Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Gay Priests in the Episcopal Church

"The congregation of Grace Church is one of more than three dozen across the country that have left the Episcopal Church USA since it approved in 2003 the election of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, who has a same-sex partner.
Pascoe and his flock joined the Diocese of Rwanda, which has been recruiting unhappy Episcopalian parishes since 2000. The Anglican Mission in America, a branch of the Rwandan church, claims 87 congregations, of which half were once members of the U.S. Episcopal Church, mission spokesman Jay Greener says.
Other U.S. congregations have joined Anglican dioceses in Uganda, Brazil and Bolivia.
By Easter, April 16, Grace's congregation will have to leave its church building and worship elsewhere. Pascoe will ultimately be defrocked, says Canon Kurt Dunkle of the Diocese of Florida, to which Grace Church belongs. The U.S. church does not recognize the authority of overseas bishops to oversee U.S. parishes. " --From an article by Martha T. Moore, USA Today

May God Bless the Rev. Sam Pascoe for not waivering and standing on the Word of God. He is losing everything, including his home. This is persecution right here in America. Sam Pascoe refuses to stand in agreement with a denomination that ordains an openly gay priest. Later on in the article this appears..
"In 50 years, this will blow over, and there will be attempts to reconcile," says the Rev. Bill Coats, a pastoral associate in the Diocese of Newark, N.J., which was one of the first to accept gay clergy. "The whole country is changing on the subject of gays and lesbians. You can't have Brokeback Mountain (a successful movie about gay cowboys) and think that America has not been shifting on this." --From an article by Martha T. Moore, USA Today

I have news for the Rev. Bill Coats. America may have changed, but God has not changed. Homosexuality is still wrong, it is still a sin. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
It is my prayer that as Rev. Pascoe embarks on this new stage of his life, he and his family be greatly blessed. May God bless all who stand up for the truth.

4 comments:

Democracy Lover said...

I applaud the Episcopal Church USA for having the courage to realize that God does not create humans only to deny them full humanity and full participation in the church because of how He created them.

Jesus did not condemn people because of who they were. He embraced them and loved them and accepted them. Yes, homosexuals can commit sexual sin, but so can heterosexuals. They can also live in healthy long-term relationships with a committed partner. It is our homophobia and discrimination that is the problem, and the Episcopal Church is leading the Christian community toward the solution.

human#3743484738 said...

I know homosexuality is a touchy issue, and it seems so black and white, but is it possible that in 100 years people will look back on our treatment of gays and lesbians in the same way that we look back at the Christians who participated in slavery and segregation? The Bible was probably used to justify these things as well(especially slavery which is given the green light in both testaments and by Jesus himself).

I realize slavery and segregation really can't compare to homosexual rights but I think there might be a little truth in that comparison.

It is All About Jesus said...

Homosexuality is black and white. God said it is wrong, therefore it is wrong. That is it. We do not have the option of picking and choosing what part of the Bible we choose to believe. It is all or nothing. You either believe it is God's Word or you don't.

It is All About Jesus said...

I do not have a problem with homosexuals,just the homosexuality. They too can be saved. But it is wrong to think that they can be born again and openly gay, or practicing homosexuality. It is made very clear in God's word that those who practice homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God.Sinning and practicing sin is 2 different things, when we read in the Bible that something is wrong, if we love God we will not practice doing those things. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. " 1 Corinthians 6:9-10