & the marriage institution, the no adultery & no fornication (even though they are not the greatest of sins) clauses stay in.
God bless you.