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Don't repeat the mistake on page 847 of The Prayer Book . Here is what God really requires from the chosen people:
A series of essays toward General Convention 2003 and beyond
Are Homosexuals Not To Receive the Kingdom of God?
From The Virginia Episcopalian, November 2010, page 2
[In his September 2010 letter to The Virginia Episcopalian], **** ***** has taken one group of people (homosexuals) out of a group of people whom Paul in I Corinthians 6:9-10 names as not receiving the Kingdom of God. There are, however, others who will not receive the Kingdom as well, including fornicators (people having sex outside of marriage), idolaters, adulterers (people having sex with others than their original spouses, as remarriage is not allowed unless it was due to the death of the FIRST spouse), male prostitutes (I guess the “Working Girls” get a pass [and I am not being snarky, but following Mr. *****’s lead]), sodomites (anyone who has intimate relations in any other position than “missionary”), thieves (Wall Street Robber Barons can forget it), the greedy (see previous), drunkards, revilers or robbers.
While I understand the desire to use Paul’s words to define one’s position, I personally like to look to Jesus’ words, as we are Christians, not Paulians. Jesus, in John 3:16-17, said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
So, if one uses Mr. ******’s belief of Paul’s letter to Corinth, a majority of Episcopalians will not make it in, simply based on an old joke: “How many Episcopalians does it take to change a light bulb? Four, and there is always a fifth!”
Mr. ***** also states that “marriage, already gravely threatened, is about to be further devalued if the left has its way.” In the annals of history, this was a position used to keep folks of different races from getting married. And, if I am not mistaken, homosexuals have not done any damage to the venerable institution of marriage – heterosexuals have damaged it quite nicely on their own.
There is always resistance to change, and traditions sometimes need to be changed. Traditionally, African Americans were not allowed to worship in the same place with others who did not look like them. Traditionally, interracial couples’ marriages were not considered legal under the color of the law. Traditionally, it was deemed perfectly acceptable to discriminate against anyone who was not white and male. Thankfully, those traditions, which had to basis in reason OR in the Bible, have changed.
Let’s stop using the Bible to divide and conquer. Let’s follow these words of Paul, who stated in his letter to the Galatians “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” While I understand wanting to leave, Mr. ****, why not stay, because in Christ, we are one.
Guy S. Johnson
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