Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A "Blessing" for the Episcopalian Church

Yesterday, the Episcopalian church decided to allow gay couple "blessing" services.  Their Media Representative stated this about their decision:
We have authorized a blessing, and a blessing is different than a marriage," she said. "A blessing is a theological response to a monogamous, committed relationship.
There is one problem with that, and that problem is the Word of God.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20 NKJV
What makes matters worse is the margin by which this measure passed.  The Bishops voted 111-41 to pass it and in the more general assembly, 78% of laymen and 76% of clergy voted to pass it.  This is not only sad, this is disgusting.  What probably began as a little leaven has spread throughout that entire church from top to bottom. 

Today is a busy day and I have covered this same topic each time a new state or new church votes to attempt to rehabilitate what God calls an abomination so I am not going to rehash what I have already wrote and we all should already know.  Homosexuality is a sin.  Homosexual couples should not be celebrated or blessed and certainly not as a "theological response to a committed relationship."  I wonder what the source is for their so-called "theological response" because it is not the Bible.  The Word of God is clear that homosexuality is a sin.  Being in a homosexual couple is living that sin.  If the Bible had any relevance to the Episcopalian church, the "theological response" would be to share the truth that those relationships are an offense to God as is any sin.  To bless those relationships is not only direct defiance against what God has said, but it is dishonest to those who can be delivered from the sin you no longer call a sin. 

Let this be a warning to us all.  We can not be lax in what we allow in our churches.  I am sure this church did not just wake up one day and the vast majority of members and clergy believed this lie.  I am sure it crept in.  It started with a few dissenting voices that were not quashed or some living in sin who were still allowed to infect the flock.  Those dissenting voices always pick up a few who agree and those few pick up a few more and after some time, it reaches critical mass.  It becomes embedded in the church to the point where it can not be eradicated.  As for those allowed to live in sin inside the church, they bring in their friends also looking for a place where their sin is accepted and never confronted.  Then those friends bring in more friends and so on.  Soon, the church is infested with bad doctrine and members living in this.  The leaven spreads more and more to the point where you have more leaven than members who care to follow the Bible.  Those who do adhere to the Bible are marginalized and made to feel unwelcome.  They eventually leave leaving only the leaven. 

This does not happen in day, week, month, or even a year.  It is a process that takes years but it is a process happening in many of our churches.  Pastors, you are charged with leading your flock.  Remove the leaven to protect your flock.  Remove those who live lives of sin who refuse to repent or even admit their fault.  The Bible charges you with that obligation after giving ample opportunity to repent.  The body of Christ is infected, let us remove that cancer before it spreads too much to control.
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  Galatians 5:9 NKJV

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