Sunday, June 22, 2014

A news story with a breathtaking amount of theological error in just five short paragraphs

I am reproducing this article in its entirety....

Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

WASHINGTON –  An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral.

The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.

The Right Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, will preside at the service. It's part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month.

The service will also include readings and prayers from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, says he hopes Partridge's appearance "will send a symbolic message in support of greater equality for the transgender community."

Wow.

A human priest?

A national cathedral?

A "transgender" elder?

A practicing homosexual bishop?

An ostensibly Christian cathedral celebrating a month of taking pride in open rebellion and sin against God?

A dude presuming to carry the title "Very Reverend"?

I am not sure which "readings" will be read but I am pretty sure which ones will not be. Or maybe some contemporary modifications like this one:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them except for some people that he made male that were really female and female that were really male assuming that at some point in the future they cold apply for gender reassignment surgery. Hey, just because he is God doesn't mean he doesn't make a mistake now and then. (Genesis 1:27, New Revised Kindler Gentler Version)

Honestly, in a news story that short I am not sure you could fit more error into it unless you added in a sentence about child sacrifice.

I need to go back to bed.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

yet another (daily & expected) example of apostasy...Isiah 5:20 "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!"

Todd

Flagrant Regard said...

Christians who think homosexual behaviour is still classified as sinful are a dying breed.

The fact is this however: just because we are being told via gay agenda groups and popular media that XYZ is as normal as ABC does not make it normal.

An incredibly thick and vision-distorting wool appears to be falling over the eyes of far too many Christians - evangelicals included.

But the greater problem is that there is great error on both sides of the argument that just muddy up the issues even further.

Some Christians expend far too much energy on decrying homosexuality as sin while ignoring the human beings that are broken and in need of finding their identity in Christ first and foremost - over and above their sexual inclination/identification issues. They see homosexuals (but not fraudsters, gossipers, liars or even violent offenders) as being on the brink of hell-fire and nothing more past that.

And then there are those Christians who - as you stated - want to believe that God is kinder or gentler than He was, say, a few years ago. After all, if sycophantic Christians can accept homosexuality as just another type of normal, then surely God has to as well, right? God wouldn't think to judge someone for what they are or were born as, right? (The whole 'born that way' is a crock in a majority of cases).

There is so much wrong with both of these approaches because there is a shortage of real biblical, prayerful and logical examination of the views being bandied about out there in the blogospheres of the world. A lot of opinion and very little research - again, on both sides.

As Christians, we have to engage all the men and women in our life in fruitful discussions that points them in the direction of the Spirit of Christ - WHOSE FUNCTION IS TO CONVICT THE WORLD OF SIN. Not us. We're to love, aid and support ALL humankind. We should concentrate our efforts in representing the Saviour's love AND holiness first and foremost in front of the watching world. If people see that our identity is rooted in Christ and not in our sexual proclivity, denominational preferences, doctrinal theses or whatever, we will be extending the right kind of light into the darkness around us.

(Yes, there are wrong sexual behaviours that merit God's disfavour but if heterosexual Christians think their slate is cleaner, they are really deceived and doing no one any good spiritually. Blind guides, Jesus might call them. We ALL sin and in so many ways it's stupefying.)

We must be salt and light - that's it. You can't shove natural light into a room by force, you must simply open the door and let it in. Same goes for spiritual illumination.

Thanks for your post today. Just two points to consider. One: you spelled 'could' wrong in the bolded sentence near the end. The other is that maybe lumping the current leniency of the Christian church and child sacrifice together was a hair over-the-top. There is - in the social sense - a hierarchy of sin with respect to its degree of harmfulness. Just sayin'...

Feel free to check out our latest post on the whole 'World Pride Week' thing going on here in Toronto this year. Your comments would be very welcome!

http://flagrantregard.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/pride-isnt-it-one-of-the-seven-deadlies/

Best to you,
FR