This letter appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Politicians should not try to play God
I agree with Keith Coleman's letter "Not for us to modernise what the Bible teaches" (Mailbox, December 24).
Paul also said: "And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be silent." (1 Timothy, chapter 1 verse 12).
In Deuteronomy, chapter 12 verse 32: "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it, you shall not add to it nor take away from it".
Ecclesiastes, chapter 3 verse 14: "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."
The Bible is God's holy word but today it seems many clergy and bishops think they know better and want to add to it with current thinking, such as on equality.
If God had wanted women to be clergy and bishops, then it would say so in the Bible.
At the end of the day, it is high time the modernisers accepted that there is only one authority for the church and their ministries and that is the word of God.
I, too, look forward with interest to the debate and vote in the Commons.
No doubt we will see politicians who agree with it and wanting to act as God and instil their views and will upon the country.
How many politicians have actually asked the public what they think? I have nothing against gay people. If they choose to live that lifestyle, then that is their choice.
Kevin Fletcher, Coalville