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“Church of England Would Collapse without Gay Clergy”
AUDIO BROADCAST: The Church of England Would Collapse Without Gay Clergy
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Dr. Alan Cairns

The ordination of openly avowed and practicing homosexual Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire split the worldwide Anglican Communion wide open. Where all the turmoil and talk of separate communions will end it is difficult to say. Meanwhile, the homosexual bishop of New Hampshire has been on a visit to England and has been stoking the flames of controversy.

Robinson, who was once married and is divorced and is living with his homosexual partner said that he found it mystifying that the mother Church of the Anglican Communion was unable to be honest about the number of gay clergy in its ranks. He said that many of the English Church's clergy lived openly in their rectories with gay partners, with the full knowledge of their bishops. But he criticized the stance of bishops who threaten the clergy with enmity should their relationships become public. Speaking in an interview in London, Robinson said: "I have met so many gay-partnered clergy here and it is so troubling to hear them tell me that their bishop comes to their house for dinner, knows fully about their relationship, is wonderfully supportive but has also said, ‘If this ever becomes public then I'm your worst enemy.' It's a terrible way to live your life and I think it's a terrible way to be a Church. I think integrity is so important. What does it mean for a clergy-person to be in a pulpit calling the parishioners to a life of integrity when they can't even live a life of integrity with their own bishop and their own Church? So I would feel better about the Church of England's stance, its reluctance to support the Episcopal Church in what it has done, if it would at least admit that this not just an American challenge. If all the gay people stayed away from church on a given Sunday the Church of England would be close to shut down, between its organists, its clergy, its wardens . . . it just seems less than humble not to admit that."

Robinson's sanctimonious rantings are enough to make you sick. Here is a man who vowed to live with one woman until death, yet he divorced and started living in a perverted relationship with a man. And he has the gall to talk about integrity! However, he may well be right that if you took the sodomite element out of the Church of England or the Episcopal Church they would collapse. If he is right, then I say the sooner they collapse the better for you can be sure that no church that has any claim to be recognized as Christian is sustained in being by the number of practicing sodomites in its ranks. God has placed such perversion-and therefore the institutions that are sustained by it-under His anathema. He says He has given them up to judgment. It's time that all true Christians who remain in such divinely rejected communions gave them up too. How can any Bible believer continue to worship in and support a denomination that depends for its existence on holding on to the vast number of sexual perverts who have gained access to its membership and ministry?

Homosexuality is by the plain standards of Scripture unclean. Yet it fills and is welcomed in many churches. By contrast, the Bible says, "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). This is God's command and the duty of every Christian. No more prevaricating. It is time to obey God, time to get out.

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