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In Theory:

Conventional discussion

July 25, 2009

This controversy engulfing the Episcopal Church will become more prevalent, I’m afraid, as various denominations forsake the Bible as their rule for faith and practice. Churches have been drifting away from their biblical convictions on this issue for years.

Rather than boldly speaking God’s truth to our culture, we have allowed our culture to determine what is true for the church, and with disastrous consequences.

Here’s a dirty little secret that our more liberal clergy friends don’t usually mention: Everywhere homosexual practice is mentioned in the Bible, it is condemned.

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Though some seek to obfuscate, the Bible is clear. Unlike heterosexual sex, God never commends homosexual sex — ever. Therefore, I can only observe with sadness the bitter fruit produced when a denomination loses its way.

The church that weds itself to the culture finds itself orphaned in the next generation. In my view, this is what is happening to the Episcopal Church.

I pray better things for them. This is a very relevant subject not just for Anglicans and Episcopalians, but for me as well.

For a number of years, my own denomination proclaimed one thing and then did another regarding homosexual clergy. Ultimately, about 200 churches from the Pacific Southwest region of our denomination left, mine included.

Back then, we hosted Father Ron Jackson of St. Luke’s and listened intently as he described his frustration with his diocese over issues such as: the Lordship of Christ and the authority of the Bible versus the “plural nature of truth.”

The holy apostle warned us: “A time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching.

They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”

PASTOR JON T. KARN

Light on the Corner Church in Montrose

Many in my denomination and my congregation would disagree with me. But personally, I see these resolutions as a victory — a victory for homosexual rights and inclusivity, to be sure; but more importantly, a victory for honesty.

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