An Episcopal bishop in upstate New York says the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda'" in a directive barring same-sex marriages in his diocese.
The pastoral directive. . .highlights lingering opposition three weeks before a resolution goes into effect setting rules for same-sex marriages in Episcopal churches nationwide. . .
"The Episcopal Church and Western Society have been hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda,' which is very well organized, very strategic, very well financed, and very powerful," [William] Love wrote in the eight-page letter. . .
Church leaders in July overwhelmingly passed the same-sex marriage resolution, which gives bishops with theological objections to same-sex marriages the option to have other clergy perform services. . .
Love is the only U.S. bishop refusing to comply with the new resolution.
Wow! Only one bishop in the Episcopal church is standing in opposition to this denomination's sale-out to the Gay Agenda. That is sad, but the pressure is on the entire visible church to do the same.
Here are some things to carefully think through related to the issue of gay marriage:
First, in order to fear God we must set our self in agreement with His Word on this issue. Clearly, the Bible teaches marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.
Next, the seventh commandment prohibits adultery. Adultery is any sexual relationship other than a man and a woman in the confines of marriage. The command is more far reaching than just the potential infidelity of a man and woman married to each other. This command encompasses two more applications to immoral behavior.
It condemns pre-marital sex between a man and a woman not yet married. It follows that the command condemns the practice of living together without a marriage covenant in the sight of God. In this case the behavior fails to honor the Lord with holy matrimony.
As well, it condemns unnatural sexual activity between a man and another man, or a woman with another woman. In this case the relationship is not between a man and a woman, which is condemned by the command's prohibition against any sexual behavior outside of natural marriage between a man and a woman. (Here is an interesting article on adultery you will find interesting)
Scripture expounds upon the seventh commandment in various passages related to the unnatural behavior of same sex relationships in such passages as Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:24-27.
Next, we need to clearly discern the problem of "not retaining God in our knowledge" as it pertains to sexual license (Cf. Romans 1:28). Herein lies the greater problem with the sin of homosexuality. In order to justify this behavior one must gradually push God out of his thinking completely.
This downward slide begins with a rejection of the clear teaching of Scripture. The authority of the Bible is displaced with man's opinion and the slippery slide into open rebellion against God is full speed ahead.
While only a small percentage of our population actually participates in degenerate sexual behavior a large part of our population is participating in rebellion against God when they are complicit with such behavior.
So how is the authentic church to respond to all this?
First, our loyalty is to the Word of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. As we stand for the truth of Scripture if persecution arises we should not be surprised (Matt. 5:10-12).
Next, we must maintain compassion for those caught up in the deception of the Gay Agenda. It is possible for those who are not yet reprobate to come out of this darkness and experience genuine conversion (Cf. 1 Cor. 6:9-11; note the word effeminate in verse 9 is a reference to homosexual behavior).
Next, our stand against sin should always be gracious. Our disposition should model the patience of Christ who would have all men saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. DO NOT ARGUE WITH FAMILY AND OTHERS WHO OPPOSE YOU. Simply bear witness to the truth and encourage them to acknowledge God's will in the matter.
As well, while we do not want to condone wrong behavior look for opportunities to interact with those caught up in this sin. They have no hope unless someone is concerned enough to befriend them in the interest of winning them to Christ. The Lord will show us how to go about such interaction as we lean upon him for wisdom.
Another huge issue connected to the Gay Agenda is our children. I will not back down on the urgency that exists to separate our children from the influence of the public school system.
I can produce article after article warning parents of the Gay Agenda in our government run schools. I ask Pastors and fellow believers: is it ok with you for a homosexual to teach your children? It is happening in more instances than you think.
Is it ok for your children to grow up in a school culture that most certainly endorses this behavior and is indoctrinating your children in ungodliness? We are placing our children in a school culture that is NOT conducive to producing young disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to say the least!
The attitudes now prevalent in the thinking of many young people ages 15 to 30 are the direct result of those children growing up at the feet of the ungodly. The wrong convictions of heart come from hearing error from the propagators of open rebellion against God, Christ, and His Word.
Some one explain to me how our dear children are supposed to think Biblically when the thousands of hours of their "education" is devoid of the Bible? Sadly we are now witnessing the departure of many of our own youth from the faith because the average professed Christian actually separated their children unto the world instead of Christ!!
One final thought is in order. We must engage this issue in the public forum because it threatens religious freedom like nothing else in our culture. Those promoting the Gay Agenda do not think anyone has the right to disagree with them. Left to their own devices they will destroy religious freedom in America.
The authentic church MUST NOT BOW DOWN TO THEIR INTIMIDATION. In this hour we must use our freedom to preserve our freedom by using the ballot box and the court system to fight the oppressive fascism fomented by these misguided individuals. Having done all to stand, may the Lord give us grace to hold back this evil is my prayer.