This news from Reuters today:
(Reuters) – The Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles ordained an openly lesbian bishop on Saturday, a move likely to stoke further tensions between liberals and conservatives in the deeply divided global Anglican Communion.
…is growing evidence of just how far the mainstream churches have fallen from a biblical worldview. Ordaining women into the clergy is one thing that certainly is far from being universally accepted yet doesn’t quite fall into the realm of brazen heresy. There are legitimate biblical viewpoints both for and against women in ministry.
What is clear is that the practice of homosexuality is sin ( Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:24,26,27). It is impossible to say that the bible approves of homosexuality so one must either deny the scriptures the authority to speak in that area or attempt to so cloud the issues that the clear intent of the passages become the exact opposite of what they clearly say. In other words, the flagrant homosexual pretending to be Christian must either deny the Scriptures’ authority over his/her behavior or they must invent a “new” way of interpreting the bible so that it doesn’t say what it actually does say.
A rough definition of sin might be expressed thus: “I know what the Scriptures say, but I don’t like it, so I’ll do what I want anyway.” Romans 1:32 has God’s reply:
32 Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
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