The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bishop goes to Washington

When V. Gene Robinson became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church in 2003, his election triggered fears of schism across the worldwide Anglican Communion. Hundreds of parishes left the Episcopal Church in protest. After his Jan. 5 retirement, he's moving from New Hampshire to Washington, D.C. Robinson foresees a new role as a bridge builder. First up: helping his new church home, St. Thomas Parish in Dupont Circle, found a Center for Non-Violent Communication. For Robinson, causes from gay rights to the environment and a robust social safety net fall under a single rubric: defending the vulnerable.


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 3:30 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/2/2013

Congratulations to the congregations who left in protest.  The only question is whether they had any real alternative, i.e. could they have fought for the Episcopal Church to return to the teachings of the Bible on this issue?

The Bible clearly condemns homosexual behavior as sin.  "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."  Lev 18:22. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." Romans 1:26-27.  See also Gen 19: 4-8, 15, 24; Lev 20: 13; Deut 23:17; 1 Cor 6:9, 10; 1 Tim 1: 8-11; Jude 1: 6-7.

It is our duty to lovingly point out to homosexuals that this conduct is sin and that the way out of sin is to seek forgiveness through the blood and sacrifice of Christ. 1 Cor. 6: 11. To follow the path. of denying the scripture's teachings, which the Episcopal Church has chosen, is to assist homosexuals on a path to hell.  1 Cor. 6: 9-10.


Note: Donald Bohlken edited this post at 3:30 pm on 1/2/2013.

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