Thursday, July 9, 2009

Telling the Truth

Arguing in favor of same sex and relationship rituals, Bishop Stacy Sauls of Lexington, KY said:

I rise as a pastor and a canonist to speak in favor of advancing on same sex unions. 30 years ago we created the pastoral exception for divorce and remarriage. We did so despite the apparently clear teaching of scripture. We did it despite tradition. We must free the church from under the hypocrisy it is laboring...

He's telling the truth. 3o years ago, The Episcopal Church decided that the personal "issues" and histrionics of its affluent white base were more important than the Word of God. It is hypocrisy to deny that same license to its affluent white LGBTQ( ) base today.

But it is also the truth that all Episcopal clergy publicly swear "I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, containing all things necessary to salvation." So then, might we all turn in our spendy robes, exalted titles and other perks rather than engage in the hypocrisy of leading people away from the Word of God and away from salvation?

3 comments:

The Archer of the Forest said...

Well, points for being honest, I suppose.

It has been a while since I heard a bishop publicly argue that since we disobeyed scripture once and got away with it without getting zapped from on high, then we can do it again.

Ah, the fun of precedent.

The Underground Pewster said...

This type of argument used to be called "digging your own grave."

Perpetua said...

I agree with Underground Pester. His argument seems to be "Hey, we're not following scripture anymore anyway. So, why not?"

Seems like he is implicitly admitting that the scripturally based arguments for same-sex behavior are BS.