An example of a Church caring more about being politically correct than Biblically correct. Gay Marriage

Posted: July 11, 2012 in Bible, Christianity, God, heaven, Jesus, Life, Thoughts, Thoughts on God

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Church HDR (Photo credit: I_am_Allan [been gone for a few weeks])

I just cannot understand how a Church that reads the same Bible as I do can condone same sex marriage. The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV): “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters, nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”  I’m not a homophobe, I just cannot understand how a Church can use the parts of the Bible they want to so they can satisfy their own desires, and ignore the rest of God’s instruction manual. To me it’s like taking a recipe and using only half of the ingredients and wanting the food to taste great.

I’m sure someone will read this and call me a hater, but that is partially true, I love the sinner, but hate the sin. Please take a look at the article below by USA today and see what a Church that refuses to obey the laws of the Lord looks like.



Episcopalians approved a churchwide ceremony Tuesday to bless same-sex couples, the latest decisive step toward accepting homosexuality by a denomination that nine years ago elected the first openly gay bishop.


  • Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, right, and his partner of 17 years, Kerry Brady, sit in the Episcopal Church of St. Jude in Wantagh, N.Y. On Tuesday, Episcopalians approved a ceremony to bless same-sex couples.2011 AP photo

    Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, right, and his partner of 17 years, Kerry Brady, sit in the Episcopal Church of St. Jude in Wantagh, N.Y. On Tuesday, Episcopalians approved a ceremony to bless same-sex couples.

2011 AP photo

Rev. Christopher D. Hofer, right, and his partner of 17 years, Kerry Brady, sit in the Episcopal Church of St. Jude in Wantagh, N.Y. On Tuesday, Episcopalians approved a ceremony to bless same-sex couples.

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At the Episcopal General Convention, which is divided into two voting bodies, about 80% of the House of Deputies voted to authorize a provisional rite for same-sex unions for the next three years. A day earlier, the House of Bishops approved the rites 111-41 with three abstentions during the church meeting in Indianapolis.


Supporters of the same-sex blessings insisted it was not a marriage ceremony despite any similarities. Called “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” the ceremony includes prayers and an exchange of vows and rings. Same-sex couples must complete counseling before having their unions or civil marriages blessed by the church.


Other mainline Protestant churches have struck down barriers to gay ordination in recent years or allowed individual congregations to celebrate gay or lesbian unions. However, only one major U.S. Protestant group, the United Church of Christ, has endorsed same-sex marriage outright.


In a separate vote Monday, the full Episcopal convention approved new anti-discrimination language for transgendered people that cleared the way for transgendered clergy.


“I believe the Episcopal Church will continue to evolve on the issue of marriage equality and look forward to joining our UCC brothers and sisters in being a headlight instead of taillight on marriage equality,” said the Rev. Susan Russell, an Episcopal priest and longtime gay advocate in the denomination.


Under the new policy, each Episcopal bishop will decide whether to allow the ceremonies in his or her local diocese. A provision dubbed a conscience clause bars any penalties for Episcopalians who oppose its use.


Six states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage and three more states could do so this year, while 30 states have passed constitutional amendments limiting marriage to unions between a man and a woman.


Episcopalians had already blazed a trail — and caused an uproar — in 2003 by consecrating New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican world. While Robinson went on to become a powerful symbol for gay rights, the Anglican Communion began splintering, and has continued to do so ever since.


The New York-based Episcopal Church is the U.S. body of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion. Episcopal conservatives responded to Robinson’s ordination by creating a rival denomination, the Anglican Church in North America, under the guidance of like-minded Anglican leaders overseas. Anglican leaders had asked Episcopalians for a moratorium on electing another gay or lesbian bishop as the communion struggled to stay together. Episcopalians agreed, but three years ago voted to lift the temporary ban.


A spokeswoman for the leader of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, said she would not comment Tuesday.


During the debate Tuesday, opponents argued that adopting an official liturgy amounted to an endorsement of same-sex marriage with no theological justification for doing so. Episcopal church law and Book of Common Prayer still define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.


“It is being seen as a marriage rite even though I was told that is not intended,” said the Rev. Sharon Lewis, from the Diocese of Southwest Florida delegation.


The Rev. David Thurlow of the Diocese of South Carolina, which has withdrawn from some councils of the national church in protest of its theological direction, said the church was “marching off not only completely out of step with, but completely out of line with, the faith once delivered to the saints.”


Yet, with the departure of many Episcopal conservatives from the denomination, even critics of the resolution acknowledged that they were unlikely to stop the measure.


In one of several emotional appeals for passage, Pete Ross, a lay delegate from the Diocese of Michigan, described an earlier hearing on same-sex blessings when a man spoke about his lifelong male partner, who had recently died.


“He told us the anniversary they celebrated in their relationship was when they signed their mortgage,” Ross said, choking back tears. “It’s time for our church to honor these lifelong commitments.”


The official liturgy for same-sex blessings has been in development since 2009, when it was authorized by the last General Convention. Some bishops had already created rites for the ceremonies for use in their own dioceses. But the prayers approved Tuesday are the first such official prayers for use by the entire church, which claims just under 2 million members.


The liturgy can be used starting Dec. 2, the first Sunday in Advent.

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