Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Sad State of False Prophets

Last Sunday's Old Testament lesson included Deuteronomy 18:20, in which God warns against:

...any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded...

The surest sign that a prophet is "false" is that his/her word does not come to pass - that it is from the human imagination rather than the mouth of God.

So compare this 2003 word by just-elected gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson...

Mr Robinson described himself as "calm but joyous" after the vote, and said he hoped the decision would lead to growth rather than a split in the church.

and his prayer at the Presidential Inaugural events...

"O God of our many understandings... Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world."

with today's news:

The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire...wrote a letter to his diocesan clergy and lay leaders describing what he calls “agonizing decisions” to reduce clergy time, eliminate support staff, and scale back ministries. “Dear friends, I know that these days are so very difficult,” wrote Robinson.

“We, too, have been wrestling with our budget, trying to discern how to maintain staff and mission while facing the prospects of a diminished income...

and the membership and attendance stats of his diocese since 2002.

h/ts VirtueOnLine and MCJ.

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