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1 “The U.S. Episcopal Church belongs to the Anglican Communion, the worldwide association of 22 separate national Anglican churches that each act indepen- dently alongside the original Anglican body, the Church of England. “The U.S. church sparked international debate Aug. 5 by electing the first openly gay bishop in the church's history, a move critics warn could split the worldwide Anglican church.” ( © 2003 Maranatha Christian News Service “The U.S. Episcopal Church belongs to the Anglican Communion, the worldwide association of 22 separate national Anglican churches that each act indepen- dently alongside the original Anglican body, the Church of England. “The U.S. church sparked international debate Aug. 5 by electing the first openly gay bishop in the church's history, a move critics warn could split the worldwide Anglican church.” ( © 2003 Maranatha Christian News Service

2 “A clergyman who left his wife and two daughters for a male lover would become the first openly homosexual priest elected an Episcopal bishop if he prevails in a contest in New Hampshire.” (“Gay Episcopal priest nears election as bishop,” By Julia Duin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, June 06, r.htm) “A clergyman who left his wife and two daughters for a male lover would become the first openly homosexual priest elected an Episcopal bishop if he prevails in a contest in New Hampshire.” (“Gay Episcopal priest nears election as bishop,” By Julia Duin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, June 06, r.htm)

3 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP

4 I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 “One who lies with a male as with a female, a sodomite” (Thayer, p. 75) homosexuals, nor sodom- ites "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 sodom- ites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”(1 Cor. 6:9-10, NKJV) A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27

5 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God churches with the divine decree of God

6 "It is obvious that Christians sometimes disagree about scriptural instruction, even in matters of considerable moral and doctrinal import. In spite of these disagreements, we work and worship together, leaving many matters of individual judgment in the hands of God.” (Ed Harrell, “The Bounds of Christian Unity,” Christianity Magazine, May, 1989, p. 6, all emphasis mine, sw)

7 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 II. THE INFLUENCE OF MODERNISM, Rom.1:16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 12:48

8 “Jesus Christ, as portrayed in some New Testament passages, is `narrow-minded’ and ‘vindictive.’ The Gospel writers ‘twisted’ the facts concerning Jesus’ resurrection, which was never meant to be taken literally. The virgin birth of Christ is an unthinkable notion, and there is not much value in the doctrine of the Trinity, or in the belief that Jesus Christ was sent to save fallen humanity from sin. St. Paul [sic], the missionary to the Gentiles, was a repressed and `self- loathing’ homosexual…. “…Those are assertions offered by a bishop of America’s Episcopal Church, John Spong of Newark, N.J…” (Time, Feb. 18, 1991, p. 66) “Jesus Christ, as portrayed in some New Testament passages, is `narrow-minded’ and ‘vindictive.’ The Gospel writers ‘twisted’ the facts concerning Jesus’ resurrection, which was never meant to be taken literally. The virgin birth of Christ is an unthinkable notion, and there is not much value in the doctrine of the Trinity, or in the belief that Jesus Christ was sent to save fallen humanity from sin. St. Paul [sic], the missionary to the Gentiles, was a repressed and `self- loathing’ homosexual…. “…Those are assertions offered by a bishop of America’s Episcopal Church, John Spong of Newark, N.J…” (Time, Feb. 18, 1991, p. 66)

