As I’ve said, I am not, nor ever have been an Episcopalian. However, this particular denomination is a kind of benchmark on the ‘faith pulse’ of the church world in the United States…much like how Rick Warren is taking Christianity and wringing it out like a wet rag.
What’s going on? The Episcopal Church has had an uprising with ordaining gays in committed relationships, not just plain ol’ gays, but ones that have a significant other. Somehow that makes it better or worse? Episcopalians declared gays and lesbians eligible for “any ordained ministry, in a vote at the Episcopal General Convention this week.
“God has called and may call” gays in committed relationships to “any ordained ministry” in the Episcopal Church, the resolution says. That is according to Man, not according to the Bible.
There is a bottom line….be patient.
The Bible has clearly said that God considers homosexuality an impurity, a stench, an abomination. However, the homosexual community says that the ‘thorn in the flesh’ of the Apostle Paul was homosexual perversion, even though there is no evidence that points to that. It’s just wishful thinking on their part. The Scripture clearly states in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10:
”7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong,” KJV.
Simply, this bit of scripture says that we are to not exalt ourselves in overcoming sin; we are to look to Christ and the Cross only. There is NOTHING regarding the Apostle Paul being a homosexual. Then the homosexual community says that since the New Covenant, all is under Grace, even homosexual perversion. NOT even close. The Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:
“9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God,” KJV.
There is forgiveness for homosexuality, not acceptance.
The bottom line is this: The Episcopal Church ordains gays like Katherine Ragsdale who is a practicing lesbian that takes minor girls to abortion clinics. What the Episcopal Church has done is set a benchmark for radical gays and lesbians to have their say in the pulpit regarding acceptance in all things, including homosexual perversion and abortion. They may have their pulpit now, but they will taste death and be in the depths of hell if they do not repent.
When the Rapture happens, many will remain – standing right behind the pulpit.