May 4, 2007
Question: what kind of church would accept an unrepentant sinner as a candidate for possible ordination? If you guessed Episcopal church, you are correct.
James McGreevy, the former governor of New Jersey, who resigned after it was disclosed he was having an affair with another man he put on the state payroll, has begun the process of becoming an Episcopal priest.
The church can hardly keep him out after it ordained Gene Robinson as its first openly homosexual priest, a decision that continues to split the denomination and has caused many to leave and affiliate with more conservative – which is to say Bible-believing – denominations.
McGreevy was raised Roman Catholic. Last Sunday he joined St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal church in Manhattan. The vicar of that church, reverend Kevin Bean, says McGreevy has entered the “discernment” phase, which involves examining whether one has a calling to ministry. I think I can safely say that God doesn’t call unrepentant sinners to the ministry and if McGreevy hears such a voice, it isn’t God’s.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.