9 “The Episcopal Church has largely been taken over by modernism. A majority of the leaders hold rationalistic beliefs, denying the perfect inspiration of the Bible and denying or questioning Christ's deity, virgin birth, resur- rection, and other Bible miracles, yet they are allowed to remain in good standing within the denomination. In the first half of the 20th century, Episcopal Bishop James Pike denied all of the major tenants of the Christian faith. He said, `Religious myth is one of the avenues of faith and has an important place in the communication of the Gospel’ and he spoke of the ‘myth’ of the Garden of Eden and the ‘myth’ of the virgin birth. Pike said, ‘I have abandoned ship on the doctrine of the Trinity. I have jettisoned the doctrine of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ’ (Christian Beacon, Mar ).” ( kjcepisc. htm Episcopal Church, Way of Life Literature, my emph, sw) kjcepisc. htm “The Episcopal Church has largely been taken over by modernism. A majority of the leaders hold rationalistic beliefs, denying the perfect inspiration of the Bible and denying or questioning Christ's deity, virgin birth, resur- rection, and other Bible miracles, yet they are allowed to remain in good standing within the denomination. In the first half of the 20th century, Episcopal Bishop James Pike denied all of the major tenants of the Christian faith. He said, `Religious myth is one of the avenues of faith and has an important place in the communication of the Gospel’ and he spoke of the ‘myth’ of the Garden of Eden and the ‘myth’ of the virgin birth. Pike said, ‘I have abandoned ship on the doctrine of the Trinity. I have jettisoned the doctrine of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ’ (Christian Beacon, Mar ).” ( kjcepisc. htm Episcopal Church, Way of Life Literature, my emph, sw) kjcepisc. htm

10 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 II. THE INFLUENCE OF MODERNISM, Rom.1:16; 2Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 12:48 III. THE LEAVEN OF UNITY-IN-DIVERSITY DOCTRINE

11 “‘The electing convention in New Hampshire was well aware Gene Robinson was a homo- sexual living in a partnership,’ said Mark Hollingsworth, a delegate from Massachu- setts. ‘They made a decision that deserves your support. There is no such thing as unity without diversity. “‘We must not be intimidated about threats of schism. Those concerned about this election are not concerned about unity, but uniformity. There is no such thing as unity without diversity.’" (Pioneer Press, Aug. 02, 2003, “EPISCOPALIAN GENERAL CONVENTION: Gay bishop's election tests church unity,” by Stephen Scott, my emph, sw, “‘The electing convention in New Hampshire was well aware Gene Robinson was a homo- sexual living in a partnership,’ said Mark Hollingsworth, a delegate from Massachu- setts. ‘They made a decision that deserves your support. There is no such thing as unity without diversity. “‘We must not be intimidated about threats of schism. Those concerned about this election are not concerned about unity, but uniformity. There is no such thing as unity without diversity.’" (Pioneer Press, Aug. 02, 2003, “EPISCOPALIAN GENERAL CONVENTION: Gay bishop's election tests church unity,” by Stephen Scott, my emph, sw,

12 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 II. THE INFLUENCE OF MODERNISM, Rom.1:16; 2Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 12:48 III. THE LEAVEN OF UNITY-IN-DIVERSITY DOCTRINE

13 "Voting for him will move us forward as a church just like the ordination of women did." (Coleman McGhee, retired bishop of Michigan, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, page A10, via Kent Heaton, my emph, sw)

14 Brenda Chrane - Minister of Congregational Care. Your best source for information about how to get involved in a Highland ministry. Mary Lee Mattis - Minister of Adult Faith Formation. Among other things, equips the teachers of our adult classes. Marti O'Rear - Children's Minister. Leads the ministry team that loves and teaches our children, birth- 5th grade. Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, TX 17

15 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 II. THE INFLUENCE OF MODERNISM, Rom.1:16; 2Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 12:48 III. THE LEAVEN OF UNITY-IN-DIVERSITY DOCTRINE, 1 Tim. 2:12

16 “I appreciate the dignified way in which my fellow priests, the Rev. Hill Riddle and the Rev. Andrew Rollins, agree to disagree on the question of the Episcopal Church's affir- mation of our first openly gay bishop, the Rev. Gene Rob- inson of New Hampshire (Other Opinions, Aug. 8). “In agreeing with the Rev. Riddle on this issue, I could argue that the overwhelming emphasis on inclusion in the New Testament trumps the two or three passages from St. Paul that may condemn homosexuality… “I could argue further that every time the church has moved in the direction of inclusion it has been strengthen- ed, in spite of tremendous controversy early on. But my primary reason for agreeing with the Rev. Riddle is personal. Nearly 30 years ago my first marriage ended in a divorce I did not choose. With two children and a lot of love for family life, I chose to disobey not just Paul but Jesus himself and get re-married. “I appreciate the dignified way in which my fellow priests, the Rev. Hill Riddle and the Rev. Andrew Rollins, agree to disagree on the question of the Episcopal Church's affir- mation of our first openly gay bishop, the Rev. Gene Rob- inson of New Hampshire (Other Opinions, Aug. 8). “In agreeing with the Rev. Riddle on this issue, I could argue that the overwhelming emphasis on inclusion in the New Testament trumps the two or three passages from St. Paul that may condemn homosexuality… “I could argue further that every time the church has moved in the direction of inclusion it has been strengthen- ed, in spite of tremendous controversy early on. But my primary reason for agreeing with the Rev. Riddle is personal. Nearly 30 years ago my first marriage ended in a divorce I did not choose. With two children and a lot of love for family life, I chose to disobey not just Paul but Jesus himself and get re-married.

