October 14, 2004
The Episcopal church's first openly homosexual bishop preached at a Washington area church a few days ago.
Bishop Gene Robinson says there is room in the denomination for those who believe homosexual practice is ok and those who do not.
The statement is so ridiculous on its face that it almost deserves no comment.
How far do you have to stretch doctrine before it becomes meaningless?
How can you simultaneously hold two mutually-exclusive ideas in your head or heart?
Would the bishop say it is ok to be married or divorced?
Ok to be chaste, or sexually permissive?
Ok to be honest and a liar?
Ok to believe in Jesus, or Buddha or nothing and still be assured for heaven?
This is what happens when denominations try to conform to the world and prefer the praise of men to the approval of God.
It is what happens when diversity, not sound doctrine become preeminent in any church or denomination.
Give me two or three sold out Christians in a tent and you can have your thousands in tweed jackets in white washed tombs with stained glass windows.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
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