17 “Even though Jesus says that a remarried man commits adultery, the church blessed my second marriage and gave me and my new family (as well as my former wife) full support. As my second wife and I set out to raise four young children, this support proved essential. “I want for my gay sisters and brothers what the church gave to us. If they choose to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship, I want the Episcopal Church to give them its liturgical blessing -- but, more important, its blessing of love and support. The acceptance of the new bishop of New Hampshire will help our church along its way into yet another kind of inclusion.” (The Rev. William Barnwell, The Time-Picayune, letters to the editor, 8/13/03, my emph, sw, “Even though Jesus says that a remarried man commits adultery, the church blessed my second marriage and gave me and my new family (as well as my former wife) full support. As my second wife and I set out to raise four young children, this support proved essential. “I want for my gay sisters and brothers what the church gave to us. If they choose to commit themselves to a lifelong relationship, I want the Episcopal Church to give them its liturgical blessing -- but, more important, its blessing of love and support. The acceptance of the new bishop of New Hampshire will help our church along its way into yet another kind of inclusion.” (The Rev. William Barnwell, The Time-Picayune, letters to the editor, 8/13/03, my emph, sw,

18 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 II. THE INFLUENCE OF MODERNISM, Rom.1:16; 2Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 12:48 III. THE LEAVEN OF UNITY-IN-DIVERSITY DOCTRINE, 1 Tim. 2:12; Matt. 19:9; Eph. 4:3 IV. A CHURCH’S INFLUENCE

19 “‘Looking at the vast collection of coverage this church has been getting,’ Dean George Werner told the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies in remarks on the last day of General Convention, ‘this Sunday may be one of the greatest if not the best missionary Sundays in the history of the church.’” (“Editorial writers praise, pan Episcopal Church’s decisions,” by Jan Nunley, recent, but no date, Grace Online, my emph, sw, enrichment/wires/w1.shtml)http://www.gracecathedral.org/ enrichment/wires/w1.shtml) “‘Looking at the vast collection of coverage this church has been getting,’ Dean George Werner told the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies in remarks on the last day of General Convention, ‘this Sunday may be one of the greatest if not the best missionary Sundays in the history of the church.’” (“Editorial writers praise, pan Episcopal Church’s decisions,” by Jan Nunley, recent, but no date, Grace Online, my emph, sw, enrichment/wires/w1.shtml)http://www.gracecathedral.org/ enrichment/wires/w1.shtml)

20 EPISCOPALIAN HOMOSEXUAL BISHOP I. THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 4:17; Phil. 1:27; Jn. 12:48 A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote A. The church is ruled by the word of God, not by the vote of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 of man! 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:21-27 B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or B. Confusing the actions or words of a group of men or churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 churches with the divine decree of God, Matt. 15:13-14 II. THE INFLUENCE OF MODERNISM, Rom.1:16; 2Tim. 3:16-17; Jn. 12:48 III. THE LEAVEN OF UNITY-IN-DIVERSITY DOCTRINE, 1 Tim. 2:12; Matt. 19:9; Eph. 4:3 IV. A CHURCH’S INFLUENCE, Phil. 2:12-16 V. ACCEPTANCE IN PLACE OF CALLING FOR REPENTANCE, Jn. 9:19-22; 12:42; Mk. 1:15; Acts 17:30; Jn. 1:29


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